What are these?

egflynnSeptember 7, 2013

Hi: This looks like a elephant ear, but it's not one I bought or planted. It showed up a month or so after I planted this fern (which was new this year). I thought maybe a small tuber was mixed in the fern container from the nursery. However . . .

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. . . I just noticed this one today growing in a pot containing a single coleus that's been on my porch all summer. Are these elephant ears, or something else that resembles them? Many thanks for help and suggestions!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Calvin Ragoonanan

Yes, they seem to be alocasias or colocasias.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 11:42PM
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Will grow from seed, too. Maybe a couple came along for a ride from somewhere else. Nice bonus, though

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 3:23AM
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Thank you triniguy and alisonoz. I figured that's what they were but just couldn't figure out where they came from. They're unlike any of the other elephant ears I have here. Nice bonus, indeed! Thanks again.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 12:20PM
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They look like Alocasia reginula. You need to be careful they don't stay too wet. They're far more susceptible to over watering than most other Alocasia.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 12:41PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Tropic nailed it!

Alocasia reginula
Also known as black velvet...

They are finicky! Easy on the water, and sun! No intense full sun!

You should feel rather lucky...I've been searching for that EE for some time!
They are easy to find online, but because of their nature to go dormant when stressed, and the fact that online sales usually net me a tiny plant, I've avoided ordering one and have been searching locally... No dice!

Good luck with it!
If you end with a bunch of em by next spring, I'd happily trade you a handful of other EE for a healthy black velvet...

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:43AM
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Thank you tropicbreezent and grabmebymyhandle! I do tend to overwater, which is one of the reasons I have so many hostas, ferns, and elephant ears in well draining pots. They'll generally take my well-meaning attempts at love. I'll be sure to be more careful with the black velvet. And no worries about too much sun -- both pots are in bright shade with no direct sun at all.

I'd be up for a trade next spring, grabmebythehand. I'd need some schooling in the best way to prepare and ship it, though . . .

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 10:57PM
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