Add color and drama to any space with these caladium varieties. These Caladium varieties include both types; Fancy leaf and Strap leaf Caladium.
Caladiums stand apart from other houseplants with the large and showy foliage. Different varieties of caladiums feature different foliage sizes, shapes, color, variegation, and even texture, with each caladium having its own appeal. Broadly caladiums are divided into two types Fancy leaf caladium and Strap leaf caladium; fancy leaf caladiums have broad leaves, whereas strap leaf caladiums have narrow leaves. In this post, we discuss all the caladiums and their types.
Fancy Leaf Caladium Varieties
It includes varieties of caladium that have heart-shaped or semi-heart-shaped leaves. Also, the petioles are long, growing anywhere between 12 to 30 inches in length. Here are some of the best varieties of fancy leaves caladium.
Botanical Name: Caladium bicolor ‘candidum’
Candidum is a unique houseplant even for caladium standards, what with the green veins running over white foliage. It’s an excellent option for shady borders, containers, and houseplants.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Aaron’
Dark green borders with a creamy white center accentuate the beauty of this caladium. Create instant drama by growing it in containers!
Botanical Name: Caladium bicolor ‘Carolyn Whorton’
This eye-catchy caladium has a pink center with red veins and green margins. In summers, it bears calla-type flowers, usually hidden by the large heart-shaped leaves.
Botanical Name: Caladium bicolor ‘Freida Hemple’
Another colorful bicolor fancy leaf caladium variety with a red center and bright green edges. Ideal for indoors and shady spaces outdoors.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Fannie Munson’
It’s a showy caladium with large leaves having pinkish hues at the center, reddish veins, and green margins. Apart from the container, you can also grow it as a hanging plant indoors and outdoors.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Pink beauty’
As the name suggests, pink beauty caladium has pink splashed all over the foliage and prominent dark green splashes as well. It’s a gorgeous plant that looks as if it came alive from a fairytale.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘June bride’
June bride caladium has interesting features, with pastel green leaves turning white as the plant matures. The green veins running over the foliage become more pronounced because of the white foliage.
Other Fancy leaved caladium varieties include Red Flash, Rose Bud, Party Punch, White Christmas, and White Queen
Strap Leaf Caladium Varieties
Strap leaf Caladiums usually have more tolerance to sunlight than Fancy leaf caladiums. Also, foliage is more strap-like and long rather than heart-shaped. Some of the best picks for Strap leaf caladium varieties are listed below.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Candidum Jr’
This strap leaf variety is somewhat similar to Candidum Caladium because it also has white leaves with greenish veins. But as it’s a strap leaves caladium, the leaves are thin and long.
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Botanical Name: Caladium bicolor ‘Florida Sweetheart’
The broad wavy leaves put on a spectacular show with pink hues at the center and a green border. It can grow to around 6 to 12 inches tall and makes a good centerpiece.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Gingerland’
Lance-shaped leaves come in cream-white hues with cranberry freckles sprinkled over the foliage and dark green margins. It’s a medium-sized strap-leaved cultivar growing to 8-14 inches tall.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Miss Muffet
Lime green leaves have burgundy speckles splattered all over the foliage of this stunning caladium. A perfect choice for shady borders, containers, and even hanging baskets.
Botanical Name: Caladium ‘Pink gem’
It does well both in full sun and partial shade, making it a go-to caladium for both indoors and outdoors. The frilly foliage has crimson veins and a rosy pink center with a green outer edge.
Botanical Name: Caladium lindenii
If simple and sober is your style, you’ll love caladium lindenii! This stylish caladium comes in a solid dark green shade with creamy veins running over the foliage.
Pink symphony, Postman Joyner, Red Frill, Blushing bride, and White Wing are other popular strap leaf caladium varieties.