Growing regions in Asia have a variety of climates because of the huge size of the area. These range from arctic cold to hot, arid deserts to humid tropics. Monsoons hit parts of Asia during the winter affecting the weather throughout the continent. Asia contains low coastal beaches, extremely high mountains, excessively dry deserts and tundra frozen year round. In every growing niche are unique plants and flowers. Asia contains a large variety of flora adapted to a wide difference in climate.
Akebia quinata is also known as the chocolate vine or five leaf akebia. This vine thrives in full sunlight and well-drained soil. The average height is 10 to 15 feet, though it has been known to grow more than 30 feet in ideal conditions. This vigorous growing vine produces small dusty-purple flowers in the spring that produce a vanilla scent. The chocolate vine will keep its leaves year round if grown in areas with mild winters. Prune this vine back each year to prevent it from becoming invasive.
Chinese Ground Orchid
Bletilla striata or Chinese ground orchid grows well in partial sun to light shade. This upright orchid grows to 15 inches tall. It has iris-like leaves that are 10 inches long and 1 inch wide. Blossoms are produced in the early spring. It spreads slowly through rhizomes under the ground. It grows in moist-to-damp soil in the Asian foothills.
Geranium sangiuneum or bloody cranesbill grows in sun to partial sun to a height of 14 inches. It blooms in late spring through summer with intensely pink flowers with red makings radiating from the blossom’s center. During the fall, the leaves turn red.
White Butterfly Ginger
Hedychium coronarium or white butterfly ginger likes full to partial sunlight. This flower originates in the tropical areas of Asia. In late summer and fall, it produces 2-inch white butterfly-shaped blossoms on 60-inch flower stalks. Each flower lasts one day then falls off. Each flower bud will produce hundreds of blossoms in a 6-week time period. The white butterfly ginger has a strong honeysuckle-like fragrance when in blossom.
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