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 The ground is finally warm enough to plant caladium bulbs, for example. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 At once vibrant and somber, her compositions celebrate uncommon forms and colors, and brim with striking varieties such as red flowering gum, green-and-pink caladium leaves and Sturt’s desert pea, with its red-and-black podlike flowers. New York Times, 4 May 2021 First, your caladium tubers must be big, fat and healthy to make it through storage. Dan Gill,, 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,, 24 Sep. 2020 Wax leaf begonias, pentas, caladium and coleus perform well in the shade. Calvin Finch,, 25 June 2020 In the shade consider planting begonias, pentas, caladium and coleus. Calvin Finch,, 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, 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,, 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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“Caladium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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