Vibrant color 42" vintage silk scarf or wrap in a caladium leaf (Elephant Ear) leaf motif. Brilliant fall-like colors of reds, blues, oranges, yellows and greens on a dark chocolate brown background. Excellent condition with no damage to note. Measures 42" x 42" - large enough to use as a wrap - and is unknown as to maker or boutique. (c. 1980s)
Caladium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae. They are often known by the common name elephant ear (which they share with the closely related genera Alocasia, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma), Heart of Jesus, and Angel Wings. There are over 1000 named cultivars of Caladium bicolor from the original South American plant.
The genus Caladium includes seven species, which are indigenous to Brazil and to neighboring areas of South America and Central America. They grow in open areas of the forest and on the banks of rivers and go dormant during the dry season. The wild plants grow to 15–35 inches tall, with leaves mostly 6-18 inches long and broad.
The last weekend of every July, a festival is held in Lake Placid, Florida, home to a majority of the world's caladium fields. A popular activity is a tour of the fields of caladiums, the product of local growers. Every July since 2003, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, has presented the Florida Caladium Showcase, the largest indoor and outdoor display of the plants, including new varieties.
A2629 - Vintage Colorful 42" Square Silk ELEPHANT EAR (Caladium Leaf) Scarf or Wrap - Vibrant Fall Colors!