If foliage color and pattern are your cup of tea, Caladium bicolor suits your taste. Commonly known as Caladium or Angel Wings, this tropical plant has captured the heart of many with its vibrant, multicolored foliage. It’s a favorite among gardeners not only for its unique beauty but also for its ease of care.
Caladium bicolor is a perennial plant native to Central and South America, primarily found in the Amazon rainforest. Those heart-shaped leaves that come in striking colors and patterns set this plant apart. They typically grow to 1-2 feet tall and are perfect as ornamental houseplants or as annual outdoor bedding or borders.
The Caladium flowers resemble Calla lily, producing spadix inflorescence. They come in yellow, gold, or green colors and bloom anytime from spring to fall. However, they remain inconspicuous and are often overshadowed by the colorful foliage.
Despite its beauty, Caladium bicolor carries a poisonous characteristic. It contains high amounts of calcium oxalates that can cause mouth swelling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin irritation when swallowed. So, it’s best to keep this plant away from pets and kids.