HousePlant With Purple Spath is Anthurium

Hi Judy
We were given this plant as a gift, unfortunately with no identification tag or care label, it bloomed shortly after we were given it (about a year ago) producing a beautiful purple flower. It reminded me of a lily, but the leaves are not the same as what we have found for lilies online. It has not bloomed since. Would love to know what you think it is, how to care for it better, and how I could encourage it to bloom once more.
Thanks so much!


Hi Laura,

Purple Anthurium Plant


I really don’t think it’s a Lily Plant. Your plant is probably an Anthurium. Here is a picture of an Anthurium  and some care instructions for helping it to bloom again. Anthuriums are very poisonous houseplantsIn her new book, Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat!, plant care professional Judy Feldstein shares information about twenty-five common houseplants, each with various levels of toxicity, and the possible consequences if your pet or child snacks on them. (as are lilies) so please keep your Anthurium away from small children and pets.

Red Anthurium Plant
Anthurium Plant

Light: An Anthurium plant needs as much bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. as it can get but no direct sun. When there is not enough light an anthurium plant will not flower.

Water: Water well and then allow the top two or three inches of soil to dry out before watering again. Yellow leaf tips indicate over watering. brown leaf tips indicate under watering.

Plant Food: Use a balanced fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. or one high in nitrogen to help an anthurium bloom more often. feed monthly in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing. Always dilute the plant food to 1/3-1/4 the recommended strength.