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Giant Upright Elephant Ear, Night-scented Lily (Alocasia Odora)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 30962 Views | 3 Comments

Alocasia Odora Alocasia Odora is an ornamental plant with big leaves and provides an instant "tropical look" to the yard. Striking foliage with large, deep green upright leaves provides for a dramatic effect in a container or the garden.

Odora can withstand very low temperatures, down to about 0°F (zone 7a). In colder climates you can “chop the top” and bring it indoors for the following spring. Alocasia Odora has big upright leaves that can be more than 3 ft (1 m) long. This is a gorgeous and easy to grow elephant ear!

Family: Araceae
Genus: Alocasia
Species: Odora
Cultivar: None Identified

Alocasia Odora


USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F
USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F
USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F
USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F
USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F


6-8 ft.

Light Exposure:

Full Sun
10% to 40% Shade

Growth Rate:


Alocasia Odora In the fall you can do something we call “chop the top” which is where you can cut the elephant ear off at the ground level and pot the top of the plant. It will re-grow its roots and be ready to plant again in the spring. If you live in warmer zones (7a and below) this is also an excellent way to double the number of Elephant Ears you have. Grow in moist soil.

Response by: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/04/2010  at  10:08 PM

The larger the leaf the more I admire the plant. One of the largest undivided leaf exotics in the tropical plant world is the Alocasia odora from South East Asia sometimes called giant upright elephant ear.

Response by: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/29/2011  at  03:44 AM

I think I have what’s called Alocsaia odora I have found a flower with a vey deicate perfume….

Response by: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/14/2011  at  10:47 AM

    I have an Elephant ear plant that has completely out grown it`s self in a large pot.  The plant is over 6` high
with a 4` long trunk.  Can I cut the trunk off at ground level in the pot and regrow it from ground level in the pot Does anyone have any suggestions?

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