Flamingo flower

Anthurium andraeanum | Also known as: Flamingo lily, Tail flower | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

The colourful bracts make the flamingo flower stand out.

Anthurium andraeanum or Flamingo flower is a striking and exotic looking plant. It's a large plant that will sometimes climb. It has large heart shaped leaves, the flowers grow from a heart shaped bract, bright red and glossy, it looks like a leaf. The flowers grow from the centre of this on a fleshy stem, they're small and yellow. This tropical plant needs to be kept warm, so you'll have to grow it in a heated greenhouse in all but the hottest climates. It will grow to around half a metre tall and wide. It will need shelter from wind, and likes moist, sandy or loamy soil. It's been given an Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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Anthurium scherzerianum also goes by the name Jack-in-the-pulpit and Painter's palette. Imagine a red painter's palette and you're picturing the flowers of this plant. The yellow spikes of densely packed flowers grow out of the red heart shaped bract, like a paintbrush on a palette. The heart shaped leaves are dark green and evergreen. It will grow to about half a foot high. It's a poisonous plant so you mustn't ever eat any of it! However it will usually cause so much pain to the mouth on chewing that it's rarely swallowed. It's a recipient of an RHS Award of Garden Merit.