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Alocasia Lauterbachiana detail with dark purple stems  and green sword shaped leaves
Close up of the Elephant Ear Laurerbachiana's leaves
Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana' | Alocasia lauterbachiana
Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana' | Alocasia lauterbachiana
Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana' | Alocasia lauterbachiana
Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana' | Alocasia lauterbachiana
Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana' | Alocasia lauterbachiana
Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana' | Alocasia lauterbachiana

Elephant Ear 'Lauterbachiana'

Alocasia lauterbachiana

Regular price £29.50 £0.00

The Elephant Ear lauterbachiana is a large plant. It displays multiple upright stems which give way to green upright crinkle-cut leaves with deep red veins and undersides.

My upright, spear-like scallop-edged leaves with dark red undersides are my defining feature.

This striking variety from the Alocasia Family is a great way of adding structure to your plant collection.  All this Elephant Ear asks for in return is warmth and humidity. 

Growing pot size: 19cm

Overall plant height including growing pot: 80-90cm

Key Benefits — Ornamental and Purifying 

Its upright form, strong stems and vibrant foliage make the Lauterbachiana a beautiful ornamental plant. 

All plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and transform it into the oxygen we breathe. Tropical plants like the Elephant Ear Lauterbachiana are specialists in filtering unsafe gases and other toxins from the atmosphere! 

How to care for the Elephant Ear Lauterbachiana.

  • Let the top 2 inches of the soil dry between watering. 
  • They like rich, well-draining soil. 
  • This Alocasia will appreciate a space with indirect bright sunlight 
  • They prefer a consistent environment when it comes to temperature. 18ºC to 22º is perfect.
  • Like most tropical plants, this Elephant Ear will thrive in humid areas. If your home air is a little dry, a humidifier helps. If that’s not possible, place it on a tray with pebbles and water, misting it often also helps. 
  • Cutting down dry and dead leaves will ensure the plant’s healthy growth. 
  • Feed it with a liquid fertiliser during the growing season. 

The Elephant Ear Lauterbachiana Story

Part of the Arum family, this plant is also known as ‘Purple Sword’ due to its shape and purple-coloured undersides and flowers. 

Where is it from?

Elephant Ears grow naturally in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Especially Borneo, Indonesia and New Guinea. 

Good For You!

Colour: Certain colours found in nature help us feel calm and relaxed. The colour green is naturally associated with nature and balanced.  

Humidifying: If you spend a lot of time indoors, at home or in an office, plants are super beneficial. The Elephant Ear Lauterbachiana helps improve the air quality and reduce breathing and skin sensitivities. 

Is The Elephant Ear Lauterbachiana The Right Plant For Me?

The Elephant Ear Lauterbachiana is not a fussy plant to take care of, as long as you try to mimic its tropical preferences, it will thrive in any home! 

Is it toxic? Keep away from children and pets 

How tall does it grow? In its natural habitat, it can grow up to 4 m tall.  

Useful to know:


I am originally from Indonesia and New Guinea.


I can grow up to 4m tall in the wild.


I like a position with lots of indirect sunlight.


Water me frequently as I like to be moist, but don't let me sit in water: leave it about fifteen minutes between watering and returning me to the pot.


I like to be kept warm, ideally between 18 and 22°C.


Give me a slow release fertiliser once a month during the growing season.


I need little grooming, feel free to pick off any yellowing leaves at the bottom.


I don't like the cold, so keep me away from droughts. If you notice brown edges on my leaves, it's probably lack of water or humidity.


I'm toxic if you eat me, so keep me away from kids and pets.


This vintage-looking plant is tough to have conquered the living room in the 1950's.

*Decorative pot sold separately.

An elegant ornamental plant that will add style to your home decor. Buy yours now! 

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