Posted 4M ago by @Samrijder

I believe this is a caladium, looks quite different compa...

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@Samrijder indeed it is a calladium. These plants are rhizamous, which means they grow from rhizome kind of like a tuber. It is an evolutionary adaptation that allows the plant to shed its leaves and roots if there is trouble, like a cold front. Once the coast is clear, they use the energy stored in the rhizome to begin anew. One of the first plants I ever had was an elephant ear that survived the polar vortex here in Texas (basically attic air blasted down into Texas many died, the energy grid failed, everyone’sivesstock froze to death and many leie did to as Texas became a failed state. When the sling came I was pulling into the driveway of my friends house he just inherited after his mother passed. Someone had chucked the potted elephant ear near the drive way and I just ….noticed a big leaf. Many native plants adapted to the weather here did not survive the polar vortex but the alocasia retreated into its rhizome and it survived. Sometimes they get spooked and will shed all their leaves. I had several jewel alocasia I thought were dead but they got a fungal infection and just shed the leaves. One of them I forgot to throw out. And it came back to life. The other ones probably had a rude awakening in a landfill. :(. Don’t throw it out if you think it’s dead it might come back again and again