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Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

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  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Have a look at Cardoon. Not tropical but I think it has that look. Mine grows rapidly each spring and has lovely purple seedheads in the Summer / Autumn. Dies down in the Winter. I water it well in Summer and cut off any leaves that become unsightly, but I've found it as tough as old boots.

    Would not recommend trying to cook any of it, even though it was eaten in Elizabethan times ( Artichoke) ..tried once..would have been better to have eaten the old boots! 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,906

    Verd....and they talk about the Scots' diet..at least we only do pies and Mars bars....image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Verdun & FG image

    Huntertony, I once had a Paulownia elongata, I was told that if I kept it cut back each year the leaves grew as large as dinner plates. I was worried when I read up about it as in Canada it is a nuisance growing wild in car parks etc.

    I did as told and it was very impressive. But then it died. I think it's worthy of a look if you like Fatsia Jap.

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