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The Passiflora (which literally means Fruit of the Passion) includes hundreds of species of climbing plants and shrubs originating from South America. It contains over five hundred species of evergreen plants. The minimum winter cultivation temperature must not be less than 5 degrees and a strong brightness must be guaranteed in order to facilitate the blooming. Watering is fundamental: it should be constant and frequent throughout the year, except during the winter, especially if it is harsh. In Europe climbing species are mainly cultivated; the most widespread variety is certainly the Passiflora Cerulea, with the typical white and light blue flowers. The flowers bloom in sequence throughout the summer, attract butterflies and bees, and during the summer they give way to small oval-shaped berries, edible in some species.
It is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Myrtaceae that originates from Mediterranean Europe (very common in Sardinia and Corsica). It is characterized by elongated, very small and intense green leaves that give marked uniformity and compactness to the plant. It produces white and perfumed flowers. It has black/light blue berries that are used to produce the namesake liqueur.
It is an evergreen shrub that originates from Central America. It has thin, green, fleshy and branched trunks. When it grows it assumes a prostrate shape. It belongs to the Plantaginaceae family. It fears the cold. Thanks to its hanging shape it looks like a waterfall of flowers. It needs sun and regular watering.
Jasmine is a genus in the family Oleaceae which includes more than 300 varieties. It originates from China and North America, as well as India and some mediterranean areas. It is a climbing shrub that produces tubular, starry, five-petalled flowers with a characteristic and intense sweet scent, They are generally pure white, although yellow and pink-shaded varieties exist as well. According to the tradition, for a long time the family Medici safeguarded a unique specimen of this plant forbidding its circulation until a gardener furtively offered a twig to his beloved. She later became rich and the two could eventually marry: hence the custom of giving a bundle of Jasmine as a gift to brides.
It belongs to the family Apocynaceae and it originates from the eastern basin of the Mediterranean and Asia. It is an evergreen shrub that spontaneously grows along the coast and waterways. It has long, sharp and light green leaves; it produces large tubular flowers with five petals that are red, pink or white. After the blooming the fruits (that are absolutely inedible) mature in the shape of an elongated pod. In the pods there are feathery seeds.
It is a fruit tree belonging in Moraceae and originating from Western Asia and it has a particularly developed root system, which makes it resistant to droughts. It has a robust, greyish trunk and large, rough, lobed leaves; its distinctive sap is sticky and milky. The Ficus Carica has two different botanical forms: the male, “caprifig” and the female, “true fig”. Both forms produce the common round and fleshy fruits with green or violet peel, only the fruits of the female plants, however, are edible since they are fertilized. The principal responsible for the process of “caprification” is an insect, the Blastophaga psenes.
Hailing from Australia, Handerbergia is a climbing, ever-green plant in the family Fabaceae, It has a woody stem and lilac, white, or pink inflorescences start blooming in spring. It well withstand lower temperatures, it does not need abundant irrigation and it prefers sunny exposures.