Alocasia, Plant Profile and Landscaping Uses
With large textural foliage Alocasia include both species and cultivars, wholesale growers mainly offer the cultivars. Commonly used as indoor plants they do have their place in the garden in warmer climates. Originally from Malaysia, Vietnam and through to New Guinea and Northern Queensland a number of varieties are available from specialist growers.
Alocasia are used in landscaping for their foliage. They are widely used indoors and do well outdoors in warmer climates. Commonly called ‘Elephant Ears’, Alocasia are available in an increasing number of varieties from Wholesale Nurseries.
Many species will reach to 1.5m+ in height in good conditions. Best environment is warm, moist and dappled shade, which mimics the rainforest conditions that are the natural habitat. Plants will grow in full sun, however are best in light shade or at least with protection from the hot afternoon sun.
- A. macrorrhiza var brisbanensis – Better in cooler climates than many, foliage seems to be not as upright, very attractive.
- A. amazonica – This is a hybrid species with deep green foliage and standout pale veins. A number of varieties including the popular ‘Polly’
- A. macrorrhiza – A good cold hardy tropical foliage plant. Upright large green foliage with a large creamy white flower. Fast growing and native to Queensland.