God is an incredible artist and flowers are unarguably one of his best creations. They are beautiful to behold, pleasant to the senses and never hold a grudge.

More than 298,000 species of plants grace the earth and these diverse groups are said to balance nature and life on Earth.

In Africa, we have a long list of native plants. We have looked through that long list and picked the 10 we think are the most beautiful. Check out our list:

1. Bird of Paradise

One of the most colorful flowers in the world, the Birds of Paradise name comes from its spectacular flower shape which uncannily resembles a bird’s beak and head plumage.

They are also known as Crane Flowers and are native to South Africa.

Bird of paradise. Credit: floralife

2. Flame of the forest

Flame of the Forest is a medium sized tree, with its fiery red leaflets mushrooming around edges of the stem. The color of its leaves and its form are where it got its name from. Each flower consists of five petals comprising one standard, two smaller wings, and a curved beak-shaped keel

The Flame of the Forest tree is also known as the Parrot Tree and is native to India.

flame of the forest. Credit: flowerpictures

3. Torch ginger (aka porcelain rose)

The torch ginger is a colorful addition to the tropical garden with its pink plumes. Those pink are highlighted with white lines and could often change colors. Torch ginger is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows in areas where temperatures fall no lower than 50 F. Perfect for a tropical garden.

Torch ginger flower

4. Tacca chantrieri (Bat Flower)

If you want to add a bit of grungy beauty to your garden, then it’s Bat Flower you are looking. It’s sinister and intricately beautiful flower whose outstretched, wing-like bracts are reminiscent of a bat in full flight. It’s where it got the name from.

The flower is native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia.

Tacca Chantrieri flower

5. Hibiscus

The Hibiscus’ five-lobed petals are a staple in tropical arts and literature. A tropical movie or painting is incomplete without featuring a beautiful girl that has an hibiscus flower in her hair. In Nigeria, the author and feminist activist, Chimamanda Adichie named her debut novel after a species of the flower; Purple Hibiscus.

The hibiscus is a beautiful bloomer and your garden will love it. Different species of the flower are native to humid areas like India, Hawaii, Haiti, and Malaysia.

Hibiscus flower credit: Fower meaning

6. Plumeria aka Frangipani

Plumeria plants are actually small trees with highly fragrant and beautiful flowers. The flower blooms in different colors – from white, to pink, yellow and red – when in season.

Plumeria is also known as Frangipani and is native to tropical regions.

Frangipani flower

7. Canna Lily

The canna lily plant is not only beautiful but also easy to grow, with low maintenance to boot. When it’s in season, the flower colors could range from red to orange or yellow.

Canna Lily flower

8. Callistemon (Bottlebrush)

Callistemons have blooms bearing a strong resemblance to a bottle brush. It’s where got their name from. They can be grown as shrubs or small trees that grow up to 15 feet.

Bottlebrush flower credit: Gardening knowhow

9. Bougainvillea

When Chimamanda Adichie isn’t naming her book after Purple Hibiscus, she’s describing houses with the bougainvilleas. And it makes perfect sense, the flower is perhaps the most popular plant in Nigerian outdoor gardens.

They are a woody climber with stiff curved thorns. But it’s not the plant that’s the beauty, it’s the bracts. They can be seen in all shades of pink and purple, and also red, yellow, white, salmon and orange.

The plant is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions

Bougainvillea flower. Credit: Types of flower

10.    Anthurium

The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower. They are grown for their brightly colored bracts and ornamental leaves.

They are one of the most popular tropical plants. Native to tropical America.

Anthurium flower. Credit: Anthuriumhi

Do you agree our list? What other flowers would you add?

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