The uncommon plants discussed in this article range from smaller plants found in home gardens to larger plants located in vast plantations. The five plants described in this article are Spanish Moss, Plumeria Rubra, Beach Morning Glory, and Dragon Fruit.
Also known as “air plant”, this rare moss absorbs nutrients and water from rainfall and air. Spanish moss is often found in humid Southern areas such as Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, and Alabama, so this plant is often associated with Southern gothic imagery. Spanish moss is typically sold as a 6 inch bunch and is often hung in a humid place with shade. It can be found gathered in masses over trees with scattered leaves and small pale green or blue flowers.
This rare flower is grown in Hawaii, and has a large vibrant yellow center with petals that are a various blend of reds, pinks, and oranges, creating a rainbow-like, breathtaking appearance. The petals are slightly overlapping and the plumeria has a mildly sweet scent.
These flowers grow on sand dunes and beaches in tropical and subtropical regions. The flower is light pink and very thin with large green leaves. Interestingly enough, the leaves can be used to alleviate jelly-fish poisoning.
The dragon fruit originated in South America over a hundred years ago. Back then, dragon fruits were only eaten by royal, wealthy families. Now, the dragon fruit is grown in Texas, Mexico, Argentina, and Peru, and enjoyed by all. The dragon fruit is a highly unusual fruit bearing cactus. This plant’s stems reach up to thirty feet long, with wonderful white flowers, and a beautiful fruit that has an intense color and shape and a delicious taste. The fruit is often eaten chilled or cut in half so that it can be spooned out of its skin. Additionally, the juice from the fruit can be found in frozen drinks, but the dragon fruit plant itself is quite uncommon!