Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts one can receive and that is not a surprise, as just about everyone loves them! They ornate our home, our office and our yards with their magnificent colors, while casting aromatic spells upon our noses. They have always played a role in communicating feelings among human beings and technology made that even easier, allowing for year-round blooms as well as virtual alternatives. I just can’t stop admiring them all the time and this is the reason behind this article: I wanted to make a top of the most colorful flowers one can find on Earth and share that beauty with all my readers.
1. CHOCOLATE COSMOS (COSMOS ATROSANGUINEUS)
Originating from Mexico, where it is considered extinct in the wild, it survives only as an ornamental plant. Very sensitive to cold temperatures, the dark reddish brown colored flower can be admired only in temperate and tropical zones.
2. ST. ANTHONY’S RIK-RAK CACTUS (SELENICEREUS ANTHONYANUS)
Also native from southern Mexico, this species of cactus serves as an ornamental plant, thanks to its unusual beautiful flower. It enriches the rainforests during the night, with its nocturnal bright pink petals, which are just spectacular for the eyes.
3. JADE VINE (STRONGYLODON MACROBOTRYS)
An emerald dream of beauty, populating the tropical rainforests of the Philippines. This plant is known by the local people as “tayabak”. It has curved turquoise petals, resembling some kind of little blue bananas. Butterflies seem to like them very much and they contribute to this flower’s marvelous looks by adding the contrasting colors of their wings on the petals.
4. PARROT’S BEAK (LOTUS BERTHELOTII)
You get the feeling of looking at some flames while admiring this incredible flower, thanks to its curvaceous shape and the nuances of orange and red that create a harmonious symphony of nature. Originating from the Canary Islands and formerly pollinated by sunbirds, it is now believed to be completely extinct in the wildlife, but you can still buy one for yourself, thanks to the horticulture trade.
5. CORPSE FLOWER (RAFFLESIA ARNOLDII)
This is one of the largest and most endangered species of flowers on Earth. It can reach over a meter in width. You can come across this mesmerizing beauty in the tropical rainforests of Indonesia. Its name derives from the fact that it releases a rotten flesh smell while blooming, in order to attract certain insects and make the pollination process easier. Apparently you don’t always have to smell nice in order to be attractive!
6. GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE FLOWER (STRELITZIA)
Frequently grown as a house plant, thanks to its amazing bright colors, this perennial flower originates from South Africa. A wonderful composition of yellow, white, orange, purple and blue nuances acting like an inspiration source for many painters and fashion designers. Also known under the name of Crane Flower.
7. Red Palulu (Heliconia bihai)
Native to the South America and West Indies, it is particularly common in Brazil, the Guianas and Jamaica. It loves living in hot zones with humid climates, the red upward oriented flower acting like a cup to better absorb water. It also acts like a symbol for many parties and organizations, such as People’s National Movement Political Party of Trinidad and Tobago.
8. DARLING WILDFLOWER (GEISSORHIZA RADIANS)
It’s scientific taxonomic name comes from the ancient Greek words “geisson”, meaning “tile” and “rhizon”, the equivalent of “root”. It populates the West Coast, but it originates from South Africa. You can’t pass by these flowers without noticing them, as they’re a masterpiece of nature’s painting skills, perfectly combining red, yellow, white, dark brown and blue tones.
9. HARLEQUIN BLUE FLAG (IRIS VERSICOLOR)
Its name derives from the Greek, meaning “rainbow”, after the prismatic colors of the species. It is common in the marshes and along the streambanks of North America. Be careful, though, it is poisonous as much as it is appealing to the eyes! It is also considered as the provincial flower of Quebec.
10. APOSTLE’S WALKING IRIS (NEOMARICA NORTHIANA)
One of the most spectacular multi-colored flowers populating Africa, Central and South America. They’re also famous for their extremely appreciated exotic fragrance in the Western World. The name “Apostle’s Plant” derives from the fact that the flower doesn’t bloom until its body has at least twelve leaves and this acts as an allusion to the biblical figures.
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