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Upright Elephant Ears

The Upright Elephant Ear has all the drama of an Elephant Ear with upward-facing foliage. The huge, green leaves are the perfect touch to offset your favorite blooms or to be planted on its own. This bulb is extremely easy to grow and ideal for containers. (Alocasia odora)

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Height: 54-60" tall
Bulb Spacing: 24-36" apart
Bloom Time: Foliage plant all summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Upright Elephant Ears, Alocasia odora, Upright Elephant Ear
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Common Name Upright Elephant Ear
Botanical Name Alocasia odora
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 54-60" tall
Bulb Size 9-11"
Bulb Spacing 24-36" apart
Planting Depth Plant 4" deep
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Wide green leaves that resemble an elephants ear.
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Containers, Rock Gardens
Additional Information Hardy in zones 7-11
Ships to Canada No
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This will be the biggest thing in your garden – Maybe even the biggest in the neighborhood! The Upright Elephant Ear quickly shoots up big, green spears that unfurl into some of the largest leaves in the plant kingdom. In good soil, the leaves can reach 4 or even 5 feet across. Just one big bulb will create a large leafy plant, like a tropical fountain of green.

Gardeners love this exotic favorite as a screen or as a background for smaller plants and flowers. Always a highlight in any garden, and very easy to grow and care for. Our bulbs are top size, which means up to 10 inches in circumference! Complete planting instructions are included.

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      Comments about American Meadows Upright Elephant Ears:

      I was a little worried about planting an elephant ear in my yard, here in the canyons of sunny California, thinking the dry, summer temperatures would kill this tropical. I planted it in the spring and thought it may have rotted, as it took almost 6 months for the first little leaf to break the soil. But WOW, once it emerged, it never stopped! I cannot believe the size of it now, a year later. By far, the most growth I have ever seen from a plant in such little time. It completely filled in the empty bed I placed it in for that very reason! And now it's sent secondary clusters of new shoots around the entire perimeter of the main base! The only downfall I see, is that I may have to eliminate some of them, if this thing keeps going the way it is. It's a VERY happy plant! I love it and it is a show-stopper in my front garden. Just about every visitor to my home comments on how fabulous it is. I wish I had room for more Elephant Ears. This one is a winner!

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      Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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      As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

      Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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