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CALADIUM 'Red Flash'

Image of Caladium 'Red Flash'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'Red Flash'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Fancy-leaved Caladium, Red Flash Caladium

General Description

Caladium is a tuberous tropical perennial grown for its large colorful leaves. The vibrant 'Red Flash' sports heart-shaped waxy leaves that are robustly red in the center. The leaf edges are a contrasting dark green. Across the leaf face are blotches of pink and/or white. This cultivar shows decent tolerance to full sun exposure.

As a general rule, caladiums prefer part sun to part shade and fertile moist soil with good drainage. They resent cool moist soil temperatures which can encourage tuber rot. Large fancy-leaved cultivars should not be exposed to full sun as this can cause burn, though the strap-leaved cultivars have been bred to better handle intense sun exposures.

Caladiums can really brighten shaded gardens and containers and combine well with many flowering plants. Where hardy, they may be grown year round though plants often go dormant where winters are dry. In temperate zones its tubers can be dug in fall and stored in a cool dry place over winter, or the plants can be brought indoors as houseplants.

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

    15"-24" / 38.1cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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