Amazonian Elephant's Ear
Alocasia × amazonica
Also known as
African Mask, Elephant Ear, Jewel Alocasia, Alocasia Alligator, Alocasia Polly
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10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Amazonian Elephant's Ear Overview
Alocasia amazonica is a tender, rhizomatous, evergreen perennial hybrid that can grow up to 1.5m high. It is commonly sold under names such as Alocasia Polly and Amazonian Elephant's Ear. Frequently grown indoors as a houseplant, this plant does best when provided with ample humidity. Placement in a bathroom or kitchen, in bright, indirect sunlight. It was bred from a cross between the plants Alocasia longiloba and Alocasia sanderiana and it is not yet considered a true species. The name Alocasia x amazonica is not a true scientific name, created by a grower called Salvadore Mauro in the 1950s. Its impressive leaves are dark green with dramatic silver veins on the upper surface, purple underneath. Leaves are narrowly arrow-shaped with wavy edges and can reach 60cm in length, making a striking visual display. It has relatively insignificant spathes which may be borne at any time of the year. Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.
How to harvest Amazonian Elephant's Ear
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Amazonian Elephant's Ear
In spring or summer
Take stem cuttings in spring.