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Alocasia 'Hilo Beauty'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hilo Beauty

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

26 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ExoticRainforest On Mar 7, 2010, ExoticRainforest from Siloam Springs, AR wrote:

According to an article in the International Aroid Society Journal, Volume 32, 2009 on page 126 the plant Hilo Beauty is not an Alocasia. In an article by aroid botanist Wilbert Hetterscheid, the plant is truly the newly described species Caladium praetermissum.

The misconception the plant is an Alocasia appears to date back to the book Tropica by A.B. Graf but this plant does not match the technical data to be included in the genus Alocasia.

Positive turektaylor On Jun 11, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

there's quite a few varying zone allowances, like a previous daver's comment. i might split mine and leave a smaller 1 outside, well mulched and bring the other in. safe is always better.

Neutral Cordeledawg On Apr 26, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This cultivar was purchased from Aristarts and according to this seller, it is hardy 7b. Hummm, I'll try growing mine in the ground since it is semi-aquatic it may even do well around my pond margin..

Positive brugmansialover On Jun 18, 2005, brugmansialover from Santa Maria, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

WoW i am so lucky i found this plant, i was at Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo in ca. and i saw this pretty alocasia! I had to have it.. I have it inside, and i fertalize it a little sometimes.. It has grown good, and has two new leaves.. I hope i can keep it alive in the house! I love Hilo Beauty!

Positive palmbob On Dec 25, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hilo beauty also does great in Hilo...a zone 11. This is one of the best Alocasias I have grown in Thousand Oaks, California, a notoriously unfriendly climate for this genus (too hot and dry).

Positive Doodad On Jun 10, 2003, Doodad from Bay Springs, MS wrote:

I wish to add something to the zones listed for the Alocasia Hilo Beauty. I live in zone 8, about 90 airline miles above the Gulf of Mexico. The Hilo Beauty grows great here and has multiplied in my yard. It comes back every spring just like my Elephant Ears. This summer, I have 3 blooms on it.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This variety has exceptionally beautiful foliage. It seems to be more content growing in containers inside the house better than the unimproved species.

Positive mystic On Aug 29, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful pattern white on green. Heart shaped leaves.Can be used as a marginal pond plant. Over winters indoors except in zones 9 and 10. Does not like sun does better in shade.


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

Cottondale, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
San Francisco, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Deland, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Miami, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Ocoee, Florida (2 reports)
Oldsmar, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Hilo, Hawaii
Chicago, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Mandeville, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Bay Springs, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Alvin, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Roanoke, Texas

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