Ebony Alocasia

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  • Fantastic Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Evenly Moist, Well-Draining, Slightly Acidic Soil
  • Mature Height 20-30 Inches

The large, arrow-shaped leaves of the Ebony Alocasia lend a lush tropical feel. The stems and foliage are a deep-green color that looks nearly black, while beautifully contrasting leaf veins are light green to silver. The Ebony Alocasia is also known as an African shield plant, elephant ear, or Alocasia Morocco. 

Best Locations For Growing Ebony Alocasia

This air-filtering architectural powerhouse can add interest to any room as a floor plant given conditions are suitable. It requires temperatures above 60 degrees F to thrive and dislikes temperature fluctuations, so avoid drafty windows and areas near heating or air conditioning vents. During warm weather, it also makes an excellent accent outdoors in a shaded area. Alocasia is toxic, so use this plant cautiously around pets and children.

Ebony Alocasia Sunlight Requirements

In the wild, Alocasias grow on the forest floor, so they thrive in dappled sunlight. In the home, they perform best with bright indirect light; too much hot, direct sun can lead to leaf burn. An area with four hours of bright indirect light or an east-facing window with only morning light is ideal. Lower light levels slow growth and make the foliage even darker.

Ebony Alocasia Care

Standard houseplant potting soil that is loose and nutrient rich but offers good drainage works well for the Ebony Alocasia. Snip off any yellowing or dead foliage near the base of the plant to keep it tidy and discourage pests. Spider mites find Alocasias particularly attractive, so keep these pests at bay by regularly misting and wiping down the large leaves.

Watering Ebony Alocasia

The Ebony Alocasia prefers soil to stay consistently, lightly moist and enjoys areas with high humidity. Water the plant deeply whenever the top couple of inches of soil are dry to the touch. In dry conditions, pebble trays or frequent misting encourage the best possible plant performance. 

Feeding Ebony Alocasia 

Fertilize the Ebony Alocasia when the plant is actively growing. Routine fertilizing about once per month with a diluted liquid fertilizer formulated for houseplants encourages vigorous new growth on the plant.

Ebony Alocasia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 20-30 inches
Mature Spread: 20-26 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Green / Silver
Temperature: 59° - 80°F (15° - 27°C)
Humidity: Warm
Common Name: Ebony Alocasia
Other Name(s): Elephant Ear Plant
Scientific Name: Alocasia 'Ebony'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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