Anthurium is a genus of about 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Araceae. These plants are native to the Americas, being distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean.
Anthuriums are popular plants where many of them have been grown indoors successfully. A few are grown for their beautiful and striking flowers but most are grown for their spectacular foliage. We have outlined herebelow some popular Anthuriums for growing indoors.
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Laceleaf Anthurium also called Oilcloth Flower, Painter's Palette or Tailflower is a popular flowering houseplant which bears long, glossy blooms with a straight or arched yellow or white tail.
The Laceleaf Anthuriums may not be easy to grow under room conditions but with proper care they can last for many years. Laceleaf Anthurium grows to a height of about 2-3 ft and bears 4 in. long glossy blooms. The leaves are heart-shaped and are about 9 in. long.
The blooms in Laceleaf Anthurium are not true flowers but are spathes, each with a yellow or white spadix covered densely with tiny true flowers. Read more on how to care for Anthurium andraeanum (Laceleaf Anthurium) indoors.
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Anthurium brownii is an easy to grow Anthurium whose large, curly, ribbed, yellow-veined, heart-shaped leaves stand out and feel like a fiddle leaf fig in texture.
Anthurium brownii blooms and fruits year round, the blooms comprise of a long protruding spadix covered in spirals of tiny flowers, and the spathe hangs down below the spadix.
The Anthurium brownii is reknowned for its indoor air cleaning properties. The large leaf surface area is perfect for absorption of VOCs from the air. Read more on how to care for Anthurium brownii indoors.
Crystal Anthurium is one of the eye-catching foliage species of Anthuriums whose heart-shaped leaves are velvety on the surface and the leaf color changes from bronzy-purple to deep-green with age.
The foliage in Crystal Anthurium hangs vertically, displaying the prominent silvery veins. Under good light, the silvery veins reflect light like crystals and hence the name "Crystal Anthurium".
The inflorescences Crystal Anthurium are green spathes with a pale-green spandix. This plant flowers through out the year. Read more on how to care for Anthurium crystallinum (Crystal Anthurium) indoors.
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Anthurium forgetii is a popular houseplant on account of its spectacular round leaves that lack a sinus (upper lobes) and therefore, they can flexibly hang on their stems like teardrops.
The large dark-green leaves in Anthurium forgetii also have silver veining which makes the plant a beautiful sight to behold.
Anthurium forgetii may no be easy to grow under room conditions but when provided with the right growing conditions, it can last for many years. Read more on how to care for Anthurium forgetii indoors.
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Anthurium luxurians is a popular foliage species of Anthurium whose large bullet-shaped leaves are dark-green and have a crinkled leaf surface which reflects light.
When Anthurium luxurians is in the juvenile stage, the foliage is light green and as it matures, it turns dark green to almost black. Anthurium luxurians may not be easy to grow under room conditions but with proper care it can last for many years.
The inflorescences Anthurium luxurians are green spathes with a pale-green spandix though it is unlikely to flower under room conditions. Read more on how to care for Anthurium luxurians indoors.
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Anthurium metallicum is a unique foliage Anthurium which is a popular houseplant on account of its large, velvety, dark-green leaves with distinct veining and a beautiful sheen.
Anthurium metallicum prefers temperatures on the cooler side for best growth with nighttime temperature drops and constant humidity.
Anthurium metallicum grows to a height of 2 M with a spread of 1.0 -1.5 M. The leaves can be over 4 feet long and they have a beautiful velvety sheen. Read more on how to care for Anthurium metallicum indoors.
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Anthurium radicans also known as Anthurium Malyi is a popular houseplant for its lovely, glossy, blistered-looking, heart-shaped, dark-green leaves which are deeply veined and for its showy flowers with a maroon pinkish color.
Anthurium radicans has been greatly used by gardeners to produce a lot of new hybrids with remarkable features, but these hybrids can only produce sterile flowers.
Anthurium radicans is a small herbaceous evergreen tropical perennial plant which grows to a height of about 1.8 ft. Read more on how to care for Anthurium radicans indoors.
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Flamingo Flower also called Pigtail Plant is a popular flowering houseplant on account of the glossy red, heart-spaded blooms which can last for weeks.
The blooms in Flamingo Flower are not true flowers but are spathes, each with a white spadix covered densely with tiny true flowers.
Flamingo Flower bears a 2 in. long waxy flower with an orange curly tail. Brilliant red is the usual color in Flamingo Flower but a white variety (album) is available. Read more on how to care for Anthurium scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower) indoors.
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Anthurium villenaorum is a popular foliage Anthurium with a compact growth and is considered one of the easiest of the Velvet Leaf Anthuriums which can bloom upto five times a year.
The spectacular teardrop shaped leaves in Anthurium villenaorum vary in shades of light and dark green with prominent venation throughout the leaf.
The Anthurium villenaorum is a slow-grower but it can grow to a height of 1.8 M and a width of 1.5 M. The leaves can grow to about 29 in. in width. Read more on how to care for Anthurium villenaorum indoors.
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Anthurium vittariifolium commonly called Strap Leaf Anthurium is a foliage Anthurium with long, pendulous leaves making it perfect for a hanging basket, a pedestal or simply for hanging.
Anthurium vittariifolium is an epiphyte with short stem and the long, strappy leaves can grow to up to 2.4 meters long. The leaves are clustered at or near the apex of the stem.
Anthurium vittariifolium blooms with small pinkish spathe and spadix and the berries are a bright violet or pink in color. Though it is unlikely to bloom when grown indoors. Read more on how to care for Anthurium vittariifolium indoors.