Blooming

This is a rangoon creeper or a sort of honeysuckle. It smells pretty.  It’s a vine that gets really thick and bushy.  The flowers bloom white at night and over two or three days change colour to pink and then to red, and you can see all three stages at the same time. It’s quite lovely.  

 

Rangoon Creeper in the background, Heliconia Psittacorum in the foreground, also called parrot’s beak, parakeet flower, parrot’s flower, parrot’s plantain, false bird-of-paradise.

I’ve looked around for a local field guide to plants and haven’t found one. But what I have found is that almost everything I look up I can find some of the best information on tropical gardening websites and people writing about them live in Florida zones 10-12. So if you’re moving to the Philippines or a similar climate, you might want to pick up a field guide to tropical garden plants, or a gardening book for Florida and that might be useful to you in your plant I.D. efforts.

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