Caladiums and other Aroids

I love Caladiums, Colocasias, Alocasias, Arum and Zantedeschia because they are beautiful, have fascinating leaves, are very easy to grow, and grazers generally leave them alone. It is great to have a set of ‘go to’ plants for summer that are so easy and carefree. Though most of these are tender perennials and must come in by late autumn, a few are hardy here and can be planted out and then expected to thrive year to year.

Here is directory of some of the many posts I’ve written about these beautiful plants. These are also some of the posts that have received the most views over the years on A Forest Garden. I’m delighted to see interest in these Aroids growing, as people enjoy their beauty and discover how easily they are cultivated.


Summer Love: Caladiums July 2016

Crazy for Caladiums June 2014

Colossal Caladiums (Fabulous Friday) May 2018

Caladium Leaves (Fabulous Friday) June 2017

Celebrating Caladiums and Remembering Their Growers September 2017

Caladiums at Last (Pot Shots) July 2018

First Caladiums (Pot Shots) May 2018

Ordering Caladiums for Our Summer Garden (February 2017)

Our Caladium Bulbs Are Here! April 2014

Rooting Caladium Leaves May 2018

New Caladium Plants From Older Leaves October 2018

Return of the Caladiums (Six on Saturday) July 2020

Caladiums Year to Year September 2017

Rescuing Our Caladiums October 2017

Wish Granted: Desert Sunset July 2016

‘Sweet Carolina,’ Love at First Sight August 2016

Sweet Carolina’ Charms September 2016

Variegation Variations, Another Plant Nerd Mystery June 2018

Caladiums and Lady Fern ‘Queen of Green’ (Pot Shots) July 2019

Leaf II: Celebration July 2017

Summer Love (Wednesday Vignettes) February 2017


Elephant Ears: Always More to Learn June 2014

Colocasia: First Flowers August 2014

Leaf II: Illumination June 2017

Pot Shots: Breaking Dormancy June 2018

As Promised: Colocasia Tubers June 2014

Fabulous Friday: ‘Black Magic’ September 2017


Pot Shots: Alocasia July 2018

Zantedeschia (Calla Lily)

Blossom XXV: Elegance May 2017

Blossom XL : Zantedeschia May 2018

Dark Beauty June 2017

Arum italicum

My Current Crush: Arum italicum November 2016

The Arum Affair January 2018

Fabulous Friday: Arum in Bloom April 2017

Arum Unfolding November 2015

Fabulous Friday: Evergreen February 2018

Growing Aroids:

Packing It In Before the Frost November 2016

Slow to Grow: Elephant Ears May 2017

What to Grow for a Rainy Day? May 2017

Faith and Patience June 2017

Leaf III: Decoration July 2017

Green Thumb Tip # 13: Breaching Your Zone November 2017

Green Thumb Tip # 19: Focus on Foliage May 2018

A Pop of Color (Pot Shots) May 2018

Fabulous Friday: It Lived! May 2018

Fabulous Friday: Rain and Lizards June 2018

Six on Saturday: Camping Out Indoors February 2019

Six on Saturday: In Leaf May 2019

Growing Elephant Ears (Pot Shots) June 2019

Six on Saturday: A Gracious Plenty June 2020

Six on Saturday: Texture and Form June 2020

Six on Saturday: Perennial Patience June 2020

Six on Saturday: Garden Bathing July 2020

Pot Shots: Out By the Road August 2020

Six on Saturday: Rain Gardens August 2020

Six on Saturday: Coming and Going October 2020

The Beauty of Foliage July 2013