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Semi-Hardy Exotics

Perennial and tropical plants that I would not quite call hardy. Many may survive outside given a warm area of the country but for most these are best kept under cover over winter.

Agapanthus africanus

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African Lily  15 seeds җ
Agapanthus africanus is a stunning violet blue lily from South Africa which has large heads of clear blue umbels carried high over a mound of dark green strap like leaves. Africanus is a larger plant and not frost hardy below about -5˚C best suited to a conservatory. Available in most Garden Centres but expensive - why not try growing some from seed - if you can wait a few years for the plants to mature.

Agapanthus Snow White

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White African Lily 15 seeds  җ җ
Agapanthus Snow White is a new introduction that will flower within 1 year from seed and hardy enough to be left outside permanently in milder areas. Dwarfer in habit with multiple flowering stems.

Agave Americana

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Century Plant 15 seeds 
Agave Americana is a handsome desert plant used in tubs and ornamental pots that will take a light frost.

Agave attenuata

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Foxtail Agave 20 seeds 

One of the most attractive and popular Agaves, this species from central Mexico has very wide, unarmed, fleshy and soft, pale green to blue green leaves with a felty texture, and forms a leaning or creeping trunk with age. A great plant for frost-free subtropics and for patio decoration in the summer but brought back under cover during winter. You can see it in abundance over the hill sides in Madeira with its long curling flower spikes.

Agave havardiana

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Harvards Century Plant 10 seeds җ

A particularly attractive, medium-sized Agave, native to western Texas, that forms a tight rosette of well armed, bluish-grey leaves. It can take heavy freezes with ease but needs a very well drained spot in full sun to survive in a sheltered spot outside in the UK.

Agave Mixed

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Mixed Agave 15 seeds 
Mixed Agave make handsome desert plants used in tubs and ornamental pots. We offer a mixture of Agave species for patio pot displays.

Agave parryi

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Parry's Century Plant   10 seeds
Agave parryi is one of the best compact forms looking like a larger version of an artichoke in smokey blue. Grows to 2 ft maximum but slow growing.

Aloe arborescens

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The best of the hardiest Aloes 10 seeds җ
Tall plants to 6ft or more that will need dry conditions to survive any frosts but even then -5°C will be the maximum tolerance.

Aloe Mixed

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Mixed Aloe including Aloe Vera 15 seeds 
Unusual desert plants often used for medicinal purposes. We offer a mixed packet of Aloe species from the USA for you to try.

Aloe vera

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Medicinal Aloe 10 seeds җ

The Aloe vera plant has been used for medicinal and beauty purposes for thousands of years. It is believed that it was one of the secrets of Cleopatra for keeping her skin soft. In the ancient Greek, aloe vera was used in many therapeutic remedies.

Aloe vera was popularised in the 18th and 19th century primarily as a laxative and today it is used to keep skin beautiful and to heal burns, sunburn, ulcerations, frostbite, radiation injuries, psoriasis, cuts, insect stings, poison ivy and other dermatologic problems. Easy to grow indoors but do not over water and also hardy enough to withstand light frosts.

Beaucarnea recurvita

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Ponytail Palm  10 seeds
Beaucarnea recurvata is well known as a robust house plant all around the world. They commonly are single trunks with a huge swollen base topped with bright green leaves that spiral down from the central crown. The leaves grow to 6 feet but are only about inch wide. Plants will usually grow to 6-8 feet tall when in containers but larger if planted outside in a frost free area. Native to semi-desert regions of Southeastern Mexico and closely related to Yucca, liking similar arid conditions, hardy to about -5C. The swollen base is a water store for the plant which survives in hot dry climates - do not over water!

Canarina canariensis

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Canary Bell Flower 10 seeds

Canarina canariensis is a rare member of the Campanula family from the Canary Islands. This tuberous plant makes glossy, orangey-red striped blossoms throughout winter given a frost free location. Best at temperatures below 25°C in the summer when it becomes dormant to help protect against drought conditions with underground tubers like a dahlia.

