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Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Lutea'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: macrorrhizos (mak-roh-RY-zos) (Info)
Cultivar: Lutea

Synonym:Alocasia macrorrhiza
Synonym:Arum indicum
Synonym:Colocasia indica

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive garyloveslucy On May 14, 2010, garyloveslucy from Jefferson City, MO wrote:

If you type my zip code into the National Hardiness 'list', my area comes up as zone 5. I actually feel where my city is located, it is zone 6 - we are in a protected spot. I planted these Alocasia along with Butterly Ginger (Hedychium) on the East side of my house, next to the foundation, and left them over the winter under 1 foot of mulched leaves. During this winter, we dropped to -5 F for several nights.

As I write, I have 24 Butterly Ginger which have sprouted back and are up 2 ft. AND I have 2 Alocasia which have come back - the same 2 I planted last year. I thought I would give it a whirl and see what would happen. I am very rewarded for my efforts.

Try what I did if you are in a colder location. You could be surprised! Also, I have 20 Musa Basjoo up that have grown on the East side of my house for the last 10 or more years. They are already touching the eaves of my roof, and it is only Mid-May.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Miami, Florida
Jefferson City, Missouri
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Galveston, Texas
Red Oak, Texas

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