Naturally Repel Those Nasty Mosquitoes

It’s the time of year for sun, fun and (the dreaded) mosquitoes. No need to use harmful chemicals on your body, or in the air, to repel the blood-suckers – there are natural alternatives to combat the bugs, and it will add some pizzazz to your patio (and be pleasant on the nose!). Try adding any (or all) of these plants to those outdoor spaces you spend the most time in for a naturally mosquito-free area.


Not only are they a great addition to your plate, they are a great guest to have around to naturally repel mosquitoes. Incorporating basil, lemon balm, peppermint, pennyroyal, rosemary, lavender and sage plants around your entertaining area not only repels mosquitoes (and other flying bugs), some of the oils in these herbs are toxic to mosquito larvae. Plus, these plants will provide a pleasing, fresh scent.


Known as the “mosquito-plant”, and also known as citronella, this plant is one of the most popular mosquito-repelling plants. Though not the most effective at repelling mosquitoes off of humans (you must crush the leaves and rub on your skin), they are great at keeping flying bugs away from any surrounding plants.


Add a pop of color with marigolds. The flowers of the marigold plant contain an ingredient often used in bug spray called pyrethrum. With direct sunlight and rich soil, these plants are sure to grow strongly and protect from mosquitoes.


The lemony scent of the geranium flowers is a natural mosquito combater. Their beautiful blooms will also brighten up any space.

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Why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day?

There is something about sending flowers on Valentine’s Day! Men and women all over the world send and receive more roses on February 14th than on any other day of the year. There are reasons why that one special day is favored, and has greater significance than any other.

So, why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day?

Men, in particular, send flowers for a number of reasons. Some of the reasons may come as a surprise. So, why do they (send flowers)?

Some men report that they see the practice as a cultural tradition. They observed their fathers sending flowers to their mothers, not out of some sense of duty, but because of love, devotion, and appreciation. Those men grew up and continued the habit with their own wives, and even their moms later in their lives.

Writer John Devore talks about giving flowers in a CNN article, “Why real men DO buy flowers“. He relates how giving flowers affected him in relation to his own dad. He spoke about the flowers, gifts and real love his late father had given his mother over a 40-year marriage and how it had affected his own life. For John, sending flowers meant letting a loved one know they are being thought of and remembered, and for John and other men, sending flowers is simply something that you do for those you truly care for and adore.

Another reason men send flowers is simply because they take pleasure in seeing a woman smile and delight in receiving a bouquet of flowers, particularly on Valentine’s Day and especially when they are red or pink roses. Sending red roses, specifically a dozen of them, instantly says, “I love you.” The Scottish poet Robert Burns certainly thought so when he compared his love to a “red, red rose” in his poetry.

Pink roses are equally as romantic in a sweet and innocent sense, and they convey not only elegance and grace but gentle emotions such as admiration, gratitude and joy. No matter the color, red or pink, there are no limits on roses. They simply exude beauty, perfection and the unmistakable expression of love.

Believe it or not, there are also women who take the initiative in sending flowers on Valentine’s Day. They usually do so because they want to remind their husband or loving companion that the day means something special to them, and they want to share that time with the person they care about and love. Sending roses is the perfect solution, since flowers have come to be a symbol of Valentine’s Day for both genders alike.

We all have reasons for sending flowers on Valentine’s Day. Whether your feelings are expressed through a beautifully arranged red or pink rose bouquet, or a single stem, sending flowers is a fantastic way of communicating love and admiration for a special someone on a special day.

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Garden Style Floral Design

In a time where everything that is old is new again, the garden-style floral design has its chance to shine in the modern era of technology and innovative ideas. The reemergence of this design is partly due to its easy assembly but mostly because of its classical beauty and old-world charm.

