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Alocasia plumbea 'Metallica'

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Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alocasia (a-loh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: plumbea (plum-BEY-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Metallica

Synonym:Alocasia indica var. metallica

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Variegated
Dark/Black
Bronze-Green
Smooth-Textured

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Dennismares On Oct 5, 2006, Dennismares from Lake Worth, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Found this plant growing underneath one of our Arecea Palms. Had weedwhacked it several times previously, but it kept coming back, so I decided to dig it up. Potted it up and is sprouting new leaves and doing well under the half shade of a banana tree. It's quite pretty and grows fast with minimal care.

Regional...

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

Asbury Lake, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Glenn Heights, Texas
Greatwood, Texas
Lost Creek, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas



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