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Caladium bicolor 'Rosebud'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caladium (ka-LAY-dee-um) (Info)
Species: bicolor (BY-kul-ur) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosebud
Additional cultivar information: (aka Rose Bud)

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:
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:

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 Gindee77 On Jun 5, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This caladium is not winter-hardy in zone 5 but the bulbs can be lifted before frost and dried and saved to be planted the next year.

Positive julie88 On Aug 21, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

The Rosebud caladium was the first of many to emerge for me during the cool wet spring we had here in SW Wisconsin. This year was my very first experience with Caladiums and after reading the info I found on web sites, I was fearful for their survival. ALL my caladiums have grown beautifully in spite of my ignorance and have proven themselves to be worthy of any extra care and/or treatment required to keep them in my garden for years to come.

I will be wintering them over. I plan on trying to keep several as houseplants while experimenting with digging and storing others.

If you've been afraid to try these wonderfully colorful and showy foliage plants, don't be. If *I* can have success, so can you.

Oh! (Edited to add:) In my opinion, the flowers that rise from the least those I've had, are anything but "insignificant." I was *very* surprised when mine started forming what appeared to be swollen leaf buds that erupted into a gorgeous Peace Lily-like (Spath) hooded flower. That experience, in itself, was enough to secure my intrigue with these plants.


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

Hampton, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cary, North Carolina
Collinsville, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Penhook, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Muscoda, Wisconsin
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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