20+ Soothing Alocasia Varieties- [Elephant Ear Types with Pictures]

If you ask me some of the most stunning houseplants, I will definitely say the name of Alocasia. There are almost 97 Alocasia varieties. They have gained the most stunning looking award because of their visual appeal and also their most attractive foliage.

The native to this amazing-looking plant is subtropical Asia and eastern Australia. But now they spread almost all over the world because of their amazing look. They will be the showpiece of your indoor plant collection. So I will suggest you keep as many Alocasia varieties as you can in your houseplant collection!

Though the basic traits of the Alocasia genus are similar because of their genetic connection. Still, there remain so many differences in size, color and also leaf size and shape. We will describe some unique features of each Alocasia variety as well as their differences.

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What is Alocasia?

If you are thinking about a flowering perennial plant with attractive foliage, I must say you should keep alocasia on your choice list.

But why so? There are numerous foliage plants available worldwide. Among those, why alocasia? This question may bother you.

Well, you will get this answer from this article. But before that, let’s have a glance at the characteristics of an alocasia plant from the below table-

Plant partAlocasia characteristics 
Scientific nameAlocasia spp. ( Such as Alocasia mycorrhizas)
Others nameElephant ears, African mask
FamilyAraceae
Leaf colorDark green color with highlighted veins
Leaf size20-90 cm with a long petiole
Leaf shapeCordate or sagittate
Leaf surfaceSmooth
Plant height2-15 ft tall and 2-8 ft spread
FlowerYellowish
Temperature 60-80° Fahrenheit 
Sunlight Bright and indirect light
WateringWater when top 5-6 inches soil get dry
Fertilizer neededA moderate amount of fertilizer is needed
Propagation Stem cutting by tuber
Soil pH5.5-6.5

How many types of Alocasia are there? 

Around 97 species are available that can be included under Alocasia. Among those, I picked up some species that can decorate your house-

  • Alocasia Amazonica ‘Polly’
  • Alocasia Silver Dragon
  • Alocasia macrorrhizos Giant Taro
  • Alocasia Zebrina
  • Alocasia Reginula ‘Black Velvet’
  • Alocasia ‘Dragon Scale’
  • Alocasia Cuprea ‘Red Secret’
  • Alocasia Cucullata ‘Hooded Dwarf’
  • Alocasia Micholitziana ‘Frydek’
  • Alocasia Macrorrhiza ‘Stingray’
  • Alocasia Longiloba
  • Alocasia Wentii
  • Alocasia Sanderiana
  • Alocasia Odora
  • Alocasia Nebula
  • Alocasia Reversa
  • Alocasia Melo
  • Alocasia Scalprum
  • Alocasia Infernalis
  • Alocasia Portei
  • Alocasia Plumbea ‘Nigra’
  • Alocasia Heterophylla
  • Alocasia Reginae
  • Alocasia Sarawakensis
  • Alocasia Brancifolia

Why Alocasia? 

So why will you go for alocasia? 

Alocasia plants possess many benefits including health benefits, air purifying, decorating home, food purposes etc. You can maintain it easily but can be facilitated more. That’s why you can rely on alocasia.

Alocasia vs Colocasia 

Sometimes confusion may be created between alocasia and colocasia. This problem is also sorted out here. Check it out.

PropertyAlocasiaColocasia
Leaf angleLeaves remain horizontally creating an upward growth.Colocasia creates a downward angle with the plant.
Leaf surfaceSmooth and glossyA little rough
PropaguleTubers and rhizomesTubers
Edible partCorm which needs to be modified to remove toxicityTaro which is produced in vast areas
Plant height2 to 6 feet8 inches to over 9 feet
Best growthPartial or indirect sunlightFull exposure to sunlight
Soil requirementSandy-loam soilCompost rich soil

You may get a lot of detailed information about the differences between alocasia and colocasia plants. But if you want to be acquainted with these plants at a glance, this table will be very helpful for you.

Alocasia general care

Alocasia plants need nothing but technical and regular intensive care. You don’t need to spend much time on it. But you have to notice it with great consciousness. 

