The anthurium flower is one of the largest groups in the araceae genus. These exotic flowers are native to areas such as Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico; however, they bloom in many tropical areas, and have even become symbols of certain locations like Hawaii. Despite their decidedly romantic homelands, they have become very popular in homes around Europe and the United States, as they are not only beautiful in appearance, but they also last a long time when clipped and placed into vases – sometimes up to six whole weeks. The anthurium flower – which is lovingly referred to by avid growers as the flamingo flower – blooms from a slender stalk, and develops around a rough, fleshy spadix. What is often thought to be the actual flower head of anthuriums is actually a spathe, which tends to be thick and waxy. The spathe can generally be seen in varying shades of red; however, you may sometimes see them in white, yellow or green hues.
It is understandable why the anthurium flower has become something of a Hawaiian emblem. These flowers were brought from London to Hawaii by S.M. Damon in 1889. With a good deal of care and breeding, these blooms became one of the top decorative flower exports in the state, sending a massive 2.5 million dozen-bouquets around the world by 1980.
In addition to its long-lasting nature, the anthurium flower generally does not require a special season to grow. Their frequent availability is one of the many reasons as to why they have become very popular as gifts. As a symbol, anthuriums are often given to represent a deep romantic attraction. This is due to their beautiful yet unusual appearance – the glossy red spathe, and the open, heart-shaped face. The openness of its blossom is also said to represent hospitality, and many people present these flowers as gifts to friends and relatives. Anthuriums can often be tricky to grow as indoor plants; however, for an experienced gardener, a mature anthurium can make a great and rewarding offering.