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Metallica Elephant Ear

SKU: AM019607
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Metallica Upright Elephant Ear boasts large, heart-shaped leaves that are dark green above and silver-purple below. The puckered foliage has an interesting texture and is accented on the underside by dark purple veins. Sturdy stems hold the foliage upright, providing a bold focal point in containers, garden beds, and water gardens. Can also be grown as a houseplant in a large container. (Alocasia plumbae)
key features
Botanical Name
Alocasia plumbae Metallica
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
48-60" tall (4-5 feet)
Bulb Spacing
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season


Colocasia and Alocasia, both commonly known as Elephant Ears, are tropical perennials from southern Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea, parts of Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Gardeners love these easy-to-grow plants for their bold, architectural foliage to help give definition to outdoor spaces and to complement colorful flowers. As the summer wears on and other plants grow weary, Elephant Ears become more vigorous – colorful right up until the first frost! Plant in spring when the soil has warmed in a full- to part-sun location in wet or moisture-retentive soil, and feed and water regularly for best results. Elephant Ears are also popular houseplants and can be grown in large containers with plenty of watering and added humidity.