CaladiumSunday, June 07, 2009
This Caladium bi-colour plant sprouts out every now and then from this container. A few weeks ago one leave popped out about one feet high and later surprised me with its flower.
Caladium is a genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family. Also known as Elephant Ear, Heart of Jesus or Angel Wings, this tropical plant is native to South America and is grown for its beautiful foliage. Its beautiful arrowhead-shaped leaves are marked in varying patterns in white, pink and red. There are at least 1000 cultivars.
This caladium of mine is marked with red and is quite a common one here. This plant could be placed in the open (not shaded at all). I learnt that it can be propagated by dividing the roots.
The flower consists of a spadix and spathe. I especially like to see how the hood-like bract (spathe) guards the spadix which is the fleshy upright spike.
This unique flower only opened for one day and this is only the second time my plant flowered. The last one was many months ago and it did not even get to open... it just withered away, maybe due to the hot weather.
Caution: All parts of the plant are poisonous.
I am curious... if you have a caladium, how long does the flower last?