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Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear

Alocasia amazonica 'Polly'

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Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear (Alocasia amazonica 'Polly') at Pesche's Garden Center

Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear

Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear (Alocasia amazonica 'Polly') at Pesche's Garden Center

Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear foliage

Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  10b

Other Names:  African Mask, Alligator Plant


This small variety produces attractive, deep green heart shaped leaves with contrasting, silvery-green spines and veins, and purple undersides; this striking tropical makes a great houseplant; prefers bright, indirect sunlight

Features & Attributes

Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear's attractive large glossy heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive silver veins and tinges of plum purple throughout the year. It features solitary conical creamy white hooded flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer.

This is an open herbaceous evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture is quite ornamental and should be used to full effect. This plant usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Polly Amazon Elephant's Ear can be expected to grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine. Be warned that parts of this plant are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so special care should be exercised if growing it around children and pets.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.


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