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.
Wow! "Qué será", Whatever will be will be, is a supershowy, fiercely spined bromeliad suitable for non-tropical climates. Its leaves have cream-yellow stripes on dark green with pink hues. It is not too large and eventually produces a spectacular red inflorescence. It is remarkably hardy to light frosts.
Feather palm with sweet, tasty, scented fruits. It is native to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina and it is the only frost-hardy species of palm that can produce delicious fruits in colder climates. Leaves are blue-silvery, elegantly arching. Mature specimens show no damage at -10 C and some have survived to -20 C ! Butia is easy to grow and thrives in...
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.
Carob trees are culivated throughout the Mediterranean. Fruits are highly nutritious: sweet, fibrous and juicy with a typical aroma reminiscent of chocolate. The ree itself is very ornamental too, with leathery glosssy dark green foliage.
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