Non-native plants that do not belong to a particular country or region but have been brought in from another country or region are referred to as exotic plants. Exotic plants may have been transported accidentally or for a specific purpose. Exotic plants need more care and nurturing than indigenous plants, as they are used to different climatic and soil conditions. Some of these exotic plants also produce flowers that are considered exotic. These flowers are a novelty, as exotic flowers add a special touch to weddings, celebrations, banquets, simple presents to loved ones and, most important, the garden in which they are grown.
Amaryllis is indigenous to the Caribbean and South and Central America. Amaryllis is a perennial flowering plant that produces very attractive and beautiful flowers. It is now distributed all over the world and is especially common in the tropical regions. Amaryllis plants are among the easiest to grow and are grown indoors or outdoors, even in pebbles and water. Fall or early winter is the ideal time to plant Amaryllis bulbs. The plant will start flowering in early springtime.
King Protea, also known as the Honeypot or King Sugar Bush, is the national flower of South Africa and is native to that country. King Protea produces large, colorful flowers. The plant can grow to an impressive 6 1/2 feet tall, and its flowers can be up to 12 inches across. The flowers have a long life after being cut and are often kept in vases. Most species of the King Protea thrive in regions of Africa in favorable climate conditions, though some species have been grown successfully in America and Europe. When grown outside its native habitat, the King Protea is usually grown in nurseries and greenhouses.
A native of Asia, the Lotus plant thrives in a wide range of climates and habitats from India to China. The pink Lotus is the national flower of India. Lotus flowers prefer warm weather and never bloom in cold winter weather. They grow in shallow and muddy waters. The Lotus flowers, and sometimes the leaves, are above water. Very long stems connect the flowers and leaves to the roots, which are firmly grounded in the mud of the body of water in which the flower grows. The Lotus flower is sacred in some of its native countries, and people in some parts of the world eat all parts of the plant.
Tulips are indigenous to Central Asia. They are extremely popular springtime flowers and are third in popularity among all flowers, after rose and chrysanthemum. The wide variety of colors, height and flower shapes in which tulips come give them immense popularity all over the world. Tulips prefer temperate climates with cool springs and early summers, as they need a period of cool dormancy to thrive.