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It originates from India, China and Japan and during the winter it produces many and quite big flowers. The most widely cultivated is the camellia Japonica, which blooms from January until the beginning of the spring. The camellia flowers are pink or white, but there are some red-flowered varieties and very few yellow-flowered varieties. In general they alternate between years with exceptional blooms and years with few flowers. They are very long-lived shrubs, and over the years, they can reach considerable dimensions, up to 6-7 meters high. On average it is a rustic plant. Normally they should easily withstand at least -15 ° C, especially if cultivated in open ground. There could be some problems with the potted plants because the cold could damage the roots.
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The national flower of South Carolina, gelsemium is a pant in the family Loganiaceae and in fact it is native to central and northern America. This climbing, evergreen plant is very rustic and resistant. It has thin, elongated, light-green leaves and it produces little funnel-shaped, fragrant, yellow flowers. Since its appearance and its scent vaguely resemble those of jasmines, gelsemum is also commonly known as “yellow jasmine”.
Our mediterranean climate well suits this plant in the family Proteaceae hailing from Australia. The grevillea blooms during springtime and its flowers are characterised by a long calyx that develops into coloured curls from which small flexed stomata and a single pistil emerge. There are several species of grevillea and some of them can also be cultivated in coastal areas as they can withstand sea salt. In most species the flowers are very nectariferous which makes grevilleas excellent plants for attracting insects and birds.
Iberis is a perennial and herbaceous plant in the family Brassicaceae hailing from Southern Europe and Western Asia. It has oval, leathery and dark-green leaves and it produces white, yellow or pink flowers, which are collected in small bunches making iberis an ideal plant for decorating borders and rocky gardens.
The genus Euphorbia is very wide and heterogenous: the variety Milli, hailing from Southern Africa, is a half-succulent with fleshy trunks and typical flowers, called cyathia, belonging to all the species in the genus. The common name of the Euphorbia Milii is Christ thorn, because according to the legend it’s the plant used in making the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ. The flower blooms throughout the year, however it fears the cold.
The flower Vinca Minor, originating from Europe and the Tropics, is commonly known as Pervinca; it is 10-30 cm high, it has crawling shape and it creates appreciated turfs. The plant needs a lot of brightness. During the summer the ideal temperature swings between 21 and 29 degrees; on the contrary, during the winter it can withstand temperatures close to 0 degrees. During the whole winter the blooming is rich.