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Spring Flowers sculpture, recycled from bed springs
(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.

Click on each link below for more information, including photos.

alpinia zerumbet, ginger
Alpinia (Ginger)

brugmansia, angel trumpet
Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet)

canna, canna lily
Canna (Canna Lily)

clerodendrum, pagoda plant, pagoda flower
Clerodendrum (Pagoda Plant, Glory Bower)

dietes vegeta, african iris
Dietes vegeta (African Iris)


hippeastrum, amaryllis
Hippeastrum (Amaryllis, Barbados Lily)

hymenocallis, spider lily
Hymenocallis (Spider Lily)

odontonema strictum, firespike, fire spike
Odontonema strictum (Firespike)

Pentas lanceolata

plumeria, frangipani
Plumeria (Frangipani)

tacca chantrieri, bat flower
Tacca chantrieri, T. integrifolia (Bat Plant, Devil Flower, Cat's Whiskers)

tibouchina, glower bush
Tibouchina (Glory Bush, Princess Flower)

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