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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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Begonia Deco Daddy [hyb]
Stock Number: 56912
(rhizomatous) Dependable eye candy with deeply cut basil green leaves decorated with deco designed heiroglyphs of mahogany red. The pseudo-fenestrated leaves form a double helix as the clump matures.  Strong growing and impressively colored.
$8.00
Begonia Deja Thorus
Stock Number: 56910
(rhizomatous) Fabluous silver nacre leaves with elegantly frilled and fluted margins. Great in a Wardian Case; deserves to be more popular as one of the easiest to grow of the silvery crew. You get ten extra points if you get the name reference.
$6.50
Begonia dietrichiana
Stock Number: 56032
(shrub) Slate green leaves rimmed red & backed in rose on much dividing upright branches; very soft pink blossoms--certainly one of the most reliable heirloom Begonias. Very strong grower, remaining a charmer in any window.
$4.50
Begonia dipetala
Stock Number: 56790
Old favorite with short thick stems supporting wide flat richly haired/pelted leaves with depressed veins; long season sprays of white flowers fading to pearl. Lovely "Bombay Begonia"
$6.25
Begonia domingensis
Stock Number: 56156
(shrub) "Peanut Brittle Begonia." Shiny, crinkled leaves on arching erect stems; sprays of wintertime pink flowers. Heirloom Caribbean species.  Remaining a favorite houseplant because it persists in less than ideal growing conditions.
$4.00
Begonia Dragonwing [hyb]
Stock Number: 56526
(sempervirens shrub) This is a large statured heat tolerant seed strain selection with unusually large scarlet flower clusters emerging from arched stems studded with cheerful wing shaped foliage.Much used in summertime outdoor planters (and often appearing at nurseries specializing in spring bedding plants); of limite...
$4.50
Begonia dregii Glascow
Stock Number: 65341
(semituberous) Attractive selection of the famous "Maple Leaf" Begonia from Africa: the satiny leaves retain their lovely juvenile silver dappling even as becomes more mature; white flowers are toned with lime. Very slow growing petite shrublet; responding to the culture for the similar B. partita.
$7.75
Begonia Earl-Ee-Bee [hyb]
Stock Number: 56289
(upright rhizomatous) Palm-like olive green leaves with blush beneath arise from a thick surface rhizome; green toned white blossom clusters all spring. Larger and greener than B. thiemei; but much smaller than "Big Mac."
$5.50
Begonia echinosepala
Stock Number: 56706
(shrub) Marvelous shrubby Brazilian species with glossy slim leaves closely held to give a ferny delicate effect; the look enhanced by many dangling white flowers accented by odd white hairs on the backs of the tepals. Of easy culture, adding a lovely willowy whispy accent to any collection of Begonias. Popular with ho...
$4.25
Begonia erythrophylla helix
Stock Number: 56038
(rhizomatous) "Whirlpool Begonia" "Ramshorn Beefsteak Begonia" Both ends of the leaf spiral inward to suggest mirrored corkscrews and highlight the red underside; unusual yet vigorous specimen. Heirloom favorite.
$10.00
Begonia erythrophylla [hyb]
Stock Number: 56037
(rhizomatous) "Beefsteak Beg." Waxy lurtrous kidney shaped rounded leaves reddish beneath. Easy and reliable and beautiful AND the one probably flourishing on your grandmother's windowsill. This most ordered of all the Begonias we offer is an heirloom hybrid of the Mexican species manicata x hydrocotifolia.
$5.00
Begonia Escargot
Stock Number: 56701
[rex] Large whorled leaves in chocolate, champagne, silver and pewter tones. Needs high humidity and very even temperatures so that a large terrarium would make the perfect home. Sold with PPAF tag. A highly promoted "rex" type which, while stunningly beautiful, constitutes a considerable challenge to growers not famil...
$6.75
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Begonia Essie Hunt [hyb]
Stock Number: 56039
(rhizomatous) "Red-veined Lettuce Leaf" or "Ruby Crinkles Begonia." Fresh glossy green leaves with criped edges and rayed reddish veins. Blanto hybrid with pink spring flowers; strong statured heirloom hybrid demanding good humidity and bright conditions.
$6.00
Begonia fagifolia
Stock Number: 56040
(trailing/ scandent) Pebbly felted shiny leaves clasp meandering stems are easy to train on sphagnum topiary forms; yet, equally dramatic as a small hanging basket subject as it retains its shingled foliage well, thus newly sought after for "Green Wall Gardens".  The demure "Beechleaf Begonia" (for the genus Fagus...
