Caladium bicolor; Caladium x hortulanum
- Common Name(s):
- Annuals, Poisonous Plants
A perennial summer flowering bulb often grown as an annual bedding or container plant. The leaves are showy alternate, simple, arrow-shaped, and variegated with white between the veins. The flowers are in a spadix surrounded by a yellow-green spathe.
The tubers will not overwinter outdoors. It tolerades deep shade. Keep moist but not wet. This plant lends bright colors and a tropical look to borders and containers.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Leaves are rather fragile and may easily be damaged by wind or hail. Slugs and snails may chew holes in the foliage.
- Spring to frost
- Sun to partial shade
- Grown for colorful, arrowhead-shaped leaves: white, pink, red, bicolor
- 1-2 ft.
- 2 ft
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, dermatitis
- Burning and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue; also nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur; contact with cell sap can cause skin irritation
- Toxic Principle:
- Calcium oxalate crystals and unidentified compounds
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower garden as cultivated, tender herbaceous annual
NCCES plant id: 27