Sunday, August 19, 2012

Angel Wings and Elephant Ears

Angel wings and elephant ears in the same sentence?
 Well, yes, the quirky pairing of words appears in the list of common names
 used for Caladium plants.
Yesterday, while moving through the noisy, bustling, food-on-a-stick crowd of the Iowa State Fair,
this quiet and unassuming plant in the Agriculture Building spoke to me with more clarity
 than all the voices on the street.

Caladium, indigenous to Brazil, are grown for their large heart-shaped leaves
 marked in varying patterns of white, pink, and red.

13 comments:

RuneE said...

Marvellous leaves! At first I thought you had caught a greenish butterfly on top of a plant :-)

S. Etole said...

Plants have a special language when we listen. These are beautiful.

Beth said...

I mistakenly labeled some leaves in my posie vases incorrectly. They were caladians. I have a vibrant pink and green kind that I plant by my back door every year. It has to be in partial shade. This year I planted two. One is flourishing; the other one is smaller, but still pretty---I think it gets too much shade.

If it's a mild fall, they will last through the end of October. I love them and the individual leaves last in vases for a loooong time. I have posie vases full of caladian leaves only or with just some sprigs of mint for scent and texture. I miss them in the winter,

Beth said...

BTW this vibrant green is gorgeous! I've not seen it around here, but then we're not near a city where more variety is offered.

yaya said...

Hi Becky! This is a beautiful plant combo...I love elephant ears in the garden and at the fair I love elephant ears that are the fried kind! Our fair is in Sept. so I guess I can wait until then! I'm glad your wrist in healing.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

They LOVE florida, too! I have several!!

rosaria williams said...

They look fabulous with the fern and the bowl of ?

mermaid gallery said...

that is a beauty!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

They speak to me too through your photo.

Relindis said...

The refreshing greens in such an arrangement would also attract my attention.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I like hearing the "common names" of plants - so much insight into those who named them.

Leslie said...

I love caladiums, but I never knew they were also called angel wings! I like that.

The Silver Bunny said...

Very beautiful pictures, no wonder you found them more appealing than the "food-on-a-stick" crowd ; I'd never heard that expression before. Very evocative though !xx