Giant Elephant Ear

Alocasia macrorrhizos

Giant Alocasia, Giant Taro

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A green Alocasia macrorrhizos plant in a pot
profile iconAlocasia macrorrhizos (3)
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Alocasia macrorrhizos is an evergreen perennial from the Araceae family. It produces large, shield-shaped leaves around 1–1.2 m in length. In many tropical areas, it is widely naturalised and cultivated as an important crop plant. In more temperate climates, it is more often grown indoors as a showy foliage houseplant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Oceania

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

A drought tolerant, low maintenance architectural plant for containers in conservatories or sub-tropical Mediterranean glasshouses.

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Yellow, Green

Scent

None

Related Problems

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