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Amorphophallus symonianus, Voodoo Lily

Amorphophallus symonianus

Voodoo Lily
Family: Araceae
Origin: Thailand
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersUnusual color

It is one of the easier species to grow in containers, with an olive-green speckled petiole, topped by a green leaf.

Amorphophallus symonianus, Voodoo Lily

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Amorphophallus titanum, Titan Arum

Amorphophallus titanum

Titan Arum
Family: Araceae
Origin: Sumatra
Large shrub 5-10 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowers

Amorphophallus titanum inflorescence can reach over 3 metres (10 ft) in height. In the case of the titan arum, the spathe is a deep green on the outside and dark burgundy red on the inside, with a deeply furrowed texture.

After the flower dies back, a single leaf, which reaches the size of a small tree, grows from the underground corm.

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Anigozanthos sp., Kangaroo Paw

Anigozanthos sp.

Kangaroo Paw
Family: Haemodoraceae
Origin: Western Australia
Full sunModerate waterPink flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Flower-stalk height and color of kangaroo paws, flowers varies between the species. Many new forms have also arisen as the result of deliberate hybridisation. The shape of the flowers and the position of the pollen-bearing anthers is a feature which allows pollen to be deposited on the head of feeding birds. Different species usually deposit pollen on different areas of the birds' head. This means that pollen from one species is unlikely to be deposited in the flowers of another species. Anigozanthos species are commonly propagated from seed. In general Kangaroo Paw grow best in well-drained soils in a sunny position. Well-composted organic matter will improve growth. Most species are dormant over winter (some die back completely) and it is important not to over-water at this time.

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Anthurium andraeanum, Flamingo Flower, Tail Flower

Anthurium andraeanum

Flamingo Flower, Tail Flower
Family: Araceae
Origin: Ecuador and Colombia
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeKeep soil moistEpiphytePink flowersWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

There are hundreds of species of this genus, all members of the Araceae family. The majority are fairly nondescript and a few are grown for their handsome foliage. There are only two species which are generally grown for their flowers, Anthurium andraeanum and Anthurium scherzerianum. Both types are basically epiphytic and grown best in a mix of bark, perlite and fern fiber such as that used in orchids or bromeliads. They will grow in soil but rarely perform well in that medium. Anthurium andraeanum is the florist anthurium, a plant with red, white or pink spatches which have an artificial, plastic-like look. Give a moderately high light intensity but avoid direct sunlight during the spring and summer months when the sun is most intense. A high humidity is essential as is warm temperature, 70-75 days, 65 minimum at night. The potting mixture should be kept moist, but not soggy during the spring- summer period and allowed to dry slightly between waterings from late fall through winter. A feeding of weak manure water and a fish emulsion may be given every two weeks from late winter to mid summer.

Both species have a tendency to grow up out of the pot. The exposed aerial roots should be wrapped in moist sphagnum.

When the plant is eight inches or higher out of the pot it may be cut off at the base and repotted in fresh potting mixture. Plants will occasionally split and form pups. These can be divided when large enough. Plants are also propagated by stem cuttings and seed, both of which are extremely difficult without greenhouse facilities.

Real Hawaiian lava rock is hand selected to provide a happy home for Anthurium. With reasonable care your volcano bonsai should last for years. Place in a bright window or on a countertop without direct sun and just keep a small amount of water in the saucer/tray provided. Requires consistently moist soil.

See Photo Gallery of Exotic Anthuriums.

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Anthurium coriaceum, Pothos coriacea, Paddle-leaf Anthurium

Anthurium coriaceum, Pothos coriacea

Paddle-leaf Anthurium
Family: Araceae
Origin: Brazil
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual color

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