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ANTHURIUM andraeanum 'Otazu'

Image of Anthurium andraeanum 'Otazu'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

ANTHURIUM andraeanum 'Otazu'

Plant Common Name

Flamingo Lily, Tailflower

General Description

First introduced in 2009, 'Otazu' flamingo flower boasts chocolate brown blooms that last as long as 60 days. It was bred by the Brazilian company, Terra Viva Flowers and Plants.

The glossy flowers of flamingo lily lend a bright, tropical look to any landscape, indoor or out. Native to the moist, tropical forests of Ecuador and Colombia, this species naturally grows as an epiphyte (tree dweller) but is also amenable to pot culture. Wild specimens are scandent, meaning they climb via spreading, clinging roots. The flowers are very long-lasting when cut and a favorite for florist’s arrangements.

The large, heart- or shield-shaped leaves of this aroid are evergreen and look great all season. They are medium to light green and have a glossy sheen that repels water. The plants bloom freely as long as growing conditions are favorable. Each large, showy flower consists of a broad, glossy, petal-like leaf of bright red, called a spathe, which surrounds an elongated, yellow column in the center, called a spadix. Inconspicuous fruits line the spadex after pollination, so it is best to remove spent flowers.

Bright indirect light, high humidity and moist but well-drained medium are required for good growth and flower production. Epiphytic species such as this may also be grown in orchid mix. Water and fertilize regularly during the growing season and make sure that outdoor plants are shaded from hot intense sun. Anthuriums are grown as landscape plants in the tropics and prized as houseplants or tender patio plants in temperate climates. Their fabulous flowers are long-lasting and beautiful when cut for arrangements.

This species is considered invasive in some parts of the world, particularly Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Chocolate

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green, Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes