Caladiums: Painted Frog™ Series*
From the caladium breeder, Brian Williams, he thought by pairing these spectacular new caladiums with colorful frog names, he could serve two purposes:
1.) Raise more awareness for these beloved creatures that our planet should never be without
2.) Celebrate the vivid frog-like colors these caladiums offer in your garden, where with good environmental practices, frogs should always thrive.
Nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian population is threatened with extinction, and its been estimated that as many as 120-200 species of frogs have completely disappeared. Frogs are known as “bio-indicators” Our world’s wetlands are some of our most environmentally threatened areas, and this is where many frog species live. Tadpoles eat algae and keep the waterways clean. Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects such as mosquitos, and other vector-type bugs, and also serve as an important food source to other animals like birds and snakes. So, when frogs become sick, their poor health is thought to be indicative of the health of the entire biosphere.
I think this is the nicest of all Elephant ear plants, the tropical look is instant. Can grow 6-8 feet in its first year, a mature specimen can exceed heights of 12 feet with individual leaves 5 feet wide. The leaves are thick and are held firmly upright by the stout stems, making the size more manageable in the landscape. It is capable of growing in full sun if well-irrigated and planted in rich organic soil. In shade or partial shade, very little work is required to grow this beautiful specimen once it becomes established. We grow only Tissue culture plants so disease free 12" or more high when shipped.
Beautiful greens, Vibrant, but certainly NOT toxic, the shiny, dark-green leaves of this Caladium are splotched with red and reflective in bright light, making them look waxed. Habit and Growth Rate: 12-24” high x 12-24” wide Landscape Value:
Colorful, heart-shaped leaves can be very effective when planted in a big sweep. Use as border plants for splashes of color. Shorter varieties combine well in mixed planters and hanging baskets with Begonias and Fern. Hardiness:Zone 9 - 11 We ship only beautiful plants with leaves. at least 16" and larger.
Tie-Dyed Tree Frog is playfully colorful, and a tall grower by caladium standards. Dark-green leaves are accented by a red mid-vein, and mottled with lime-green and yellow variegation. Small, pink and white spots pepper each leaf, making them look like splattered paint. Large, heart-shaped foliage can be very effective when planted in big sweeps. The Painted Frog Series is more tolerant of sun than older varieties, so plant in filtered sun for just the right pop of color in any garden setting. Much like their larger cousins, colocasias, caladiums are relatively carefree once you address their basic needs.
Habit and Growth Rate: 18-24" tall by 18-30" wide , Landscape Value: Colorful, heart-shaped leaves can be very effective when planted in a big sweep. Use as border plants for splashes of color. Shorter varieties combine well in mixed planters and hanging baskets with Begonias and Fern. Hardiness: Zones 9 - 11, Beautiful Plants shipped are 16"+