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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.)

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.

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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...
$8.00
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
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
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 kyoto
Stock Number: 52052
Red flowered "Summer Torch"; white-margined stunning 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 a hobby greenhouse citizen. The leaves on this cultivar are much broader than 'Striata' & m...
$12.50
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
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