There's always something to marvel about around our lush landscape. Learn more of our blooming highlights in the Gardens!
BIG BLUE SALVIA
(SALVIA LONGISPICATA X FARINACEA)
Feature date: 2 SEP 2020
Did you know that Big Blue Salvia is an award-winning, new cultivar? It is prized for its long, showy spikes of brilliant purple-blue flowers and a hardy, vigorous growth habit! Find this unusual blue-flowered shrub in the Flower Field display, interspersed with the sunflowers in front of the castle.
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Shining silver under the hot sun, or glimmering pale grey through an afternoon downpour, the silver buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus) is effortlessly elegant no matter what the weather! A downy coating of fine hairs on its leaves reflects light, giving the foliage of this ornamental tree its namesake grey-green glow!
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Did you know that all bladderworts are carnivorous? These dainty flowers belongs to the bladderwort (Utricularia bisquamata). Small bladders on the underground stems and roots trap tiny insects that are digested and absorbed as nutrients by the plant!
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Did you know that Singapore is the only country in the world to have an orchid hybrid, Vanda Miss Joaquim (Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim), as its national flower? Chosen in 1981 to be Singapore’s national flower for its vibrant colours and resilience, qualities that reflect the Singapore spirit, this gorgeous multi-coloured orchid was bred right here in Singapore and named in honour of its breeder, Agnes Joaquim (1854 – 1899), an avid gardener and orchid breeder.
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Would you believe all these bright, pink flowers belong to the same tree species? The silk floss tree (Ceiba speciosa) hides an amazing diversity of floral colours and forms. Spot them near the Floral Clock!
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Marina Gardens Drive
Did you know that annatto, an extract from the seeds of the lipstick tree (Bixa orellana), is used as a colouring agent for foods, fibres, and even cosmetics? You’ve likely eaten butter, margarine, or cheese coloured with annatto before! Its usage can be traced back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations! Find this eye-catching shrub along the Garden’s lake perimeter along Marina Gardens Drive.
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Known as the flamingo lily for its pink or red leaf-like spathe and long yellow spadix holding hundreds of teensy-tiny florets, Anthurium andreanum hybrids can do double duty as outdoor bedding plants and indoor houseplants! But what are those little bumps on some of the spadices? They are actually developing fruits - tiny, inedible, miniature berries. Find them in the shady border beds of the Supertree Grove.
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Did you know that ‘mutabilis’ means 'changeable' in reference to this flower’s color, which changes from creamy white to yellow, to deep orange as the flower ages? Find the golden gardenia, Gardenia mutabilis, at the Scented Walk!
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Often overlooked as an old-fashioned shrub, the colourful bunches of lantana (Lantana camara) flowers attract not only butterflies, but birds and bees too! Find them in the Fruits & Flowers garden, where the morning is the best time to visit for a glimpse of all the friendly garden creatures hovering over these rainbow-hued flowers!
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Did you know that not all banana plants produce tasty, yellow fruits? Some banana species, like Musa haekkinenii, produce bright, eye-catching flowers! Find this ornamental wild banana in the Fruits and Flowers garden!
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Out for a breath of fresh air, but wait, is that pineapple and coconut you're smelling?
With a floral fragrance similar to piña coladas, the Scented Daphne (Phaleria clerodendron) is in mass bloom all over the Gardens! Native to the tropical forests of Queensland, this small tree produces clusters of fragrant, white, tubular flowers directly on its trunk and branches. The glossy red fruit, though alluring, may be toxic, so don't pluck them!
Stroll past stands of these trees at The Meadow border beds and Understory Garden at World of Plants - our Outdoor Gardens are still open to everyone!
Rawr! Do you see an animal in this orchid's form? The lion-like dendrobium, Dendrobium leonis, bears a tiny, vanilla-scented lion-headed flower on the ends of each cane or stalk.
Unlike other Dendrobium species immediately recognizable by their fleshy sparse-leaved canes, this Indo-Chinese and West Malesia species has flat canes with pleasingly patterned scale-like alternating leaves.
Find this lion perched on one of the Malay Garden's plumeria trees!
These rose-like flowers and mossy foliage belong to the moss-rose (Portulaca grandiflora)!
Native to southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, this succulent groundcover is prized for its drought-tolerance and brightly-coloured flowers in hues of red, orange, yellow and purple. Most common cultivars are usually double-petalled, but some, like 'Samba bicolor', produces large, single-petalled flowers! Being morning-bloomers, pollinating honeybees and other smaller bees are often seen visiting these blossoms.
Find a rainbow of moss-roses throughout the outdoor gardens, including Bayfront Pavilion, Silver Garden, and the Canyon!
This year's Sakura Matsuri not only features over 20 varieties of sakura or cherry blossoms (Prunus serrulata and other hybrids and varieties) - for the very first time, we are featuring momo or peach (Prunus persica) in honour of the tale of Momotaro, the Peach Boy!
Cherry, peach, and many other stone fruit trees including plum, almond, and apricot all belong to the Prunus genus, Native to northern temperate regions, they share many similar characteristics including simple, toothed leaves, five-petaled flowers, and fleshy fruit with single seeds.
Discover the differences between cherry and peach buds and blossoms, and visit Sakura Matsuri at Flower Dome (50% off tickets!) for your very own hanami experience without leaving Singapore!
This huge flower spike is literally a once-in-a-lifetime event! Like many agave species, Agave titanota is monocarpic - it will spend several years growing vegetatively, storing up energy to flower just once, then set fruit, and die.
