plants

Henry

Giant elephant ear

Alocasia Wentii; Hardy elephant ear

Why we love Henry

His enormous leaves with their unusual colouring make him really eye-catching. A majestic centrepiece for your indoor jungle.

Most light conditions
Easy care

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The patch promise

If you want to maximise his size (he can grow up to 1.5 metres) give him a monthly feed in spring and summer.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Alocasia Wentii

Nickname

Giant elephant ear; Hardy elephant ear

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height

110-120cm

Pet/Baby friendly

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

35cm

About Alocasia wentii

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 live in dappled forest light. It needs to suck up all the available sun. That’s also why it’s best not placed in direct sun. It’s just not built for it.

This plant requires a little more attention than some. Make sure to keep its soil moist (not soggy) and mist it regularly. You may see it lose some leaves in winter. This doesn’t mean it’s dying. It means it has gone to sleep until the weather warms up. Once spring comes it will burst back to life.

Did you know?

The largest breeds of alocasia have leaves up to 90cm long. Don’t panic, this one stays well short of that.