Variegated Elephant Ear

Alocasia odora 'Variegata'

A lush plant with large, striking variegated foliage that will add tropical flair to any garden. Leaves may exceed two feet in length. Fragrant, white flowers occasionally appear in spring. A dramatic container plant for the patio or deck, or use indoors as an atrium accent. Evergreen above 40° F.
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10-11: Outdoor
Grow Indoors in all zones

Good to Grow...indoors:


Filtered sun, Partial shade

Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.


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Botanical Pronunciationa-loh-KAY-see-uh oh-DOR-uh var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeRarely blooms; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleTropical
Landscape UseContainer, Houseplant, Poolside, Specimen, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsBush Lily (Clivia); Fatsia (Fatsia); Fern (Asplenium); Fatsia (Fatsia); Brunfelsia (Brunfelsia); Sausage Vine (Holboellia)

Thrives and spreads freely in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Prefers bright shade or filtered sun, and warm, humid environments. Apply a controlled release fertilizer to the potting mix or garden soil. In cold winter zones, enjoy outdoors but move inside well before threat of frost. Remove old, faded foliage as needed.

This Plant's Growing Zones: ALL

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone:

Grow Indoors in All Zones