Asian countries are known for their diverse culture, breathtaking views, unique fruits, and food. Traveling to the other side of the world is truly a unique experience. Not only that, you’ll get to see stuff that’s endemic or can only be found in this part of the planet.
One of the things you’ll find unique and amazing in Asia is its diverse flora. With the right care and conditions, a lot of plants that thrive in these places can grow in your garden too. As you make your way into the awesome places in Asia, make sure to look out for these incredible plants.
- Asparagus Fern
Asparagus fern also goes by its botanical name, asparagus setaceus. It has long trailing branches that stand upright, and it’s an evergreen perennial. Its branches are covered with thin and tiny leaves giving asparagus fern a fluffy, feathery, and bushy appearance. Asparagus fern plant is native to central and South Africa and some countries of Asia.
When you first lay your eyes on an asparagus fern, you will see that it has a thousand leaves contributing to its unique appearance. It’s not like any typical plant, it can resemble a bird, a plane, but it’s a plant. Another interesting fact about asparagus setaceus is that even though it has the word fern in its name, it’s not a fern. It only resembles a fern.
To Learn More about asparagus fern and where you can see it on your trip, visit websites like Gardener’s Path to guide you in your journey. Researching before a trip is always a must; add asparagus fern to your list of must-see sights.
Another unique plant is hosta because of its diverse texture that ranges from smooth to narrow, heart-shaped to ridged. Hostas originate in the rich forests of east Central China, where they grew in the wild, and it’s known for their magnificent foliage. Additionally, the plant produces eye-catching flowers at the start of summer and lasts until early fall. Hosta’s flowers range from white, lavender, light blue, and pink.
In China, they have a legend about the Hosta. It was said that the Queen Mother of West Heaven held a feast. The servants of the Queen distributed alcoholic beverages to entertain the fairies. When the fairies got drunk, their hairpins fell from the heavens.
Upon landing on Earth, these hairpins turned into Hosta flowers. The moral lesson of the story is that people should always try to be prim and proper to avoid losing anything of value despite being in a difficult situation.
Dianthus, also called pinks, is cherished for its blue-green foliage that resembles grass and it’s almost neverending starry flowers. Its flowers come in shades of yellow, purple, pink, white, and red, known for their spicy fragrance. You can see this plant growing in Asia and Southern Europe. Visit your go-to country in Asia during spring or summer to enjoy its beauty.
The Shoeblackplant goes by many names such as hibiscus rosa-Sinensis, Chinese hibiscus, Rose Mallow, and China Rose. Although these flowers grow mainly in China, they have adapted very well and are commonly growing in countries such as Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and other parts of Asia. In 1960, the hibiscus became the national flower of Malaysia. It’s called Bunga Raya in Malaysia, which means “celebration.”
The Hibiscus has four to eight inches blossoms that come in colors of yellow, peach, red, orange, white, pink, vermilion, and many more. Some people in Asian countries often value the flower for both its aesthetics and medicinal value. Hibiscus plants are often used in making good tea.
Rhododendron trees bear the national flower of Nepal. Nepal is a landlocked country located in the South of Asia. The land of Nepal is known for its spicy cuisine, but it’s also known for this plant that has flowers that range in colors of pink, red, and magenta. It can reach its deepest color yet at the end of April and from the start of May. Get ready for a tall view because it can grow as tall as 20 meters!
Countries such as Nepal, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam are located in Asia. Aside from the unique cultures these countries have, you can also enjoy the diverse fauna that grows in these places. If you’re traveling to these countries, make sure you spot the plants mentioned in this article.
Though they might not look to grow in other places, some of these plants can actually thrive in your garden if given the right conditions. However, don’t let that be the reason to carelessly pick up these plants if you’re traveling. When traveling to these places, remember this incredible quote: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.