Birds Nest Anthurium
Anthurium hookeri

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anthurium (an-THUR-ee-um) (Info)
Species: hookeri (HOOK-er-ee) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Suitable for growing in containers

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Thousand Oaks, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida (2 reports)

Melbourne, Florida

Miami, Florida (2 reports)

Orlando, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Dec 7, 2007, ExoticRainforest from Siloam Springs, AR wrote:

According to the scientific description, Anthurium hookeri has whitish seed berries, not red as is often believed. Anthurium hookeri is not a member of section Pachyneurium as is commonly believed. This species is in a section all its own. Dr. Tom Croat wrote this in a personal message, "I personally think that it is in a new section of its own. It differs from any other section in having scalariforme interprimary veins and glandular punctations. We had hoped that molecular studies would help to sort out some of these questions but the last I heard my student Monica had not really gotten good resolution on all the sections." Scaliforme veins describes veins that are evenly spaced and glandular punctates describes tiny black dots.

The species is very distinctive since it... read more

Positive

On Oct 1, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the only species I have any personal experience with... grew great for many years in zone 9b (no longer have garden so not sure how doing now). Stiff, upright leaves but flowers not too showy (brown and short-lived). Note the comments by above expert about fruits being white.