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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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Acorus gramineus Tanimanoyuki
Stock Number: 30004
Lime-yellow stripes inside outer edge of each slim blade; from Japan, excellent as short grassy-tufted houseplant; or quite hardy in Southeast Ohio--a "Japanese Sweet Flag" which stays evergreen if given semi-aquatic conditions outdoors. Easy in aquatic culture--although the name translates as "Snow on the Mountain," t...
$6.00
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Stock Number: 10004
Lovely "Venus Maidenhair" with short maroon stems bearing clouds of ovate-triangular pinnae; partial to lime, does well in terrariums and in any moist, cool conditions. This is the species form of the Southern Maidenhair and thus prefers (needs?) a winter rest. Not as easy as its cultivars!
$7.00
Out of Stock
Adiantum caudatum
Stock Number: 10007
Fountains of beautiful cascading shimmering fronds; young ferns form at the tips of each long mature frond, thus called the "Walking Maidenhair Fern"; from Old World tropics. Extremely dramatic when grown as a hanging basket subject in conditions of reliably high constant humidity levels; wonderful as a carpet for your...
$6.75
Out of Stock
Adiantum hispidulum
Stock Number: 10009
"Australian Maidenhair." Forked horn-like fronds emerge red pink on top of the wiry black stems. Forms an attractive slowly increasing mound. Reliable if kept evenly moist and cool; demands quite bright light and sweet soil to thrive--when you lightly lime the other Adiantums, avoid dusting this species with lime. We s...
$5.50
Adiantum macrophyllum Peaches And Cream
Stock Number: 10011
New for 2013. A Maidenhair of interest like the "Adianutm peruvianum" with larger leaflets and distinct structure. Short-statured. Challenge for the collector-avoid acid soil and avoid over watering. Large fluted leaflets reddish maroon at first, then fading to silvery green. Very interesting. This has pink new foliage...
$12.50
Out of Stock
Adiantum microphyllum Little Lady
Stock Number: 10013
This "Little Lady Maidenhairn Fern" forms tuffets of arching fronds aflutter with tiny teardrop pinnae.  For the terrarium designer or fern collector ready for a challenge.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Adiantum peruvianum
Stock Number: 10014
"Silver Dollar Maidenhair Fern" We hope to have these available again throughout the Fall Season! Large dramatic species with pink toned new foliage hardening into rich green arching fronds. Must have high humidity to perform well--loves a large Wardian Case as its home (this is far too large for a small or narrow terr...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Aechmea calyculata X recurvata
Stock Number: 53221
Small erect cardboard urns a rich avocado green with a blush of old rose. Very xerophytic small statured Bromeliad gradually forming a tightly packed colony of compressed urns which mimic a larger Tillandsia visually; needs full light and semi-epiphytic conditions.
$15.00
Aechmea caudata albo-marginata
Stock Number: 52004
Tall impressive urns of tough leathery leaves brilliantly margined in ivory, gradually offset to form an art nouveau fantasy. Strong growing piece of drama, but needs bright light, especially to produce the soft yellow flowered inflorescence. Major specimen impact in any plant array; a must for lovers of extreme varieg...
$25.00
Aechmea chantinii amazonica
Stock Number: 52007
Massive purple blushed silver urns with wide crossbands further accented by the ornately toothed edges; red flowers. We send mature offsets packed in moss of this impressive Bromeliad.
$22.50
Aechmea fasciata albo-marginata
Stock Number: 52010
Rather uncommon selection of the "Pink Feather Duster" (a description of the dramatic inflorescence). Wurthman's prefered form of the white-banded "Silver Urn." This remarkable beauty will be shipped in moss.
$45.00
Out of Stock
Aechmea fasciata medio-picta
Stock Number: 52012
An unusual sport of the "Pink Feather Duster" (a description of the dramatic inflorescence) with a bold golden central band on each of the silvery leaves. Most dramatic.
$40.00
Out of Stock
Aechmea Foster's Favorite Favorite
Stock Number: 52016
Sport of "Red Urn" with broad cream margins on shiny dark red-maroon glowing leaves; coral petals dramatically tipped a bright blue. We have maintained this fab creature for thirty years, and its beauty is still unrivaled. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
$18.00
Aechmea Foster's Favorite [hyb]
Stock Number: 52015
"Red Urn" Rich glossy maroon narrow urns brilliantly display fabulous heads of coral "berries" tipped with blue blossoms. Easy "Lacquered Wine Cup" a hybrid of A. victoriana x racinae quickly forming a colony of glossy elegantly fluted urns... and why not try this as an addition to your summer urns as a dramatic jolt o...
$6.50
Aechmea Fulgens discolor albo-marginata
Stock Number: 52017
"Coralberry" Beautiful open urns of glaucous green leaves with faint crossbands and showy ivory margins, purpled beneath; violet purple flowers followed by quite dramatic wide spikes of "Coralberry" fruit. Stunning rosettes of seemingly unreal laquerware, yet easy houseplants. Once not uncommon in collections, this mar...
