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Alocasia macrorrhiza/Elephant Ear

Alocasia macrorrhiza / Alocasia macrorrhiza
Large, coarse-textured leaves with a few umbrella plants
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Large, coarse-textured leaves with a few umbrella plants

Clump of foliage coming from a single bulb

Foliage mass

Planting in late summer showing the size of the leaves

Coarse, accent texture

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Scientific Name: Alocasia macrorrhiza
Common Name: Elephant Ear
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: The taro or giant elephant ear is a very coarse textured tropical that is easily established in the garden, but difficult to get rid of. Killed to the ground by freezing temperatures, but quickly returns in the spring. Control spread, especially close to bodies of water.