Monday, 21 March 2016

Sub-tropical Presentation from Gavin - Anthuriums

At the March meeting Gavin gave a presentation on Anthurium - Flamingo Flower.

Anthurium is a tropical plant native to Central and South America containing a thousand different species. Some are grown for their foliage, others for their flowers.

Leaves can reach a metre long or can be as small as 10cm. They also vary in shape but are mostly in the shape of a heart.                 

The most commonly cultivated Anthuriums are the Flamingo flower varieties which consist of two species but the flowers have many different colours. The colourful part of the flower is actually a bract which is a modified leaf. The real flowers are on the stalk which sticks up from the back of the bract.

Flamingo flowers are very common as a house plant and just about every nursery sells them.

They are perfect for pots both indoors and out but are also good planted in the garden as far South as Sydney in a shady spot. They will burn if in full sun.

Flamingo flowers are very compact growers, rarely getting larger than two feet.

They love rich, well-drained soil with plenty of water and in good growing conditions, they will flower constantly and brighten up a dark spot in the garden. 

So, if you are looking for a tropical plant that can flower all year round and give bright colour, then you can't go past an Anthurium.

Thank you Gavin for a fantastic presentation which generated lots of comments from the members.

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