The flamingo flower, also known as tailflower, is spectacularly colorful from spring right through to midfall. Each inflorescence, which can last for almost two months, comprises a large, waxy, scarlet, paletteshaped spathe from which a narrow, curly, orange spadix emerges.
The pointed dark green leaves, up to 7in/18cm long, are equally handsome. When the plant is not in flower, the leaves harmonize with those of other tropical plants suitable for shady spots. Indeed, setting this plant in a group of other plants can help to support the flower stalks without the need for unsightly staking.
In addition, tropical plants like high humidity and placing them together raises the humidity.
Anthurium scherzerianum does not grow quickly and may prove difficult for the beginner. It needs careful monitoring to make sure the conditions are right, and it must be free from drafts and variations in temperature.
ORIGIN Guatemala; Costa Rica.
HEIGHT To 9in/23cm.
POTTING MIX Peat-moss-based, with added sphagnum moss. Good drainage is essential.
REPOTTING Move into a pot one size larger every spring until a pot size of 5-6in/13-15cm is reached, then top-dress annually.
PROPAGATION Divide crowded clumps in spring, making sure each piece has some roots attached and a growing point. Establish in humid conditions.
KEEPING PLANTS When grown in ideal conditions, this plant should last for many years.
Anthurium scherzerianum Araceae FiLAMINGO FLOWER Plant CARE
- Strong, indirect sunlight in winter; some shade in summer.
- Minimum winter temperature of 60°F/16°C; an ideal top summer temperature of 70°F/21°C.
- Keep the potting mix moist during the active growth period; be more sparing with water in winter.
- Mist leaves daily during summer.
- Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks while growth is evident.
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Yellow leaves are a sign that conditions are too cold and wet or too dry.
Anthurium andreanum has large waxy spathes, which shine as though they have been varnished. Its deep green, heart-shaped leaves, provide a brilliantly colorful focal point in a group of foliage plants.
Although not easy to find, there are cultivars with darker red, pink, white, and spotted spathes. Anthurium scherzerianum ‘Rothschildeanum’ has a red spathe spotted with white and a yellow spadix, while A. s. ‘Wardii’ has a dark red spathe, with a long red spadix and unusual red stems as well.
Inflorescences may need staking; attach them to thin canes with soft twine or plastic-covered wire.
Mealybugs and red spider mites occasionally attack this plant. Aphids may also be present; check regularly for their telltale sticky secretions.
Remove dust from the leaves by spraying with clean water rather than wiping, which may damage their delicate surface.
The leaves can be prone to a leaf spot fungus. If dry brown spots appear on the leaves, spray with diluted fungicide and make sure the plants are well fed.