Alocasia california. Alocasia. An Alocasia plant, native to Asia, is also called an Elephant Ear plant or African Mask plant because of their very large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with wavy edges. These stunning, veined leaves come in red, bronze, blue-green, and purple.
If you want an instant tropical impact in your rainforest themed garden that survives hard freezes and is easily dug up overwintered as a bulb/corm further north where the ground freezes, the “California” elephant ear is the plant for you. Its also called dwarf elephant ear, which to me is a misnomer. Although “California” has 15 inch leaves while the full sized varieties of alocasias can have leaves up to 5 feet wide, the clumping nature of this plant makes up for the lack in leaf size. The trunks on mine are over a foot tall now despite harsh winters, and it prolifically produces offsets or “pups” at the base which can be propagated or left in place for a full and rounded look.