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Exotics There are 997 products.

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.


  • Bromeliads

    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.

  • Aroids
    The botanical family Araceae, is popularly called Aroids and includes about 3750 species. It abounds in the tropics and holds the most spectacular diversity of leaf shapes and textures. The large genera Philodendron and Anthurium are symbols of the American rainforests and they are widely cultivated as house plants. Smaller genera Monstera, Rhaphidophora and Thaumatophyllum are similar in cultivation. Some are truly exotic, with velvety leaves and bright veins, so collectors can build up a tropical forest in their apartments.

    The genus Alocasia builds huge leaves, often called elephant-ears and make bold garden centerpieces. Colocasia esculenta is an important food crop, known as taro. It was domesticated in Asia and the Pacific and comes in many cultivars.

    Some genera are not evergreen and rest for months (mostly in winter) as underground corms. This is the case of Amorphophallus, a genus also known for its large, unusual and often stinky flowers.
  • Cycads

    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.

  • Ferns

    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 & Gingers

    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.

  • Bulbs
    Bulbs are modified stems that grow underground and function as food storage organs during dormancy. They are widespread in all types of seasonal areas of the world. Some of the most spectacular ones occur in deserts and produce showy flowers at the start or the end of the rainy season. From tulips to onions, hippeastrums or lilies, they are all monocotyledons, except the genus Oxalis, which is the only dicot that produces true bulbs.
  • Indoor Plants

    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.

  • Plumerias

    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

    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.

  • Palms

    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

    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 CyrtanthifloraConvolvulus cneorumHeliconia stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican' among others.

  • Other exotics

    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.

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  • Pack of 5 bulbs. A four-leaved lucky clover native to Mexico. Easy to grow. It is a people stopper, because all leaves are split in four. This species is also small and beautiful, in terms of leaves and flowers.

    9,70 €
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  • The most colourful leaf in the genus Oxalis! Three bright colours show up in one plant: each leaf has two colours: pink-purple and blue-purple, and flowers are pink. This species is native to southern South America and it is almost evergreen. It takes short light frost if kept in draining soil. It looks nice in individual pots or a standing-out fill-up...

    10,80 €
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  • LARGE, 80-100 cm tall - Tree with edible chestnut-like fruits, native to Tropical America in swampy areas.  The swollen trunk helps it to resist seasonal droughts. It can be kept low and grown as a houseplant, just as its relative Pachira glabra, which is often sold with a braided trunk.

    38,00 €
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    Bromeliads are ornamental plants of tropical origin. Few species are cold-hardy, even freeze, as Bromeliads. Due to they are uncommon and very cold-hardy, on we propose Bromeliads as: Deuterocohnia chlorantha, Aechmea blumenavii, Hechtia tillandsioides or Billbergia sp. Succulent.

    39,10 € 46,00 €
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    Bromeliads are small plants with extraordinary beauty, easy to raise. They generally use to grow above unstable situations (branches or stones). That’s why they get used to potted plant so quick. There are around 3.000 species of Bromeliads. Most of them are tropical. However, there are some plants that come from clod places. On Canarius, we offer some...

    25,33 € 29,80 €
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    Not all palms are tropical trees. Some species come from subtropical areas and are able to take some cold weather. All these species are pinnate (feather-leaved) palms, they can grow wherever frost is uncommon and can be tried outdoors in Mediterranean climates. Here we propose some species like: Chamaedorea klotschiana, Allagoptera caudescens,...

    63,33 € 74,50 €
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  • Palm Honey or Palm Syrup is an edible sweet syrup produced produced in the Canary Islands from the sap of the native palm tree, by tapping the tree in a sustainable way. It is thinner and darker than bee-honey. Bo th are natural sweeteners, but there is a big difference in taste and content. Try it on Desserts, Fresh Cheese, Liqueurs, or Sweetener for Tea.

    15,40 €
  • Large white flowers occur at the peak of summer. Leaves are thick, typically curled, arranged in fans. They come out of very  large bulbs. This plant is native to a small area of white sand beaches in the Caribbean. We offer almost-adult bulbs, that can flower in less than one year.

    38,20 €
  • We offer an adult Bulb! This is an outstanding species in the genus Pancratium, the sea-daffodils. It is native to the Arabian deserts and it produces solitary flowers, about 10 cm large. It is the form from Yemen, and it is very hard to find in cultivation.

    115,00 €
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  • Most desserts in Thailand owe their taste to this plant! Beautiful dwarf spineless pandanus with aromatic leaves, used as a herb in SE. Asian cuisine. The neat rosette quickly grows in a dense clump of glossy green bold foliage 1-1,3 m tall.

    50,00 €
  • This is one of the most ornamental species in the genus Pandanus. Leaves are very wide, deeply plicated with moderate spines and a drip-tip appendix. All is very elegant, of a deep and glossy green.

    46,50 €
  • Palm-like tree of unreal architecture, native to Madagascar and Mauritius. A symbol of tropical gardening.

    56,00 €
  • Palm-like tree of unreal architecture, native to Madagascar and Mauritius. A symbol of tropical gardening. Long specimen with 6cm of diameter and 1,1 meters long.

    92,60 €
  • This tropical pandanus grows new white leaves. They turn green after some months, so the whole center of the crown is alway white, while the rest is green. It grows slowly.

    38,20 €
  • 2 year old plant.

    56,00 €
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  • This rarely cultivated species of passion fruit produces beautiful flowers and bear sweet edible fruits with an unusual garlic overtone, therefore it is called the "Garlic Passion Flower" .

    47,00 €
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  • This passion fruit is named "Giant Granadilla" because of the size of the fruits. This vine has beautiful wide leaves and exotic fragrant flowers. It can fruit outdoors in the warmer Mediterranean. By now we ship tall plants 30-40 cm long. Click and see a picture.

    22,50 €
  • Very ornamental passion flower with large pink-salmon flowers growing on long drooping inflorescences. It is easy and fast to grow in cool subtropical conditions. This spectacular vine thrives in places with cool summers has long been a favourite plant for growing in warm conservatories in temperate Europe.

    23,50 €
  • Odd and beautiful ornamental shrub producing abundant blooms directly on the stem. This hard-to-find ornamental is a choichy classic of tropical and subtropical gardening.

    48,20 €
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  • Succulent shrub native to the Sonoran desert, down to Baja California. It branches from the base and flowers abuntantly with red "cyathia". Its stems will stand straight upright when grown in full sun and will arch gracefully if kept with some shade. Hardy to extreme conditions.!

    48,00 €
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