Best plants to grow in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

Best plants to grow in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

Have you ever heard of Gumbo Limbo, Strong Back, or Sea Ox eye daisy? What about the Bahamian cherry, Bay lavender, or Lignum Vitae? These are a few mentions of the many best-growing plants in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

There’s a wealth of hardy choices that can fulfill your desired landscaping design style. Read on for more.

Yellow Elder

Also called Yellow Bells, Trumpetbush, or Esperanza, the yellow elder grows like a bush allamanda on steroids. This garden beauty is big and produces bright yellow flowers year-round shaped like a trumpet, hence the name Trumpetbush.

While you’d have a lot of it to work with due to its wide-spread shrubby look, this golden blossom gives the much-needed flavor and versatility. It looks right at home across the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. You can use it as a backdrop if you have a garden bed, align on the fenced area as a divider or a cover, shade in the patio, or even as a specimen plant.

Desert Rose

Some call it Tile Flower. It’s an evergreen, thick-stemmed succulent plant with vibrant pink, red, or white bell-shaped flowers. Well, the stunning fact about this plant is that it’s neither a flower nor a rose. However, its vibrant colors and striking shape make it a beauty to behold. It has withstood many hardships to grow in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, but with the proper care, it’ll continue living on. 

Besides its ornamental purposes, you can use it for its medicinal value. However, let not the beautiful flowers, leaves, stems, and long lifespan fool you. The Desert Rose has poisonous toxins in its roots and latex in the stem. These toxins can be dangerous if ingested in the heart leading to heart failure and other severe illnesses. It, therefore, would be best to wear protective clothing to avoid getting into contact with the poisonous sap.

 White Sage

The White Sage plant, also called salvia apiana, adds a magic touch and a fantastic smell all year round. It’s not just a beauty to grow but also rich in medicinal qualities such as fighting colds, Measles, and Chicken Pox.

The evergreen shrub White Sage plant has unique silver-white leaves and a sumptuous scent that makes it a delight to have around as your garden addition. It produces tiny white to pink-tinged airy flower spikes for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies during the spring season. Also, if you enjoy smudging, this is the right plant for you.