caladium

noun
ca·​la·​di·​um | \ kə-ˈlā-dē-əm How to pronounce caladium (audio) \

Definition of caladium

: any of a genus (Caladium and especially C. bicolor) of tropical American plants of the arum family widely cultivated for their showy variably colored leaves

Examples of caladium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, your caladium tubers must be big, fat and healthy to make it through storage. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Store caladium tubers inside, plant rye grass seed now, and cover roots with mulch," 28 Oct. 2020 Some varieties of pansies, marigold, petunia and caladium flowers can also be planted for a fall or winter garden in Florida. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Fall in Orlando: 8 things to do now that it’s autumn outside," 24 Sep. 2020 Wax leaf begonias, pentas, caladium and coleus perform well in the shade. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Beginner’s guide to growing herbs," 25 June 2020 In the shade consider planting begonias, pentas, caladium and coleus. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to tough, drought-tolerant roses that thrive in San Antonio gardens in summer heat," 23 Apr. 2020 In a new caladium series called Heart to Heart, Schmitt said, there are a wide variety of new plants in beautiful colors that are sun and shade tolerant. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New plants for 2020 put emphasis on attracting butterflies and bees, helping environment," 12 Mar. 2020 Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, bulbine, caladium, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, spiderwort, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "July in the Garden," 28 June 2019 Persian shield grows about four to six feet tall and is striking used as a background plant in a shady bed of lilac, white or pink impatiens, white or pink caladiums, ferns, purple heart, peacock ginger and other shade loving plants. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to care for Persian shield and umbrella plants," 28 Apr. 2019 Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, bulbine, caladium, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, spiderwort, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "July in the Garden," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of caladium

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caladium

New Latin, genus name, from Malay kěladi, an aroid plant

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The first known use of caladium was in 1801

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5 Nov 2020

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“Caladium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caladium. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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