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Caladium bicolor

Family Name: Araceae
Synonyms: Caladium × hortulanum
Common Name: Heart of Jesus, Angel Wings, Fancy Leaf Caladium, Elephant's Ears
Semi-Shade Lots of Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage Woody


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub


Native Distribution Tropical South America & the Caribbean

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Perennial herb forming clumps up to 0.8 m tall.
Foliage Large, thin leaves are shaped like arrowheads and come in a variety of patterns and colors.
Flowers Calla-like flowers are small and inconspicuous.
Cultivation It grows best in acidic soils rich in organic matter.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Red, White, Yellow / Golden
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

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Master ID 447
Species ID 1743
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.