Ever see those strange looking flowers that resemble lily pads? Wonder what they are called? Well they are Anthuriums. Anthuriums are native to tropical America. It is a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay.
Botanical Name:Anthurium Andraeanum
The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower. In Greek, Anthurium means Tail Flower. Anthuriums are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves. They have a heart-shaped, waxy bract with a long, cylindrical spadix. The size of the flowers can vary from 2-7" with stems 12-30" long. Anthuriums are available anytime of the year. They come in white, purple, pink, magenta, red, burgundy, peach, orange, green and bicolor. The meaning of the Anthurium is, Think of me or Lover.
Interesting Fact: All parts of the anthurium plant, are poisonous. If ingested, may cause mild stomach disorders and the plant's sap can cause skin irritation.
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Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.