What You Need to Know About the Flamingo Flower – Araceae Anthurium Scherzerianum

The flowers (or inflorescences) are the most striking feature of this anthurium, called flamingo flower or tail flower and from Costa Rica. They are long-lasting and consist of a thin, twisted, orange-red spadix, 2—3 in. (5—7.5 cm) long, surrounded by a flat, scarlet spathe, 3—4 in. (7.5—10 cm) long. The flowers usually appear from late winter to midsum­mer, although plants growing in good conditions may produce more throughout the year. The leaves are dark green, leathery, lance-shaped, and up to 8 in. (20 cm) long.

Varieties of Anthurium scherzerianum include: ‘Atrosanguineum,’ with a deep red spathe; ‘Rothschildianum,’ with a white-spotted, red spathe and a yel­low spadix; and ‘Wardii,’ with red stems and large, dark burgundy spathes with long red spadices.

Size: Height to 2 ft. (60 cm), spread 18 in. (45 cm).

Light: Indirect sun.

Temperature: Warm; prefers 65—70°F (18-20°C).

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall. Allow to dry slightly between waterings in winter.

Feeding: Give liquid fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall.

Propagation: Divide large clumps in spring. Each section will need a growing point and some roots. Pot up and keep at a steady 70°F (20°C) until growth starts.

Special needs: High humidity aids flowering, so mist regularly. If the flower stems begin to flop, tie them to thin stakes pushed in around the sides of the pot.