Caladium (Araceae)

Caladium (Araceae) - Garden Basics - Flower - Perennial

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Plant Information Type: perennial
Propagation: bulbs
Light: full to part shade
Flower Color: red leaves with green edges
Bloom Time: -
Height: 2 feet
Width: 9-12 inches
Soil Requirements: neutral, moderately rich, average moisture
Zones: all
Uses: shade garden

The hybrid caladiums on the market today are the result of extensive breeding between tropical species. The beautiful, anglewing shaped leaves enliven the shady parts of the garden, and they can also be grown in containers. They do well with other shade-loving plants such as hostas and ferns, but they are sufficiently showy to stand alone.

Start plants in warm soil, preferably heated from the bottom. Plant outside only when the soil has thoroughly warmed up. Be alert for slugs and keep the flowers removed so that more energy goes into leaf production.

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