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ALOCASIA plumbea 'Variegated Metallica'

Image of Alocasia plumbea 'Variegated Metallica'

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

ALOCASIA plumbea 'Variegated Metallica'

Plant Common Name

Metallic Taro, Silver Leaf Elephant Ear, Variegated Silver Leaf Elephant Ear

Special Notice

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General Description

Metallic taro is a tropical perennial native to Indonesia with large, brilliantly shiny dark green leaves borne on red-purple upward-reaching stems (petioles). In time these petioles deepen to almost red-black. Leaf undersides are a satiny beige in color and leaf edges are wavy.

Metallic taro prefers moderate shade or bright diffused light and protection from scorching sun rays. It requires moist organic-rich soil, with enough drainage to allow fresh water to pass through. Use indoors as a large-leaf and big specimen houseplant, in a humid greenhouse, or in a shady tropical garden or set out in a container under a awning or up a shaded wall.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m (10)

  • Width

    3'-8' / 0.9m - 2.4m (6)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Caribbean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No