Alocasia wentii leaves. Getty Images

Alocasia wentii

Hardy elephants ear

  • Botanical name: Alocasia wentii
  • Common name: Hardy elephants ear
  • Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Green

Alocasia wentii, commonly known as the Hardy Elephant’s Ear, is the perfect choice if you want to make a bold statement with your house plant collection, but aren’t afraid of something that requires a little more care. With stunning dark green, glossy leaves with purple undersides and a ruffled texture, it’s sure to create an impact in your home. Although it does occasionally produce pale coloured spathes, the leaves are the main feature. Alocasia wentii can grow up to 90cm tall, with leaves reaching up to 30cm in length.

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How to care for Alocasia wentii

Alocasia wentii can be challenging to grow, but in the right environment and with the correct care, it can thrive in the home. It should be placed in a spot that receives indirect bright light and it requires high levels of humidity. You may find that your plant goes into dormancy (when the leaves die back) in the winter, or when temperature and light levels decrease, use a grow light to prevent this in the winter.

In warmer months, keep the soil moist but ensure it does not become waterlogged, you can reduce watering when it is cooler or if the plant goes into dormancy. It is crucial to get watering right when caring for your Alocasia wentii, too much water can cause root rot and too little could cause it to wilt, and potentially die. The top two inches of soil should dry out between watering, whilst a regular watering routine is useful, be sure to check your plant before watering.

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Alocasia wentii can be susceptible to spider mites, ensure that the plant doesn’t get too dry to avoid infestations. If you do notice spider mites (you might spot webbing across the plant, mottled leaves and small mites that resemble tiny spiders) try increasing humidity.

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Advice on buying Alocasia wentii

  • Alocasia wentii needs indirect bright light and a humid environment. Ensure you have the right growing requirements before buying
  • You may find an Alocasia wentii at your local garden centre but you’ll find more choice online
  • Always check plants for signs of disease or damage before buying

Where to buy Alocasia wentii

How to grow Alocasia wentii

  • Plant size

    90cm height

  • Plant care: Brightspot-not direct sunlight, mist leaves regularly, needs a humid spot/position

Alocasia wentii and wildlife

Alocasia wentii has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Alocasia wentii poisonous?

Alocasia wentii is harmful if ingested, irritates eyes, irritates skin, causes an upset stomach and toxins are absorbed by the skin.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Birds

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Livestock