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Alocasia Amazonica 'African Mask Plant'

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The Alocasia Amazonica 'African Mask Plant' features striking, shield-shaped foliage. Leaves are a dark green accented with thick white and dark green veins. The leaves also sometimes display an almost purple-green in certain light. Textures range from slick and glossy to thick and waxy. This plant thrives in bright, indirect light and needs a warm, humid environment for best growth. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy, especially when it’s actively putting out new growth and it’ll reward you with beautiful big new leaves and baby plants you can divide to propagate!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Alocasia Amazonica
  • Pronunciation: a ·luh·kei·zhuh a·muh·zaa·nuh·kuh
  • Common Name: African Mask Plant, Amazon Elephant's Ear, Alocasia Polly. Amazon Taro
  • Family: Araceae 
  • Native Range: Southeast Asia

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care: Moderate 
  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct light.
  • Water: Keep soil moist, but not soggy
  • Humidity: High. 65% or above
  • Temperature: 60-75F. Avoid cold drafts.
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Fertilize 1/2 strength monthly during the spring and summer
  • Growth: Upright. Can grow to 2-6' tall
  • Propagation: Root division in spring or early summer
  • Pests: Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, aphids
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets.