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Alocasia gageana

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: gageana (gay-jee-AH-nuh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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:
Partial to Full 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

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:
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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bepah On Sep 6, 2012, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have had this plant outside unprotected for 5 years, They need occasional thinning byt uprooting the clump in late winter, early spring and dividing the corms. Will not grow during cold weather, but once it warms over 50 degrees it takes off. You cannot overwater this plant and do not allow it to dry as the growing will stop.

Positive Galileo On Jun 23, 2010, Galileo from Simi Valley, CA wrote:

Has done great indoors, constant moist soil with some (very light) direct sun in the early morning. Otherwise just very bright room. It's by a window so gets some breeze to keep it cool. Not colder than about 67F. Constant new growth but isn't getting much taller than 3.5-4 ft tall. Perfect indoor plant. Some occasional misting keeps it happy.

Positive secretgrwr On Aug 19, 2009, secretgrwr from Canby, OR wrote:

We had an awful, cold winter in Oregon last year...I had this plant in a pot with no protection and it got the full dose of freezing snow and ice (low 20's at least). The main tuber died out but I have babies coming up now in August! Under the right conditions, this is hardier than listed. I also have one as a houseplant that looks great and is evergreen indoors with low light levels. Do NOT use it around pets or kids that might bite the leaves!! The oxcalic crystals cause a terrible abd prolonged burning sensation in the mouth.

Positive gothqueen On Nov 6, 2008, gothqueen from Gainesville, FL wrote:

The variegated form is very striking and just as hardy as the green form. I have been growing it in zone 8B for years. It is sometimes mistakenly called Alocasia aurea.

Positive celt33040 On Nov 12, 2006, celt33040 from Key West, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

AKA 'Calafornia' this plant is a perfect EE for the garden lanscape. Similar shield shape leaf to 'Odora' it stays at about 3' and produces many off shoots to make a dense display.


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

Brentwood, California
San Clemente, California
Simi Valley, California
Woodland Hills, California
Clearwater, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Clemmons, North Carolina
Canby, Oregon

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