What Tropical Plants Are Full Sun?


Tropical plants are some of the flashiest, most exciting plants in the world. If you're lucky enough to have a garden in a hot, tropical climate, grow a wide variety of brilliantly colored flowers and plants that will flourish in full sun.


Hibiscus plants produce brightly colored flowers whose unique shapes are often printed on fabric and paper. An icon of Hawaii, these hardy plants love bright light and can live for years with only minimal upkeep.

Elephant's Ear

Native to Southeast Asia, the elephant's ear is an exotic-looking plant with large, heart-shaped leaves. Several species of elephant's ear grow in full sun and in partial shade.

Coconut Palm

The palm tree is a classic tropical plant. This palm is a tough, useful tropical plant that loves sun and produces nutritious coconuts.


Strelitzia is a South African plant plant commonly seen the tropics. This plant has tubular flowers that resemble the bird of paradise. Strelitzia has striking, palm-like leaves.

Blue Lady

Blue Lady is a species of sun orchid, which is one of the most popular varieties. These flowers have a rich blue color and a sweet, unusual scent. They bloom for a short--but memorable--period of time and can live in bright sunlight.


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About this Author

Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.