Angel wings

Caladium bicolor 'White Queen'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Angel wings (Caladium bicolor 'White Queen')
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Synonyms:  C. x hortulanum
Genus:  Caladium
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.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Green Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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