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Regal Shields Elephant's Ear

Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

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Regal Shields Elephant's Ear (Alocasia 'Regal Shields') at Pesche's Garden Center

Regal Shields Elephant's Ear foliage

Regal Shields Elephant's Ear foliage

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Alocasia, Taro

Description:

Impressive deep green leaves, with a dark purple overlay and lighter green veins, emerge in a compact, upright and arching habit; elegant as a large accent or screen; perfect for patio containers

Ornamental Features

Regal Shields Elephant's Ear's attractive enormous crinkled heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive light green veins and tinges of deep purple throughout the year. It features solitary conical powder blue hooded flowers with white centers rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Regal Shields Elephant's Ear is an open herbaceous evergreen tropical plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Regal Shields Elephant's Ear is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

This plant is native to the tropics and prefers growing in moist environments with evenly warm conditions all year round. In our climate, it is usually grown as an outdoor annual in the garden or in a container. If you want it to survive the winter, it can be brought in to the house and provided with special care, and then returned to the garden the following season. In its preferred tropical habitat, it can grow to be around 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. However, when grown as an annual or when overwintered indoors, it can be expected to perform differently, and its exact height and spread will depend on many factors; you may wish to consult with our experts as to how it might perform in your specific application and growing conditions.

This plant should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Regal Shields Elephant's Ear is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

-- THIS IS A TROPICAL PLANT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --

 
 
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