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Did you know the medicinal uses of Alpinia nutans?

Canarius | Thursday June 11th, 2015 |

false-cardamon-alpinia-nutans The truth is that from Canarius, we love plants due to a great variety of reasons. Although one of the most important of them is their use, as medicine. In this case, we are going to talk about a species that is used medicinally: Alpinia nutans. The wrong called Amomum cardamomun or Cardamon, whose origin is Southeast Asian, belongs to Ginger family. Alpinia nutans is a cool-growing species of Alpinia which has several medicinal uses: to control hypertension, as a diuretic, antifungal or antiulcer. In countries such as Japan, this plant is used as food preservative. Alpinia nutans also helps to relieve headache or flu. Likewise, in some places (Brazil), its essential oil is used to control hypertension or heart diseases. Moreover, the plant is considered as an important stomach protector too.

alpinia-nutans-(1) Concerning its characteristics, Alpinia nutans is possibly the frost-hardiest in the genus. It is similar to Alpinia zerumbet, but shorter in stature with wavier leaf margins. Flowers are equally beautiful! It usually takes a few years before flowering and then it does it regularly. Our rhizomes are uprooted from adult, blooming, mother plants. Anyway, on Canarius we count on a great number of flowering plants in the family Zingiberaceae, the well-known Ginger family: Alpinia purpurata or Alpinia zerumbet Variegata, among others. Take a look on our plants online store and buy whatever you need (or you want). We sell strong, field-grown, rhizomes with at least two “eyes” (active growing points). Some will have roots or leaves, some will not. There will be some variation according to the time of the year, because growth is seasonal. Rhizomes are individually wrapped in moist perlite or sphagnum. Turn into a healthy person and buy your Alpinia nutans right now. You can discover a world without pills and full of natural feelings. However, you must be fast, because you’ve already got the last one…

Hoya australis, the perfect aromatic and indoor plant

Canarius | Friday May 22nd, 2015 |

Hoya_australis_On, we are aware of you are a real plant lover. That’s why we are going to write about a special plant today: Hoya australis. This is a lovely Australian native plant, commonly well-known as wax flower. Hoya australis is found on rainforest margins and rocky areas, with white fragrant blooms. Furthermore, it is easy to grow and somehow cold-tolerant, even though it does better if protected from frost. The five recognized subspecies of this plant are in Papua New Guinea, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales (and on now). Although there are a great variety of other species of Hoya found in tropical areas too: China, India and Indonesia. Hoya australis produces fragrant flowers, above all in the evenings or at night, making them popular indoor species. That’s to say, a great house plant to keep inside, applying finishing touches with a natural environment. Likewise, the leaves are thick, succulent and almost round in shape, growing up to 9cm across. In this sense, this kind of Australian plant needs well-drained, but not necessarily especially fertile soil to grow in. They will tolerate a few weeks of drought but they are sensitive to frost and cold weather in general. Moreover, very little pruning is required, except on older plants which may need cutting back to rejuvenate the vine.


In our online store we count on this kind of species: Hoya australis. In the same way, on, we offer a rooted plant (often sent bare-rooted). Anyway, if you want to learn more about we ship, visit our website and take a look to our pictures. Would you like to keep an aromatic essence at home? Would you like to decorate a living room, even a garden? You are in the right place! Buy Hoya australis with just a few clicks. In addition, we’ve got more subspecies of Hoya. Take a look!

