Caladiums come in many colours. The leaves of caladium Red Flash are extraordinary, with an explosion of bright red and green. It demands to be the centre of attention.
One of the popular names for the caladium is ‘angel wings’, which feels very appropriate. Its leaves are wing-shaped and very fine.
In the wild, caladiums grow primarily in Central and South America, adding colour to forest floors and river banks. While wild plants tend to like shady spots, as a houseplant it likes somewhere quite bright (UK homes are less sunny than Central America). Put yours in a bright room, but away from direct sun. Too much sun can scorch it. If you notice its colour fading, you may have put it somewhere a bit too dark.
Caladiums spend a good part of the year dormant. This one will look its best until about late September. Then its leaves will start to wilt as it goes to sleep for winter. This is completely normal and it will grow back beautifully again in spring. Help it grow with a monthly feed in spring and summer.
Did you know?
Caladiums are so popular in Florida, USA, that every year they hold a festival to celebrate them.