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Alocasia 'Calidora'

Elephant's ear plant

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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



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Plant details

The elephant's ear plant is terrific, lush, jungly bedding plant for growing outside over summer with other large-leaved plants like cannas and Trachycarpus fortunei. When mature it sends up a large, shield-like leaf. Stand in a sheltered spot so that the leaves don't get flayed by strong winds. Dig up in early autumn and repot, and keep in a conservatory at about 18c, giving just the occasional drink. Increase watering as growth begins next spring, and plant out in summer. Don't leave outside during winter in the UK.

Family: Araceae

Genus: Alocasia

Cultivar: Calidora

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: April to April

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