PlantsElephant Ears (Alocasia)→African Mask (Alocasia 'Polly')

Common names:
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Give a thumbs up African Mask
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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 or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Glossy, deep green accented with attractive white to light green veining
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
Humidity tolerant
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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