What's a really interesting flowering plant?

What's a really interesting flowering plant?

Postby kendrick » September 9th, 2013, 7:33 pm

I've bought an orchid recently and just mounted it on a piece of bark and It's the coolest thing, can't wait for it to flower! Anyways I'm trying to find other (non-orchid) plant that preferably flowers (but if there's a really interesting plant that doesn't that's cool too). I've looked at carnivorous plants and such but none of them caught my interest like some of the more intricate orchids. I guess I'm just looking for a plant that's unique to care for or look at. I don't care about the skill level involved so much as the uniqueness of the plant. Thanks!
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What's a really interesting flowering plant?

Postby breneon90 » September 9th, 2013, 7:53 pm

I was originally thinking of suggesting a carnivorous plant, till I read that none caught your eye. But did you by chance come across Nepenthes (monkey-cups) in your search? It's one of the carnivorous plants that's not as well known, and the traps can get quite large depending on the species. Some photos http://mysite.verizon.net/elgecko1989/Nepenthes.html

If you like plants you can grow on cork along with your orchid, there are bromeliads (relatives of pineapples which grow on trees). They produce some colored leaves before the actual inflorescence, but once the plant has bloomed, it dies, although usually not before they produce some offset plants. http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oG7lR0GJNQaBAAUGdXNyoA?p=bromeliads&fr=fptb-&fr2=piv-web

epiphytic ferns (rabbit's foot fern, staghorn fern, bird's nest fern) http://www.uky.edu/Ag/HLA/anderson/epiphyticferns.pdf

epiphytic cacti (Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti, night-blooming cereus, lots of others) http://mattslandscape.com/species_info/

Of course, there are always other species of orchids, both epiphytic and terrestrial. Just be careful to find ones compatible to your growing conditions - some like cooler temperatures than others, and some need a period in the 50s in order to bloom. http://orchidsbyhausermann.com/
http://www.carterandholmes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=4000-Catalogs

Some other plants that I've grown, that aren't ones you typically find are Clerodendrum http://toptropicals.com/cgi-bin/store/store.cgi?group=cler

Hoya
http://www.rareflora.com/hangingbasket.htm

stapeliads (warning, the flowers of these smell bad - they're meant to attract carrion-eating insects for pollination) http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantqrs/stapelia.htm

Lithops http://lithops.net/lithop7.htm
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