Name please! Caladium Plant

Hi Judy! Found this plant in an isolated temple up in the hills of a Malaysian jungle. Grows quite well in a pot on my balcony. Have seen different color patch leaves but I like my RED patch Will be grateful if you can give it a name! Many thanks.

Hi Victor,

Your plant is a type of Caladium.

Caladium houseplants, or Elephant Ear Plants as they are sometimes called, are grown for their large, paper-thin, heart-shaped colorful leaves that are often more spectacular than many flowers. The leaves of Caladium Plants, some as long as 24 inches have marbled, spotted, or veined patterns on red, pink, white, and green. A Caladium is a tuberous rooted perennial that originally came from South America. Caladium houseplants die back and become dormant in the fall and stay that way until early spring. The beautiful ornamental foliage makes the extra care required to grow and then re-grow a Caladium each year well worth it. Read all of my care tips for Caladiums in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.