Alocasia Cuprea "Red Secret" Botanical Specifications

  • Scientific name
    Alocasia cuprea 'Red Secret' is a cultivar of the genus Alocasia, with cuprea as the specific epithet.
  • Other names
    Alocasia cuprea 'Red Secret' is also known as Elephant Ear, Mirror Plant, and Jewel Alocasia.
  • Origin
    Alocasia cuprea Red Secret is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, including Borneo.
  • Appearance
    Alocasia cuprea Red Secret is a rare tropical plant with dark-green to red foliage, striking veins, and a metallic sheen. The plant's dark red color comes from anthocyanins, which help protect the plant from sun damage.
  • Care
    Alocasia cuprea Red Secret grows best in warm temperatures, high humidity, and evenly moist soil. It should be kept away from direct sunlight and fertilized during the active growing season. The plant can go dormant over winter and lose leaves.
  • Toxicity
    Alocasia plants contain oxalate crystals that can cause mouth pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. They should be kept away from children and pets.