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Elephant's Ear

Alocasia spp.

Elephant's Ear Plant Features

Elephant's ears are stunning houseplants. They often feature dark, shield-shaped foliage that may be accentuated by white veins running throughout the leaves. The plants will flower occasionally, sending up a spike with a calla-like white, light yellow, or cream bloom, but the foliage is the reason the plant is grown. Elephant's ear is the perfect plant for high-humidity areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

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Elephant's Ear Growing Instructions

Elephant's ear 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 elephant's ear 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: Elephant's ear 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 Elephant's Ear with these varieties:
African mask plant and calathea have brilliantly variegated foliage that look great together.

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

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

Varieties: Our Favorites

Alocasia infernalis 'Black Magic' Black Magic Elephant's Ear

Alocasia infernalis 'Black Magic'

This exotic houseplant has dark, purple-black leaves that look like they've been lacquered. It's a slow grower that likes high humidity and grows about 10 to 12 inches tall and wide.

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Alocasia 'Amazonica' Polly Elephant's Ear

Alocasia 'Amazonica'

This houseplant has scalloped, purple-green leaves accented with silvery-white veins. It grows 18 inches tall and wide. It's also often sold as Alocasia Poly.

Exotic Angel® Plants