Alocasia baginda 'Dragon Scale' - British Grown

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Scientific Name
Alocasia baginda (His majesty's lotus-root plant) 'Dragonscale'

Common Name
Dragon Plant, Dragon Scale Plant

Native to Southeast Asia

The Alocasia baginda is accustomed to hot, humid and moist conditions in its native Borneo, so will appreciate a warm location in your house too- though not next to a radiator, which would risk drying it out far too quickly. The leaves give this plant its common name, as the shiny, paler middles of the leaves between the veins make it look like ths scales of a mythical being. For a fantastical backdrop of dragonscales- or alternatively for pretty, gradient-green foliage- get yourself a dragon scale plant!

Bright, indirect light will make alocasias happy- either from overhead or within 2m of a window. Just make sure it's not too direct as this can scorch the leaves!


Allow the top third of the soil to dry out in between waters; keep in mind it will need slightly less watering in the cooler months.

Average household humidity is fine; when your heating is on, try increasing the humidity with a humidity tray. Will benefit from an occasional hose down to keep it free of dust and hydrate the leaves!


Use a moisture-retentive soil to keep this thirsty plant happy but not too soggy. Repot every two years if absolutely necessary; these plants would rather be potbound than risk being shocked by moving.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter. Pre-water the soil before applying 'ready to use' products to protect the roots.


Ideally likes temperatures of 20-30°C; make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
To maintain your alocasia, prune away any yellowed leaves with a sharp blade and clean cuts; don't cut through yellowed tissue and make sure cuts are clean to avoid shocking the plant!


All our plants come in a plastic nursery pot as standard.
Decorative pots are sold separately and can be found here.

You can use our handy size filter to find the perfect pot!
For plants the size on the dropdown is the size of the nursery pot the plant comes in. For pots the size on the dropdown is the pots internal diameter. For example, if you select a 12cm pot and a 12cm plant, they should fit perfectly together.