Coffea arabica, coffee from the plant to your cup

Canarius | Thursday March 5th, 2015 |

coffea-arabica-local-canarian-cafeto-coffee Would you like to have freshly made coffee at home? If you are a born lover of this popular drink, obtained from ground and toasted seeds, Coffea arabica could be the greatest discovery for you. Well-known as plant of coffee, it deals of a bush, coming from rubiaceae’s family from countries like Ethiopy or Yemen. Coffea arabica is the best species focused on coffee growing, obtained from its toasted seeds. This natural product, which is worldwide commercialised, contains properties that are both diuretic and stimulant. Moreover, its principal component (caffeine) is clearly an exciting substance for our central nervous system (psychic and neuromuscular). One of the most well-known tale about the discovery of coffee (the third more beverage consumed by people, after water and tea) is the story about a shepherd and his goats. In the moment when the flock started being more active, the man discovered that the animals had ingested small, round and red fruits, similar to small cherries. Coffea-Arabica-pictureCoffee arabica‘s fruit is a kind of berry with round shape and a pulpy lining. During its ripening, it becomes green to yellow and then red. These small fruits contain less caffeine than other species sold worldwide. We see for ourselves, during its flowering, the flowers are gathered around in bouquet under the leafs. The flowers of this plant of coffee are white with five petals, simulating a star. Its smell is too similar to gardenias. With regard to its cultivation, it should be pointed out that the land with volcanic ash is the best one to get good quality of bean, as well as light and stable temperatures. That is why we can find this sort of rubiaceae (Coffea arabica) in the Canary Islands. Such as in our cultivated field, located in Macizo de Anaga (Tenerife). In this sense, with luck and patience, you will be able to get your own homemade coffee, toasting the seeds in the oven. Do not forget that in our online store, Canarius, we offer a branched plant and ready to blom and fruit in a year or so.

Canarian native plants will be sold in our Shop

Canarius | Tuesday December 9th, 2014 | will soon start selling Canarian native species. By now we only have a few shrubs for sale but more will soon follow in 2015.  All our plants are legally grown in certified nurseries, not stolen in the wild!

Mountains of SW Anaga, Tenerife

Mountains of SW Anaga, Tenerife

Canarian plants are very specialised Island species. Many of them are suitable as ornamental plants, perfect for mediterranean climates or cold-greenhouses with little or no frost. In the lowlands we will find abundant succulents and shrubs, while at higher elevation there are some cool-growing species found in the laurus forest or in the native pinelands or alpine deserts. There are lots of endemic plants, which are only found in our islands.

Marcetella moquiniana

Marcetella moquiniana



Just one example: Marcetella moquiniana is an elegant shrub endemic to the Canary Islands, with architectural shape. Regularly arranged pinnate leaves show colouful petioles and flushes of new leaves are bright red. It grows wild at mid-low elevation, in mediterranean-like conditions. It is easy to grow and can be watered througout the year, as it is evergreen.

A Baobab Tree Growing in Europe

Canarius | Tuesday June 17th, 2014 |

In the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain there is a beautiful African Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata), planted in the year 2000, when it was a few years old and 3-4 m tall. It is not exactly “Europe” but yes… this is still Europe!

This tree was purchased in Senegal, by the City Council. It is now adult and it is becoming quite large. It is flowering and fruiting since 2012. It is located in the commercial downtown, by the intersection between Calle del Pilar and Calle Suárez Guerra, close to the popular square named Plaza del Príncipe.

This is the only large baobab in the city, except the ones the botanical garden Palmetum de Santa Cruz, which are also adults but just a bit younger.

It sheds leaves for three or four months, chiefly between February and April. Its large white flowers are developed between July and September. In summer 2013 they were featured in a local newspaper, because they are truly attractive and people do notice them. This picture of the flower is from the article linked here.

Picture featured in the newspaper (see link above)

The latin name of the baobab is Adansonia digitata. It is a beautiful symbolic tree, able to attain a gigantic size. It is easy to cultivate in pots, as long as it is kept above 8 C and kept dry in winter, when leafless. Leaves are dark green, glossy and palmate. Flowers are an absolute beauty. The fruit is edible.

These are our pictures taken in May 2014, when it is growing the new leaves.

Adansonia digitata (2)Adansonia digitata (1)  Adansonia digitata (3)

Canarius is your web-based plant shop, with lots of unusual species available.  We ship worldwide, directly to your home. Visit THIS LINK and see pictures of our plants on the packing desk and learn more about what we ship.

New Succulent Plants in the Web Shop for April 2013

Canarius | Saturday March 30th, 2013 |

We just uploaded about 100 more species of succulent plants in our web shop,  Come and visit our sections of succulent plants.

