Exotic white flowers with yellow and purple-blue markings burst from stalks amid stiff, iris-like, evergreen foliage. Profuse bloomer; blooms last only one day but are quickly replaced. Fire resistant.
Large-leafed perennial related to the pepper plant. Known for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove.
Shrubby perennial to 6+ft. This species is easily identified by its huge leaves which can grow over a foot long in older specimens. Plants will grow out from roots so it can spread in ideal conditions. Flowers are long, skinny, white, and fuzzy looking.
This great perennial spreads up to 2 feet and has flower spikes from 2 to 4 feet high. The delicate pink blooms dance in the wind like butterflies. A group of these makes a spectacular show in the garden. Plant in sun or part sun and watch it bloom from spring until fall.
Blood red blooms cover the top of this dwarf grower for an extended season. Dense branches are covered with blue-green leaves. Versatile compact size is perfect for today's smaller gardens. Evergreen.
These plants are downright amazing in scope and fabulous as texture plants.
They'll grow in any light but seem happiest in part sun to part shade, growing very large and spreading as they mature.
This is a gorgeous addition to a tropical style landscape. Its enormous size makes it an eye-catching centerpiece for a circular drive, a beautiful single specimen in the yard, or an exotic accent at the corner of the house.
Because of its immense size at maturity, it works best in large areas. Avoid placing one too close to other things that can be overwhelmed by this plant's huge mature size.
Let it make a statement all on its own or use it as a backdrop well away from the plants in front of it.
Dwarf Bird of Paradise
Profuse purple flowers on a versatile, compact plant. Tidy plant with finely textured, glossy, bright green leaves. Re-blooms continuously well into fall. Good for edging and seasonal color in beds and borders. Popular container plant for pots and baskets. Semi-evergreen.
Clusters of scarlet tubular flowers resembling small firecrackers provide reliable color from spring through fall. Slender, rush-like stems start out erect, then fall over into long, showy cascades. A must-have for tropical butterfly gardens. Great for border, trained to trellis, or spilling out of containers. Loved by hummingbirds.
Bear’s Breeches is a flowering perennial that is often prized more for its leaves than for its blossoms, which appear in the spring. It’s a good addition to a shade or partial shade border garden.
The leaves of the Bear’s Breeches plant were used extensively in Greek and Roman art and, therefore, give off a distinct classical air. They were perhaps most famously recreated in stone as decoration on the top of Corinthian columns.
On top of the familiar shiny green leaves, Bear’s Breeches produces a striking 3-foot-tall spire of white to pink snapdragon-like flowers, topped by purple sheathes.
Red Firecracker Plant
Many species are grown for their showy flowers or used as landscape shrubs, and are used to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Hibiscus is a very hardy, versatile plant and in tropical conditions it can enhance the beauty of any garden. Being versatile it adapts itself easily to balcony gardens in crammed urban spaces and can be easily grown in pots as a creeper or even in hanging pots. It is a perennial and flowers through the year. As it comes in a variety of colors, its a plant which can add vibrancy to any garden.
Giant Bird of Paradise
Masses of unique flowers shower this colorful shrub over a long season. Named for its resemblance to a bat: the dark purple flower is the face and the red lobes are the ears. Thrives in heat, tolerates drought and attracts hummingbirds. A showy addition to the color border. Evergreen above 25 Fahrenheit.
A terrific tropical element to use in pots on patios, or feature in entryways. Blooming nearly year-round, bright rosy-pink to salmon-colored shrimp-like flower-like bracts are sure to grab attention. This clump-forming shrub requires little care other than occasional trimming. Evergreen in frost-free areas.
Tropical-looking evergreen plant valued for its unique, large, bird-like, orange, blue and white flower heads. Crowns of long stalks with large grey-green foliage provide year-round interest. Long-lasting cut flowers. Use as an accent, especially on patios or near pools. Works well for containers.
Hawaiian Ti Plant
Scarlet milkweed is a favorite of monarch butterflies, with the beautiful flowers providing nectar for the butterflies and the foliage nourishing the caterpillars. Use scarlet milkweed in perennial borders and meadow gardens. Its dependable bright orange and red flowers stand out against the dark green foliage. Scarlet milkweed is a thin, unobtrusive little plant that can be squeezed in among other perennials and shrubs and still counted on to show off its pretty flowers. Butterflies and other nectar-sipping insects are attracted to the blossoms, and both monarch and queen butterflies lay their eggs on scarlet milkweed
African Butterfly Iris
The plant we now know as the passionflower is universally looked upon with awe and fascination. This vigorous flowering, sometimes fruiting vine looks at first like something alien. But it is a Texas native, and is becoming more available throughout the state. Having held significant religious and medicinal value, and prized for its unique beauty, few plants have evoked the same wonder and curiosity that the passion vine has.
The plants were given the name Passionflower or Passion vine because the floral parts were once said to represent aspects of the Christian crucifixion story, sometimes referred to as the Passion. The 10 petal-like parts represents the disciples of Jesus, excluding Peter and Judas; the 5 stamens the wounds Jesus received; the knob-like stigmas the nails; the fringe the crown of thorns.
