Elephant Ear, Taro
Alocasia cuprea

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: cuprea (KUP-ray-uh) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Miami, Florida

Cincinnati, Ohio

Burleson, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 11, 2008, evr from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I was fortunate enough to find this plant at a reasonable price. I didn't like alocasias as much until one DG member introduced me to them; he was looking for them and I bought it for me to trade with him. They don't like full shade, but dappled lights, very hardy in my opinion.

This horticulturalist at the nursery told me to let dry between watering, but this did not work for me (I think he was just trying to sound smart - he called this plant African mask, which isn't called that as I later found out). I keep the soil moist but not soggy. Perfect for containers

Neutral

On Sep 28, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

As a house plant--way down the list. As a greenhouse plant ,right near the top. Really needs warmth and humidity. Slow growing for a Alocasia. Delicate.

Positive

On Sep 28, 2005, emilyrasmus from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This beautiful Alocasia needs indirect bright light and likes its soil to be kept on the dry side. I only water when the soil has completely dried out for at least a week and then I water very throughly. I use a well-draining potting soil mixture and add perlite and pumice to further aerate the soil.