There are about 17 new Agaves, 45 new Crassulaceae, 12 new Mesembs and 20 new Other Succulents.





Aloe Gasteria Haworthia

Aloe Gasteria Haworthia



Plumeria - Seedlings of Kahei Nani  - Pack of 2 Plants


Other Succulents

Other Succulents

Agave albescens is one of the new additions

Dyckia encholirioides

Dyckia encholirioides is a bromeliad placed in the “Other Succulents” section.

Echeveria setosa F042

Echeveria setosa F042 is one of many new crassulaceae.

New Fruit Trees in the Shop: Mountain Papaya, Lulo, Tree-Tomato and more

Canarius | Tuesday April 12th, 2011 |

Now you can buy new types of fruiting plants in the shop at  We have uploaded several new species.  Some of them are very interesting for the people who grow exotic fruits in Europe. They come from high elevations so they can grow in cooler  conditions.

Four species of exotic fruits are really interesting. They are now available and they are becoming tall – all of them are 50-80 cm in height. All are very fast growing and some are very rare in cultivation. 

  1.  Cyphomandra betacea – Tamarillo, Tomate de Arbol
  2. Carica cundinamarcensis (Now Vasconcella) – Mountain Papaya – Papaya de los Andes.  Trunk base is 4-5 cm NOW.
  3.  Solanum quitoense – Lulo – Leaves are 40-50 cm wide NOW.
  4. Physalis alkekengi – Farolillo chino, Alquequenje, Chinese Lantern Fruit

Come and visit the FRUIT TREE SECTION of our shop at  (read below and find a list of the available fruit plants)

Cyphomandra betacea – Tree Tomato, Tomate de Árbol

Solanum quitoense – Lulo, Naranjilla

Other fruit trees now available in the shop are:

Dimocarpus longan cv. Kohala
Dimocarpus longan cv. Sri Chompoo
Eryobotrya japonica cv. Peluche
Eugenia brasiliensis
Eugenia uniflora – Pitanga, Suriname Cherry
Feijoa sellowiana
Ficus carica Blanca
Ficus carica Brevera Canaria – Canarian Fig Tree
Fortunella margarita – Kumquat
Gossypium arboreum – Cotton, Algod
Hylocereus purpusii – Pitahaya
Hylocereus undatus – Pitahaya
Litchi chinensis Early Large Red
Litchi chinensis Kaimana
Litchi chinensis Tai So
Malpighia glabra cv. Florida Sweet – Acerola
Mangifera cv. Gomera 1 – Hardy Canarian Mango
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Anderson ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Ataulfo ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Edward ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Extrema ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Ford ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Haden ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Heidi ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Irwin ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Isis ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Keitt ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Kensington ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Lily ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Lippens ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Manzanillo ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Osteen ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Palmer ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Sensation ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Tolbert ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Tommy atkins ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Valencia pride ‘
Mangifera indica cv. ‘ Van dike ‘
Morinda citrifolia – Noni
Musa cv. ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ – Banana Tree
Musa Gruesa Palmera – Platanera, Banana
Passiflora “Curuba”
Passiflora alata
Passiflora cuadrangularis
Passiflora edulis flavicarpa Alargada – Longer fruit
Passiflora edulis flavicarpa Amarilla – Yellow
Passiflora edulis flavicarpa Grande – Larger Fruit
Passiflora edulis Morada Redonda – Round purple
Passiflora ligularis
Persea cv. ‘Fuerte’ (Aguacate, Avocado)
Persea cv. ‘Hass’ – (Aguacate, Avocado)
Persea cv. ‘Pinkerton’ – (Aguacate, Avocado)
Pouteria campechianacv. ‘ Bruce ‘
Pouteria sapota Pantin – Mamey Colorado
Psidium guava Cubano sin semillas – Seedless guava
Psidium guava Blanco Cubano
Psidium guava cv. ‘ Stone ruby ‘
Psidium guava White Supreme
Psidium littorale – Guayabo Fresa – Cattley Guava
Syzygium jambos – Pomarrosa, Rose Apple
Tamarindus indica
Theobroma cacao – Chocolate
Ananas comosus cv. MD-2 – Small pot
Carica Vasconcella – Mountain Papaya – P. de los Andes
Chrysophyllum cainito – Caimito – SMALL
Coffea arabica Kona, Hawaii – Cafeto, Coffee
Musa cv. Figue Rose – Red Banana – Platano Rojo
Musa cv. Ricasa
Nicotiana tabacum
Pouteria sapota Pantin – Small
Psidium cattleyanum
Psidium littorale – SMALL
Solanum quitoense – Lulo
Theobroma cacao – Chocolate – SMALL
Physalis alkekengi

