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Frydek Elephant's Ear

Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek'

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Frydek Elephant's Ear (Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Frydek Elephant's Ear foliage

Frydek Elephant's Ear foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Elephant Ear, Taro

Description:

Amazing large heart shaped leaves are velvety dark green with dramatic white veins; visually elegant as a garden accent; can tolerate some cold and grows well in containers

Ornamental Features

Frydek Elephant's Ear's attractive large heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive white veins throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Frydek 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.

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

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Frydek Elephant's Ear will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. 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 type or pH. 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.

Frydek 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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