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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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Pittosporum tobira variegatum
Stock Number: 40819
"Tropical Mock Orange" Shrub with pseudo-whorls of glossy gray-green leaves margined white; orange-scented white flowers.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Platycerium bifurcatum Netherlands
Stock Number: 13040
While the most commonly found of all the "Staghorn Ferns" in cultivation, still one of the most beautiful off setting types--with the added attraction of thriving indoors.
$20.00
Platycerium veitschii lemoinei
Stock Number: 13041
Robust French selection of this impressive "Staghorn Fern" with erect fronds covered with fabulous white tomentum--that is, a white pelted specimen. Beautiful when grown in a pot, but truely astounding when mounted on a plaque so that bright light and perfect air movement can bring out the fantastic white pelt. We have...
$20.00
Plectranthus amboinicus
Stock Number: 55572
Called "Cuban Oregano" or "indian Borage" for culinary uses in Mexico & West indies, although from SE Asia where its handsome foliage is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, headaches, burns, & scorpion sting; the leaves are used in tea, or to scent your laundry. Certainly the most attractive hanging basket plant ...
$4.75
Plectranthus amboinicus Ochre Flame
Stock Number: 42354
Arched stems weighed down under the weight of the succulent pelted paired leaves, each with a central pale lime flare on rich avacado green, margined with mint green crenulations; a "Spanish Thyme" with lavender-pink flowers along showy spikes. Used in Caribbean cooking.
$6.00
Plectranthus amboinicus Variegated/ Marginated
Stock Number: 42086
"Margined Spanish Thyme" or "Indian Borage" Arching stems present showy pairs of fleshy crenate leaves boldly bordered in bright white. New aromatic shoots in tropical culinary use, as "Cuban Oregano"--Astounding as a hanging basket subject; splendid cascading from urns and windowboxes. Excellent for drama in the winte...
$6.00
Plectranthus argentatus
Stock Number: 54034
Strikingly beautiful native of Queensland, Australia, with upright, then cascading succulent stems cloaked with thick leaves heavily pelted silver-gray; used by Longwood Gardens in their famous Silver Garden. Perfect in baskets or pots; very popular in patio containers and tropical bedding currently.
$4.00
Plectranthus caninus Fuzzy Wuzzy
Stock Number: 58423
A beautiful selection of the "Scaredy Cat Plant", with each succulent pungent leaf on the thick tumbling stems brightly margined ivory white.  Will need bright light and perfect drainage to thrive.
$8.50
Plectranthus Collection  (5 plants)
Stock Number: 99554
A selection of highly colored and of often wildly fragrant "Tropical Mints" to punch up any plant display. A beautiful cross-section of various habits and colors will be included.  We typically include an array ranging from unique species to spectacular variegates.  5 plants
$15.00
Plectranthus discolor Green & Gold
Stock Number: 42241
The pairs of bright lime yellow succulent leaves (with the random velvet green midrib or slash) most dramatic against the hairy maroon cascading stems; makes a dramatic hanging basket subject--a third of the stature of its cousin, P. amboinicus. Sometimes the leaves will be solid lime-gold; sometimes a central green fl...
$7.00
Plectranthus ecklonii Erma
Stock Number: 41109
Thick succulent trunk bases swell from season to season into fissured caudexes; spade-shaped leaves. Pink to violet hooked tubular flowers give name, "Cockspur Flower." Trim back severely after bright early through midwinter bloomspikes fade. Very popular with lovers of caudiforms.
$4.25
Plectranthus ernstii
Stock Number: 66921
The thickly caudiform "Bonsai Mint" with thick small felted leaves, violet beneath; mauve flowers. Grow in a shallow container and allow the tuberous roots to develop above soil level. The small featured leaves on thick stubby swollen stems make this a major hit with designers of upscale Fairy Garden creations.
$6.00
Plectranthus fosteri Green On Green
Stock Number: 41113
Soft lime margins on furry sea green rippled leaves; handsome erect bush flourishing in cool greenhouse, or astounding all viewers when grown as a bedding specimen plant outdoors; one of the most quickly grown of all standards: stake the stalk to the desired height then repeatedly pinch to create a terminal poodle or g...
$4.50
Plectranthus fosteri marginatus
Stock Number: 41111
"Giant Candle Plant" Erect square stems hold wide scalloped leaves richly margined white. Very showy specimen will light up a display urn or windowbox, a tropical bed or island, a group of standards, or a sunny windowsill. Nurseries offer this in an array of creative names, but we maintain the botanically recognized na...
$4.50
Plectranthus grandidentatus
Stock Number: 41657
Ernst van Jaarsveld at Kirstenbosch B.G. sent us this very dramatically cascading species with thick prostrate stems hidden by showy wide succulent scalloped leaves with furry haired surfaces; perfect for hanging baskets.
