Anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium andraeanum is an evergreen perennial native to Colombia and Ecuador. It is part of the Araceae family of plants. It is commonly known as the Flamingo Flower, Painter’s Palette, Laceleaf, or Tail Flower. The Latin name comes from Greek anthos which means flower and oura meaning a tail, and also the common name Tail flower. Based on studies this plant helps with clean air by removing formaldehyde, toluene, ammonia, and xylene from the air. Anthurium andraeanum grows to about 18in or 45cm hight.

Anthurium andraeanum
Anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium andraeanum is a tropical perennial and prefers warm, humid environment with diffused light. The leaves are dark green and glossy, you can wipe them and they will continue their shiny look however leaving drops of water on them could cause brown spots. And don’t overwater them as the leaves will start turning yellow and wilt. What we consider the flower is actually a spathe and it varies in colors from, white, to red and orange or pink. A spathe is sheathing bract the encloses some form of the flower cluster. So the actual flowers are tiny on the spadix or what is commonly called the tail. Anthurium andraeanum is usually grown as a houseplant, make sure it gets enough humidity, repot only when necessary with a pot that is slightly larger, and make sure the crown sits above the soil.

Anthurium andraeanum
Anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium andraeanum is toxic to all mammals, as it contains saponins and calcium oxalate. You can propagate Anthurium andraeanum by division. New plants probably will take a year before they will flower. Watch out for spider mites and fungus gnats.

Anthurium andraeanum
Anthurium

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