The Alocasia plant is also known as the African Mask plant is an attractive foliage plant and houseplant capable of growing quite large if given enough humidity and extra light during the winter months.
Its unique foliage make it an interesting houseplant and even more interesting in a landscape.
The African Mask plant calls the South Pacific home, and many species in particular come from the Philippines, India, southeast Asia and and New Guinea. This tuberous perennial from the Araceae family holds broad-shaped foliage and some edible parts.
According to International Aroid Society, plants of the family Araceae possess a bizarre mix of spathe and spadix which people see as its flower.
At one time the genus of Alocasia was considered to be part of the Colocasia (elephant ear plant) but was reclassified.
The hardiness zones of this plant greatly depends on the variety. So you need to know first about their differences and types, before you can identify this.
Although the Alocasia has a very similar type root as the elephants ear plant, it is not an edible plant.
Eye Catching Leaves
The demand for foliage plants as decoration in modern homes seems beyond limit.
The Alocasia African mask plant (some think the plant looks like one) or Kris plant as the Alocasia is sometimes called is a plant meeting the demand.
Many of the 70 or so different Alocasia species have veins with contrasting colors that are clearly defined, dark green, and heart-shaped leaf which looks attractive, eye-catching and exotic.
Unique in coloring and bold in shape, Alocasias attract the attention of all who see them.
The combinations of bronze, green, silver gray and cream with corresponding variation in the shape of the leaves, make them truly gems among plants grown for their foliage.
Alocasias are still relatively uncommon for the average homeowner and a bit of sleuthing may be necessary to locate them. Although more are available due to tissue culture propagation.
We the saplings and flowers are delivering this amazing plant in Imphal