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PlantFiles: Hardy Elephant Ear, Taro, New Guinea Shield
Alocasia wentii

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Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: wentii (WENT-ee-eye) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Bulbs
Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Bronze-Green
Smooth-Textured
Veined

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Alwyn On Aug 12, 2010, Alwyn from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

mandikat is mistaken about his plant's identity. all parts of this plant (Allocasia wentii) are poisonous. some people may call this taro but it is not the same taro that produces an edible tuber (Colocasia esculenta).

Neutral Suze_ On Jan 20, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

From the remote mountains of New Guinea, Alocasia wentii is one of the very few alocasias that we have found to be winter hardy in our Zone 7b climate. The glossy bronze-green leaves reach 1' in length as they adorn this tightly clumping elephant ear. As the breeze blows, you will enjoy the contrasting metallic-purple leaf backs.

Positive mandikat On Oct 15, 2005, mandikat from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought this root at a super market produce counter as edible taro for less than a dollar. It's now in it's fifth year and has spread to cover a four foot square area. It's in partial shade by a pond but not actually in the water. I mulcn it for winter with a thick layer of water lettuce which has to be removed from the pond in fall anyway. It was cheap and is very undemanding with a very impressive leaf display.

Regional...

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

Goleta, California
San Leandro, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Cincinnati, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Virginia Beach, Virginia



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