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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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Cryptbergia meadii [hyb]
Stock Number: 52093
Erect rosette with coppery leathery leaves mottled, gray-green reverse; greenish flowers. Cryptanthus beuckeri x Billbergia nutans. An heirloom bromel still sought after for its modest size, good habit and quite unusual colorations. Easy very attractive houseplant tolerating less than perfect levels of humidity. Updati...
$5.50
Cryptbergia rubra [hyb]
Stock Number: 52092
Beautiful pot plant of dark maroon-red laquered curved leaves tightly overlapping to form fountains of moderate size, backed with silver tones. Hybrid of Cryptanthus bahianus x Bilbergia nutans. Recommended. Low growing heirloom bromel always reliable as an easily grown houseplant, quite happy on any windowsill. A grea...
$5.50
Ctenanthe pilosa Golden Mosaic
Stock Number: 54342
Fanned clusters of large rigidly oblong leaves, each most dramatically splashed in creamy lime, angled on stiff geometric stalks. Formerly offered as C. glabra 'Giant Splashed'--this can reach considerable dimensions in time.
$12.00
Cuphea aequipetala
Stock Number: 42105
"Mexican Loosestrife" Slender arched stems, ranked w/ slim leaves, topped with petite lilac and green tubular blossoms with deep purple petals opposite four wider rosetoned petals. Height of bloom mid-winter. Easily grown also as a semi-aquatic. More a curiosity (and potential genetic pool for hybridizers) than an impo...
$7.00
Out of Stock
Cuphea David Verity [hyb]
Stock Number: 41927
Marvelous step upward from the traditional "Firecracker Plant" (C. ignea/platycentra) with bright red tubular flowers on dark foliaged vigorous plants which translates as the ultimate Hummingbird favorite in our gardens here. This high performer is the best choice for urns, containers, and large baskets (especially if ...
$5.00
Cuphea hyssopifolia
Stock Number: 40169
"Hawaiian Heather" everblooming lavender flowers on an upright outcurved compact bush. Good for large terrariums, dish gardens and small windowsills. As the nursery trade basically grows only the 'Yatabusa' selection, this old favorite has basically disappeared from the general market.
$4.75
Cuphea hyssopifolia Linda Downer
Stock Number: 41376
Compact laterally-branching cultivar of "Dwarf Hawaiian Heather" selected at Downer's Greenhouses here in Ohio with sprays of pure white flowers; the perfect companion for the purple flowered cultivars. Good flowering indoor bonsai subject and quite popular in summertime urns. Still a favorite for the larger terrarium ...
$5.00
Cuphea hyssopifolia Palest Pinkie
Stock Number: 41333
A delicate color selection of the reliable "Hawaiian Heather" (a native of Guatemala, naturally) with very pale lilac ever blooming flowers on arched stems. A random seedling originally found in our greenhouses here, and still in great demand.
$7.00
Cuphea hyssopifolia Yatsubusa
Stock Number: 42209
Foliage larger, lilac flowered color more intense than the more elegant 'Compacta', yet keeps lateral low growth habit. As this more laterally angled woody stemed selection grows rapidly, it will always appeal to bonsai designers.
$5.25
Cuphea ignea
Stock Number: 42349
Mexican "Cigar Flower" Modest bushy shrublet, easliy pruned to any desired size, producing many dark red tubular flowers with dark band and white rim at the tip. Always the favorite of kids. The lower more lateral growth habit (unlike the thriller 'David Verity') dictate this a spiller in container combos.
$4.25
Cuphea micropetala Granada Orange
Stock Number: 54371
Dark glossy foliage on strong limber stems (habit closer to Cuphea aequipetala) display multitudes of white-orange tubular flowers with fringed spidery tips only when this receives the full sun and warm root zone temps it prefers. Mexican (some say Caribbean) shrub eventually forming a woody base with time. This is a m...
$6.50
Cyanastrum cordifolium compactum
Stock Number: 40172
VERY LIMITED AVAILABLILTY. "Indoor Hosta" Rosettes of corrugated heart (cordi-) leaves arise from thickened corms. Unusual soil level blossoms give its Latin name "Blue Star." An evergreen, very tropical, low height, Hosta look-alike. Imperative for serious collectors. Totally distinctive; seldom offered because of ext...
$35.00
Out of Stock
Cyanotis somaliensis
Stock Number: 50514
"Pussy Ears" Succulent creeper with triangular curved, glossy green leaves with soft white hairs creating a "fringe"; flowers said to be purple & orange--although after growing this twenty years, we have yet to observe any. Excellent for small baskets; perfect groundcover in succulent dish gardens (especially Fairy...
$3.50
Cycas revoluta
Stock Number: 56531
Seedlings of the justly famous "Sago Palm" with thick trunks supporting a crown of deep glossy green leathery deeply fingered palm like leaves; an excellent houseplant which will become ever more magnificent as your great great grandchildren inherit it.
$18.00
Cydista aequinoctialis
Stock Number: 49458
Glossy leaves on shrubby vines (like a stubby Allamanda) with terminal clusters of showy cupped trumpet blossoms a richly toned lilac. Central American typically blooming here in November given good light and constant warmth. As the popularity of this curiosity seems to veer into extreme cycles, we can be caught with f...
