This tropical plant with immense leaves is often used with canna in tropical beds with good effect. It is really not a Caladium, but the Colocasia, from which the "poi" is made, so much esteemed in Hawaii. The immense fleshy roots are also used for food preparations in Japan and the Pacific tropics quite generally. The great tubers are planted whole usually, and in the warm, dry air of the prairie States they seem to thrive as well as in their Pacific home. But when started early in pots the large tubers are divided into a number of sections, each of which makes a strong plant by the time it will do to plant outside, about the first of June at the North.