Alocasia cucullata is very different to other Alocasias. It is a small elephant ear, growing only to about 1 metre high, and is very hardy. The small leaves are heart shaped, with thick prominent veining on the underside, and each with curly, twisted tips and upturned leaf margins. The unusual leaves give it its common name of ‘Hooded Elephant Ear’. In Asian countries, the plant is often called ‘Buddha’s Hand’. Residents in Thailand place the plant in their front doors, and when the wind blows, the leaves are like Buddha's hand, waving good luck and fortune into the home.
The plant eventually forms a nice thick clump approximately 1 metre tall by 1 metre wide. Usually the plant becomes multi-stemmed even when quite young.
These are fast growing, but don’t get too large – perfect for a spot where you want to bring in a feel of the tropics but don’t have room for a large plant.
In its natural habitat, it can often be found even at reasonably high altitudes and is quite cold hardy, handling even minor fros