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 ornamental hybrid is a showy bulbous perennial and flowers repeatedly from July to October with gorgeous pink flowers. It is evergreen and the whole plant looks a bit like some tropical Crinum species but it is a frost-hardy plant, good to create a tropical look in a non tropical garden.
Supreme cold-hardy hybrid of the outrageously beautiful Androlepis skinneri and the robust frost-hardy Aechmea distichantha.
Grafted tree. Choicy self-fertile variety of cherimoya or "custard apple". It is a small subtropical tree, native to high-elevations in Central and South America where frost occurs. Fruits well in the Mediterranean.
Small, elegant birdnest Anthurium with rounded thick leaves,15-30 cm long. It is endemic to a small coastal area close to Río de Janeiro, exposed to wind and drought. It is surprisingly hardy to cold and stood light frost in Mediterranean conditions.
This new palm was described in from southern Ryukyu Islands of Japan. It is similar to the beautiful Arenga engleri from Taiwan but it is probably more cold-tolerant. It is also smaller, with shorter and thicker stems, to 2m and 20cm diameter, and leaves to just 2m long. Slow, but frost-resistant, to about -7 C!
This "Rengarenga Lily" or "New Zealand Rock Lily" is an ornamental and useful perennial with lush foliage and fower stalks up to 1 m tall with abundant bright white flowers.
Hard-to-find Japanese selection of "variegated" Aspidistra. It is not striped: each leaf develops a cream white "shade" in the upper part of the blade. Aspidistras make excellent pot plants for shade. They can live indoors or outdoors as they can take real frost.
This selection of Aspidistra elatior from Florida is a particularly nice, wide-leaf, solid dark green selection. It grows to at least 1 m tall with broad foliage that may exceed 15 cm in width. A bold garden specimen.
NEW! Variegated aspidistra with "frosted" mottled leaves and occasional stripes.
This is considered the most floriferous aspidistra, because its large flowers carpet the ground conspicuously during the winter months.
This species has very dark green leaves with remarkable yellow spots. They are glossy, up to 50-60 cm long, with elegant pendant tips. It is frost-hardy to about - 10 C.
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Beccariophoenix fenestralis is a spectacular, massive and rare Coconut relative from Magagascar.It is an imposing palm tree that is is cultivable in tropical and humid subtropical climate regions, in full sun and on rich soils, preferably sandy, acidic or neutral, where it grows quickly and vigorously.We offer a 60 cm high plant.
Beccariophoenix fenestralis is a spectacular, massive and rare Coconut relative from Magagascar.It is an imposing palm tree that is is cultivable in tropical and humid subtropical climate regions, in full sun and on rich soils, preferably sandy, acidic or neutral, where it grows quickly and vigorously.We offer a 100 cm high plant.
Subtropical bromeliad, from SE Brazil. Known from the cool hills of Santa Catarina, it usually blooms twice a year. It is easy to grow, fast, and tolerates a wide range of conditions, including some frost.
A more appealing type of B.distachya. This is a much larger plant with wider reddish bracts and also has a reddish hue on the leaves. It is hardy to light frost, just as the type species.
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.
Wide-leaved variety of the popular cold-resitant Billbergia nutans. It is just as easy as the type species but the plant has a lushier, more exotic look.
Unusually succulent pink-blooming Billbergia, hardy to light frost. It is polymorphic and grows from a juvenile through three stages: 1. short-leaved compact succulent rosette, 2 tall, thin leaves, 3 a typical tube billbergia.
A very old, cold-hardy hybrid with densely spotted leaves, created by crossing Billbergia nutans x B. saundersii. It is tolerant of both sun and shade.
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