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Tropicals & House Plants

As various of our longterm customers regularly ask about availability of plants once offered in past catalogues (we suspect that many of you have more complete year-by-year collections of those newsprint compilations than we do), we have re-listed many of these old plant treasures after getting them back into propagation; furthermore, we've been propagating many new treasures from the main collections as well as readying choice new plants sent to us by those of you who love to collect and hybridize and wish to share your treasures with the rest of us. And, as usual, you will note that we like to name these new cultivars and hybrids after you!

Since our customers continue to increase their interests and expand their displays of the wondrous TROPICAL LOOK in their outdoor gardens, we have added items for this look-- new Aroids, choice  Sansevieria, dramatic Agaves and their cousins, returning Begonias, a solid selection of reliable handsome Bromeliads, some very showy spiderworts and Acanthus family members. So continue to tart up your urns & planters unabashedly; shamelessly pump up those perennial beds by adding a few companion tropicals. We have also continued to expand plant selections in increasingly popular categories: tropical bonsai plants (especially succulent Bonsai), cultivars suited for standards & topiary, tried & true succulents suited for living wreaths or Fairy Gardens, new distinctive material to try in your windowboxes, living walls, patio urns and reliable yet choice terrarium subjects. (The sheer number of terrariums and wardian cases you purchased from us last year continues to esculate.)  Many of these new items are perfect for your fair garden designs and for the popular living wall movement.

Meanwhile, we have not forgotten our core support group (many of whom have been ordering /supporting us for well over 20 years now) who need new treasures for their hobby greenhouses & conservatories; their extensive lite gardens & plantrooms, and especially those who need a regular fix of an astounding new variegated cultivars. A reminder to our many Southern customers: many of the plants are excellent choices for your permanent plantings even though they are summertime bedding or greenhouse plants in our Zone 6b climate.

You will notice an ever increasing number of individual photos & images this season--the attempt to illustrate nearly every plant we list continues--and we do thank profusely those of you who have sent photos we can use as so many of our older stock plants show the effect of many cuttings and airlayerings, resulting in less than typical stature for that particular species and/or cultivar--and all of us enjoy seeing how you have potted and combined your plant treasures. We have always learned more from our faithful customer friends than we have from all our many reference books.

Most plants are sent rooted in 2 1/2"- 5 1/5" plastic pots unless coded as unrooted cuttings for certain succulents.