  • Watering: Alocasia is a drought-resistant plant. So it won’t require much watering. It needs watering once or twice a week according to the temperature and humidity.
  • Temperature: Around 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit temperature is considered best for alocasia development. If the temperature goes below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, plants will face problems.
  • Humidity: A humid area is not fully preferable to alocasia plants. 60% humidity is tolerable for them. They can not complete the photosynthesis process below or up to this mark.
  • Sunlight: Bright but indirect light- this is the precaution for the growth of an alocasia plant. You can keep your plant in such a position where it can consume early morning sun rays. This has amusing effects on them.
  • Fertilizers providing: Indoor plant fertilizers, mostly liquid fertilizers should be applied to them in summer and spring.

25 Alocasia Varieties To Make Your Home Look Stunning

It is hard to pick the 12 Alocasia varieties from over 80 species. Still, we try to select the best options for you in terms of their stunning foliage texture, shape, color and size. So any of them has the ability to be an amazing addition to your houseplant collection.

Just one thing I want to remind you that, they’re a bit fastidious and don’t grow well if neglected, they need your attention.

1. Alocasia Amazonica ‘Polly’

Alocasia Amazonica Polly
Alocasia Amazonica Polly

The first one as well as the most common one is the Alocasia amazonica ‘Polly’. You definitely have this in your houseplant collection. Because it looks so gorgeous. Also, it comes with eye-catchy dark green leaves which make the silver-white veins stunning.

General Overview

Common NameAmazonian elephant’s ear
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1 to 2 feet
Spread1 to 2 feet
ToxicityToxic if ingested

It will give you a tropical touch in your indoor. It is not so needy. With proper care, it is a fast-growing plant. Sometimes with a beautiful flower, it will impress you. 

 However, it is a hybrid plant from the parent longiloba and sanderina. With its beauty, it will be always grace in your houseplant. 

Alocasia Amazonica Polly Care

WaterLittle and often
LightIndirect Bright Light
SoilLoam
FertilizerOnce a month (Growing Season)
Humidity & TemperatureAbove avg. Humidity | 18-22°C

2. Alocasia Baginda Silver Dragon

Alocasia Baginda Silver Dragon
Alocasia Baginda Silver Dragon

The second one is the most attractive  Alocasia Silver Dragon. Any plant lover will love it. Because It has stunning heart-shaped leaves with silver-green color. Its dark green vein is also amazing. You will find one foliage in one stem. In your busy schedule, you can take care of it as It is a low maintenance plant. 

General Overview

Common NameElephant ear ‘Silver Dragon’The African Gray Mask
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1 to 2 meter
Spread0.5 meter
ToxicityToxic if ingestedStrength no 4 levels of toxicity
Season of InterestedSpring

As well as purifies its surroundings. With indirect bright light, it gives you its stunning look.

It is doing well both indoor and outdoor. If you add them to your houseplant, It will be a great choice for your addition.   

Alocasia Baginda Silver Dragon Care

WaterMediumAllow the soil Dry dry 
LightBright indirect light
SoilPeat moss free draining soil
FertilizerOnce in a month (In spring)
Humidity & Temperature80% is good55 to 80 degrees F

3. Alocasia Macrorrhizos Giant Taro

Alocasia macrorrhizos Giant Taro
Alocasia Macrorrhizos Giant Taro

The huge Alocasia macrorrhizos is also called Giant Taro. This beautiful plant will be ornamental for your garden. It is a very fast-growing plant.  Its big green and rosette leaf is stunning. It can be grown indoors and outdoors.

General Overview

Common NameGiant Elephant Ear, Upright Elephant Ear
OriginSoutheast  Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height3.6 to 4.5 meter(12’-15’)’
Spread1.8 to 2.4 meter(6’-8’)
FlowerCalla Lily (Yellowish-Green)
Season of InterestedSpring, Summer

Many people grow it as a crop. It gives beneficial things for health. It will stay in your garden for several years and give flowers after 2 or 3 years. As well as it is used as animal feed, human food(vegetable), and medicinal in many other countries.  

However, as a low-maintenance plant, you can add it to your garden. It will be praised in your garden.

