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Anthurium scherzerianum

Flamingo flower

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to December
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed orange
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo flower). This species has shiny bright red, heart-shaped spathes. The spadices are red to orange and curve backwards like the neck of a flamingo, from which the plant gets its common name. The leaves are dark green and heart-shaped.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Epiphytic

Other common names

Heart flower

Origin

Costa Rica, Guatemala

Interest and use

A popular choice for a houseplant. The sap is a skin irritant.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

These plants prefer a temperature between 16 and 22 degrees celcius, with moist, humus rich soil, in semi-shade.

Propagation

Divide in spring, or propagate by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Scale insects, aphids and root mealy bugs.

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