Alocasia odora, Giant Taro or Night-Scented Taro, is a large impressive aroid from SE Asia and Melanesia with dramatic upward-pointing foliage that is ovate and prominently ribbed on the lower abaxial surface. Larger specimens bear a mildly sweet-smelling inflorescence with a greenish spathe and a cream spadix.
Easy to grow and much more cold-tolerant than a Colocasia, it nonetheless should be brought indoors for the winter dormant period in the UK.
Water and feed lavishly in summer and keep dry in winter.
|Synonyms||Alocasia commutata, Alocasia tonkinensis, Arum odoratum, Arum odorum, Caladium odoratissimum, Caladium odoratum, Caladium odorum, Colocasia odora|
|Geographical Origin||Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia. Naturalised in many parts of the world|
|Cultivation||Full sun or partial shade, it likes warmth and humidity during the summer growing season. Water and feed liberally in summer then gradually decrease water in September and stop by October. Keep in a frost-free environment during winter|
|Hardiness||Not hardy in the UK but cold tolerant. It is best indoors and dry over the winter dormant period. The tubers can also be lifted in winter and stored dry until early March|
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