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    Elephant's Ear

    Alocasia macrorrhizos

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    Elephant's Ear (Alocasia macrorrhizos) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Elephant's Ear foliage

    Elephant's Ear foliage

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    Elephant's Ear (Alocasia macrorrhizos) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Elephant's Ear

    Elephant's Ear

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  12 feet

    Spread:  10 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

    Other Names:  Taro

    Description:

    Amazing super large leaves grow from the center of this giant taro and can reach 12 feet in tropical climes; elegant as a large accent or screening; can tolerate some cold and grows well in containers

    Ornamental Features

    Elephant's Ear features solitary conical creamy white hooded flowers with white centers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive large glossy heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Elephant's Ear is an open herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Elephant's Ear is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Elephant's Ear will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

    Elephant's Ear is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

     
     
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