Family: Araceae

These perennials from tropical America have leaves of various shapes, from elliptical to heart-shaped, and brilliantly coloured, glossy, lily-like flowers. They are usually grown indoors, but can be grown outdoors in warmer Climates. Anthuriums make superb cut flowers. There are over 700 species of Anthurium, both ground growers and epiphytes, though few are in general Cultivation.


A. andraeanum, flamingo lily, has deep green leaves, variably heart-shaped, on long stalks. The flowers are unusual, resembling broad, lacquered leaves. From the center, yellow spadices emerge. This species grows to 1 m (3 ft). Cultivar 'Rubrum' is a brilliant red; others are pink, white and orange-red.

A. crystallinum, crystal anthurium or strap flower, has splendid velvety green foliage with silvery veins and grows 60 cm (24 in) in height.

A. scherzerianum, flamingo flower or pigtail anthurium, grows to 40 cm (16 in) or more. It has red flowers, spiralled spadices in orange or yellow, and elliptical or narrow leaves.


Except in warm Climates, grow in a warm humid greenhouse with good light but shade from strong sun. Anthurium is best grown in a compost of loam, leaf mould and coarse sand. Water well, making sure that the soil does not become soggy, although the plants should be allowed to dry out somewhat between waterings in winter. Propagate by division in late winter.


Grow outdoors in zone 10 and above.

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