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.