Alocasia lauterbachiana

Elephant’s ear

Why we love Ozzy

You can’t help but fall for his enormous green and purple leaves. He’s a proper star.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

If you want to help him grow even taller than his current size, give him a monthly feed in spring and summer. He won’t need it in winter.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Alocasia lauterbachiana


Elephant’s ear

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About Elephant’s ear

Alocasia is popularly known as Elephant’s ears for the shape of its leaves. This is a slimmer version than most. In the wild, you’ll find it in the jungles of SouthEast Asia and New Guinea. Left to its own devices, it could grow as tall as four metres (it won’t do that inside).

Those unusual leaves are not just for show. The dramatic purple underside helps the plant absorb as much light as possible. That’s because Alocasia are used to living in dappled forest light. They need to suck up all the available sun. That’s also why it’s best not placed in direct sun in your home. It’s not built for it.

This plant requires a little more attention than most. Make sure to keep its soil moist (not soggy) and mist it regularly. Plus, of course, give it plenty of room, because this is a big’un.

Did you know?

There are 79 species of Alocasia. Maximum respect to you if you can name them all.