This red caladium is the closest thing in my South Florida yard that conjures the holiday season. While poinsettias are used as landscape plants down here, I’ve never had any luck growing the woody perennials.
But the caladium is a hardy grower down here, happily providing color nine months or more a year in a happy, shady spot.
This caladium came straight from a bulb I purchased several years ago at the annual summer-time Lake Placid Caladium Festival. Fifteen hundred acres of caladiums blanket the area. The 40 varieties of red, white, and pink form a patchwork of color that are worth the drive.