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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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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
Billbergia saundersii
Stock Number: 53237
"Rainbow Plant' Small erect tubular bronzy olive foliage with pinkish white mottling; from red bracts emerge weepy stems cloaked with blue flowers. Very beaurtiful although slow to clump. Be sure to plant in an orchid mix.
$10.00
Billbergia saundersii Hybrid #3
Stock Number: 52275
Unusual form with wide undulant leaves displaying large nearly translucent cream spots entangled by Art Deco slim dusty silver crossbands, all framed by decorative purple teeth. inflorescence of pink, green, and blue bracts and blossoms. One of our most beautiful and easily grown Bromeliads.
$18.00
Billbergia T.L.Mead [hyb]
Stock Number: 52308
Softly mottled leathery leaves form erect urns; lovely weeping reblooming inflorescence or large rose bracts with blue & lime green petals--exhibiting its "Queen's Tears" parent's habit. Very easy houseplant; willing to bloom without any special fuss.
$4.25
Blechnum Silver Lady (Affinity moorei)
Stock Number: 11634
Available again now for Spring & Summer Shipping 2013. Charming "Dwarf Silver Tree Fern" with pewter gray toned arching fronds in a wide rosette atop the very gradually developing woody trunk. Needs good reliable humidity levels. This plant is also a possible subject for terrariums also.
$9.50
Boehmeria biloba
Stock Number: 41025
The impressive "Lobster Claw Nettle" with one of the most unique decorative looks in the ornamental plant world.  Stiff upright woody stems are ranked with heavily pebbled bright leaves with the leaf tip flaring out into two claws.  Plusbranched spikes of bubble blossoms also know as "Chinese Silk Fishtail"
$12.00
Bombax elipticum
Stock Number: 60716
The famous Mexican "Silk Floss Tree" makes a handsome potted caudiform subject with emerging red leaves handsomely designed; planted outside in the tropics this thick trunked tree rapidly develops considerable stature, displaying bundles of rose pink "Shaving Brush" silky stamens. Excellent indoors for those of us not ...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Bonsai Starter Collection - Indoor Tropicals
Stock Number: 99021
Among our most ordered collection as well as most reordered (did someone forget to water?); we send strong starter plants chosen from various genera which remain popular among bonsai fanciers for growing year 'round indoors under constant threat of wiring and tweaking. The collection includes such plants as Ficus, Hede...
$45.00
Bougainvillea Blueberry Ice
Stock Number: 58493
Low spreading branches draped with creamy-margined leaves; dramatically extending the showy clusters of bright blueberry blue bracts.. Performs well even on a bright sunny windowsill.  Only shipped in warm monhs.
$5.50
Out of Stock
Bougainvillea Raspberry Ice
Stock Number: 41822
Low spreading branches draped with creamy-margined leaves; dramatically extending the showy clusters of hot pink bracts hued magenta. Performs well even on a bright sunny windowsill.  Only shipped in warm months.   (Side note: The white somewhat powdery substance visible in some of our pictures is styro...
$5.50
Boussingaultia [Anredera] cordifolia
Stock Number: 41548
"Madeira Vine" or "Mignonette Vine" From tuberous roots rise rapidly growing stems with succulent leaves and racemes of heavily fragrant white flowers. Argentina native, thus the tubers are persistent in subtropical zones if below any frost line; in the north, either dig or bring in the container for winter. Nonetheles...
$2.00
Bowiea volubilis
Stock Number: 65084
"Climbing Onion" Pale spherical bulbs send up many-branched stems of pale ochre; flowers greenish-white. Considered to be quite toxic if ingested--do not grow this intriguing plant if children are around.
$25.00
Brassavola nodosa
Stock Number: 40078
Strongly richly scented "Lady of the Night" blossoms; this orchid has succulent terete leaves.  Needs very bright light, perfect drainage.
$25.00
Brassia arboricola Bernadine
Stock Number: 54003
Petite three-lobed leaflets (held in wheel-spoked whorls) often rimmed in lime-green; possibly a variegated sport of 'Renate.'
$8.00
Brassia arboricola Coppel
Stock Number: 41344
New leaves emerge in wheels of waxy blunt-edged, dimple-tipped leaflets with bright yellow green centers; yellow striped trunks; vigorous dwarf schefflera.
$8.00
Brassia arboricola Moondrop
Stock Number: 58361
"Moondrop Schefflera" Very petite habit: dwarf erect trunks heavy with small waxy fingered wheelspoke leaves irregularly margined in very pure bright white. Most petite of the ones we offer; and also the most brightly, purely white variegated. A big hit with the tropical bonsai crowd.
$8.00
Brassia arboricola Worthey
Stock Number: 41546
Large seven-leaved whorls irregularly margined bright white, fading to ochre-cream tones--occasionally the white is in the leaf center. Fashy cultivar of "Hawiian Schefflera."
$8.00
Breynia disticha nana
Stock Number: 41953
Marvelous "Dwarf Snowbush" with oval green & white "Foliage Flower" leaves on zig-zagging stems. Very lovely miniature form with stronger color contrast (plus pinkish when cool); very sought after for "mame" subject in Asia. This is a plant we originally brought into the country in the late seventies. We have sold ...
$10.00
Breynia disticha roseo-picta
Stock Number: 40081
This does not get ordered as often as the above dwarf form, so it is propagated to order only. Called the "Foliage Flower Shrub" because of the white, pink emerald & purple oval leaves. True flowers are tiny green suction cup-shaped strands hidden beneath. This clone holds foliage if kept warm, not deciduous like F...
$12.50
Out of Stock
Brilliantasia nitens
Stock Number: 58369
This was first introduced to garden culture, we believe, just in recent years, especially by Landscape Environmentals, excellent source of many showy tropicals for summertime flourishes in East Coast gardens. We strongly suspect that these are the blossoms of a Mint (Labitae) when the impressive inflorescence appears--...
$8.50
Bromeliad Collection
Stock Number: 99078
An introduction to the variety of genera & habits of these indestructible showy "Pineapple Family" characters. 5 plants – likely including various genera not listed in this catalogue--but drawn from Abrometiella, Acanthostachys, Aechmea, Anamea, Ananas, Billbergia, Cryptbergia, Cryptanthus, Deuterocohnia, Dyckia, F...
$22.50
Brugmansia candida Double White [plena]
Stock Number: 42196
Handsome double flowered "Angel's Trumpet" leaves the viewer rather breathless. Dark pelted foliage distinct. Customers report this to easily produce heavily scented blossoms more reliably than others in a greenhouse setting; branches easily; seems to respond well to the restriction of containers. This hard working hyb...
$12.00
Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi
Stock Number: 42268
Impressive arrays of luminous salmon-yellow trumpets dangle from the stout stems. Impressive conservatory subject. Leaves are cut Poinsettia style; trumpets typically darken to a deeper peachy orange than B. v. 'Apricot' (suaveolens x versicolor), although the distinction is minor. Visitors have told us that this seems...
$5.50
Stock Number: 20257
Stout trunks produce their dangling pale sherbert peach blossoms while still immature of stature. Up close the elegant trumpet flowers reveal a cream white center with lime tones.
$15.00
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