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Flamingo Lily Anthurium

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
an-THUR-ee-um
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Evergreen tropical perennial shrub to 3', upright and multi-stemmed. Common houseplant Anthuriums are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves. They need bright but indirect light.

Blooms in wild tropical areas in spring to summer; desired in interiors for long-lasting, pink to reddish inflorescence and erect, deep green leaves; spadix is at right angle to spathe and is twisted like a corkscrew in some species; used in interiorscapes as specimen or temporary flowering display. 

Prefers medium to high light, moist soil and low to medium relative humidity; no serious pest problems.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Spadix and pink to reddish spathe are at right angles
  • Leaves are leathery, with truncate to cordate base
  • Short stems develop as plant ages
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#tropical#white#yellow#poisonous#houseplant#white flowers#green#shrub#red flowers#green flowers#yellow flowers#low light#bright light#interiorscape#waxy#spadix#spathe#shiny#interior#heart#leathery#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#tropical#white#yellow#poisonous#houseplant#white flowers#green#shrub#red flowers#green flowers#yellow flowers#low light#bright light#interiorscape#waxy#spadix#spathe#shiny#interior#heart#leathery#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anthurium
    Family:
    Araceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico to Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
  • 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 Drainage:
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    A globose berry.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are small, in a slender (white, green, or yellow) spadix with a spathe below which may be shiny red, white, or other colors. Spathes are heart-shaped and waxy. A spadix, erect, cylindric, often tapering, sometimes twisted; spathe persistent, in right angle to spadix, usually flat, sometimes hooded, erect, spreading or reflexed, margins not overlapping at base, colorful, usually pink to red; scape long, taller than foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This perennial herb has dark green, heart-shaped, and leathery leaves. Alternate, simple, crowded, cordate to lanceolate, acute, truncate to subcordate base, entire or palmately lobed, peltate, moderately coriaceous; petiole usually long, pulvinate at apex.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Short, erect, sometimes elongate, climbing, with adventitious aerial roots.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. Poisonous through dermatitis, ingestion, and eye irritant. (Poisonous parts: All parts). Symptoms may include: Irritation of mouth and digestive symptoms if ingested; irritation of skin and eyes following contact with sap.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems