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CALADIUM 'Lord Derby'

Image of Caladium 'Lord Derby'

James H. Schutte

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Lord Derby'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Lord Derby Caladium

General Description

Fancy-leaved caladiums are tuberous tropical perennials grown for their lush clumps of colorful heart-shaped leaves. The sun-tolerant cultivar 'Lord Derby' has large white-turning-pink leaves with bold dark green veins and margins. The leaves are borne on upright stalks that arise directly from the rounded underground tuber. This antique cultivar was introduced in 1897.

All caladiums thrive in warm, fertile, moist soil with good drainage. Their tubers rot in cool damp soil. Although more sun-tolerant than most other fancy-leaved hybrids, 'Lord Derby' does best with some shade to protect its foliage from sun scorch (in contrast, strap-leaved hybrids have narrower foliage that flourishes in full sun). Heavy shade will dull its colors. 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. Quite tolerant of the dry air and cooler temperatures common in home, 'Lord Derby' is exceptionally suited for year-round houseplant use.

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"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm

  • Width

    16"-22" / 40.6cm - 55.9cm

  • 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, Green, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Green, Pink, Rose

  • 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, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No