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CALADIUM 'White Wing'

Image of Caladium 'White Wing'

Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

CALADIUM 'White Wing'

Plant Common Name

Angel Wings, Fancy-leaved Caladium, White Wing Caladium

General Description

Strap-leaved caladiums are tuberous tropical perennials grown for their colorful, broadly lance-shaped leaves with heart-like lobes. The cultivar 'White Wing' has white, ruffled leaves with irregular green margins. The leaves are borne on upright stalks that arise directly from the rounded underground tuber.

All caladiums thrive in warm, fertile, moist soil with good drainage. The roundish tubers rot in cool damp soil. Like most strap-leaved caladiums, 'White Wing' tolerates full to partial sun (in contrast, fancy-leaved caladiums have larger, broader leaves that typically scorch in full sun). 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. Strap-leaved caladiums also work well in hanging baskets. 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. Potted tubers benefit from having their main buds removed, which results in leafier, denser growth.

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"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Green

  • 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, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No