The most apt of this plant’s common names is Painter’s Palette, as it can produce flower heads in several different colours. These are white, an almost gaudy pink (the Flamingo Flower or Lily), and bright red, which is the most common form. Rather demanding in its cultural requirements, the plant requires constantly high humidity, and the aerial roots should be mulched occasionally with sphagnum moss. However, if it can be grown satisfactorily, the Anthurium will produce its bright flowers for a long period. Left on the plant the flowers will last for several weeks before they fade and deteriorate, but will need support to display them at their best. Alternatively, they can be removed for use in cut flower arrangements.

Plant type : Flowering plant with erect, open habit
Season of interest : Usually summer, but occasionally throughout year If conditions are favourable
Size : 45-60cm (18—24in)
Flower : Spathe heart-shaped, 10-12.5cm (4-5in), white, pink or red; spadix poker¬like, erect, 5-7.5cm (2—3in) long, white, yellow, on 30-45cm (12—18in) stem
Leaf : Heart-shaped, 15-25cm (6—1 Oin) long, green, on 25-30cm (10—12in) stems
Temperature : 18-24°C (64—75°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate light with some shade
Humidity : High
Watering : Keep compost evenly moist in spring and summer; allow to dry very slightly before re-watering in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Separate plantlets in mid spring to mid summer and put into potting compost with sphagnum moss added at 24°C (75°F); sow seeds as above
Potting : Houseplant potting compost with sphagnum moss added
Problems : Aphid, red spider mite
Availability : Occasionally available throughout year
Uses indoors : Useful and unusual feature plant for lounge, dining room or office