Anthurium Info

General Info

Anthurium, Greek for tail flower, is native to tropical America. Other names for the plant include Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower, or Tail Flower. This waxy colored spathe often comes in red and other shades of red. The actual flowers grow from the spadix that looks like a spikey stem, surrounded by the spathe. They flower almost continuously. The stems range from 15-20 inches. Anthuriums, a popular foliage plant, are grown for their bright and attractive colors. The Anthurium is poisonous and if consumed, will cause stomach irritation.

Care and Handling

  • Anthuriums should be watered thoroughly
  • Let the soil dry between watering. Overwatering will cause the roots to rot
  • Keep plant in well-drained soil
  • Anthuriums grow in a wide variety of soils ranging from sandy loams to heavy clays
  • Fertilize monthly
  • Remove dead foliage and flowers
  • Avoid direct sunlight (bright indirect sunlight is best)
  • Anthuriums grown best in temperatures ranging from 60°F-68°F

Average Lifespan

  • With the proper care, vase life for Anthuriums is around 14-28 days

Seasonal Availability

  • Anthuriums are available all year round but some specific varieties may be seasonal Shop Anthurium on

Quick Guide

Symbolism: Hospitality
Native Origin: Colombia
Blooming Season: Year Round
Average Life: 4 to 6 weeks