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African mask in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly'

 

African mask

Alocasia foliage is large and ribbed. The arrow-shaped leaves sit on large petioles and they can reach up to 2m long! It doesn't cope well with direct sunlight so keep it in partial shade. ‘Calidora’ looks great in a pot or looming over a flower bed. 'Polly' sports dark green arrow shaped leaves which offset the raised white veins. Sometimes it will produce a yellow spathe flower.

 
plant Features
  • African mask likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • African mask likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • African mask is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • African mask likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
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plant information

Common name

African mask

Latin name

Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly'

type

Perennial

family

Araceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    African mask likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    African mask is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    African mask likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    African mask likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown African mask is 0.45meters x 0.45meters 0.45 M 0.45 M

Alocasia x amazonica 'Polly'

Alocasia foliage is large and ribbed. The arrow-shaped leaves sit on large petioles and they can reach up to 2m long! It doesn't cope well with direct sunlight so keep it in partial shade. ‘Calidora’ looks great in a pot or looming over a flower bed. 'Polly' sports dark green arrow shaped leaves which offset the raised white veins. Sometimes it will produce a yellow spathe flower.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

In temperate climates, Alocasia is usually grown in a heated greenhouse or as a conservatory plant. Alocasias need rich soil that is moist (not saturated) but well-drained. Plant in partial shade. Indoors, grow in filtered light. Provide high humidity. In warm climates, similar to their native humid and tropical Southeast Asia, elephant ears will grow as perennials. In cooler areas they will need to be replanted each year.

 
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