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Begonia Shadow Box [hyb]
Stock Number: 56727
(upright rhizomatous) Impressively statured apple green leaves with darker margins curiously emerge shrimp pink from the thick rhizome. Adept at filling its pot quickly, then it's urn, then its own hanging basket. Showy winter blossoms.
$4.25
Out of Stock
Begonia Snoopy [hyb]
Stock Number: 56125
(rhizomatous) Very thick surface rhizomes support the dramatically sized quilted leaves of bright yellow ochre, held aloft on thick succulent petioles righly haired. Give this one room. Equally impressive indoors or in your patio containers where its ochre gold coloring is amazing as an upright echo of Ipomea 'Margarit...
$12.00
Begonia soli-mutata
Stock Number: 59422
(rz or trailing/scandent) Very lovely low statured primadonna with very wide rich cinnamon green pebbled (cordate outline with bullate surface) leaves, reddish beneath, accented with pale lime veins. Extremely popular Brazilian with white flowers for designers of wardian cases and large terrariums--and for lite gardene...
$8.50
Out of Stock
Begonia Strawberry Creme [hyb]
Stock Number: 56447
(rz) Compact habit: pinkish toned leaves with rose veins and reddish umber edges. Worley hyb.
$5.50
Begonia Super Kurl [hyb]
Stock Number: 56524
(rex) Silver pink spiral with emerald edge and radiating line starburst centers, giving a stained glass effect; will take a summer rest if too warm, but less likely to undergo extended dormancy periods than most rex hybrids--nonetheless, a rex and thus a prima dona.
$7.75
Stock Number: 56310
(tuberous) Erect stems hold purple blushed leaves.  If kept cool, this lovely species will drop its foliage; only to quickly resprout from the subsurface caudex-like base and soon present its pink flowers.
$7.75
Begonia Tamo (Upright Rhyzome)
Stock Number: 56386
Succulant angled trunks present many small rounded olive leaves in neat ranks.  Easily grown heirloon hybrid.
$8.00
Begonia Teen Angel
Stock Number: 56783
(cane) Dramatic stalks with ginger green leaves surfaced silver with clusters of winter blossoms. Slow to establish. Hybridized by Walter Dworkin and named after the Rock n Roll song "Teen Angel" by Mark Denning  
$8.00
Out of Stock
Begonia thiemei [macdougalii purpurea]
Stock Number: 56134
(rhizomatous) The well known, deservedly popular "Palmleaf Beg." Seven to ten glossy serrated leaflets per petiole; maroon beneath unfurl from a very thick rhizome which typically leaves the soil line for the sky. Attractive greenish hued flower clusters upon heavy stalks. Excellent indoor pot plant; recently discovere...
$6.00
Begonia thurstonii [hyb] [hort]
Stock Number: 56136
(shrub) Glossy bronzed fleshy leaves, ornately haired, a dusky rich chilli red beneath carried on upright succulent stems; this is the old Easterbrook clone with large shell pink blossoms mid winter with cerise "whiskers." Needs air movement.  Still quite popular as a windowsill houseplant because it thrives.
$8.50
Begonia Tiger Cub [hyb]
Stock Number: 56512
(rhizomatous) More vigorous far more compact seedling of 'Tiger Kitten'
$4.25
Out of Stock
Begonia Tom Ment [hyb]
Stock Number: 56251
(cane/shrub) Silver strewn slim leaves, typically ornamented with a silvery tip; small pink flowers slightly toned orange. Somewhat larger statured than the very similar albo-picta.
$4.50
Begonia Torch [hyb]
Stock Number: 54059
(cane) Bright red flower (blushed salmon) clusters on stout short stems flanked with thick emerald angelwing leaves revealing red laquered undersides. While a compactly statured Cane, not a true dwarf. We consider this the most dependably performing compact cane Begonia. Easy to bloom, easy to grow.
$6.00
Begonia Troglodite Love [hyb]
Stock Number: 56262
(rhizomatous) Frieling's hybrid of incana x nelumbifolia; thick crisp glossy apple green leaves open to form large ovals with darker areas along veins highlighting the dramatic scrufty felted surface; flourishes in very exposed places, even full sun. Enjoys a questionable reputation often beyond our resources to produc...
$8.50
Begonia Ukigumo [hyb]
Stock Number: 56722
[rex] Slow growing compact heavy foliage; silvery blushed pink leaves with dark maroon cocoa at center and olive toned splotches along the border. Must have adequate humidity and evenly indirect light to achieve perfect foliage. Not a houseplant, yet far more evergreen than most of the Rex tribe.
$5.50
Begonia ulmifolia
Stock Number: 56139
