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Alocasia sinuata

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: sinuata (sin-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)

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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 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

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)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral macybee On Apr 15, 2008, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Botanica Encyclopedia
There are some 70 species of large-leafed rhizomatous and tuberous perennials in this genus from tropical southern and Southeast Asia. They have heart-shaped leaves from 8"-36" long depending on the species. The leaves are often long-stemmed with distinctive red or purple markings. The long-stemmed arum-like flowers, often obscured by the foliage, are not very showy. Closely related to taro, the roots of some species are edible, but most contain poisonous crystals which cause numbing and swelling of the tongue and throat.
Most species are totally intolerant fo frost and do best when grown in a warm, humid climate with moist, humus-rich soil and ample feeding. They thrive in the close atmosophere of a warm greenhouse. Progagate from seed, stem cuttings with a leaf bud or by dividing or cutting up the rhizomes.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Flagstaff, Arizona
Boca Raton, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Mc Alpin, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Ponce De Leon, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Fayetteville, Georgia
Chalmette, Louisiana
Cincinnati, Ohio
Brookeland, Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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