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Anthurium

Anthuriums are also called  flamingo Lily, Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower etc.  Anthuriums are grown for their ornamental leaves and brightly colored flowers which are actually spathes.

The waxy flower or spathe is a modified leaf. The glossy look and the textures of the flowers make it very attractive. They come in different colors. Red is the most common while white, pink, yellow and purple are not so rare anymore.

The leaves of the plant are large and showy making the plant look quite attractive even when they are not in bloom.  The dark green leaves look glossy and splendid if kept clean.

Anthuriums are popular a cut flowers as well. As these plants are epiphytes ( naturally grow on trees) and they do not like being grown in soil. The best way to grow them is to pot them in an orchid mix They do bloom bountifully if they are fed fortnightly with orchid fertilizers.

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    The name flamingo flower fits them so well – right?

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