Tropical Florida Plants

If you follow me on Instagram, you know my daughter and I took a trip to Tampa, Florida. We had an wonderful time and I was amazed at all the beautiful tropical landscape.

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

Our first adventure was in Busch Gardens Park.  My daughter was interested in all of the roller coaster rides, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the topiaries, garden beds and wild growing plants.

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

Variegated Schefflera trees were very abundant in the garden beds.  It’s funny to me how these grow so easily in the humid environment and I was not able to keep mine alive in Arizona.

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

Croton was another very common plant, but I was astonished at this large potted Croton!

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

A garden bed mixed with Crotons, Caladiums, and Chinese Evergreen don’t need sprinkler watering.  They prosper naturally from the rain and humidity in this zone 9.

Tropical Florida Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

Orchids are Epiphytes and this is a wonderful specimen of an orchid getting it’s nutrients and water from the rain.  Look at those roots!

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

This Philadendron has to be decades old and it’s just taken over this building.

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park we had such a wonderful time and even more specimens of Epiphytes.  Bromeliads, Spanish Moss and Staghorn Ferns were so at home in the trees.

Tropical Florida Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

I even found what looked like an Alocasia plant growing from a crack in the rocks.  It’s amazing to me how plants will grow just about anywhere.

Florida Tropical Plants - Carmen Whitehead Designs

Florida truly is a beautiful state and full of lush plants.  I’m looking forward to one day growing my own tropical plants there, but for now I will enjoy my pictures.

Thanks so much friends for visiting, until next time!

Blessings,

 

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