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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.
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!
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.
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:
Grimes, Alabama Mesa, Arizona San Francisco, California Thousand Oaks, California Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Del Mar, Florida Miami, Florida Naranja, Florida Navarre, Florida North De Land, Florida Ocoee, Florida (2 reports) Oldsmar, Florida South Daytona, Florida Tampa, Florida Cordele, Georgia Dallas, Georgia Hilo, Hawaii Chicago, Illinois Eden Isle, Louisiana Mandeville, Louisiana Bay Springs, Mississippi Elizabeth City, North Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Alvin, Texas Galveston, Texas Marshall Creek, Texas Princeton, Texas Richmond, Texas