Alocasia Macrorrhizos Giant Taro Care

WaterAverage
LightIndirect bright light
SoilSandy, Loam
FertilizerOnce in a month (In growing season)
Humidity & TemperatureHigher Humidity is good55 to 80 degrees F

4. Alocasia Zebrina

Alocasia Zebrina
Alocasia Zebrina

In fourth, we will tell you about the most unique Alocasia zebrina. It is unique because of its stem. The stem is black and yellow zebra print. It looks like a tiger-striped. The leaf has an arrow-shaped structure as well as greeny beautiful leaves. 

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia Reticulata ZebrinaAlocasia Zebrina TigerZebra AlocasiaAlocasia Leopard
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height2.5 to 3 feet
SpreadSpread with maturity
ToxicityToxic if ingested Sometime causes allergy on skin
Season of InterestedSpring

Though you find many varieties on leaf. In alocasia plants are big but the Zebrina is a little fussy plant.  Under proper care, It will grow accurately. 

In spring It gives you white spadix flowers. It will take a light spot on your room and house if you add them.

Alocasia Zebrina Care

WaterWhen the soil .5 inch surface is dry
LightIndirect bright light
SoilWell draining peat moss, perlite and sandy
FertilizerOnce in a month (in the growing season)
Humidity & TemperatureHigh humidity, above 60%60 to 85 degrees F

5. Alocasia Reginula Black Velvet

Alocasia Reginula Black Velvet
Alocasia Reginula Black Velvet

Alocasia Black Velvet is a gorgeous plant with its beautiful foliage. It has amazing black leaves. The underside of the silver spot makes it unusual. It has a silver stem and the stems are short from the leaves.

General Overview

Common NameElephant ear, Juwel alocasia, queen Alocasia, The little queen
OriginSoutheast asia
FamilyAraceae
Height10-15 inches
Spread16-25 cm
ToxicityToxic when you eat
Season of InterestedIn spring

It is a fast-growing plant with little care. It blooms in white spadix finger like a flower within a year. In winter alocasia reginula looks like a sleepy plant. 

In a green terrarium environment, it gives a potent contrast. It’s an exotic dark gem. You will be happy to add it in your addition.

Alocasia Reginula Black Velvet Care

WaterMedium
LightIndirect bright 
SoilLoam and sandy
FertilizerOnce a month in spring
Humidity & Temperature45 to 70%55 to 85 degrees F

6. Alocasia Dragon Scale

The main attraction of this Alocasia is its leave. It’s an evergreen beautiful plant. This amazing plant has an oval shape with big foliage with silver-green color. At the top, you will find a darker vein which is a reflection of the dragon scale. The undersurface of the leaves and veins also looks pretty.

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia Silver Dragon, Elephant ear silver Dragon
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1-1.5 meter
Spread0.5 meter
FlowerPurple spathe flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Dragon Scale Care

WaterMoist before watering
Lightpartial sunlight
SoilWell draining soil
FertilizerOrganic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity15 to 25 degree celsius

7. Alocasia Cuprea Red Secret

Alocasia cuprea red secret
Alocasia cuprea red secret

Alocasia Cuprea is a stunning plant for your indoor garden. It has a metallic sheen on the surface of the leaf with a red-like color. It’s red like almost black border makes it dramatic.

General Overview

Common NameElephant ears ( Red secret)
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1- 1.2 meter
Spread0.5 meter
ToxicityIf ingested
Season of InterestedSpring summer

Your room will be decorated with its fabulous look. It is an evergreen plant. Give flowers in years. But its main attraction is its leaf. It’s like a little bit of extra care. 

It is a fast-growing plant. With proper care, you will find a beautiful Red secret. And it will be an unusual collection. 

Alocasia Cuprea Red Secret Care

WaterLet the soil dry 
LightIndirect bright light
SoilWell draining, bark or moss
FertilizerOnce in the growing season
Humidity & TemperatureMedium to high16 to 25 degrees C

8. Alocasia Cucullata Hooded Dwarf

Alocasia cucullata Hooded Dwarf
Alocasia cucullata Hooded Dwarf

Alocasia cucullata is the most beautiful plant. It has gorgeous heartleaf green foliage.  It also has a green long stem. The leaves look like a bunch on the surface. Its flowers are so rare. But its stem and foliage are amazing.

