P. Antholyza paniculata (Curtonus paniculatus) also called the giant montbretia, grows to about 4 ft. with orange-red flowers in late summer. Hardy on light, well-drained soil; otherwise protect with bracken, ashes, etc. or lift the corms as with gladioli. Easily increased by detaching the offsets in autumn or spring.

ANTHURIUM, FLAMINGO PLANT or TAIL FLOWER Greenhouse plants with vivid-coloured flowers on thick stems and large, leathery, shield-like leaves. The individual flower has a tail-like end and is known botanically as a spathe (a large enclosing leaf). Anthuriums require a very moist atmosphere and a minimum winter temperature of 60—65 degrees F. They are increased by division in March. A. Scherzerianum has vivid scarlet, long-lasting flowers, balanced by dark green foliage. It is a very variable species and many forms with different coloured spathes have been raised, although some are not easy to obtain.

ANTHYLLIS, KIDNEY VETCH or JUPITER’S BEARD Anthyllis montana rubra is a useful rock plant with downy, grey foliage and large heads of reddish-pink flowers in June. It grows to about 6 in. and prefers a sunny position but will flourish on thin, dry soils. Increase by division in September.

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