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CALADIUM 'Jackie Suthers'

Image of Caladium 'Jackie Suthers'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Jackie Suthers'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Jackie Suthers Caladium

General Description

Caladium is a tuberous tropical perennial grown for its colorful leaves. The sun-tolerant small-growing hybrid 'Jackie Suthers' is a strap-leaved selection with foliage that remains heart-like but elongated. Each leaf has a large center of bright white with an ornate vein matrix at the leaf margins where it transitions to deep green.

Caladiums should be planted in partial sun to partial shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Warm soil temperatures are essential as cool soil temperatures cause plants to stop growing and encourage rot. Fancy-leaved cultivars typically have heart-shaped leaves and should never be exposed to full sun. Strap-leaved cultivars have been bred to better handle intense full sun exposures if planted in moist soil.

Enjoy caladium as a bedding plant, in containers or used as a filler in mixed plantings. It may be grown in ground all year round in tropical climates but may go dormant during the winter or dry season. Elsewhere tubers should be dug when leaves dieback in the fall and stored indoors over winter.

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"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • 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, Bronze, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Bronze, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Bronze, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Red, Green, Pink, Rose, Bronze, Silver

  • 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, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No