Caladium Fancy-leafed form

("Fancy-leafed caladium")

Caladium Fancy-leafed form

Attractive foliage plants with large heart- or arrow-shaped leaves, in brilliant colors of varying patterns, that love warmth, humidity and dappled shade. Fancy-leafed caladiums are the more commonly seen and the traditonal form of cultivation (Lance-leafed being the other smaller form). Their stem (petiole) is attached somewhat in the middle of the leaf on the backside (or underside if you will). The three main veins (usually in a contrasting color) in the leaf form a big Y. Don't forget to cut a few leaves every now and then to use in flower arrangements. They are very longlasting in a vase full of water. (Note: bulb size can vary quite a bit. Plant spacing is indicated here for #1 size bulbs, plant #2's closer together and Jumbo or Mammoth size bulbs further apart. The bigger the bulb, the bigger the plants.)

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Mid Summer continuous into mid Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?

Late Spring

What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Dappled shade or partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

See 'popular varieties'

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

10 in / 25 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

4 in / 10 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

18-24 in / 45-60 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In shady borders, flower beds, window boxes and containers.

Other Popular Varieties

'Candidum' (white, green veins), 'Florida Cardinal' (red with green), 'Carolyn Whorton' (green with pink blotches, red veins), 'Fannie Munson' (pink with some green, dark pink veins), 'Freida Hemple' (red with green), 'Pink Beauty' (green, pink blotches, red veins), 'Postman Joyner' (red with green, red veins), 'Red Flash' (bright red with dark green, red veins), 'White Christmas' (white with green, green veins) and 'White Queen' (white, some green and deep red veins).

About the Family

Caladium Family

Caladiums are indigenous to Brazil and neighbouring areas of South- and Central- America where they grow in open areas of forests and along banks of rivers. They have been in cultivation in Europe since the late 18th century.

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