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CALADIUM lindeni

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM lindeni

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Magnificent dark green and white-veined leaves that are shaped like a pointed arrowhead makes spoon flower one of the most gorgeous tropical foliage plants. Hailing from the rainforests of Colombia, this herbaceous tender perennial often goes seasonally dormant if winter chill or drought ensues.

Growing about knee-high, the slender stems that arise from tubers hold large leather leaves. Each blade is arrow-shaped with pointed lobes, being a deep green with crisp white to silvery white veins and hairy midribs. In summer a flower can be seen, a white spathe (cloak-like wrap) around a green spadix (finger like shaft). If warmth and moisture wanes in winter the plant will go dormant.

Grow spoon flower in partial to full shade in a fertile, humusy soil that is slightly acidic. Direct sun is safe only very early or very late in the day. This plant appreciates moisture and is considered a "heavy feeder" when growing, so supplemental fertilizer or compost mulching is recommended. Use it to brighten the darkest reaches under a large tropical shade tree or as a massed groundcover in a woodland setting. It may be grown as a houseplant or conservatory as well, but realize this plant excels with warmth and humidity.

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"-28" / 30.5cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    South America

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

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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, Striped/Striated

  • 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