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Caladium bicolor (photo courtesy of Claire Curran)
Caladium bicolor (photo courtesy of Claire Curran)

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Zone
Zones 25, 27, H2
Partial SunNo Sun
Partial, Shade
Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate
Toxicity
Sap can cause swelling in mouth, throat.

Caladium bicolor

Fancy-leafed Caladium
Araceae
Perennials

Tropical American natives grown for their foliage: large (to 1 1/2-ft.-long), arrow-shaped, long-stalked, almost translucent leaves colored in bands and blotches of red, rose, pink, white, silver, bronze, and green. Usually 2 ft. (occasionally to 4 ft.) high and wide. Most require shade. Newer varieties tolerating some sun include ‘Fire Chief’, ‘Rose Bud’, ‘Red Flash’, and ‘White Queen’.

Caladiums need rich soil, high humidity, and heat. In Hawaii, tubers can remain in the ground all year. Elsewhere, dig and store after leaf dieback, or grow in pots and bring indoors during cold weather.

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