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African Mask

Alocasia Poly

African Mask Plant Features

African mask -- also called Alocasia Poly -- is a stunning houseplant. The dark, shield-shaped foliage is accentuated by white veins running throughout the leaves. The plant will flower occasionally, sending up a spike with a light yellow flower, but the foliage is the reason the plant is grown. African mask is the perfect plant for high-humidity areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

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African Mask Growing Instructions

African mask plant grows best in bright light. Too much direct sun, especially in hot-summer climates, can burn the leaves, so these exotic indoor plants benefit from the protection of a sheer curtain from the window. Being true tropicals, they love humidity, so boost moisture levels in the air if it's especially dry. Water as needed, when the top inch or two of the soil dries to the touch. 

Fertilize African mask plant a couple of times a year to keep it healthy. The best seasons are spring and summer. Use any fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants. 

Note: African mask plant is not meant for human or animal consumption. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

  • Colors

    Green, Purple, Silver

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

Complement your African Mask with these varieties:
African mask plant and calathea have brilliantly variegated foliage that look great together.

Red Aglaonema
Add color to African mask plant with the bold red and pink shades of red aglaonema.

Contrast African mask plant's bold foliage with the soft texture of a fern.