Learning to grow tropical plants indoors can be an exciting task for gardeners. Gaining knowledge about these species is essential for gardeners who actually live in frost-free climates.
Red and green tropical flowers are often among the most commonly seen blooms in this type of landscape. Below are ten bright red tropical flowers that are sure to please ornamental gardeners growing under these unique weather conditions.
Types of Red Tropical Flowers
- Anthurium – A great choice for tropical frost-free climates, Anthurium plants produce bright red flowers held above attractive glossy foliage. Anthurium will appreciate a well-draining planting site that receives shade throughout most of the day.
- Bougainvillea – Though bougainvillea are available in a wide range of colors, varieties like the ‘Scarlet O’Hara’ bougainvillea offer landscapers intense red hues. Rather than producing flowers, these plants are known for their showy leaf bracts.
- Chinese Hibiscus – This species of hibiscus is prized for its magnificent, bright red tropical flowers which can only be grown in regions where temperatures do not dip below 50 F (10 C).
- Cigar Flower – A low growing perennial which produces bright red tubular blooms, cigar flower plants are especially popular with hummingbirds and other pollinators. Plants may die back during winter in regions where cool conditions may cause frost damage.
- Coral Bean – Yet another plant which produces bright tubular flowers, coral beans are also known for their unique seed pods which are formed in the fall. Though the seeds and pods are ornamental, it is important to note that they are also extremely toxic to both humans and pets.
- Florida Tasselflower – Though technically considered a weed in many locations, Florida tasselflower is not without merit. These plants often prove to be beneficial to pollinators and are especially attractive to butterflies.
- Hurricane Lilies – Many landscapers celebrate hurricane lilies (Lycoris) for their unique growth habit. Leafy growth begins each fall and remains through winter. Over time, the leaves die back to the ground as flowers spring from the soil in late summer.
- Red Crepe Myrtle – Ranging greatly in size, crepe myrtle trees can add appeal to most any landscape. Long-blooming red myrtles will often flower throughout the entire summer and into fall, making them an ideal addition around homes and driveways.
- Torch Ginger – Hardy to USDA zone 10, torch ginger plants are known for their ornate flower forms. Though these plants are extremely sensitive to frost, many growers have found success keeping them as house plants.
- Turk’s Cap Mallow – This highly decorative shrub blooms throughout the summer in the hottest of tropical climates. With proper care, plants can easily reach heights of 10 feet (3 m.) at maturity.