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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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Dracaena reflexa gracilis
Stock Number: 40223
Formerly Pleomele reflexa. Short attractive waxy leathery dark strap leaves in tightly overlapped worls to cover slender upright strong stems. This attractive deep green houseplant will grow where all else fails; indeed, if you kill this you automatically enter the "Brown Thumb" hall of fame.
$3.25
Dracaena reflexa Song Of India
Stock Number: 40224
Ribbed trunks support thick swirls of short dark strap leaves margined in wide ivory bands. Formerly listed in reference books as Pleomele reflexa variegata or 'Song of India.' Few house plants this highly variegated flourish in normal dry indoor conditions as well as this one.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Dracaena reflexa Song Of Jamaica
Stock Number: 40225
Swirled strap leaves with central yellow stripes; readily tolerates low light conditions. Waxy foliage withstands lack of humidity indoors where other plants fail.  We are often low in stock of this unique rare cultivar.
$18.00
Dracaena thalioides
Stock Number: 40232
Stiff fans of crepe mimic leaves; this Pleomele thalioides famous for surviving very low light conditions. The terminal spikes of highly scented flowers may be fragrant to some, but reminescent of airplane glue to others. Not the most stunning showpiece, but a handsome survivor with attractive leathery foliage.
$10.00
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Duranta erecta Gold Mound
Stock Number: 57500
Low arching stems lined with lovely small solid golden leaves (pale lime in low light) forming the perfect golden gilded bonsai. Lovely as a windowsill plant expecially when producing its delicate wands of white flowers; a popular new outdoor shub in the warmer edge of the subtropics. Far more duminitive than the large...
$5.25
Duranta erecta [speciosa] aureo-media
Stock Number: 41880
Unusual "Lemon Drop" clone of "Skyflower" with each small leaf center splashed golden ochre. Freely produced white blossoms. Excellent twiggy small foliaged subject for small statured tropical bonsai as can be easily trained in lateral directions, yet beautiful also as a windowsill plant or in a patio container.  ...
$5.25
Duranta plumierii Golden Edge
Stock Number: 57476
Superbly flashy. Limber stems present showy buttery gold leaves, with central gray green flame, & terminate with purple elongated flower clusters, then gold berries. Excellent new Japanese selection of this Caribbean species which is much larger in stature than the Duranta erecta cultivars..
$8.00
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Duranta plumierii [repens] variegata
Stock Number: 41585
"Ivory Margined Skyflower" Vining shrubs with woody out arching stems ranked with beautiful glossy toothed leaves with very wide creamy-white margins. The blue (fading to lilac) flower clusters are followed by yellow "Pigeon Berry" fruit. Carib native. Foliage flashier than the repens/erecta complex--although the nomen...
$12.00
Duranta repens [erecta?] variegata
Stock Number: 41254
"Variegated Skyflower" Serrated glossy small leaves splashed white--when grown in full sun the foliage may emerge ivory white, gradually fading with maturity. China blue flowers, if pollinated, are followed by bright "Pigeon Berry" fruit. The distinctive variegation (which is a speckling, not a solid margin) may disapp...
$6.50
Duranta Species Dwarf
Stock Number: 42142
Hansoti #26; possibly an extreme dwarf clone of D. repens (although Botanists now suggest that all are species erecta--bit of a contrast?), yet the sprays of delicate flowers are of rich lilac, not blue. Outstanding dependable pot plant from India currently gaining much popular favor with prunner armed bonsai fanciers;...
$5.00
Dyckia brevifolia Golden Glow
Stock Number: 52098
Hummel's selection of a yellow variegated succulent mounding Bromeliad eventually resembling a hemisphere of interlocked Agaves. Beautiful & rare, yet of easy culture demanding only very bright light and perfectly drained media.  Very slow growing; and thus a rarity.
$20.00
Out of Stock
Dyckia Burgundy Ice
Stock Number: 53396
This dramatic plant has the darkest and most cranberry colored overtones of any of the Dyckias we offer. Like the other Dyckias below, makes a great indoor or windowsill subject. This spectcular hedgehog with very downturned heavily armed waxy purple foliage is tolerant of very low humidity.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Dyckia Carlsbad
Stock Number: 52099
Thick-leaved hybrid smaller than D. platyphylla parent; first forms an elegant very succulent rosette, then offsets to form an interlaced (spiny leaved monster) mound. Our price reflects our unwillingness to tackle the daunting creature! But remains an excellent impressive hemispherical Agave mimic in any succulent col...
$25.00
Dyckia Grape Jelly
Stock Number: 58535
Nicely formed hemispherical plants of a wild form of Dyckia that is purple in color probably closely aligned to the Burgandy Ice clone above. Nomenclature again in uncertain because of the fact that these were cloned from a superior growing plant in a private collection.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Dyckia peruviana
Stock Number: 55249
Nicely formed hemispherical plants of a wild form of Dyckia that is compact and easily grown. Nomenclature is suspect- truely a bruiser.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Elaeagnus pungens maculata eleador 'Eleador'
Stock Number: 40234
Woody branching scaled stems covered with frosted slate green leaves splashed with bold yellow variegation.  This "Golden Silverthorn" is winter tolerant in the deep south; however, is a tropical for a cool (not freezing) location in the north, yet still forming the "Gumi Flower Red Berries"
$10.00
Elatostema sessile Weeping Lady
Stock Number: 41029
"Weeping Pilea" Slightly quilted toothed leaves of deep shiny green clusters on arched "weeping" fleshy succulent stems; this selection darker and more compact than species type--we are informed that many herbal cures include the sap of this plant. Adds height in a Wardian Case design.
