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PlantFiles: Giant Upright Elephant Ear
Alocasia odora

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: odora (oh-DOR-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Arum odorum

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

28 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BrianBotanyB On Aug 21, 2011, BrianBotanyB from South Duxbury, MA wrote:

We've had an Alocasia odora for two years now, potted on a rear deck which gets full sun, here in Eastern (coastal) MA. I brought it inside over the winter and the leaves slowly died off one by one, and the last remaining leaf, in the spring, looked a little sickly when we put it outside. But it started sending out new leaves, and is healthier and more vigorous this summer than it was last year.

It has recently sent up a new plant about 3" from the main bulb or culm, and after I find out if it's safe to do so, I may dig it out and repot it.

But it's a great specimen plant, and lends an exotic feel to our summer deck!

Positive marksgrdn On Jul 28, 2010, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i posted a picture of my upright elephant ear plant. it is truly one of my favorite plants that i have. it lives in a 22" pot all by itself. i water it probably 2 times weekly during the hot summer months we have here in the valley. its living environment is sort of backwards, its in all day shade literally, then get the most intense late afternoon sun-sunset lighting. you'd think it would have killed over by now. cant tell you how many times it has bloomed. it seems to like its home so i'm not moving it.

Positive beautifulchaos On Mar 22, 2009, beautifulchaos from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased two bulbs last year and they did beautifully in Southern exposure. I kept them in their large pots for the winter and treated them as houseplants. They didn't care much for the dry heat from the furnace and due to the aridness, got spider mites. I cut them back to the lower leaves and they are recovering just fine.

I plan to experiment with them in a different sun exposure this year in a "tropical" bed setting. Will post pictures later in the year. They are gorgeous; well worth the space they take up in the garden and/or the house!

Also, I forgot that they are suitable aquatics. I may also sink a bulb in water as well to compare any difference in performance.

Positive protempsfish On Oct 5, 2006, protempsfish from Mississauga
Canada wrote:

I have had this plant for over a year. It makes a stunning addition to my living room and is extremely hardy. Would recommend to anyone. Looks fantastic when leaves are polished!


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

Mesa, Arizona
Arroyo Grande, California
Hayward, California
Lompoc, California
San Francisco, California
Stockton, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Easton, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Duxbury, Massachusetts
Saucier, Mississippi
Clemmons, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Huntersville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Newcastle, Oklahoma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Lexington, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Lake City, Tennessee
Belton, Texas
Kurten, Texas
Rowlett, Texas

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