General Overview

Common NameHooded Dwarf Elephant earChinese TaroBuddhas Hand
Originsoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height25-35 inch
Spread15-20 inch
ToxicityHarmful if ingested
Season of InterestedSpring

You know what this pretty plant is known as a good fortune. In Laos and Thailand people kept it in the temple. It is also used as a medicine. So It will be a great ornament for your garden. As well as it can give you those benefits.

Its maintenance is also not so tough. So you can keep it your place.

Alocasia Cucullata Hooded Dwarf Care

WaterDon’t allow the soil to dry out between watering. 
LightIndirect sunlight
SoilWell draining
FertilizerOnce in a month in growing season

9. Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek

Alocasia micholitziana Frydek
Alocasia micholitziana Frydek

This is the most wonderful plant from Alocasia. This rare plant has gotten its popularity from a few years ago. It rarely gives flowers. The main attraction is always its leaves. Stems are not so big. Its green leaves have white veins. This makes it the most unique and glamorous plant. A plant lover is always amazed by its leaves.  

General Overview

Common NameGreen Velvet  Alocasia
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height24-35 inches
Spread20-25 inches
FlowerWhite spadix 
Season of InterestedFall-winter to early summer

With this kind of specialty, it is also a low-maintenance plant. Anybody can handle it easily.  So if you have this it will be elegant for your garden. 

Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek Care

Wateraverage
LightPartial sunlight 
SoilWell draining, Peat
FertilizerOnce in a month
Humidity & TemperatureAvibe 50%65 to 85 degree F

10. Alocasia Macrorrhiza ‘Stingray’

Alocasia Macrorrhiza Stingray
Alocasia Macrorrhiza Stingray

Alocasia Macrorrhiza is one of the most gorgeous plants from Alocasia. The evergreen Stingray can be a unique addition to your houseplant. Its leaves are so large and the shape is beautiful. 

It’s called Stingray because its foliage looks like the tail of stingray. It also looks like wings. It always gets the attraction. In the stem, you will find some spots which make it more pretty.

General Overview

Common NameElephant Ear stingray
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1.2 to 1.8 meter
Spread1.2  to 1.8 meter
ToxicityToxic if ingested
Season of InterestedSpring

 It is a fast-growing plant. As well as it is low maintenance. It can purify the air. So anybody can impress with that. A plant lover will always want to collect it in their house.

Alocasia Macrorrhiza Stingray Care

WaterAverage
LightIndirect  bright sunlight
SoilWell Draining
FertilizerOnce a month in the growing season
Humidity & TemperatureAbove 50%17 to 22 degree C

11. Alocasia Longiloba

Alocasia Longiloba
Alocasia Longiloba

 With a Glamorous leaf, this Alocasia is an ornamental plant. Talk about its leaves. I can say it is an amazing leaf. The leaf is an arrow shape with bluish-green color. Its margin has a silver color as well as in vain. Sometimes With its flowers, it will amaze you. It can be an attraction for its leaves.

General Overview

Common NameElephant Ears, African Mask
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height0.5 to 1.5 meter
Spread0.5 to 1 meter
FlowerButter yellow spadix
Season of InterestedSpring

With good care, it is a fast-growing plant. Take care about its temperature. Below 50 degrees F it can’t take a breath.  Other things are also taken into consideration.

This is an amazing plant. And it will always emblazon your garden.

Alocasia Longiloba Care

WaterAverage 
LightIndirect Bright light
SoilLoam Clay sandy
FertilizerIn every month
Humidity & TemperatureAbove 50%Above 50 degree F

12. Alocasia Wentii

Alocasia Wentii
Alocasia Wentii

 Alocasia wentii is called giant elephant ear because of its leaf. The arrow shape Dark green leaf. You will find another red shade underside of the leaf. It is doing well  near the water.  Any plant lover will attract with its leave. And want to add it in their landscape.

General Overview

Common NameGiant elephant Ears, Hardy Elephant  Ear
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1 to 1.5 meter
Spread0.5 to 1 meter 
ToxicityToxic if ingested
Season of InterestedIn spring

It is sleeping in the winter season. It is also a needy plant. With proper care, it will go so fast. It can grow indoors and outdoors too. 

