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The Anthurium is getting loads of attention in the plant world, and yes, for a good reason. It is a diverse yet exciting plant family and a popular flowering plant to grow in the house.
In addition, you find tropical exotics with stunning foliage in Anthurium varieties, as you will see here today.
So, check them out to decide what tropical plants you want to add to your exotic collection. Here are Plantly’s best anthurium varieties you can grow at home.
Most Beautiful Anthurium Species and Varieties
1. Anthurium Ace of Spades
The Ace of Spades or Anthurium crystallinum is a hybrid and a poster plant for collectors in the Anthurium varieties. The epiphytic perennial plant has heart-shaped leaves that are velvet to the touch, with red changing to bronze and then dark green as it matures.
The larger the Anthurium Ace of Spades grows, the more stunning it gets as the leaves grow over two feet long and wide. The foliage can vary with overlapping top lobes and does not need treating like a diva.
Furthermore, this genus Anthurium grows steadily in 60% humidity levels, and the dark green foliage remains consistent if the light is not too bright. It is also a plant that is high in demand.
2. Flamingo Flower
The Anthurium andreanum or laceleaf, or flamingo lily, is easy to care for and provides you with a continuous bloom. But where many people see the flowering plants, the flowers are colorful leaves that appear lacquered.
The majority of the blooms last long and remain fresh-looking for months. The Anthurium plant grows a center spike known as a spadix that holds tiny flowers. With the colorful part, many consider it as the flower called a bract or spathe.
You can find flamingo flowers in different colors with shapes and sizes. You can see it in a ribbon, cup-shaped blooms, or tulip shapes.
3. Anthurium Forgetii
The Anthurium forgetii is a charming plant with round leaves with a ring of prominent white veins over the velvety green surface. It grows a green spathe with purple edging and a yellow spike. The spike reddens to produce purple berries.
The plant grows small to remain tabletop size while the foliage is adorably oversized. The leaves can reach a foot in length, but most retailers show the small specimens. While many retailers sell the Anthurium forgetii as an easy-growing Anthurium plant, it has serious caveats.
These Anthurium flowers need a high humidity of 80% or more to thrive. Furthermore, it requires suitable potting soil, light, and watering. Achieving these conditions might work well for experts but not much for beginner plant parents.
Another notable thing is that it might resemble the Anthurium clarinervium. The Forgetii leaves are different, with silvery to white veins. Many growers will divide the species to form two other plants, one with a fain or a bright vein.
4. Velvet Cardboard Anthurium
We previously mentioned the Anthurium clarinervium, known as the Velvet Cardboard Anthurium. It is a prized Mexican epipetric species meaning it is rock growing. The velvety leaves are show stoppers with vein patterns and have a cardboard feel with silvery veins.
Mature leaves can be up to eight inches long, but it remains compact under two feet in height. New leaves grow with a red tint, and it needs a high humidity; hence growing them in a terrarium helps.
The Velvet Cardboard Anthurium prefers bright indirect light and thrives in chunky potting soil. No matter what Anthurium varieties you have, the Anthurium clarinervium will become the show’s highlight.
As it is a popular plant, it is a rare plant in the exotic aroids.
5. Anthurium Luxurians
Another prized Anthurium species is the Anthurium luxurians. The tropical plant has textured green leaves that look shiny, and it is very stiff standing on square petioles. It is a slow-growing plant with a compact shape.
The new leaves emerge with chocolate color and gradually turn to a dark green as it matures. Another notable thing is that the deep ridges on the foliage refract light differently to give it a gem look.
Anthurium luxurians are best for experienced growers as it needs loads of warmth and humidity, making them a good candidate for terrariums. It is also a prized plant amount collectors who grow textured varieties.
Many people confuse the Luxurians with the Anthurium splendidum, and best to ensure that where you buy the plant is reliable.
6. Anthurium Splendidum
Compared to some of the other Anthurium varieties, the Anthurium splendidum has rounded bullate foliage yet looks heart-shaped. The velvety leaves can grow up to four feet wide provided with the right conditions.
The plant thrives in high humidity and needs cool air at night, but they are frost-tender. The big trick is to provide enough moisture without resulting in root rot. Hence, the soil must be fast draining.
Furthermore, these Anthurium plants are climbers and do best with the support of a sphagnum moss pole, or you can grow them in a hanging basket. It will also work well in your terrarium when kept small. As mentioned, retailers sold the Splendidum as Luxurians, but differences exist.
