Many people have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tropical flowers. While many people are enticed by their unique beauty and fun colors, they’re also a bit skeptical to grow them. That’s why we’re here to set the record straight! Once you try growing these flowers, you’ll realize that “tropical” is in no way 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 to grow in. See? That’s not that scary! 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


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

The 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 as tropical a plant as they come!

Strelitzia (Bird Of Paradise) growing on the edge of the cliff – east coast of Madeira island (Cape Ponta de Sao Lourenco).


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

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.

bunch of violets see my

Peace Lilies

Though a bit more difficult to grow in the winter than some other plants on our list, your hard work will be well worth it once these beauties are in full bloom.

Beautiful white flowers and green leaves tropical flower Spathiphyllum on a dark background.


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

blue orchids

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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