Different species: The A scherzerianum is one of many species from the Anthurium genus (there are many more). Some people are mistaken when they state the A andreanum is the Flamingo flower (it's the oilcloth flower) – which is important to know, because they have differences. The main differences between the flamingo and oilcloth is in size (flamingo is smaller) the leaves are a different shape and the spadix grows straight or slightly bent with the A andreanum (oilcoth). There are also many hybrids available.
Growing and care: These are delightful to grow because of how spledid they look. However, a grower needs to be aware that they need plenty or care and attention (see instructions below) which may not suit the inexperienced grower.
How they look: The spadix (curly orange stem of very small flowers) and the spathe (what looks like the flower but is a bract -- modified leaf --) look's outstanding. The red colored (other colors are available) spathe has a very distinct glossy look that bloom's usually throughout spring to summer (flowers can last for a few weeks). Lance shaped leaves (long and wider in the middle) are also an attractive feature that grow to approximately 8 inches long. Misting and keeping the plant clean will bring out the best of this plant's appearance.
Poisonous: If digested the plant is poisonous and can cause digestion problems. It's advisable to keep pets (dog's and cat's) well away and prevent personally handling them when re-potting. Wear gloves - to prevent skin irritation.
|Origin:||Central and South America.|
|Names:||Flamingo flower, pigtail plant (common). -- Anthurium scherzerianum (botanical/scientific).|
|Max Growth (approx):||12 - 18 inches in height.|
|Poisionous for pets:||Toxic to cats and dogs.|
|Temperature:||Average room temperatures from 65°F/18.3°C - 75°F/23.8°C (maybe a little higher and not below 60°F/15.5°C). Lower temperatures will affect it's leaves (may turn yellow), impede it's growth and flowering.|
|Light:||The flamingo flower is a lover of light - but not direct sunlight.|
|Watering:||Keeping the soil moist at all times within the summer is advisable. Water every couple of days and less in the winter.|
|Soil:||A good draining soil is best suited, such as a peat moss based potting soil and perlite.|
|Re-Potting:||These are re-potted within spring usually every 2 years, or when they become pot-bound.|
|Humidity:||The flamingo loves being misted with a light spray of lukewarm water, regulary. Cleaning lightly with a gentle sponge is advised, which improves humidity - and makes it look healthy.|
|Propagation:||Propagate by dividing the plant when you decide to re-pot in spring. Having a good temperature above 75°F/23.8°C for the first few weeks will give the plant a great start in life.|