Elephant's ear

Alocasia | Also known as: Persian palm | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

A medium sized plant but we are talking about elephant scales here.

Alocasia 'Calidora' is also called Elephant's ear due to the fact that the leaves are huge and look like the ears of an elephant. Other than the fact that they're green and glossy! It's a really unusual addition to the garden, giving a tropical jungle feel. It will need to be indoors over winter in colder climates, so plant it in a pot and bring it into the house or conservatory during the winter months. When outside it will need a sheltered spot to stop wind damage to those large leaves. It will grow to nearly 2m in height and a metre wide.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 1 - 2
Spread [m]
  • 1 - 1.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • rhizome cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Varies
Heat zone
  • Varies
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years