Category Archives: Aloe, Gasteria & Haworthia

Aloe, Gasteria and Haworthia are three related genera, comprising hundreds of succulent plants

Succulent plants grown in the Canary Islands

succulent-plants-in-the-canary-islands Team Canarius | Monday November 7th, 2016 |

The so-called succulent plants include thousands of species located in arid zones around the planet. The Canary Islands are a clear example of the ideal place for these succulent species to grow, thanks to their unique climatic conditions: warm, arid, and windy environment.

The succulent plants or “fat plants” are water retention species, which are adapted to drought conditions. These plants store succum (juice, water) in their leaves, stems, or roots, and often show a thick and fleshy appearance.

The Weather in the Canary Islands

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EUPHORBIA MILII CV. MINI

In the Canarian archipelago, there is a Mediterranean-subtropical climate. This means that during the coldest months of the year, the species take a “winter break”. Also, the sun and wind prevailing in the Islands help to keep under control and naturally the fungus or other diseases that could affect these plants.

Typically, the oceanic volcanic islands, arising from the bottom of the sea, are home to unique floras and faunas as a consequence of their development in small enclosures and areas isolated from direct contact with the continent.

In this sense, and at least as far as plants are concerned, in the Canary Islands, there are abundant cases of so-called adaptive radiation or insular differentiation, with flourishing endemic species.

The vegetal landscape of the low zone of the Canary Islands is characterised by the abundant presence of succulent and semi-succulent plants, dominating within them the species of the genus Euphorbia, that come to give a name to the main communities of vegetables. Plants of this type of vegetation have developed strategies to support the arid and semi-desert climate of these areas.

The origin of most of the species that we can find here is North African and to a lesser extent Mediterranean, among the most common succulent plants belonging to the Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia), Asclepiadoideae (Ceropegia, Caralluma), Crassulaceae (Aeonium, Monanthes), and Asteraceae (Kleinia) families.

Succulent plants in the Canary Islands are grown mainly outdoors and in full sun. Most of these plants are exported to continental Europe; others end up in the most famous natural parks of the Islands.

In our online store of succulent plants, you can find the most outstanding species of this family. Canarius offers a selection of succulent plants endorsed by the highest quality since they have been grown outdoors and under the full sun of the Canary Islands.

Aloe ericetorum has come to our online store!

Canarius | Wednesday May 20th, 2015 |

aloe-ericetorum1 In our online store, Canarius.com, we have brought new sort of plants for every plant lover, such as Aloe: a succulent plant with a rosette of thick tapering leaves and bell-shaped or tubular flowers on long stems. Aloe is native to the Old World. However, there is a great variety of Aloe plants and, in this case, we will talk about Aloe ericetorum. This variety of aloe belongs to the botanical family: Xanthorrhoeaceae. Moreover, it is small, without a trunk, with grey leaves (sometimes, light-green too) and forms a rosette of narrow leaves. The inflourescences are slightly branched, but hold yellow flowers at the tips. It is a solitary aloe with thick grey leaves and round “heads” of yellow flowers.

As usual, aloe plants are bred with great results on sunny hillsides. Generally found in rocky or stony places from the Old World; in most of Africa, Madagascar and in parts of Asia. Aloe ericetorum grows on sandy soils in a small location in Central Madagascar, north of Andilamena. Coming from an inland, highland area, it can withstand cold (unlike similar plants). That’s why this kind of herbaceous is a perfect option for those who live in cold areas (minimum winter temperature: 0Cº to 10Cº). In Canarius.com, we count on Aloe ericetorum and (surely) we can send it directly to your home. In this sense, we offer a 15-20 cm plant with the serenity of knowing that we are always shipping hundreds of parcels to many different countries. Do you want to have at home an Aloe ericetorum? Make your purchase!

Video of the tree aloes – Aloe dichotoma in Habitat

Canarius | Tuesday April 19th, 2011 |

Spectacular video about Aloe dichotoma in the wild. Beautiful desert landscapes and close ups of bark, flowers and other details of the aloe trees.

Namibia – Köcherbaumwald

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Drive to and walk through the quiver tree forest (Kokerboomwoud) and the playground of the giants in the east of Namibia. Travelogue Namibia www.freudenthal.biz

Fahrt zum und Spaziergang durch den Köcherbaumwald (Kokerboomwoud) und Spielplatz der Riesen im Osten Namibias. Reisebericht Namibia auf www.freudenthal.biz

Visit our shop at www.canarius.com . We have a large section of Aloe, Gasteria and Haworthia and we ship living plants to anywhere in Europe.