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.
Rooted rosette. This graptopetalum with jade-green leaves is so compact that it resembles a Sempervivum. It is native to Chihuahua , in Mexico and flowers in Winter. It branches very slowly and will eventually fill the pot and form a solid mat.
Haworthia ‘Cup of Gold’ is a Haworthia with pale yellow retuse leaves, possibly a selection or hybrid of H. otzeniana. Some people consider it variegated, though the variegation s just on the reverse of the leaves and it is not always evident.
This is an unusual and elegant terrestrial bromeliad with spineless silvery leaves. Leaves are soft and velvety to touch. Established plants will bloom with huge "sprays" of pink flowers. Hechtia tillandsioides is native to Mexico (States of Hidalgo and Mexico). It takes frost and feels at home in Mediterranean climates !
h= 30-60 cm - Cont. 14-16 cm. Distinctive small palm, with a grey bottle-shaped trunk. Hyophorbe lagenicaulis has a waxy green crownshaft and elegant, arching pinnate leaves. Be careful, it is damaged or killed by frost, nevertheless it is a naturally short species that can live for years in a container.
Large >2 years old plant - This African tree, produces distinctive gigantic fruits, shaped like sausages. It is easy to cultivate in pots, as long as it is kept above 4 C. Leaves are dark green, glossy and pinnate. The tree in fruit is a people-stopper.
Elegant evergreen shrub with deep green fragrant leaves that bears small flowers of white to pink in colour. It is resistant to moderate frost. This plant is called Manuka and it is known for medicinal purposes but also because it makes a special bee honey. There are also reports of therapeutic properties.
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