Since the beginning of time, floral arrangements have been undergoing transformations and evolutions depending on the geographical location of its time. In ancient Egypt, floral arrangements were found in artifacts and wall paintings. The ancient Egyptians liked to place flowers such as jasmine and water lilies in regimented rows and in orderly alternating patterns. In ancient Greece, the cornucopia was introduced to the world and the floral designs were much simpler and graceful. By the time the Renaissance and Victorian Era came around, the arrangements were more elaborate and lavish. Rich members of upper-class society loved displaying their wealth and power with over-the-top floral arrangements. This era was the first to try to establish the rules of floral arranging. The arrangements were usually oval or round in shape, and flowers were kept at a lower height. The arrangement’s flowers and foliage often looked like it had just been picked fresh from the garden, thus giving the garden-style floral design its name.

A garden-style flower arrangement will usually have large, colorful blooms that will be in-season. In the spring, for example, an iris and hyacinth will make their debut while dahlias and sunflowers sparkle dazzle during the summer. Hydrangeas, zinnia, stock and roses are cultivated flowers that can be used in as a bold statement piece. Gladioli, snapdragons or delphiniums can be added to give height, or depth, to the piece while flowers such as gerberas or lilies will do nicely to call attention to the actual centerpiece. Round out the look with a basket or a simple vase of a garden-style design.

If you’d like to get the look yourself, get some flowers from your own garden outside. Pick out blossoms that are just opening; they will last longer and will continue to bloom throughout the day. Bringing the flowers inside will require you to cut their stems shorter if you want them to look good and survive in an indoor environment.

You can also use fruits and vegetables in your floral arrangements. The idea of this design is to look like a garden outside would, and that includes plants, flowers, fruits and vegetation. Bananas, apples, berries, oranges you name it, it will look nice if arranged properly and tastefully, giving the overall look of your event one that is classical and timeless.

Happy Arrangements!


By Alexa Escalona

6 Bouquets for the Wedding of Your Dreams

You have always dreamed of the perfect wedding for yourself since you were young. You have thought about how everything will pan out: your dress, your shoes, the venue, the food, the decorations, how you’ll do your hair and makeup and even what location it will be held at. These are all important things to consider when planning out a wedding.

But the most important element of your wedding day that many brides might not pay that much attention to is their wedding bouquet. The wedding bouquet can be one of the most important aspects of your overall look, and it can be a beautiful accessory that adds class and style to your whole outfit.

The most popular styles for wedding bouquets are ones that are used most often in modern-day weddings, such as: nosegays, pompander, posy, hand-tied, composite, cascade, pageant and round. Here are some more styles of wedding bouquets that are just as nice but more unusual:

Arm Sheaf Bouquet

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The arm sheaf bouquet was made popular in the early 1900s under the name of Bernhardt bouquets; this is because Sarah Bernhardt, a popular actress of the time, was given them as presentation bouquets. They are long-stemmed flowers and foliages that the bride carries cradled in her arm, also known as a presentation bouquet. This style of bouquet is best suited for modern-style weddings. Popular floral choices for these arm bouquets are calla lilies, gladiolus, orchids, long-stemmed roses, delphiniums and larkspur.

The Muff Bouquet


The muff bouquet was very popular in Europe. It was created out of necessity in the early centuries. This bouquet would be suited more for winter weddings. Here’s why: In mid-winter, the bride’s hands would sit in the muff, a lovely corsage-shaped bouquet attached at the front. Long evening gloves should be worn if opting for this style of bouquet.

The Fan Bouquet


The fan bouquet is reminiscent of the Victorian Era, and is popular for old-fashioned, vintage-style or Asian-inspired weddings. It is a simple bouquet of flowers attached to a lacy plastic fan. Having been made popular in the late eighties, they usually were embellished with carnations, baby’s breath and plenty of ribbon.

Biedermeier Bouquet


This bouquet originated in Switzerland in the late 1800s. (Fun fact: often orange and lemon peels were added for extra fragrance.) It gets its name for a German style of interior design. It is similar to the nosegay. In this bouquet, the blooms of your choice are arranged in a tight circular shape with each “circle” made of a different flower. It is showing signs of gaining popularity again due to its geometric shape, beauty and contrast.

Prayer Book Bouquet


In this style of wedding bouquet, a small prayer book or Bible is used as the platform upon which a small bouquet is placed. The design may be a small cluster of flowers the size of a corsage which is placed on top of the prayer book and can be attached with ribbons or a small armature to prevent damage to the book. Traditionally used by devout brides, it can be made contemporary if done well.

