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CALADIUM 'Carolyn Whorton'

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Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Carolyn Whorton'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Carolyn Whorton Caladium

General Description

Carolyn Whorton caladium is a tender tropical perennial plant grown from tubers. This plant is grown for its large, showy, variegated, colorful leaves that dark green edges, mottled pink spots in the center and obvious red midribs. It is considered a "fancy leaf" type with its more delicate heart-shaped leaf.

Grow Carolyn Whorton in part sun to part shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. The more sun this cultivar receives, the more moisture that should be provided to the roots. It can be grown in nearly full sun if the tubers are growing in constantly wetted soils (but not submerged). All caladiums resent cool soils. Use as a bedding plant, grown in containers or used as a filler in mixed plantings. May be grown in the ground all year in tropical climates. Elsewhere dig tubers when leaves dieback in the fall and store or pot up and bring indoors to grow during winter. Quite tolerant of the dry air and cooler temperatures common in homes, 'Carolyn Wharton' is exceptionally suited for year-round houseplant use.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-16" / 20.3cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • 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)

    Red, Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, SpottedMottled

  • 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

    Bold

  • 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