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Amazonian Elephant's Ear

Alocasia × amazonica

Also known as

African Mask, Elephant Ear, Jewel Alocasia, Alocasia Alligator, Alocasia Polly

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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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.

Common problems

Generally disease free.

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Division

In spring or summer

Cuttings

Take stem cuttings in spring.

Special Features

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Attractive leaves