Crescent Bouquet


The final wedding style of bouquet is one that is not used or seen most often at weddings. The crescent bouquet appears in the shape of a quarter moon. Distinguished flowers are used with definite shapes, most popular are orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that you can hold in one hand. This style is perfect for sophisticated and contemporary weddings. Carry it below the waist to really show off its beauty.

So there you have it. The most unique and beautiful wedding style of bouquets. Use this blog post to get inspired of what to use for your wedding bouquet, or suggest to a friend to use one of these innovative designs for her wedding. Whatever you choose to do with it, make sure the bouquet represents you and your personality, because you are unique, just like your bouquet!

Written by Alexa Escalona

Native Miami Plants: Learn All About Them!



Here in Miami we are known for our beaches, the tourism and the Miami HEAT. But one other thing we should be proud of is our natural beauty, particularly the plants and landscape that surround us that we so often take for granted.  There are many flowers that are native to Miami that we do not know of, and we should get to know what else makes our City so unique and beautiful.

Our state wildflower, the Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii), is a summer flower with tall, fast growing stems that terminate in yellow flowers with brown/black centers.  They also form large patches by self-seeding, but will die in the winter. You can find them going up and down the Florida coastline, with main growing habitat found in North and Central Florida.

Salvia (Salvia spp.), (aka sage), has many bright colored flowers that bloom in the summer and fall. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies due to the sweet nectar it produces. Many species of salvia can grow as perennials in the warmer climates but grow as annuals in the north.

The Porter weeds (Stachytarpheta spp.) come in many wide varieties of flowers, and they can be found not just in Florida but in countries such as Jamaica, Bahamas and other areas all over the Caribbean and Asia. The Porter weed gets its name from medicinal properties bestowed upon them in the Caribbean and in Florida.

Some of south Florida’s native plants may not be as striking as some of their more exotic counterparts. However, some do posses attractive foliage, colorful fruits, or add a pleasing form or texture to the landscape. South Florida

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has a wide variety of native plants that are both attractive and useful as landscape plants.

The Marlberry (ardisia escallonioides) is actually a fast-growing, evergreen small tree or shrub with dark green foliage. Clusters of small cream-colored flowers make this plant an attractive sight to behold. The plant also provides fruits for birds. It grows about 10-15 ft. tall, although it can get as tall as 20 ft. They can be planted with other flowers and plants in the same space, creating a beautiful, scenic view of a garden or front yard. Their multiple trunks can stand out when trained well into a small tree and can lighted at night, creating a magnificent display.

Another interesting flower native to our sunny Miami, Florida is the Jamaican caper (capparis cynophallophora). Jamaica caper flowers are quite showy, with two-inch-long purple stamens and white anthers and white petals. The evergreen, glossy leaves of this small shrub are folded together when they first open up to give the plant a bonze appearance. They can be trained into small plants as well, working well in soils with good drainage.



The bougainvillea (Nyctaginaceae) is a popular, pretty-flowered plant here in warm Miami. Indeed, it is a popular ornamental plant that can be seen hung as a decoration in many south Floridian homes and gardens. Although native to South America (“buganvilea” in Portuguese and “buganvilla” in Spanish is representative of the languages spoken in this continent’s countries), bougainvillea are very populous here in Miami. Almost any and every house along the streets of Miami can have a garden full of bougainvillea and are probably the pride and joy of every abuelita. The fact that it’s a drought-tolerant plant helps it survive the harsh Miami summer months, making it the perfect hot season plant. Its long, arching thorny branches bear heart-shaped leaves and masses of papery bracts in white, pink, orange, purple and burgundy (oh, pretty colors)!

All of these flowers will add a beautiful exotic tough to any garden, especially if you live in a tropical climate like we do down here. Adding these flowers to your garden will add some spice to your life and make it a little brighter, and not just because of the various colors of the flowers. This is what makes Miami unique and beautiful – diversity!

