This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The common Caladium esculentum is well known. Some years ago we noted a fine plant in the garden of Mr. Mitchell, of Milwaukee, as stated in our columns at the time. Since then we have noted it of immense size in Southern gardens; for which it is a very striking object. Mr. Hanford thus speaks of it:
"This noble plant while young, slightly resembles the well known Caladium esculentum, but grows to really gigantic dimensions as it attains age, and while the latter dies down annually to the bulb, this grows into a stem or trunk, which retains some of the foliage through the winter, if kept in the conservatory or sitting room. The leaves are of enormous size, of a bright glossy green, with thick fleshy mid ribs and nerves, standing stiff and upright on a stout stem. Plants under good culture frequently attain eight and twelve feet in height.
A remarkable plant and well worthy of a place in every collection of plants, fox garden, conservatory, or sitting room decoration.