Caladium Praetermissum - ‘Hilo Beauty’

What To Expect

You will receive a healthy plant that meets our strict quality standards in a nursery pot size of your choosing. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos. We offer a plant health guarantee on all of our plants! Please see our Shipping Policy and Refund Policy for more information. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us!


If you were walking by this plant in the jungles it naturally grows in you might just miss it! The Caladium Praetermissum or ‘Hilo Beauty’ has an intense variegation pattern on it’s elephant ear shaped leaves that closely resembles camouflage. Interestingly, this plant doesn’t flower which makes it extremely difficult to definitively identify. Most experts have come the conclusion that it’s a natural hybrid between a Caladium and Alocasia that can be traced to Hawaii, but we don’t know for sure. Either way it’s a captivating addition to any plant collection, especially if you’re into the jungle vibe!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Caladium Praetermissum
  • Common Name: Hilo Beauty 
  • Family: Araceae 
  • Native Range: Hybrid; native range unknown 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care: Easy 
  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct light.
  • Water: Keep soil moist, but not soggy
  • Humidity: standard room humidity is fine, but the higher the better 
  • Temperature: 60-75F. Avoid cold drafts.
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Fertilize 1/2 strength monthly during the spring and summer
  • Growth: Upright. Can grow to 2-6' tall
  • Propagation: Root division in spring or early summer, planting the small bulbs or ‘corms’ that can be found in the soil
  • Pests: Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, aphids
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets.