Interesting Plant: Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Wow! This nearly whit caladium just knocks you back when you see it. I can easily imagine this as a focal point among a shady, green garden. It would attract everyone’s eye, I am sure. 

Caladium white queen 

Discovered via Tumblr User, Rita Thomas

 A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual or a houseplant, ‘White Queen’ has large frosted-looking white leaves that have green margins and bright red veins that “bleed”. A great plant for full shade, it can also be grown in sun if provided with consistently moist soil. Greenish-white flower spathes appear in spring and are followed by white berries, but the foliage is the main show. Its arrow-shaped leaves light up a dark spot and work well as bedding or in containers. It can also be grown as a houseplant and tubers can be overwintered indoors.

Noteworthy Characteristics: Large white leaves with green margins and prominent red veining. Contact with the plant may cause skin irritation and stomach upset if ingested.

Care: In the garden, grow in moist but well-drained soil that is rich in humus and slightly acidic, in partial to full shade. If soil hasn’t warmed up yet, start tubers indoors. Lift for winter. As a houseplant, grow in a soilless mix in bright filtered light and high humidity.

Propagation: Divide in spring and dust cut tubers with fungicide.
Problems: Tuber rot, Southern blight, leaf spot, root-knot nematodes. Aphids and spider mites can bother plants indoors. — Fine Gardening


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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

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