African Mask Plant is an attractive foliage plant and houseplant. This plant is mainly grown for its heavily-veined, dark green leaves. The stunning, veined leaves are very large, glossy, heart-shaped with wavy edges. This evergreen plant belongs to Araceae Family. The striking big green leaves make a big impact. Even though it has Africa in its name, Alocasia does not come from Africa at all. It gets its name from the resemblance to the hand-carved ceremonial masks found in Africa. This plant actually hails from South Asia.
Its unique foliage makes it an interesting houseplant and even more interesting in a landscape. These plants have lovely foliage that can look especially stunning when the light shines through the smaller leaves. This plant needs extra care and attention.
Gifting a plant is always a great idea as they are good for health and the environment. More than that, it is always a pleasure to see your gifted plant is growing. If you too have a great idea of gifting a plant, Indoor Plants, especially Alocasia is a good choice. These plants not only helps to create a healthy greenish environment but also helps to create a lively ambience at home. This plant adds a classy greenish touch to your home decor. Go green and Gift a plant. Let us build a better world for the generations to come.
Scientific Name: Alocasia x mortfontanensis André
Common Names: African Mask, Elephant’s Ear Plant
Synonyms: Alocasialongiloba x Alocasia sanderiana hybrid, Alocasia x amazonica
Native Distribution: South East Asia
Benefit: Ornamental Foliage
African Mask Plant Care
- Light: Bright but indirect sunlight, Alocasia tolerates both sun and shade, but it performs best when planted in partially shaded garden beds
- Soil: Use an organic well-aerated loose soil that contains a good amount of peat moss. If the soil seems a little heavy, add some builder’s sand or perlite.
- Water: Allow the top 2″- 3″ of soil to dry out before watering, and try to keep the soil evenly moist. Over-watering, wet leaves, and soggy soil make an Alocasia plant susceptible to a variety of serious fungal infections. Check the soil frequently until you are sure of the plant’s watering needs. Alocasia plants require less water during the winter when it’s dormant.
- Temperature: 60°-80°F (15.6°-26.7°C) These plants becomes dormant with prolonged exposure to temperatures below 60°F(15.6° and may drop all of their leaves.
- Fertilizer: You can use a diluted liquid fertilizer to feed your around once a month as long as it’s growing. Stop feeding completely during the winter months or if the plant is dormant.
- Propagation: Plant Division is the best way to propagate an Alocasia.
- Toxicity: Toxic to Pets
- Pruning: Quickly remove any yellow leaves or those that develop brown or black spots from an Alocasia plant as that may be a sign of a fungal disease.
Plant Division: Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Mode of Nutrition: Autotrophic
Plant Shape: Shrubby
Plant Size: Maximum height 0.6 m to 1.2 m, maximum spread 0.3 to 0.5 m.
Flower Colours: Cream / Off-White, White
Flowering Habit: Polycarpic