Crown of Thorns
Red, white, pink
Full sun or half shade
The category Euphorbia is very wide and heterogenous: the variety Milli originates from Southern Africa, it is a half – succulent, with fleshy trunks and the typical flowers, belonging to all the species of the Euphorbia, so called cyathia. According to the legend the common name of the Euphorbia Milii is Christ’s thorn, that’s why it was used in order to make the crown of thorns, placed on the head of Jesus Christ. The flower blooms throughout the year, it fears the cold.
Full sun, Half shade
The succulents absorb the water when it abundantly rains and they accumulate water so that they can resist in periods of drought. They are plants suitable for dry weather. The succulents don’t need a lot of water; on the contrary a lot of water can damage them. It’s better not to keep them in sunlight but in a lit place, in a well-drained soil.
It is a plant that comes from far away: it originates from Australia but it well suits to our mediterranean weather. The Grevillea belongs to the family Proteaceae, it blooms during the spring and it has flowers with a long calyx that develop into colored curls from which small flexed stomata and a single pistil emerge. There are several species of Grevillea, some can also be cultivated in coastal areas as they can withstand sea salt. In most species the flowers are very nectariferous so they are excellent plants for attracting insects and birds.
Phylica Ericoides is a perennial shrub belonging to the familiy Rhamnacee, very common in the Mediterranean basin. Usually the Phylica Ericoides is cultivated in open ground; it is not very resistant to cold winter temperatures. Its cultivation is quite simple and it does not require special interventions. In general, it is sufficient to place it in the right position and it’s important to remember to water it two or three times a month. It blooms during the winter.
Exuberant and unusual, the Penstemons bloom throughout the summer, bringing joy and color even when the other plants, for the oppressive heat, take a break. It originates from North America and it belongs to a particularly small variety that grows in the mountains on stony ground, very close to the ground. The plant forms several spikes, which are covered with many small flowers similar to the bells: blue, purple and red. It needs full sun and it is resistant to 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.
It is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Malvaceae and it originates from Asia (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) and it is spread throughout Europe and in the tropical areas of America. It has large indented and glossy green leaves and it produces the five-petal funnel-shaped flowers, very large and very colorful, from white to pale pink, to yellow, orange / salmon, up to the classic deep red. In the central throat of the flower, usually of different color (in contrast) than the petals, there is the large stamen.