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Plants of the UNF Campus

Caladium hybrid - Caladium
Family Araceae


About seven species of Caladium are native to tropical America. They are small herbaceous plants of the forest understory ranging from about nine to thirty-six inches tall. Caladium bicolor is reported to be the main parent of modern hybrids. The wild plant is variable but often has white and/or pink markings on green leaves. Modern hybrids have leaves that are mostly white, pink or red with small amount of green. Flower spikes are inconspicuous under or among the colorful leaves. In the tropics, they die down in response to the dry season.


Plants can be seen in the lawn between buildings 1 and 39.


A herbaceous plant with leaves that grow to about twelve inches tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: part sun to shade

Water: well-drained soil, some drought tolerance

Soil: adaptable provided the soil drains well

Caladiums are useful for brightening a shady spot in the garden. They grow best where the soil is moist in the summer growing season and dry during the winter while the plant is dormant. In Jacksonville, caladiums die to the ground in late fall and generally resprout the following spring. 

Caladium hybrid