Anthurium is a genus of  flowering plants and part of the Araceae family. Some other familiar houseplants that belong to the Aracaea family are the dieffenbachia, calla lily, monstera, and caladium. All plants in the Aracaea family are poisonous and very toxic to small children and pets. Popular names for an anthurium are Flamingo Flower, Flamingo Plant, Laceleaf, and Boy Flower. The last name refers to the physical appearance of the plant. These plants were originally found growing in parts of the Caribbean and from northern Mexico to northern Argentina. Today, anthuriums not only grow outdoors in shady spots where the climate is always mild; but they have also become very popular, flowering, indoor plants.

Anthurium Plant Description

This easy-care houseplant produces beautiful, long-lasting, waxy, heart- shaped “flowers” which are really modified leaves called “spathes” throughout the year. The exotic looking anthurium flowers come in vibrant red, light pink, dark pink, white, purple, orange, green, and new varieties are bi-colored. There are even light blue and dark blue anthurium flowers. The plant usually blooms for a few months and then rests for a few months before blooming again. Some anthuriums have leaves that are as spectacular looking as flowers.

Anthurium Varieties

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium andreanum), the most popular variety sold, is easily recognized by its bright red flowers.

Black Anthurium(Anthurium watermaliense) has deep purple flowers that are so dark they almost look black.

Some anthuriums have leaves that are as spectacular looking as flowers.

Velvet Cardboard  (Anthurium Clarinervium) has large, heart- shaped, green leaves with thick white veins.

Queen Anthurium has velvety, dark green, large, long, leaves with silvery, white veins.

Other anthurium plants with beautiful leaves include:  Anthurium Magnificum, Anthurium Crystallinum, Big Red Bird Anthurium, and Anthurium Pedatoradiatum.


Velvet Cardboard    Black Anthurium         Flamingo Flower                 A. Magnificum            Blue Anthurium

Quick Care Tips

Like to be warm, minimum temperature of 60°F in winter

Easily propagated by plant divisionLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at

bright 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. but no direct sun

Yellow leaves indicates over watering – Brown leaf tips indicate too little water

Likes high humidity


Why Aren’t My Anthurium Plants Blooming as Much as They Once Did? I Haven’t Changed the Care I Give Them?

Give your anthurium plants a six-week rest during the winter. Move them to an area that gets less light and lower temperatures. Reduce your watering. This should help them produce more flowers the following year.

Can I Use Cut Flowers From My Anthurium Plants in Flower Arrangements?

Flowers from anthurium plants make excellent cut flowers. Anthurium blooms can be used in arrangements or alone in a vase of water. They stay looking good for quite a long time.

What Do Yellow Leaves on an Anthurium Plant Mean?

Yellow leaves can be an indication of over-watering, over-fertilizing, or having the plants in a room that is too cold.

I Have a Cat and Want to Know if Anthurium Plants Are Poisonous?

Anthurium plants are very poisonous. If ingested the plant cause severe stomach distress, the smaller the victim the more serious the consequences. Anthurium plants can also cause painful skin irritations.