Elephant's Ear

Alocasia cuprea

Metallic Elephant Ear, Jewel Alocasia, Giant Caladium

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A pot filled with purple green Alocasia cuprea leaves
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Alocasia cuprea is a tender, rhizomatous, evergreen perennial that originates from South-East Asia. It is typically grown for the foliage, which is large, oval, deeply veined and iridescent green-purple in colour. Dependent on the angle of viewing, the leaves can appear various different shades of green and purple. The undersides of the leaves are a vibrant purple colour, making a striking visual foliage display. Frequently grown indoors as a houseplant, this plant does best when provided with ample humidity. Placement in a bathroom or kitchen, in bright but indirect light is advised, ensure soil is a well-draining mix to prevent waterlogging to the roots.

Propagation

Division

In spring or summer

Cuttings

Take stem cuttings in spring.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Southeastern Asia.

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Bark

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow

Scent

None

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