Cut Tropical/Exotic Flowers

1Name: Birds of Paradise
Native to: New Guinea and Australia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – Yes!
Varieties – African desert banana and Crane Lily are two common varieties.
Handling and Care – Cut ends about half an inch. Place in lukewarm water. Repeat same every other day.
Fun Facts – The showy pink flowers are used in decorative arrangements. The flower buds are an important ingredient in the Nonya dish. In Sumatra, for example, the flower is used in a dish called arsik ikan mas.

2Name: Ginger
Native to: Hawaii and Malaysia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5-8 days
Dries well – Yes!
Varieties – The torch lily, wax flower and the wild ginger varieties are popular.
Handling and Care – Cut ends about half an inch. Place in lukewarm water. Repeat same every other day.
Fun Facts – Ginger, along with black pepper, were considered highly valuable trade items in 13th and
14th century. One pound of ginger equaled the value of one goat.

3Name: Heliconia
Native to: Tropical areas (Hawaii)
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 10 days
Dries well – Yes!
Varieties – The Yellow Christmas and Red Holiday are the two most popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Cut ends about half an inch. Place in lukewarm water. Repeat same every other day.
Fun Facts – The Heliconia is named after Mount Helicon, the seat of the Muses, also known as the nine goddesses of the arts and sciences in the Greek culture.

4Name: Anthurium
Native to: Tropical areas (Hawaii)
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The pink Anthurium and the Flamingo Lily are the two most well-known varieties.
Handling and Care – Cut ends about half an inch. Place in lukewarm water. Repeat same every other day.
Fun Facts – This flower has a distinctive shape and color, somewhat resembling a heart. The name anthurium comes from the Greek word meaning “tail flower” and is used a symbol of forgiveness.

5Name: Proteas
Native to: Africa
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 14 days
Dries well – Yes!
Varieties – Varieties include the King, Safari Sunset, Minks, and Pin Cushions.
Handling and Care – Cut ends about half an inch. Place in lukewarm water. Repeat same every other day.
Fun Facts – The proteas comes from a Greek legend. It was said the protea was named after Proteus, the son of Poseidon. A sea god who had the power to know all things past, present and future, Proteus was defiant and preferred to nap on the island of Pharos. To keep people away from wanting to gain his insights, he would change his shape at will. It is said that the protea flower was named after him because this flower, too, changes its shape and comes in a variety of colors.