Anthurium–commonly called Flamingo flower–gets its name from the graceful, arching protrusions of brightly colored bracts. It adds tropical flair to any bright, sunny spot indoors. The bracts or blooms can be bright red, orange, pink, even salmon.
Anthurium is an upright many-stemmed plant that can grow to 20 to 36 inches (50-91cm) tall. The lacquered-looking, puckered blooms of flamingo flowers make this plant look artificial. Each flower can last for 2 to 3 months.
Anthurium is an erect, leafy plant with pencil-shaped stalks and heart-shaped or tapering leaves up to 18 inches (45cm) long.
Get to Know Anthurium
- Plant type: Tropical shrub, houseplant
- Growing Zones and range: Zones 13-15
- Optimatl growing temperature: 85°F (29°C) days and 65°F (18°C) nights; to encourage the plant to bloom reduce nighttime temperature to 60°F 16°C) for 6 weeks
- Hardiness: Tender
- Height and width: Many stemmed to 20 to 30 inches (50-76cm) tall and wide
- Foliage: Long, graceful, leathery, heart-shaped or tapering leaves up to 18 inches (45cm) long
- Flowers: Each flower has a curved, tail-like spadix and a thick, shiny, heart-shaped spathe. The spathe can range in color from deep red to pink, salmon, white and speckled. Flowers can be 3-6 inches (7.5-15cm) long.
- Bloom time: Frequent blooms throughout the year
- Uses: Houseplant, tropoical garden
- Common name: Flamingo flower, tailflower
- Botanical name: Anthurium spp.
- Family name: Araceae
- Origin: Tropical South America
Where to Plant Anthurium
- Limited light, not direct sunlight
- Grow Anthurium in a mix of equal parts potting soil and sphagnum moss.
- The root system is similar to that of orchids; this plant can be potted in a coarse, fast-draining medium such as bark chips, which should then be covered with sphagnum moss to retain humidity.
When to Plant Anthurium
- Set Anthurium outdoors in tropical regions.
Planting and Spacing Anthurium
- Space Anthurium 2 to 3 feet apart
How to Water and Feed Anthurium
- Provide Anthurium constant moisture and high humidity while plants are actively growing. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings in winter, but never allow the soil to go dry.
- Mist Anthurium regularly—they love the humidity.
- Fertilize Anthurium with an all-purpose, organic fertilizer twice a month from early spring to early fall; do not fertilizer in winter.
- Anthurium does not appreciate cold temperatures or hard water. Keep the temperature of at least 60°F (16°C).
- Remove yellowing and spent blooms.
Growing Anthurium as a Houseplant
- Anthurium must have limited light, average to warm temperatures, and high humidity.
- If the humidity is too low, Anthurium will not flower.
- The potting mix should be kept evenly moist.
- Mature plants can be fed regularly in spring and summer.
- If aerial root develop, cover them with moist sphagnum peat mossl
Anthurium Pests and Diseases
- Anthurium can be attacked by mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites
- Divide Anthurium in spring or summer; remove offshoots at the base or grow new plants from seed.
- Repot divisions and offsets in a peat-based soilless mix.
Anthurium Varieties to Grow
- Anthurium andreanum, flamingo lily. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall; long, narrow, oval to heart-shaped leave; spathe is heart-shaped, 4 to 6 inches long; puckered, highly polished and salmon-red; the padix is golden yellow with a white band.
- A. x cultorum. Hybrids similar in appearance to flamingo lily; ‘Atrosanguineum’ has dark red spathes; ‘Giganteum’ has large, salmon-red spathes; ‘Reidii’ has large, deep pink spathes; ‘Rhodochlorum’ has large rose-colored spathes to 12 inches long; ‘Lady Jane’ Anthurium has pink flowers; ‘Rothschildeanum’ anthurium has lightly folded red flowers.
- A. cystallinum, crystal anthurium, is also called strap flower; it has leaflesss stalks to 15 inches long with heart-shaped leaves; leaves are prominently marked with a network of thick silver-white veins.
- A. x roseum. Flat spathes of whte to rose and wite to ink spadices; ‘Album; has creamy white spathes; ‘Roseum’ as a spathe that is soft rose on the upper surface and whtie tor rose on the underside; ‘Salmoneum’ has a yellow-salmon spathe.
- A. scherzeranum, flamingo flower, has a ery narrow, lance-shaped leaes on 1 to 2 foot plants; spathes is shiny and scarlet.