Best Tropical Flowering Plants

1 Jul 2015
Here’s what made the Home & Garden Caribbean list for the Best Tropical Flowering Plants. Read on to find out if your favourite tropical flower made the cut.
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Flower lovers usually love tropical flowers more than other types of flowers. This love is mainly because of the exotic look of tropical flowers and their durable nature. Here’s a list of the best flowering tropical plants. 

Buttercup/Golden Trumpet

This is a flower of many aliases. Allamanda, Yellow Bell, Golden Trumpet and Buttercup are all names given to this cute little yellow flower. This flower is a popular ornamental plant with a soft and fruity scent. These flowers tend to grow wild and are low maintenance as well however; they still aren’t as strong as the next on our list “The Bougainvillea”. 


Bougainvilleas (Scientific name Bougainvillea spp.)are the warriors of the tropical flower group. They are strong and it seems like the harsher the conditions the more they flourish. This is why they can be seen growing wild in many places. Bougainvillea can be a variety of colours including red, pink, yellow, orange and lilac. Bougainvillea is actually a vine with very thick branches and they make beautiful decoration for inside the home and even on balconies.

West Indian Jasmine/ Ixora
West Indian Jasmine/Ixora

Many of us love this tropical flower because of the sweet nectar inside. I for one love picking this flower, and sucking the nectar from its base. The West Indian Jasmine or the Ixora (Ixora coccinea)as it is also known is most commonly a bright red flower with glossy foliage. Although red is the most popular colour, it can also be found in pink, orange or yellow. They appear throughout the year, so if you decide to have them in your garden, their alluring colours can be enjoyed all year long. 


This flower is no stranger to the tropical scene. Hibiscus is a lovely flower that thrives in warm, humid climates. It needs lots of sunlight, so if you plan on having it in a pot and indoors you’ll need to take it outside to get at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. There are many benefits to having Hibiscus plants in your garden, besides being attractive you can pick this flower, leave it to dry out, then use it to make an herbal tea. This Hibiscus tea works well as a mild diuretic and can even lower blood pressure.   


Now this flower is truly magnificent. There are more than 25,000 documented species of orchid and scientist are finding more everyday! Only about 200 of those 25,000 are present here in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. Some popular orchid species include Cattleya, Dendrobium, Vanda and Oncidium. Orchids can be considered a little high maintenance as there are specific watering, fertilizing and sunlight guidelines, and these guidelines tend to be species specific.  But generally orchids should be watered every 5-12 days, anything over this can actually kill your orchid. Also, when choosing  fertilizers, choose one made especially for orchids and be sure to follow the instructions on the package. 


The flower to close off this list is the Heliconia (Heliconia spp.). These beauties come in different species and vary significantly in terms of height and size. Fully grown, some don’t pass 2 feet tall however, some will grow up to 25 feet in height. They also come in brilliant colours that last all year long; pink, red, yellow, green, white and orange. Now it is quite a popular trend among people that grow Heliconias to cut them and use them in a vase as decoration. If you choose to do this, remember to check their water level daily. Also you may need to cut their stems every two or three days, just to ensure effective water uptake.  A Heliconia’s vase life is a maximum of three weeks.