Amazing "Starburst Elephant Ear" with new rounded tipped very dark leaves displaying a creamy starry center radiating out as the thickly textured leaves mature--beware: this species can nearly reach the massive dimension of Alocasia odora (although the spathes resemble C. esculenta)! To see this is to need it--very popular with hobby greenhouse growers as will produce small more highly colored leaves all winter in full sun than it seems to unfurl in the summer bog's heat--absolutely will not tolerate chill. A note of warning: the young juvenile foliage is typically solid green so you must grow this on in balmy condition to achieve the larger mature foliage displaying the dramatic starburst centers. And the name? Jerry Kranz discovered this in the Caribbean and named it for Nancy McDaniels.
|Cultural Code||TGH CGH|
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×