Anthurium, Flamingo flower

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Text and photo by Debbie Ricigliano

Anthurium andraeanum

With a pink or red splash of color, anthurium is welcome on any winter day, especially Valentine’s Day.  The striking long-lasting flowers of this houseplant provide the color, while its dark green, leathery, arrow-shaped leaves are attractive on their own. Botanically speaking, the flowers consist of a hood-like spathe surrounding a twisted spadix.  Easy care anthuriums bloom in medium light locations.  During active growth periods, keep soil moist and fertilize with a houseplant fertilizer high in phosphorus. Keep away from pets and children because ingesting anthurium parts causes mouth irritation and stomach distress.  

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