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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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Alpinia speciosa [zerumbet] variegata
Stock Number: 53005
Used in China for treating infections; here for the strikingly beautiful dark leathery slim leaves striped and slashed with rich yellow. This "Variegated Shell Ginger" constitutes a very handsome evergreen gradually clumping plant tolerating adverse house conditions--where, unlike its Zingiber cousins, the foliage is m...
$12.00
Alpinia speciosa [Z~] Wagner's Lime Streaker
Stock Number: 53066
A striated sport discovered by Dale Wagner in a clump of what the Hawaiians call 'zerumbel'--however, this is evergreen, topping out at eighteen feet for us with a terminal richly scented delicately colored pendant inflorescence. An enormous variegated specimen in time; attempts at dwarfing this clumping drama in a con...
$60.00
Alpinia waimanalo [hort]
Stock Number: 53058
Clumping showy ginger with fluted, seersuckered leaves dramatically chevroned with alternate wide cream and slim lime bands. May be A. formosana 'Pinstripe.' While tolerant of harsher conditions as a houseplant; most dramatic and successful for us only in the high humidity and constant warmth of the warm tropical green...
$22.50
Alsophila cooperii [Cyathea australis]
Stock Number: 11438
"Australian Tree Fern" Young plants present a spreading canopy of metallic deep green arching fronds supported by a cinnamon trunk; eventually a massive stunning specimen. Although we recommend greenhouse culture in our climate, some customers have successfully grown this as a house or large Wardian Case specimen, alwa...
$15.00
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Alstroemeria pulchella Variegated
Stock Number: 54554
Remarkable "Frosted Peruvian Lily" The elegant clusters of tubular cinnamon flowers are the final over-the-top gesture by this upright stemmed plant with such brilliantly white tipped foliage. The gradually widening clusters of this most showy Andean have proven winter hardy here in Zone 6 with adequate winter mulch. B...
$6.50
Alternanthera amoena brilliantissima
Stock Number: 32500
While the true "Red Parrot Plant" may no longer be in actual cultivation, this cultivar from Dale Huddleson sports coppery green flame leaves with red tones; pink centers with purplish veins and wine colored splashes. Very slow growing until the heat of the summer.
$5.00
Alternanthera amoena Party Time
Stock Number: 66878
Strongly mounding bright basil green looker with each leaf wildly slashed with pink and magenta highlights--a natural as a basic container companion, soon forming a wide open shrublet of marvelous colors easily blending diverse plants types and colors in any combination; midwinter strawfls at petioles adds to the appea...
$4.75
Alternanthera Christmas Tree [Hansoti #5]
Stock Number: 42125
Very tiny leaved selection with grayish green foliage thickly held in petite conical mounds. Marvelous very small plants with congested down curved leaves nonetheless are stalwart growers; absolutely marvelous in any terrarium landscape--no one will guess the genus of this elfin critter. We will send this slow growing ...
$7.00
Alternanthera Collection
Stock Number: 99687
Whether "Parrot Leaf" or "Calico Plant"--all great flashy fun. Remember, these emphatically resent any chill. 5 plants
$18.00
Alternanthera dentata rubiginosa [Ruby]
Stock Number: 40025
"Christmas Clover" has deep maroon leaves accented by masses of long-lasting ivory popcorn flowerheads lasting all winter-- thus also called "False Globe Amaranth." Old traditional houseplant, a favorite for its prolific winter display; but newly popular for its ease of culture in adding a quick splash of unabashed pur...
$4.00
Alternanthera ficoidea bettzickiana aff aureo-nana
Stock Number: 54470
Twiggy bushy mound of showy foliage; this "find" of Dorothy Bonitz seems to produce more lime and pink tones on wider leaves than the familiar 'aureo-nana'. Much more compact and upright mounding than the prostrate 'Gold Threads'.
$4.75
Alternanthera ficoidea bettzickiana Gold Thread
Stock Number: 56546
Marvelous tuffet of very slim yellow leaves--the "Golden Calico Plant" makes a perfect windowsill pot plant, an excellent addition to the small windowbox or urn; even a wonderful "dot" plant for the small scale summer border, or for hiding that blank space in your rockery left by dormant spring bulbs.
$4.00
Alternanthera ficoidea bettzickiana Red Thread
Stock Number: 53714
Excellent tuffets of slim scarlet purple thread leaves--very attractive, yet easy container plant. Perhaps the most popular of the tribe with our customers as it lends itself unstintingly to a myriad of necessary design tasks from topiaries to urns, from windowsill pots to summer rockery covers for dormant spring bulbs...
$4.25
Alternanthera ficoidea bettzickiana True Yellow
Stock Number: 55515
Low growing wide spreading "Golden Calico Plant" with very broad solid chartreuse leaves turning bright yellow in full sun when used as a dramatic bedding subject. Very popular, but extremely intolerant of chill if kept too damp in the winter.
$6.75
Alternanthera ficoidea Filigree
Stock Number: 32503
Carmine bronze ribbon leaves emerge whitish gold then develop a bright bronzy tone as the leaves become more diamond shaped. Petite yet quite easy, forming a very regular pyramidal shape. Certainly the best self-formed dense self-clumping cultivar of the tribe. Popular as a terrarium accent; always popular as a petite ...
