Colocasia esculenta ‘Kona Coffee’ is a beautiful new introduction from the plantsman Dr. John Cho in Hawaii with amazing heart shaped metallic looking purply-black brown leaves up to 40cm or more long. Said to be more compact than the species our stock plants grow to around a metre high and wide forming spectacular architecural specimens.
As with all colocasias, ‘Kona Coffee’ looks best when planted outside in a sheltered, dappled shade position. Keep well-watered and fed throughout the growing season for spectacular effects.
Although tropical in origin, colocasias do remarkably well outside in UK gardens throughout the warmer months; some even tolerating year-round cultivation outside in particularly well protected areas. We think colocasias are essential if you like exotic or jungly plants. Don’t be put off by the fact that they aren’t fully hardy as they can be easily over-wintered by either lifting the corms after the first frosts and storing them in soil, in a damp and frost free environment or alternatively they can be grown in a container and placed in a frost free location for the winter.