7. Anthurium Scherzerianum
The Anthurium scherzerianum is a popular plant species looking like the Anthurium andreanum. Still, there is one distinct difference you can easily spot it has a curly decorative spadix. The foliage is more elongated looking lance-like with a narrow tapering point.
It is sold as the Pig’s Tail Anthurium and is popular in Asia and Europe. The care needs are similar to the flamingo lily, and you can find an assortment of cultivars available. It blooms with red, purple, green, and pink flowers. The coiled spike can also be in a matching or a contrasting color. This plant thrives in bright, indirect light and light and airy soil.
Hence, all the retail names make it challenging to find this specific Anthurium variation.
8. Dark Green Queen Anthurium
The Anthurium warocqueanum is the Queen of Anthurium varieties with elongated lance-shaped leaves. The leaves have a display of silvery-white veins that gives a brilliant show. The foliage is thick and velvety with a hanging pendant from the petiole.
The leaves can grow up to four feet long, and the veins glow brightly as it matures. The bad news is that this Queen Anthurium is not an easy houseplant. She grows steadily in warmth with very high humidity but not too much.
As it is an epiphyte, it needs very loose soil, and neither does it like bright light. It grows best in a hanging basket or on a high shelf to drape gracefully. When misted, mature plants have long trailing aerial roots to absorb added water.
9. Anthurium Radicans
For tabletop creepers, the Anthurium radicans are a must-have collector’s item. The leaves have a pebble surface with deep grooves and exotic deep pink or maroon flowers.
It also has the same care as other Anthurium plants and can handle lower light but prefers humidity. Also, keep the Anthurium radicans away from drafts and prevent overwatering as they are delicate to get root rot.
Another popular hybrid is a large-leaved variety known as Dressleri with longer foliage and more resistance to fungal diseases, and very cold tolerant.
10. King Anthurium
The Anthurium veitchii is an excellent match for the Queen Anthurium. It also has draping leaf textured green leaves that are elongated and glossy, with horizontal ridges arcing from both sides.
The young King Anthurium has little texture resulting in that it does not stand out much. But as the young plants grow, the ridges increase. As a result, you see narrow leaves on thin petioles reaching up to six feet long.
The leaves start with a maroon tint developing into a green, and it has similar caring needs as the Anthurium warocqueanum. It thrives in high humidity, and keeping it happy is not easy.
11. Anthurium Vittarifolium
The Anthurium vittarifolium is a popular epiphyte with long, pendulous leaves that drape growing over six feet long and three inches wide. The tropical plant produces red flowers with pink berries.
It is not a fussy plant, but it is a tree dweller needing high humidity and handles filtered sunlight well. Neither is it a costly indoor plant compared to other Anthurium varieties with pendant leaves like the Anthurium pallidiflorum.
12. Anthurium Marmoratum
Another tropical beauty is the Anthurium marmoratum with elongated lance-shaped leaves with the classic broad heart shape. In addition, it has velvety light green leaves with light patterned veins. It looks a lot like the Anthurium warocqueanum but larger and never stops growing.
Neither is it as fussy as the Queen and needs cool temperatures with low indirect light, high humidity, and climbing support of a pole. Finding these Anthurium plants is complex, and they do not come cheap.
13. Anthurium Magnificum
It is a large Anthurium species with prominent white veins. But what makes it a sought–after plant is the thick, velvety leaves growing over two feet long. The underside of the leaves has a thin dark margin, and new leaves glow reddish-brown, transforming to dark green leaves.
Another remarkable thing about the Anthurium magnificum is that it does not mind dry spells. Neither is finding the plant to buy hard, and it also ships well. Still, heed the warning. You can find many other species sold under the same name.
An excellent hybrid is the crystallinum x magnificum producing huge foliage with bright veining.
14. Anthurium Jenmanii
The Bird’s Nest Anthurium caused a huge plant craze from 2007 to 2008 in Indonesia. The plant has large upright growing leaves to give a tropical presence to any living space.
Many refer to it as a cardboard plant with stiff thick foliage. The leaves can grow over two feet but remain compact. It is also related to another Bird’s
Nest Anthurium the Superbum is also a modern cultivar.
15. Anthurium Metallicum
A rare plant in the Anthurium variety is the Anthurium metallicum with shield-shaped velvety leaves. It has bright veining with a glowing sheen on the surface. It needs high humidity with excellent conditions to thrive.
The most-reported success with this plant is growing it in a terrarium as you can maintain the moist climates.
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