The Anthurium is a large genus of over 600 species of perennial plants indigenous to Asia and more commonly found in Neotropical Central and South America but grown commercially throughout the tropics. They belong to the Arum family (Araceae) and are commonly known as the ‘Flamingo Flower’ which refers to the structure of the spathe and spadix. Anthuriums can be epiphytes growing high up in the forest canopy but there are also many terrestrial forms and they adapt well to life as a houseplant or outdoors in mild climates thriving at temperatures between 16°C -22°C (60°F – 72°F) where they produce flowers all year round. Anthurium flowers are tiny and form on the elongated structure of the flower known as the spadix. It is the spathe that is brightly coloured in most species that is confused as being the flower. The flowers are hermaphrodite containing male and female parts with berries containing one or more seeds forming at the base of the spadix after fertilization. Anthurium andreanum is the most commonly cultivated species for the cut flower industry and a number of interesting colour cultivars have been bred with new one’s being introduced every year.
Anthurium andreanum cultivars grown for the cut flower industry
Anthuriums can last for up to four weeks as a cut flower and have taken the flower industry by storm due to their unrivalled long vase life. The unusual silhouettes of the flowers make perfect and interesting subjects for modern tropical designs.
Anthuriums incorporated into Phillo designs