The Main Plant entry for Caladiums (Caladium)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Caladiums.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 13
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Other: Berries white when ripe.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Photo Gallery
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2012-07-27 
On a window sill backlit by the setting sun.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-06-20
Location: z6a MA, My Garden
Date: 2012-09-01
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-05-03
Location: Arenas Valley, NM my greenhouse
Date: 2016-08-24
Location: Arenas Valley, NM my greenhouse
Date: 2016-08-24
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-05-12
Location: Canton, OH
Date: 2017-07-25
Caladium Bloom in Canton, Ohio
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2014-08-16
Mixed grouping
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-09-09
Location: Arenas Valley, NM My Greenhouse
Date: 2016-05-18
Location: Summeville, SC
Caladium Pollen
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-08-19

Date: 2010-07-17
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-05-21
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2015-07-14 - summer
Caladium in bloom
Location: Arenas Valley, NM my greenhouse
Date: 2016-08-24
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-09-09
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-06-28

Date: 2012-04-14
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2017-07-20
Caladium bud

Date: 2017-03-24
Photo by chhari55
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-05-21
Location: Arenas Valley, NM my greenhouse
Date: 2016-08-31
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-05-09
Location: Little garden of Big Dreams, Dayton KY
Date: 2020-08-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 6-29-14
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-08-06
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-17
Location: Arenas Valley, New Mexico my greenhouse
Date: 2016-07-07
Caldiums in bloom
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-06-28
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-08-19
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-06
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-08-19
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2009-07-23

Date: 2010-08-10
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-05-10
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-01
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-18
Location: Container
Date: 2016-07-14
Location: Summeville, SC
Location: Gardenfish garden 
Date: June 20 2020
A pretty lance leaf
Photo by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: Moody Gardens - Galvaston, Texas
Date: 2010-06-27
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-05-19
Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Photo by orchidgal

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2014-05-05
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-05
Location: Summeville, SC
Date: September 13, 2015
Caladium Seedlings w/cotyledons
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: Summeville, SC
Caladium Pollen
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-11
Location: Van der Veer Botanical garden, Davenport, Ia.
Date: 7-2-12
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-11
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 09July2015 - summer
Photo update of the leaves in my first caladium containers
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-09-21
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-05-26
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-06-19
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-13
Photo by sedumzz
Location:  North latitude    GPS Latitude              16, 1' 40.202" East longitude    GPS Longitude             80, 13' 53.124"
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-08-19
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-08-19
Photo by Cat
  • Uploaded by Cat

Date: 2009-07-28
Location: Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-17

Date: 2008-07-30
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-09-14
#pollination  Hackberry on leaf
Location: Summeville, SC
Caladium seeds
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Moody Gardens - Galveston, Tx
Date: 2010-06-27
Photo by Jetset7777
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-10
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-07-04

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Summeville, SC
Date: Caladium seedlings
Location: my garden

Date: 2012-11-10

Date: 2012-11-10

Date: 2012-11-10
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-07
Photo by ge1836
Location: Canton, OH
Potted Caladium in Canton, Ohio
Photo by scottiesman

Date: 2012-04-14

Date: 2012-04-14
Location: Maine

Date: 2013-06-29
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-06-19
Photo by Cat
  • Uploaded by Cat

Date: 2010-08-01
Location: Summeville, SC
Just harvested Caladium Berries
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-11-03
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-05-08
Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2016-05-21
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2009-05-30
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-07-05

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2014-05-05
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-07-09
Location: Summeville, SC
Date: September 13, 2015
Close Up of Caladium Seedlings w/cotyledons
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-06-12
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2014-05-25
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-10-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 7-3-08

Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2013-06-29

Date: 2013-06-29

Date: 2013-06-29
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2010-08-15

Date: 2010-06-08
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-11
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-11
newly emerging from winter sleep
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-05-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-07-15
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-07
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: June 2015
My very first Caladiums finally wakes up!
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-06-09
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-13
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 8:44 PM concerning plant:
    "Several species are grown as ornamental plants for their large, arrowhead-shaped leaves marked in varying patterns in white, pink, and red (somewhat resembling the unrelated coleus) and have been in cultivation in Europe since the late 18th century. The two forms most widely cultivated are called "fancy-leaved" and "lance-leaved". The former is the more commonly seen and is the traditional caladium of cultivation; the leaves are more heart-shaped. The latter has more lance-head-shaped leaves. Most Caladiums in cultivation grow to about 24 inches high and 24 inches wide, although dwarf varieties are now in cultivation.

    Numerous cultivars have been selected, most of them (over 120) derived from C. bicolor. The lance-leaved varieties are also derived from C. schomburgkii. Many are sold as C. x hortulanem.

    Caladiums grow from corms and can be propagated by dividing the tubers. They are hardy only to USDA plant hardiness zone 10; in colder areas, they are typically grown as tender bulbs or as houseplants.

    During their growing season, they require moderate watering (damp, not soggy). Most varieties prefer partial to full shade, although sun-resistant varieties are now in cultivation. Approximately 98% of all caladium bulbs are from Lake Placid, Florida, in the United States. In recent years many new varieties have become available through breeding and are now largely disease resistant. The bulk of bulb production is sold to pot producers who in turn provide your local nursery outlets with potted caladiums ready for immediate planting. Most of the bulb growers also sell direct retail via websites, shipping of bulbs takes place in the spring when temperatures permit (bulbs are subject to damage if temps too low).

    In temperate areas, they should be lifted before the first frost. The corms are dried and stored for the winter when temperatures fall to 65 °F, and stored moderately dry (not bone-dry) over the winter at temperatures between 56 °F and 61 °F.

    All parts of the plant are poisonous. They should not be ingested and may irritate sensitive skin."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Plant Events from our members
piksihk On June 27, 2015 Obtained plant
Seedfork On April 6, 2017 Plant emerged
First caladiums emerging for 2017.
vkturki From June 28, 2017 to June 29, 2017 Obtained plant
Caladium.

We have Caladium plant for last 8 years inside the house. For the first it bear flower / fruit.
Flower is beautiful, and leaves are so big @ 12 inch in length.
aspenhill On April 15, 2021 Obtained plant
Black Creek Greenhouse - qty 3; Containers
MySecretIslandGarden On March 21, 2023 Plant emerged
Random caladiums have emerged by the koi pond and under the largest live oak
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Lovely picture! by bonitin Apr 3, 2016 1:07 PM 5
Very neat by gardengus Aug 19, 2014 6:24 PM 3
Caladiums by orchidgal Nov 23, 2014 9:46 PM 0
Identification by eclayne Jun 22, 2017 4:01 AM 3

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