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CALADIUM bicolor

Image of Caladium bicolor

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM bicolor

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Fancy-leaved Caladium, Heart-of-Jesus

General Description

Caladium is a tender tuberous perennial native to South America. It is grown for its dark green leaves that are variegated, streaked, or spotted with red, pink, or white. ‘June Bride’ is a lovely cultivar with silvery white leaves with green veins. Caladium thrives in partial to full shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. This plant adds color to any shady garden and looks great year round in tropical climates. In cooler regions dig tubers in the fall and store or use indoors as a houseplant in the winter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, H2

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    8"-24" / 20.3cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Fruit Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Red, Dark Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Red, Dark Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Red, Dark Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Red, Dark Green, Pink

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No