Six on Saturday. Summer Tropicals

I decided to join the Six on Saturday meme at The Propagator’s blog this week. I live and blog in South Florida. Having been down here a while, I still think a lot of the flora is weird but cool. Here are six tropicals blooming in my garden this week:

Flaming Torch Bromeliad. A common and colorful addition to our late summer gardens.

Billbergia pyramidalis.

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Beautyberry, a native shrub with magnificent fruit.

Calliocarpa americana. 00100lPORTRAIT_00100_BUbeautyberry

One of my very favorite Bromeliads, reliable and so funky. And a great cut flower.

Aechmea miniata.

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Late summer brings Cattleya Orchids to the garden, the next ones will be huge, white and fragrant. These grow in my neighbor’s Hong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia) tree.00100lportrait_00100_burst20190710131119708_cover

Another common summer flowering Bromeliad. Little Harv.

Aechmea ‘Little Harv’

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More Florida funkness, this is a Jatropha – called Coral Plant usually and considered a novelty, flowering off and on all summer.

Jatropha multifida.

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Happy Gardening Saturday and thanks to The Propagator for hosting.

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Funky Florida Flora-Miniata Bromeliad

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Roundabout the Fourth of July the Miniata Bromeliad started to flower. I thought how wonderful and patriotic – sort of red, white and blue. This is a rare find, a smaller reliable flowering Bromeliad that thrives in nearly full shade.

A member of the Aechmea genus, native to Brazil. The foliage is olive with burgundy backsides and not too sharp. The leaves will burn in the sun, especially in the hot midday sun. I cut the Strangler Fig that shades this plant back a little too much and the leaves are complaining by producing burnt spots and edges.

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The flower lasts for weeks and does well cut in vases.

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A. miniata flowers