Painted Frog Caladiums: Our caladium breeder, Brian Williams, thought by pairing these spectacular new caladiums with colorful frog names, he could serve two purposes:
1.) Raise more awareness for these beloved creatures that our planet should never be without.
2.) Celebrate the vivid frog-like colors these caladiums offer in your garden, where with good environmental practices, frogs should always thrive.
Do you know that nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian population is threatened with extinction, and its been estimated that as many as 120-200 species of frogs have completely disappeared from the planet since 1980? This is a tragedy.
Frogs are known as “bio-indicators”. Their permeable skin makes it easy for them to absorb toxic chemicals, so their habitats must be clean and free from toxins or we begin to see unhealthy frogs. Our world’s wetlands are some of our most environmentally threatened areas, and this is where many frog species live. Tadpoles eat algae and keep the waterways clean. Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects such as mosquitos, and other vector-type bugs, and also serve as an important food source to other animals like birds and snakes. So, when frogs become sick, their poor health is thought to be indicative of the health of the entire biosphere.
Frogs are also important in medical research. Their skins secrete a wide array of chemicals thought to be useful in the pharmaceutical industry. As we loose these beloved creatures, we also loose new opportunities to improve our health. Think about it; frogs have been on the earth for more than 250 million years, and we’d like to keep them around at least, that much longer, right?!
Tie-Dyed Tree Frog is playfully colorful, and a tall grower by caladium standards. Dark-green leaves are accented by a red mid-vein, and mottled with lime-green and yellow variegation. Small, pink and white spots pepper each leaf, making them look like splattered paint. Large, heart-shaped foliage can be very effective when planted in big sweeps. The Painted Frog Series is more tolerant of sun than older varieties, so plant in filtered sun for just the right pop of color in any garden setting. Much like their larger cousins, colocasias, caladiums are relatively carefree once you address their basic needs.
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