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Mediterranean plants

The murmur of waves and the smell of lavender and laurel create a harmony of natural beauty in our gardens; gourmet pleasure and spending quality time with your loved ones will make this a dream vacation.
You will definitely be intrigued by the garden sculptures made in multicolour acrylic dust, dominated by yellow, light blue and orange, where the skilful hands of the sculptor moulded lemon, carob, olive, grapevine and flowers.
The author of these supreme sculptures is a sculptor from Split, Ante Strinić, the author of numerous independent and joint exhibitions and an award-winner who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. This exceptional artist decided to abstractly mould Mediterranean plants for Bračka Perla exclusively, striving for sculptural form and avoiding naturalism at the same time.   

These are perennials that bloom from early summer to late autumn, and are among the simplest and least demanding garden plants. They tolerate extremely adverse conditions, such as high summer temperatures typical of our region, and that is enabled by their leaves containing tanks of water. Colour palette of leaves and flowers is very diverse; there are white, yellow, burgundy, orange and gray-blue. They are irreplaceable when it comes to the arrangement of rocks, and green roofs, and are excellent as ground covers in less accessible locations with poor soil, typical for Dalmatia.
It is widespread in the sunny and stony parts of the Croatian territory and islands. Rosemary is widely used in South-European cuisine as a spice, but also in cosmetics. Furthermore, the island of Brač is known for manufacturing soap from pure rosemary oil.
The name derives from the Greek word pelargos, which means stork, because Pelargonium fruit resembles the bill of this bird. This is undoubtedly the most popular summer blooming plant that grows well throughout inland and coastal areas in plain sun. It can be planted on the windows, balconies and hanging baskets in the garden. The red is predominant, even though almost all colours, hues and combinations of this plant were obtained through crossing. 
There are more than 2,600 known species of palm trees in the world today, and in Croatia, Canary Island Date and Washington Palm species are predominant; they can also be found on the waterfront of Split. Palmižana, a place on the island Hvar, was named after the palm trees.
There are more than 250 species of cacti. Unlike most cacti that are grown as ornamental plants, in some parts of the world, these are agriculturally important because the fruits are edible and are used in making cakes and jelly. This is why the origin of some of these opuntias today is uncertain because the ancient Mexican Indians cultivated it as an important source of food in the sterile deserts. If you get stung by its scaly spikes, you need to find a doctor to remove the big white spikes surgically. In the rocky Dalmatian areas many animals suffer their entire lives remembering a painful encounter with this nasty cactus. The most widespread species is the Indian Fig (Opuntia ficus – indica), that can be found in the southern part of Africa, in Australia and throughout the Mediterranean. It was spread throughout the new world due to scale insects which can produce dye; soon people discovered the edible fruit of this cactus. 
Oleander is a very poisonous plant, because even a small amount of bitter milky juice causes vomiting and may cause allergic reactions and skin damage. According to some stories, Napoleon's soldiers in Spain died after they used oleander plant for roasting. In summer, you'll rarely find a garden in Dalmatia without at least few oleander bushes.
Mimosa symbolises respect, brings good luck in business and encourages love. In the language of flowers this flower means true love. Mimosa shows its beauty only when everything is calm around it – at minimum disturbance it folds its flowers and it takes 15 -20 minutes to reopen. Every year in all major cities in Croatia we celebrate the Day of mimosa, which advocates the prevention of cervical cancer.
In Croatia, mandarin orange grows best in the valley of Neretva, because of the excellent weather conditions for cultivating high quality unshiu mandarin cultivated since 1934. Since this particular region abounds in water, mandarin orange from this area is best known for the great amount of juice in relation to the weight of the fruit.
There are no translations available.Posebno je omiljena zbog prelijepih žuto-crvenih mirisnih cvjetova, koji u jesen prelaze u dekorativne, ali otrovne crvene bobice. Kako lonicera raste vrlo brzo i prilično gusto, pogodna je da se zasadi kao pregrada za zaštitu od vjetra i znatiželjnih pogleda. Lonicera je u Hrvatskoj poznata i pod imenima Kozja krv i Orlovi nokti.
Croatia is one of the largest manufacturers of lavender, which, due to ideal climatic conditions and favourable soil, grows best on the island Hvar. Unlike other European countries where lavender is grown, lavender from Hvar is by far the best because it is produced in an environmentally friendly manner, and planting and harvesting are done manually, thus making a noticeable difference in the intensity of this plant’s aroma.
Its flowers typically change colour as they mature, resulting in bloom of two or three colours and this can be only seen from close distance. There are about 150 species of Lantana. Due to the adjacent pink and yellow bloom, a common name for Lantana camara is "Ham 'n` Eggs", which is also a favourite dish of Dalmatian workers. 
Its large flowers grow asymmetrically on the top of the stem and can be white, yellow, orange, pink and red. The seeds are small and heavy, and sink in water; they are widely used in the gem-making industry. Red hair dye is obtained from the seeds, used by many women of the world, including Dalmatian women, to change and improve their appearance.
Translated from Latin, its name means "the gift from God". It was known even in ancient times that the lovely and irresistible scent of jasmine is used to lift one’s spirits; even Queen Cleopatra herself used it in all special occasions.
Its flower colour depends on the type of soil - when the soil is acid, the flowers become intensely blue, and when the acidity in the soil is reduced, the colour becomes lighter, taking on red and pink shades. In Dalmatia people usually placed nails in the soil against the root so flowers could acquire a bluer colour, as this would change the composition of the soil. The people said that hydrangeas are flowers for the reconciliation of lovers or spouses, and a bouquet of hydrangeas brings peace to the household.
It belongs to the oldest medicinal plants, and in ancient times it was used and recommended as the optimal herb for the treatment of plague. Gentian is a typical mountain shrub, and in Croatia, it is most common in the Velebit area.
In Dalmatia, larger groups of cypress are only found on the islands of Korčula and Pelješac. One of the most beautiful is certainly the cypress alley on the hill Glavica of St Anthony near Korčula, which is the pride and joy of every resident of Korčula and a very attractive destination for any nature enthusiast.
Bougainvillea was named after a French sailor Antoine de Bougainville who brought it from South America to Europe. It is one of the most luxurious garden floral climbers and it is often encountered in coastal gardens thus becoming a true “Dalmatian”.
Ivy
It blooms from late summer to late autumn and the flowers are white-green. Its leaves can come in different shapes on a single plant. Ivy is an extremely medicinal plant, but its fruits, berries that are black and blue, are poisonous to humans. Since it nestles around everything it encounters, the ivy became a symbol of friendship and love. It is widespread in Dalmatia, especially on islands, where it can be seen growing along the walls of almost every home.
Aloe is sometimes confused with agaves. The difference is that the aloe leaf contains sap and it does not wither after flowering. The pharaohs believed in the power of this plant as an elixir for long life. From ancient times, the vases from Egypt show drawings of this plant. Its best-known species is certainly Aloe Vera, which has medicinal properties and is used in medicine, cosmetics and cooking. The largest habitat of aloe in Croatia is on the island of Hvar.
In the Benedictine Convent on the island of Hvar, nuns have been crafting world unique agave lace since the 19th century, only during jugo (the south-east wind), because bura (the north-east wind) stretches and tears the gentle agave leaves. There are no special sketches for its crafting, because each sketch is stored in the nun’s imagination and develops during crafting. Lace is not to be washed or ironed and it is preserved under glass containers to be completely protected.