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Alocasia odora, or night scented lily, is a tuberous perennial plant with large decorative foliage. The plant has a tropical feel, but it can be grown from temperate to tropical climates, as it will tolerate light frosts. It is good as a garden specimen, singly or in mass plantings, or in containers. It is also a good indoor plant. Dry air can make it more prone to pests like red spider mite, so regular misting can help to keep it healthy. The stems are edible, and are used in Asian cuisine, but they should be cooked, as the uncooked plant contains calcium oxalate. The flowers are fragrant, and are produced in summer.
It grows in sun or partial shade, and can do well in low situations. It needs consistently moist soil and humidity.
Propagation is by division of the rhizome.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer
The flowers are fragrant
Maximum height: 2.4 metres
Minimum height: 1.8 metres
Maximum width: 2.4 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.6-7.8
Red spider mite
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.