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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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Agapanthus Elaine [hyb]
Stock Number: 50117
Vigorus growing deep blue 8" wide flower heads on thick stems above the dark green upright two foot tall foliage fans; typically starts heavy flowering period three weeks later than most when grown outdoors in the deep South--seems to bloom with the others for us in northern greenhouses. Most certainly easier to flower...
Aglaomorpha coronans
Stock Number: 10677
"Crowning Bear's Claw Fern"  Deep green ornately lobed outarching "fronds" with sing like basal oak leaf pattern anchored on large sienna pelted showy rhizomes.  Very sturdy and reliable.  Often sold as Pseudodrynaria cornans.
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Aglaomorpha meyeniana Roberts
Stock Number: 10035
Available now for shipping. Sturdy variety with long, narrow fronds and occasional oak leaf shaped basal fronds as well. This "Lacy Bearspaw Fern" is perfect in hanging baskets with good drainage; the darkgreen leathery fronds never spore, suggesting this a hybrid.
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Aglaonema commutatum maculatum variegatum
Stock Number: 30586
The most beautiful form of the one of the most common of all Aglaonemas. While sturdy and robust, standing up to tough indoor conditions, it produces strikingly beautiful golden splotches on the chevroned leaf surfaces so that it remains among the choicest and most treasured of all plants among Asian collectors. Very l...
Aglaonema commutatum picturatum alumina
Stock Number: 30498
"Aluminum Chinese Evergreen" Sturdy erect gray stems cloaked with beautiful thick dull-glossed silver lance leaves. Original plants from Zac Sarian's Phillipine collection. We also maintain named clones within this complex--watch the speciality lists for them to appear.
Aglaonema commutatum Red Edge
Stock Number: 22124
A new hybrid of the standard Aglaonema group with incredible coloring. Seems to be easily grown. Now also appearing as 'Thai Christmas'.
Aglaonema modestum
Stock Number: 30743
Very reliable "Chinese Evergreen" survives any household. Reliable.Waxy dull green leaves clasp the succulent upright stems. This is the original green form, seldom found in the trade. Uncommon but still beautiful.
Aglaonema modestum variegatum
Stock Number: 30056
"Variegated Chinese Evergreen" A most stunning form of this species with heavy leaves splashed with pure ivory. Of easy culture.
Aglaonema Tricolor Echo
Stock Number: 30782
This "Frogskin" selection has much wider leaves than the typical foliage of this pewter & green patterned species while keeping the thick lax stems--the succulent stems are not erect, but reclining. As with most "Chinese Evergreens" this flourishes in lower light and rich soil.
Aglaonema White Lance [hyb]
Stock Number: 30546
A vigorous nitidum hybrid with beautiful creamy gray green long lance-shaped leaves with showy white petioles' color extending on into the ivory midribs; saturated avacado green marigns add a final elegant touch. Tolerant of low light. As with all Aglaonemas, avoid chill.
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Agrostis stolonifera [hort]
Stock Number: 43113
Very dramatic, yet undemanding "Hanging Bamboo Grass" given the current marketing "Green Twist" boost as this finely bladed, thickly substanced subtropical grass soon becomes a most dramatic hanging basket subject--obviously a great favorite with the designers of "Green Walls." Never ever allow this to dry out as certa...
Alocasia (regulina) Black Velvet
Stock Number: 31249
A very compact selection with 8" rounded blackish green leaves with exotically veloured surfaces emboldened by irridescent creamy white veins. Borneo native perfect for terrariums. Much shorter statured than most species; this is very intolerant of prolonged chill.
Alocasia amazonica albo-variegata
Stock Number: 56822
One of two variegated forms of the "Scalloped Elephant Ear" Deep green lacquered leaves with dramatically raised bold white ivory veins which create a mask on the waxed leaves This clone has fantastic white splotches on the ornate leaves. Avoid chill. Inquire before ordering--this spends a number of months dormant, so ...
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Alocasia amazonica Polly
Stock Number: 30090
"Scalloped Elephant Ear" Deep green lacquered leaves with dramatically raised bold white ivory veins which create a mask on the waxed leaves This is a more vigorous form than some species types, typically holding a greater number of leaves per stalk than most. Unlike many, tends to hold foliage on into winter with suff...
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Alocasia Baby Ray
Stock Number: 30103
This remarkable and striking miniature "Sting Ray Taro / Elephant Ear" stronly presents unusual heavy textured small wide green leaves shaped like a Sting Ray, with a long, upward pointing tail. Offsets to form charming clusters.  This Aroid is sensitive to chill, so expect winter dormancy if exposed to lower temp...
