University of Maryland Extension: Plant of the Week
Text and photo by Ginny Williams
Extravagantly colored and patterned, Caladium bicolor is a tuberous rooted plant with lance shaped leaves held up by long stalks.
Growing one to three feet tall, caladiums come in attractive bi- or tri-color combinations of white, green, rose, pink, and red.
Originally from South America, they require warm temperatures to grow. In areas such as Maryland, where temperatures go below 20 degrees F, the tubers should be dug up when the foliage dies and stored at room temperature until they are replanted in the spring when temperatures are above 60 degrees F.