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Elephant's Ear

Alocasia cuprea

Also known as

Metallic Elephant Ear, Jewel Alocasia, Giant Caladium

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Partial Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

80cm

50cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Alocasia cuprea
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Overview

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.

Common problems

Propagation

Seed

Division

In spring or summer

Cuttings

Take stem cuttings in spring.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant

Indoor plant

Pot plant