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Alocasia Amazonica Poly “Elephant’s Ear Plant”

Latin name

Alocasia X amazonica “Poly”


(“al-oh-KAY-zee-ah am-ah-ZON-eek-ah”)

Common name

Alocasia X amazonica


Natural species of Alocasia originate in South and Southeast Asia and Tropical parts of Australia

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Our small Elephant’s Ear houseplant, known as Alocasia X amazonica “Poly”, is a small striking plant with large patterned leaves. Alocasia species are a group of aroids from the tropics of Asia and Eastern Australia, often noted for their dramatic foliage, sometimes richly patterned. Poly has beautiful silvery-white veins on its dramatic dark green, arrow-shaped leaves, which can grow up to 30cm long. The undersides of the leaves are a deep red colour and they are help aloft by fleshy pale green stems.

The variety “Poly” (not “Polly” – it was named after is supposed polyploidal chromosome number, not the girl’s name) is a hybrid of Alocasia longiloba and Alocasia sanderiana, which was developed in the 1950s from a selection of an earlier type called Alocasia Amazonica. This was bred by Salvadore Mauro – a postman and nursery owner from Florida – who named the plant after his Amazonica Nursery business. No Alocasias grow wild anywhere in the Amazon, so its name is rather misleading. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Low to medium light. Keep out of direct sunlight


The soil should be moist, but not wet


Do not prune. Dead or damaged leaves should be cut off at the base using a sharp knife or secateurs


A weak solution of fertilizer can be added to the water every time you water the plant

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but mealybugs might be an occasional problem. These can be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel. Two-spotted spider mites may also appear, but if they do, that suggests that the plant is being kept in too dry and atmosphere. Regular misting with tepid water will deter spider mites

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