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.
Bamboo is a tribe of flowering perennial / evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboos, the internodal regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system.
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.
Nowadays, the flora of the Canary islands consists of about two thousand species, five hundred and twenty of which are to be considered endemic, and about five hundred that are rare or becoming extinct. Many of these species are genuses or sub-genuses that are impossible to find outside the Canary Islands.
Throughout history the flora of the Canary Islands has captured the interest of botanic specialists from all over the world. The Canarian flora is unique in the world because most of these species became already extinct in the other areas of origin during the Ice Age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tropical trees, native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and Mexico. 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.
They belong to the family Apocynaceae. This sort of plant can grow up to 20 feet tall and it can reach 30 to 40 feet at maturity. Moreover, Plumerias are easy to grow up, regardless of the region where you live.
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.
Easy growing elegant and useful tree. In ancient Polynesia, nuts were useful as candles. As a food, they are used in Hawaii to make a sauce for raw tuna and salads. The nut is often cooked in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. In Java, they become a thick sauce eaten with vegetables and rice. The taste is similar to macadamia but the candlenut is bitter....
h= 20-40 cm - Cont. 16 cm. Low trunkless feather palm from the coastal dunes of Brasil, with elegant ruffled leaves coming out of the ground. Flowers are borne on unbranched spikes.Allagoptera needs drained sandy soil, enjoys coastal locations and can take light freezes. It can grow outdoors in coastal Mediterranean gardens.
Elegant palm from Brazil. Leaves, are pinnate, with "clustered segments", silvery white underneath. It is slow but the beauty of the leaves starts soon! Flowers and fruits are produced on a large hanging spikes. It has some tolerance to cold, it takes short light frosts and can be tried outdoors in the coastal Mediterranean. It was formerly named...
This plant produces huge leaves that can attain 1,5 in a short time. It is a must for tropical-looking gardens but it can take quite a few degrees of frost. It grows well in the coastal mediterranean, with wind protection and abundat water. The stem has some itchy sap but it is edible if cooked for a long time.
"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.
Cold-hardy hybrid of unrivalled beauty. It is a man-made cross of Alocasia odora x Alocasia portei, developed in Florida. It bears magnificent huge leaves, and will survive to frost, to about -10 C. Leaves can reach 1.5 m in length and trunks can grow up to 2 m tall, giving a palm-like appearance.
Galangal or Blue Ginger is a herb used in cooking in SE Asia, and also medicinally. It grows as a tight clump of lush, upright dark-green leaves. Upright inflorescences of small white flowers are produced throughout the warmer months.
This mid-sized ginger with ornamental dark green foliage is used throughout SE Asia in many ways: rhizomes are cooked as seasoning or as a medicine. Young shoots are used in many Asian dishes. The inner portion of the aerial shoots is cooked as a vegetable and used in curry for flavouring. It can be kept in a pot for years and will stay small.
This is a cool-growing species of Alpinia, which is possibly the frost-hardiest in the genus. It is similar to Alpinia zerumbet, but shorter in stature with wavier leaf margins. Our rhizomes are uprooted from adult, blooming, mother plants. This ginger is also used medicinally.
One of the showiest variegated plants in the world ! This Asian plant from the ginger family has large dark-green leaves striped in a rich yellow. Large plants will eventually bloom with a spectacular inflorescence of white and yellow flowers, reminiscent of orchids. This plant is used medicinally in a lot of surprising ways.
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