This is a spectacular evergreen foliage plant belonging to the Elephant’s ear family. Upright, fleshy, rhizomatous stems bear stout, cylindrical leaf stalks topped with lush, green, heart-shaped leaves with prominent veins. The plants develop into multi stemmed clumps about 1,2 m tall and often equally as wide.

Alocasia cucullata ‘Spear Queen’ cucullata grows relatively quickly to a mature size, preferring shade, plenty of water, rich soils and, from August to April, regular fertilising with a plant food high in nitrogen. Plants exposed to sunlight will have paler foliage with a yellowish tinge or bleached look about the leaves. Older leaves die off as new ones emerge and should be removed as soon as they become tatty and unsightly.

It is ideal for shaded patio gardens, either in pots or planted directly in the ground and it also makes an effective container plant for verandas and well-lit rooms inside the home. Undemanding and easy to grow, this small-leaved Elephant’s ear is certain to be an integral part of many gardens in the years to come as more and more gardeners realise the importance of lush green foliage in creating a feeling of peace and tranquillity. The shiny leaves and statuesque growth habit make this a first class garden plant that does not tend to take over the entire garden as many of its relatives do.

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