$22.50
Aechmea gamosepala
Stock Number: 52020
"Bottlebrush Bromo" Compact, rapidly-clustering urns with erect bottlebrush spikes studded with clove-shaped reddish bracts tipped with electric magenta petals. Easy house plant for the windowsill.
$5.50
Aechmea gamosepala Lucky Stripes
Stock Number: 52273
The nearly spineless outcurved erect leaves are broadly striped bright white, wonderfully overlapping to form an upright glossy urn like rosette--beautiful with the blue petaled blossoms tightly packed on a "Bottlebrush" inflorescence; certainly a must in any collection of exceptional variegates. Always sought out by B...
$15.00
Aechmea gracilis
Stock Number: 52023
"Popcorn Plant" Short outcurving leathery stiff rosettes present short popcorn inflorescences of bright red bracts with red-violet flowers--and these are very very impressively colored. Excellent house or greenhouse subject; easy to bloom if given bright light. Price reflects its refusal to quickly offset like most oth...
$15.00
Aechmea luddemaniana Mend
Stock Number: 52024
An older vase shaped cultivar, still not surpassed. Great grower. Stiff out furled metallic leaves mottled bronzed-green & margined with cream-white; white berries turn blue to violet and stay on the plant for a long time. Great house plant.
$17.50
Aechmea orlandiana Bert variegata
Stock Number: 52220
Wonderful plant with central variegation on each impressive leaf. This is a bromeliad with some of the most stunning variegated foliage we have seen.
$35.00
Aechmea orlandiana Gold Tone
Stock Number: 52216
Compact cultivar with tidy upright glossy black dotted urns stunningly margined with buttery golden lime bands accented with dark marginal teeth. Usually sent mossed. This is popular because it is far more compact and smaller statured than the other orlandiana cultivars. The rare white variegated A.O. 'Ensign' is avail...
$35.00
Aechmea pineliana miniata
Stock Number: 52032
"Bristle Cone Plant" Copper pink hued silver urn edged in maroon teeth--compact; pinecone inflorescence of red bracts over- whelming the small yellow blossoms, held aloft on stout stem. Erect urns need full sun to maintain brilliant coloration. An heirloom Bromeliad still essential in any collection for its distinctive...
$10.00
Aechmea recurvata Hybrid
Stock Number: 52118
A very bold upright hybrid with tight clustered flowers of pink green & russett; rapidly clustering / offsetting to form a soft porcupine hemisphere. Best grown with the high light of Tillandsia culture--indeed until it blooms, quite typically mistaken for a terrestial Tillandsia. Quite popular among the topiary de...
$5.75
Aechmea Red Ribbon
Stock Number: 52272
Elegant 'Foster's Favorite' type upright urns of overlapping lacquered glossy rose blushed ochre leaves with dramatic central red bands. Easy to grow despite its flamboyant color and habit. The dense red bracted spikes with red sepaed blossoms with lilac petals emerge from the depths of mature urns. An excellent choice...
$8.50
Aeollanthus parvifolius
Stock Number: 41088
Columns of four-ranked, felted aromatic leaves completely hide the small arching stems tipped with soft pink lipped flowers. Very beautiful "Teddy Bear Mint" forms beautiful pot plant or perfect groundcover for taller leggy succulents. Comercial source of soap oils.
$5.75
Aeschynanthus aff longicaulis/marmorata
Stock Number: 31368
Excellent "Zebra Vine" form with cascading maroon stems ranked with pairs of brightly zoned succulent leaves, & with (often solitary) odd upright orange tubular blossoms. Tolerates lower levels of humidity than most Gesneriads. Usually sent as a generous cutting in moist moss.
$4.50
Aeschynanthus lobbianus
Stock Number: 20402
Elliptical leaves ranked on arched, cascading stems terminating with clusters of upright flowers: each maroon cupped calyx holding a blood red "Lipstick Vine" blossom--typically blooming only once a year; this low price reflects that these are small starters.
$4.25
Out of Stock
Aeschynanthus micranthus Variegate
Stock Number: 20016
"Variegated Himalayan Lipstick Plant" The leathery glossy foliage emerges with ivory-white striations which fades with time into bright lime brushings--striking with the intense small red-purple flowers. Easily grown small statured species preferring cooler temperatures to produce the best variegation. While most Aesch...
$4.50
Out of Stock
Aeschynanthus radicans Curly
Stock Number: 38484
Most curious and fun plant. Typical Lipstick blooms but with reflexed leaves--thus it slightly resembles the "Hindu Rope" plant.  Must have strong light and perfect drainage to survive.
$7.00
Agapanthus africanus Getty White
Stock Number: 51289
Somewhat compact glaucous foliaged selection of the "Nile Lily" with heads of ivory white flowers emerging from the attractive leathery leaf fans; must reach maturity before blooming.
$10.00
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