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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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Cestrum elegans smithii
Stock Number: 56569
The downy foliage is topped with thick clusters of waxy tubular dusky pink fls richly scented. The humidity of most hobby greenhouses is sufficient to deter its archenemy, spider mite. This dusky softly foliaged central Mexican form is the easiest to consistently bloom in the plantroom or on the windowsill--most of its...
$5.50
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Cestrum newellii [hyb]
Stock Number: 51919
Handsome and dramatic "Red Night Blooming Jasmine" becomes a compact dark foliaged shrub with arching woody branches terminating in congested panicles of short tubular red blossoms transforming into tight clusters of purple red berries. Needs bright light to dependably maintain its status as the showoff beauty of the g...
$7.50
Cestrum nocturnum
Stock Number: 40112
"Night Blooming Jessamine/Jasmine" Slender nightshade shrub with open sprays of greenish white creamy tubular blossoms intensely fragrant at night, followed by white berries.
$5.00
Cestrum nocturnum X diurnum Orange Peel [hyb]
Stock Number: 59210
This vigorous "Golden Night Jessamine" forms wide shrubs of attractively veined foliage topped with heads of bronzy gold fls opening from lilac buds; ever-blooming subtropical plant with fall colored foliage when grown outside in the south. Needs high light to bud in northern greenhouses. We've offered this for fifteen...
$4.75
Chamaeranthemum venosum
Stock Number: 50009
"India Plant" is a low growing beautiful Brazilian native with leathery flat leaves with silver netting. Small stature and dramatic coloring assure its continuing popularity as a basic in any terrarium. For another similar Acanthus relative perfect also in terrariums, see Ruellia devosiana in our offerings.
$12.00
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Chirita sinensis Hisako [hyb]
Stock Number: 20463
Flared rosette of very succulent serrated leaves richly traced with silver, from which rise stout stems with soft lavender pouched flaring blossoms of considerable substance. Handsome Nakayama hybrid more free-flowering than species clones. Certainly one of the easiest of all houseplants, equally at home in the windows...
$4.50
Chirita Sweet Charity [hyb]
Stock Number: 20645
Very dark jade like foliage; nodding slipper blossoms. The glossy succulent leaves become quite impressively dimensional. Performs well as a windowsill houseplant.
$5.00
Chlorophytum amaniense
Stock Number: 40114
Glossy broad lance leaves, orange-rust at base form arched vase shaped rosettes; Usambara Mountain species with club-like inforescense. Nice houseplant--a much smaller stature than C. macrophyllum, with much deeper green tones. Slow growing.
$12.00
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Chlorophytum bichetii Charlotte
Stock Number: 65682
A lovely form of the "Gabon Lily" with disticious fans of arching leaf blades, each with a wide straw yellow central band. Can survive the occassional neglect as has the typical "Pongol" tuberous root mass. Larger statured than species
$18.00
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Chlorophytum bichetii Wilbur
Stock Number: 65699
"Giant Gabon Lily Turf" over the tightly clumped tuberous root arise fans of bright spear leaves with wide lime gold margins. This clone (like 'Charlotte') is a larger statured form of the African species. Considerably larger and more dramatically variegated than the following species form.
$18.00
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Chlorophytum bichetii [laxum]
Stock Number: 40115
"False Lily Turf" Marvelous tufts of small arching blades margined in ivory white; good in low light; from Gabon. "Pongol" has become a great favorite with terrarium fanciers as it maintains its petite tightly clumping tuffet outline to provide a welcome white banded foil to flashier companions. This belongs in the sho...
$6.75
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Chlorophytum comosum
Stock Number: 40117
"Spider Plant / Airplane Plant" Glossy green arched leaves; long bloom stems terminating with forks bearing tiny white starflowers, but soon bend with many thick-rooted plantlets vivipariously formed by the tiny blossoms. The basic utterly green, astoundingly vigorous species form which seldom appears in commerce now e...
$2.00
Chlorophytum comosum Bonnie
Stock Number: 43117
The uniquely fetching "Curly Spider Plant" with centrally striped creamy variegation but each short leaf curls and swirls in the Shirley Temple tuffets, sending out abbreviated corkscrew stems with more twisted plantlets suspended in air. Oglesby introduction. This whorled, tostled, and flounced cultivar remains much s...
$6.00
Chlorophytum comosum Golden Glow
Stock Number: 65683
"Golden Spider Plant" Similar in stature to 'vittatum,' yet every rich green leaf blade is centered with vivid ochre and rich champagne tones--quickly clumps and sends off long shoots tipped with variegated "Airplane" offsets. Please remember that this lovely cultivar is popular for its subtle variegation, not for any ...
$8.00
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Chlorophytum comosum mandianum
Stock Number: 40118
"Yellow Spider " Golden Ribbon Plant" Rather dwarf cultivar with rich yellow center stripes on curling short leaves thickly clustered; low dwarfish growing habit insures its popularity as a pot plant as its rich colors and congested habit will not elbow out its neighbors--This old old compact selection from Manda's Gre...