It will give you a tropical touch in your garden.  To make a glamorous indoor plant you can add it to your place.

Alocasia Wentii Care

WaterMist the soil regularly
LightIndirect Bright Light
SoilWell Draining
FertilizerOnce in month
Humidity & TemperatureHigher HumidityAbove 50 degree F

13. Alocasia Sanderiana

Alocasia Sanderiana
Alocasia Sanderiana

Alocasia Sanderiana is an amazing herbaceous perennial in the Araceae family. This plant is commonly known as the Kris plant because of their wavy blade of a kalis dagger which is similar to the wavy margins of this plant’s leaves. This plant has arrow-shaped and deeply lobed leaves. The leaves are dark green in color on the upper surface and they have attractive white veins and green red on the underside. 

General Overview

Common NameKris plant, African mask
OriginMisamis Occidental and Bukidnon in Philippines
FamilyAraceae
HeightUp to 6.5 feet
Spread1.5m
FlowerGreen and white spathe flower
Season of InterestSpring

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic and should be kept out of the reach of children and pet. They are mostly cultivated as ornamental plants for their dramatic foliage. Another use of this plant is making nanomaterial to fight bacteria.

Alocasia Sanderiana Care

WaterModerate watering
LightFull shade
SoilWell-drained
FertilizerSlow-release fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureMoist environment and 85 F (29 C)  temperature

14. Alocasia Odora

Alocasia Odora
Alocasia odora (credit: sinningmonstera – instagram )

The main attraction of this Alocasia is its leave. It has gigantic, lush leaves which add some drama to your home and it requires minimal effort. This plant has a sweet fragrance. The leaves of this plant are shaped like elephant ears similar to taro and Colocasia giganta. The leaves are upward and lush green in color.

General Overview

Common NameNight -scented Lily, Asian Taro or Giant upright elephant ear
OriginEast and Southeast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height4 to 8 feet
Spread2 to 3 feet
FlowerGorgeous scented flower
Season of InterestedSpring, Summer, Winter

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous evergreen plant from the Araceae family. It will be praise in your indoor garden.

Alocasia Odora Care

WaterAverage
LightBright indirect
SoilClay, Loom, Sand
FertilizerOrganic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureModerate Humidity(70%) and 15 to 30 degree celsius

15. Alocasia Nebula

Alocasia Nebula
Alocasia Nebula

Alocasia Nebula is the world’s most sought-after jewel Alocasia varieties. U must become a fan if you see their leaves. The leaves are silvery gray or deep blue with two-line patterning, one is thick and another is fine and elegant.

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia Silver Nebula, The Silver Plant
OriginAustralia
FamilyAraceae
Height70 – 90 cm
Spread0.5 meter
FlowerInsignificant Flowers

It is a very rare variety of Alocasia. The maintenance of the Alocasia Nebula is not so easy. Still if you are an Alocasia fan, I think it’s not a big deal for you. High humidity is required for new growth. Never soak them in the winter season.

Alocasia Nebula Care

WaterQuite often,  spray bottle recommended
LightPlenty of indirect Light
SoilRegular soil + Peat + Perlite
FertilizerOrganic fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity, 65%. 60 to 85 degree Fahrenheit

16. Alocasia Reversa

Alocasia Reversa
Alocasia Reversa (credit: gardenbyloyang – instagram )

Alocasia Reversa has dark-colored veins. It is unique itself. The name Reversa is for the coloration pattern of leaves is reverse of what other Alocasia leaves pattern. That’s why such a name was given.

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia Reversa
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height40 cm
Spread0.4 m
FlowerNot found any info

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Reversa Care

WaterOnly when the top 2 inches of the soil dry
LightBright indirect sunlight
SoilWell draining potting soil
FertilizerOnce every month (only in spring and summer)
Humidity & Temperature60% ok. 65-70 degree F

17. Alocasia Melo

Alocasia Melo
Alocasia Melo (credit: plantlineph – Instagram )

This plant is another eye-catching jewel that has the thickest and most heavily textured leaves. The leaves are jade green to greenish-blue in color and grow on erect terrestrial petioles. They look like cardboard that’s why confuse people with an artificial plant.

