19 Best Perennial Flowers For Zone 10

Written by Jennifer Hollohan
Updated: August 22, 2023
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Planting a selection of perennial flowers will help brighten up any garden or outdoor space. The only challenge is finding appropriate flowers for your unique growing zone. And USDA Hardiness Zone 10 can feel a little challenging due to its warm and tropical climate. However, this environment actually presents a wonderful opportunity to add tropical plants to your collection. Keep reading to discover 19 perennials that thrive in zone 10.

Bird of Paradise 

The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) has a striking resemblance to a colorful bird in flight. It is native to South Africa and has vibrant orange and blue flowers. This lovely plant will add an exotic touch to any garden landscape. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soil, where it can reach heights of 4 to 6 feet. Take care to space your plants at least 5 feet apart for proper air circulation. Water regularly during dry spells and offer protection from frost during colder months for impressive results.

Bird of paradise flower close up

Bird of paradise looks like a graceful bird taking flight.

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Plumeria (Plumeria spp.) is a member of the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family and native to the Americas. It has an exotic appearance and fragrant flowers. This perennial will add a touch of the tropics to any garden. You can find it in colors like white, pink, yellow, and red. Plumeria’s sweet aroma makes it a favorite among many gardeners. Plumeria is versatile and low-maintenance.

Many sacuanjoche flowers bunched together and submerged in water

soft focus of white franjipani plumeria flower floating among Globe amaranth on water in wooden basin at thai spa


Blanket Flower 

The blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora) is a member of the Asteraceae family. It is a cheerful perennial with bright daisy-like flowers in shades of red, yellow, and orange. It is native to North and South America. This hardy plant thrives in full sun and well-draining soil that can occasionally dry out. To ensure continuous blooming, make sure to deadhead spent flowers regularly. Blanket flowers are low-maintenance plants that will attract birds and pollinators.

Indian Blanket Wildflowers cover a field in the Texas Hill Country outside Bandera, Texas.

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Red Hot Poker 

The red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria), or the torch lily, is a visually striking perennial featuring tall spikes of fiery red, orange, and yellow flowers. This heat-loving plant is native to South Africa. It can grow to heights up to 4 feet. Plant it in rich, loamy soil with adequate moisture in a spot that receives full sun. The red hot poker attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, making it a popular choice for wildlife gardens.

Red hot poker aloe (Aloe aculeata) flower

Red hot poker flowers are a sight to behold.

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Canna Lily 

The canna lily (Canna indica) is a sub-tropical and tropical plant renowned for its large, vibrant-colored blooms and striking foliage. This showy plant adds a touch of the exotic to any landscape. It boasts clumps of large, flame-red flowers on upright stems. Pollinators love this brilliant display. But you can enjoy the plant in another way. Its rhizomes are edible and can get eaten raw or cooked. It needs full sun and requires only a moderate amount of maintenance.

The red flower of Canna (Latin Cana). A red flower with large green leaves is a canna. The flowering of a red canna flower in the garden on a sunny day. Selective focus.

The flowers of canna lily make a striking contrast against the bright green foliage.


Mexican Sunflower 

The Mexican sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is a fast-growing flowering plant native to Central America and Mexico. Mexican sunflower produces masses of bright orange or yellow, honey-scented flowers. It can reach heights of 5 to 9 feet, creating an impressive backdrop for any garden. Deadheading spent flowers will encourage continuous blooming and keep the plant looking vibrant throughout the year.

Mexican sunflower or Tithonia diversifolia, Tree marigold, insulin leaf, Japanese sunflower, Nitobe chrysanthemum

Mexican sunflowers brighten up every space.



This evergreen shrub is in the Verbenaceae (verbena) family. Lantana (Lantana camara), or red sage, is a versatile and hardy plant. It provides stunning flower clusters in many colors, including orange, pink, yellow, white, and purple. This drought-resistant plant thrives in hot and sunny conditions. It can also tolerate light shade and poor soil. Moreover, Lantanas attract pollinators like butterflies, making them valuable additions to any wildlife-friendly garden.

Purple trailing lantana

Purple trailing lantanas are a delicate delight.

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Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are beloved perennials. But there is one caveat. Most coneflower varieties cannot survive in zone 10 heat. Look for specific zone 10 hardy varieties if you want to add this lovely perennial to your garden. It is low-maintenance, needs little water, and thrives in full sun. 

They have distinctive cone-shaped flower centers surrounded by colorful petals. The blossoms can grow up to 5 inches wide. Echinacea purpurea, in particular, is a popular variety that boasts pinkish-purple flowers. They play a significant role in traditional medical practices.

Purple coneflowers growing in the native plant garden

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Society Garlic 

Bring both a touch of class and an intriguing fragrance into your garden when you plant society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea). This member of the Amaryllidaceae family actually smells like garlic when its foliage gets bruised. It has delicate purple or pink edible flowers and grows to a manageable size. Those attributes make it a great choice for borders or container gardening. Society garlic does well in clay-based soil and can tolerate partial shade. Get ready to get rewarded with its charming blooms throughout the growing season.

Beautiful pink flowers of Tulbaghia Violacea,  Pink Agapanthus, Sweet garlic in the garden. The society Garlic with Liliac flowers.

Society garlic has delicate flowers and smells of garlic when the leaves are crushed.

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Brazilian Verbena

Brazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis) is an eye-catching perennial. This clumping plant forms clusters of small purple flowers on top of tall, slender stems that butterflies absolutely love. Consider planting this beautiful flower if you want to bring pollinators into your zone 10 garden. It needs full sun and medium levels of watering. But the good news is that it is a very low-maintenance flower.

