Angel Wings

Caladium bicolor | Also known as: Heart of Jesus, Elephant Ear | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Angel wings - More angelic than fairy wings, but just as pretty.

With over 1,000 cultivars of Caladium bicolor, it is not difficult to find a garden with at least one of the species, especially since all cultivars boast a vivid display of colour. Its common names come from the shape of its large, usually heart-shaped leaves - Angel Wings or Heart of Jesus. The latter is often applied to cultivars that feature leaves that flush red or pink. For the most part, these clump-forming evergreen boasts dark or blue-green foliage. It thrives in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade, making it ideal as underplanting, but its poor hardiness means it is best to grow indoors.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Variegated
Foliage in summer
  • Variegated
Foliage in Autumn
  • Variegated
Foliage in winter
  • Variegated
Propagation methods
  • division
  • stem tubers
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z15
Heat zone
  • H12-4
Heat days
  • 14 - 210
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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