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CALADIUM 'Fire Chief'

Image of Caladium 'Fire Chief'

Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Fire Chief'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Fancy-leaved Caladium, Fire Chief Caladium

General Description

Fancy-leaved caladiums are tuberous tropical perennials grown for their broad colorful heart-shaped leaves. The hot-hued 'Fire Chief' has large leaves with rosy centers, magenta veins, pink and cream flecking, and green margins. The extent and patterning of these colors varies widely. The long-stalked leaves arise directly from the rounded tuber, forming an upright clump.

All caladiums thrive in warm, fertile, moist soil with good drainage. Their roundish tubers rot in cool damp soil. Like most fancy-leaved hybrids, 'Fire Chief' requires some shade to protect its foliage from sun scorch (in contrast, strap-leaved hybrids have narrower, more sun-tolerant foliage). Too much shade will diminish the color and number of its leaves, however. Plants go dormant in prolonged dry weather, but are nearly evergreen where conditions remain warm and moist year-round.

Caladiums are perfect for brightening shady areas and combining with blooming plants. Where hardy, use them as garden accents, or mass them as showy ground covers. In temperate zones tubers can be dug in fall and stored in a dry airy place until spring, or potted plants can be over-wintered indoors. Removing the tuber's main bud before planting results in leafier, denser growth.

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

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • 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, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No