Sunday, July 25, 2010

Random plant event: Caladium 'Fire Chief' flower

Not that it's a gorgeous flower or anything, but I'm fairly impressed with this. I mean, for a flower, it's nearly pretty, and for a Caladium flower, it's downright spectacular.


Makes me wonder what would happen if people started trying to breed Caladiums for the flowers, how far that could go. I don't know what sort of natural variation they'd be working with, color-wise, and I imagine pleasant fragrance would be too much to ask for. But still. Maybe someday?


7 comments:

Liza said...

Haha, she's such a show-off!

Tigerdawn said...

Well, get started breeding Mr. S! :-)

Rainforest Gardener said...

I'm actually surprised that no one has bred them for flowers too. There were a lot of blooms on the neighborhood caladiums this year and I was thinking about how great they looked. Alocasia and philodendron flowers are also overlooked too often I believe.

Anonymous said...

Lake Placid Fl is known as the Caladium Capitol of the World - they have been growing caladiums there since the 1940's.

Lake Placid is only about 2 hours from me and as they are having the annual Caladium Festival the last weekend of August and we planned on going, I'll see if any of the breeders do breed for flowers and will let you know. Bellen

I think they are beautiful and here are often used for Christmas displays.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I like the flower. Maybe you should give it a try!

Kenneth Moore said...

That flower does have me stunned! And I must say, maybe I haven't run across a Caladium I'm impressed with yet, but they just seem to be missing something to me. They don't quite all look the same, but if I had seen that flower on one in a store, I might have considered it more, knowing that the leaves weren't the only thing I would have to look forward to!

James Missier said...

Even to get these caladium for an optimum level is difficult, what more when you mentioned about their flowers.
Amazing to note that the flower look so much like the foliage.