Anthurium andraeanum, also known as Flamingo Flower, Painter's Palette or Tail Flower, is a flowering plant with large, heart-shaped leaves and flower spathes (these are modified, brightly coloured leaves from where the spadix - a tail-like structure that is actually a long cluster of tiny flowers - arises). Anthurium spathes are usually red, but white, pink or even deep maroon varieties are available. The spathes have a slightly rippled, or puckered surface. The spadix is usually creamy-yellow and up to eight centimetres long.
Anthuriums bloom over a long period with each flower lasting for two months or more, and modern varieties are prolific bloomers.
The plant is harmful if eaten, causing mouth and throat irritation similar to, but less severe than, that caused by Dieffenbachia, the Dumb cane.
The scientific name, Anthurium, comes from Greek Anthos - meaning flower, and oura, which means tail, hence the common name Tail Flower. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots - read more here.
These plants originate in the tropical forests of Columbia and Ecuador where they thrive in humid, warm, shady conditions. This gives a clue to their needs in the home - they are well suited to bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms, but do not do as well in brightly lit spaces or where there is direct sunlight.
Low - medium. Avoid direct sunlight.
The soil should be kept moist, but not wet.
Dead leaves and spent blooms should be cut off with a sharp knife or secateurs. Otherwise, no pruning is necessary.
Anthuriums benefit from regular feeding when they are flower. Modern varieties flower almost constantly, so add some good quality fertilizer to the water whenever you water the plant.
Pest & Diseases
Anthuriums are generally pest free, although you may see the occasional mealybug. If that happens, remove it by cleaning the leaf with a damp cloth or paper towel.
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