$15.00
Cymbalaria aequitriloba [muralis globosa]
Stock Number: 40990
Very miniature form of "Kenilworth Ivy" with tiny scalloped (three-lobed) leaves creating a dense carpet under a half inch high; called "Toad Flax" in Europe. Half-hardy in Ohio if given a limestone or concrete wall to hang on to. Yes, it is totally cute.
$6.00
Cymbalaria muralis
Stock Number: 51741
Totally fab: a very tightly mounding "Kennilworth Ivy" with multitutes of tinsy scalloped kidney shaped leaves, creating a busy underfroth for the miriad tinsy purple blushed and splotched white "snap" blossoms. Needs full sun and a sweet soil to flourish. A modest heriloom as popular now as it was in Victorian times. ...
$4.50
Cymbopogon citratus
Stock Number: 41368
"Lemon Grass" or "Fever Grass" Attractive clumping rush-like fragrant grass which is the source of the lemon oil used in Asian cooking, perfumery and medicine. Easily container cultivated. Stops infections; treats spasms; perfect addition to a scented bath--pretty much covers most lifestyles. Quite decorative in an urn...
$6.75
Out of Stock
Cyperus albostriatus variegatus
Stock Number: 40176
Beautiful creamy striations on tufted blades; outstanding. Performs best sitting in (not submerged under) water--altho also successfully grown as a non-aquatic in moist soil. Remember always: this beauty will not flourish (or even persist indefinitely) if the crown is submerged.
$10.00
Cyperus albostriatus [diffusus]
Stock Number: 40175
"Dwarf Umbrella Plant" Broad matt-green umbrellas with very short stems; do not submerge--loves to be set in a saucer of water, but does not perform well if the soil surface is submerged. Habit is broader and much shorter; cultural conditions are different from the other "Umbrellas."
$7.75
Cyperus alternifolius gracilis
Stock Number: 40178
"Miniature Umbrella Plant" Somewhat smaller, more slender stems and reduced topknot of rayed bright leaflets giving it the obvious name, "Sparkler Grass." Best choice for the small aquatic tub, the miniature hobby greenhouse pool, or windowsill subject (if you grow as a houseplant, be sure to keep in an undrained conta...
$6.25
Out of Stock
Cyperus alternifolius variegatus
Stock Number: 40179
"Variegated Umbrella" Broad white bands on stalks & blades. Quite spectacular. This is the recommended umbrella plant for house culture. Can be used aquatically or as a standard house plant. If grown as a regular houseplant, just place a saucer under the plant so that it can be kept very moist.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Cyperus fertilis
Stock Number: 59195
Marvelously cute member of the Papyrus soon forming small flat rosettes of many wide quilted pastel almond leaves. From these quite short-stemmed stalkes whorled pleated center leaves develop from which arise arched stolons with new dangling cute viviparous rosettes--the "Spider Plant" of "Umbrella Sedges"--especially ...
$10.00
Cyperus papyrus percamenthus
Stock Number: 41931
Grassy glossy-foliaged "Dwarf Bullrush" A miniature version of the giant Egyptian pyparus with stuffy triangular stalks tufted with thickly packed umbels of slender rayed "blades." Perfect in the small pond.
$22.00
Out of Stock
Cyrtanthus elatus Pink Diamond
Stock Number: 51039
Shared by Warren Stoutemier. Habranthus-like foliage is topped with clear pinkish red tubular flowers with six fused petals. Prolific bloomer. Some consider this a form of Vallota speciosa.
$18.00
Cyrtomium caryotideum
Stock Number: 10240
"Clean Holly Fern." Sharply outlined holly shaped pinnae are closely layered on the short curved fronds' distinctive verdant green dull sheen also distinguishes this beautiful species native from Sri Lanka to Japan. Good container plant. Certainly a subtropical garden worthy fern in the South as will tolerate considera...
$7.50
Cyrtomium falcatum rochefordianum
Stock Number: 10242
Long-lived Asian "Holly Fern" with dark leathery fronds with pinnae strongly fringed and toothed. Very reliable container subject as long as kept evenly moist. Not reliably winter hardy here if weather is severe for an extended period, yet considered and declared to be zone 6 hardy in many reference books. Our clone ha...
$8.00
Datura inoxia variegata [Missouri Marble]
Stock Number: 55614
Can be a bit tricky if grown as a houseplant; best procedure is to grow in the garden and treat as an tender perennial. It is also good as an urn plant. Very limited but available for April-May Shipping. The remarkable "Variegated Evening Trumpet" While famous as Scopolamine's source, this fabulous creature merits a pr...
$25.00
Datura metel cornucopaea
Stock Number: 42265
Large purple speckled cream trumpets held semi-erect thereby revealing the three-tiered fragrant layers: "Double Purple Horn of Plenty" famous as source of Scopolamine. Sometimes listed as D. arborea 'Double Black.' Always creates a sensation here when it starts blooming late summer.
$6.50
Datura metel Double Golden Queen [chlorantha]
Stock Number: 66895
Erect stalks hold an umbrella of foliage topped with rather extraordinary upfacing three-tiered lemon gold "Horn of Plenty" trumpets; source of scopolamine. Also know as  D. chlorantha; probably correct as D. atraemonium plena.  Very robust and decorative.
$6.50
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