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Alocasia x ‘Regal Shield’

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Description

The Alocasia 'Regal Shield' is a larger hybrid variety of Alocasia recognizable for its almost black velvety leaves with maroon undersides that grow from long semi-stiff stems. A matrix of thick, yellow under veins support the upright leaves. This plants needs bright light and high humidity to thrive. It also appreciates a large space to grow given its rapid growth in width and height. 

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Elephant Ear 
  • Common Name(s): Regal Shield
  • Family: Araceae 
  • Native Range: Africa

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Water thoroughly and let the soil dry out between watering
  • Humidity: High
  • Temperature: 60-80F
  • Pruning: : Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves
  • Feeding: Use a use diluted regular houseplant fertilizer once a month during spring and summer
  • Propagation: 
  • Growth: Grows rapidly. Can grow around 3-6 ft at maturity.
  • Pests: Look out for mealy bugs, scale, aphids and spider mites
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets