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Flamingo Flower

Anthurium andraeanum

Also known as

Tail Flower, Laceleaf, Flamingo-Lily, Oilcloth-Flower

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

13a

USDA zone

16°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Flamingo Flower Overview

Anthurium andraeanum is an evergreen perennial with glossy dark green leaves and bright red, heart-shaped, flower-like spathe structures surrounding a straight yellow spadix. It's a popular foliage plant with a tropical feel that is popular in the cut flower trade. It is epiphytic and can grow without the need for a soil substrate. The fabulous flowers are long-lasting, waxy and aesthetically pleasing. These unique plants are grown as landscape plants in tropical gardens and prized across the globe as houseplants or tender patio plants in temperate climates. With some care and attention, you may enjoy a touch of the tropics all year round in your home, with this unique and beautiful red blooming Anthurium. This species has also earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Can cause stomach upset if eaten. It can also be an irritant to skin and eyes.

Common problems with Flamingo Flower

How to harvest Flamingo Flower

Harvest after 3 – 6 months of planting. Each leaf unfolds to produce one flower. Flowers are harvested when the spathe completely unfurls and the spadix is well developed with one-third of bisexual flowers open. Harvesting has to be done during cooler parts of the day i.e. early morning or late evening. In general, the blooms are placed in water held in plastic buckets immediately after cutting from the plant. Delay in keeping in water allows air entry into the stem and causes blockage of the vascular vessels. Cut flowers after harvest should be shifted to pre-cooling chambers in refrigerated vehicles having 2-4°C temperature as they deteriorate most rapidly at high temperature.

How to propagate Flamingo Flower

Division

Can be propagated by dividing the stem with the roots in the spring and potting the separated pieces. Keep warm in an enclosed glass case with high humidity for a few weeks.

Seed

Sow seeds, as soon as they have ripened, in shallow earthenware pans filled with chopped sphagnum moss, charcoal and sand. Cover the pan with a piece of glass or plastic and place in a warm area.

Cuttings

Top off the stem with few roots of 3 to 4 year old plants, remove and plant. Each cutting should have a single eye or bud to produce good new roots.

Special features of Flamingo Flower

Attractive flowers

Attractive waxy blooms.

Indoor plant

If you are growing this plant as a houseplant, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums thrive in.

Pot plant

Other uses of Flamingo Flower

A low maintenance plant ideal for containers indoors or very sheltered patios/courtyards. Can also be used for cut flowers.

Ornamental

Popular potplant to add colour indoors or cut flower to use in special bouquets.