Highly prized evergreen perennial with tree-like bold clumps of lush, long stalks supporting huge blue-green leaves that grow to 6 feet long, held in a fan-like formation. The extremely large bird-like flowers have white heads and blue tongues.
Bright orange tubular flowers late spring to frost. Highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
This perennial will remain evergreen in warm winters or protected spots. In cold winters, it can go dormant. Cut it back it early spring to promote new growth.
Texas Purple Sage
This stately, single-trunked palm is crowned by a beautiful head of glossy, bright green, soft, pinnate leaves forming a graceful, drooping canopy. The ornamental, bright orange dates are produced in hanging clusters and ripen during the winter months.
Named for the shape of its striking leaves, this large evergreen perennial makes a conversation piece for garden or greenhouse. Its slowly creeping underground rhizomes produce erect clumps of long-stalked leaves that have two broad, wing-like lobes and a terminal tail-like appendage, the whole resembling a stingray. The shiny, leather, ruffled leaves are rich green with paler undersides.
Lush, beautiful plants, Alocasia impart a tropical feeling wherever planted. Choose locations with part to full shade and organic, well drained soil.
Commonly referred to as bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers resembling a traditional bottle brush. They are mostly found in the more temperate regions of Australia, especially along the east coast and typically favor moist conditions so when planted in gardens thrive on regular watering.
Fast growing shrub valued for its large clusters of non-stop golden-yellow, bell-shaped flowers. Arching stems of dark green foliage form sprays of green and gold. Very heat tolerant and easy to grow. Semi-evergreen.
A striking ornamental plant, widely grown in domestic and public gardens in warm climates with mild winters, and has a beautiful inflorescence in yellow, red and orange. Its small size and the fact that it tolerates pruning well allows it to be planted in groups to form a hedgerow. Used to attract hummingbirds.
Dwarf Bottle Brush
Ginger produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers. Because of its aesthetic appeal and the adaptation of the plant to warm climates, it is often used as landscaping around subtropical homes. It is a perennial reed-like plant with annual leafy stems, about a meter (3 to 4 feet) tall.
Plumeria plants, which are also known as Lei flowers, are actually small trees that are native to tropical regions. The flowers of these beautiful plants are used in making traditional Hawaiian leis. They are highly fragrant and bloom freely from spring throughout fall in multiple colors like white, yellow, pink, and red.
Crotons are tropical plants that grow outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b to 11 and as houseplants elsehwere. Growing to a height of 6 to 8 feet and width of 3 to 6 feet, crotons are attractive as a single plant or a grouping and grow well in pots or in the ground. Their green leaves turn into shades of yellow, red and purple, showing their brightest colors in the sunlight.
Mexican Bird of Paradise
**Pride of Barbados**
Everything about an angel's trumpet is dramatic: Pendulous floral bells sway gracefully from sturdy branches, perfuming the sultry evening air with fabulous scent. Its celestial color chart ranges from pristine white to peachy pink and creamy yellow, and mature specimens put on a truly stellar show in full bloom.
Bat Face Plant
Bananas are fast-growing herbaceous perennials arising from underground rhizomes. The fleshy stalks or pseudostems formed by upright concentric layers of leaf sheaths constitute the functional trunks. The true stem begins as an underground corm which grows upwards, pushing its way out through the center of the stalk 10-15 months after planting, eventually producing the terminal inflorescence which will later bear the fruit. Each stalk produces one huge flower cluster and then dies. New stalks then grow from the rhizome. Banana plants are extremely decorative, ranking next to palm trees for the tropical feeling they lend to the landscape.
Texas Purple Sage is one our most outstanding native plants, a medium-sized shrub with a compact form, delicate silvery to gray-green leaves, and stunning displays of prolific purple blooms from summer into fall. It is sometimes called "barometer bush" because flowering is triggered by humidity or high soil moisture after rains.
The species was spread from its native range throughout Polynesia as a cultivated plant. Its starchy rhizomes, which are very sweet when the plant is mature, were eaten as food or as medicine, and its leaves were used to thatch the roofs of houses, and to wrap and store food. The plant or its roots are referred to in most Polynesian languages as tī.
Leaves were also used to make items of clothing including hula skirts worn in dance performances.
In Vanuatu, Cordyline leaves, known locally by the Bislama name nanggaria, are worn tucked into a belt in traditional dances, with different varieties having particular symbolic meanings.
In ancient Hawaiʻi the plant was thought to have great spiritual power; only kahuna (high priests) and aliʻi (chiefs) were able to wear leaves around their necks during certain ritual activities. Tī leaves were also used to make lei, and to outline borders between properties it was also planted at the corners of the home to keep ghosts from entering the home or property. To this day some Hawaiians plant tī near their houses to bring good luck. The leaves are also used for lava sledding. A number of leaves are lashed together and people ride down hills on them. Ancient Hawaiians also believed that the leaves had a medicinal use as an antiseptic and diuretic.
The roots of the tī plant were used as a glossy covering on surfboards in Hawaii in the early 1900s.
In Hawaii, tī rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make okolehao, a liquor.