Travel Series: Key West, My Second Favorite Inhabitants--Flora.
My Second Favorite Inhabitants—Flora
Key West is home to all manner of palm trees. My favorite are coconut palms…but to prevent injury, the coconuts are assiduously removed from them. Areca palms, date palms, royal palms, Christmas palms, and silver palmettos are just a few of the palms that are swayed by the breezes of Key West. Orchids thrive in the harsh conditions of Key West. Many Key Westers like to tie them to a palm tree and within a year, they will wrap their roots around the tree and get their nourishment naturally. The bougainvillea is not native to Key West, but they love the conditions and also thrive here. Unfortunately that is good news for iguanas, who consider bougainvillea one of their favorite foods.
It is not possible to walk around Key West and not feel that you are in the tropics. Although technically Key West is in the subtropics, it is the only frost-free zone in the Continental United States and only the occasional U.S. flag (which is less common than the Conch flag) lets you know that you are in the United States.
Learn more about Key West in these posts from Angela:
My Second Favorite Inhabitants—Flora (this one)
Key West Quirkiness
Key West's Spirituality