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  • Alocasia 'Dark Star' Quart

Alocasia 'Dark Star' Quart

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Black stems provide a stark contrast to large emerald green leaves that will add a tropical feel to shadier parts of the garden.

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Knowing that a plant isn't suited for our Pacific NW winters often makes gardeners cross said plant off their list, but sometimes, it's just too beautiful to pass up, so we treat them as a summer annual. Such is Dark Star alocasia, aka Elephant Ears, so named for its large, emerald green leaves that can rise up to three feet tall on stiff black stems. Use this specimen in shade gardens to add a tropical flair and a dramatic backdrop for summer-flowering plants such as begonias or fuchsias. Once the leaves die down in the winter, the tubers of the alocasia may be dug up and stored indoors until the following spring.

Common Name Elephant Ears, Alocasia 'Dark Star'
Mature Size 36" tall, up to 30" wide
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness Frost sensitive perennial grown as an annual. Bring indoors for winter
Light Shade to morning sun/afternoon shade, all day filtered sun
Bloom Color N/A
Bloom Time N/A
Structure Upright clump
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