(Alocasia, Blue Lady Taro, Elephant Ear)
Alocasia is a genus of about 70 huge-leaved species of tropical plants native to the warm, moist areas of southern Asia. They are usually perennial evergreens and have large rhizomes (underground lateral stems) or bulbs. The leaves are roughly oval with lobes at the base. Some are arrow-shaped and all have the petiole (leaf stem) attached inside the leaf edge. Large, prominent, variously colored veins often decorate the leaves. The leaves top long, variously-hued petioles which grow directly...
(Alocasia, Elephant Ear, Green Shield Taro)
Grown for its beautiful, bright green, heart-shaped leaves with dark venation, 'Green Shield' is a vigorous elephant ear ideal for large garden spaces. First introduced in the Philippines, its thick leaves are quite leathery and can stand up to heavy rains better than many Alocasia with thinner leaves. This cultivar is likely the species, Alocasia clypeolata.
When weather is favorable, 'Green Shield' will flower sporadically throughout the year. Its Anthurium-like flowers...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Alocasia, Elephant Ear, Hilo Beauty Taro)
The mottled leaves of this stunning Alocasia are unlike any other. Each huge, heart-shaped leaf is rich green with beautiful, irregular, greenish yellow blotches and gentle wavy edges. During the growing season, 'Hilo Beauty' produces spathe and spadex flowers, but these are not particularly showy and overshadowed by glowing foliage of this tropical gem. The parentage of this cultivar is unknown.
Ornamental taro is best grown in partial sun to partial shade with protection from scorching...
James H. Schutte
(Elephant Ear, Portodora Elephant Ear)
The eye-catching, upward facing leaves of 'Portodora' are rich green, spade-shaped and have wavy edges. This hybrid seedling resulting from the cross between Alocasia odora and Alocasia portei makes a superb architectural component to the shade border. During the growing season, spathe flowers appear but are generally overshadowed by this hybrid's majestic and imposing foliage. Stems are thick, fleshy and seemingly muscular as they hold the massive wavy-edged leaves.
Donna W. Moramarco
(Alocasia, Elephant Ear)
Named for the shape of its striking leaves, this large evergreen perennial makes a conversation piece for garden or greenhouse. Its slowly creeping underground rhizomes produce erect clumps of long-stalked leaves that have two broad, wing-like lobes and a terminal tail-like appendage, the whole resembling a stingray. The shiny, leather, ruffled leaves are rich green with paler undersides. Inconspicuous greenish blossoms with a central finger-like spadix and a clasping petal-like bract (spathe) may...
Giant caladium is a tropical perennial native to Malaysia and Borneo. It has large polished and glossy dark coppery, reflexed leaves with raised midribs borne on short to long petioles as dictated by temperature, soil fertility and moisture. Leaf undersides are an alluring coppery red-purple. During the growing season purple spathe flowers do appear but are generally overshadowed by foliage.
Giant caladium grows best in full to moderate shade protected from scorching midday and afternoon sun...
(Dwarf Elephant Ear, Dwarf Taro)
Dwarf elephant ear is a tropical perennial that is native to Burma (Myanmar). It offers compact, but formidable, clumps of large bright green leaves that have prominent veins and wavy edges. White flowers may also appear during the height of the growing season but are usually hidden by the foliage. Dwarf elephant ear prefers full to part shade, moist, organic-rich soil and must be fertilized regularly during the growing season. In tropical climates, use as a bold summer accent plant for shaded beds....
(Purpleleaf Elephant Ear, Purpleleaf Taro)
Lush, beautiful plants, Alocasia impart a tropical feeling wherever planted. Choose locations with part to full shade and organic, well drained soil.
There are potential health concerns regarding this plant. To learn more go to http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Alocasp.htm