Top 9 Popular and Native Flowers of Philippines

(Posted on: 08-09-2022)

Since the beginning of time, people have used flowers to show how they feel. Paying a sick friend or family member a hospital visit? Chrysanthemums are an excellent choice because they don't cause allergies. Telling someone you love them forever? A bouquet of roses is an obvious choice. Would you like to congratulate a couple who just got married? Send flowers! About orchids, did you recognize that there are 1100 different kinds and that 900 of them are native to the Philippines? Here are 9 Philippines-endemic flowers, in no particular order.


Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Rose Mallow, also known as Swamp Rose Mallow, may reach heights of up to 7 feet and is most successful in moist settings. So, the name includes the word "swamp." The diameter of these blossoms may reach up to 6 inches, making them quite impressive. It is used to make black teas and teas with herbs. In other regions of the globe, different genera of the hibiscus plant, such as the Hibiscus rosa Sinensis species, enjoy a high level of popularity and distribution.


Palawan Cherry Blossom

Individuals who reside in tropical nations and want to see the Japanese cherry blossoms will be pleased to hear this news. Although these two plants are from different families, the flower that is the national symbol of Japan is very similar to this plant. Both the sakura and the Palawan cherry blossom (Cassia nodosa) are members of the legume family, although the former prefers cooler temperatures and the latter warmer ones.


It is a type of wood that loses its leaves every year. However, because of the virtually pure-white blooms with a hint of pink that stay on the branches after the leaves have fallen off, the whole plant seems to be practically white. 


Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac)

It's called "Arabic Jasmine" in English but doesn't come from Arabia. It did seem right since it was and still is prevalent, smells nice, and can be used as a decoration. Sampaguita garlands are used to decorate saints' portraits and tombstones. It's arguable whether or not Sampaguita is native philippine flowers, given the prevalence of the fragrant whites in other nations, including India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. You may take a peek by going here if you'd like to see what was utilized as fillers to build the flower arrangement.


Rafflesia (Rafflesia schadenbergiana)

Think about a truck tire. The Rafflesia schadenbergiana bloom is the second biggest in the world, with a diameter of up to 80 centimeters. It wasn't seen again for more than a century after it spotted it the first time in 1882. Therefore it was deemed extinct at that point. It did smell like a dead body, which is why it is called the "Corpse Flower." If you happen to be in Mindanao and smell something rotten, you're likely in the presence of a Rafflesia.


Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

The yellow-green petals of the Ylang Ylang flower resemble a starfish more than a flower. It comes from the Tagalog language and translates to "rare." Well, you're right! Aromatherapy uses the essential oils that may be extracted from these flowers, known for their one-of-a-kind scent. Unfortunately, these flowers are only available in the Philippines and can only live in the acidic soil of rainforests.


Rose Grape (Medinilla magnifica)

The Philippines' tropical islands of Luzon and Mindoro are home to a stunning bloom known as Rose Grape or Kapa-Kapa. Due to its clustered, up to 30 cm-tall form, this plant is known as the Chandelier Plant. Rose Grape does not rely on the nutrients provided by the trees it grows on to survive. Therefore, it is also possible to keep it as a houseplant and care for it.


Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)

The Tayabak, also called the Jade Vine, is a rare flower that begins to look like a claw. It comes from the Philippines, where it lives in tropical forests. It is a light bluish-green color, and even exotic plants know it. This flower grows up to 3 meters long and is fragile and exciting. It's too bad that it's considered an endangered species because pollinators seem to be decreasing.


Sacred Garlic Pear (Crateva religiosa)

These showy flowers are more than 10 cm across and have long stamens that make them appear like spiders. So, it was called a Spider Tree. You may be wondering why it's called a Sacred Garlic Pear. Since the fruit of this plant has a flavor similar to that of garlic, it is often used as a seasoning and a component in herbal medicines. Even though it comes from the Philippines, many exist in Japan, Australia, Africa, Etc.


Hooded Orchid

More than 1,100 different species of orchids belong to the family Orchidae in the Philippines, 900 of which are endemic to the country. The hooded orchid is among the world's most stunning flowers in the philippines.

The hooded orchid (Dendrobium aphyllum) is called "fairy sanggumay" in the Philippines because it looks like a small flying fairy. It has transparent violet wings and a yellow body (lip) that generally sticks to the cane-like stem. It is common practice to utilize the flower in leis worn during graduation ceremonies, as well as in garlands and other forms of decorating.