The anthurium clarinervium is a breathtaking plant native to Mexico. It has earned itself the nickname of ‘the velvet cardboard plant’, and it’s not hard to see why. Its rich, broad and thickly-veined foliage is a deep emerald green, soft to the touch and distinct for its velvet texture. Its large red and white flowers are startlingly beautiful, and its obvious appeal is why it has become an increasingly popular houseplant.
In its natural habitat, anthurium clarinervium is found in moist and shaded tropical rainforests. It is an epiphyte, meaning it usually grows over rocks or trees, with its root system getting moisture and nutrition from the air, debris and precipitation. In this environment, it requires humidity and plenty of water to thrive. The plant is scarce, as very few species remain in the wild; most of the existing anthurium clarinervium can now be found in the collections of devoted plant-lovers
Tips for nurturing your anthurium clarinervium
An anthurium clarinervium needs indirect, bright light and should not be exposed to direct sunlight.
It prefers temperatures of around 18-24°C (65-75°F).
Soil Type and Drainage
When choosing soil, an anthurium clarinervium needs a well-draining, porous mix with plenty of perlite and peat moss.
These plants need high humidity; try misting them daily or keep them on a humidity tray if your indoor air is predominantly arid.
Maintain moist soil without letting it dry out. Water the plant when the top 1″ (2.5cm) of soil is dry.
Anthurium clarinervium plants are toxic, so keep them away from small children and pets.
Feed your plant lightly every other month with a diluted liquid fertiliser (at half the recommended strength).
Troubleshooting pests, diseases and common problems
These plants are relatively resistant to disease but are prone to mealybugs, spider mites and scale insects; check carefully for any signs of infestation and inspect new plants when you bring them home.
These plants can be propagated by division; wait until the plant is well-established to separate the rhizome into several smaller pieces, ensuring each has some healthy, green foliage.
With its low maintenance requirements, vibrant leafy hues and velvety texture, the anthurium clarinervium is perfect for those seeking to bring a little touch of tropical beauty into their home. If you’re willing to give it the time and attention it deserves, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtakingly unique and rare houseplant.