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

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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 Plant caladium tubers or started plants in the garden this month through June. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Plant these vegetables in April, and other garden tips," 7 Apr. 2019 Use begonias, coleus, or caladium for color in the shade. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to control weeds in your summer lawn and garden," 28 June 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 Southern California 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. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 Now, more than 1200 acres are devoted to caladiums. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida towns' claims to fame: We're No. 1," 3 July 2018

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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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