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Companion Plants

Elephant ears are our second plant love. They have odd flowers and are usually kept for their fantastic foliage. See our Elephant Ears page for culture information and much more!

Plant ID
Name and Description
Plant Size
Pot Size
Price
  Alocasia clypeolata 'Green Shield'
    Imagine Alocasia cuprea but in green instead of copper. Veins are dark blue-green on a medium green background. Very nice! Waxy leaves. Compact grower, usually about a foot or so tall in containers, but can approach three feet in the ground or large planters.

6-10" tall
3.25"
$5.00
  Alocasia Hilo Bold
    Nifty camouflage pattern. Medium green background with irregular yellow-green blotches. Very eye-catching tetraploid. Established plants are hardy to USDA zone 7b if well mulched. Can be grown brighter than African mask and jewel type Alocasias, but avoid direct, mid-day sun on hot days. Good pond marginal plant too.
3-6" tall
3.25"
$5.00
  Alocasia infernalis ‘Kapit’
    The darkest Alocasia known. You will be the only kid on your block with one of these. Very similar shield-shaped leaves to A. cuprea and A. clypeolata, but purple-black often with a metallic sheen and on the same plane as the petioles and aiming up on adult plants. Compact plants usually less than a foot tall at maturity. Appreciates fast draining mix- add fine fir bark and/or extra perlite.

July 2011?
  Alocasia lauterbachiana
    Another cool one! Long, upright leaves with wavy margins (young plants have rounder leaves, but they lengthen as they age). Tops are medium to dark green, undersides are purple-copper. Petioles are well-marked too. Vigorous grower to four or five feet. Limited.

3-6" tall
3.25"
$5.00
  Alocasia Maharani
    One of the jewel Alocasias. Leaves are very thick and textured, very attractive! Leaf undersides get some red blushing. Stays compact. Thick leaves tell us it can easily withstand some drying and certainly shouldn't be kept sopping wet.

4-8" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

  Alocasia Mark Campbell
    A fabulous African mask type Alocasia. Leaves are oval with flat edges (no ruffling or scalloping), dark blue-green on top with light blue-gray veins, dark eggplant underneath. Can get a couple feet tall, but worth the space. Vigorous grower.

4-8" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek'
    The super neat velvet leaved African mask. Lightly marked leaf stems. Pups from our mature plants.

4-10" tall

3.25"

$5.00

  Alocasia nebula ‘Elaine’
    This species is known for its rigid, surreal leaves. Steel gray with darker blue-gray veins and blushed red underneath. This cultivar of the species is very compact growing. One of the jewel Alocasias. Limited.

3-6" tall
3.25"
$5.00
  Alocasia nebula ‘Imperialis’
    This species is known for its rigid, surreal leaves. Steel gray with darker blue-gray veins and blushed red underneath. This clone gets a little bigger than 'Elaine', but is still fairly compact. One of the jewel Alocasias.

4-8" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

Alocasia Polly
    Gorgeous foliage plants! Tropical version of Colocasia- the elephant ears. Dark blue-green-black base color with light blue-green veining. Grow moist and bright with no direct sun. Grow warm to intermediate. May go dormant if temperatures dip below about 50 degrees F.

3-6" tall

3.25"

$5.00

  Alocasia princeps ‘Purple Cloak’
    Wow! The front of the leaves is forest green, and the backs are deep purple. Very distinct leaf shape with pointy tips and wavy margins. Tall and majestic, usually around 2-3' tall in containers.

3-6" tall
3.25"
$5.00
  Alocasia reginula ‘Black Velvet’
    Always a favorite! The upper leaf surfaces are fuzzy, like crushed velvet and almost black with silver-green veins and with a red blush underneath. Nice and compact growing too. Appreciates fast draining mix- add fine fir bark and/or extra perlite.

3-10" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

  Alocasia ridleyi
    This elephant ear's charm is mostly in the petioles (leaf stems)- it has a very neat random pattern of dark green-blue splotches. The leaves are fairly thick and get a slight dusty (gloucous) appearance when mature.

