caladium

noun
ca·​la·​di·​um | \kə-ˈlā-dē-əm \

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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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 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," 30 June 2018 There are more than 40 varieties of caladiums, which are in the jack-in-the pulpit family. Bonnie Gross, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Local color: Lake Placid Caladium Festival," 3 July 2018 Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Of these, 300 new and beneficial plants were introduced into Florida’s landscape, including palms, caladiums, hybrid amaryllis, hybrid magnolias, camellias and bromeliads. Joy Wallace Dickinson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gotha historic treasure lands well-deserved aid," 20 May 2018 Leafy tropicals and other foliage plants including begonias, caladiums, coleus, cannas, ferns, dracaenas and philodendrons can be used for dramatic effect in the shade container. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Now is a good time to plant warm-season bedding plants, including pentas, begonia, blue daze, coleus, caladium, lantana, torenia and angelonia, that will provide colorful flowers until the end of summer. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "7 gifts for those whose homes have too much stuff," 26 Mar. 2018 Bulbs: Achimenes, agapanthus, blood lilies, bulbine, caladiums, calla lilies, cannas, crinums, day lilies, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lilies, peacock ginger, society garlic, spider lilies and rain lilies. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "May in the garden," 28 Apr. 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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The first known use of caladium was in 1801

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