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

Caladium bicolor 'White Queen' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Botanical Name: Caladium bicolor 'White Queen' kah-LAY-dee-um BY-kul-or Common Name: Angel wings, Elephant's ears, Heart of Jesus, Mother-in-law plant 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Green Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant
Style Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials,Tropicals

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