Alocasia portodora

Upright elephant ear

Why we love Dora

Her enormous ruffled leaves make her the centre of attention. If you want to make your urban jungle extra jungle-y, get Dora.

Bright light
Easy care

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The patch promise

If you notice her ‘sweating’, it might be that you’re over-watering. She sometimes gets rid of excess from her leaves.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Alocasia portodora


Upright elephant ear

Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)


Pet/baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About Upright elephant ear

If you think it looks big now, you should see Upright elephant ear, or Alocasia portodora, in the wild. It can grow as tall as 4 metres in its natural habitat in South-East Asia. It’s obviously much smaller than that in a domestic setting, but it still commands a lot of space.

Unlike a lot of other alocasia, this species’ leaves don’t flop. They keep pointing magnificently toward the sky, hence the name. To keep it healthy, keep its soil consistently moist (but not soggy), give it as much light as you can and try not to let it get too cold. If it gets a bit cold in winter, it may lose some leaves. Don’t worry. This is just its way of preserving energy. It will grow back with new vigour in spring.

Did you know?

The largest wild alocasia can grow leaves as large as 90cm. You’d need a big living room for those.