The plant stands at a height of 2 to 5 feet and prefers semi-shade and regular water. Caladium produces white or off-white flowers and its ornamental foliage makes it a beautiful addition to any garden. The flooding tolerant nature of this plant also makes it a great choice for areas with plentiful rainfall.
Native to South America and grown in USDA Zone 9-11, Caladium steudneriifolium (Caladium) is a popular option for adding color and texture to any garden. Its large, heart-shaped and bright green leaves can be found with spots of yellow, red, or pink. Standing between two and five feet, these plants prefer semi-shaded areas and regular watering. The ornamental foliage of Caladium produces white and off-white flowers and its flooding tolerant nature makes it a great choice for areas with plentiful rainfall.
When grown in a pot, Caladium steudneriifolium requires a bit more attention. This small plant needs to be monitored more closely, as it needs to be watered and fertilized more often than if it was planted in the ground. In cold regions, the pot also needs to be moved indoors and placed in a much cooler area in order to protect the roots and stems from freezing temperatures. It is also important to remember to hold off on fertilizing this plant during the winter months as it tends to go into a state of dormancy.
By being mindful of appropriate water and fertilizer levels, as well as this plant's tendencies for flooding tolerance and dormancy, you can expect to enjoy the beauty of Caladium steudneriifolium for many years to come.