Exotic plants are species from other parts of the world, and they usually have ornamental qualities: a lush foliage, colorful flowers, unusual shapes... Here you can find a great variety of exotic plants: from Bromeliads and Heliconias, to pamls and houseplants.
Exotic plants do not have a particular use. Collectors buy this kind of plants for their rarity, for indoor or outdoor decoration, depending on their features.
Bromeliaceae is a large family of herbaceous plants native to the Americas. Just like many orchids, they naturally grow on tree branches or above rocks and cliffs. Bromeliads are highly appreciated because of their incredible colours and their ease of growth in pots.
We offer a fine selection of bromeliads that are never available through garden centres in Europe. Large scale distribution mostly sells green, thin-leaved hybrids. Our shop keeps an ever-increasing offer of the species with the toughest and most colourful leaves, better adapted to hot and cold conditions of outdoor life. All our bromeliads are shipped as bare root “pups”. These are the robust basal suckers produced after blooming. Bromeliads travel amazingly well in the mail and they are also cheap to ship. Our robust pups will often bloom in less than one year.
Cycads are a group of primitive plants, similar in shape to palms and ferns. They are gymnosperms, in the order Cycadales, so they do not produce flowers, but they do grow cones, like pines and other conifers. They are found across much of the warmer parts of the world and they are often endangered and restricted to inaccessible areas. Some grow in cold mountainous areas and tolerate frost and snow.
Most Cycad species perform well in the garden and make excellent potted plants. Some have become popular ornamentals, while others are very rare and are protected by law as CITES species. Our cycads are established plants grown from seed, two or more years old, grown in tall pots. All plants are legally produced. We offer the largest selection in Europe of the genus Cycas, with many new cold-hardy chinese species. Visit the cycad section in our blog and learn why our cycads have an excellent quality.
In ornamental plants, we can discover a popular sort of species: Ferns. It could be say that Ferns have spent more time on Earth than humans. Due to its rich shape and its elegance, Ferns have been become in appreciated indoor plant both on a table and hanging on the wall.
It is worth to distinguish the large leaves of these plants. Most of the ferns are from tropical areas around the world with high humidity. You can find a great variety on our online store.
Heliconia is a genus of about 200 species known for its quintessentially tropical inflorescences and large, exotic green leaves. Blooms are incredibly colourful and often pollinated by hummingbirds.
Gingers are a family, Zingiberaceae, with about 1.300 species and some are well-known ornamentals, spices and medicines.
Heliconias and gingers are tropical herbaceous plants with underground stem. Many species are sensitive to frost, but some originate in colder habitats and will do well in a Mediterranean climate. A few also tolerate snow and frost. We ship healthy field-grown rhizomes with at least two active growing points.
This is our selection of plants that can live in your home, as "indoor plants". These hard-to-find species are all very different but they can all be grown in your home. Some can take very low light and some others might need to receive some sun from a window. Palms, bromeliads, cordylines and aspidistras should never dry out. On the other hand, Sansevierias, Hoyas and Rhipsalis need less water and can even take drought.
Tropical trees, native to warm tropical areas of the Caribbean, Central America and Northern South America. Plumerias are famous for their gorgeous flowers and come in a wide range of colors, like white, yellow and pink, as we can see in the picture. All of them produce a wonderful perfume scent.
Plumerias are easy to grow up, regardless of the region where you live. They are small trees, 2-10 m tall, but they will grow and bloom in relatively small pots for decades. They are frost-tender but they shed their leaves and rest until late April, so they are easy to winter indoors.
We grow strong mother plants in our fields to produce the best thick, apical cuttings. Then we root them for almost one year before selling the plant. Our plumerias can bloom in less than one year, if cared properly.
Fragrant Plants have been an important part of the medical and cultural stories of China, India, the Far East, the Middle East, Central America and Northern Native Americans. They are perfect for perfuming, both your garden and your home.
These plants have certain very specific demands when it comes to sunlight, temperature and humidity. Fragrant Plants are famous for the scent of its flowers and foliage.
The palm family, Arecaceae or Palmae, includes about 2.400 species, native to warm climates of the world, ranging from delicate tropical species to cold hardy palms. Some palms can be planted outdoors in Central Europe and stand hard freezes, well below -10 ºC (14 F). Those who live in Mediterranean countries can grow a larger number of species outdoors. Some growers in coastal Southern Europe are now raising outdoor collections of palms containing more than 100 species.
Canarius will only ship robust palms, grown in small pots to reduce shipping costs and handling problems. So transplant them to larger pots shortly after you receive the package. Be prepared to give them the best. Some palms can take snow, some can live indoors or in pots, and some are very tropical. Just choose one that can thrive in your conditions.
What palms can grow in your area? Read our list of Cold Resistant Palms for Europe. Visit Canarius blog and learn more about our palms. You will see pictures from the nurseries: different types of New Zealand Palms, Bottle Palms with superior root quality.
Showy Flowers; this type of flowers attract animals and makes possible the pollination. They are of essential importance in parks and gardens. The color makes them showier. The attractive of the Showy Flowers remains while the plant is alive and its beauty resides in its leaves that are brightly colored.
These flowers add beauty and color to the garden.You can find in our online store a variety of them such as: Clivia x Cyrtanthiflora, Convolvulus cneorum, Heliconia stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican' among others.
Here you will find some exotic flower and foliage species that have not been yet placed in their own category. Some are small herbaceous plants, while some are large trees. You will find acalyphas, cordylines, hoyas, pandanus, plumerias and others, including uncommon plants. Day by day we will add more and more interesting items.
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 "mountain banana" comes from high-elevation tropical Africa and bears enomous leaves with a solid red rachis. It grows well in warm temperate and Mediterranean climates. It is not a true banana of the genus Musa, so its fruits are not edible. Nevertheless, in Africa the corms are regularly collected and eaten.
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.
Very ornamental deciduous erythrina from dry South Africa, with elegant, compact foliage. Branches come up from an underground caudex. It bears bicoloured flowers of an outstanding beauty. he caudex can grow to 25 cm in diameter and can be exposed in cultivation to enhance the unusual beauty of this plant.
1-2 year old seedling. This "Dwarf Coral Tree" is native to Natal, in South Africa. It is a densely branched deciduous shrub, with scarlet flowers on black flower stalks, standing above the foliage during a long time. It is suited to mediterranean climates and takes light frosts.
A classic of subtropical gardening. This is one of the cold-hardiest coral-trees and it is quite easy to grow and bloom, with fabulous sprays of large coral-red flowers. It can be a small shrub to a tree of 10 or more meters in height.
This Dwarf Coral Tree is native to Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. It is a shrub with white bark, erect growth and truly showy scarlet flowers. It is suited to warm temperatate to subtropical climates. Its small size and frost resistance ( to about -6 C !) make it suitable for Northern latitudes.
Small tree from dry South Africa with unusually thick branches and unsually wide trifoliate leaves. These are gorgeous, velvety, with a few spines. It is very ornamental. It starts its life with a caudex and can stay in a pot for eons, keeping a nice caudex with very short shoots. Inforescences show the fabulous classic erythrina-red colour and flowers...
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