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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.




Alstroemeria 'Princess Louise' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Louise' (Peruvian Lily) is a densely branched, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and a profusion of purplish 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 Mathilde' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free-flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Mathilde' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial that features large peachy-orange flowers flecked with burgundy. Grows up to 10-14 in. tall (25-35 cm)

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Alstroemeria 'Saturne' (Peruvian Lily)

Cheerful and exotic looking, Alstroemeria 'Saturne' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial with warm coral-pink flowers, interestingly heart-shaped at their tips. Their inner petals are adorned with dark burgundy streaks and a bright golden-yellow flash.

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Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

An essential component of many bouquets thanks to their long vase life (over 2 weeks), Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) are striking beauties that also deserve a spot outdoors.

Alstroemeria aurea (Peruvian Lily)

One of the hardiest Peruvian Lilies, Alstroemeria aurea is a tuberous perennial with terminal clusters of small, brilliant orange or golden-yellow, orchid-like flowers, often adorned with spotting and streaking.

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Alstroemeria Inticancha 'Antarctica' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Inticancha Antarctica' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous dwarf perennial that features long-lasting, crisp white flowers adorned with burgundy streaks.

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Alstroemeria Inticancha 'Magic White' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Inticancha Magic White' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous dwarf, tuberous perennial boasting long-lasting, white flowers adorned with soft pink and yellow splashes, burgundy streaks and long, rosy-red stamens.

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Alstroemeria Inticancha 'Sunlight' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Inticancha Sunlight' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous dwarf perennial that features long-lasting, creamy-yellow flowers adorned with burgundy streaks.

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Alstroemeria ligtu hybrids (Peruvian Lily)

Alstroemeria ligtu hybrids (Peruvian Lily) are densely branched, tuberous perennials with narrow, twisted leaves and a profusion of bright multi-colored, funnel-shaped flowers throughout summer. Long-lasting, these showy perennials in shades of pink, yellow or orange, are often spotted or streaked with contrasting colors.

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Alstroemeria psittacina (Parrot Lily)

Noted for its exotic, feathery blooms reminiscent of parrots, Alstroemeria psittacina (Parrot Lily) is a tuberous perennial with leafy, mauve-spotted, erect stems crowned by 5-9 narrow lily-shaped dark crimson flowers, adorned with bright green tips and mahogany streaks.

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Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtains' (Purple Amaranth)

Exotic-looking, award-winning Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtains' is a vigorous annual or biennial plant with erect, dark crimson plumes and stunning, ovate, red colored foliage. It enjoys an upright, bushy habit and helps create dramatic mixed borders. Great for the back of the border or as a filler, its long-lasting flower spikes make excellent cut flowers that are prized by florists for their beauty. 

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Amaryllis 'Alfresco' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Alfresco' will take your breath away. How not to be mesmerized by this stunning beauty with large, fully double (almost triple!), pure white flowers, 6 in. across (15 cm), resembling peonies and adorned with a delightful chartreuse throat?

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Amaryllis 'Aphrodite' (Hippeastrum)

Named after the Greek goddess of love, Amaryllis, 'Aphrodite' (Hippeastrum) is a graceful beauty with huge, white, double flowers, up to 9 in. across (22 cm), delicately brushed with blush-pink on the petal tips and adorned with blood-red thin margins. Each flower is packed with 13-17 broad tepals and 3-10 petaloids.

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Amaryllis 'Apple Blossom' (Hippeastrum)

Award-winning Amaryllis 'Apple Blossom' (Hippeastrum), an old-time favorite, is a real knockout with its large, funnel-shaped, white flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), delicately brushed with soft pink. Long-lasting, they are adorned with an extensive bright green throat lined with a ring of red dots. Introduced in 1954, this large flowering Amaryllis is one of the most popular pink Amaryllis.

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Amaryllis 'Athene' (Hippeastrum)

Brightening up any home during winter, Amaryllis 'Athene' is quite fascinating with its large, frilly edged, pure white flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), adorned with a vivid lime-green throat.

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Amaryllis 'Benfica' (Hippeastrum)

Attention-seeking with its regal blooms, Amaryllis 'Benfica' (Hippeastrum) features large, rich blood-red, velvety flowers, up to 8 in. across (19 cm), adorned with a lovely sheen towards the throat.

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Amaryllis 'Blossom Peacock' (Hippeastrum)

Slightly fragrant, Amaryllis 'Blossom Peacock' (Hippeastrum) is a stunning beauty with large, white, fully double flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), delicately touched with rosy-pink along the edges. The pretty blossoms are packed with 15-18 tepals and up to 2 petaloid stamens. A magnificent double flowering Amaryllis noted for the exquisitely proportioned and perfectly sculptured blooms.

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Amaryllis 'Bogota' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Bogota' is truly graceful and eye-catching with star-shaped, deep red flowers adorned with gracefully arching, slender petals, delightfully brushed with bright red and coral. Up to 5 in. wide (12 cm), the exquisite blossoms make 'Bogota' a striking and dramatic choice.

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Amaryllis 'Brazza' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Brazza' (Hippeastrum) is a bold variety with large, raspberry-pink flowers adorned with a darker throat.

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Amaryllis 'Charisma' (Hippeastrum)

Award-winning Amaryllis 'Charisma' (Hippeastrum), is a real knockout with its large, white flowers, up to 6 in. across (16 cm), delicately brushed with scarlet, and adorned with a red ribbon around the edges. Contrasting the upper petals, the lower petals are mostly white with red freckles.

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Amaryllis 'Cherry Nymph' (Hippeastrum)

With extra-large flowers, Amaryllis 'Cherry Nymph' will surely draw the attention of all with its velvety, cherry red, double flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm). Borne in clusters of four, they sit with majesty atop a stout leafless stalk. Long-lasting, they will succeed in bringing their glamour and help take the gray chill out of the dead of winter!

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Amaryllis 'Chico' (Hippeastrum)

Award-winning Amaryllis 'Chico' is a real beauty with its chocolate-brown and pale green spider-like flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with incredibly long filaments. Sitting atop chestnut brown stalks, the wonderful shape and exquisite colors of the flowers arouse considerable attention.

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Amaryllis 'Christmas Gift' (Hippeastrum)

Brightening up any home during winter, Amaryllis 'Christmas Gift' is a stunning beauty with large, long-lasting, slightly ruffled, creamy-white flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), adorned with a vivid green throat.

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Amaryllis 'Clown' (Hippeastrum)

An old favorite, award-winning Amaryllis 'Clown' (Hippeastrum) is a real knockout with its large, white flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), adorned with broad mandarin-red stripes. Reminiscent of candy canes, this robust and dramatic large-flowering Amaryllis adds a splash of cheerful color indoors over winter.

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