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Subtropical plants

These species are mostly from (sub)tropical areas, but can also be grown in a tub in temperate climates. They need to be protected against frost during winter, but can grow outside during summer. The minimum temperatures are specified for each species.  
Cyphomandra betacea 'yellow'
Cyphomandra betacea 'yellow'
Yellow tamarillo / Yellow tree tomato

A yellow variety of the red tree tomato. The fruits resemble tomatoes, and can be scooped or processed just like tomatoes in dishes. An easily kept plant.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Delonix regia
Delonix regia
Flamboyant

Lovely tree from Madagascar with pinnate leaves and abundant flowering of bright red flowers. Overwintering is possible with a temperature of at least 10 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Delonix regia 'orange'
Delonix regia 'orange'
Orange flamboyant

The orange variety of the red flamboyant is rarely seen, but performs well as a container plant at a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 4,50
Delonix regia var. flavida
Delonix regia var. flavida
Yellow flamboyant

A yellow variety of the red flamboyant which occurs in Madagascar. A very decorative container plant with pinnate leaves and yellow flowers. Overwintering is possible at a temperature of at least 10 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 4,50
Dicksonia antarctica
Dicksonia antarctica
Tasmanian tree fern

This tree fern originates from the humid cloud forests and along rivers in Tasmania. Without protection it can withstand a minimum of –5 degrees Celsius. 

1 portion of spores
€ 3,50
Dicksonia fibrosa
Dicksonia fibrosa
Golden tree fern

A tree fern from the moist forests of New Zealand which remains smaller compared to the related Tasmanian tree fern. Without protection it can overwinter at a minimum of –5 degrees Celsius.

1 portion of spores
€ 3,50
Dionaea muscipula
Dionaea muscipula
Venus flytrap

A carnivorous plant with traps that slams shut when a bug touches a hair twice. This is so fast that an insect has no chance to escape, and enzymes will digest the insect.

10 seeds
€ 3,50
Dioscorea elephantipes
Dioscorea elephantipes
Elephant's foot yam

The greatly thickened stem has the pattern of a turtle shell and is used for the storage of starch. The species performs well as a houseplant.

10 seeds
€ 3,50
Diospyros digyna
Diospyros digyna
Black sapote / Chocolate-pudding-fruit

The juicy, darkbrown pulp has a sweet chocolate-like taste. Protect the plant against frost.

3 seeds
€ 5,00
Doryanthes excelsa
Doryanthes excelsa
Gymea Lily

An Australian plant with clusters of bright red flowers on a long stem. Easily kept species at a minimum of 7 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Doryanthes palmeri
Doryanthes palmeri
Giant Spear Lily

The inflorescence may be five meters high and hangs often down by the weight of the bright red flower clusters. Resistant to temperatures up -4 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 3,50
Echium fastuosum
Echium fastuosum
Pride of Madeira

Starting during its second year, this plant produces blue flower clusters of up to 45 cm. The plant originally grew in Madeira and can be overwintered at a temperature of at least 5 degrees Celsius.

20 seeds
€ 3,00
Echium wildpretii
Echium wildpretii
Tower of Jewels

Biennial plant from the slopes of the volcano Teide on Tenerife with an impressive, red inflorescence that can reach up to 3 meters tall. Overwintering is possible at a temperature of at least minus 5 degrees Celsius. 

20 seeds
€ 3,50
Ensete glaucum
Ensete glaucum
Snow Banana

Combined with good protection against frost and a sheltered spot, the snow banana can be quite hardy.
It originates from the Himalayas at altitudes up to 3.000 meters and is a fast grower.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Ensete ventricosum
Ensete ventricosum
Ethiopian Banana

A banana from the humid forests of Ethiopia with edible bananas which can be kept at a minimum of 5 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 3,50
Erythrina arborescens
Erythrina arborescens
Coral tree

A species from the Himalayas with beautiful orange-red flower clusters. Can be overwintered at a minimum of 5 degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 3,50
Erythrina crista-galli
Erythrina crista-galli
Cockspur Coral Tree

The coral red flowers grow in clusters of up to 30 cm large. The plant originates from Brazil and grows well as a compact container plant, at a minimum of five degrees Celsius.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Eucalyptus regnans
Eucalyptus regnans
Giant Ash

This 99.6m high eucalyptus is the highest angiosperm in the world. Only the Sequoia sempervirens is as a gymnosperm even higher. Partially hardy.

Portion of seeds
€ 4,00
Feijoa sellowiana
Feijoa sellowiana
Feijoa / Pineapple Guava

The green fruits smell like pineapple and taste sweet-sour. They can be eaten fresh or mixed in salads or pies. The white-red flowers are quite graceful.