Tropical Flower Arrangements for the Home

It’s officially summer!

You know what that means – things are getting hot, hot, HOT in Miami. We thought we’d share some ways of using tropical flowers to bring a little bit of South Florida’s spice to your home, year-round, with our arrangements and a few signature pops of color.

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Tropical living is all about color, all the time. When you’re shopping for pieces, think of the colors that sorbet comes in! Next, the lush landscapes of South Florida lend themselves to beautiful tropical flowers.

Here are our Top 5 Tropical Flower Arrangements to adorn your home
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Club Tropicana – This beautiful bouquet has all the colors of a Hawaiian sunset, or a layered tropical drink. Shades of pink, orange, red, and green flowers make it the perfect pop.


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Keshia – Bamboo sticks make up the vase of this flirty floral arrangement. Roses, orchids, and tropical flowers will liven up any corner of your home.


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Papaya Whip – Mmm, sounds delicious! Orange, purples, and greens come together for a vibe that’s just right. This one is also perfect for a person who’s loving the tropical look, without all the pink.


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Twilight Delight – Orchids are a favorite in the tropics. This elegant flower is commonly seen as a symbol of friendship, and looks great in every home, no matter your taste or style.


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Purple Hydrangea and Tulip Mix – This blend of tulips, orchids, and hydrangeas has the happiest of shades. Bright lilac, lavender, purple, and pink tones will make your guests smile in any room of your home.


Orchid Care: What you need to know about Growing Orchids

Orchids are so easily distinguished from other plants or flowers. These exotic and tropical blooms make up the planet’s largest group of thriving flowers. You can find these beauties on every continent except Antarctica. Beauty isn’t their only asset. If you’re a baking enthusiast here is a fun fact for you. Vanilla derives from the orchid flower. You know the extract you pour into your cake and cookie recipes? Yup, that vanilla extract comes from orchids. The orchid is also used to cure common colds and stomach aches in traditional Chinese medicine. There may be more to orchids than meets the eye but that isn’t the case when it comes to orchid care.

Like most pretty things orchids are a bit high maintenance and persnickety. Don’t get discouraged, though, orchid care doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some tips and tricks on how to care for orchids to ensure yours reaches its full potential and produces beautiful blooms.

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Watering Orchids:

The most important part of learning how to care for an orchid is the water. There’s no rule for how often to water an orchid. The only real rule is: Water Sparingly! Over watering can cause an orchid root to rot and eventually die. Orchids should only be watered when they begin to dry out. Make sure to check the soil with your finger between watering, if you feel moisture do not water. You’ll have to develop a routine catered to your specific environment. If the temperature is cool in your home,   your orchid will need to be watered less frequently than when the temperature is warm.  If the orchid is in a sunny window, it will need to be watered more frequently than if you place it in a shadier spot. Be sure to use a pot that has drainage holes. Water sitting in a pot will also cause the roots to rot. Orchid care is not difficult, they simple plants to care for.

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Proper Temperature for Orchid Care:

This is part of orchid care is definitely easy to manage, especially in South Florida. Most orchids grow best under intermediate temperature conditions (70°- 80°F days and 55°- 65°F nights). Given adequate humidity and air movement many will tolerate higher daytime temperatures than the ranges would indicate as long as they cool off at night. If temperatures exceed 90°F, move your plant to an area with less heat and indirect sunlight.

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One way to check if your orchid is getting enough light is to look at the leaf color. If they are receiving sufficient amount of light the leaves will be bright green, where as plants that are not getting enough light will have yellow or red colored leaves. Orchids prefer north-facing indirect light. About 4 to 6 hours of indirect sunlight would be ideal for these plants. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight for long periods as this could burn the plant. On extremely hot days add some shade cloths to protect the orchid from direct sun or move your plant to an area with less direct sunlight.


Caring for orchids is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Now you can go ahead and take care of your orchid like an expert. Test our your new knowledge with one of our orchids!

