Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Other Aroids forum→Aroid of the Day 2: Caladium praetermissum (aka Alcoasia 'Hilo Beauty')

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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Oct 9, 2019 1:18 PM CST
I lost a day when I had a bunch of workmen at my house installing a whole house generator. So I missed a posting of Aroid of the Day (lol like anyone but me cares) so I thought I would post twice today.
Somewhere around 2004/2005, I was offered in trade a lovely plant. A small growing, highly patterned aroid that was being passed around as Alocasia 'Hilo Beauty'. I can;t remember exactly when Hilo came onto the general market, but it was an immediate hit and very popular. Then aroid people began to notice that it did not really behave exactly like an Alocasia. There was speculation that perhaps it was a Colocasia, or even a Caladium. I remember the questions swirling around it. The problem was that no one had seen it bloom. Its bloom might have given specific evidence about what it actually was.
It was put into tissue culture and suddenly very widely available. But it still remains a mystery.

The original plant known today as Caladium praetermissum (formerly Alocasia 'Hilo Beauty') was found growing at the Munich Botanical Garden in 1981. Its origin was unknown, and remains unknown today.

It was labeled an Alocasia and given the cultivar epithet by Graf in 1982. It was not until 2009, in the Journal of the International Aroid Society 'Aroideana', Vol 32 page 126, that it was officially re-identifed as a species of Caladium in a paper set forth by W. L. A. Hetterscheid, J. Bogner and Julius Boos.

It was renamed Caladium praetermissum, which means overlooked or forgotten. This refers to the fact that for so long it was erroneously identified as an Alocasia. The cultivar name of 'Hilo Beauty' still applies.

This plant had fallen out of favor for some years, but has recently made an upsurge in popularity. It requires warmth, it will go dormant in low light and cold, and too much cold can kill the tubers. Mine stays up sometimes, sometimes not. But I keep it warm and it does come back. Its a very bright spot of neat variegated foliage for areas that need a boost.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Oct 9, 2019 1:38 PM CST
That is so pretty! I remember seeing Caladium (Caladium praetermissum 'Hilo Beauty') listed a few years back as Alocasia Hilo Beauty and wanted to purchase one but forgot about it. I like the leaves of 'Hilo Beauty' as much as I do Fancy-leaf Caladium (Caladium 'Frog in a Blender')

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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Oct 9, 2019 1:42 PM CST
Oh my those are so close! There are some slight morphological differences between them (leaf shape at the tip, auricular space on 'Frog' more deeply incised, 'Frog' more elongate. I wonder if Hilo is a genetic parent to Frog?
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 9, 2019 3:28 PM CST
I wait for your "aroid of the day" posts. Sometimes I don't say anything because I don't know anything about the plant, but I always look at what you have to say. Smiling

I can understand the confusion! It does look a lot like an alocasia! I would lean more towards caladium myself, but that's probably just because I know it really is a caladium. Hilarious!

I'm digging up my 'Frog in a Blender' soon to store it for the winter. I am already making plans on where to put it next year! I also have plans to buy a lot more caladiums next year because they're all just so amazing Lovey dubby I have yet to find a strap-leaved or praetermissum available in my area, so I may have to order them, but I'm willing! They're just so beautiful.
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Oct 9, 2019 3:45 PM CST
Caladium Bulbs 4 Less usually has ads on our Classified Forum in late spring, early summer with a discount for garden.org members! I've purchased from him numerous times over the years and I've never been disappointed!

edited to add: If you click that blue link, you can read recommendations from other members. 🙂
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 9, 2019 3:56 PM CST
plantladylin said:https://garden.org/greenpages/view/12/Caladium-Bulbs-4-Less/ usually has ads on our Classified Forum in late spring, early summer with a discount for garden.org members! I've purchased from him numerous times over the years and I've never been disappointed!

edited to add: If you click that blue link, you can read recommendations from other members. 🙂


Wow, thanks for showing me that site. I'll definitely check back in November when they start taking orders. When I saw they could ship groups of 100 bulbs, I was like "wow, I need to get 100 caladiums", and then I realized "wait, I'm just one person". Hilarious! A group of 25, is very tempting for me, though. Thinking

I love the caladiums in the first recommendation - 'Florida Moonlight'. I don't think I've ever seen such a pure white caladium.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 9, 2019 3:58 PM CST
I've been known to purchase 40-50 bulbs with plans to plant them in certain areas and I end up sticking them here, there and everywhere and even in misc. containers with other plants. I love Caladium leaves!
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 9, 2019 4:05 PM CST
If only I lived in a place where caladiums were hardy. Sad If I get 25 and plant them all, I'd have to be digging them up by mid-October every year. Or maybe I just keep my favorites and create a caladium collection over the years! That's the major redeeming quality of elephant ears - you can make them go dormant in the winter and then just throw them in a dark, cool room! That's basically my backup plan if my alocasias don't get enough light. Hilarious!
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Oct 9, 2019 4:12 PM CST
WOW Lin that is a great site! And they are in Euclid! I usually only see the stuff they have at Home Depot and Lowes. Like I said on another thread before they have the big UF show here every year down on the campus but I have never gone. I may have underestimated caladiums. I may have to try some.
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