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Giant Elephant Ear

Alocasia macrorrhizos

Also known as

Giant Alocasia, Giant Taro

Alocasia macrorrhizos (3) by Prenn (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

3m

1m

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Giant Elephant Ear

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Giant Elephant Ear Overview

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.

Common problems with Giant Elephant Ear

How to harvest Giant Elephant Ear

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Giant Elephant Ear

Division

Seed

Special features of Giant Elephant Ear

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Giant Elephant Ear

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