By: Salome Mekantsishvili

10 De Las Flores Tropicales Mas Populares

Cuando escuchas la palabra tropicales usted se imagina la belleza y la serenidad (o usted mismo de vacaciones), las flores que prosperan en esta condición climática representan sólo eso. Las flores tropicales son conocidos por su impresionante fragancia y belleza exquisita. Muchas veces se hace referencia como flores exóticas, estas flores pueden ser descubiertas en los bosques tropicales de Brasil, Congo, en África Occidental, Indonesia y, por supuesto, Hawai. Si desea añadir un clima cálido estallido de color a su vida aquí están los 10 mejores flores tropicales más populares!

orange flowerBegonia -Originaria de América del Sur y Central, África y Asia meridional, begonias tiene más de 1.400 especies de plantas diferentes. Este fácil de cultivar flores ha sido durante mucho tiempo el favorito de un jardinero. Es de bajo mantenimiento y la capacidad de crecer a la sombra hace que sea una opción ideal. Si alguna vez se encuentra con hambre en torno a esta belleza, tuberosa y la cera de las begonias son comestibles y tienen un sabor cítrico-y.

assorted calla liliesCalla Lilly –Esta flor clásica también es originaria de África. El nombrelilli callosen realidad se deriva de una palabra griega que significa belleza. Es una flor muy singular con la celebración de cada color un significado diferente. Cada cala de color lirio tiene su propia connotación. Echa un vistazo a nuestro post sobre el significado de los colores de la flor de aprender más acerca de cada uno.

pink orchidsOrchid – Si te gusta el compromiso o cocinar esta es la planta para usted. Se ha documentado que las orquídeas pueden vivir hasta 100 años y el extracto de vainilla deliciosa que utilizamos en nuestra hornear en realidad proviene de la orquídea. Aunque las orquídeas son plantas tropicales, se puede encontrar el crecer en todos los continentes excepto la Antártida …, lo que les una de las especies más grandes y diversos de la flor en el mundo hace.

gardenia close upGardenia – El nombre del Dr. Alexander Garden, un famoso botánico y médico, no es de extrañar que Gardenias se utilizan regularmente en la medicina china. En la forma de un aceite esencial, que tiene muchas propiedades curativas y se puede utilizar como un remedio natural. Gardenias crecen como arbustos árboles que pueden alcanzar una altura de 3 a 4 pies y emiten una fragancia agradable que se utiliza a menudo en los perfumes. Estas flores son sin duda beneficiosa con sus múltiples usos.

hibiscusHibiscus – Con más de 200 diferentes variedades del hibisco es una planta ornamental popular. Con frecuencia deseada por su aspecto llamativos, hibisco también son populares por sus beneficios para la salud.Té de hibisco contiene vitamina C y otros minerales que ayuda a disminuir la presión arterial. También se utiliza para ayudar a mantener una temperatura corporal normal y apoyar la salud del corazón fomentando al mismo tiempo el equilibrio de líquidos. Supongo que es una buena idea para abastecerse de un poco de té de hibisco.

Ginger – O vamos a llamarlo el “super flor”. Durante siglos, la raíz de jengibre se ha utilizado20160315_125710_001como alimento, té, aromatizantes y como medicina para curar los resfriados, tos, dolores de cabeza y espasmos de colon y de estómago.
Por desgracia, no es a menudo abrazado por su floración, a pesar de que el jengibre tiene en realidad una de las flores más impresionantes y coloridos que existen.

b3acf5ed8dbb10e828dbad7f1b7e0219Lotus –Como la flor nacional de la India, el loto simboliza la belleza, la majestad, la gracia, la riqueza, el conocimiento y la serenidad. En lotos generales son de color blanco y rosa y generalmente crecen en aguas poco profundas y turbias. Según la mitología egipcia, el loto está relacionado con el sol, ya que las flores durante el día y se cierra por la noche.

