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"Hardy Elephant Ear" is a species of Alocasia that can take cold much better than others. It is native to high elevations in New Guinea. Leaf blades reach only 30-40 cm but they are purple-coppery beneath. It is fast growing, it does not require hot conditions and will sprout back after mild frost.
Thick 20-30 cm 2-y old rooted plant - It is a spectacular species, relative of the genus Aloe with leaves arranged as fans. Kumara plicatilis grows as a shrub or small tree and thrives outdoors in the coastal Mediterranean. It blooms in winter and its flowers are much larger than most aloes !
Amorphophallus polyanthus is found in one location in NE Thailand, where it grows in deep shade at the base of rocky outcrops. It is low-growing, with rounded-rhombic leaflets, 3-10 cm long, and nice inflorescences with short spathes with purple tones.
All purpose spinach, but also an ornamental groundcover or climber for shady, wet places. Basella alba grows fast in hot, humid and lightly shaded conditions. Leaves can be picked continuosly and are often eaten lightly cooked, as a spinach.
What a beauty! This plant came out of the brazilian forests, and it soon became one of the most sought after indoor plants. According to begonia experts, this a "Spotted-leaf angel-wing cane-type begonia" and indeed the wings are dotted with silver circles.
Mediterranean capers are an incredible source of flavour. Plants grows on sunny and rocky slopes, often by the coast. They are winter-deciduous and come back each year with lovely rounded leaves, which are often purple when they sprout.
This reddish bulb from tropical America has leaves reminiscent of a palm-tree seedling. Flowers are white and star-shaped. Itis easy to keep and reproduce as it can be grown as winter-dormant and then loves warm and humid, greenhouse conditions with well draining soil.
This bulb is a bomb! Eremurus robustus is showy in all its parts, both for its size and beauty. It produces an abundant rosette of wide dark green leaves. The inflorescence is very tall and ornamental, 2 to 3 m tall, while he bulb will soon reach the size of your head (!) It adjusts well to European climates.
Erythrina velutina - Mulungu Majestic tree which is both ornamental and useful, with bright orange-red flowers. It is found in seasonally dry forests of much of South America and it is used in popular medicine throughout most of its range.
This Australian Erythrina is incredibly attractive shrub to small tree, with unmistakeable bat-wing trifoliate leaves. It is graceful and easy to grow. It grows in dey areas and develops a thick base: a caudex which grows very thick both underground and above ground. It is suitable to pot colture and the caudex can be exposed as a potted "bonsai".