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Tropical Plants for North Carolina

North Carolina’s diverse climate, spanning USDA hardiness zones 5b to 8b, might seem an unlikely environment for growing tropical plants. However, with careful planning and the right care, it is possible to cultivate a lush, tropical oasis even in this region.

North Carolina

The Tar Heel State experiences a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels throughout the year. Average humidity levels fluctuate between 65% and 75%, providing ample moisture for many tropical plant species.

The key to success lies in selecting the right plants and providing them with the necessary protection and care. Our tropical plants for sale often thrive indoors in North Carolina homes. This article will suggest some tropical plants for North Carolina residents. 

Top North Carolina Tropical Plants

Following are some tropical plant suggestions to keep in your North Carolina home or garden.

Plumbago Imperial Blue (Plumbago auriculata)

Growing plumbago plants in North Carolina can add a beautiful and colorful touch to your garden or porch. Plumbago, also known as Cape Leadwort or Cape Plumbago, is a flowering perennial shrub that produces clusters of sky-blue flowers from spring through fall. Plumbago grows well in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9, making it suitable for growing in North Carolina with some care and attention.

Butterfly Bush Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum ugandense)

Known for its beautiful blue and purple flowers, Butterfly Bush Clarodendrum will attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and admiration from your neighbors. Transform your North Carolina garden into a colorful, buzzing paradise with this tropical plant rated for Zones 5-9. The Butterfly Bush Clarodendrum may need protection during the colder months. Fear not! Simply move your potted plant indoors before the first frost, placing it near a sunny window to soak up the warmth and light.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis')

Add a touch of elegance to your North Carolina landscape by growing Boston ferns in hanging pots! Known for their lush, arching fronds, Boston ferns are perfect for adorning patios, porches, or shaded areas in your outdoor space. These ferns are perfect for hanging on your North Carolina porch as they need partial sunlight, and can be easily brought indoors in the winter.

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