6-10" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

  Alocasia Tiffany
    Similar to the classic African mask types, but with fuller, rounder leaves and branching pale veins. Has a beautiful velvety sheen, but does not have the raised velveteen texture like Alocasia reginula 'Black Velvet' or Alocasia micholitziana. A very nice, compact African mask.

3-6" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

Alocasia wenti
    This species is great as a landscaping plant in the southern states. Has good cold tolerance in zone 9 and warmer. Leaves resist tearing better than some softer-leaved Alocasias. Upper leaf surface is glossy dark green, underside is coppery red. Not terribly flashy, but has some odd charm that makes it cool. Vigorous pups from our mature plants.

3-10" tall

3.25"

$5.00

  Alocasia White Knight
    An African mask type very similar to Alocasia Polly, but the leaves are narrower and more heavily scalloped; and White Knight has nicely patterned leaf stems (petioles). Green leaves with silvery blue-green veins above and dark purple undersides.

4-10" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

  Alocasia Williams Hybrid
    This hybrid was developed by Aroid guru, Brian Williams. Consider this... The hardy green Alocasias can tolerate cooler temperatures and grow to a decent size quickly, so they make nice landscaping plants. African masks are compact growing and have gorgeous leaves, but lack cold tolerance. Brian mixed two species, a hardy green (Alocasia macrorrhiza) and an African mask (Alocasia amazonica), to give us this beauty. The result is rubust plants with good cold tolerance (at least to USDA zone 8). Leaves are medium to dark green with lighter green veins above and a purple overlay on the undersides. Can get over six feet tall and develope a "trunk", but takes a couple seasons in the ground to achieve that size. Has tremendous potential as a landscaping plant in the warmer states. No southern US yard is complete without at least one of these! If you want to keep the plants more compact, keep them root bound in a container.

4-10" tall

plug

3.25"

$3.00

$5.00

 

Alocasia plug collection
    Pick six or more of any Alocasias in the plug stage for $2.50 each.

plug
$2.50
Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito' ppaf
    One of our favorite Colocasias! Gorgeous medium green leaves dappled with dark blue-black splotches and lighter and darker shades of green. Purple eye where the petioles meet the leaves. Eye-catching for sure. Great addition to any garden and a great focal piece. Hardy to about USDA zone 7b if well mulched, but can be dug up and stored inside in colder climates. Grow bright and moist. Does well as a pond marginal plant or in moisture-retentive, open soils. When planting, consider a small "bowl" of plastic sheating in the bottom half of the planting hole. Grows very well with the semi-hydroponic technique. Shipped bare root. Leaves commonly die back upon shipping, but quickly regenerate when planted up.
1 bulb, 6-12" tall
5"
$7.00

Xanthosoma sagittifolium - Elephant Ear
    North America's Alocasia. Large, velvety, beautiful medium green leaves about three feet top to bottom, and plants can easily get to be six feet tall under average culture. Have seen these along the roadside approaching fifteen feet high! Likes to be wet and bright to grow best, but tolerates shade and occassional drought. We found that if we keep the roots pruned and bound in a six inch pot, the plants stay much more compact. Happy outside if protected from frost, dig up bulbs and store cool and dry in winter, or bring entire plant inside if you have the room. Does well as a pond marginal plant or in moisture-retentive, open soils. When planting, consider a small "bowl" of plastic sheating in the bottom half of the planting hole. Grows very well with the semi-hydroponic technique. Shipped bare root. Leaves commonly die back upon shipping, but quickly regenerate when planted up.

1
bulb
5-
6"
$6.00

Other
elephant
ears

We have a large selection of elephant ears in our personal collection and commonly have a couple varieties available in limited quantities that we don't list here, Colocasias in particular. If you're after something in particular, let us know and we'll see if one of our mature plants has "pups" we can divide off. Sometimes freshly divided pups may drop their leaves, but they re-establish quickly. Prices vary, but a good guess is somewhere between $3-$10 is typical depending on the size and rarity of the plant.      

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