Native to the Americas, members of the Agave genus are slow-growing, succulent, rosette-forming plants with thick, spiny-edged leaves, mostly found growing in arid regions. They have become popular ornamental landscaping plants, with many species and cultivars grown around the world. Agave titanota is one of the many agaves cultivated in the Flower Dome’s Baobabs area and is known as the Rancho Tambor agave, after the locality in Mexico where this species is native to.
Don't miss the huge plant and its magnificent 4-meter flower spike with hundreds of small, yellow flowers the next time you visit Flower Dome!
Good things are worth the wait! This Sydney rock orchid (Dendrobium speciosum var. speciosum) was planted by our founding CEO, Dr.Tan Wee Kiat, in December 2013, and only started blooming in May 2019.
Native to the open forest granite cliffs of southeast Australia, this hardy orchid with long racemes of over a hundred fragrant flowers not only loves full sun, but some of its southern forms can also withstand winters as low as 2°C, making it a popular species for widespread cultivation.
We're glad we waited for this orchid to establish itself, so come admire its magnificent blooms with us in Flower Dome's Australian Garden!
Look familiar? We bet you've never seen this overgrown houseplant flower before! Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia seguine) is native to the low-light forest floors of the tropical Americas. Like all members of the aroid family (Araceae), which also includes Monstera, Philodendron, and Anthurium, dumbcane produces the characteristic aroid, spike-shaped inflorescence called a spadix, covered by a modified leaf called a spathe - in an elegant, green, trumpet-like form.
Named 'dumbcane' because all its parts contain irritating calcium oxalate crystals which can cause throat swelling and speechlessness if ingested, it's best to keep this common houseplant away from curious toddlers and pets.
Come marvel at our huge, 3m tall, flowering specimen in Secret Life of Trees, and see how big these plants can get!
Celosias (Celosia species & cultivars) have been a popular choice of plants for Chinese New Year decoration in Singapore! Named from the Greek word kelos for 'burning', the colourful flowerheads of celosias not only brighten up the house but hold auspicious meanings. The feathery sprays of the plumed celosia (C. argentea var. plumosa) resemble the tail of the mythological Chinese phoenix, while the cockscomb (C. argentea var. cristata) bears ridged, wavy flowerheads shaped like a rooster's crest, where the fowl is a symbol of good fortune.
These purple wheat celosias (Celosia spicata'Spiky Purple') are named for the resemblance of their flowerheads to ears of wheat (Triticum aestivum). In our Year of the Rat display, wheat celosias surround our two lucky golden rat statues, representing an abundance of harvest. In ancient times, some people believed the presence of rats in the household symbolised wealth, as it indicated that there were extra food and grains for the rodents to steal.
Look out for the many different celosias at Gardens by the Bay, from the Flower Dome's Dahlia Dreams display to the outdoor decorations welcoming you into the Golden Garden!
Commonly known as the golden rat tail cactus (Cleistocactus winteri) for its stems covered in fuzzy, golden-brown spines, this cactus is almost as rare as this year of the Golden Rat, which occurs once every 60 years in the Chinese zodiac! Native to just two cliffside populations in Bolivia, this unique cactus is becoming more common in the horticultural market due to its relative ease in propagation.
A member of the genus Cleistocactus, Greek for ‘closed cactus’, for its flowers which barely open, this species produces abundant orange-pink tubular flowers during spring and summer, borne directly on trailing stems up to 1.5m long. These stems are filled with water-storing tissue and covered in spines - modified leaves or shoots that are a common evolutionary adaptation in cacti, both as protection from being munched on by thirsty herbivores, and to deflect intense sunlight.
Our golden rat tail cactus only flowers two to three times a year in Flower Dome, so visit it now near the baobabs in celebration of the year of the Golden Rat!
Look at these flowers - they're larger than my hand!
In fact, these dahlias can be larger than your head!
Carefully cultivated in-house by Gardens by the Bay to ensure maximal flower size and show-quality blooms, these dahlia varieties are informally classified as 'dinnerplate dahlias,' with flowers up to 30cm in diameter! That's the size of a dinner plate! Native to Mexico (where Dahlia pinnata is the national flower) through Colombia, the Dahlia genus currently comprises 42 species, all herbaceous tuberous perennials from which hundreds of cultivars have been bred.
In our new Dahlia Dreams - The Heavenly Race display, you'll find over 70 dahlia varieties with different floral forms, such as the pompom, cactus, and waterlily. Come check them out in the Flower Dome, take a selfie for scale with our dinnerplate dahlias, and share it with us!
These huge, white, fragrant, trumpet-shaped blooms belong to the herald's trumpet (Beaumontia grandiflora) a sturdy, ever-blooming woody vine (liana) native to South and Southeast Asia.
Like many climbing lianas in the frangipani family (Apocynaceae), they produce follicles: large, dry, woody fruit which split along a single seam, revealing hundreds of seeds, each with a silky, parachute-like, tuft of hairs to catch the breeze and drift far from their parent plant. Our two fruits have been maturing for over a year and one is finally starting to dry and split! We'll save the seeds for propagation, but come find our spectacular planting of herald's trumpet spanning the railings of Meadow Bridge, near the Planet sculpture!
Beat the morning blues with these morning beauties! Native throughout the Americas, Africa, and India, the Slender Dayflower belongs to the spiderwort family, along with familiar ornamentals like the oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea) and the wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina). As its common name suggests, this sprawling plant blooms in the morning, putting out flowers with two ear-like, blue petals and another smaller, translucent petal below them. Each flower is only open for a few hours and will wither by midday, so get up early to see these morning bloomers at the Floral Clock and Fruits & Flowers garden!