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia rugosa
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height1-2 feet
Spread0.5 meter
FlowerTypical anthurium-like flowers, white, non-fragrant

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is highly toxic. So keep children and pets away from the plant. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Araceae family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Melo Care

WaterModerate watering
Lightpartial to bright indirect sunlight
SoilWell drained soil
FertilizerNPK or domestic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity 20 to 30 degree celsius

18. Alocasia Scalprum

Alocasia Scalprum
Alocasia Scalprum (credit: plantsofkang – instagram )

This is a tuberous, herbaceous species and a true jewel among Alocasias. It has elongated, embossed foliage. The leaves are similar in shape to a sharp dagger. They are dark green in color with a tinge of blue. New leaves are much lighter and lush green in color. Mature leaves are thick and rubbery. The leaf petioles are shorter than the blade.

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia Samar lance
OriginPhilippines
FamilyAraceae
Height30 cm
Spread2-5 cm
Flowergreen spathe flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Scalprum Care

WaterMedium watering
Lightpartial sunlight
SoilWell-drained soil
FertilizerOrganic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity15 to 25 degree celsius

19.Alocasia Infernalis

Alocasia Infernalis
Alocasia Infernalis (credit: jhurahman_urangulu – instagram )

This plant is very beautiful for its black sheen that comes from the leaves. This wonderful Alocasia plant has oval-shaped leaves which are dark, dark green in color. These leaves have big veins all over them. This is a small plant so can be grown easily in a terrarium.

General Overview

Common NameBlack magic
OriginSoutheast Malaysia Eastern forest
FamilyAraceae
Height55 cm
Spread15 cm
FlowerNo flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic humans and animals.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Infernalis Care

WaterWater when top 2 inches of soil are dry
LightBright indirect sunlight
SoilWell-draining potting soil
FertilizerOrganic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity (60%) 18 to 24 degree Celsius

20. Alocasia Portei

Alocasia Portei
Alocasia Portei (credit: niceplants.my – instagram )

This is a large growing species which has most dramatic foliage in the Alocasia family. The leaves give a very tropical feel. They are large segmented and highly lobed leaves whose enormous height makes this plant an eye-catching addition to the garden. The foliage are evergreen and smooth. The stems and petioles are an attractive purple color.

General Overview

Common NameMalaysian Monster
OriginSoutheast Asia
FamilyAraceae
Height4-8 feet
Spread0.5 meter
FlowerCream or tan color flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. It is quite unique and amazing. This plant is easy to grow in containers. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Portei Care

WaterMoist before watering
Lightpartial sunlight, light shade, partial to full shade
SoilWell-drained soil
FertilizerBalanced Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHumidity 50% or higher and average 50 degree celsius

21. Alocasia Plumbea ‘Nigra’

Alocasia Plumbea 'Nigra'
Alocasia Plumbea ‘Nigra’ (credit: halamanong – instagram )

This Alocasia has wide leaves. The leaves are dark green in color on their surface and metallic black on the underside. The edges of the leaves are wavy. The leaves have a lustrous sheen that gives the appearance of changing color from dark green to dark purple. It has a darker vein. These great plants sway and sing a special song in the warm, mid-late summer breezes.

General Overview

Common NameAlocasia Nigra, Nigra elephant ear, Black Metallic Taro
OriginIndonesia
FamilyAraceae
Height36 – 60 inches
Spread24 – 36 inches
FlowerGreen, insignificant spathe flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

It is a low-maintenance plant with large and ribbed foliage. It cannot cope with direct sunlight. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be praise in your indoor garden.

Alocasia Plumbea Nigra Care

WaterOccasional watering
Lightpartial shade to deep shade
SoilMoist and rich soil
FertilizerOnce per year
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity15 to 25 degree celsius

22. Alocasia Heterophylla

Alocasia Heterophylla
Alocasia Heterophylla (credit: dahonstories – instagram )

This is a small herb plant and has a strong blue metallic sheen on the leaves. This plant can maintain 3 or 4 leaves at a time. So it’s better to plant 3 to 5 plants in a pot. The leaves have glossy and smooth surfaces. The color of the leaves varies from green to blue-grey color. They are heart-shaped or arrow-shaped ears. This plant has the fewest lateral veins.

