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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 this year 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 many new flashy items for this look--odd new Aroids, unusual Agaves and their cousins, dramatic strong boned Begonias, a solid selection of reliable handsome Bromeliads, some very showy palms, 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, cultivars suited for standards & topiary, tried & true succulents suited for living wreaths or dish gardens, new distinctive material to try in your windowboxes or 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: most of the plants coded CGH (for Cool GreenHouse) 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 richmondensis purpurea
Stock Number: 56237
(shrub) Redish-tinged coppery glossy wing-like leaves thick on arching/cascading stems make this a popular hanging basket subject; white to rose flowers. Possibly the least demanding Begonia for the visual punch--equally happy as a houseplant, a stunning greenhouse showoff, or a willing bloomer in any urn or windowbox ...
$5.50
Out of Stock
Begonia Rip's Wrinkle [hyb]
Stock Number: 56770
(upright rhizomatous) Unmistakably a "subtle giant" with wide rounded fleshy waxy leaves with cloudy surfaces varicolored ochres, olives, and dusky avocado.Can become massive in time and thus quite popular as a landscape subject in the tropics.
$8.50
Begonia San Miguel [hyb]
Stock Number: 56114
(shrub) "Elephant Ear Beg." Great furry leaves on succulent stems emerge from "Rattlesnake Skin" bracts. Handsome specimen. Price reflects the extra care demanded in packing this gorgeous giant.
$18.00
Begonia semperflorens Charm
Stock Number: 56116
(sempervirens) "Sunspot Wax Beg." Creamy yellow mottled waxy glossy leaves a backdrop to the constant soft pink flowers freely produced; try under lights or in outdoor beds. As so many patio and deck container designers ask for this to be included in collections, we decided to list it again!
$3.50
Begonia semperflorens Kaylen [hyb]
Stock Number: 56725
(sempervirens)"Hardy Wax Begonia" Appears to be an unusually full statured, dark foliaged "Wax Begonia" with easily produced rose pink (to red) blossoms; but beneath the soil it forms real tubers--has survived short shots of zero degress in Atlanta (of course, the soil was not frozen).We repeat this; we do not guarente...
$4.75
Begonia semperflorens Lady Francis
Stock Number: 56359
(sempervirens) The lovely "Double Red Wax Begonia" nearly constantly producing clusters of marble sized flowers against the glossy succulent purple toned foliage. The totally retro Victorian begonia.
$6.50
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
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. Seems a bit large for its name--or perhaps teen angels look a bit different nowadays.
$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 Brocade [hyb]
Stock Number: 56234
(rhizomatous) Compact, thick-foliaged Frieling hybrid of B. `Tiger Kitten' x `Persian Brocade.' Excellent for windowsill or will spill forth the rusty orange patterned leaves from a hanging basket.
$4.25
Out of Stock
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.
$4.25
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.
$12.00
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
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