How to Grow and Care for Anthurium

Also known as flamingo flowers, anthuriums add tropical flair to any space.

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Add color and a tropical touch to a room by growing anthurium. This easy-to-grow houseplant produces brightly colored flower-like leaves in shades of pink, red, purple, and white. Technically called a spathe, these colorful leaves are shiny and last 6 weeks or more on the plant. Each spathe is punctuated by a cylindrical flower spike called a spadix. Long-lasting dark green foliage is the perfect backdrop for the showy anthurium flowers. Its reliable color will add pizzazz to any plant collection.

Flamingo Flower Overview

Genus Name Anthurium
Common Name Flamingo Flower
Additional Common Names Flamingo Lily, Tail Flower
Plant Type Houseplant
Light Part Sun, Shade
Height 2 to 3 feet
Width 6 to 12 inches
Flower Color Pink, Purple, Red, White
Foliage Color Blue/Green
Zones 10, 11
Propagation Division, Stem Cuttings

Where to Grow Anthuriums

In tropical regions, anthuriums can grow outdoors. These plants do not tolerate frost and is best reserved for Hardiness Zones 10 or higher. Enjoy anthurium as a houseplant in all other locations, using it as a centerpiece on a tabletop or as a focal point in a collection of favorite houseplants.

Place anthurium houseplants near an east-facing window where they can get plenty of bright, indirect light. They will also grow well near a south- or west-facing window, provided they are kept out of direct sunlight. If direct sunlight may hit the plant for part of the day, cover the window with a sheer curtain to diffuse the light. Anthuriums love humidity so a bright bathroom is a great location for your plant.

In tropical regions, anthuriums grow outside in shade. Give them a site with moist, well-drained soil that is enriched with organic matter. Avoid locations that are wet or boggy.

anthurium plant with pink leaves

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Anthurium contains chemicals that are mildly toxic to cats and dogs if ingested.

Anthurium Care Tips


Grow anthuriums in medium to bright, indirect light in an east-facing window or in a spot protected from direct sunlight near a south- or west-facing window. Anthuriums need consistent light to bloom well. If your plant is not blooming, move it to a location with more light. But keep anthuriums out of direct sunlight because their leaves will easily burn

Soil and Water

Anthurium grows best in moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. For potted indoor plants, give them a houseplant potting mix.

Water anthurium plants as needed to maintain soil that is moist but not wet. The surface of the soil should feel slightly moist to the touch. Water plants deeply when soil begins to dry out. If the plant is in a saucer, empty excess water in the reservoir shortly after watering to ensure soil doesn’t become waterlogged.

Temperature and Humidity

Warm temperatures and high humidity are best for anthurium. Plants thrive in normal household temperatures between 65 and 80°F. Protect anthurium from drafty spaces; don’t place them near frequently used exterior doors.

Bump up the humidity around anthurium by placing the plant pot on top of a shallow tray filled with pebbles and water. The water will slowly evaporate, increasing the humidity around the plant. Group several houseplants together to increase humidity as well. You can also place a humidifier nearby.


Anthuriums are not particular about fertilizer, and often grow and flower well without extra feeding. If your plant is not blooming well and its light needs are met, fertilize it with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Follow package directions for use.

Potting and Repotting Anthurium

Repot anthurium anytime of the year. When increasing pot size, choose a container that is just a couple inches larger than the plant’s previous pot. Water the plant deeply after repotting and fertilize with a general-purpose fertilizer.

How to Propagate Anthurium

The easiest way to make more anthuriums is by dividing your plant. Take the plant out of the pot and gently tease apart the roots to divide the plant in half. Repot each division and water the newly potted plants well. The divisions will root into the surrounding soil in 4 weeks or so. 

Types of Anthurium

In addition to anthuriums with colorful flower-like leaves, there are a few members of the anthurium species that are well-known for their eye-catching dark green leaves.

Anthurium 'Candy Stripe'

anthurium plant with pink leaves

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Streaks of pink and white give the spathes of 'Candy Stripe' an eye-catching two-tone look.

Anthurium andraeanum

anthurium with red flowers and green leaves
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Many varieties and hybrids of this species exist and are often grown for the cut flower industry. It bears large, colorful spathes above green, heart-shaped foliage. The plants get about 20 inches tall.

Anthurium andreanum 'White Heart'

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White blooms and large green, heart-shape leaves distinguish this elegant anthurium variety.

Anthurium magnificum

close up of anthurium magnificum leaves

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This species has dark green leaves with contrasting bright white veins. The huge leaves have a leathery appearance with age. The plant grows about 2 feet tall and wide.

Anthurium radicans x dressleri

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This rare anthurium hybrid is prized by collectors. Bred at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Florida, it has the large leaf size of its A. dressleri parent, and the pronounced veins that give the whole leaf an interesting texture from its A. radicans parent. The flowers are not very showy.

What to Grow with Anthurium

Other easy-care houseplants that thrive in bright light and humidity like anthurium include aglaonema and nerve plant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why won't my anthurium bloom?

    Your plant is most likely not receiving enough light. Anthuriums require plenty of medium to bright sunlight to bloom. Move your plant to a sunnier location but avoid direct sunlight, which can damage the leaves.

  • Can I grow anthuriums outside in my garden?

    Yes, anthurium can be grown outside year-round in Hardiness Zone 10 and warmer. In colder areas, grow anthurium outdoors only during the summer months because this tropical plant is very cold sensitive.

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