Many people have a love-hate relationship with tropical flowers. While these plants possess unique beauty and attractive colors, they’re also known to be hard to grow. So, we’re here to set the record straight. Once you try growing these flowers yourself, you’ll realize that “tropical” is not a synonym for “difficult.”

Defining “tropical plants”

Don’t let the word “tropical” scare you. In most cases, a tropical plant simply needs a good amount of water and a warm environment in which to grow. If you have a sunroom or ledge that receives a lot of warmth, you’re well on your way to nurturing a tropical flower.

Best tropical flowers to grow in North America


tropical flowers with anthurium

Looking like a cross between a poinsettia and an orchid, anthurium plants add an instant pop of color to any room. More than that, they’re a great conversation starter.

Bird of paradise

tropical flowers with bird of paradise

With a name like that, how can you not be enticed to grow one of these in your garden? When you consider its name and bright orange and purple coloring, it’s easy to see why the bird of paradise is one of the most popular tropical plants.


tropical flowers with cordyline

Looking to make a statement? Look no further (probably because you can’t see through its brush) than the cordyline. Native to Hawaii, cordyline presents almost like a neon pink palm tree.

African violet

tropical flowers with african violet

Producing single, semi-double, and double flowers in a variety of colors, African violet could be mistaken for a cross between a rose and a carnation. With its ruffled and fringed petals, this plant makes a beautiful addition to quaint, country homes.

Peace lily

tropical flowers with peace lilies

Though a bit more difficult to grow in the winter than some other plants on this list, these beauties will reward your hard work once they are in full bloom.


orchid facts hero

As one of the most sturdy tropical plants, orchids can survive in a number of drastically different environments — the reason why they’re one of the most popular tropical plants in the world! From woodlands to deserts and even rainforests, nothing can stop an orchid from showing its colors.

Monkey plant

tropical flowers with monkey plant

While it just might be the most difficult plant to grow on our list, this one is also the most incredible. This appropriately named flower quite literally looks like it has a monkey’s face in it. Needless to say, people go bananas over it.


Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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