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Caladium 'Thai Beauty'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caladium (ka-LAY-dee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Thai Beauty
Additional cultivar information: (aka Honglong)

Synonym:Cyrtospadix bicolor
Synonym:Caladium x hortulanum
Synonym:Caladium bicolor

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wiggiej On Sep 18, 2009, wiggiej from Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

I live in Michigan, so I planted this as an annual in an outdoor pot a few years ago. The pot stays outdoors or in an unheated garage all winter, but I have been pleasantlyy suprised to see the caladium re-emerge each summer (for several years). I didn't think this was possible.

Positive nekochanninja On Jul 18, 2008, nekochanninja from Oldsmar, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

i got mine from target of all places last spring. it died down in winter (if you can call what we have in the tampabay area winter!) and came back better and bigger than ever this spring. mine are potted and in sun from the early afternoon on.

Positive mckraz On Sep 13, 2006, mckraz from Hollywood, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I also ordered from Buried Treasures and mine started slowly but has taken off. I have it in a partially shaded bed near the entrance to my home and it is a joy to see it every day. I highly recommend this plant, it is very cool looking.

Neutral vossner On Aug 3, 2005, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Interesting. I bought bulbs from Buried Treasures. Planted in shade as recommended and not growing so well. Then I moved pot to full sun location and doing much better. Must be one of those full sun varieties.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Maricopa, Arizona
Ellington, Connecticut
Hollywood, Florida (3 reports)
Oldsmar, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Humble, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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