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Alocasia - Elephant Ears

Hard to miss in the garden, Alocasia (Elephant Ears) are robust evergreen rhizomatous or tuberous perennials with dramatic, large, arrow-shaped leaves. Standing upright (unlike those of Colocasia), they are so breathtaking, it is as if one plant could bring all the green in the world. Forming an impressive accent, they add an exotic touch to mixed perennial borders or containers. Most are hassle-free and create a compelling backdrop for most plants. They are definitely worth a try.

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Alocasia 'Mayan Mask' (Elephant Ear)

Breathtaking, Alocasia 'Mayan Mask' (Elephant Ear) is a tender perennial boasting huge and brilliant, arrow-shaped, grassy green leaves that unfurl upward in a magnificent whorl, revealing their chocolate undersides.

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Alocasia 'Portora' (Elephant Ear)

Impressive, Alocasia 'Portora' (Elephant Ear) is a tender perennial boasting enormous ruffled green leaves borne on strong purple stems. They are arrow-shaped at their bases and stand upright, pointing skyward, unlike the leaves of Colocasia which droop and point toward the ground. They can reach up to 4-5 ft. (120-150 cm) in good growing conditions.

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Alocasia macrorrhiza (Giant Taro)

A striking beauty with its dramatic, gigantic leaves, Alocasia macrorrhiza (Giant Taro) is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial which is excellent for bringing a lush look to gardens. Resembling the ears of an elephant, thick, prominently-veined, ruffled, green leaves are borne on rigid stalks (petioles) which jut vertically from a stout upright trunk.

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Alocasia odora (Night-Scented Lily)

A breathtaking beauty, Alocasia odora (Night-Scented Lily) is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial which is terrific for bringing a lush look to gardens or containers. Resembling the ears of an elephant, lustrous, brilliant green, paddle-shaped leaves are borne on strong stems. Large, they can reach 2 ft. in length (60 cm) and 1 ft. in width (30 cm).

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Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly' (Amazonian Elephant Ear)

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.

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Alocasia x amazonica (Amazonian Elephant Ear)

A striking and beautiful houseplant, Alocasia x amazonica (Amazonian Elephant Ear) is a robust rhizomatous evergreen perennial with dark green, narrowly arrow-shaped, wavy-edged leaves, up to 2 ft. long (60 cm), adorned with ribs and margins marked in bright creamy white. Reminiscent of calla lily flowers, yellow flowers appear sporadically amid the boldly patterned leaves on older plants.

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