Anthurium scherzerianum and Anthurium andraeanum lend their common name, flamingo lily, from their brightly colored waxy flowers. They are appreciated for their exotic looks and, when their needs are met, can bloom year-round. A great choice for any houseplant lover looking for a pop of color in their home!
Keep reading for everything you need to know about growing flamingo lily in your own home.
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Flamingo lily light, location & temperature
Like many other houseplants, flamingo lilies are naturally found in tropical rainforests. If you want to succesfully grow them, it’s a good idea to imitate these rainforest conditions as much as possible in the home.
In rainforests, not much sunlight reaches the ground; most of it is blocked by larger trees. This means that although flamingo lilies love bright light, they do not appreciate direct sunlight at all and burn easily.
- When choosing a location in your home to place your flamingo lily, keep in mind its lighting needs as well as its preference for high humidity. A spot near a window that doesn’t get direct sun in a relatively humid location (such as the kitchen or bathroom) should work well. In less humid locations you can try placing a humidity tray under the plant.
- Because flamingo lilies natural occur in tropical areas they won’t do well in low temperatures. Make sure to place yours in a location that doesn’t drop below 15 °C/59 °F, even at night.
Flamingo lily soil & planting
Flamingo lilies like a well-draining peat moss-based soil type. Because there is still discussion on whether peat moss is sustainable or not, you could also try a replacement such as coco coir, though I haven’t tested this and can’t tell you for sure whether it will work well. Then, simply mix your peat moss or coco coir with potting soil and some kind of medium to improve drainage, such as perlite or bark. Some flamingo lily lovers also swear by adding a little charcoal to the potting mix.
Flamingo lilies don’t have to be repotted very often. You can usually repot them during Springtime every two years or so; when doing so you can either move one pot size up or divide the plants and plant them separately.
Watering flamingo lily
As with many houseplants, watering is one of the more difficult aspects of flamingo lily care. These plants like evenly moist soil, especially during Summertime, but absolutely do not appreciate wet feet. When left in standing water for too long their roots can quickly develop rot. They can be left to dry out a little more during Winter when the plant isn’t growing as much.
Flamingo lily fertilizer
If your flamingo lily is actively growing (most likely during the Spring and Summer months) you can lightly feed it with a diluted fertilizer around every two weeks or so.
The difference between Anthurium scherzerianum and Anthurium andraeanum
Although Anthurium scherzerianum is the “official” flamingo lily, both scherzerianum and andraeanum are commonly referred to with this common name, which can obviously get a little confusing as the plants are not actually completely the same.
Anthurium andraeanum is much more common; all of the photos in this article feature it. It grows a little larger and is known for being a bit more fussy than Anthurium scherzerianum. Its spadix (the part that sticks out of the flower) is straight, whereas that of Anthurium scherzerianum is usually curly.
Buying flamingo lily
As mentioned above, Anthurium andraeanum is more commonly available than the ‘actual’ flamingo lily, Anthurium scherzerianum. You should be able to find it in some plant stores and garden centers.
You can also easily buy Anthurium andraeanum online.
Is flamingo lily toxic to cats and dogs?
Yes, unfortunately flamingo lilies (and other lilies) are toxic to cats, dogs and humans. The leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals that cause a severe burning sensation. This means that anything that might eat or play with this plant (pets and kids) should always be kept away from it and you might want to handle it carefully or wear gloves yourself.
If you have any more questions about flamingo lily care or want to share your own experiences with this funky flowering plant, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!