Heart to Heart Chinook Elephant Ear (Caladium 'Heart to Heart Chinook')
kah-LAY-dee-um 'Heart to Heart Chinook'

Deciduous Perennial (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Araceae Family

About Elephant Ears

If you’re looking for a big, bold pop of contrast and color, look no further than this beauty. Because she is native to tropical areas, Caladium acts as an annual in Chicago gardens, but what she lacks in longevity she makes up for with her red, pink, green, and white highly-contrasted foliage. 

Some Caladiums may produce greenish-white flowers, which are usually pruned to allow all of the plant’s energy to go to that show-stopping foliage.

Caladium does best as a container plant, as she does not tolerate cold, soggy soils. She can thrive in hot, dry, sunny areas of the garden, but is extremely sensitive to cold and would prefer to never get below 65°F.


Thrives in hot, sunny conditions

Gorgeous, high-contrast foliage

Bright, bold colors



Does not tolerate cold, soggy soils


Plant Data

Sun Exposure Full Shade - Partial Shade
Tags Annual in Chicago, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Full Shade, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Partial Shade, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Tender Perennial, Thrillers, Tropical
Flower Color

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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.

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