Come and visit the FRUIT TREE SECTION of our shop at

Update to the PREVIEW of New plants for Spring 2011

Canarius | Friday March 18th, 2011 |

Dear Customers,

We have not yet started to publish the new items for Spring – this will be done in a week or so – but the list is growing dramatically because we will add more palms and succulents than we expected.

So, below you will find new additions to the lists published  a few weeks ago.

The COMPLETE LIST IS HERE:new-plants-for-spring-2011-at-www-canarius-com

This bare-root Aloe microstigma will be soon available at 5 Euros !


  • Arenga hookeriana
  • Butia odorata
  • Cryosophila guagara
  • Cyphophoenix elegans
  • Cyphophoenix nucele
  • Dypsis cabadae
  • Euterpe edulis
  • Guihaia argyrata
  • Pritchardia munroi


  • Aloe aristata
  • Aloe bakeri
  • Aloe brevifolia
  • Aloe brevifolia
  • Aloe jacksonii
  • Aloe jucunda
  • Aloe juvenna
  • Aloe microstigma
  • Aloe reynoldsii
  • Aloe striata
  • Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana
  • Gasteria carinata
  • Haworthia limifolia
  • Haworthia reinwardtii
  • Haworthia rigida
  • Haworthia truncata
  • Haworthia venosa
  • Haworthia venosa


  • Adromischus cooperi
  • Adromischus triflorus
  • Aeonium arboreum cv. Zwartkop
  • Cotyledon tomentosa
  • Cotyledon woodii x velutiana Natural hybrid
  • Crassula coccinea cv. Flame
  • Crassula cornuta
  • Crassula nealeana nana branched
  • Crassula orbiculata var. orbiculata
  • Crassula ovata cv. Hobbit
  • Crassula rupestris var. marnieriana
  • Crassula sarmentosa variegata
  • Echeveria albicans
  • Echeveria runyonii „Topsi Turvi“
  • Echeveria tolimanensis
  • Graptopetalum amethystina
  • Kalanchoe beharensis
  • Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri
  • Kalanchoe millotii
  • Pachyphytum longifolium
  • Pachyphytum longifolium
  • Sedum burrito


  • Argyroderma fissum
  • Carruanthus ringens
  • Cephalophyllum pillansii
  • Cheiridopsis candidissima
  • Cheiridopsis purpurea
  • Lapidaria margarethae
  • Pleiospilos nelii
  • Pleispilos bolusii
  • Rhombophyllum nelii


  • Dasylirion zacateca
  • Anacampseros telephiastrum
  • Euphorbia resinifera fuerte branched
  • Hoya obovata, minimo 5 hojas
  • Hoya pubicalyx cv. Pink Silver
  • Hoya pubicalyx cv. Red Button
  • Portulacaria afra variegata
  • Portulacaria afra variegata
  • Rhipsalis pilocarpa
  • Selenicereus maynardii Red Flowers
  • Senecio crassissimus
Aloe aristata
Aloe bakeri, branched
Aloe brevifolia, branched
Aloe brevifolia, branched
Aloe jacksonii
Aloe jucunda
Aloe juvenna, branched
Aloe microstigma
Aloe rauhii (Cites)
Aloe reynoldsii
Aloe striata
Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana
Gasteria carinata
Haworthia limifolia
Haworthia mezcla de 5 diferentes plantas
Haworthia reinwardtii
Haworthia rigida, branched
Haworthia truncata
Haworthia venosa
Haworthia venosa, branched