All over the world, flowers are a universal expression of love and caring. Some of the most unusual flowers are found in remote locations such as caves or mountain tops. Elusive flowering plants that only bloom once a year, like the Christmas cactus, or every nine years, like the Koutruk Lei, create a feeling of awe and appreciation in gardeners worldwide. Thanks to technology, these rare flowers' growing conditions can be duplicated, allowing gardeners to plant them in home gardens or greenhouses.
Jade Climber (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
The jade climber is a native vine from the Philippines in the tropical rainforests. It is a popular plant to cultivate and make into leis in Hawaii. In the spring and summer, this evergreen vine grows flowers in the shape of an inverted claw and is a very rare cyan or jade color with a navy-purple rounded pod on the end nears the stem. The jade climber has a moderate growing rate spanning 70 feet and produces hanging flower clusters that reach 5 feet in length. The vine responds to a shaded environment for its roots but full sun for its foliage. The jade climber cannot withstand cold temperatures; a minimum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter is needed for its development.
Bat Flower (Tacca Integrifolia)
The bat lower is found in the jungles of southeast Asia. It is an evergreen perennial plant that grows to be 2 feet in height and width. Its leaves match the stalks height and grow to be 10 inches in width. In May through November, this unusual plant blossoms with either a large white or midnight purple butterfly-shaped flower. It has tiny clusters of buds with five dark purple petals followed by thin whiskers approximately 2-feet long that droop down the stem of the plant matching the color of the large top blossoms. This plant needs moist soil during warm months, but keep the soil dry in cold months. The bat flower needs to be kept in a humid environment but in a shady location only allowing sun to filter down onto the plant.
Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia)
The Himalayan blue poppy is an herbaceous perennial woodland plant that was first discovered by a French catholic missionary. This plant grows best in cool summers with well-drained acidic soil that contributes to its stunning blue color. The delicate wafer-thin budding flowers need protection from the wind and bright sunlight. The Himalayan blue poppy tops out at the height of 2 feet and blooms a beautiful natural bright blue flower with orange stamen. The exotic blue flowering plant is much sought after by gardeners around the world.
Middlemist’s Red Camellia
Middlemist’s red camellia is a very rare plant that was brought back from China in 1804 by English gardener John Middlemist. It found a permanent home in 1820 in the Chiswick House Garden Conservatory in London. Once identified by botanists in the mid-1990s, this flower has only been located in one other place, New Zealand. It is thought to be extinct in its native China. Since these are the only two known specimens of the Middlemist’s red camellia, this flower the rarest in the world. This plant blooms a lovely pink with a multi-layered flower with dark green shiny leaves on an evergreen shrub.