This is our selection of extraordinary plants. They are all very different and somehow unusual. There are air plants, red bananas, living stones, plants with black leaves, zig-zag cacti and all types of eye-catching plants and conversation pieces.
What an exotic, wonderful shrub! Cat's tail acalypha or Chenille Plant is a showy rounded shrub, with wide green leaves and spectacular tails of bright red flowers, produced throughout the year. It loves HOT temperatures and will die with frost but it can be pruned and saved indoors every winter.
This plant produces huge leaves that can attain 1,5 in a short time. It is a must for tropical-looking gardens but it can take quite a few degrees of frost. It grows well in the coastal mediterranean, with wind protection and abundat water. The stem has some itchy sap but it is edible if cooked for a long time.
Amorphophallus polyanthus is found in one location in NE Thailand, where it grows in deep shade at the base of rocky outcrops. It is low-growing, with rounded-rhombic leaflets, 3-10 cm long, and nice inflorescences with short spathes with purple tones.
Rarely cultivated Annona, sought after by collectors for its strong-scented flowers and large good-tasting rounded fruits with unusual hooklike projections. Also used medicinally in Central America and parts of South America. Trees take about 1 to 3 years to bear and can be grown in pots.
Incredibly useful tree. Its leaves are both an insecticide and a healthy vegetable, widely eaten in Asia and used for health. It is very important for ecological agricolture. Leaves and most of its parts are used for different purposes
Caribbean shrub or tree with glossy, leathery rounded leaves, often with white aerial roots. It is called "autograph tree" because you can write with a stick on the leaves and it will last forever! Clusia can grow in most conditions, from sun to shade, in pots, even as an indoor plant. It can take drought and long floods. It also stands intense heat and...
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