Elephant Ear

Alocasia sinuata

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


Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 se... read more