Definition of caladium in English:



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

    • ‘Hold off planting caladiums until soil temperatures have warmed evenly to about 70 degrees F., otherwise they may chill and rot without sprouting.’
    • ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, and hardy gloxinias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘White impatiens, White Nancy lamiums, spathiphyllums and white caladiums glow at night under an oak tree.’
    • ‘Like everyone else I've used the pink hues of impatiens and the ubiquitous caladiums, but I was yearning for something a little brighter.’
    • ‘Most of the summer this has entailed looking at the enormous caladiums obstructing my view of the intersection.’
    • ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, and dahlias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘Store bulbs and tubers of begonias, caladiums, cannas, dahlias, and gladioli in a cool, dry place until March, when they can be started indoors.’
    • ‘In March, plant sunny beds with seed or transplants of marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena and rudbeckia, and brighten shady spots with impatiens and caladiums.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.’
    • ‘While you're at it, start up your caladiums, elephant ears, dahlias and begonias early too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plant agapanthus, caladium, canna, gladiolus, lilies, nerine, tuberose, tuberous begonias, watsonia - and, of course, dahlias.’
    • ‘Is it too early to plant gladiolus and caladiums?’
    • ‘It's not too late to plant more bush beans, summer squash, melons, peppers, eggplants, marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena, rudbeckia, coleus and caladiums.’
    • ‘‘Bulbs are the flamboyant superstars of summer - think of lilies, dahlias, tuberous begonias, canna, caladium, gladioli, elephant ears, pineapple plants and agapanthus,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cool jumbo-leafed caladiums thrive in the shade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A member of the arum family, the caladium is a tuberous - rooted, perennial, herbaceous plant, in leaf from May until late September.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Generally, strap-leaf caladiums tolerate more sun, and the fancy-leaf types prefer some shade.’
    • ‘So toss the foil wrap that adorns their pots and pair them with colorful bromeliads, caladiums, or ivy to dress an entry or tabletop.’
    • ‘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.’


Modern Latin, from Malay keladi.