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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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Selaginella martensii Frosty
Stock Number: 11656
"Frosted Club Moss" Arched, yet creeping, prostrate brittle, much-divided stems winged with scale-like glossy leaves with new growth and tipe growth frosted cream to white during the cooler cycle of the year; if kept constantly warm, will remain constantly green. Mexican mountain species for the larger terrarium. Not d...
$8.00
Selaginella moellendorfii
Stock Number: 11625
Beautiful soft tan toned "Club Moss" valued for terrarium and bonsai bases; tolerates chill; slow to establish, especially if not given cool temperatures during its winter rest when growth stops.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Selaginella pallescens [emmeliana]
Stock Number: 11427
"Sweat Plant" Fine terrarium plant growing in circular rosette arching vase forms with very fine foliage noted for holding droplets of condensation, thus "sweating"-- Venezuela, Z10. Very similar habit to moellendorfii, but much slower growing, not seasonal in growth spurts, and a touch more basil green in coloration. ...
$8.00
Selaginella plana
Stock Number: 11472
Strong erect stems hold bright branched fans of shimmery foliage. Very distinctive beautiful "Spikemoss Cypress" species achieving more dramatic height than most of the tropical "Clubmosses." Certainly not "creepy." Unmatched for giving an exceptionally elegant vertical effect in a wardian case or larger terrarium; but...
$7.00
Selaginella posada #15 [Species]
Stock Number: 11414
Curly-fingered "fronds" intermingle into sea-green tostled carpets; uniquely colored unidentified Central American coming to us from the collection at Kew Gardens. This tends to be overordered, so best to check on availability before ordering. Considered the most beautiful tropical clubmoss by many fern collectors.
$8.00
Selaginella umbrosa
Stock Number: 11478
"Red Clubmoss" Dark reddish stems give bronze mahagony tone to the abbreviated deep green foliage; tossled waves of short foliage make this Mexican a collector's choice. Small statured plants somewhat slow to establish compared to some species. Avoid extreme heat and deep shade.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Senecio Confusus [pseudogynoxys chenopodioides]
Stock Number: 41469
"Mexican Flame Vine" Modest shrubby vine with fleshy toothed leaves turning purplish in the winter to accent the many showy arching clusters of extremely showy orange rayed daisy flowers. Victorian favorite. Some customers claim to bloom this in outdoor summer containers; but blooms most reliably for us in midwinter wh...
$6.00
Senecio macroglossus medio-pictus
Stock Number: 41904
Beautiful "Golden Cape/Natal Ivy" is a selection of this decoratively lobed heavy-substanced "Wax Ivy" with a golden ocher flame down each succulent leaf; Yellow ray flowers reveal it to be a daisy family member, perfect in the cool conservatory.
$6.50
Out of Stock
Senecio macroglossus variegatus
Stock Number: 41905
Excellent "Variegated Turtle Ivy" or "Ivory Cape Ivy" with waxy lobed leaves brightly edged white ivory on a modest meandering vine.
$10.00
Senecio mikanioides [delairea odorata]
Stock Number: 41471
"German Ivy" or "Parlor Ivy" Glossy angled bright green leaves on succulent stems. South African species remaining quite popular as it tolerates a range of conditions. As likely to tumble from a windowbox in today's designs (especially as grows at least three times as fast as true Hedera ivies), as from the ornate urns...
$3.25
Senecio pleistocephalus
Stock Number: 60888
Scandent African shrublet, the "Golden Garland Vine" with broad semi-succulent oval leaves, attractively serrated; tiny bright yellow flowers in astoundingly large masses mid winter in the greenhouse. Fanciers of succulents are drawn to this for its gradually expanding woody base (caudex): by the way, many succulent le...
$5.50
Senecio scandens Vivian Perry
Stock Number: 41472
Another "German Ivy" cousin; but actually a ray-flowered Asian species with angled holly like leaves somewhat elongately triangular. This attractive "Charlatan Ivy" produces showy heads of sulphur-yellow daisy flowers typically around Christmas; effectively displayed in a hanging baskets year round. Much showier blosso...
$6.00
Serissa foetida flora plena
Stock Number: 40917
Miniature-statured woody shrub with interlacing twigs bear tiny glossy green leaves in pert pairs and cute double white flowers tucked along the stems. The "Double flowered Snow Rose" much valued as the bonsai "Kochok" because with time it gradually takes on the character of aged trees. Quite a treat when in bloom.
$5.75
Serissa foetida Pink Mountain
Stock Number: 42136
Hansoti #18. Marvelous compact selection with distinctly fastigate habit and reduced leaves; lovely pink blossoms. Very vigorous selection good in a sunny window. Also successful trained as a staked standard, achieving an appearance similar to that of a staked Myrtus.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Serissa foetida variegata
Stock Number: 40919
Available by Propagate-to-Order. Tiny lvs margined in cream-white, typically with a tiny white central flame as well; called "Tree of a Thousand Stars" for the many small white flowers along the stems late winter. Used in many styles of bonsai as "Iro-iro-kochoki."
