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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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Canna generalis striatus [Bengal Tiger]
Stock Number: 41510
"Bangkok indian Shot" or "Pretoria Canna" Spectacular garden canna cultivar forming dramatic clumps of brightly striped green and butter yellow leaves topped by heads of large orange flowers. Blooms in winter greenhouse as has no real dormancy cycle. We suggest to those interested in research that a quick look in the i...
$10.00
Canna indica purpurea / Red Stripe [Greenline]
Stock Number: 41952
Remarkable strong clean avacado green leaves with strong deep purplish red parallel chevroned veins suggesting a delicate transparency. Marvelous when grown as a bog subject. Try at the edge of your pool where, if content, it can reach a height of eight feet topped with a cluster of petite brilliantly carmine red bloss...
$18.00
Carissa grandiflora Boxwood Beauty
Stock Number: 40099
Vigorous clone of "Natal Plum: with nearly rounded leathery leaves thickly placed on the nearly spineless stems; much used in large bonsai especially for the corky barks on mature trunks. Must have sunlight, evenly moist soil and adequate fertilizer to work well as a pot plant.
$12.00
Carissa grandiflora Green Carpet
Stock Number: 40100
The "Weeping Natal Plum" for limber stems cascade straight down with carpets of tiny leathery oval leaves; remarkable as a basket or wall subject in north; carpeting groundcover in subtropic climates. But most sought after as a subject for a bonsai cascade styles. We have admired old specimens grown in half pots mounte...
$5.50
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Carissa grandiflora horizontalis
Stock Number: 40101
Compact; prostrate rigid stems; reduced spines; pinwheel flowers produce edible fruit; used in Japanese cascade bonsai as 'Naikoku-ume'; still uncommon in USA. Stems held in rigid horizontal planes, not weeping like 'Green Cascade.'
$8.75
Carissa humphreyii variegata [hort]
Stock Number: 40102
"Variegated Natal Plum" Coin-size waxy leaves with brilliant creamy white margins on compactly growing shrub; pinwheel fl pure white. One of the best houseplants with white variegation covered by a wax surface sufficient to prevent burning in a low humidity environment. Very slow growing. Very desirable.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Carmona microphylla [Ehretia buxifolia]
Stock Number: 40106
"Fukien Tea" Handsome woody stems with tiny glossy blackish green leaves having minute hairs; starry blossoms (typically starting in late winter) followed by bright red berries. Excellent indoor bonsai subject; from Japan where still best known as Erethia buxifolia. Do not try to grow in a low humidity locations as wil...
$12.00
Celosia spicata argentea Purple Feathers
Stock Number: 54547
"Purple Feathers Plant" From seed collected by Charles Malden Fitch at Cambodian temples.The upright decorative dusky purple foliage is topped by many candles of six inch slim plumes of bicolored violet flowers. Use in annual displays or as a novelity in your winter greenhouse.
$6.75
Centratherum intermedium
Stock Number: 40107
"Brazilian Button Flower" of Victorian gardens. Serrate leaves scented of pineapple, and thus newly marketed as the "Pineapple Sangria Plant"; quite showy bluish-lavender button flowers resembling tiny Canadian Thistle blossoms, thus also called the "Martinique Batchelor's Button." Easy culture with bright light, thus ...
$5.00
Cestrum aurantiacum
Stock Number: 56568
The upright "Guatemalan Jasmine" presents very ornamental somewhat upright pyramidal clusters of bronzy orange tubular blossoms, distinctly but not agressively fragrant, once achieving maturity. We find that this lance leaved species usually needs to reach some size before reliably blooming. This tends to have unpredic...
$5.50
Cestrum diurnum [album]
Stock Number: 40110
"Day Jessamine" or "Willow-lvd Jasmine" West indies shrub with clusters of greenish-white flowers, with petals bent backward, spearmint-fragrant by day; followed by even more dramatic and strikingly beautiful eggplant purple berries in abundant sprays so dense as to tip the branchlets. Demands bright light & even m...
$5.00
Out of Stock
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
Out of Stock
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
Chamaedorea metalica
Stock Number: 41761
Mexican "Fish tail Palm" with deep blue-green leaves with odd metalic sheen accentuated by beging fused (very occasionally pinnate) to form an upward cup of undivided pinnate leaves. Black fruit.
$20.00
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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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Chamaerops humilis
Stock Number: 58422
"Dwarf Fan Palm." In all Western Mediterranean Countries, where it grows spontaneously, the leaves of the Dwarf Fan Palm are always utilised for various kinds of wickerwork. Its buds are employed as food (palm-cabbage), chiefly in North Africa, but also in Sicily where it is known as "ciafagghiuni". Another of those se...
$15.00
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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
Out of Stock
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
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
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
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...
$4.25
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 ...
$4.50
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
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