Caladiums are tuberous-rooted tropical plants grown for their spectacularly colorful foliage that provide an extremely long season of color. Caladiums impress in shade gardens with their large, brilliantly colored leaves primarily in shades of red, pink, white and green. Leaf shape, size and color vary among the hundreds of selections, but most are heart, arrowhead or lance shaped, some with deep colored veining, and some variegated with speckles, spots and streaks of brilliant colors. Caladiums also bloom, but with inconspicuous flowers, they are grown for their colorful foliage. Caladiums are very fast growing and provide landscape with instant color.
These are low growing foliage plants that grow up to 25 inches tall, with large leaves growing up to 18 inches long. Although tropical, they grow fast enough to be enjoyed as annuals during the summer in cooler climates and all year long as houseplants. Caladiums are happiest when planted in warm, humid, shady areas.