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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.)  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: 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.

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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Anthurium clarinervium
Stock Number: 30778
Not available at this time. Check below for the Anthurium crystalinum. Beautiful heartleaf forms. Fantastic wide leathery heart leaves with prominent pewter brushed white veins; compact stature; needs humidity to thrive indoors.
$30.00
Out of Stock
Anthurium lanceolatum [hort]
Stock Number: 30463
Florida clone with appearance of a large A. scandens: shaggy upright stems with small slim leathery leaves; undistinguished green-spathed inflorescenceorescence followed by attractive pearly clusters of fruit. Of easy culture, this modest winner is now marketed as the "Mother of Pearl" vine because the berries are so a...
$8.00
Anthurium Mickey Mouse [hyb]
Stock Number: 30125
Dwarf hybrid with delightful shinny scarlet blossoms flared out into ear-like lobes tinted greenish; clumping habit. Difficult to bloom.
$15.00
Aristolochia grandiflora
Stock Number: 66719
The Jamaican "Pelican Flower" vine with large "bent pipe" shaped flowers veined & dappled chocolate purple, accented with a long tail--some find the greyish netted flowers' scent to be rather foul. While always a remarkable drama in any greenhouse; some customers report success letting this become the attractive &a...
$15.00
Out of Stock
Aristolochia trilobata
Stock Number: 59233
"Swallowtail Pipes" Leathery three lobed rounded batwing shaped leaves with pale ochre veins--beloved by Swallowtail Butterflies. Upfacing pale tubular flowers with bizarre reddish mahogany twisting tails. Easy to grow vine (indeed, as easy to grow as any Philodendron!) with sturdy foliage so attractive it need never b...
$18.00
Aroids: A Tropical Collection
Stock Number: 99042
A good introductory selection of the Arum Family members picked from Amorphophallus, Acorus, Alocasia, Anchomanes, Anthurium, Anubias, Arum, Caladium, Colocasia, Culcasia, Dieffenbachia, Epipremnopsis, Epipremnum, Gonatopus, Pistia, Raphidophora, Scindapsis, Syngonium, Xanthosoma, Zamioculcas, Aglaonema, Homalomena, Sp...
$42.00
Arthrostemma ciliatum [Fragile]
Stock Number: 41001
"Everblooming Lavender" Clear cheerful reddish-pink buds open to magenta blossoms freely produced on arching square stemmed shrublet; softly-haired leaves turn rust-red & purple in high light. Must have moist soil. A fast growing easily grown cousin of the "Princess Trees" perfect for a large urn, as well as the wi...
$4.75
Out of Stock
Arthrostemma species White Wings
Stock Number: 54557
Vigorous four sided stems arch under the lush veined foliages and terminal sprays of bright fluttery white flowers mostly produced during the winter months. Easy. Species still undetermined.
$4.75
Asclepias curassavica Red Selection
Stock Number: 54584
Much sought-after tropical "Red Butterfly Bloodflower" can be constantly in bloom if given full light; the center is dark orange accenting the red. Can even be kept in bloom in a sunny south window in Colorado in the middle of winter according to our customers. While the perennial cousins have a limited bloom period ou...
$4.75
Asclepias [gomphocarpus] physocarpa
Stock Number: 66777
inflorescence "Hairy Ball" podded "Bladder Fruit" whose slim stems and willowy leaves are topped with creamy white flower clusters (beloved by butterflies) followed by big sea urchin shaped pods. South African easily reaching 6' in one summer. If you are of a somewhat more delicately evolved personality, please call th...
$5.25
Stock Number: 42259
Usually called smilax or "Bridal Creeper" (really!) as the wiry stems hold their bright glossy waxy leaflets as long as to be perfect greens for any bouquet or floral arrangement.  None the less, an excellent cheerful pot plant for your windowsill.  For a large listing of "Asparagus Ferns" please refer to the...
$8.00
Aspidistra elatior
Stock Number: 40051
"Cast Iron Plant" or "Barbershop Plant" so called because the upflung dark leather lance leaves tolerate poor conditions. In time produces weird soil-level flowers with eight purple-ridged petals:thus explaining the name: "aspidistra" means "little shield." This species produces solitary green leaves--although many con...
$5.50
Aspidistra elatior Asahi
Stock Number: 40055
Mature leaf tips of this "Frosted Cast Iron Plant" fade to soft white, shading to palest green. Known in USA also as `Asahiharan' (meaning "rising sun") and as "Snow Peaks." Typically the frosty tip variegation appears second year as the dramatic erect leaf matures--the variegation is much more distinct if the leaf har...
$22.00
Aspidistra elatior Ginga
Stock Number: 40082
Wide leaves with large dots & dashes widely scattered, thus giving (to some extent) the appearance of a giant 'Milky Way.' Slow to establish, but worth the patience for the dedicated plant collector. This is the Japanese nursery trade clone--not the one found in Florida trade.
$20.00
Aspidistra elatior minor Milky Way
Stock Number: 40052
Short leaves beautifully spotted ivory; clumping "Miniature Cast Iron Plant" better suited to limited spaces. Beautiful. Perhaps A. lurida (from China) as 2 or 3 leaves tend to arise together from a single basal sheath. By far the best one for the house & easiest to bloom in the greenhouse. An excellent groundcover...
