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African Mask Plant

Alocasia Polly

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I'm mad about mist, if you mist me regularly I'll love you forever!


I can handle a little shade that's thrown my way, but I prefer to be in bright, indirect sunlight.


Keep it consistent, once the top two inches of soil are dry, water me so I keep looking my best.
Botanical name
Alocasia Polly
African Mask Plant; Elephant Ear; Amazon Taro; Alocasia Amazonica
Plant type
Indoor; Alocasia
Plant height (including pot)
30-40cm; 50-60cm
Pet/baby safe?
Toxic to pets and babies
Growing Speed
Slow grower - max height 60cm
Nursery pot size
12cm; 17cm

Top tip

The leaves on the Elephant Ear can grow up to 30cm in length. Give them a mist once a week to keep them looking fresh.

About African Mask Plant

Despite what its name suggests, the African Mask Plant, or Alocasia Polly, actually comes from South America. Instead, the name comes from its resemblance to, you guessed it, an African Mask. The Alocasia Polly is known for its striking patterned foliage and giant leaves - they can grow up to 30cm in length! Although their leaves can get big, they're slow growers and unlikely to be bigger than 60cm indoors.

Alocasia Amazonica care can bit a bit tricky. They need regular watering but can be delicate with how much you give them. Look out for yellow leaves, this means you've overwatered your Alocasia. Seeing the foliage turn brown? They are wanting a good drink or a little less direct sunlight. During winter, your African Mask will become dormant and the leaves may fall off at this point, so reduce the amount you water them.

Fun fact: you can propagate (create more plants) the African Mask Plant by placing root offshoots into water! Avoid doing this or replanting it too often though as it prefers to be pot-bound. The Polly Plant looks great in kitchens and bathrooms and should be kept in bright indirect sunlight. Like other Alocasia plants, it is air-purifying, but toxic to pets and children.

At Prickle, we are always here to hear you! Send us your African Mask Plant questions @Prickleplantsuk.