Alocasia clypeolata [cuprea Greenback]
Stock Number: 30095
Apple green shield leaves; eventually forms lovely clumps. Commercially offered as 'Green Shield' plant--lovely, but with the serious drawback that this Philippine native often demands a considerable winter dormancy and thus is not an ideal houseplant or winter greenhouse performer. "Clypeolata" means " "little shield....
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Alocasia cuculata
Stock Number: 30093
"Giant Ape Plant" "Chinese Taro" An upright Bengal species (actually found from Shri Lanka to Myanmar) with small thick waxed pointed leaves veined in relief with dramatic upturned margins. Tolerates cool conditions, maintaining year-round foliage, and thus a reliable container subject; very popular in an aquatic situa...
Alocasia cuculata variegata Yellowstail
Stock Number: 31712
Modest spoon shaped waxy leaves with irregular ochre yellow edges.  Same thick trunk as the species.  This is the Asiatica clone.
Alocasia macrorhiza variegata
Stock Number: 30101
"Variegated Taro" Elephant ears dramatically splashed creamy to marble white in irregular patterns--no two giant leaves will ever be alike. For the serious collector. Not a reliable winter grower for us (typically retaining only a few winter leaves), but always completely amazing by mid summer. Hard to top for sheer sp...
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Alocasia Mark Campell
Stock Number: 30578
Impressive somewhat rounded arrow shaped emerald black leaves (irridescent eggplant purple) with lovely decorative veins--astounding new David Fell hybrid of lowii x nobilis.
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Alocasia micholitziana maxkowskii
Stock Number: 30102
"African Mask" Also known as "Freydyk," this plant is a favorite for the summer patio yet it also makes a great houseplant also. Unlike some other plants in this group it does not go dormant in normal WARM wintertime houseplant conditions--but cool or dry conditions will trigger a dormancy from which it will emerge lat...
Alocasia micholitziana Variegated Freydyk
Stock Number: 31469
The velveteen arrow leaves sport dramatic creamy splashes of variegation. Very cold sensitive; expect a winter dormancy period unless kept in warm humid conditions such as a Wardian Case or warm greenhouse. A must for any serious collection of variegated plants.
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Alocasia odora
Stock Number: 32115
Merely a giant, the "Tree Elephant Ear Plant" from Burma and South China has enormous somewhat succulent leaves dwarfing macrorrhiza on (if you live long enough) thick tall trunks. A very showy young container plant prefering wet feet.
Alocasia plumbea nigra [atropurpurea]
Stock Number: 30108
"Black Taro" Elegant polished, blackish purple leaves form handsome specimens; produces clusters of large ivory hood shaped spathes protecting the 8"+ spadix. Very popular addition to the bog garden; trendy color for the urn fancier--especially those designing "Black Gardens." Not to be confused with the smaller, non-g...
Alocasia Species Golden Delicious
Stock Number: 30199
(Usually COLOCASIA 'Golden Delicious' or 'Chartreuse' in catalogues) Remarkable dramatic yellow "Elephant Ear" dramatic in any setting, whether an urn, a bog, or (in the very deep South) released in any moist area of your garden. Requires full sun and constantly moist soil to maintain good golden ochre tones and reach ...
Alocasia Tiny Dancers PPAF
Stock Number: 30095
Miniature clumps of 8" to 10" stem are tipped with small waxy cupped leaves.  Unique look for a small lovely character as easy to grow and as evergreen as Alocasia cuculata.
Alocasia wentii variegata
Stock Number: 33099
A new variegated form of Alocasia wentii discolor with pinkish freckling and flecking over the entire shield shaped leaf.A subtlely variegated form of the New Guinea "Uhinkii"with air-brushed pinkish nacre hardening into vanilla variegation  with age.
Aloe linearis
Stock Number: 40373
Slowly stacking compact columns lined with disticious pale pearly gray fleshy leaves that are rather ribbon like and outlined with a soft fringe of teeth
Aloysia triphylla
Stock Number: 41334
"Lemon Verbena" stiff stems carry fragrant lemon-scented toothed leaves; panicles of tiny white flowers. Tropical herb from Argentina and Chile perhaps better known as Lippia citridora. A sedative also used for fevers; The oil is noted for its insecticidal & bactericidal qualities. Cool very bright greenhouse cultu...
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Alpinia katsumadai
Stock Number: 53001
Rhizomatous "Katsumada's Galangal" with closely bunched stems sheathed with slim fragrant leaves; waxy white blossom richly fragrant; followed by seeds (called Tsao Tou Kou) used to treat spleen and stomach problems, used also to control vomiting. An elegant slim species shared with us by the late Cindy Riviere from he...
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