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Crystal Anthurium

Anthurium crystallinum

Also known as

Strap flower

Anthurium crystallinum serres du Jardin du Luxembourg 2 by Dinkum (CC0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Crystal Anthurium Overview

Anthurium crystallinum is an epiphytic perennial plant with a tropical feel. It's commonly known as Crystal Anthurium after its attractive, oval-shaped, velvety and strongly veined foliage. It is frost tender, so best grown indoors – place in a position of partial shade and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Crystal Anthurium is a popular houseplant, typically grown for its foliage over its flowers. The leaves are dark green (sometimes red-purple tinged) with attractive and prominent white veins. It produces un-showy, green-yellow inflorescences surrounded by green spathes, which lead onto white-purple berry fruit. The Anthurium genus is commonly grown outdoors in tropical gardens, and they are prized across the world as houseplants, or as tender patio plants in temperate climates. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy a touch of the tropics all year round in your home! This species has also earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Crystal Anthurium

How to propagate Crystal Anthurium


Can be propagated by dividing the stem with the roots in the spring and potting the separated pieces. Keep warm in an enclosed glass case with high humidity for a few weeks.


Sow seeds, as soon as they have ripened, in shallow earthenware pans filled with chopped sphagnum moss, charcoal and sand. Cover the pan with a piece of glass or plastic and place in a warm area.


Top off the stem with few roots of 3 to 4 year old plants, remove and plant. Each cutting should have a single eye or bud to produce good new roots.

Special features of Crystal Anthurium

Indoor plant

If you are growing this plant as a houseplant, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums thrive in.

Pot plant

When planting in a pot, half and half mix of potting soil and orchid soil or perlite will provide the kind of soil anthuriums will thrive in.

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant with dark green, heart-shaped leaves with white venation.

Other uses of Crystal Anthurium

Mainly grown for foliage interest but flowers are also unusual.


Popular potplant to add colour indoors or cut flower to use in special bouquets.


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