(above photo) "Spring Flowers" garden sculpture created by author from old recycled bed springs.
Tropical Flowering Plants
Tropical flowering plants produce some of the most beautiful blooms in the world. They come in nearly every color and shade imaginable. I even know of one tropical plant with a black bloom. It's name is Tacca chantrieri, with the perfect common name Bat Plant that has a bloom that very much resembles a bat. I found this intriguing tropical flower at an unlikely place, the garden department of one of the local big box stores. They only had the one, so I grabbed it because I remembered this rare plant from my days of volunteering at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately I failed to bring it inside during one of our rare overnight freezes and I lost it. If I'm ever fortunate enough to find another, I promise I'll take better care of it.
The number of tropical plants with beautiful blooms is large and always growing as new ones are being discovered and developed. Below is a list of some of the more common flowering plants that originated in the tropics.
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Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet)
Canna (Canna Lily)
Clerodendrum (Pagoda Plant, Glory Bower)
Dietes vegeta (African Iris)
Hippeastrum (Amaryllis, Barbados Lily)
Hymenocallis (Spider Lily)
Odontonema strictum (Firespike)
Tacca chantrieri, T. integrifolia (Bat Plant, Devil Flower, Cat's Whiskers)
Tibouchina (Glory Bush, Princess Flower)
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