If you love discovering new exotic species of flowers, simply continue reading to discover 7 of the world’s most exotic flowers. Examples of which are native to Brazil, South Africa, South East Asia and Central America. If you live in a particularly warm climate, you may also want to consider planting a few of the species listed below in your garden.
1. Bird of Paradise
The Bird of Paradise is a striking tropical flower which was originally native to South Africa. However, this flower now flourishes in a variety of tropical places. You can usually identify the Bird of Paradise by its thick stalk and bright orange and purple flowers, which are clustered together in an arrowhead shape. If you live in a humid, tropical climate, Bird of Paradise should thrive in your garden. As a bonus, it can also serve as a centerpiece for a tropical themed bouquet of flowers. Alternatively, you can always wrap a single stem in colored cardboard as a gift for a friend or family member.
2. Philippine Ground Orchid
The Philippine Ground Orchid typically comes in two varieties…a violet and pink version, and a magenta and purple version. However, a rare white species of this flower can also be found in South East Asia. Each stunning flower features 3 petal like sepals and two oversized side petals. If you’re looking to design an Asian inspired garden, it’s well worth planting the Philippine Ground Orchid in your garden.
Did you know that the Magnolia tree has existed for 20 million years? If you love gorgeous flowers, it’s well worth witnessing a Magnolia tree in full bloom as nothing smells as sweet as its fresh flowers. Typically Magnolia comes in three colors…pink, white and purple. However flower sizes vary and whilst one tree will produce large flowers which span 12 inches, other trees will produce smaller flowers which measure 3 inches. By the way, Magnolia is typically known as a symbol of femininity and beauty. These trees can be found in Central America, North America and South East Asia.
If you ever have the chance to visit a South Pacific destination such as Hawaii or Samoa, you’ll see wild Frangipani blossoming on the side of the road. If you’re lucky enough to have visited Hawaii, you may have noticed that Frangipani are commonly used to create beautiful floral leis. However this flower is also native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. Although Frangipani come in a wide array of striking colors, the most popular type of boasts pink petals and have a yellow center. The outside of the pink petals will normally have a white border.
5. Ice Blue Calathea
Chances are you’ve never heard of the Ice Blue Calathea. It is a rare plant which is native to Brazil, and boasts a pretty pine cone shaped flower which features tubular ice blue frontal lobes and sepals. Just think of the Ice Blue Calathea as a tropical version of a traditional Foxglove. It is also striking as it boasts gigantic oversized banana tree shaped leaves which can grow up to 5 feet tall.
6. Shell Ginger
Another plant species which you may never have heard of is the Shell Ginger. It is native to Asia and boasts drooping flower panicles which look a little like a string of pink and white shells or a cluster of white and pink mussels. So it should probably come as no surprise that Shell Ginger is also known as Shellplant or Shellflower. If you’re tempted to create a tropical bouquet of flowers, it’s also well worth incorporating a piece of Shell Ginger in your bouquet.
7. Red Pineapple
If you look carefully at a Red Pineapple plant when it’s growing, you may notice tiny purple flowers hiding amongst the base of the plant. The small yet striking purple and pink flowers often catch people by surprise as not many people know that Red Pineapples boast such delicate, beautiful flowers. These plants are traditionally native to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, but can now be found in Hawaii and Central America.