ANTHURIUM

FAMILY: Araceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Filtered Light
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Native to tropical American rain forests, these exotic-looking plants are prized for their large, often glossy leaves and distinctive flowers (a large, flattish bract surrounding a slender, fleshy spike). Among the species listed here, all but Anthurium hookeri are usually grown as potted plants, even in tropical climates. Anthuriums, sometimes called flamingo flowers, make unusual houseplants in cooler climates.

flaming anthurium

anthurium andraeanum

  • Dark green, oblong leaves to 1 feet long and 6 inches wide, heart shaped at base.
  • Spreading, heart-shaped, puckered bracts to 6 inches long come in shades of red, rose, pink, or white, and they shine as though lacquered.
  • Spikes are yellow.
  • Bloom more or less continuousplant may have from four to six flowers during the year.
  • Flowers last 6 weeks on plant, 4 weeks after cutting.

anthurium crystallinum

  • Handsome, heart-shaped leaves to 112 feet long, 1 feet wide, deep green with striking white veining.
  • Unexciting flowers with small, narrow, greenish bracts.

anthurium hookeri

  • Grown in the tropical landscape for handsome, foot-wide nest of leaves that can reach 8 inches long.
  • Excellent as an accent in a wind-sheltered garden or as a potted specimen.
  • Indoors or out, needs high humidity.
  • Grow in well-aerated, rich, moist soil; feed regularly.

anthurium scherzerianum

  • Slow-growing, compact plant to 2 feet Dark green leaves 8 inches long, 2 inches wide.
  • Broad, 3 inches-long bracts in deep red varying to rose, salmon, white.
  • Yellow, spirally coiled flower spikes.

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