Caladium, Elephants Ear

Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale:  Low

Usually irritation, pain and tissue swelling. If mouth of tongue swells however, breathing may become fatally blocked.


Common Name(s)

Caladium, Elephants Ear


Latin Name

Refers to genus



They grow in open areas of the forest and on the banks of creeks and go dormant during the dry season. The wild plants grow to 15-35 inches (40-90 cm) tall, with leaves mostly 6-18 inches (15-45 cm) long and broad. Native to Brazil.



All parts of the plant are poisonous.



Symptoms are generally irritation, pain, and swelling of tissues. If the mouth or tongue swell, breathing may be fatally blocked.


Flowering Period




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