July Flower Of The Month: Anthurium
Our flower of the month for July is Anthurium! This tropical heart-shaped flower that comes in multiple colors has a secret. It’s not only a flower, but also a plant! Keep reading to learn more about our July flower of the month.
Native To: Tropical Americas
In The Wild: It grows in rainforests in South America and the Caribbean where they are epiphytes (a plant that grows on another plant), growing in the crevices of trees.
In a Vase
Anthuriums prefer as much light as possible but no direct sunlight. When figuring out where to place your flowers, remember to avoid placing them near drafts and fruit. It’s best to refresh the water after about a 2-3 days and trim your stems. They do not need flower food but can tolerate it, so if you have an arrangement with other flowers, you can add some in the water. These flowers can last up to 2-3 weeks when properly cared for.
Growing as a Plant:
Since these plants are native to tropical rainforests, they thrive in warm, bright areas with plenty of humidity, but don’t let them stay in direct sunlight. It would also be helpful to regularly mist your plant. Following proper care tips will help your Anthurium flourish!
Symbolism and Fun Facts
Anthuriums are commonly called flamingo flowers or tailflowers.
The word Anthurium comes from the Greek words anthos meaning “flower,” and oura, meaning “tail.”
It’s open, unique heart shape and long-lasting character make the anthurium a symbol of exotic beauty. They are also a symbol of hospitality and are popular as hostess or hospitality gifts.
The colored heart-shaped spath is not the flower. The little bumps on the spadix is and the heart-shaped part is there for protection.
Anthuriums are very toxic so we recommend keeping them away from children and pets.