Many types of tropical flowers are grown indoors for their spectacular blooms in vibrant colors.
Their tropical habitats span the globe from Hawaii to Costa Rica, Brazil to Malaysia... and that's just the beginning.
Many flowering bulbs originate from tropical Africa: amaryllis, clivia and calla lilies are just a few dazzling flowers commonly grown indoors. Southeast Asia is rich in epiphytic orchids, and subtropical China and Japan have given us beautiful camellias and azaleas.
The frangipani tree is magnificent. Its branches are covered with big clusters of wonderfully fragrant flowers.
This Central American native likes plenty of warmth, sunlight and humidity. If you can keep this plant happy, you'll enjoy its blooms all summer and fall.
You'll want to give this glorious flowering tree some room to grow, too. Even planted in a pot, you can expect frangipani to reach several feet tall. A greenhouse or sunroom may be the ideal spot for it.
Although orchids may seem intimidating, they're just as easy to grow as many other flowering house plants. You don't have to know all the fancy terms to get those gorgeous blooms. Just bring an orchid home and you'll learn as you go.
If one type of orchid doesn't work for you, try another. It takes but a little success with these flowering beauties to want to grow more.
Of all the orchids we love to grow, Cymbidium orchids are among the easiest to please indoors.
From bright and bold to soft pastels, these prolific bloomers have something to offer everyone.
Many types of tropical flowers grow best with higher-than-average relative humidity (around 60-70%). And they don't like drafts, especially dry air from heat vents, which can cause brown leaf tips and shriveled flower buds.
Colorful, bright, fuzzy blooms are the hallmark of this South American flowering shrub. It's also easy to grow -- and, well -- just plain fun to have around.
Those puffy flowers can grow up to 3 inches (8 cm) wide. You'll enjoy a succession of blooms on this evergreen shrub that will last for several months.
If you can meet it needs for warm sunlight and moist air, you'll keep this Powder Puff blooming every year.
For tropical beauty indoors, the flamboyant flowers in the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family deliver drama.