Alocasia Odora is an ornamental plant with big leaves and provides an instant "tropical look" to the yard. Striking foliage with large, deep green upright leaves provides for a dramatic effect in a container or the garden.

John Derrick
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Giant Upright Elephant Ear, Night-scented Lily (Alocasia Odora) Image

Odora can withstand very low temperatures, down to about 0°F (zone 7a). In colder climates you can “chop the top” and bring it indoors for the following spring. Alocasia Odora has big upright leaves that can be more than 3 ft (1 m) long.

This is a gorgeous and easy to grow elephant ear!

Giant Upright Elephant Ear, Night-scented Lily (Alocasia Odora) Image

In the fall you can do something we call “chop the top” which is where you can cut the elephant ear off at the ground level and pot the top of the plant. It will re-grow its roots and be ready to plant again in the spring.

If you live in warmer zones (7a and below) this is also an excellent way to double the number of Elephant Ears you have. Grow in moist soil.

Additional Classification Data

Family: Araceae
Genus: Alocasia
Species: Odora
Cultivar: None Identified

Hardiness Zones

USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F

USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F

USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F

USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Plant Height

Height 6-8 ft.

Light Exposure

Light - Full Sun

Light - 10% to 40% Shade

Growth Rate

Rate - Fast

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Published/Updated on: 01-20-2021