African Mask (Alocasia 'Polly') in the Elephant Ears (Alocasia) Database

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Alocasia x amazonica 'Poly'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Glossy, deeply veined
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Other: Seasonal.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination. Viability declines if seeds are allowed to dry. Soak overnight in distilled water and plant.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Parentage: Sport of: Amazonica
Child plants: 3 child plants


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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Jan 21, 2014 4:11 PM

Discovered as a mutation of African Mask (Alocasia 'Amazonica'), at Silver Chrome Gardens, among tissue cultured liners in the 1980's. Shorter petioles, slower growth, and heavier leaf substance led the Rotolantes, owners of Silver Krome Gardens, to believe it was a polyploid form, hence the name 'Polly'. DNA testing indicates it is not polyploid.

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On September 15, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
tubers on heat mat produced leaves, keeping them on heat mat
skylark On August 15, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
sev tubers are not leafing out - put on heat mat 6 in 6" pot
skylark On March 7, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
put all on heating mat to restart grown, tented.
skylark On April 15, 2017 Plant emerged
new leaves emerged in most pots
skylark On March 15, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
put pots on heat mat to wake up
skylark On June 30, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
most bulbils have sprouted (about 2 mo) and have 1st leaf
skylark On April 7, 2016 Transplanted
cleaned and potted small tubers from 3yr sprouting - into 6" pot, put on heat mat to sprout
skylark On April 6, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
potted collected bulbils from the largest pot into perlite on heat mat tented to sprout (13: 7 big, 6 medium).
skylark On March 29, 2016 Transplanted
dug up, cleaned up and repotted into fresh mix the largest pot, added 2 med sized tubers in - 8" shallow pot. put tented on heat mat to sprout. collected 2 dozen bulbils, large, med and small - form sev years of growth.
skylark On May 4, 2015 Plant emerged
most ypung dormant tubers produced 1 leaf - tented and on heating mat
skylark On March 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
put all young tubers on a heating mat, well-watered and tented for sprouting.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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