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PlantFiles: Tulip Anthurium, Hawaiian Tulip, Tulip Tail Flower, Tulip Flamingo Flower
Anthurium amnicola

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anthurium (an-THUR-ee-um) (Info)
Species: amnicola (am-NEE-koh-la) (Info)

Synonym:Anthurium lilacinum
Synonym:Anthurium gemini

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gdurak On Feb 23, 2009, gdurak from Buffalo, NY wrote:

I love the plant but I bought it in a sub-freezing climate, covered it in a bag by folding the leaves up so they wouldn't break or freeze getting it to the car, and itched all the way home. My eyes swelled up for a week. I still have it but don't touch it.

Positive Darmananda On Jul 23, 2008, Darmananda from New Iberia, LA wrote:

Here in zone 9b, I still have it in the hot-pink pot that it came with, and it matches the pink flamingo flowers. It must be grown as annual if you want to grow on the ground.

I have it grown in an old pipe that is upright and the pot fits right into the top of the pipe. And the old pipe is green, which also matches the foliage. Look for one of my pictures to see what I am talking about. The one with the old metal pipe with hot pink pot rim and green is mine. :-)

It must, I think, be brought back indoors in winter in my zone. I am only a zone away from its ideal zone so we'll see what happens.

This plant can be root bound and that shouldn't be much of a problem since it grew on rocks near rivers and streams in its native habitat. As long as you water and feed heavily, you should get very big foliage and repeated blooms. I feed mine with all purpose Miracle-gro as recommended on the feeder (20 drops per quart of water every time I water--- or half cap every two to four weeks) (:-)).

It sure is blooming a lot and I like to keep my foliage clean with a wet cloth using distilled water. Looks a lot nicer.

Neutral htop On Jan 20, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Tulip Anthurium, Hawaiian Tulip, Tulip Tail Flower, Tulip Flamingo Flower (Anthurium amnicola) grows natively in Panama.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Dec 16, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I do not grow this species, however, research tells me that it grows on rocks in streams. That tells you that it sure likes a lot of water. It wouldn't be wise to let this one dry out.

Positive nature_girl On Feb 4, 2005, nature_girl from Singapore

i haven't actually tried growing this plant before, but i have seen plenty of specimens grown indoors, and have observed that it is rather hardy and easy to grow.

Positive hummingbird3000 On Jun 18, 2004, hummingbird3000 from New Prague, MN wrote:

I've had one of these with pink flowers for a couple years (in my house) and it just keeps growing. However, it has only gotten a couple more flowers since I bought it. The leaves are really big and pretty though. Nice foliage plant! Looks very tropical. Takes neglect well, I sometimes forget to water it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hollywood, Florida (3 reports)
Ocala, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Emerson, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
New Iberia, Louisiana
Edmond, Oklahoma
El Reno, Oklahoma
Johnson City, Tennessee
Broaddus, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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