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 a wild-collected clone of an uncommon frost-hardy bromeliad, which is suitable to temperate to cool-tropical conditions. It has beautiful arching silvery leaves, finely toothed and forms tight clumps , bearing delicate flowers with showy pink bracts.
Old hybrid able to bloom two to four times a year. It forms a compact clump of green arching leaves with soft spines, bearing bright pink pendant inflorescences. It is perfect as an epiphyte or in baskets. It can grow in cool conditions and can take frost to about -5 C.
Fabulous tropical foliage from a cold-hardy Canna! Up to 2 meters in height, with large bold erect leaves, with wavy margins. Leaf colour is absolutely vibrant, glossy red, burgundy, and dark green. It is reminiscent of the famed tropical Heliconia indica with red foliage.
This variegated Canna selected in Germany produces leaves variably variegated with stripes of different shades of white. Also the flowers are often variegated! It loves moisture and can reach anything between 1 and 3 m in height, depending on the length of your growing season.
Mediterranean capers are an incredible source of flavour. Plants grows on sunny and rocky slopes, often by the coast. They are winter-deciduous and come back each year with lovely rounded leaves, which are often purple when they sprout.
A must for palm collectors! This gem suitable for Mediterranean conditions is an uncommon variety of the spectacular red-leaf-palm. In this case the crownshaft is yellow and the new red leaf is MUCH MORE RED ! It is slow and easy just as the plain species and will take short light frosts.
Small shrub with wavy, grey leaves and clusters of rose-pink flowers, about 5 cm across. It takes harsh mediterranean conditions and frost to about -12 C. Cistus x Pulverulentus is a garden hybrid, obtained by crossing Cistus albidus x Cistus crispus. It has an extended flowering season, much longer than the average Cistus.
Pot = 6 cm, Branched Plant - Elegant, shrubby South African succulent with blueish ovate leaves. It thrives in Mediterranean climates and takes frosts to about -4 C. It is widely used in South African traditional medicine.
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