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.
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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