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 houseplants (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 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 fertilizer 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.