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Any of various tropical American plants of the genus Caladium widely cultivated for their ornamental foliage, variously patterned in white, green, pink, or red.

[New Latin Caladium, genus name, from Malay keladi, an aroid.]
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(Plants) any of various tropical plants of the aroid genus Caladium, which are widely cultivated as potted plants for their colourful variegated foliage
[C19: from New Latin, from Malay kěladi araceous plant]
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(kəˈleɪ di əm)

any of several tropical American plants of the genus Caladium, of the arum family, cultivated for their variegated, colorful leaves.
[1835–45; < New Latin]
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Noun1.caladium - any plant of the genus Caladium cultivated for their ornamental foliage variously patterned in white or pink or redcaladium - any plant of the genus Caladium cultivated for their ornamental foliage variously patterned in white or pink or red
aroid, arum - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
genus Caladium - small genus of tropical South American tuberous perennials with large variously colored leaves
Caladium bicolor - most popular caladium; cultivated in many varieties since the late 19th century
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Plant summer-blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers, including acidanthera, agapanthus, tuberous begonias, caladiums, calla lilies, dahlias, daylilies, gladiolus, iris, ixia, montbretias, tiger flowers, tuberoses, and watsonias.
Many tropical plants and tender bulbs, including elephant ears, cannas, caladiums, dahlias, tuberous begonias and gladiolus, form underground structures called tubers, bulbs or corms.
There are so many plants that relish shade or filtered light that it is easy to become overwhelmed, but when making a selection, remember, the following plants are the sine qua non of the shade garden: ferns, hostas, caladiums, ajuga, impatiens and coral bells.
3 In streetlight the huge, deep-veined, heart-shaped leaves of the caladiums are ears, butterflies, ghosts.
15: Dig and store your caladiums, dahlias, tuberous begonias and gladiolus bulbs before the ground freezes.
For those storage items that are not edible (glads, cannas, callas, caladiums and other ornamentals), a dusting of sulphur on cut surfaces should suppress the spread of rot.
There, among a crowd of horticultural enthusiasts, he admires a "collection of Caladiums" whose artificiality and resemblance to fabrics, metals, and raw meat most impress him (134):
Caladiums, an ornamental also produced largely with methyl bromide, are a $15 million crop in Florida.
Impatiens, tuberous or wax begonias, coleus, browallia, torenia and caladiums in containers add a bright spot of color to shady glens and are ideal for dry areas where tree roots rob moisture from plants.
The Grand Foyer had caladiums recycled from a recent dinner.
To satisfy both husband and wife (Anne loves flowers, Frank loves greenery; "we're constantly battling, she says), Wheeler created a showstopping display of flower beds--massive bright white impatiens in the fall and winter, vivid pink-and-green heart-shaped caladiums in the hotter summer months.
It's not too late to plant more bush beans, summer squash, melons, peppers, eggplants, marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena, rudbeckia, coleus and caladiums. If you've waited this long to plant tomatoes, consider choosing heat-tolerant cherry tomatoes or rapid-maturing varieties like `Early Girl.' Check crops such as green beans and tomatoes for spider mites.