Flamingo Flower, Tail Flower, Oil Cloth Flower, Lace Leaf
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AWARD OF GARDEN MERIT
Anthurium andraeanum Linden ex André is the correct and accepted name of this plant. It was described by Jean Jules Linden and ex-author Édouard François André in Illustration Horticole (L’illustration horticole) in 1877. That means the species was named and described by Mr. Linden then later by Mr. André using Linden’s description and giving him the credit.
Plants of the World Online by Kew currently lists 1,029 accepted species of Anthurium. Version 1.1 (2013) of The Plant List named 2,314 species in the Anthurium genus… 926 were accepted species names (plus 9 accepted infraspecific names), 477 synonyms (plus another 173 infraspecific names) and 729 names that are unassessed (unresolved, unplaced, etc.). The Plant List is no longer maintained.
I bought my Anthurium andraeanum at Lowe’s in 2011 or 12 but for some odd reason, I could only find two photos. The first photo was from 2012, but it seems like I had it longer. The waxy looking flowers and leaves last a VERY long time and the plants aren’t hard to grow at all. Just follow the directions on the label and do a little research.
Origin: Columbia and Ecuador.
Type: Herbaceous perennial.
Zones: USDA Zones 11-12.
Size: Up to 18” tall x 12” wide.
Light: Part shade.
Soil: Well-drained potting soil such as Miracle Grow.
Water: Medium but should not dry out between watering.
Flowers: Blooms anytime through the year.
This plant was not hard to grow and won’t be for you as long as you follow a few simple rules. They should be in a good well-draining potting soil such as Miracle Grow (which is what I used) and do not allow their soil to dry out. They like to be grown in bright indirect light because direct sunlight will burn their leaves. They like a higher humidity, so an occasional misting is appreciated. When you grow tropical plants indoors, you need to mimic their natural environment the best you can.
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