20 seeds
€ 3,00
Fouquieria splendens
Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo

Desert plant with spiny stems and striking red flowers. Can be kept in a large pot at a minimum temperature of -15 degC.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Gloriosa lutea
Gloriosa lutea
Yellow Gloriosa lily

A small vine with beautiful lemon-yellow flowers. The species originates from South Africa and can easily been taken care off.

10 seeds
€ 3,50
Gossypium herbaceum
Gossypium herbaceum
Levant cotton

Cotton has been cultivated for thousands of years for the seed fluff which is used for making textile. It’s an easily kept annual plant.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Handroanthus impetiginosus
Handroanthus impetiginosus
Pink ipê

A beautiful flowering tree from South America, which is popular for its hardwood. The local population uses it as a traditional medicine against flu. Container plant at a minimum of –5 degrees Celsius.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Hibiscus sabdariffa
Hibiscus sabdariffa
Roselle

A diverse, beautiful species that grows well as an annual plant. Flowers are edible and famous for the hibiscustea. In Senegal the leaves are used like spinach.

10 seeds

 
€ 3,00
Hyophorbe verschaffeltii
Hyophorbe verschaffeltii
Spindle Palm

Beautiful palm from Rodrigues with a graceful trunk that can easily be kept as a house- or container plant.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Isoplexis canariensis
Isoplexis canariensis
Canary Island Foxglove

A species of the Canary Islands with orange flowers that resemble those of the foxglove. It is a small perennial plant which grows well in a pot.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda mimosifolia
Blue jacaranda

An overwhelmingly beautiful plant from Bolivia with blue/purple trusses of flowers, and large pinnate leaves. Keep the plant during winter at a minimum of 5 degC.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Kennedia nigricans
Kennedia nigricans
Black Coral Pea

One of the few species in nature with black flowers. These flowers have a yellow heart and grown on a small climbing plant that must be protected against frost.

20 seeds
€ 3,50
Kigelia africana
Kigelia africana
Sausage tree

The outstanding, dark-red flowers are rich in nectar and form sausage-like fruits after pollination by megabats.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Leonotis leonurus
Leonotis leonurus
Lion’s tail

This South African species produces orange flowers and can very well be kept as a container plant. A calming tea can be made of the leaves.

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Leonotis leonurus 'alba' (not available)
Leonotis leonurus 'alba'
White lion’s tail

A rare white variety of the common orange lion’s tail.

10 seeds
€ 3,50
Macadamia integrifolia
Macadamia integrifolia
Macadamia

Macadamia nuts are rich in healthy fatty acids and grow on an Australian tree that can be kept as a container plant in temperate climates.

5 seeds
€ 4,50
Magnolia champaca
Magnolia champaca
Golden champaca

The yellow/golden flowers spread a delicious smell throughout the whole garden. The flowers are often used in the production of expensive perfumes.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Magnolia figo
Magnolia figo
Banana shrub / Port wine magnolia

The cream-colored flowers have a purple outline, and spread a banana-like smell.

5 seeds
€ 3,50
Majidea zanguebarica
Majidea zanguebarica
Black pearl tree / Velvet seed tree

The seeds of the black pearl tree are velvety soft. They are often used in jewelry and ripen in red fruits.

5 seeds
€ 4,50
Melaleuca alternifolia
Melaleuca alternifolia
Teatree

Famous for its tea tree oil that is commonly used in cosmetics and has an antibacterial function. Keep the species as a container plant at a minimum of 5 degC.

Portion of seeds
€ 4,00
Moringa oleifera
Moringa oleifera
Miracle tree / Moringa tree

The leaves and fruits contain many vitamins and minerals, and have medical applications. The seeds purify water and contain a high content of oil. The plant is drought and heat resistant: this is a miracle tree for developing countries.  

10 seeds
€ 3,00
Mucuna pruriens
Mucuna pruriens
Velvet bean

The seeds have an important role in Hindu medicine, and grow in pods with velvety soft hairs. It is a tropical climbing plant that also grows well as an annual plant.

5 seeds
€ 3,00
Mucuna sempervirens
Mucuna sempervirens
Velvet bean

The flower trusses with beautiful purple/yellow flowers grow directly from the stem and can be up to 35 cm big.

2 seeds
€ 4,00
Musa acuminata
Musa acuminata
Dwarf banana

The precursor of the commonly eaten banana, with sweet bananas of about 12 cm in size. Hibernate the species at a minimum of 5 degC.

5 seeds
€ 3,00