Red Tropical flowers are the type of plants that have countless varieties living in tropical places across the earth. These tropical flowers offer a year-round blooming season to give your garden exciting red fragrant flowers.

14 Red Tropical Flowers Ones That Will Stand Out

Read on, and let’s begin to know each of them as we include some care tips to guide you.

List of Red Tropical Flowers

1. Shoeblack Plant 

Hibiscus rosa sinensis is also known as the Shoeblack plant, Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, China rose, and Rose mallow. This species is known as the tropical hibiscus from a flowering plant of the Malvaceae family. Its native range is in Vanuatu, but it is a popularly cultivated in the tropics and subtropics as an ornamental plant.

The Shoeblack Plant is an evergreen shrub or even a small tree of the Hibiscus genus that grows up to 16 feet tall with glossy leaves and lovely, showy five-petaled red flowers with yellow orange-tipped red anthers, which bloom in summer or autumn. They are typically attractive to birds.

Shoeblack Plant

To grow Shoeblack plants, plant them in a location that has full and direct sun. The more sun they get, the better. They can also tolerate part shade, but it will cause them to produce smaller flowers.

They also prefer evenly moist soil, so avoid letting the soil dry out. Shoeblack plants can be grown in containers and are perfect to display on a deck, a patio, or around a pool.

2. Showy Medinilla

Native to the tropical country of the Philippines, Medinilla Magnifica is a species of flowering plants that belong to the family Melastomataceae.

Other common names are Rose Grape, Philippine orchid, and Pink lantern plant. Showy Medinilla is known for its eye-catching drooping light pink to orange-red tropical flowers and dark green foliage, resembling a chandelier.

Showy Medinilla

Showy Medinilla grows up to almost 10 meters tall. This plant loves any well-draining potting mix soils with added sphagnum peat moss to mimic the slightly acidic soil condition that it is used to. Provide it with bright but indirect sunlight and liquid fertilizer once every two weeks.

Look out for some possible pests and diseases as these plants are prone to leaf spots, botrytis, root rot, and mildew. Showy Medinilla plants should also be handled with care because they are toxic to humans if eaten in large quantities.

3. Blood Lily

Scadoxus multiflorus is the Blood lily, formerly known as Haemanthus multiflorus. Other common names for this plant include Ball lily, Bloodflower, Katherine-wheel, Oxtounge lily, Powderpuff lily, and Poison root. It is a bulbous tropical plant native to most of sub-Saharan Africa and to the Arabian Peninsula. 

It is naturalized in Mexico and the Chagos Archipelago. These brilliantly colored flowers are grown as ornamental plants perfect to grow in containers or in the ground. They are also used as fishing poisons and arrow poisons, as well as in traditional medicine.

Blood Lily

These red lily features a smooth stem having no leaves and large spherical spiky crimson colored flowers with yellow-tipped stamens that bloom during the summer and fall.

To care for the Blood Lily plant, give it partial sun exposure, as it is not drought tolerant. The plant likes rich, loamy, or sandy soil and moderate watering. It is also not cold tolerant, so providing medium to high humidity is best for it.

4. False Bird of Paradise

This decorative tropical plant could be another eye-catching item in your tropical garden. Heliconia rostrate or the False Bird of Paradise or Hanging Lobster Claw is a herbaceous perennial plant native to El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica and naturalized in Puerto Rico. Aside from being eye candy, it also acts as a source of nectar to birds.

False Bird of Paradise displays banana-like foliage and downward-facing reddish-orange flowers, which bloom every spring, summer, and fall.

False Bird of Paradise

These plants are fast growers and can reach a maximum height of 15 feet. 

When you are keeping them, note that they love fertile, moist, well-draining soil with the partial sun and moderate watering during the bloom season and very low watering in the winter season.

5. Painter’s Palette  

Anthurium andraenum is also known as Painter’s palette, Flamingo flower, Laceleaf, and Oilcloth flower. The scientific or original name was derived from the Greek word “anthos,” which means flower, and “oura,” which means a tail, referring to the spadix. This red flower is native to Colombia and Ecuador. It is a flowering plant in the family Araceae.

Painter’s Palette

Painter’s-palette is a beautiful exotic plant producing colorful vivid foliage anthis red flower is to mimic its natural habitat, which is a tropical and humid environment. 

You must, however, make sure that the plants are provided with enough water and bright but indirect sunlight in peat moss soil, so that it thrives. It is important to remember to prevent any extreme temperature changes so that these tropical plants will thrive.

6. Scarlet Sage  

Producing brilliant scarlet red flowers growing in thick erect spikes borne atop dark green foliage, Scarlet sage is the perfect tropical plant to use in cottage gardens, beds, and borders, containers, mass plantings, edging, and cutting gardens. 

Scarlet Sage

Its scientific name is Salvia splendens, a tender herbaceous perennial native to Brazil. It grows to its full potential and reaches up to 18 inches tall and even up to 12 inches wide.

These tropical flowers are easy growers and pest and disease free. They are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. They thrive in humus-rich, fertile, moist, and well-draining soil with full sun exposure.

7. Chenille Plant  

Adorned with long, furry, fuzzy red blooms, this tropical flower can give textural interest to a sunny flower garden. The Chenille Plant has the scientific name Acalypha hispida, belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae.

Chenille Plant

It originated in Papuasia and Malesia but has become naturalized in several countries in North America. The Chenille Plant is also known as Philippine Medusa, Monkey tail, or Red-hot cat tail.

This evergreen perennial is fast growing and can grow up to 15 feet tall in tropical climates, but it becomes much smaller when grown indoors. It thrives best when exposed to full sun to partial shade and sand, clay, or loam soil while keeping it evenly moist until it is established. Avoid overwatering, as this might kill the plant.

