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.
Semi-evergreen shrub with deep green foliage and long bloom time. This "Glossy abelia" has abundant lavender pink flowers and showy red calyces . Highly fragrant! The leaves retain the reddish foliage all summer long. Frost tolerant, while evergreen in frost free climates.
Frost-hardy Aechmea with blue-tipped green leaves, from the outskirts of a city named Blumenau, in the cool, wet South of Brazil. Spikes of yellow flowers are followed by colourful fruits, lasting months. It can take -7 C (20 F). This is the TRUE blumenavii, not the many mislabelled specimens in the trade.
Mid-sized plant with yellow flowers. Native to a small area of coastal forest in cooler So.Brazil, it is a tough sun-loving plant that grows well in open and exposed sites. Use in trees or stumps as an epiphyte or on rocks.
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 small, frost-hardy agave is a non-hybrid clone selected in cultivation, with enhanced colours. Leaves are darker, with a paler central stripe, all is glossy and the leaf margins are almost white. It is frost resistant to -15 C or more if kept dry!
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