(shrub) "Elm Leaf Begonia." Haired bright basil green leaves are ornately serrated & shaped like the leaves of an Elm tree then ranked on (tightly clustering) succulent vigorous arching stems tipped with pale flower clusters; strong and reliable - much beloved by those who cherish heirloom plants.
$4.25
Begonia vallida
Stock Number: 56260
(thick stemmed) Quite a bold presence with thick bamboo mimic stalks shingled with bright acid green wide leaves with odd delicately toothed margins and an attractive pattern of veins. Dainty white flowers in considerable numbers mid-winter. Brazilian shrub with considerable presence--we suspect it secretly considers i...
$10.00
Begonia venepi
Stock Number: 56263
(shrub) Wide waxy leaves of heavy substance, felted beneath, on strong short stems forming an impressive specimen. Pink toned blossoms during the spring. A Mickelson hybrid. Develops a russet red tone in high light; perfect basket plant as it slowly tumbles over the edge in self-branching clusters.
$15.00
Begonia Venetian Red [hyb]
Stock Number: 56140
(rex) Small, shimmery crepe-red leaves zoned silver & sage green. Petite enough to fit into a Wardian case planting. More evergreen than most Rex dwarf hybrids if kept in its terrarium.
$10.00
Begonia Washington State [hyb]
Stock Number: 56265
(rhizomatous) Enormous rhizomes anchor thick russett red petioles which bear impressive outfacing "Poinsettia" starburst leaves of rich amber green with distinctive maroon wedges of color at every vein branching. The Petasites of Begonias!
$8.50
Begonia White Fang [hyb]
Stock Number: 56518
(shrub/cane) Dramatically outstretched stems thickly populated with glossy leaves, rose blushed beneath, with big white blossoms produced in open clusters once established. Typically this remains a propagate-to-order item, although often in stock for collectors.
$8.00
Begonia Withlacoochee [hyb]
Stock Number: 65336
[trailing-scandent] Lovely elongated softly pelted rich green leaves, with soft ochre radiating veins. overlap on the cascading stems; white winter flowers most elegant. Very attractive delicate appearance, yet easy to grow on the windowsill, impressive as a terrarium carpeting plant, and fantastic cascading from a win...
$5.00
Out of Stock
Begonia Zorro [hyb]
Stock Number: 56504
(cane) Small statured angel wing with silver dots; shrimp pink blossoms. Charming heirloom with a certain legginess turned to advantage as older canes charmingly cascade.
$7.00
Billbergia Cher [hyb]
Stock Number: 52054
Jerry Raack's striking hybrid of `Fantasia' with euphemiae rubra: spotted reddish purple tall slim urns with each leathery leaf arched at the very tip; deeply arching long inflorescence with bracts and blossoms of pink, violet and ochre. A most impressive specimen in time; yet of easy culture.
$12.00
Billbergia Fantasia [hyb]
Stock Number: 52050
"Marbled Rainbow Plant"; "Gold Dust Urn" Coppery leaves highy blotched creamy white and pink; rose bracts with blue flowers. An antique hybrid, meaning that it is a hybrid from many years ago! Popular and reliable.
$18.00
Stock Number: 52313
Clustering cream dappled dusky erect tightly folded urns created by leathery overlapping leaves with each tip tightly curved down.  The rosy bracts accent the lizard green and bright blue blossoms.
$12.00
Billbergia nutans
Stock Number: 52051
"Queen's Tears" Narrow silver-bronze leathery leaves overlap tightly to form slender vases from which arch "weeping" flowerstalks with rose, green & violet "tear" flowers like "Indoor Oats." Tolerant of adverse conditions--always popular as a basic houseplant because the lovely inflorescences appear without fail ev...
$4.00
Billbergia Poquito Mio [hyb]
Stock Number: 53361
Dark glossy upright vase of stiff leathery leaves with pale green and cream mottlings. Most dramatic contrast of any Billbergia we offer.  This is definitely a visual rock star.
$20.00
Billbergia pyramidalis striata
Stock Number: 52053
Red flowered "Summer Torch"; irregularly yellow-banded stiff leathery leaves tightly overlap into an impressively outflared erect urn of striped foliage. Impressive yet easily grown Bromeliad equally at home as a windowsill or as a hobby greenhouse citizen. Easy and showy, as well as tolerant of considerable exposure t...
$8.00
Billbergia Santa Barbara [hyb]
Stock Number: 52056
Impressive small statured urn with golded-ochre margined leaves of gray-green flushed pink; rosy-pink bracts frame green flowers. Considered a hybrid of B. nutans x pyramidalis, far more compact than and much more slowly offsetting than the variegated clone of pyramidalis offered above. Remarkably beautiful.
$8.50
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