Definition of caladium in English:



  • A tropical South American plant of the arum family, which is cultivated for its brilliantly coloured ornamental foliage.

    • ‘So toss the foil wrap that adorns their pots and pair them with colorful bromeliads, caladiums, or ivy to dress an entry or tabletop.’
    • ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, and hardy gloxinias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘‘Bulbs are the flamboyant superstars of summer - think of lilies, dahlias, tuberous begonias, canna, caladium, gladioli, elephant ears, pineapple plants and agapanthus,’ she said.’
    • ‘Like everyone else I've used the pink hues of impatiens and the ubiquitous caladiums, but I was yearning for something a little brighter.’
    • ‘While you're at it, start up your caladiums, elephant ears, dahlias and begonias early too.’
    • ‘A member of the arum family, the caladium is a tuberous - rooted, perennial, herbaceous plant, in leaf from May until late September.’
    • ‘This is a caladium species, and when I say a species, I mean a plant that occurs exactly as you see in the forest, as opposed to a plant that's been bred by the hybridists.’
    • ‘Most of the summer this has entailed looking at the enormous caladiums obstructing my view of the intersection.’
    • ‘It's not too late to plant more bush beans, summer squash, melons, peppers, eggplants, marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena, rudbeckia, coleus and caladiums.’
    • ‘Store bulbs and tubers of begonias, caladiums, cannas, dahlias, and gladioli in a cool, dry place until March, when they can be started indoors.’
    • ‘Before my wondering eyes the straggly but still stalwart pansies were ripped from their root systems and with lightning moves caladium bulbs took their place.’
    • ‘Cool jumbo-leafed caladiums thrive in the shade.’
    • ‘Hold off planting caladiums until soil temperatures have warmed evenly to about 70 degrees F., otherwise they may chill and rot without sprouting.’
    • ‘For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.’
    • ‘Generally, strap-leaf caladiums tolerate more sun, and the fancy-leaf types prefer some shade.’
    • ‘In March, plant sunny beds with seed or transplants of marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena and rudbeckia, and brighten shady spots with impatiens and caladiums.’
    • ‘Note, too, that many caladiums thrive in shade or part-shade, but those with thicker leaves tolerate more sun, so perhaps your variety could use a little more light.’
    • ‘Plant agapanthus, caladium, canna, gladiolus, lilies, nerine, tuberose, tuberous begonias, watsonia - and, of course, dahlias.’
    • ‘Semi-tropical natives such as dahlias, gladioli, begonias, canna, caladium, elephant ears, oxalis and other tender summer-flowering bulbs will not make it through the winter outside of the warmest climate zones.’
    • ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, and dahlias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘White impatiens, White Nancy lamiums, spathiphyllums and white caladiums glow at night under an oak tree.’
    • ‘Robert is longing for the cooler weather of fall, but I'm looking forward to the transition of the window boxes from caladiums to pansies, cheerful but short.’
    • ‘Is it too early to plant gladiolus and caladiums?’
    • ‘When they come up, there will be caladiums in the window boxes, on either side of the door, and under the big bush on the left by the garage door.’


Modern Latin, from Malay keladi.