Alocasia 'Portodora' (Portodora Upright Elephant Ear)
Zone: 7b to 10b,
Height: 96" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)
(syn: Alocasia x portora 'Portodora') This superb alocasia hybrid was selected by Ron Weeks from seedlings of an Alocasia x portora cross (Alocasia odora x Alocasia portei), made by LariAnn Garner of Aroidia Research. Alocasia 'Portodora' makes a stunning upright clump that is essentially an improved Alocasia macrorrhizos. Each giant, green, heavily-scalloped leaf is held sturdily upright atop a thick, muscular, purple stalk. Alocasia 'Portodora' elephant ear is truly an architectural specimen plant for any garden. As with all elephant ears, a moist, rich organic soil is best. A good, thick winter mulch helps prevent rot caused by cold, damp soils.