She might look like a peace lily, but this plant is actually an anthurium. Generally found in the wild across the warmest parts of South America and the Caribbean, the anthurium is one of the most striking houseplants. The classy purple part is not actually its flower, but a spathe. We won’t overdo the science bit, but essentially a spathe is a brightly-coloured leaf that attracts insects. The flowers are tiny little things on the spike in the middle of the spathe.
A useful way to think about how to care for your plant is to consider where it comes from. Anthurium adreanum live in rainforests, either in the branches of larger trees or on the ground beneath them. That means it’s used to getting dappled light, rather than direct sun, and regularly getting soaked by rainfall.
In a home, that means giving it indirect light and making sure its soil is kept lightly moist. You'll help it grow, and encourage flowers, by feeding it with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer. With its pastel purple foliage and easy care, this anthurium makes for a super stylish gift.
Did you know?
Anthuriums symbolise happiness, hospitality and abundance - we’ll take one of each!