English name:Elephant Ear 'Black Velvet'
Latin name:Alocasia reginula 'Black Velvet'
About me:My name literally means Little Queen and if you manage to get your hands on me, you'll know why. I have velvety black leaves with silvery, luminous veins that are unusual and impressive.
Useful to know:
I originate in Southeast Asia, more specifically the jungles of Borneo and Malaysia.
I'm fairly fast growing and can reach between 1m and 1m 20.
I like bright light but keep me out of the sun.
Let my soil dry out completely before watering. I will not cope with sitting in wet soil. A well draining compost is essential.
I prefer the warm but I can live happily in temperatures between 10-30 degrees °C.
A weak dose of fertiliser during growing season will suffice.
Trim off any straggly leaves, but I should not need much pruning.
I like humidity but it's also quite easy to overwater me. If you notice my stems go soggy, ease off on the water and let me dry out for a bit.
I'm toxic if you eat me, so keep me away from kids and pets.
Some people call me 'Jewel' as I'm compact and pretty rare!