The conditions in my greenhouse, however, are ideal for my Alocasia macrorrhiza - the Elephant Ear. This is such a great looking variety with its huge, glossy, green leaves with raised veins.
At the moment it's still quite young, but it is growing so well in the part shade and moist soil in the greenhouse garden bed. I just love watching the large new leaves unfurling ...
... is the striking hybrid Alocasia amazonica, commonly called the African Mask. It has glossy, very dark green, leaves with silvery veins and undulating margins, making it look rather like a bat wing.
You will notice the spectacular foliage of this plant immediately in this grouping of potted plants out beside the pond in my courtyard garden. In this location it receives only morning light and is in shade for the rest of the day. It loves this rather bright humid spot nestled in amongst other plants right beside the pond.
This one is in bloom at the moment and showing it's inflorescence ...
I have another Alocasia x amazonica growing in an outdoor garden bed ... but certainly not in a position where it would get full sun. It's in a bright spot where it only receives direct morning sun and remains in shade for the rest of the day and is growing a moist sheltered spot at the side of the garden bed.
Overall, I find the amazonica needs bright light to survive ... I have tried growing it in the greenhouse, but it was not happy and very quickly showed signs of distress. Outdoors, however, they have thrived given the right conditions.