General Overview

Common NameMetallic blue
OriginTropical or subtropical regions of Asia, Eastern Australia
FamilyAraceae
Height2-15 feet
Spread2-8 feet
FlowerLight butter-yellow flower (not showy)
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

It is a low maintenance plant provided the medium growing. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Many species are highly toxic to humans and pets. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It can become the centerpiece of a garden or room.

Alocasia Heterophylla Care

WaterMoist before watering
Lightpartial sunlight
SoilMoist soil
FertilizerLiquid Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity, 60 to 85 degree celsius

23. Alocasia Reginae

Alocasia Reginae
Alocasia Reginae (credit: carlito_plantito – instagram )

This plant is a larger grower and produces more leaves and multiple crowns. The leaves of this plant are dark red on the reverses and a deeper green or bluish-green on the upper surface. The main veins are a darker shade of green. This plant has leaves of thicker substance than any other alocasia variety.

General Overview

Common NameMiri
OriginBorneo
FamilyAraceae
Height1-1.5 meter
Spread0.5 meter
FlowerNo flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

This is a fast-growing plant and a small plant. One plant can do well in a pot as it multiplies to fill the pot. It has a very pretty look because of its leaf.

This plant is one of the new arrivals of ornamental plants.  It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Reginae Care

WaterOccasional deep watering
LightBright indirect sunlight
SoilWell draining soil
FertilizerOrganic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity15 to 25 degrees celsius

24. Alocasia Sarawakensis

Alocasia Sarawakensis
Alocasia Sarawakensis (credit: love_o_green – instagram )

This plant is distinctly bold and exotic-looking. It produces glossy, patent leather-like leaves. The leaves have a calm, cool grayish-green surface and the color of the underside is chocolate milk. This amazing plant has thick chocolate stems. This powerful princess holds her leaves straight and tall and looks so pretty.  

General Overview

Common NameYucatan Princess Taro
OriginTropical and subtropical Asia to Eastern Australia
FamilyAraceae
Height8 ft
Spread5 ft
FlowerNo flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

This is an exceptionally decorative plant and a real must for all plant lovers. It requires low maintenance so easy to grow.

It is a fast-growing plant. It tends to grow larger if planted in the ground. They make a dramatic addition to the garden in the warm season.

Alocasia Sarawakensis Care

WaterMoist before watering
LightFull to partial sunlight
SoilMoist soil
FertilizerPeriodic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureAverage Humidity15 to 25 degree celsius

25. Alocasia Brancifolia

Alocasia Brancifolia
Alocasia Brancifolia

This is a very rare plant currently. The leaves of these plants are bright green in color like philodendron plants. The stems are pale pink in color and speckled like Zebrina. They are grown for their beautiful foliage and foliage which are herbaceous and smooth.

General Overview

Common NamePink passion
OriginMaluku, New Guinea
FamilyAraceae
Height18-24 inches
Spread0.6 meter
FlowerPale green, cream or tan, inconsoicuous flower
Season of InterestedSpring and summer

For its low maintenance, every plant lover wants this in their collection. As well as it has a pretty look. Anybody can easily handle it.

Though it is beautiful, it is so toxic.  Maintain the distance. It’s the most beautiful rhizomatous plant from the Alocasia family. It will be a praise in your indoor garden

Alocasia Brancifolia Care

WaterMoist before watering
LightIndirect bright light
SoilWell draining soil
FertilizerOrganic Fertilizer
Humidity & TemperatureHigh Humidity15 to 25 degrees celsius

Final Thoughts

Here we want to cover 25 types of Alocasia. All of them are so gorgeous and praiseworthy. Taking care of Alocasia is so easy. People choose their favorite alocasia.

In my word, all of them are so pretty. They give your house a beautiful fresh look. Your collection will be amazing.
What’s your thought? Let me know in the comment section about which one is your favorite.

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