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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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Zebrina pendula purpusii
Stock Number: 50556
Deep pruple foliage--the darkest we have seen--with slight silvery chevrons giving depth to the darkness. Rather smaller foliage than most cultivars.
$3.25
Zebrina pendula Silver Plus
Stock Number: 59394
A selection of the "Silver Banded Inch Plant" with very showy broad bands of glittery silver on each succulent leaf if grown in very high light. Appearance will vary radically with different levels of light, ambient humidity and nutrients. We consider this far more dramatic in baskets and urns than the species form.
$4.25
Zephyranthes grandiflora
Stock Number: 51081
Mexican "Zephyr-lily" Rich pink funnel flowers often appear after a rain, thus "Pink Storm Lily." Short grassy foliage on quickly offsetting bulbs near the soil surface; thus perfect in a clay azalea style pot, blooming more freely once the roots become crowded. Give full sun. Winter hardy in the deep South where the b...
$4.50
Zephyranthes [argyrosis] candida
Stock Number: 51120
Blunt edged succulent rushlike foliage packed over the nearly surface offsetting bulbs; with full sun and good fertilizer will produce cycles of white flowers (sometimes triggered by a dry cycle followed by heavy pseudo rain). Seed collected in Rio Uruguay, San Javier, Uruguay.
$4.00
Zingiber Midnight
Stock Number: 56544
Marvelous "Black Ginger" with arched stems winged with glossy maroon overlapping leaves; the lovely blossoms open creamy yellow gradually changing to peachy apricot. Wonderful color in any plant combination, or as a solo pot plant. If the roots are slightly chilled, or if (not that this could happen) watering schedules...
$6.50
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Zingiber zerumbet darceyi
Stock Number: 53042
"Variegated Bitter Ginger" Brilliant white bordered leaves with occassional white bands; turns pink in full light. A winter dormant species from India. As the underground tuber gaines mass as it matures, it will produce its showy flower spike as the new foliage emerges in the spring. Please do not tell us in the Fall t...
$15.00
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Zingiber zerumbet mioga Dancing Crane [variegata]
Stock Number: 53110
Stiff stems cloaked with two ranks of Alpina-like leaves, each centered with a lemon flame whose stripes often reach the leaf margin. Classic Japanese pot subject with yellow basal flowers; always goes dormant late fall and remains so during the winter. If you find this dormant period to be boring, just remember that t...
$22.00
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