Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America. The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower. Anthuriums are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves
The red, heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a spathe or a waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike (spadix) where the tiny real flowers grow. The anthurium flowers appear as a roughness on the spadix as compared to a smooth spadix. Most common colors of anthuriums are red and shades of red.
In Greek, the name Anthurium means tail flower. The plant’s stem lengths may grow to a height of 15-20 inches depending on the size of the spathe, i.e., the bigger the spathe, the longer the stem. Its leaves are usually simple, large, attractively colored and borne on long stalks. The flowering stalk is slender, ending in a fleshy column crowded with many unisexual flowers. They have leafy bracts which may be white, yellow, red, pink, orange or green.
Being popular foliage plants, Anthuriums are grown for their attractive flowering bracts which are popular with the cut flower trade.
Anthuriums Plant Care
Remove dead and unsightly foliage and faded or brown flowers.
Use a peat moss base.
Anthuriums need a high light but not direct sunlight.
Water your anthurium thoroughly, but allow it to dry slightly between waterings.
Do not over-water the anthuriums as it may cause root damage and yellowing of the leaves.
Fertilize the anthurium plant about every other month.
Avoid draughts and strong temperature fluctuations.