Louie’s Backyard Key West – It contains both tropical plains and some of the highest mountains in the world, varied landscapes and the climate of India make a home for many ornamental plants. In Florida, especially in the warmest winter areas on the peninsula found in the US Department of Frost Agriculture zones 9, 10 and 11, many Indian plants thrive in parks and gardens where frosts rarely occur or they are not serious.
Since many perennial herbaceous plants in India grow from tubers or underground bulbs, they survive seasonal cold or drought. Therefore, these plants grow even in the counties of North Florida that are in the USDA 8 zone, where the cold of winter does not harm latent roots. Voodoo lily (Amorphophallus bulbifer), Indian ginger (Alpinia calcarata), Ginger peel (Alpinia zerumbet), Crepe ginger (Costus speciosus), Gigantic plume (Curcuma elata), Burma-jewel (Curcuma roscoeana), Zedoary (Curcuma zedoaria) , wild ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) and butterfly ginger (Hedychium coronarium, Hedychium flavescens and Hedychium gardenerianum) all come from parts of India.
The grouping of fishtail or brown sugar palm (Caryota urens) and Licuala peltate palm (Licuala peltate) are two species of Indian palms. It is not frosted tolerant and freezes, these two palms grow better and more widely in the landscapes at the southern tip of Florida from Ft. Myers to Key West and West Palm Beach. The fishtail palm tolerates full sun and needs fertile and moist soils. Licuala palm needs shade, moist soil and moist air that grows to its maximum expression.