The Anthurium is native to Columbia, and belongs to the family Araceae which includes more than 100 genera and about 1500 species, mainly from the tropics. Anthurium grow under conditions of low light and high humidity.
In 1889 the first anthurium was brought to Hawaii from London by S.M.Damon. After 100 years of cultivation and hybridization the Hawaii anthurium is considered Hawaii's principal ornamental export.
In 1959 Hawaii produced 2.6 million flowers and by 1980 the anthurium production in Hawaii peaked at 2.5 million dozen flowers. Hawaii shipped anthuriums world wide to Italy, West Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S mainland. They could not produce enough anthuriums to satisfy local, national, and international demand.