Aside from making a great addition to your home, the anthurium plant can also inspire curiosity and conversation.
The next time your guests ask about that interesting-looking plant on your coffee table, here are six fascinating facts you can share.
The Anthurium Plant Has More Than 1000 Species
Anthurium are also the largest genus in the arum family, Araceae. Characterized by their bright tropical appearance , anthurium can be as diverse as they are beautiful.
They Can Re-Bloom All Year
With their low maintenance care schedule and blooms that last for months, anthurium are a great choice for novice plant owners. By following our anthurium care guidelines (like watering with six ice cubes a week) you can enjoy boldly colored blooms for eight weeks, with the potential for year-round reblooming.
The Colorful Heart-Shape is Not A Flower
Though it looks like a waxy bloom, it is actually a spathe, or shield-like leaf. Its function is to protect the spadix, which contains several tiny flowers when in bloom. The spathe can come in many colors, such as pink, orange and white.
The Name Anthurium is Greek, Meaning "Tail Flower"
It is also commonly known as the Flamingo Flower, Hawaiian Heart, Painted Tongue and Painters Palette because of the unique shape and spadix.
Anthuriums Symbolize Hospitality
Due to their open, heart-shape and long-lasting characteristics they are popular as hostess or hospitality gifts.
Be aware that as beautiful as anthurium are, they are toxic if consumed. The plant has toxic properties that can irritate the mouth, throat and intestinal tract if eaten, so it should be kept out of reach of pets and children. It can also cause an allergic reaction if the sap comes in contact with the skin.