Elephant Ear Plant

Alocasia cucullata

With its distinctive leaves said to resemble either praying hands, hearts, or elephant ears, the Alocasia cucullata is sure to make a statement.

The tall stems of this plant make it ideal for places where you want to add a little extra height to your planting display.

Water your elephant ear plant little and often, never letting the soil dry out completely. As this plant is native to Thailand and Laos it will be happiest in warm temperatures and bright to medium light, but keep it away from direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.

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Key Facts

  • Origin
    Southeast Asia

    Bright indirect light

    Once a week

    Ideal temperature

    Did you know?
    This plant was hugely popular in the 1950s

Plant Bio

This plant goes by many names, including ‘elephant ear’ and ‘Buddha’s hand’. In several cultures it is believed to attract good luck, and as such can often be found in Buddhist temples in the plant’s native Laos and Thailand.

There are around 80 species of this tropical plant, some of which were originally edible. However, this was many thousands of years ago and has since been bred out, so we don’t recommend pairing this plant with your dinner!

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