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Tropical South

Selecting plants suited to the Tropical South climate is a key step to success.

Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).

The Tropical South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10-11 and in AHS Heat Zones 10 through 12.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Aloe nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe)

Vigorous, Aloe nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe) is an evergreen succulent perennial forming a carpet of decorative rosettes, 12in. wide (30 cm), with broadly triangular, fleshy leaves. Bright green in light shade, the leaves turn amazingly orange when in full sun, creating a very pretty display.

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Aloe plicatilis (Fan Aloe)

Unique with its fan-like leaf arrangement, Aloe plicatilis (Fan Aloe) forms a remarkable shrub or small tree. At the end of branched stems, the fleshy, strap-shaped, round-tipped, blue-gray leaves, about 1 ft. long (30 cm), are stacked in pairs and are reminiscent of fans.

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Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe)

Absolutely fascinating, Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe) is a compact evergreen succulent valued for its foliage arranged in a perfect spiral pattern. The fleshy gray-green leaves form a tight rosette that becomes a beautiful spiral, either clockwise or counterclockwise, as the plant ages. A plant can count up to 150 leaves geometrically arranged in 5 ranks.

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Aloe rubroviolacea (Arabian Aloe)

Aloe rubroviolacea (Arabian Aloe) is a particularly beautiful evergreen succulent forming rosettes of thick leaves which arch gracefully outward. Blue-green in partial shade, with contrasting reddish teeth and margins, the leaves get purple tinged in full sun, a coloration which intensifies to violet-red hues in winter.

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Aloe speciosa (Tilt-Head Aloe)

Aloe speciosa (Tilt-head Aloe) is a large and showy, evergreen succulent forming a decorative rosette of long and slender, blue-green leaves, often tinged pink at the tips and edges, up to 3 ft. long (90 cm). Each leaf is adorned with small, pale to deep red, soft teeth. What makes this species easy to distinguish is the tendency of its rosette to lean toward greatest sun exposure

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Aloe striata (Coral Aloe)

More frost hardy than most Aloes, Aloe striata (Coral Aloe) is an evergreen succulent perennial forming beautiful rosettes of flat broad leaves. Pale gray-green, the fleshy leaves warm up to pink in full sun or take on blue-gray hues in the shade. Toothless, the leaves exhibit subtle narrow stripes along their length and transparent pinkish red margins.

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Aloe vanbalenii (Van Balen's Aloe)

Resembling an octopus, Aloe vanbalenii (Van Balen's Aloe) is an evergreen succulent perennial forming striking stemless rosettes of long, deeply channelled, gracefully twisting and curling leaves. Bright green with copper-red edges in the shade, the fleshy leaves warm up to orange or dark red shades in full, hot sun with minimum water.

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Aloe vaombe (Malagasy Tree Aloe)

One of the showiest of the tall Aloes, Aloe vaombe (Malagasy Tree Aloe) is a large evergreen succulent perennial forming a beautiful solitary rosette of curved, long, shiny, dark rich green leaves. The fleshy leaves are adorned with white teeth and turn vibrant deep red in winter or with bright exposure.

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Aloe x principis

Aloe x principis is a large evergreen succulent perennial forming a small tree bearing rosettes of dark blue-green leaves on several trunks. In winter to spring, a branched inflorescence rises above the foliage to display dense spikes of brilliant, scarlet to orange, tubular flowers, brightening up the dull winter garden.

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Aloes

Native to sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and Arabia, Aloes are evergreen succulents with usually spiny leaves arranged in neat rosettes, and spectacular, candle-like inflorescences bearing clusters of brilliant yellow, orange or red, tubular flowers. They exist in a wide range of sizes, colors and offer an amazing array of leaf shapes.

Alstroemeria 'Bali' (Peruvian Lily)

Alstroemeria 'Bali' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of golden-apricot flowers from early summer to fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with red splashes and mahogany streaks.

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Alstroemeria 'Butterscotch' (Peruvian Lily)

Ideal to brighten up the garden, Alstroemeria 'Butterscotch' (Peruvian Lily) is a tall, vigorous perennial which produces a profusion of soft pinkish apricot flowers, adorned with yellow throats and dark burgundy streaks. Blooming from early summer to early fall, the eye-catching blossoms rise atop sturdy stems clad with lance-shaped, fresh green leaves.

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Alstroemeria 'Cleo' (Peruvian Lily)

Incredibly striking, Alstroemeria 'Cleo' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of rich purple flowers from early summer to fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with pale yellow throats and mahogany streaks.

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Alstroemeria 'Flaming Star' (Peruvian Lily)

Spice up your garden or patio with the spectacular blossoms of Alstroemeria 'Flaming Star' (Peruvian Lily). Free-flowering, this exuberant and vigorous perennial features brilliant orange funnel-shaped flowers that are ideal to brighten up the garden.

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Alstroemeria 'Fougere' (Peruvian Lily)

Alstroemeria 'Fougere' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial that features long-lasting, large, funnel-shaped white flowers, flushed with purple in the throat and adorned with burgundy streaks.

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Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' (Peruvian Lily)

Exotic looking, Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial with coppery-orange and golden-yellow flowers that are ideal to brighten up the garden. Adorned with dark burgundy streaks, the eye-catching flowers bloom profusely for weeks above a handsome foliage of lance-shaped, rich bronze leaves.

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Alstroemeria 'Mars' (Peruvian Lily)

Exotic looking, Alstroemeria 'Mars' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial with fiery scarlet flowers that are ideal to brighten up the garden. Their inner petals are adorned with dark burgundy streaks and the upper two enjoy a golden-yellow flash.

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Alstroemeria 'Prima Donna' (Peruvian Lily)

Alstroemeria 'Prima Donna' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of pastel pink flowers from early summer to fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with pale yellow throats and mahogany streaks.

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Amina' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Amina' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of bright orange flowers, borne from early summer into fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with a yellow throat and dark red markings on their inner petals. 

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Ariane' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Ariane' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of butter yellow flowers, borne from early summer into fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with showy rosy blushes and dark mahogany markings on their inner petals.

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Diana' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Diana' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of bright yellow flowers, borne from early summer into fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with rose-pink stripes and burgundy streaks on their inner petals.

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Eliane' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Eliane' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of bright pink flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm), borne from early summer into fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with a yellow throat and burgundy streaks on their inner petals.

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Fabiana' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Fabiana' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with creamy-white variegated, lance-shaped leaves and a profusion of creamy-white flowers borne from early summer into fall.

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Ivana' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Ivana' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of rosy pink flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm), borne from early summer into fall. Long-lasting, the blossoms are adorned with a yellow throat and burgundy streaks on their inner petals.

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