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.
Versatile shrub or small tree, with grey-green dende foliage and spectacular crimson pincushion flowers in spring and summer. It takes short frosts to about -5 C, drought, and harsh coastal conditions. This plant was selected in New Zealand from a plant wild-collected in Rarotonga, Polynesia and it was initially spread as Metrosideros thomasii.
This species rocks! It is a creeping plant, with sensitive leaves that respond to touch, heat or wind. When you touch the leaves they quickly close for a few minutes. It is from tropical America and it loves a lot of sun and heat.
This is a much shorter clone of the famous banana named Orinoco, Topocho or Bluggoe. Tolerant of wind, drought and cold. Fruits are very different from the common bananas from the supermarket, triangular or square in section - they can be eaten cooked or raw!
Dwarf banana with small sweet fruits, similar to the "apple banana". It is native to the cool Punjabi Himalayas, and it easier and faster than most other types of bananas. It can grow from pup to fruit in much less than one year, so it does well in non-tropical countries with a short growing season.
This is the supreme clone selected from wild plants, released some years ago from Bullis Bromeliads, in the USA. Leaves are wider and the center of the rosette turns bright purple when blooming. It withstands light frost.
This is a Canarian variety of the famous prickly pear or tuna fruit, with yellow-green fruits. It is a shrub-cactus from Mexico that produces delicious fruits and it is hardy to about -6 C (21 F). Hardiness is substantially increased as long as full sun and drainage are provided.
NEW!- Branched, Cont.= 8,5 cm. Mexican succulent with blue waxy leaves and pink flowers. It grows wild on cliffs or on tree branches in Hidalgo, at about 1200 m. Stems creep to 50-70 in lenght. It takes light dry frosts and tested ok at -4 C in the U.K.
"Egg-bearing thick-plant", that is what the latin name means. This Pachyphytum is especially beautiful with prostate stems with compact rosettes made of large "egg-shaped" white leaves that can turn to brown, grey or jade depending on sun exposure and season.
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 Canarius.com we propose Bromeliads as: Deuterocohnia chlorantha, Aechmea blumenavii, Hechtia tillandsioides or Billbergia sp. Succulent.
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