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How this plant powers one Florida community's economy

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Lake Placid is certainly one of Florida's most unique towns.

Just south of Sebring in Highlands County, it's most known as what's painted on the city's welcome sign: The Caladium Bulb Capital of the World.

Reader's Digest named Lake Placid one of America's Most Interesting Towns, and the caladium bulbs are one of the reasons why.

Thousands of acres are filled with these bulbs, a very important part of the economy. In fact, about 98 percent of the world's caladium bulbs come from Lake Placid.

The city is also the self-proclaimed "Town of Murals." More than 40 murals are painted on buildings throughout the town.

Artists from all over the globe come to the Town of Murals and leave their mark, giving Lake Placid a unique feel.

It's also home to a clown museum and school, and we're not clowning around.

Toby's Clown Museum has more than 1,500 pieces of clown memorabilia, and they give classes to folks who want to learn how to be a clown.

Murals, caladium bulbs and clowns?

I think you see why Lake Placid is most certainly one of Florida's Hidden Gems.

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