Caladium, Elephant Ears, Taro 'Hilo Beauty'

Caladium praetermissum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caladium (ka-LAY-dee-um) (Info)
Species: praetermissum (pree-TER-miss-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Hilo Beauty
Additional cultivar information:(aka Alocasia Hilo Beauty, Colocasia Hilo Beauty, Colocasia Hilo High Colour)




Ponds and Aquatics

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Cottondale, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

San Francisco, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Deland, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Miami, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Ocoee, Florida(2 reports)

Oldsmar, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia

Hilo, Hawaii

Chicago, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Mandeville, Louisiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Bay Springs, Mississippi

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Alvin, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Mont Belvieu, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Roanoke, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 7, 2010, ExoticRainforest from Siloam Springs, AR wrote:

According to an article in the International Aroid Society Journal, Volume 32, 2009 on page 126 the plant Hilo Beauty is not an Alocasia. In an article by aroid botanist Wilbert Hetterscheid, the plant is truly the newly described species Caladium praetermissum.

The misconception the plant is an Alocasia appears to date back to the book Tropica by A.B. Graf but this plant does not match the technical data to be included in the genus Alocasia.

ADMIN NOTE: name error corrected, if reported to he PF Help Desk, this would have been corrected.


On Jun 11, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

there's quite a few varying zone allowances, like a previous daver's comment. i might split mine and leave a smaller 1 outside, well mulched and bring the other in. safe is always better.


On Apr 26, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This cultivar was purchased from Aristarts and according to this seller, it is hardy 7b. Hummm, I'll try growing mine in the ground since it is semi-aquatic it may even do well around my pond margin..


On Jun 18, 2005, brugmansialover from Santa Maria, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

WoW i am so lucky i found this plant, i was at Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo in ca. and i saw this pretty alocasia! I had to have it.. I have it inside, and i fertalize it a little sometimes.. It has grown good, and has two new leaves.. I hope i can keep it alive in the house! I love Hilo Beauty!


On Dec 25, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hilo beauty also does great in Hilo...a zone 11. This is one of the best Alocasias I have grown in Thousand Oaks, California, a notoriously unfriendly climate for this genus (too hot and dry).


On Jun 10, 2003, Doodad from Bay Springs, MS wrote:

I wish to add something to the zones listed for the Alocasia Hilo Beauty. I live in zone 8, about 90 airline miles above the Gulf of Mexico. The Hilo Beauty grows great here and has multiplied in my yard. It comes back every spring just like my Elephant Ears. This summer, I have 3 blooms on it.


On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This variety has exceptionally beautiful foliage. It seems to be more content growing in containers inside the house better than the unimproved species.


On Aug 29, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful pattern white on green. Heart shaped leaves.Can be used as a marginal pond plant. Over winters indoors except in zones 9 and 10. Does not like sun does better in shade.