$4.75
Alternanthera ficoidea Green Machine
Stock Number: 54603
Very low carpeting "Puckered Parrot" with clusters of wide very quilted deep green leaves accented with small white straw textured bracts tucked among the foliage year 'round. Much used at Disney World for its richly toned dimpled flat leaves are perfect in the topiary gardens; also popular as a "dot" plant in tropical...
$3.75
Alternanthera ficoidea rosea nana
Stock Number: 41845
Marvelous "Pygmy Parrotleaf" with very delicate-appearing spatulate rose-colored leaves forming a lilac cloud of foliage on the twiggy bushy plantlets; very distinctive lilac tone rendered quite delicate in tone by the filigreed character of the thin leaves closely intersticed--nonetheless an easily grown, quite vigoro...
$4.50
Alternanthera ficoidea White Carpet
Stock Number: 41926
Very congested flattened buns of lovely tiny puckered leaves brightly margined bold white. Incredible Indian cultivar famous for fooling plant show judges who cannot believe this is cousin to the "Calico/ Parrot" tribe! The most successful way to introduce a patch of white in your terrarium, your fairy garden, or tropi...
$5.00
Alternanthera polygonoides Purple Selection
Stock Number: 54522
"Water Amaranth" Slim purple leaves on branching plant popular in aquatic gardens. Also known as A. sessilis, "Scarlet Hygrophila" Also offered as a. reineckii--as this suggests, a very popular water garden and bedding plant of uncertain origin; most dramatic as a hanging basket item, or (as is quite low statured) a ca...
$4.50
Alternanthera polygonoides White Knight
Stock Number: 58416
"Margined Water Amaranth" Low carpeting habit with each pair of long oval leaves brightly margined white; produces typical white strawflowers late in the season. Perfect in baskets and excellent spilling over in windoboxes.
$5.75
Alternanthera Purple Knight [hort]
Stock Number: 51710
Low spreading (or cascading) carpet of glossy crisped wide leaves of metallic purplish tones. Quite attractive combined with container or windowbox groupings--do not confuse this with the far more narrow leved A. polygonoides. Popular for rich color and rapid growth rate. This is available in seed catalogues from time ...
$4.00
Alternanthera versicolor Snowball
Stock Number: 40026
Heavily branched stemlets of this "Ocean Froth" plant bear dainty leaves splashed brilliant white. Truly a "White Wonder." Flower inflorescence a froth of white--incredible as house plant, greenhouse showoff, and outdoor summer container accent. (AND: the skirt of Snow White at Disneyworld.)
$4.00
Althernanthera ficoidea Red Bitsy
Stock Number: 58461
The truly "Miniature Calico Plant" with tiny elongated maroon and purpled red leaf pairs tightly packed on branching erect stemlets--forming tuffets of reddish bronze in full sun. Forms a wide tightly growing mound without pinching. Certainly the darling of terrarium designers.
$4.50
Amarygia Naked Lady [hyb]
Stock Number: 58420
Rare tropical "naked Lady Hybrid" an outstanding bigeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and a Brunsvigia species with late summer umbels of showy fragrant funnel shaped blossoms emerging with white petals fading to pink. Strap leaves appear only during the winter. Needs full light and careful fertilizing to bloom...
$25.00
Out of Stock
Amaryllis belladona
Stock Number: 51008
Received from the USDA as "Amaryllis belladona"--probably Z8 winter hardy.  After the late fall and winter month's large distichous strap leaved foliage dies down in early summer; eventually mature bulbs produce solitary nodding rich pink waxy trumpet shaped flower clusters early fall. Not the common winter hardy ...
$12.00
Amomum xanthioides
Stock Number: 53133
Robert Newman sent this distinctive ginger to us from China. Scented elongated leaves flatly ranked along erect stems; Cone like heads form pale sulphur blossoms under the foliage . Sent as divisions.
$35.00
Out of Stock
Amorphophallus Konjac [rivieri]
Stock Number: 30582
"Voo Doo Bulb" or "Umbrella Arum" from SE Asia. Fingered, whorl-crescent lf over purple-spotted petiole (the hollow stalk); fetid liver-purple spathe; edible corms (preparation, however, remains obscure in the literature). Also known as "Devil's Tongue" or "Leopard Palm," this is winter hardy for us here in Z6 in a ver...
$10.00
Anamea Scorpio [hyb]
Stock Number: 52045
Endlessly popular "Miniature Pineapple." Arched rosettes of very decorative stiff foliage from which emerge stout short stalks topped with a highly decorative inflorescence resembling a miniature pineapple (Ananas being part of this most famous Ed Hummel intergeneric hybrid bromeliad). In time an entire highly "modern ...
$8.00
Ananas fritzmuelleri (variegatus)
Stock Number: 52307
"Variegated Pineapple" Striking selection of the commercial pineapple with striping of green, white, and pink; small fruit is rose toned. Fabulous in a greenhouse; striking as a windowsill subject; eyecatching in a container composition.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Anchomanes difformis
Stock Number: 31238
Amazing African cousin of the "Voo Doo" tribe with wildlike leaflets {pinnatisect} crazily perched on the prickly stalk spotted magenta arising from substantial bulb (has dormancy cycle); blackish spadix pulpit spotted purple with a pale jack inside. Difficult to ship when in leaf.
$35.00
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