In this plant section, we group together those plants which are adapted to arid or drought conditions. Normally, the majority of these species, grown in dry conditions, are waxy, succulent, hairy, sticky, needle-like and even, smaller than the rest.
In Drought Resistant Plants you can find any species with these features: Pithecellobium dulce, Ruta graveolens, Syzygium cordatum, Tamarindus indica and so on.
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.
Large 3 years old plant - The African Baobab is a beautiful symbolic tree, able to attain a gigantic size. It is easy to cultivate in pots, as long as it is kept above 8 C and kept dry in winter, when leafless. Leaves are dark green, glossy and palmate. Flowers are an absolute beauty. The fruit is edible.
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.
1-2 year old seedling, H:40-70 cm. This is one of the few species of Delonix that grows as a "bottle-tree" , like a baobab. It is native to the dry South of Madagascar, where it grows together with other succulent plants and caudiciforms. Adult "bottle-trees" are very beautiful when they get covered of plenty of flowers.
Another interesting Delonix from Madagascar. It is very adaptable and can attain anything from 3 to 12 m in height. Flowers lack petals but they are very beautiful, with lots of golden stamens shown when the tree is still leafless. We grew some plants in 35 cm pots and they started blooming beautifully after about 5 years, when they were just 1.5 m tall.
12 years old, Leaf height 35-45 cm ! - This dragon tree comes from the southern escarpments of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a sparsely-branched tree, very rare and slow-growing, which can reach 5 m in very old specimens. Its stiff, sword-like leaves are densely congested at the tip of the branches.
8 years old, Leaf height 20-30 cm ! - This dragon tree comes from the southern escarpments of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a sparsely-branched tree, very rare and slow-growing, which can reach 5 m in very old specimens. Its stiff, sword-like leaves are densely congested at the tip of the branches.
Ornamental, semi-succulent dragon-tree from summer rainfall areas South Africa. It grows on rocky slopes, attaining heights of 2-6 m. It is very uncommon in cultivation! This Dracaena is relativey fast growing and can attain blooming size in les than ten years. It will thrive in Mediterranean conditions, with little or no frost.
Upright form of Erythrina from the Pacific Island. An incredible flowering tree, often used as a wind-break. Also known as Erythrina fastigiata. It is vegetatively reproduced from cuttings, so it is warranteed to keep the upright shape.
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