This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
During the early Spring of this year I saw the Colocasia or Elephant's Ear, Caladium escu-lentum, growing wild in two widely separated localities in Florida. On the first occasion on the edge of Gainesville, afterward near Lake City. The plants seen at Gainesville were growing along the border of a brook in rich, damp earth, and amongst the interlaced roots of deciduous trees and shrubs. I did not count the plants; thirty was probably about the number, and judging from their various sizes they were from one to three years old. The brook on which the plants were found probably ran through a garden in Gainesville, and the first seeds carried down the stream during a heavy rain had been caught and detained by the network of roots amongst which I saw them growing.