Tropical foliage

Min.temp: Tolerates frost
Grows best in near full sun / part shade.

An unusual and fascinating plant which will have one giant divided leaf atop a mottled fleshy stem. After a few years, it will produce large flowers that emerge from the ground. The name is due to the bulbils that develop on the leaves in Autumn.

60 to 80cm
Full sun to part shade

A perennial plant that produces large corms underground. The corms, leaves and stems can be eaten if cooked. ALL parts of the plants are toxic if eaten uncooked. An important stable food in many parts of the tropics.

0.5 to 1m
Full sun to part shade

A perennial with flat, fan-like arrangement of leaves with small star shaped speckled flowers. Grows well in moist, well drained positions in full sun. The rhizomes have important medicinal properties which have been traditionally used in China.

2 to 5m
Min.temp: 5°C
Part shade

The vanilla vine is actually a climbing orchid which produces the valuable vanilla pods. Quite large green/yellow flowers are produced which must be hand pollinated in order for them to produce the vanilla pods.

1 to 2m
Min.temp: Frost free
Full sun to part shade

A wonderful pot plant or under-story filler with large dark green leaves with black veins on the back. The stems are dark purple/black with a white residue covering. The plant is often cultivated for its edible roots and leaves in parts of the tropics.