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CALADIUM 'Candidum'

Image of Caladium 'Candidum'

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Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Candidum'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Candidum Caladium

General Description

Grown for their highly ornamental leaves, hybrid caladiums are tropical to subtropical tuberous perennials that offer effortless summer beauty. The cultivar 'Candidum' is a fancy-leaved type with delicate, heart-shaped, white leaves with prominent dark green veins and edges. They are borne from small, fleshy, brown tubers that are easily dug, divided and stored. Inconspicuous spathe and spadex flowers appear in summer and are concealed by the leaves.

This aroid thrives in full to part shade and prefers fertile, moist soil with good drainage. The more sun it receives, the more regular moisture it requires. If plants get too dry and sunned their leaves will scorch and turn brown along the edges. All caladiums require warm soil to emerge and thrive. If grown where winters are cold, dig the tubers in fall before the first frost and store in a cool, dry place over winter. In tropical climates, they are grown year round as perennials but tend to go dormant during cool or dry seasons.

This lovely foliage plant adds bright, neutral color and drama to a shady mixed perennial borders and containers. It also makes an excellent houseplant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No