Alocasia Polly

Alocasia amazonica x Polly

Plant Story

Alocasia amazonica “Polly”, also known as Elephant Ear or African Shield, is a tropical perennial plant. While Polly is a hybrid created relatively recently with mixed origin stories, the genus Alocasia is native to tropical rainforest climates in India, Southeast Asia, southern China, and southern Pacific islands. About seventy species fall within the genus Alocasia. Polly features large, waxy leaves in the shape of an arrow-head protruding from long single stems. Leaves are a deep green with silver veining and have a rich purple underside.


Alocasias thrive in bright, indirect light.


Water evenly, and only when top two to three inches of soil are completely dry.


Alocasia plants do best in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, and will stop growing at colder temps.


Fertilize every two to three weeks from the end of March through early September.