This is our selection of plants that can stand some cold. Some will only resist to cool weather and light frost, but some others will take hard frost in colder climates. They are all very different but they deserve to be tried because all these tropical-looking plants have non tropical requirements. They will surely thrive outdoors in coastal Mediterranean climates or in a mildly heated greenhouse where frost does not occur.
This is our selection of extraordinary plants. They are all very different and somehow unusual. There are air plants, red bananas, living stones, plants with black leaves, zig-zag cacti and all types of eye-catching plants and conversation pieces.
Variegated Plants have striped or spotted leaves with attractive colours. Variegation in plants occurs for many reasons. Most commonly it is a genetic mistake that occasionally appears in nature. A white variegation is the result of a plant's inability to produce any pigment in that area. A lesser production of the pigment chlorophyll will allow orange, yellow and light green colors to appear, or even shades of pink, red and purple. These plants are slower than their green relatives and often more expensive. We offer Variegated Agaves, Variegated Aspidistras, Variegated Bromeliads and lots of Variegated Succulents.
In this plant section, we group together those plants which are adapted to arid or drought conditions. Normally, the majority of these species, grown in dry conditions, are waxy, succulent, hairy, sticky, needle-like and even, smaller than the rest.
In Drought Resistant Plants you can find any species with these features: Pithecellobium dulce, Ruta graveolens, Syzygium cordatum, Tamarindus indica and so on.
This is a "wow hybrid" with white-marginated wide leaves and a long lasting bright bloom. Aechmea x 'Friederike' is a cross of : Aechmea chantinii x Aechmea fasciata, mutated through in vitro cultivation, developed at Corn. Bak nurseries in Holland and released in 1984.
Frost-resistant hybrid, developed for non-tropical growers. It is descendant of the frost hardy Aechmea distichantha, crossed with Aechmea phanerophlebia. 'Rambo' builds a swollen monster rosette, of lime-green leaves armed with black spines. The pink inflorescence comes up from the top of the closed rosette.
This large-sized hybrid is one of the most spectacular of the group of hybrids known as "cane begonias" or "angel leaves". 'Sophie Cecile' has a tall, robust, upright habit, growing as a tight clump of bamboo with very elegant olive-green leaves with silvery spots and burgundy underleaves.
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 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".
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