You don’t have to have a green thumb to know the names of some of the most common flowers seen in gardens. Go ahead, take a few seconds and try to name a few! Okay, have some in mind? We bet species such as orchids, tulips, lilies and lilacs were probably on your list. But even though you know their names, did you know that among others, these popular flowers are considered to be exotic? Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorites that fall into this category:


The beautiful amaryllis is a flowering plant that is a native of the Caribbean and South and Central America. A part of the Amaryllidaceae family, one of the most popular aspects of these flowers is the beautiful color they exhibit. But don’t confuse them for lilies! Many ornamental plants within this family are often mistaken for lilies, but you can tell when a flower is a true member of the Amaryllidaceae family by taking a look at where the plant’s ovary is positioned.

Red hippeastrum flower


Gingers, a species native to the South West coast of India and the Malabar coast of Kerala, are considered to be one of the most beautiful flowers in the world – and for good reason! They have an amazing color and texture, and their natural elegance is something to be marveled.

Lily of the Valley

A flowering plant native to Europe, the lily of the valley is often believed to be symbolic of the return of happiness. One of their greatest characteristics is the amazing scent they produce, but if you’re seeking a plant that can offer a soothing fragrance for quite some time, keep in mind that these blossoms have the potential to last for only a week or less.


Usually found in murky, shallow water, the lotus flower is native to Asian lands. These flowers are viewed as sacred by Buddhists and are known to symbolize traits such as purity, knowledge and beauty. Since they thrive best in water, a lotus plant is referred to as an aquatic perennial.


Although tulips were first found in Turkey and Central Asia, today, many are actually grown in Holland before they are exported elsewhere. Tulips are an extremely popular Spring flower, and in fact, there are more than 3,000 registered varieties of them! If you’re looking for something to add to your garden, tulips are a great choice considering that they’re pretty easy to grow and nurture, and since they’re perennials, they’ll come back year after year.

Multicolored yellow orange red and purple tulips

Whether you’re looking to add color, unparalleled beauty or charm to your garden (or maybe even the inside of your home), be sure not to overlook an exotic species – they’re some of the world’s best!


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