$7.00
Plectranthus hadiensis tomentosus Carnegie
Stock Number: 51905
Attractive rounded cascade of succulent scalloped mint green leaves, fragrant when crushed, perfect beneath the sprays of late fall white blossoms. A new treasure from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We hope the name is sufficiently elaborate.
$4.75
Plectranthus madagascariensis marginatus
Stock Number: 41107
"Variegated Mint Leaf" A confusingly identified form sold in the mid-west as "Basket Iboza" with fast-spreading, cascading soft stems covered with white-margined minty, serrate leaves. Formerly offered under the then correct name of P. coleoides marginatus minimus (which is quite similar, but upright in habit). Hard to...
$3.00
Plectranthus Menthol Eucalyptus [Species]
Stock Number: 41711
Short woody stems are completely covered by mounds of thick succulent tiny "scalloped pillow" leaves with hirsuit surface-- giving off very pungent fragrance when brushed. Popular. Probably a form of the Kenyan Plectranthus coeruleus.
$4.50
Plectranthus Mona Lavender
Stock Number: 41128
Widely branching purpled stems with glossy wide rippled leaves toned violet provide a perfect background for the many thick spikes of garnet magenta blossoms freely produced late fall. Beautiful all year. Shamelessly trendy.
$4.25
Plectranthus oertendahlii Uvongo
Stock Number: 41123
A Kirstenbosch collection of traditional "Prostrate Coleus" with very bright ash-silver surface patterns. Beautiful selection of "Swedish Mosaic Ivy." Very popular.
$8.00
Plectranthus prostratus
Stock Number: 41124
"Pillow Plant" or "Succulent Swedish Ivy" Profusions of tiny thick crenulate leaves form a lime-green mat--lines of purple form on leaf edges if in bright light; white flowers toned violet. Very popular as a filler in succulent wreaths and prized by designers of topiary animals as remains very low growing. Always a goo...
$4.25
Plectranthus purpureus
Stock Number: 41125
Another "Succulent Swedish Ivy" Profusions of tiny thick velvety leaves form a lime-green mat--lines of purple form on leaf edges if in bright light; seasonally produces a beautiful carpet of lovely small leaves topped late summer with a miriad of small spikes of white flowers toned violet.
$4.25
Plectranthus saccatus [Cernezan 'N' Lime]
Stock Number: 41127
Handsome wide cushion with stout stems arising from a central woody base with many rounded succulent leaves. Seems to be newly re-marketed as 'Cernezan'. The species P. saccatus was originally shared by Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens many years ago--we see no difference in leaf or flower with this "cultivar."
$4.50
Out of Stock
Plectranthus Turpentine [marrubioides?]
Stock Number: 41658
Pine scented scalloped furry succulent leaves on thickly furred cascading stems--these stems start out upright but eventually arch under the weight of the fat foliage. Very potent "fragrance."
$5.00
Plectranthus venteri Snowflake
Stock Number: 51907
Distinctive deeply lobed pelted leaves on self branching stout stems; the purplish mauve blossoms usually appear in late fall. Our selection of this wooly aromatic foliaged charmer produces elaborately cut "Snowflake" leaves. Fantastic in a clay pot on your sunny summer deck; easy in your winter windowsill. Perfect whe...
$5.25
Plectranthus verticillatus (australis)
Stock Number: 41130
Formerly P. nummularius and P. australis.. The ever popular "Swedish Ivy" vine with waxy crennate leaves in pairs on strong cascading stems eventually tipped with racemes of white flowers--technically the clusters of flowers are in verticillasters a half inch around. This is an old so-called "Victorian Favorite." It is...
$5.00
Plectranthus verticillatus variegatus
Stock Number: 41131
Formerly P. nummularius and P. australis.. The ever popular "Marbled Swedish Ivy" vine with waxy crennate leaves in pairs on strong cascading stems eventually tipped with racemes of white flowers--technically the clusters of flowers are in verticillasters a half inch around. While this basic has fabulous white variegat...
$6.75
Plectranthus zuluensis
Stock Number: 54453
From widening nearly "caudex" woody bases arise purpled stems with richly textured leaves & spikes of violet flowers late fall and early winter. Our customers find this much easier to grow than the similar but quite frail P. hilliardiae.
$4.50
Plumbago auriculata Cultivar
Stock Number: 40824
"Cape Leadwort" Woody meandering vine with marvelous phlox-like heads of sky-blue flowers. Classified as a shrub, yet will meander on up a trellis. This is a dark-toned cultivar (very likely this is "Imperial Blue") noted for its long blooming cycle.
$6.50
Podocarpus gracilior [elongatus]
Stock Number: 40827
"Weeping Yellowwood" Thin long leathery leaves beautifully weep on cascading branches; very graceful specimen houseplant. More correct as Afrocarpus gracilior
$12.00
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