Plants

Anthurium clarinervium

There is something really alluring about a plant that doesn’t really look like the more commonly found members of that species. Think Anthuriums. Your mind might conjure up images of lipstick red flowers, maybe a white one, with waxy leaves, nothing special perhaps? At least nothing that burns an impression into your mind. And then look at this, Anthurium clarinervium with heart shaped leaves, dark green, beautifully veined in light green. The surface of the leaves are almost velvet like.

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The leaves are so, so beautiful.

Be still my beating heart! The first time I saw this plant it was love at first sight, and I knew that I had to have one, own one, grow one… So you can imagine the thrill I felt when I found it for sale in a garden center recently. I was so happy that I accidentally (Not so accidentally) bought two!

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Anthurium clarinervium is one of around 1000 species in the genus, and in my opinion one of the most beautiful, when it comes to the leaves. I am a bit of a foliage gardener. Even though I appreciate flowers highly, I am even more interested in foliage. And the foliage of this species is stunning! And the flowers are rather… underwhelming.

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See, I told you. Underwhelming.

This plant grows wild in Mexico, but I hope it will thrive in a Norwegian household. Like other Anthuriums it prefers a rich soil that is kept moist but never wet. And I will place it light, but not in direct sunlight during the summer. I look forward to learning how to grow this plant.

My precious…. OK, I’ll stop now.

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