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Caladium

Caladium

Providing color pizzazz in dim places where flowers can't, caladiums have come into their own recently with the craze for tropical plants. The clumping, heart-shape leaves are available in a variety of veined patterns in colors from cream to neon pinks, reds, silvers, and greens. Newer introductions bring caladiums out of the shade. The more substantial leaves of the Florida series, with greater heat tolerance, give the splashy caladiums their place in the sun. Plant caladium tubers shallowly in pots, and water sparingly until sprouts appear. They begin to grow vigorously once the weather warms in late spring to early summer.

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'Florida Cardinal' caladium
'Florida Cardinal' caladium
Caladium 'Florida Cardinal' produces red heart-shape leaves broadly bordered in green. The plant grows 12 inches tall and is part of a thicker-leaved caladium series bred in Florida for sun tolerance. Zones 10-11
'Florida Elise' caladium
'Florida Elise' caladium
Caladium 'Florida Elise' bears vibrant splashes of silvery pink that highlight the 16-inch-long leaves. This variety takes more sun than most and grows 2 feet tall. Zones 10-11
'Florida Red Ruffles' caladium
'Florida Red Ruffles' caladium
Caladium 'Florida Red Ruffles' offers narrow heart-shape leaves in a dramatic shade of dark red and are edged in lime green. This sun-tolerant variety grows to 12 inches tall. Zones 10-11
'Gingerland' caladium
'Gingerland' caladium
Caladium 'Gingerland' bears intricate veining of maroon, pink, and green in a showstopping combination on the leaves. The plant grows 12 inches tall. Zones 10-11
'Marie Moir' caladium
'Marie Moir' caladium
Caladium 'Marie Moir' is an artful selection where each leaf is splashed with daubs of red. It grows 24 inches tall. Zones 10-11
'Miss Muffet' caladium
'Miss Muffet' caladium
Caladium 'Miss Muffet' produces pink veins on lime-green leaves and is embellished with burgundy spots. This dwarf variety grows 12 inches tall. Zones 10-11
'Red Flash' caladium
'Red Flash' caladium
Caladium 'Red Flash' offers deep fuchsia-pink veins and pale pink splotches on the dark green, glossy leaves. This variety grows 24 inches tall. Zones 10-11
'White Queen' caladium
'White Queen' caladium
Caladium 'White Queen' is a classic with silvery-white leaves etched with rich red and green veining. Each leaf grows 10-20 inches long. This variety grows 24 inches tall. Zones 10-11
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