”Specialities” cover a range of special cultures with unique histories, names and fabulous features, which make the Danish plant range varied and very interesting. Floradania takes pleasure in introducing them to you and below are descriptions of the special plants shown on the largest plant trade fair in the world.
The Goldfish plant, or Nematanthus, is the name of a fun and easy houseplant, with cheerful orange flowers reminiscent of a puckered mouth or the mouth of a goldfish. With its glossy, plump leaves, it is decorative both during and after flowering. The Goldfish plant is suitable for planting out in the summer months, where a fresh rainshower will highlight the shiny surface of the leaves.
The beloved child has many names
Devil’s backbone or Pedilanthus tithymaloides is reminiscent of a backbone and ribs, hence its popular name. It is also known as Buckthorn, Fiddle flower and Jacob’s ladder. Devil’s backbone has medicinal properties – the milky juice of the leaves is for example used as an emetic in the West Indies. The plant thrives in a bright spot at room temperature, and can be trimmed and shaped in the spring.
Meat-eating plant to be fed both inside and outside
While Sarracenia or trumpet pitcher is popular in boys' rooms it is also well-suited to be planted outside. It endures temperatures down to 20 degrees and has a natural autumn-like look. Make sure to water the sump plant thoroughly in the saucer.
Enchanting and hardy
Stonecrop or Sedum offers an enchanting play of colours that brings edge and character to the pots of autumn and winter. Stonecrop can be used alone, as a mix, or in combination with other plants, and as it is winter-hardy, it is suitable for planting out.
A different living room plant with a modern look
Bamboo Ginger or Alpinia luteocarpa has beautiful, slim leaves with a sophisticated play of colours. The plant thrives at room temperatures and on a light spot, however it does not tolerate direct sun. Alpinia must be watered regularly and must not dry out.
Decorative, easy and different
Chinese money plant or Pilea Peperomioides. Green living room plant with round evergreen leaves which gives the plant a different expression. It matches the dream of modern consumers who would like to live green in an easy way. Thrives best in cool surroundings with lots of light. Keep the soil moist, but don't let the plant soak in water.
Button weeds or Cotula has small yellow flowers that look like the heads of sewing pins. When used as a living room plant it will grow harmoniously over the edge of the pot. The plant is well-suited for windows that faces east or west.
Christmas tree during winter and potted plant during summer
White spruce or Picea glauca. Invite guests to your home and greet them with a white spruce on your stairs all year round. The small fir tree lights up during the dark hours and when decorated with fairy lights during Christmas, it will give the living room a cosy natural look. Place the tree outside after use. It endures temperatures below minus 20-30°C.
Picea also exist as a slow-growing dwarf plant. While being hardy, green all the year round, it sets new shoots in May.
Feminine rose for modern living
A rose in a pot of 9 cm fits well in a window sill or as a decoration on the table. The classic living room plant matches both a clean and romantic style and it is also a sustainable and decorative plant.
Twining plant with a sparkling, light and airy look
Rhoicissus digitata or Baboon grape forms small red beads that are reminiscent of grapes. Tendrils on the underside of the leaves help the plant to adhere. Rhoicissus digitata can be tied and trimmed as necessary. The plant tolerates slight drying out.
Air purifying, with beautiful colours
Begonia rex covers a vast range of different varieties, all characterized by fascinating leaves that freshen up an interior. Diversity and contrast in the shape, colour and structure of the leaves are other special features. Begonia Rex also livens up the pots of summer
The world’s oldest medicinal plant, with an exciting history
Ginkgo bilopa or Maidenhair tree actually grew in the time of the dinosaurs. In ancient times the plant was used by Oriental monks who ate the leaves to retain water. Today Ginkgo bilopa is used in natural medicines that strengthen memory and concentration. The plant is also used in shampoos, creams and soaps.
The first harbinger of spring
Primula malacoides or fairy primrose is a charming plant with layered screens of flowers over spring-green leaves. Flowers galore in white, red, pink and delicate purple shades provide the plant with a refreshing look. Primula malacoides can be can be planted out when the risk of night frost is past.