Plant Care Carolina Elephantsfoot

Carolina Elephantsfoot

About Carolina Elephantsfoot

Carolina Elephantsfoot is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Carolina Elephantsfoot likes soil that is well draining.

Carolina Elephantsfoot belongs to the Elephantopus genus, and is native to the United States and the Caribbean.


Elephantopus carolinianus

Also known as

Carolina elephantsfoot and leafy elephant's foot

How to care for Carolina Elephantsfoot


How often to water your Carolina Elephantsfoot

Water needs for Carolina Elephantsfoot
0.5 cups
every 9

Carolina Elephantsfoot needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Carolina Elephantsfoot

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Carolina Elephantsfoot in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Carolina Elephantsfoot: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Carolina Elephantsfoot may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Carolina Elephantsfoot

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Carolina Elephantsfoot: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Carolina Elephantsfoot after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Carolina Elephantsfoot is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Carolina Elephantsfoot

Carolina Elephantsfoot

Carolina Elephantsfoot

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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