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Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear

Alocasia sarawakensis 'Yucatan Princess'

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Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear (Alocasia sarawakensis 'Yucatan Princess') at Patuxent Nursery

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Alocasia, Taro

Description:

This one-of-a-kind variety presents incredibly glossy, crinkled, gray-green leaves with brown undersides, held up on strong, brick red stems; can reach up to 8 feet; elegant as a large accent or screen; grows well in containers

Ornamental Features

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear's attractive enormous crinkled heart-shaped leaves remain grayish green in color with curious dark brown undersides and tinges of red throughout the year. It features solitary conical creamy white hooded flowers with white centers rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear is an open herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Yucatan Princess Elephant's Ear is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
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Ornamental Features