Anthurium andreanum

Flamingo flower

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Expert

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Flamingo flower is a spectacular South American epiphytic plant (epiphytes grow on other plants, but they are otherwise independent and not parasitic), which produces dark green, glossy leaves about 23cm long. There's a near continuous show of bright red spathes with yellow spadices. Fix the plant to a piece of dead branch, surround the roots with sphagnum moss, and tie everything together with nylon fishing line, then hang from the ceiling. Grow in a warm, humid greenhouse or conservatory, mimicking the conditions in a rainforest. Don't let the moss dry out, and don't let the temperature drop below 16c.

Family: Araceae

Genus: Anthurium

Species: andreanum

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Shade

Soil: Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Expert

Height: 60cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to divide plants: February to February

Time to prune: February to February


Reader reviews

lilaclily

What does February to February mean, as in.....
"Time to prune: February to February"
"Time to divide plants: February to February"
Does it mean anytime, or does it mean just in February?

Thank you x


flowering rose

I had this as indoor plant for a couple of years,a beautiful plant


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