This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is supposed by many that the Caladium e8culentum is a native of South-western Texas, from its abundance in and around the headwaters of the San Antonio, Comal and San Marcos rivers.
Lately, when at New Braunfels, I asked an intelligent man - who had lived in that region about thirty years - if the Caladium was there indigenous. He said not; that he remembered when it was first planted at New Braunfels nearly thirty years ago, from whence it had spread by being transplanted at other places. It is a native of tropical and semi tropical America. Last spring I saw it growing in the Lampazas springs of Mexico, about seventy five miles south west of Laredo. In the Lampazas spring3 also grows the water lily, Nymphaea ampla, with its flowers placed on long stems, rising six to twelve inches above the water. Its flowers are about three inches in diameter, white and very fragrant. Its large floating leaves are crenately mucronate; underneath, prominently veined and reddish purple. It would probably thrive in the waters of Southwestern Texas, and may yet be found there.