In late summer, long, scrambling shoots appear, with arrow-shaped, jagged-edged leaves. The 5' to 9' long shoots meander up through other plants or along the ground.  The striking, 2" bell-shaped flowers appear in late fall or winter. The foliage then dies down to the tubers in the spring, until growth resumes in the autumn. Useful for winter flowering in a cool semi shaded conservatory when it can be pot grown and trained up a trellis.  

Canna Cannova Bronze Orange

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Orange with Bronze foliage Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed orange and red varieties, green leafed red shades and rose pink. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna Cannova Bronze Scarlet

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Red  Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed red variety, green leafed red shades and rose pink.. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna Cannova Mango

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Light Pink Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed red variety, green leafed red shades and rose pink. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna Cannova Orange Shades

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Orange Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed red variety, green leafed red shades and rose pink.. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna Cannova Red Shades

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Red Shades Green Leafed  Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed red variety, green leafed red shades and rose pink.. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna Cannova Rose

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Rose Pink Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed red variety, green leafed red shades and rose pink.. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna Cannova Yellow

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Yellow Indian Shot  5 seeds җ

Stunning new hybrid Canna Lilies for growing in pots or bedding out they have been bred for early flowering, ease of germination and tolerant of our summer climate. We offer the most popular colours, golden yellow, a mango light pink, a stunning two tone orange, an award winning red/bronze leafed red variety, green leafed red shades and rose pink.. For enthusiasts we also offer a mixed selection that includes two other green leafed colours, bronze orange and pale yellow. Normal Canna clumping habit to 75cm tall. Cannova's are slightly taller than the tropical range with larger flowers.

Canna edulis

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Edible Indian Shot 5 seeds җ

Canna edulis can grow to 3m tall, similar to Canna musifolia grande, it is frost tender so best lifted at the end of the growing season. The small red flowers are produced late August to October given warm conditions and a moist sunny protected spot outside in the UK. The large roots are a source of Canna Starch similar to arrowroot produced by grating the rhizomes but the young sweet fibrous rhizomes can also be eaten although best after many hours of baking.

Canna Seed Dwarf Mixed

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Indian Shot Hybrids Dwarf Mixed  10 seeds җ
Canna lilies have a hard seed (hence Indian Shot!) and will need scratching and soaking before sowing. If you want named hybrids though please see our rhizome section, but you may be lucky enough to raise a brand new hybrid from this seed collection! Most of these Canna seeds have been collected from our own plants and 90% seem to produce useful large flowered plants either similar to the parent or a hybrid cross. Hybrid Canna seed does not come true (Canna F1 seed is an exception like Tropicana or Cannova series) but usually represents something similar to the parent. We offer a mixed packet plus a selection taken only from shorter varieties.

Canna Tropical Series Mixed

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Canna
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A mixed packet of 2 seeds of each colour from the Canna Tropicana Series.

Canna Tropical Series Red

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A superb strain of seed raised Canna Tropicana. In the first year they start flowering from June, given an early sowing in Jan to Feb. Plus they are quickly clump forming to 8 or 10 flowering shoots by the end of the first season! Semi dwarf to 3ft and ideal for borders or pots. The big attraction is that they are Canna virus free and the colour range is excellent.  Easy germination.

Canna Tropical Series Red Bronze

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Indian Shot  8 seeds җ

This new scarlet flower on deep red/bronze foliage of Canna Tropicana  is a real stunner! The leaves are almost as uniform and deep red as Australia and the flower, a deep scarlet contrasts spectacularly with the foliage. A new member of this superb strain of seed raised Cannas. In the first year they start flowering from June, given an early sowing in Jan to Feb. Plus they are quickly clump forming to 8 or 10 flowering shoots by the end of the first season! Semi dwarf to 3ft and ideal for borders or pots. The big attraction is that they are Canna virus free and the colour range is excellent. Easy germination.

Canna Tropical Series Rose

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Indian Shot  8 seeds  җ
Canna Tropicana Rose - a superb strain of seed raised Canna. In the first year they start flowering from June, given an early sowing in Jan to Feb. Plus they are quickly clump forming to 8 or 10 flowering shoots by the end of the first season! Semi dwarf to 3ft and ideal for borders or pots. The big attraction is that they are Canna virus free and the colour range is excellent. Easy germination.