Flowers for a Hot Climate

When gardening, it is important to plant flowers that are suitable for your climate. Various varieties of flowers are appropriate for warm climates. Many flowers do not tolerate either hot or dry conditions, so it is crucial to be aware of which plants thrive in warm weather.

Silk Flower

The silk flower is known scientifically as Abelmoschus manihot. These flowering plants are part of the Malvaceae family, and are capable of tolerating hot conditions. The large, vibrant yellow flowers are also commonly referred to as sunset hibiscus. Silk flowers thrive in subtropical and tropical areas, as they are frost tender. The plants are extremely hardy, and prefer soil that is rich, moist and well-drained.

Star Flower

Star flowers, scientifically referred to as Pentas lanceolata, are also often called by the names star cluster and pentas. The plants are notable for their deep green, furry leaves, which have striking veins. The flowers all consist of five petals, and can appear in pink, purple, red, lavender and white. Some of the flowers are bicolored. Butterflies are highly attracted to star flowers. Star flowers do well when cultivated under full sun in soil that is well-worked and relatively fertile. The soil must have good moisture retention properties.

Fan Flower

The fan flower, Scaevola aemula, is part of the Goodeniaceae family. Fan flowers originate in Australia, so they're adapted for warm climates. The plants are characterized by their flowers, which are shaped similarly to fans, as their name indicates. The flowers appear in white, mauve or lavender. The foliage is herbaceous and has a smooth texture. Fan flowers need both good drainage and full sun. The plants generally grow to between 4 and 6 inches high. Fan flowers bloom starting in the middle of spring and continue until mid fall.

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