 Verbena bonariensis flowers (Argentinian Vervain or Purpletop Vervain, Clustertop Vervain, Tall Verbena, Pretty Verbena) in garden

Brazilian verbena has delicate, tiny flowers.


African Iris 

The African iris (Dietes bicolor) is native to South Africa. It reaches roughly two feet tall and will treat you with beautiful white and yellow iris-like blooms from May to September. This flower thrives in a wide range of conditions, from full sun to partial shade, and can tolerate some periods of dry soil. Once established, this low-maintenance plant requires minimal care, making it an excellent choice for busy gardeners.

Sydney Australia, close-up of a pale creamy yellow with dark brown spots of a dietes bicolor

African iris flowers have a light yellow coloring offset by brown specks.


Coral Fountain 

The coral fountain (Russelia equisetiformis ‘Coral Fountain’) is a spectacular shrub with graceful, arching stems covered in coral-red flowers. Its cascading growth habit and trailing vines make it ideal for hanging baskets and containers. Additionally, it can cover walls or rockeries, adding a dramatic touch to any garden landscape. Plant it in a location that receives adequate sunlight. Just be cautious to protect it from the wind.

Russelia equisetiformis, the fountainbush, firecracker plant, coral plant, coral fountain, coralblow or fountain plant, is a species of flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae.

Coral fountain flowers appear on trailing vines.

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Mexican Honeysuckle 

The Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) is a charming plant that produces clusters of tubular orange flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This shrub makes a fantastic hedge or ground cover. Native to Mexico, Mexican honeysuckle loves a spot with full sun to partial shade. Plant it in loose, well-draining soil. Regular winter pruning will maintain its compact shape and encourage continuous blooming throughout the year.

Justicia spicigera, Mexican honeysuckle. Acanthaceae family.

Mexican honeysuckles have unique petal shapes.


Pink Skullcap 

The pink skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens) is native to Mexico. This low-growing plant is ideal for borders, rock gardens, or as ground cover. It is in the Lamiaceae (mint) family and has lovely rose-pink flowers. Plant this flower in rocky or sandy areas to allow for adequate drainage. This flower does well in full sun. But in very hot areas, plant it in a spot that receives a little afternoon shade.

skullcap purple flower scientific name Scutellaria suffrutescens

Pink skullcap stands tall and proud.

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Yellow Bells 

Yellow bells (Tecoma stans), or Esperanza or Yellow Trumpetbush, is a perennial shrub with bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. The plant is native to the Americas and grows roughly 3 to 6 feet tall. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soil but does do well in moist conditions. Prune this shrub well to keep it contained and consider deadheading to ensure continuous flower production.

Esperanza, yellow bells (Tecoma stans)

Yellow bells brighten everyone’s day.


Bat-Faced Cuphea 

The bat-faced Cuphea (Cuphea llavea) is an intriguing perennial with small, bat-shaped purple flowers and red tubular petals. It is native to Mexico and the Caribbean. This sub-shrub is a heat-loving plant that thrives in full sun. And the bat-faced Cuphea can tolerate dry and moist soil conditions, making it easier to find a good planting location. Regular deadheading will keep the plant blooming for an extended period.

Cuphea llavea

Bat-faced cuphea are aptly named.


Golden Shrimp Plant 

The golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea) is native to Peru and loves hot, tropical environments. This captivating perennial flaunts unique, golden-yellow, and white bracts resembling shrimp. It requires a spot that receives full sun and is a relatively easy plant to care for.

Golden shrimp plant also known as lollipop plant, with its bright yellow flower resembles a crustacean

The golden shrimp plant got its name due to the unique shape of its blossoms.


Pride of Barbados 

The pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), also known as Red Bird of Paradise, is a show-stopping perennial with red, yellow, and orange flowers and striking fern-like foliage. It is native to Barbados and does well in any tropical environment. It needs full sun and well-draining soil that can dry out slightly. The seeds have toxic elements, so use caution around kids and pets.

close up and selective focus of Caesalpinia pulcherrima or commonly known as Peacock Flower. It is a shrub growing to 3m tall, sometimes called Dwarf Poinciana

Stunning red and yellow flowers will help the pride of Barbados stand out in your garden.


Mexican Petunia 

Consider adding a lovely and reliable perennial like Mexican petunia (Ruellia brittoniana) to your zone 10 garden. It has trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of purple. This relatively aggressive shrub belongs to the Acanthaceae family and grows to roughly two to three feet high. It is native to Mexico, so it thrives in full sun to partial shade.

Purple Kencana or Ruellia brittoniana or Ruellia tuberosa Flowers blooming on a background of green leaves. Blue flowers that bloom and beautifully thrive. Wet by rainwater. Bokeh.

Mexican petunias bring a subtle elegance to gardens.


1Bird of Paradise
3Blanket Flower
4Red Hot Poker
5Canna Lily
6Mexican Sunflower
9Society Garlic
10Brazilian Verbena
11African Iris
12Coral Fountain
13Mexican Honeysuckle
14Pink Skullcap
15Yellow Bells
16Bat-faced Cuphea
17Golden Shrimp Plant
18Pride of Barbados
19Mexican Petunia

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About the Author

Jennifer Hollohan is a writer at A-Z Animals, where her primary focus is on gardening, mammals, and travel. Jennifer has over twenty years of writing experience. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which she earned in 2005, and is a Herbalist. Jennifer lives in Colorado with her family. She loves hiking, admiring wildflowers, gardening, and making herbal tea.

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