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Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Shock Treatment'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Shock Treatment'

Shock Treatment Upright Elephant Ear

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Item #: 7121

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Vietnam

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.



In 2005, we were botanizing north of Hanoi and after finding our road washed out, we retreated through a series of uninteresting back roads until sighting this bizarre form of the common Alocasia macrorrhizos in the front yard of a small home. The owner gladly shared a piece that we subsequently named Alocasia 'Shock Treatment'. This mutation of Alocasia macrorrhizos is a 3' tall clumper with glossy green, bizarrely twisted and crinkled leaves resembling a larger version of Alocasia cucullata 'Crinkles'. So far, this has proven as winter hardy as regular Alocasia macrorrhizos.