Calliandra literally means beautiful man in Greek, which refers to its conspicuous stamen that looks like red spikes. The red powderpuff has leaves which are initially orange, but become glossy green overtime. As a pea plant, it has flat legumes that disperses its seeds by explosive action. Other varieties can bear flowers that range from red to a gradient of violet and white. With lots of luck, one may observe hummingbirds visiting these stunning flowers.
Heliconia ‘American Dwarf’
This variety of heliconia seems to be a favorite of the school, as it can be seen planted near the entrance, welcoming the guests with its showy blossoms, along the backyard of Block D and among the bushes near the Central Plaza. The showy inflorescences of bright orange are cuddled with a long and narrow bract that resembles the wing of an origami crane. The unique tubular flower reminds onlookers of a toco toucan beak, which produces a berry-shaped fruit after pollination.
Rose of India Lagerstroemia speciosa
The Rose of India is hidden away from the college school population in the Block D backyard garden. Those who do visit may sometimes be greeted with a beautiful tree in full bloom, with purple flowers enveloping almost the entire tree. When Block D or the Indoor Sports Hall was being built, 5 of these trees had to be removed in order to accommodate for the building. Instead of discarding the trees, they were replanted in the High School side - 4 around the Computer Labs, and 1 beside Block C. Dried leaves from this plant are made into Banaba tea in Philippines, and are traditionally used to treat diabetes and urinary problems. Its wood is also popular for boat building.