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.
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.
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.
10 years old, Leaf height 25-35 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.
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