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Caladium 'Florida Cardinal'

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

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

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive HostaFanatic On Sep 23, 2005, HostaFanatic from Rockwood, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Planted several in the ground underneath a mullberry tree and one in a pot. We had an unusually late cold spell, so those in the ground were late coming up, and the leaves were not as big as the one in the pot.

Positive Toxicodendron On Sep 13, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I really like this caladium. It stays compact and produces a lot of leaves on sturdy stems. The colors got a little duller as time went on...perhaps it was our unusually cool summer.


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

Hereford, Arizona
Winter Springs, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Ellicott City, Maryland
Traverse City, Michigan
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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