8. Egyptian Starcluster  

Pentas Lanceolate or the Egyptian Starcluster is a species that is unique for being a flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family native to most parts of Africa and Yemen. It is widely used as a garden plant and in butterfly gardens. This topical plant is a woody-based perennial subshrub that grows six inches tall in its natural habitat and smaller in gardens.

Egyptian Starcluster produces star-shaped tiny flowers that come in rounded clusters during summer. They make excellent plants in beds and borders, containers, and houseplants.

Egyptian Starcluster

Common problems you may encounter with Egyptian Starcluster are aphids and spider mites, so watch out for these pests. 

Just like any other tropical plant, Egyptian Starcluster thrives in average well-draining soils in full sun but can tolerate part shade, although full sun exposure can better encourage flowering. During the growing season, water it regularly, but reduce watering when wintertime comes.

9. Amaryllis 

Amaryllis is the one genus in the subtribe of the Amaryllidinae, a genus of flowering bulbs. Also known as Belladonna lily, Naked lily, Jersey lily, Amarillo, and Easter lily. 


It is called a “lily” because of its flower shape and growth habit, but it is not a true lily. Amaryllis’ bulb produces one to two leafless erect stems that can reach up to almost 24 inches and bear funnel-shaped flowers.

Amaryllis plants are easy to care for. Use a potting mix when planting it, and place it in an area where it will recieve bright but indirect sunlight. Remember that you must water your plant regularly once established. In no time, this indoor beauty will grace your home with sophistication.

10. Red Alert Calla Lily 

Another red tropical flower from our list is the Calla Lily or Zantedeschia. It is a genus of herbaceous perennial flowering plants belonging to the Araceae family. These plants are native to Southern Africa and were introduced widely and greatly valued as ornamental plants.

The red-colored Calla lily is also called Red Alert Calla Lily, and from the name, you would sense how beautiful this lily is. These plants grow up to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide. 

Red Alert Calla Lily

It has a tubular-shaped flowers or the spathes that grow from rhizomes typically bloom for weeks, giving long-lasting color to borders, mass plantings, containers, and cut flower arrangements.

These lilies are very simple to grow and to give proper care for. They require full sun to part shade exposure, with bright indirect sunlight being ideal. However, they are highly toxic to pets and humans when ingested, so handle them carefully.

11. Red African Violet  

Do not be misled by their name because African violets also offer flowers in the colors pink, red, blue-violet, lavender-pink, and white, aside from the popular blue-violet flower they are known for. Streptocarpus sect. 

Saintpaulia is the scientific name of the African violet or Saintpaulias, which is native to Tanzania and Kenya in eastern tropical Africa. It is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Gesneriaceae. It is commonly sold as a houseplant, although some species of this plant have been considered as near-threatened or endangered.

Red African Violet

African violet is a low-growing plant that can reach from almost to an inch, displaying rounded leaves and five-lobe velvety purple, pale blue, or white-colored flowers blooming several times a year. They are expected to thrive indoors because they are easy to grow and care for. 

You should just make sure that you provide your ruby flowers with well-drained potting mix soil. Expose them to bright but indirect sunlight, as well as warm and humid conditions. However, do not let the water touch their leaves when watering to avoid root rot, in addition, fertilize your plants every other week in spring and summer.

12. Christmas Cactus  

Schlumbergera, also called the Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, Crab cactus, or Holiday cactus, is a tropical flower commonly found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. 

In the wild, these plants typically grow on trees or rocks or in any habitat that is shady because they prefer high humidity.

Christmas Cactus

This winter bloomer is a popular houseplant, featuring leafless stems bearing downward-facing flowers that are perfect for indoor settings, especially during the holiday seasons. Flowers also come in shades of pink, red, gold, white, cream, orange, and scarlet.

To help your Christmas cactus flourish throughout the season, remember that moisture is an essential factor when growing them. They are adaptable to low light exposure, but bright light can encourage more blooms. They also require frequent watering to keep the soil slightly moist.

13. Blanket Flowers  

Blanket flower is the common name given to the tropical flower Gaillardia, a genus of flowering plant from the Asteraceae family. Blanket flowers are either annual or perennial herbs or sub-shrubs that have erect stems that can grow up to 31.5 inches.

The blanket flower has solitary, richly colored, daisy-like red flowers that bloom in summer through fall. Blanket flowers are noticeably easy to grow and fast-growing.

Blanket Flowers

They prefer poor to well-draining soil as it encourages more flowering than rich soil. 

You must locate it in a place with full sun exposure; otherwise, it will not bloom profusely. This plant is also drought tolerant once established, so once or twice per week of watering frequency is enough for you to enjoy these repeat flowering lovelies.

14. Angel’s Trumpet  

Belonging to the nightshade family Solanaceae, Brugmansia is also known as Angel’s Trumpet. It is a woody tree or shrub with dangling lovely large fragrant flowers that blossom in summer.

Angel’s Trumpet

This tropical plant is native to South America. Nonetheless, watch out because all parts of this plant when ingested are toxic to humans, dogs, and cats, for pets it may be intoxicating to a deadly level.

Angel’s Trumpet can reach up to 36 inches in height and can be grown as a container plant, which can make it easier to bring indoors when the temperature drops. However, this plant loves moist but well-draining soil with acidic pH. It thrives in full sun and likes frequent watering as it is a very thirsty plant.


Red tropical flowers are a valuable addition to various flower collections as they display exciting color with the addition of their unique characteristics that catches one’s attention. 

All these tropical flowers look attractive and expose their vibrancy in your home. You may grace your garden or even your home with these tropical plants that provide a feeling of summer and provide a dramatic floral display all throughout each season.

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