Florida Gardens

During our Florida vacation, I took pictures of some tropical plants and flowers. Some I am familiar with and some I am not.

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Here is a prickly pear cactus that was growing in my friends’ back yard. They gave me a piece to bring home. You can stick it in the ground and it should grow just about anywhere in the south.

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These are bromeliads or air plants that do not need soil to grow. They were suspended on wire and made a great display at the Bok Tower Gardens museum.

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Here is an unusual purplish colored orchid growing in a pot among some mondo grass.

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This lovely blue flowering plant is called Lily of the Nile. I tried to grow one once and was unsucessful.  I think it prefers Florida’s climate.

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In Florida, palms grow everywhere. There are many different varieties. Here is one growing beside a rather large elephant ear. I have tried these also but they can not survive frost.

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Here is a mystery plant. It is some kind of vine, perhaps a variety of bougainvillea. Does anyone know what it is? It was very beautiful and I had never seen one before. You can see a yucca plant in the background.

 

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