One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical South American plant of the arum family, which is cultivated for its brilliantly colored ornamental foliage.
Genus Caladium, family Araceae
- ‘Like everyone else I've used the pink hues of impatiens and the ubiquitous caladiums, but I was yearning for something a little brighter.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A member of the arum family, the caladium is a tuberous - rooted, perennial, herbaceous plant, in leaf from May until late September.’
- ‘For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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, dahlias, gladiolus, and hardy gloxinias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
- ‘While you're at it, start up your caladiums, elephant ears, dahlias and begonias early too.’
- ‘Generally, strap-leaf caladiums tolerate more sun, and the fancy-leaf types prefer some shade.’
- ‘Plant agapanthus, caladium, canna, gladiolus, lilies, nerine, tuberose, tuberous begonias, watsonia - and, of course, dahlias.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘White impatiens, White Nancy lamiums, spathiphyllums and white caladiums glow at night under an oak tree.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hold off planting caladiums until soil temperatures have warmed evenly to about 70 degrees F., otherwise they may chill and rot without sprouting.’
- ‘‘Bulbs are the flamboyant superstars of summer - think of lilies, dahlias, tuberous begonias, canna, caladium, gladioli, elephant ears, pineapple plants and agapanthus,’ she said.’
- ‘So toss the foil wrap that adorns their pots and pair them with colorful bromeliads, caladiums, or ivy to dress an entry or tabletop.’
- ‘In March, plant sunny beds with seed or transplants of marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena and rudbeckia, and brighten shady spots with impatiens 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, and dahlias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
- ‘Is it too early to plant gladiolus and caladiums?’
Modern Latin, from Malay keladi.
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