With the British ‘Summer’ coming to an end, many of us are considering that last minute get away to a dream destination. How about the Caribbean? In countries like Barbados, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, natural flowers and Country Parks boast some of the most tropical and exotic flowers. We have picked out 10 Caribbean flowers for you to read about and possibly discover?
Originally thought to have birthed in Brazil, the Barbados Lily's original name is the Hippeastrum Puniceum. This low maintenance plant is a gardener's dream as it looks great, smells great and complements flowers around it.
Barbados Lilies are commonly found growing in a deep red colour, however, you can find them in perfect pink and succulent orange colours. You can find similar lilies in many of our bouquets!
Anthurium are commonly found in rich variations of the colour red and in soils varying from sandy loams to heavy clay. The red, heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a spathe or a waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike where the tiny real flower grows.
The Bougainvillea flower is not known just for the beauty of its flower, but for the magenta bracts which can be found in various colours including yellow, white, salmon and pink. The flower itself is small and white, take a closer look! Originally from the sub-tropical regions of South America, it can now be cultivated in warm climates all around the globe.
Otherwise known as the Scilla Peruviana and originally from the Mediterranean, the conditions of a hot climate has seen the Caribbean Lily make home of some on the most luxurious islands around the Caribbean Sea. It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant for its spring flowers; several cultivars are available ranging in colour from white to light or dark blue flowers.
Often used for corsages due to their exotic reputation, the Cattleya Orchids are found growing in Central America to Southern Brazil. Large quantities tend to grow in colonies. Each year a dormant bud at the base grows into a new shoot; this thickens to produce the current year's pseudobulb.
Hippeastrum, largely known as ‘Amaryllis’ grows long, strappy leaves and tall heads of 2–4 lush, colourful flowers. Red and red-and-white combinations are perennial favourites, but they also come in salmon, white and yellow.
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow.
These vibrant flowers get their name with the yellow and red flowers resembling small crab like claws. Also called the banana flower, crab claws have blossoms that grow in contradictory directions, giving the presence of being woven together. Other species have blooms that look like they're growing from the bracts beneath them.
Yellow bells is the national flower of both the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands and native to several Caribbean nations including the West Indies, Jamaica, and Cayman Islands. This drought-tolerant shrub grows best in bright, partially shaded areas in well-drained, rocky loam soils. Decorative clusters of joyful, trumpet-shaped golden blossoms sprout from olive-green, slender, erect branches.
Butterfly Jasmine grows in tropical and subtropical parts of the Caribbean and is also the official national flower of Cuba and symbolises purity, rebellion and independence. This member of the lily family grows best in partial to fully shady habitats in nutrient-rich, moist soil. Butterfly jasmine produces clusters of one to five flowers that look like butterflies. Blossoms have three outward-facing, brilliantly white petals and have developed the reputation of being a rich and invigorating scented flower.
At Appleyard, our florists work with some of the most delicate and exotic stems from all around Europe. Our luxury flowers bring vibrant colour and seasoned aroma into your home, reminding you of those places we dream of visiting.