Cool flowers from a hot climate

by Charlotte.Barnes on September 8, 2009

It only takes a couple of tropical flowers to transform an ordinary bouquet into a show stopper. Find out what’s in season with our handy guide…

At Interflora, we’ve put together a list of some of the best tropical flowers that make an impact and are widely available in most florists including all Interflora stores. We tell you what they look like, what to ask for, how to look after them, how long they last and when they’re in season.

Ananas Comous

Common name: Pineapple.
Appearance: Funnily enough, it looks like a pineapple – although we wouldn’t recommend eating one! Grown in green, gold, purple, and, in our opinion the most attractive of them all – red.
In season: All year.
Care: Mist if looking dry and handle carefully – its jagged edges are very sharp.
How long they last: 14 days.


Common name: Kangaroo Paw or Kangaroo Feet.
Appearance: Unusually shaped, this flower is the national floral emblem of Australia and is a hairy flower grown in a variety of colours including red, yellow and pink. It can also be found in black, but although it looks identical, it’s actually part of the macropidia imperia family.
In season: Late summer, winter and early spring.
Care: Re-cut stems often to prevent them drying out.
How long they last: 10 days.

Protea Barbigera

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Common name: Protea
Appearance: One of the oldest groups of flowering plants, this flower’s been around since before the dinosaurs. Pink Ice, Silvia and Susara are the most common varieties – they have short, woody stems and an impressive vase-life.
In season: Late summer, winter and early spring.
Care: Give them good air circulation to stop them from rotting.
How long they last: Easily 14 days.


Common name: Ginger flower.
Appearance: There are many weird and wonderful types of ginger flowers – the delicate pink and green Siam Tulip, originally from Thailand, is probably the most recognisable, and to some the most beautiful.
In season: Spring, autumn, winter and sometimes in summer.
Care: These damage easily so handle gently and keep out of direct sunlight. Mist to prevent from drying out.
How long they last: 10 days.


Common name: Lobster Claws.
Appearance: These tropical giants never fail to impress. They are tall flowers that come in a range of glorious colours from deep red to vibrant gold.
In season: Spring, autumn, winter, and occasionally in the summer.
Care: Place immediately in water to prevent them drying out. Mist if they look dry.
How long they last: 10-14 days.

Leucadendron Salignum

Safari Sunset
Common name: Safari Sunset.
Appearance: The bushy red/orange leaves of the Safari Sunset almost obscure its conical, inconspicuous flower head. Other varieties of the leucadendron are equally as pretty – Inca Gold has mid-green leaves turning to yellow at the top of the stem.
In season: Spring, winter and early summer.
Care: Can be kept dry up to 7 days in controlled temperatures.
How long they last: 14-21 days.

Leucospermum Cordifolium

Common name: Pin Cushion Protea.
Appearance: This flower clearly gets its name because it looks like a cushion with pins stuck in it. There are 3 types, a large orange variety, a smaller orange version and a yellow flower.
In season: Available in different varieties all year round.
Care: Heads are delicate and break off easily, so handle with care.
How long they last: 10 days.

Strelitzia Reginae

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Common name: Bird of Paradise or Crane Lily.
Appearance: With an almost futuristic look, these elegant flowers look like beaks on top of long necks.
In season: All year, but limited availability in the summer.
Care: Flowers emerge 1 at a time: once the 1st has died, slide your finger inside the flower’s beak and ease out the new flower.
How long they last: 14 days.


arum or callaCommon name: Arum or Calla Lily.
Appearance: The traditional white/green version is an iconic bridal flower, but it comes in a variety of other colours too – including Majestic Red, Mango and the almost black Schwarzwalder.
In season: All year, but they’re at their best in winter and spring.
Care: Take care when handling and transporting – these can be damaged easily.
How long they last: Up to 14 days.

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