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Caladiums

Caladium species and cultivars

Caladiums are grown for their coloured and patterned leaves in various combinations of green, red, pink and white. Many have a delicate translucent consistency. Leaves have an "elephant ear" form, although generally not as large as other Aroids commonly referred to as "Elephant Ears".

FROM THE EDITOR: If you're looking for a supplier, unfortunately I don't know of a currently active caladium nursery or anyone else selling a good range of fancy caladiums on a commercial basis in Australia at the moment. If you're such a nursery, or you know of one, could you please get in touch?

Where is the "Caladium Capital of the World"?

It's Lake Placid, Florida USA. Caladiums have become a major industry in this area. With over a thousand acres in production (Greater Lake Placid Florida Chamber of Commerce), the colour-filled fields are now a tourist attraction. There's even an annual Caldium Festival.

More Links

The following are for general information, research and ideas. Note that in most of the USA, caladium tubers are lifted and stored in the winter due to cold sensitivity. Also, the named cultivars referred to in links will be difficult or impossible to obtain in Australia.
Unforunately, many cultivars referred to in links are probably not available commercially in Australia.
Caladium x hortulanum Caladium Factsheet, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Caladium Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, South Carolina USA
Caladiums for the Home Landscape North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, NC State University, USA
Caladiums - Popular and Colorful Foliage Plants Hendry County Extension Service, Univ Florida
Caring for Caladiums University of Florida
Caladium Cultivar Information Texas A&M University
Caladium Vent. Virginia Wesleyan College, USA
Caladiums showing out after summer rainfall Mississippi State University
Got a Package, People post about caladiums at the Hoe and Shovel blog (central Florida)
Caladium bicolor Angel wings, elephant's ear. The Royal Horticultural Society
Caladium - Flowers Walter Reeves, Georgia
Caladium picturatum Post at "Albert's Greenhouse" blog
Caladium humboldtii v. Marcel Post at "Albert's Greenhouse" blog
Caladium schomburgkii Post at "Albert's Greenhouse" blog
Aroids at Lester Kallus' website. Information and pictures on a variety of Caladiums, Anthuriums and other aroids

Individual Cultivars
'Florida Blizzard' Caladium - A University of Florida Cultivar University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
'Florida White Ruffles' Caladium - A University of Florida Cultivar University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
'Florida Whitewater' Caladium - A University of Florida Cultivar University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Caladium 'Rosebud' National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, U.K.

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Old-fashioned caladiums. There are many cultivars in existence which more flamboyant than those pictured above, but they are hard to obtain in Australia.
(Photo: Salisbury, Brisbane, early March 2013)

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