Elephant's ear

Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Elephant's ear (Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek')
Genus:  Alocasia
Satiny deep green to black leaves and glowing white veins on 18-inch-long leaves make this elephant's ear great in containers, in a shady border, at the edge of a pond, or as a houseplant. It also has pale stalks with purplish banding. 'Frydek' is very tolerant of a range of soil pH, heat, humidity, and heavy soil. It can even take about a half day of sunlight.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Emerald green, 18-inch, arrow-shaped leaves with prominent white veining that almost resembles a rib cage. 'Frydek' works well as a houseplant because it doesn't need a lot of light. Contact with sap may irritate skin.
Care:  In the garden, this plant needs moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Indoors, grow in filtered light. Needs high humidity, and ample water and fertilizer during the growing season indoors.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 73°F when ripe. Divide the rhizomes, or separate the offsets, in spring or summer. Root stem cuttings from spring to early summer.
Problems:  Mealybugs and scale insects outdoors. Fungal and bacterial leaf diseases are common on indoor plants. During propagation, bacterial soft rot can occur.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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