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Caladium 'Candidum'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caladium (ka-LAY-dee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Candidum

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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:
Partial to Full Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive digital_zen On Feb 8, 2005, digital_zen from Boynton Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

The Caladium industry is centered around Lake Placid, Florida. It was started in that area by Capt. T. W. Webb, a horticulturist who worked for the Archibold Biological Station in Hicoria. Ninety percent of commercially grown caladiums are still grown within a 10-mile radius of Webb's (my dad's) original farm.

A Caladium Festival is held in Lake Placid in September.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jun 30, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Caladium bicolor 'Candidum' is one of the popular cultivars. If you want a smaller version, try 'Candidum Junior.'

Positive Terry On Jul 22, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Candidum' is a relatively tall variety with white leaves, delicate green veining and a thin green border. Requires shade to prevent leaf scorch. Can be de-eyed for smaller pots.

Caladiums can be potted up in early spring, and kept in the greenhouse to get an early start on spring growth, or directly planted once soil is warm and danger of frost is past. Regular watering will keep them growing all season.

Lift tubers in the fall, and store in moist, cool (but not cold) peat or other medium. Or can be treated as a warm-season annual.


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

Merced, California
San Bernardino, California
San Diego, California
Bartow, Florida
Boynton Beach, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Slidell, Louisiana
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Boston, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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