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Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly' (Amazonian Elephant Ear)

Amazonian Elephant Ear 'Polly', African Mask 'Polly'


A striking and beautiful houseplant, Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly' (Amazonian Elephant Ear) is a robust rhizomatous evergreen perennial with dark green, narrowly arrow-shaped, wavy-edged leaves, adorned with ribs and margins marked in bright creamy white. Reminiscent of calla lily flowers, yellow flowers are occasionally produced amid the boldly patterned leaves. Excellent tender perennial as a focal or specimen plant. A fairly popular ornamental house plant. Amazon Elephant Ears are truly tropical plants - they appreciate lots of warmth, humidity, and water.

  • Grows up to 18 in. tall and wide (45 cm)
  • Performs best in part shade in organically rich, moist to wet soils. Provide a sheltered location to protect the decorative leaves from strong winds. Plants require regular watering and fertilization. Reduce watering in winter.
  • Perfect as a greenhouse plant, for containers or for the shade garden.
  • Virtually disease-free. Watch for spider mites, mealy bugs.
  • Harmful if eaten - skin and eye irritant

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Often grown for their dramatic foliage reminiscent of elephant ears, Colocasia and Alocasia are terrific tender perennials that provide a strong ornamental interest and quickly give a touch of the tropics in gardens or containers. Impossibly exotic, their architectural shapes make them perfect for planting as focal plants or massed to create a tropical effect. Easy to grow, they stand proud and bold provided some basic rules are respected.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Climate Zones 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Alocasia - Elephant Ears
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Climate Zones 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Alocasia - Elephant Ears
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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