Anthurium - A Guide to Anthuriums


Anthuriums are beautiful, tropical flowers. Also known as the Flamingo flower, Little Boys Flower, Painted Tongue, because of the shape of its bloom, or Painter’s Palette, the anthurium is an irresistible flower. So very exotic, it will make any special day more exceptional!

Anthurium Description

  • Family: Araceae
  • Origin: The Anthurium is native to the tropical areas of South America from Mexico to Uruguay.
  • Sun exposure: Anthuriums should not be exposed to the sun. Shade or partial shade is required.
  • Height: Anthuriums grow up to 5 feet tall.
  • Soil: Anthuriums require a rich and loose kind of soil.
  • Leaves: Anthurium leaves are heart shaped ones. They are lush and shiny, deep green in color.
  • Blooming time: Anthuriums will bloom all year long in your garden if they are cared for properly.
  • Maintenance: For a healthy looking anthurium, make sure they don’t get infested with bugs by using insecticidal soap. Wipe the leaves and flower with a wet cloth and everything will be ok.
  • Propagation method: Anthuriums may be propagated by cuttings, seed, micro-propagation and vegetation.

Anthurium Species

There are various kinds of anthurium, but one of the most beautiful and loved one is the anthurium called the pink flamingo. To name a few, there are the Anthurium angamarcanum, Anthurium argyrostachyum, Anthurium balaoanum, Anthurium bonplandii, Anthurium boosii, Anthurium clarinervium, Anthurium colonicum, Anthurium cordatum, Anthurium crystallinum, Anthurium cubense, Anthurium eminens, Anthurium faustomirandae, Anthurium forgetii, Anthurium hookeri, Anthurium jenmanii, Anthurium longipeltatum, Anthurium luxurians, Anthurium magnificum, Anthurium Marie, Anthurium marmoratum, Anthurium moonenii, Anthurium papillilaminum, Anthurium pendulifolium, Anthurium plowmanii, Anthurium podophyllum, Anthurium polyschistum, Anthurium pseudospectabile, Anthurium radicans, Anthurium regale, Anthurium rugulosum, Anthurium sagittatum, Anthurium schlechtendalii Kunth, Anthurium spectabile, Anthurium truncicola, Anthurium veitchii , Anthurium vittariifolium, Anthurium warocqueanum and Anthurium watermaliense.

Anthurium Meaning

The anthurium symbolizes hospitality. It is a warm flower that inspires happiness and abundance. Its name comes from the Greek language and it means “tail flower”. In Hawaii it is said that it symbolizes the heart of the state.

Anthuriums Arrangements

Anthurium arrangements are quite versatile as they can be used on almost any occasion: weddings, holidays, birthdays, office parties, even funerals.

Therefore, anthuriums may be combined with various other flowers that will only make them stand out. So for an elegant anthurium arrangement, try combining green anthuriums with fuchsia carnations, purple anemones, white asters, and curly willow, the effect will be amazing! Also, for an exotic anthurium arrangement, try mixing obake anthuriums with liatris, red carnations and burgundy mini callas.

Red anthurium arrangements are also very popular in weddings. They look great in a tropical kind of wedding, exotic and lavishing, so remember this when you want to get married in Hawaii and don’t know what flower arrangements you should use!

Anthurium Bouquets

Anthurium bouqets are lovely, exotic, breathtaking! Red anthuriums are the most used in bouquets, but they can be found in other shades, too, from red, pink, peach and green.

One dozen single anthuriums with greenery look best, so keep this in mind. Now if you insist in having your tropical wedding in Hawaii, choose a unique bridal anthurium boquet. Use anthurium, lilium and peach rose and everyone won’t look at anything else!

For a whimsical anthurium bouquet, mix your anthuriums with birds of paradise!

Anthuriums in Gardens

You can easily grow anthuriums if you live in a tropical area. Remember though that they must be grown in areas of partial shade. If they are exposed to direct sunlight they will get severely burned and will die. Also, for a proper growth, fertilize weekly, but only after it matures. Spray water on their leaves and flowers as this will keep the bugs and insects off of them.

Place your anthuriums in a tropical spot in your garden or separate them from all the other ordinary flowers so that you can fully enjoy their beauty!


Cut anthuriums love a cool environment. If you want to use them for further arrangements, wrap them in an aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator until the next day. Now if you want to preserve fresh your cut anthuriums, put them in some floral foam or, you can always use aspirin to lighten them up.

If you really want them to last for two weeks or even more, use rain water in their vase, change it every other day and cut about an inch from each stem.

Anthuriums are exotic flowers that enrich the human eye with beauty and joy. A flower representing hospitality and happiness, the anthurium is worth having as a compossing flower in any arrangement!