People often think of rare, high-maintenance plants when they see the term "exotic flower." This, however, is not the case. An exotic flower is simply a term used for a flowering plant growing in a location other than its native area.
According to the United States Parks and Forest Service, an exotic plant is one that has been introduced to an area because of human action. Accidentally spreading flower seeds from a picnic area and intentionally transplanting purchased plants are both examples.
The exotic flower has adapted to withstand attack by insect and disease in its native area and may be vulnerable to new predators. Human intervention for pest control may be needed.
Match the growing conditions of the exotic flower to its native environment. Some plants thrive in sandy rocky conditions, some in the shade along riverbanks.
If a flower thrives in a new location, it can grow unchecked and soon overgrow its intended environment. An exotic flower is considered noxious when it threatens native vegetation.
Encroachment of exotic plants can endanger native plant species. Many areas have ordinances about the introduction of some exotic flowers.
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: Controlling Invasive Exotic Plants in North Florida Forests
- US National Park Service: Exotic Plants
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