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Alocasia 'Stingray' ('Stingray' elephant's ear)

Alocasia 'Stingray' Click to enlarge image 'Stingray' Photo/Illustration: Joshua McCullough


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Alocasia 'Stingray' Common Name: 'Stingray' elephant's ear Genus: Alocasia
‘Stingray’ is the elephant’s ear to acquire if you’re after one-of-a-kind foliage. Like all Alocasia, the leaves of ‘Stingray’ point upward and outward, which show off its ribbed, leathery, emerald green surface. The whiptail conclusion of its inward-curving edges earns ‘Stingray’ its name as this shape resembles the marine animal. ‘Stingray’ unfurls new leaves quickly as long as it’s given ample moisture and sun. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find a new leaf shooting up from a specimen after spending a weekend away from home. If you plant ‘Stingray’, be prepared to field inquiries from every visitor to your garden, regarding what the heck that plant could possibly be. -Adrienne Roethling, Elephant's Ears, Fine Gardening issue #148, page 61
Noteworthy characteristics: Unique foliage shape
Care: Likes moist but well-drained soil of moderate fertility in partial shade. Indoors, grow in filtered light. Provide high humidity, ample water, and fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks during the growing season. Cut back on water in the winter.
Propagation: As soon as the seed is ripe, sow at 73°F. Divide the rhizomes, separate offsets, or root stem cuttings in spring or summer.
Height up to 5 ft.
Spread up to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Green
Type Tropicals

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