Not to be overshadowed by the wildlife, the flowers of Costa Rica is astounding and incredibly diversified. In Monteverde Cloud Forest, there are over 2000 species of plants alone!
Flora ranges from perennial plants to towering trees that have been here for decades. Take a walk through the forest and you’ll see thousands of different plants all living and surviving together.
Examine a tree closely and you’ll be surprised to find out that there are hundreds of different plant species living just on the trunk!
Since there are many micro-climates, all the plants and flowers have adapted to their unique habitat.
You’ll see many brightly colored flowers of varying shapes and sizes and during rainy season, it’s hard to keep the plants from overgrowing!
The roads have to be constantly maintained or else the grass will just grow right over the pavement in a few days.
Over 1300 species of orchids live in Costa Rica and you can take a tour of an orchid garden such as the Monteverde Orchid Farm. Orchids are one of the most common flowers you will see in Costa Rica and one of the most beautiful (in my opinion) as they come in so many different sizes, shapes, and colors.
There are many botanical gardens around the country where you can visit, hire a guide and learn about the different plants.
Some flowers that you’ll see fairly common are the birds of paradise flower, or Strelitzia, Hliconia, and the ginger flower. One of the reasons why I prefer green season over dry is that everything is green and full of color. Flowers bloom and grass flourishes. During dry season, it looks like a desert in Guanacaste!
Outside our apartment are lots of birds of paradise, ginger, some really pretty purple/red plants, and many other flowers that I don’t know the name of. There’s always people maintaining the gardens because if you leave it alone for a few days in green season, there will be grass, flowers and plants growing all over the place.
Flowers of Costa Rica
Here are some photos of beautiful flowers of Costa Rica that I’ve seen on our travels.
The trees here are also amazing. My favorite is the Guanacaste tree which is commonly seen in the province and it almost looks like a Weeping Willow. Also look out for the many fruit trees they have here like starfruit, avocado, lime, and more.
The flora here is simply stunning, I’ve fallen in love with many flowers I’ve never seen before and it’s amazing how colorful some of them are! If you want to be able to identify the plants and flowers you see while you’re in Costa Rica, I recommend getting a guide book or field guide.
Costa Rica tropical flowers identification guide is a laminated pocket guide that’s super useful and easy to take around with you (in both English and Spanish).
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