The leaf of a caladium can be more or less
mottled which brightens up a shady corner. Remember that at times the leaves
disappear when the plant gets sleepy.
Caladium x hortulanum (Araceae) is a collective name for
man-made hybrids of caladium, which originates in South America. They are
commonly planted in formal Thai gardens where the owner appreciates the
shape and colour of the foliage. It is particularly useful in shady areas.
Right now there are many caladiums for sale at the Chiang Mai Khamtieng
flower market, and it is now in blossom at Dokmai Garden. Surprisingly, our
specimen was dormant during the heavy rains and appears now, while it is
normally dormant when it gets cool. It survived the heavy rains without any
problems. This plant demands irrigation during the dry season.