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Alocasia princeps Purple Cloak

Native to the tropical island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, the Alocasia princeps or Purple Cloak is recognized for its dramatic v-shaped, dark green leaves with deep purple-red undersides. The Purple Cloak, like other indoor Alocasias, remains compact, with most staying under 4 feet tall. Once mostly found in the greenhouses of collectors, the Purple Cloak is one of the jewel Alocasias that are becoming more popular and readily available for plant lovers.

Having spent most of its life under the protection of a canopy, the Purple Cloak’s sensitive leaves may quickly be burnt or discolored by harsh, direct sunlight. This same sensitivity in its anatomy makes it sensitive to other environmental stressors like overwatering or drafty rooms. Don’t panic if your Purple Cloak drops some (or all) of its leaves during the colder months, as it’s common for Alocasias to experience semi-dormancy after spring and summer. Just check to make sure its soil stays moist, and you keep it at its preferred temperatures when possible, to ensure a happy and healthy plant.

  • Common names: Purple Cloak, Elephant Ear
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Plant Type: tropical perennial foliage
  • Growth: average growth 1-2 feet tall
  • Warnings: toxic to pets and humans
  • Note: live plant size may vary, no two plants are alike
  • Rare find! Perfect gift for the Urban Jungle plant parent

22" H 7.5" L 7.5" D


7.5 inches
19.05 centimeters


22 inches
55.88 centimeters


7.5 inches
19.05 centimeters

Plant Care

The Purple Cloak prefers medium to bright levels of light. A west or east-facing window where the Purple Cloak’s leaves are safely shielded from the direct rays of the sun will usually offer enough sunlight for the Purple Cloak to thrive. The Purple Cloak should not be exposed to harsh, direct sunlight, as its sensitive leaves will burn.


The Purple Cloak prefers slightly damp soil, which can be achieved with watering once weekly during the summer and once every other week during the winter months. We’d suggest only watering when the top layer of soil (2-3 inches) has started to dry out, being careful not to overly saturate your Purple Cloak, as overwatering can result in root issues (or potential death). Too little moisture in its soil and you could start to see brown, crispy leaf tips on your Purple Cloak.


The Purple Cloak thrives at temperatures between 60⁰F and 80⁰F. It is attuned to higher levels of humidity than most plants, with 60-80% being optimal. You may want to supplement with extra moisture by placing your plant near a humidifier, including a pebble tray filled with water underneath your plant (not touching the roots or bottom of the soil), potting your plant in a planter with a reservoir, or keeping your plant in a terrarium. Misting the leaves can be effective, when done daily, but be sure to wipe excess water from your plant’s leaves. Over an extended period, misting with too much water can result in water build up on the leaves that results in leaf loss.


Always ensure your Purple Cloak is healthy and happy before attempting to fertilize your plant. Fertilizing your Purple Cloak is important during the spring and summer months. Soil in the jungles of Indonesia, where the Purple Cloak hails from, is rich with limestone and calcium, so any fertilizer containing substrates of these nutrients would be best to help your Purple Cloak thrive. Use a premium, nutrient-rich fertilizer and dilute it about half the amount suggested by the bag or box no more than once a month during growing season. When the weather starts to cool, ease the Purple Cloak off the fertilizer and eventually stop completely.

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