4 Of The Most Exotic Flowers That Start With I For A Diverse Garden

Variety is The Spice of Life

Rose, tulips, and chrysanthemums undoubtedly bring a level of magnificence to your garden. These blooms are rather popular though so they will be present in many gardens and found on many a bouquet. Their ubiquity has somehow diminished their grandeur and has them close to becoming clichés. That would be a sad day. People often forget that there are thousands of flowering plants that are equally beautiful, even more so for being uncommon and unique. Take these flowers that start with I for example.

Imagine a delightfulposy of Iris and Illinium. Their one of a kind beauty and meaningful symbolisms will make them great additions to a master gardener’s diverse collection of blooming plants. Additionally, wise gardeners or florists know that the loveliness of flowers is not just in their grand nature (with tulips, for example) but also in their variety.

Unique flowers for the unique individual. Here are four exotic flowers that start with I.


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4 Exotic Blooms


1. Iris

  • Botanical name: Iris Germanica
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer

The Iris takes its name from the beautiful Greek goddess of the same name who personified the rainbow. Like its divine namesake, the iris seems to take cues from the rainbow as it blooms in a wide range of colors. It desires no worship,though since it is a hardy and reliable perennial that does not demand much for growth.

The stately blooms of the Iris appropriately represent royalty, refinement, hope, and wisdom.


2. Iceplant

  • Botanical name: Delosperma cooperi
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Late spring to early winter

Another undemanding yet fulfilling flowering plant is the Delosperma, or Iceplant as it is more commonly known. These hardy perennial takes a lot of ground as its foliage spreads and grows, forming a dark green carpet. You are then blissfully rewarded when its intensely-colored flowers bloom en masse, transforming the green carpet of leaves into a sea of scarlet, lavender, and ochre blossoms!

This ever-blooming evergreen rightly represents hope despite tragedy, and positivity despite the occasional droughts of life.

Here’s a video showcasing the natural beauty of the Iceplant: 


3. Inula

  • Botanical name: Inula helenium
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer tofall

The Inula helenium, otherwise known as elecampane, is a summer flowering perennial that blooms bright yellow flowers in what seems like immature sunflowers. This ancient plant has a long history of practical use. For instance, the ancient Romans would use the plant in medicinal and culinary applications. Furthermore, the Inula is popular as a preservative, venom antidote, perfume, and preservative respectively in China, Slovenia, Japan, and Europe.

Due to its traditional use in herbal and secular medicine, the elecampane has always been symbolic of good health, wellness, and healing.


4. Illicium

  • Botanical name: Illicium floridanum
  • Plant Class: Perennial
  • Bloom time: Summer

A few flowers encapsulate the metaphor of a flower explosion than the Illicium floridanum, or Florida Anise. When its seeds are ripe, they explode out, quite literally, from the blooms! The Florida Anise’s small but attractive maroon blossoms are both a sight to see and odor to smell as the star-shaped flowers emit an anise-like odor reminiscent of the kitchen spice. Take care though that you do not substitute these wild spice for the actual Staranise (Illicium verum) as the Florida Anise is toxic!

Illiciums represent the beauty that you see beneath the façade or the hidden wonder things.


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Hoang Quang

Hello! I’m Quang Hoang and Grow Gardener is my little nook for all the adventures, and occasional misadventures, on my journey in gardening! As I continue to awaken life in little seeds and struggle to keep flora alive, I’ll be here sharing with all of you what I’ve learned! Join me in my little garden, and let’s grow together.

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