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Alocasia cuprea

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

25 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive evr 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 BayAreaTropics 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 emilyrasmus 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.


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Miami, Florida
Cincinnati, Ohio
Burleson, Texas
Red Oak, Texas

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