$15.00
Out of Stock
Aspidistra elatior variegata
Stock Number: 40054
Irregular cream white bands highlight the leathery leaves. Slow growth, but a beautiful effect--full sun in the deep south can burn the solid ivory sections with dry exposure.. Same totally bizarre basal blossoms as the species. No two leaves will flaunt the same stripe pattern.
$15.00
Asplenium bulbiferum Floralee
Stock Number: 10047
A selected form of this wonderful fern, probably a faster and more robust clone called "Floralee." Long waxed lacy fronds with baby ferns growing on the leaf surface of the arching fronds. Easy (but slow) and choice. Cool spots tolerated; regular reliable humidity levels imperative making this a challenge as a house pl...
$12.50
Asplenium goudeyii
Stock Number: 11553
Recent introduction to the "Birdsnest" group of ferns, similar to Asplenium nidus and Asplenium Antiquum, but the leaves are more like rubber and the stature is shorter and the nest wider. This is an amazing little Bird's nest fern. So slow growing we only have a couple each year.
$35.00
Out of Stock
Asplenium nidus antiquum Osaka
Stock Number: 11408
Available for shipping in May. We have nice sized plants available now. Decorative "Japanese Birdsnest Fern" form with elegant slim fronds with wavy ruffled margins, forming bowl-shaped specimens thriving in high-light areas, tolerating low humidity. Gives a Shirly Temple tone to your ferns.
$14.50
Out of Stock
Asystasia gangetica Ivory Ribbons
Stock Number: 58405
Vigorously cascading "Margined Ganges Primrose" with pale lilac flowers revealing pale mother of pearl throats are perfectly poised over the lacy appearing lance leaf foliage mounds with each leaf brightly margined yellow ivory. Ganges valley native perfect in window combinations; equally popular as a bright eyecatcher...
$5.50
Aucuba japonica picturata
Stock Number: 40060
Beautiful waxy leaves dappled gold in opposite pairs lining the woody upright stems.  Considered zone 8 winter hardy.
$8.00
Stock Number: 20132
The infamous "Neem Tree" from India with bright green pinnate foliage on corky upright woody trunks.  It eventually produces white flowers followed by yellow fruits.  The source of the safe natural efficacious neem oil commerce
$12.00
Bambusa glaucescens Alphonse Karr [hyb]
Stock Number: 41530
The full sized tropical "Golden Culm Bamboo" Striking yellow stems with some green striping, leaves occasionally striped as well; 35' potential, so site carefully in your conservatory or greenhouse. Many things are offered as this; but this is the real thing. Typically we send well rooted culms--if you wish to receive ...
$55.00
Bambusa glaucescens gracillima [hyb]
Stock Number: 55476
LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Very dense slender [typically solid] sulms tightly clumped with lovely "Goddes of Mercy" very fine ferny foliage on angular branchlets. Container plants from Koon Yam Chuk--an excellent houseplant as well as perfectly formed conservatory citizen. This may also be offered in Asia as Bambusa multipl...
$40.00
Banisteriopsis caapii
Stock Number: 41942
"Ayahuasca" to Indian tribes of the western Amazon region who use its narcotic alkaloids; a strong liana with soft green pairs of leaves; tiny pink flowers--This requires a warm humid greenhouse to successfully grow. "Vine of the Souls" with complex betacarbolines. This often sells out so please INQUIRE about availabil...
$25.00
Out of Stock
Baphicacanthus cusia [suia]
Stock Number: 62148
Large shrubby habit, kneed stems ranked with pairs of dusky decoratively fleshy leaves and topped with tubular lilac flowers. Robert Newman shared this important Thai herb with us. Perhaps best known as "Ma Lan Gen" in traditional Chinese medicine. Seems to demand regular warm temperatures and reliable levels of humidi...
$15.00
Barleria cristata Gold Splash
Stock Number: 31392
A fabulous form of "Philippine Violet Shrub" featuring many clustered blossoms of blue-violet combined with gold variegated leaves; from India & Burma/Myanmar. Thanks to David Biggar for sharing this showy quite slow growing cultivar imperative in any serious collection of variegates.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Barleria obtusa
Stock Number: 41485
Striking spineless fast growing herbaceous shrublet from South Africa which flourishes in an exposed, even dry, setting where it will produce Acanthus type blossoms ranging from blue through mauve to pink. A new candidate for summer urns, windowboxes, and mixed containers as well as a good performer in the winter green...
$6.75
Barleria Pink-A-Boo
Stock Number: 58448
A rounded mound of upright arched stems cloaked with dark glossy leaves with modest blossom clusters emerging from each leaf node; each cute blossom a bubble gum pink. Probably a hybrid of the African B. obtusa. This is the easiest Barleria to bloom--we have even observed some reblooming incidents.
$6.75
Out of Stock
Barleria repens rosea Violet Cascade
Stock Number: 49461
Out arching slim stems cascade under the weight of the soft petite leaves; terminal clusters of lovely violet blossoms fading to old rose magenta. This South African reaches a peak of bloom in late fall; the habit is far more lateral than most of the Barlerias we offer.
$6.00
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