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Caladium bicolor; Caladium x hortulanum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Caladium
Categories:
Annuals, Poisonous Plants
Comment:

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.

Season:
Spring to frost
Light:
Sun to partial shade
Color:
Grown for colorful, arrowhead-shaped leaves: white, pink, red, bicolor
Height:
1-2 ft.
Space:
2 ft
Family:
Araceae
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion, dermatitis
Symptoms:
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
Severity:
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
Tags:
cpp, summer, bulb, container plant, houseplant, summer bulb, showy leaves, house plant, heavy shade

NCCES plant id: 27

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