$4.25
Eleocharis radicans Dwarf
Stock Number: 40237
"Nut Grass" Rich green 1" to 2" tufts of glossy spikes tipped with tiny decorative seedheads; much used as a carpeting base for bonsai and newly popular as a "lawn of grass" in fairy garden designs. Great tufted "Toe Tickler Grass" (tho actually in the spikerush clan) most popular for multiple uses, even for bright ter...
$5.00
Elettaria [amomum] cardamomum Dwarf
Stock Number: 53021
"Dwarf Cardamom Ginger" Small version of this spice--attractive, easily grown houseplant with wonderfully fragrant foliage quickly clumping in a windowsill pot. A tonic and expectorant, also ingested to aid digestion; belived by some to detoxify caffeine. We most emphatically do not stand by any of these claims!  ...
$4.25
Ephedra regeliana
Stock Number: 73831
"Vining Ephedra." Small plant up to 10 cm tall, with woody stem; branchlets striate, smooth slender. Male strobili 2-3 whorled ;flowers 4-8; bracts orbicular, connate; staminate column exserted; anthers 5-8; female strobili solitary; flowers 1-2 ; tubillus 1.5 mm long, straight. Berry globose, red.
$18.00
Out of Stock
Epidendrum radicans seidel
Stock Number: 41690
"Orange Reed Orchid" Clone from Seidel Orchids with very regular rounded inflorescence of bright orange blossoms. Easy.
$12.00
Epipremnum falcifolium aureum
Stock Number: 30233
"Golden Pothos" Beautiful scandent vine with closely ranked golden lance leaves; this eyecatching cultivar of the vigorous indonesian species creates a spectacular hanging basket curtain of bright lemon gold, while equally beautiful in dishgardens and as a ground cover for taller, more leggy houseplants. Rarely offered...
$6.00
Epipremnum [Scindapsis] aureum
Stock Number: 30229
"Golden Pothos" Yellow splashed waxy leaved "Devil's Ivy" is still unrivaled as dish garden and hanging basket survivor. When planted out in the tropics this vine produces mature leaves achieving amazing stature by the time the vine reaches the top of a palm.
$4.50
Epipremnum [Scindapsis] aureum Marble Queen
Stock Number: 30230
"Marble Queen Pothos" Ivory and green leaves: a basic. Also "Devil's Ivy" or "Hunter's Robe" and "Ceylon Ivy Creeper" although form the Solomon Islands. Survives low light and low humidity.
$5.00
Epipremnum [Scindapsis] aureum N'Joy (variegatum)
Stock Number: 33115
"NJoy Pothos" Ivory striped spruce green leaves, sometimes edged green--a brilliant color contrast on a very compact vine. Also "Devil's Ivy" or "Hunter's Robe" and "Ceylon Ivy Creeper" although form the Solomon Islands. Survives low light and low humidity. This is an interesting new form from India, most recently intr...
$6.75
Equisetum diffusum
Stock Number: 40246
"Tropical Horsetail" Soft gray green central stems form a tiny bamboo-like thicket: each central stem, with delicately nodding tip, is ringed with skirts of lateral stemlets to create intricate patterns; marvelous pot plant. Will survive some winters in our zone if the ground barely freezes, but best grown as a cool gr...
$18.00
Out of Stock
Equisetum scirpoides contorta
Stock Number: 40248
"Dwarf Scouring Rush" Tangled low mat of very dwarf twisted bright green wiry stalks; needs semi-aquatic conditions. Odd form small enough for terrariums; darling in troughs.
$8.00
Eranthemum wattii
Stock Number: 50016
"Blue Eyes" Very compact habit: wide oval leaves with odd papery edges, brilliant blue-violet phlox-like heads. Typically the leaf surfaces retain the waxy scruft evolved to protect the emerging foliage, so do not call us to tell us that weird things are on the leaf surface!
$10.00
Out of Stock
Erythrina indica picta [variegata orientalis]
Stock Number: 42345
Heat loving "Sunshine Tree" with thick woody trunks supporting brightly yellow variegated fingered foliage.  Seldom seen red pea flowers if conditions are warm and sunny.  A shrub with great drama in any plant display.
$35.00
Out of Stock
Eucharis Christine
Stock Number: 51287
The excellent extremely fragrant "Compact Amazon Lily" with slimmer tighter foliage than the species grandiflora, yet relatively large waxy white daffodil shaped flowers are produced in considerable numbers once the offsetting bulbs reach a mature size thanks to your providing a warm richly fertilized mix with bight li...
$10.00
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