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CALADIUM 'Interior Ministry'

Image of Caladium 'Interior Ministry' ('('ma Had Thai')')

James H. Schutte

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Interior Ministry' ('('('ma Had Thai')')')

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Interior Ministry Caladium

General Description

Caladiums are tuberous tropical perennials grown for their lush clumps of colorful heart-shaped leaves. Remarkable for its burgundy-red, orange-suffused foliage, 'Interior Ministry' (or 'Ma Had Thai') is one of several extraordinary caladium hybrids recently introduced from Thailand. The relatively petite leaves have deep purple veins and pink splotches. They are borne on upright stalks that arise directly from the small rounded tuber. Like most Thai hybrids, 'Interior Ministry' has relatively thick, fleshy foliage that is very sensitive to cold.

All caladiums thrive in warm, fertile, moist soil with good drainage. Their tubers rot in cool damp soil. This caladium does best in partial to full shade. Thai caladiums tend to be evergreen where winters are mild and moist. Plants go dormant in prolonged dry weather.

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • 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

    None

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Pink, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Pink, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Pink, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • 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, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No