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Flamingo Flower – Anthurium Plant – A Tropical Delight

I just added a new plant to my indoor plants collection.  This anthurium plant is commonly called Flamingo Flower, also known as anthurium.

It is a tropical plant that has a stunning flower and is easy to grow.

This pretty plant doesn’t mind lower light conditions so it is a great choice for beginners. It also makes a stunning Christmas plant because of the colors of the bloom.

Keep reading to find out how to grow anthurium. 

How to Grow AnthuriumsMy greatest love is outdoor gardening. I work at home and I am very busy with my various businesses, so I tend to forget my indoor plants a bit. 

I only have a few and most of them end up outside for most of the year.

I picked up this lovely specimen yesterday in the garden area of Home Depot.  It is in tip top shape and I couldn’t resist it. 

If you love to grow flowering houseplants, especially those with very showy flowers, anthurium is a great choice, even for beginners.

What is Anthurium Plant?

Anthurium andraeanum is a tropical flowering plant in the family Araceae. (Peace lilies and caladiums are also members of this family.)

It is native to Columbian and Ecuador and is a very popular houseplant for those that live in colder zones. 

According the the Royal Horticultural Society, the plant is one that is listed in the NASA Clean Air Study showing that it is effective in removing toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air.

Flamingo Flower is a tropical flower plant which thrives in low light. This makes it perfect for my north facing window in the dining room. 

It is one of the few low light plants that will actually flower in normal indoor conditions.  As you can see from the photo below, the blooms are a true delight.

Anthurium - Flamingo flowerThe foliage is also appealing. It is glossy and dark green  and will live happily for many years if you give it the proper care and maintenance. 

I have had this plant growing for well over a year and it keeps flowering and is still in wonderful shape.

I consider this a real stamp of approval, since I am mainly out IN the garden and often neglect indoor plants.  This one is a keeper!

Anthuriums are popular indoor plants but in warm temperature zones, they will grow outside outdoors all year long.

Anthuriums and other tropical plants

This photo shows a tropical planting, including flamingo flower, elephant ears and other tropical plants at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens.

The plant gives a real pop of color to the lush green foliage that surrounds it.

Growing Conditions for Flamingo Flower

Flamingo flower plants are very easy to grow.  Here is how to get the most out of it.

Light Conditions for anthurium plants. 

The plant likes bright, filtered light. Ideal for indoor low light conditions.  Avoid direct sunlight.

Height of mature plants. 

This will vary from plant to plant. My specimen is about 14″ tall including the pot. Anthurium stems can grow to a height of 15-20 inches 

How often to water anthuriums. 

Water once or twice per week, or just enough to keep the soil moist.  Don let it stay wet for prolonged periods.

Watering can be reduced in the fall and winter months, but the soil should never be allowed to dry out completely. Just put your finger in the soil down to the first knuckle. It it is dry there, it needs watering.

Flowers of anthurium plant

Flamingo’s red flowers are born on long stalks that sit proudly above the glossy green foliage. The flowers will last for several weeks before they fade and drop off the plant.

If you enjoy cut flowers, they are also long-lived, lasting 4-6 weeks in water, as long as you trim the stems and keep changing the water.

Flamingo flowers

Red is a common color for anthuriums but they also come in green, pink, yellow, purple and white.

Fertilizing flamingo flower. 

Use a high phosphorus fertilizer once a month during spring and summer.  In the fall and winter, once every 6 weeks should do the trick.

Humidity needs for Anthurium plant. 

In order to thrive, the Flamingo plants needs high humidity.  You will lose the glossy texture of the leaves if the humidity gets too low.  

To raise the humidity around the plant, place pots on trays filled with moist gravel or pebbles, mist several times per day with lukewarm water.

If you can’t find Anthuriums locally, they can be purchased online at Amazon 

Do you have other low light plants which flower well for you indoors?  Please leave a note of them in the comments section below.

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Saturday 10th of February 2024

Hi there I was just wondering why my flamingo leaves have big brown spots on them I have quite a few flowers they seem to be doing good, but the leaves tend to be dying off

Carol Speake

Saturday 10th of February 2024

It is impossible to diagnose a specific plant problem without seeing the plant in person. There are many reasons for plant leaves to suffer including diseases and watering issues.


Saturday 2nd of May 2020

My plant has not bloomed in over six months. The plant itself is healthy and I have had it for years. It is in low light area in my house in Wisconsin.

Carol Speake

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

You might want to check to see if it is pot bound. When plants are pot bound, they often slow down their activity and also flowering habits.

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