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Anthurium andraeanum (Flamingo Flower)

Tail Flower, Flamingo Flower, Flamingo Lily, Painter’s Palette


Noted for its long-lived blooms, Anthurium andraeanum (Flamingo Flower) is an evergreen perennial boasting attractive waxy, heart-shaped, bright red spathes, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), that shine as though lacquered. They enclose a rocket-shaped spadix that is usually white or cream. Blooming more or less continuously in optimum growing conditions, one plant may produce up to 4-6 flowers during the year. The evergreen foliage of ovate to arrow-shaped, dark green leaves, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), arises in a clump on long stems from the plant crown and is attractive year around. Cherished by florists around the world for its sheer tropical look and long-lasting cut flowers (up to 4 weeks), Flamingo Flower deservedly grabs all the attention.

  • Winner of the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Plant with the crowns just above the surface and cover with sphagnum moss to prevent the uppermost roots from drying out.
  • Grow indoors in a peaty potting mixture with organic matters such as compost or ground bark to enrich it and improve drainage. Filtered light, constant temperature (min 60°F or 16 °C) and high humidity are required in summer. Bright indirect light in winter is best.
  • Needs consistent moisture year around. In the growing season water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer.
  • Can be grown outdoors in a warm, moist site or in moist, coarse, humus-rich soil.
  • Keep an eye out for mealybugs, scale insects or leaf spot.
  • Propagate by seed at 75-80°F (24-27°C) as soon as ripe or propagate by division in winter.
  • Native to Colombia, Ecuador.

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Requirements

Hardiness 11 – 12
Climate Zones H2
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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Requirements

Hardiness 11 – 12
Climate Zones H2
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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