Six on Saturday – Tropical Senescence

Unlike humans or maybe it is just me, flowers on tropical plants can look great for a long time, aging well. Above, the fading flowers of the relatively ephemeral Tropical Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes robusta). I enjoy these in the garden, the pink flowers celebrating rain. Here they are new:

The Silver Urn (Aechmea fasciata) flower opened about a month ago. Here is it today, the pink is a bit faded, but it is still a showstopper.

The opening flower:

Guzmania Bromeliads are another long lasting flower. I like these at all phases. These Bromeliads actually produce brown seed heads, which is unusual as most seem to produce vegetative pups. The flowers start red and slowly fade to chartreuse. This one is mid fade.

A fresh Guzmania flower. In March!

The Aechmea miniata flower, nearly full bloom with a friendly dragonfly. These are covered with blue when in full flower and slowly fade to apricot over the summer.

The buds from a couple of weeks ago.

Oops, I think that is Eight on Saturday. Oh, well. I am aging in the garden along with the Bromeliads…

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Happy Gardening!!


23 comments on “Six on Saturday – Tropical Senescence

  1. Your rain lilies have a darker color than mine. I’m surprised they are blooming this late in Florida.


  2. Noelle says:

    Wonderful tropical plants, the colours of the Aechmea miniata are so appealing.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Yes, aging is to be embraced! I just love that Aechmea miniata. 🙂

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  4. Gorgeous, one and all. I’m especially drawn to your lovely Aechmea miniata in all its blue-dotted glory…and the dragonfly bonus.

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  5. fredgardener says:

    I have another kind of rain lily (short stamen rain lilies( Habranthus brachyandrus ) ) with similar flowers. Nice choice again this week and always a favorite : the Aechmea Miniata 😍

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    Competition is generally more of an issue for tropical flowers. They live with so much other vegetation. Although pollinators are less numerous in less tropical climates, there is also less competition.

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  7. Roguegarden says:

    I really like the theme of your Six. It is interesting to see how flowers transform as they pass their prime and to recognize the beauty in senescence.

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  8. Cathy says:

    As with age, we shouldn’t be counting too precisely! 😉 Love seeing your tropical flowers.

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  9. Rosie Amber says:

    Lovely photos and capturing the dragonfly as well, that is a special insect.

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  10. Wow. They are all gorgeous – the cameo from the dragonfly included!


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