$7.75
Serissa foetida Yatsubusa-kyota
Stock Number: 41801
Very dwarf fastigate twiggy habit with tiny leaves; unique tiny long-tubed white semi-erect flowers with narrow pointed tips. Choice "Kyoto Snow Rose" used in mame bonsai as "Kyoto Kochoki"--this is the difficult one as needs higher humidity than its kith & kin; nonetheless, certainly the most impressive as a bonsa...
$12.00
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida Biltmore Bimbo
Stock Number: 49431
"Giant Purple Heart" A very broad leaved form of the traditional standby, considered somewhat hardy in the South. This new fabulous form is a great dramatic basket plant as well as a showy summertime bedding plant.
$8.75
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida Purple Fuzzy
Stock Number: 50573
Recently arrived "Purple Fuzzy Heart" a tad similar to the familiar S. purpurea, but much more abbreviated, thicker leaves a lovely hazy purple green (violet purple beneath) nicely pelted; makes a compact cascading clump. Please help us find a more attractive clone name!
$4.00
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida purpurea
Stock Number: 50527
"Purple Heart" Trailing succulent stems clasped by dark purple strap leaves with cobwebby hairs; violet spiderwort flowers. This is the basic. Dead common, yet great eyecandy.
$3.00
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida Tampicana
Stock Number: 50528
Heavy curved (nearly keeled) laquered leaves of rich bronzy blushed purple on short stoloniferous stems; pale violet flowers in toppling clusters. Most unusual succulent vine of unclear nomenclature, considered a native of Ecuador. Must have high light to get the best color and most compact habit--best in full sun.
$7.00
Out of Stock
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida [species]
Stock Number: 58429
"Blue Purple Heart" Trailing succulent stems clasped by dark purple strap leaves with cobwebby hairs; pale violet spiderwort flowers. This appears to be the old "Grape Ape" with more blue/lilac tones in the foliage than the common "Purple Heart" below--this glaucous bluish tone is hard to locate on easily grown urn pla...
$5.00
Sinningia Anob
Stock Number: 20493
Grass green foliage with purple highlights; spelling the name in reverse reveals the hybridizer of this "Mini-glox" with swooping bellflowers revealing white throats banded by lurid magenta demarking the cabbage rose scalloped flares; with age the ever thickening surface tuber supports stalks of considerable dimensions...
$7.75
Sinningia barbata
Stock Number: 20219
"Dutchman's Pipe" Erect stems hold stiff leaves with reddish reverse and odd yellow swollen tubular blossoms fading to parchment white. Brazilian species best grown in lite garden or Wardian case culture--never allow to go totally dormant as with the typical tuberous species, or will enter that dread territory known as...
$6.25
Sinningia Bill Hull [hyb]
Stock Number: 20502
Marvelous reliable Ted Bona hybrid of Sinningia eumorpha with nodding slipper-shaped impressive white flowers with a yellow blotch appearing in the tubular throat held elegantly above the oval foliage on short stems emerging from the basal bulb (which crown should not be covered). Easy to grow and to bloom.
$5.75
Sinningia Brazen [hyb]
Stock Number: 20469
Our name for an extremely vigorous Ted Bona hybrid of S. reitzii; the erect purplish woody stems produce a multitude of small rosy tubed flowers with flounced overlapping tips of magenta with deep wine-red netting. Very long lived as keeps pilling up new tubers above old ones, making this irresistable to caudex collect...
$5.50
Sinningia Claire Roberts [hyb]
Stock Number: 20501
Beautiful compact Bona creation with wide lavender slipper flowers; attractive dark foliage with deep veins echoes its S. regina bloodlines. A wonderful plant commemorating a lovely lady.
$10.00
Sinningia sellovii
Stock Number: 20359
From soft basal foliage mature stems (eventually as tall as three feet) bear many pendant swollen dark salmon pink flowers attractive to every passing hummingbird; seed collector Tim Ross recommends full light to encourage spring to fall bloom for this Brazillian native. Various plant friends store the (eventually) con...
$4.75
Sinningia Tante [hyb]
Stock Number: 20260
Long arching, then cascading stems with small soft leaves and eventually terminating in wands of many petite magenta tubular blossoms--a unique Ted Bona hybrid for large hanging basket. While the leaf & stems' character is petite; however, the eventual outline of many stems is substantial.
$6.00
Sinningia tubiflora
Stock Number: 20230
Tall stems (studded with pairs of small scalloped leaves) terminate with fragrant white tubed blossoms with flared lobes. Unusual chill tolerant type grown as an outdoor plant in southern California (but tubers must be considerably below frost line in perfectly drained soil). Rather too leggy to be an attractive housep...
$4.00
Stock Number: 20155
Stout upright rouge blushed stems with serrate foliage presents in groups of dramatic pale slipper shaped tubular blossoms enhanced by elaborate violet lined and lilac toned throats.  A Vigorous hybrid shared by Mike Underwood.
$12.00
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