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Caladium bicolor 'Freida Hemple' (Angel wings, Elephant's ears, Heart of Jesus, Mother-in-law plant)

Caladium bicolor 'Freida Hemple' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Botanical Name: Caladium bicolor 'Freida Hemple' kah-LAY-dee-um BY-kul-or Common Name: Angel wings, Elephant's ears, Heart of Jesus, Mother-in-law plant Synonyms: C. × hortulanum Genus: Caladium
C. bicolor is a tuberous-rooted perennial of garden origin often grown in containers, as annuals, and as indoor plants. The large, heart-shaped leaves of 'Freida Hemple' caladium are edged in bright green and have bold red centers. Caladiums are excellent choices to add color, texture, and form to shady areas.
Noteworthy characteristics: Striking red and green leaves. Excellent in shade.
Care: Needs plenty of water, heat, and high humidity. Also prefers slightly acidic soil and part to full shade. Protect from strong winds. Lift and store tubers in the fall and store almost dry in a cool location. Also grown as house plants year-round, where they need bright filtered light, ample water, and high humidity during the growing season.
Propagation: Divide in spring; dust cut portions with fungicide.
Problems: Tuber rot, Southern blight, leaf spot, root-knot nematodes. Indoors, aphids and spider mites may be problems.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials,Tropicals

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