$4.00
Chlorophytum comosum Streaker
Stock Number: 65665
This "Striped Airplane Plant" selection, unlike 'Vittatum,' sports a single very bright ivory stripe down the center of each deep green leaf. For the collector who must needs have the complete set.
$6.25
Chlorophytum comosum variegatum
Stock Number: 40119
"White Spider" Unusual low succulent flat outstretched leaves margined ivory; odd cultivar of remarkable endurance. Far more succulent rubbery foliage with more lateral growth habit than the rest of the tribe: thus, emerging as the best form to plant out in bedding, urns, windowboxes, and so on as survives (and even pe...
$4.00
Chlorophytum comosum vittatum
Stock Number: 40120
"Variegated Spider Plant" Bright wide central stripe. Dead common but reliably beautiful heirloom cultivar your grandmother grew, probably putting a few of the suspended offsets in glasses of water to amuse the grandkids. As this is so available everywhere and thus seldom ordered, please give us extra time to find and ...
$4.00
Chlorophytum macrophyllum
Stock Number: 40121
Wide rosette of glossy ribbon leaves; club-shaped inflorescence of white starry flowers emerging from odd green bracts; one of the giant "Tropic Plantain" without plantlets forming on outarching stolons; however the occassional plantlet emerges on the short stout erect flower spikes as they ripen. This eventually needs...
$6.00
Chlorophytum [orchidastrum?] Fire Flush
Stock Number: 42017
"Copper Sierra Leone Lily" Rosette of rubbery lance leaves, a coppery tone in good ligh, with showy orangy red petioles to create a dramatic specimen houseplant. Will be equally effective as an addition to your summer patio container creations with this combination of perfect habit & hard to find coloration. Contro...
$20.00
Cissus antarctica
Stock Number: 41059
"Kangaroo Vine" Leathery toothed leaves on strong wiry stems; rugged Australian surviving difficult cultural conditions--thus a basic houseplant whether in a hanging basket or windowsill pot. Has to be in the top ten of the "I will survive" houseplants!
$8.00
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Cissus discolor
Stock Number: 14106
"Rex Begonia Vine" Cambodian species with velvety quilted green-violet leaves with elevated silver areas highlighted by rouged veins--and complemented by a glowing maroon underleaf. Even in the greenhouse, this will definitely rest during winter, shedding its leaves and extended vine stems, but maintaining the thick ne...
$7.75
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Cissus quadrangula [quadrangularis]
Stock Number: 41062
Weird four-sided winged succulent sectioned stems; small leaves soon decidious; green flowers. Favorite of succulent collectors; although sensitive to chill and seldom tolerant of high humidity. To prevent breaking of this very brittle species, we usually send this as a rooted mossed cutting. Thankfully, when the britt...
$7.25
Cissus quinangularis
Stock Number: 41064
Attractive succulent with five-winged stems; dark decidious leaves are thick succulent wedges jutting out from the nodes. Most interesting in any rare vine collection; of easy culture as long as is situated in adequate light--seems unconcerned as to humidity levels as long as the roots are in a perfectly drained mix. A...
$4.75
Cissus rhombifolia
Stock Number: 41065
"Grape Ivy" Dark green glossy three-part leaflets, with hair brownish-rust, on bushy vine perfect for hanging baskets.
$6.00
Cissus rhombifolia Fionia
Stock Number: 41067
"Oak Leaf Grape Ivy" Uniquely thick-substanced foliage with beautifully lobed, somewhat waxy, leaflets slightly furred beneath if grown in high light. Very slow-growing selection of great charm. Always one of the most ordered plants.
$7.50
Cissus rotundifolia
Stock Number: 41071
"Succulent Grape" or "Wax Cissus" Waxy serrated lily-pad leaves and occasional red (grape) berries on corky stems which also develop thick pudgy aerial roots in moist atmospheres. Easy very handsome vine as long as not subjected to extended chill.  Initially slow growing; but fills out in time - avoid extended chi...
$8.50
Cissus sicyoides albo-nitens
Stock Number: 41078
Growth habit of the typical "Curtain Ivy," with the more waxy wide leaves producing a lustrous silver nacre patina on their surface. A visual treat. Many cascading aerial roots can form a "curtan" effect.
$5.50
Cissus tuberosa filigree
Stock Number: 41359
From smooth swelling woody caudex arise annual stems with quite attractie snowflake incised (palmately dissected) leaves and meandering tendrils. One of the easiest caudiforms performing well as a houseplant.
$12.00
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Citrofortunella mitis
Stock Number: 66862
Excellent miniature "Calamondin Orange" popular as a decorative Christmas gift; without doubt, the easist citrus to set fruit in your hobby greenhouse--especially popular because the extremely colorful fruit is at its showiest during the Christmas season when you most need it. Many plant growers have good luck with thi...
$10.00
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