Plumeria – Es posible que haya visto esta belleza y ni siquiera la han conocido. En Hawai se cultiva comercialmente para la producción de lei y se utiliza comúnmente en Luaus. Esta flor es el accesorio perfecto.Se puede llevar en un collar de flores o metida detrás de la oreja. Vienen en varios colores como el rosa, rojo, amarillo y blanco y tienen un aroma de naranja-y deliciosa.

birds of paradiseBirds of Paradise – Estas plantas son de colores brillantes acertadamente llamado debido a su parecido con las aves tropicales en vuelo. Esta flor distintiva es oriundo de Sudáfrica y pertenece a la familia de plátano. Sin embargo, las aves del paraíso se han convertido en la flor oficial de Los Angeles y se cultiva comercialmente en California. Cuando se cultiva a partir de su semilla, la planta puede tomar hasta siete años para producir flores. La paciencia es la clave de estas plantas tropicales, pero la espera es, sin duda vale la pena.


Heliconia – Los heliconias fuertes y vibrantes pueden encontrarse a menudo como la pieza central de muchos paisajes tropicales. Hay alrededor de 40 especies diferentes de Heliconia y ellos también están relacionados con la familia del plátano. Heliconias se encuentran en todo el Neotrópico y son bastante comunes en la selva tropical. Ellos hacen el complemento perfecto para cualquier arreglo brillantes.


Titan Arum, la flor más grande en el mundo, es una flor tropical. De hecho, es más grande de la flor no-ramificado del mundo.La flor varían en tamaño de 7-12 pies de altura.

Escrito por Salomé Mekantsishvili 

Flower Color Meanings

What Do The Colors of Flowers Mean?

We can all agree – flowers are beautiful, their beauty speaks for themselves. But have you ever caught yourself wondering what a flower color means? As a floral design studio, we have been asked time and time again what the colors of the flowers signify. Here we have a definitive guide to flower color meanings.

White Flowers

white rose [235981]It’s no wonder that white flowers are synonymous with purity and innocence. For centuries the color white has been associated with honesty and cleanliness. If you’re looking for purity, white flowers are the way to go. They’re perfect for weddings, new born babies, and religious occasions.

Pink Flowers

pink carnation 2Pink flowers always look so delicate and fragile. Maybe that’s why along, with white flowers, they tend to be linked to innocence. Pink flowers however are also thought of as youthful and more specifically, youthful innocence. They work well for baby showers and young girls, since pink is also linked to youthful femininity.

Red Flowers

red roseWhen it comes to red flowers, everyone knows what they signify. Fiery red is more often than not paired with desire, passion, and love. Red and romance go hand in hand. The beauty of red is that it can be used for many an occasion when it involves a romantic partner. Spread the love, and send your significant other red flowers.

Yellow Flowers

yellow liliesThe meaning of this flower is closely related to red. It’s signifies love but a different kind of love. Yellow is associated with filial love and the love you feel for a friend. Yellow flowers are suitable to send to a friend or family member. It will show the special connection you feel for that person.

Green Flowers

rose shaped succulentGreen flowers are not often seen but they do send a good message. The color is associated with health, good fortune, and nature. If you’re looking to celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day, this color is the way to go. Or if a loved one is feeling under the weather, sending them green flowers will hopefully give them health and good fortune.

Blue Flowers

blue delphiniumAnother uncommon flower color that expresses a lovely meaning is the blue flower. Serenity, peace of mind, and calm are all words that can describe the effect of blue flowers. They relate to the beauty of a blue sky and the gentle swaying of the ocean; both very calming natural occurrences. Blue flowers work well in office settings, in the home, or for new born babies.

Lavender Flowers

purple rosesYou would think that the color pink is solely affiliated with femininity and womanhood, lavender is too. In fact, the color used to represent International Woman’s Month is the color purple. Though lavender is a more pastel color, it holds strength and power. Send the women in your life lavender flowers and remind them of how important and capable they are.

Purple Flowers

purple tulips aLastly we have purple. Traditionally, purple was associated with royalty because purple dye was expensive and only the royals could afford it. These days, purple flowers are linked to grace and charm. They hold a certain elegance that is unparalleled by any other color. Use these flowers for formal events or send them to someone who reminds you of royalty.

