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Alocasia Species, Dwarf, Upright Elephant Ear, Taro

Alocasia gageana

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


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:

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.