The best indoor plants with bright bracts
In many beautifully flowering houseplants, the flowers are not the most striking and attractive part. Colorful bracts that completely eclipse the true bloom, in fact, are much more common than ordinary inflorescences and single flowers. And almost always cultures, flaunting brightly colored bracts, are perceived as exotic and non-standard. It is among such plants that the main large-colored stars and the most original candidates for the role of accent in the interior are found.
In relation to flowering plants that have non-standard brightly colored bracts that overshadow the flowers themselves, and often even completely hide them, it is fair to say that each plant is individual and beautiful in its own way. In some cultures, only the upper leaves on the shoots change their color during flowering, in others, a full-fledged inflorescence is formed, the bracts in which look like petals, in the third, the inflorescences are so massive and impressive that they seem almost artificial. Such plants differ in their distribution. If more modest and hardy species have long become room classics, then other plants are just beginning their way to gaining universal recognition and so far are found only in lists of fashionable novelties.
Cultures whose inflorescences resemble different variations of classic callas never go out of style. They fit perfectly into the modern interior, conquer not only a diverse color palette and the ability to search for both unpretentious and more capricious looks, but also the expressiveness of the lines, simple but surprisingly bright rigor. Among the favorites of such crops are fashionable novelties that have attracted attention only in recent years, and plants whose popularity has not changed for centuries. Indoor plants, the inflorescences of which are flaunted with a bright large veil, include the callas-zantedesia proper, and anthurium, and spathiphyllum.
Bright bromeliads with spike-shaped inflorescences from dazzling bracts are also impossible to ignore in the list of plants that have the most spectacular bracts. Among the bromeliads, there are cultures in which the upper leaves are only slightly repainted around the inflorescence hidden in the depth of the rosette, and full-fledged soloists whose inflorescences resemble the heads or tails of curious birds. The bright tropical appearance of the bromeliads is compensated even by the fact that in most cultures the mother rosette dies after flowering. And the formation of substitute children, which can be planted as independent plants, as soon as they release 3-4 leaves, more than compensates for this drawback. Colorful tillandsia, freesia and Co. are an ideal example of exotics, the reputation of which is provided by the bright color of the bracts. But similar inflorescences are characteristic not only for bromeliads, but also for many herbaceous plants.
Original cultures and exotics with a non-standard structure are not so common. Such crops belong to herbaceous plants in which the inflorescence is also formed by real flowers and bright bracts. Most often we are talking about spike-shaped inflorescences with symmetrically located triangular or ovoid bracts, forming amazingly beautiful ears and "cones". But there are exceptions to this rule. Poinsettia and turmeric are plants that will make anyone take a fresh look at the possibilities of using exotic plants in their interior. But only the list of originals is not limited to them.
Let's get to know more closely the four brightest indoor plants with brightly colored bracts and their main competitors for the title of favorite indoor exotic.
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