Alocasia x amazonica

Elephant's ear plant

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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Graham Strong, copyright GAP Photos (59426)

Plant details

Alocasias are found in tropical Asia and are grown for their large, heavily veined leaves. Most varieties need a warm greenhouse and high humidity during the growing season to flourish, but some, such as A. amazonica, make interesting houseplants. This variety has very dark green, glossy leaves with a contrasting white veins and margins and has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence. Grow in an equal mix of composted bark, loam and sand in filtered light.

Family: Araceae

Genus: Alocasia

Species: x amazonica

Plant type: General houseplant

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 65cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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