Tropical Anthurium & Roses

Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America, a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay. The anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower.They are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves.







The anthurium plant is grown as a houseplant in cooler climates and as a landscaping plant in USDA zones 10 or higher. Proper care for anthurium is easy to do as long as you provide a few key elements for the plant. They can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but anthuriums growing in low light will have fewer flowers and will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light however, as this can burn the leaves. It grows best in bright, indirect light.






When I was at Tasty Tuesday’s Farmers Market, one grower had a small selection of flowers in small vases for $5.00.  Each was totally different as she was recycling old bottles and vases and making arrangements from her garden flowers. The key ingredient was anthruiums with roses and greenery.  We had a discussion about her beautiful, fragrant small roses.  She was a florist for many years and feeds the roses continuously with a solution suggested by a national rose group.  The anthruiums are under a large tree in her yard providing filtered light. We live in zone 9B which is not tropical like zone 10.  We can actually get temperatures down to freezing. Zone 10 in Florida is the southern end of the state.  She must have golden green fingers to grow such a variety of plants here.







I brought home my little arrangement and can’t leave it alone. I placed it on the table and love looking at it, but I have to occasionally stop and smell the sweet-scented roses.  Heaven.







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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

19 thoughts to “Tropical Anthurium & Roses”

  1. Hope you had a meaningful time with your friend and daughter for Thanksgiving.
    Wouldn’t have thought on this combination, but it looks beautiful! I have no green thumb, bu t you make it sound easy to keep the anthurium, so maybe I should try it sometimes! In any case, many thanks for the info for these two for All Seasons, Carol! Wishing you a grand week!

  2. My introduction to anthuriums were in Hawaii so until now I thought they originated over there. One of our local markets sells small pots. Guess what I’ll be purchasing soon? 🙂

  3. Roses that produce a lovely fragrance give us a lot of pleasure. I was interested to hear about caring for a flamingo plant. I have one which is doing well indoors, but I think I will move it out of direct light as you have advised. Wishing you a good week.

    1. Move it where it is close to a window that the sun does not shine on. If sun hits window, diffuse the light- as with a sheer curtain. The plantt needs light to flower and prosper but direct sun can burn the leaves. Find the right spot in your house and make it the plant’s home.

  4. In one way or another, your posts take me back to my childhood (when I lived in Puerto Rico). We had tons of these flowers in our backyards. I remember how nice it was to take a morning walk and see them around.

    1. I want to get one for my yard but don’t have a shade tree. Were yours under trees to diffuse the light?

  5. What a beautiful arrangement! It’s perfect for the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing it, Carol! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Thank you for being a part of The Hearth and Soul Link Party.

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