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Pigtail Plant Anthurium scherzerianum

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an-THUR-ee-um sher-zer-ee-AY-num
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

'Flamingo Flower' is a houseplant with showy red and yellow flowers and attractive green leaves.  It is native to tropical Costa Rica.  

Prefers medium to high light, moist well-drained soil, and low to medium relative humidity. Too little light will cause the plant to bloom less and grow slowly; south or west-facing windows are best. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. High-phosphorus fertilizer will encourage more blooms as well as pruning away old spent blooms. Wipe down the leaves of indoor plants periodically to remove dust. No serious pest problems.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Hot'
'Red Hot'
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#perennials#pink flowers#red flowers#orange flowers#interiorscape#spadix#herbaceous perennials#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Red Hot'
'Red Hot'
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#houseplant#perennials#pink flowers#red flowers#orange flowers#interiorscape#spadix#herbaceous perennials#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anthurium
    Species:
    scherzerianum
    Family:
    Araceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Costa Rica
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spadix
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    Colorful spathe and coiled yellow spadix.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Auriculate
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting (not horses), difficulty swallowing
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Insoluble calcium oxalates
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No