Written by Valeria Alva

10 Most Popular Tropical Flowers

When you hear the word tropical you imagine beauty and serenity (or yourself on vacation), flowers that thrive in this climatic condition depict just that. Tropical flowers are known for their breathtaking fragrance and exquisite beauty. Many times referred to as exotic flowers, these blooms can be discovered in rain forests of Brazil, the Congo in West Africa, Indonesia and of course Hawaii. If you’d like to add a warm-weather burst of color to your life here are the top 10 most popular tropical flowers!

orange flowerBegonia – Native to South and Central America, Africa and Southern Asia, Begonias have over 1,400 different plant species. This easy to grow flower has long been a gardener’s favorite. It’s low maintenance and the ability to grow in the shade makes it an ideal choice. If you ever find yourself hungry around this beauty, Tuberous and Wax Begonias are edible and have a citrus-y flavor.

assorted calla liliesCalla Lilly – This classic flower is also native to Africa. The name calli lilli is actually derived from a Greek word meaning beauty. It is an extremely unique flower with each color holding a different meaning. Each color calla lily has its own connotation. Check out our post about flower color meanings to learn more about each one.

pink orchidsOrchid –If you like commitment or cooking this is the plant for you. It has been documented that orchids can live up to 100 years and the delicious vanilla extract we use in our baking actually comes from the orchid. Though orchids are tropical plants, you can find them growing on every continent…except Antarctica, which makes them one of the largest and most diverse species of flower in the world.

gardenia close upGardenia – Named after Dr. Alexander Garden, a famous botanist and physician, it’s no surprise that Gardenias are regularly used in Chinese medicine. In the form of an essential oil, it has many healing properties and can be used as a natural remedy. Gardenias grow as shrub trees that can reach a height of 3 to 4 feet and give off a pleasant fragrance that is often used in perfumes. These blooms are definitely beneficial with its many uses.

hibiscusHibiscus – With over 200 different varieties the Hibiscus is a popular ornamental plant. Often desired for its striking looks, hibiscus’ are also popular for its health benefits. Hibiscus tea contains vitamin C and other minerals that helps lower blood pressure. It’s also used to help maintain a normal body temperature and support heart health while encouraging fluid balance. Guess it’s a good idea to stock up on some hibiscus tea.

Ginger – Or shall we call it the “super flower”. For centuries, the ginger root has been used20160315_125710_001 as food, tea, flavoring, and as medicine to cure colds, coughs, headaches, and colon and stomach spasms.
Unfortunately, it’s not often embraced for its bloom, even though ginger actually has one of the most stunning and colorful flowers in the world.

b3acf5ed8dbb10e828dbad7f1b7e0219Lotus – As the national flower of India, the lotus symbolizes beauty, majesty, grace, wealth, knowledge, and serenity. In general lotuses are white and pink and typically grow in shallow and murky waters. According to Egyptian mythology, the lotus is related to the sun, as it flowers during the day and closes by night.

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Plumeria – You may have seen this beauty and have not even known it. In Hawaii it is commercially grown for lei production and is commonly used in Luaus. This flower is the perfect decorative accessory. You can wear in a lei or tuck it behind your ear. They come in numerous colors, such as pink, red, yellow, and white and have a delightful orange-y scent.

birds of paradiseBirds of Paradise – These brightly colored plants are aptly named due to their semblance to tropical birds in flight. This distinctive flower hails from South Africa and belongs to the banana family. However, birds of paradise have become the official flower of Los Angeles and are commercially grown in California. When grown from its seed, the plant can take up to seven years to produce flowers. Patience is key with these tropicals but the wait is definitely worth it.


Heliconia –The bold and vibrant heliconias can often be found as the centerpiece of many tropical landscapes. There are about 40 different species of Heliconia and they are also related to the banana family. Heliconias are found throughout the Neotropics and are quite common in the rain forest. They make the perfect addition to any bright arrangements.

Bonus: Titan Arum, the largest flower in the world, is a tropical flower. In fact, it is the world’s largest un-branched flower. The flower blooms vary in size from 7-12 feet in height.

Next time you’re shopping for flowers, think about adding some tropical flowers to your arrangement.

Written by Salome Mekantsishvili 

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