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
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.
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.
The Lithodora Diffusa is a groundcover and evergreen plant originating from Mediterranean Europe and it belongs to the family Boraginaceae. It has small and sharp green leaves with an evident central longitudinal grain, covered by a slight down. It produces small, tubular and intense blue flowers with five petals that make it an ideal plant to decorate flowerbeds and garden corners with blue color.
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.
It is known as “kangaroo paw” because of the shape of the flower. It is a rhizomatous perennial plant with australian origin. It prefers sunny or semi-shaded places; these plants don’t fear the cold and they can withstand periods of intense frost. Sometimes during the winter they lose the aerial part and they grow with the arrival of the spring. They can store watery lymph in the roots so that they can use it if they aren’t watered; for this reason they withstand even long periods of drought without problems.
It is a small perennial plant, cultivated as an annual plant. The Verbena belongs to the family Verbenaceae and it originates from Central and South America and from Europe. It has hanging shape and long branches. The light green leaves are small, oval, sharp, dentate and with marked veins. It produces small and strongly perfumed flowers, variously colored, from white to pink, red, purple and speckled bicolor. The flowers are collected in spikes at the end of the branches. According to the tradition it is a holy plant and it has curative, analgesic and healing properties.