$6.75
Begonia Fiji Islands [Auriculata]
Stock Number: 56043
(upright rhizomatous) The "Mini-Cathedral Begonia" Dwarf with congested fanned stems studded with cupped leaves with crested "windows." Stunning dwarf fasciate with the ectopic leaf growth similar to the much larger "Cathedral" but most consider this even more ostrobogulous than the more strapling (and unfasciated) "Ca...
$15.00
Begonia Fountain Of Youth [hyb]
Stock Number: 56796
(cane) Stout stalks, cinnamon speckled, hold impressive "Angel Wing" leaves with bold silver dots.  Plentiful winter flower clusters.
$6.00
Begonia Frosty Fairyland [hyb]
Stock Number: 56305
(rhizomatous) Very thick rhizomes topped with large handsomely furled coppery toned "lettuce leaf" foliage flamboyantly waved and crested. Of quite sturdy constitution , successful in the windowsill garden. Considered more vigorous and definitely larger than "Twisted Roundabout," though of close coloration.
$4.00
Begonia Frosty [hyb]
Stock Number: 56047
(shrub) Short upright stems hold richly silver dotted pebbly angel wing leaves with rose blush beneath; brilliant red stems; pink tinted flower clusters. Must have constant reliable levels of humidity for success--and excellent candidate for the Wardian Case to showcase this beauty.
$8.50
Begonia fuchsioides [hyb]
Stock Number: 56048
(shrub) Fern mimic with drooping clusters of rose red blossoms (and thus a Fuchsia mimic), usually mid winter. This splendid species resents changes of environment--once you have successfully placed it: leave it there! Larger statured and glossier than B. foliosa (and of much easier culture) with which it is sometimes ...
$7.00
Begonia Ginny [hyb]
Stock Number: 56285
(shrub) Small featured shrubby hybrid with pink-toned fabuously felted wing-shaped leaves, rouged a flirtin' red beneath; recurring pearl fading to pale pink flowers with red beards, the male flowers somewhat serrate edged; forms a tight cluster of short stems beautifully foliaged, given good light and organic fertiliz...
$5.00
Begonia glabra
Stock Number: 56050
(trailing/scandent) "Mini Grapeleaf" glossy grass-green leaves on strong scandant vine terminating in clusters of shell pink flowers. Also offered as B. procumbens on West Coast. This brightly cheerful winner readily forms clinging hair roots along its stems and happily clings to and covers even a concrete wall with sh...
$4.00
Begonia Gladys Meyer [hyb]
Stock Number: 56324
(rhizomatous) Dark velvety Sherwood green leaves, nicely lobed, with maroon red undersides. Very showy Tropp hybrid with masses of white flower clusters mid winter.
$7.75
Begonia Golden Glow [hyb]
Stock Number: 57026
(rhizomatous) Bright lime yellow upfurled leaves with the texture of 'Cowardly Lion' but more tightly clumping with smaller foliage. Needs good light to maintain color.  One of the brightest visuals, yet easily grown.
$8.00
Begonia grandis evansiana
Stock Number: 56052
(tuberous) The "Hardy Begonia" survives sub-zero with mulch; short succulent upright canes with olive leaves red-accented, & with clouds of pink flowers early fall; this slug resistent novelty also performs well in containers. Remember that this drops all foliage early fall and remains dormant throughout the winter...
$4.00
Begonia Grey Feather [hyb]
Stock Number: 56054
(s) Wavy gray-green arrow leaves veined silver-gray; a favorite for pots or for very large dramatic baskets, as the rangy stalks ornately topple from the sheer foliar weight. Quite distinctive habit and unique glabrous toned color.
$5.75
Begonia Gypsy Maiden [hyb]
Stock Number: 57013
(tuberous, thick stalked) Beautiful wide habit: after a brief fall rest the upright thick knobby trunks present dramaic starburst leaves of a unique pewter green with dark veins and many silver dots; a Bill Voss hybrid (with taiwaniana?) astoundingly easy to grow, as gradually forms a semi-tuberous (nearly caudiform) b...
$10.00
Begonia hatachroa rubro-venia [Species Form]
Stock Number: 56885
(shrub/caudex) Lovely small statured "Spotted Himalayan Begonia" with short stems displaying silvery lime leaves with polka dots; white demure blossoms. May rest if summer heat is severe.
$6.25
Begonia hatacoa Silver [hyb]
Stock Number: 56055
(shrub/caudex) Short arched stems plumed with metallic silvery long tapered leaves, red beneath. Platinum beauty with demure white blossoms: The "Himalayan Silver Begonia." Easily grown in the windowsill garden, small enough for a large terrarium. Tends to favor a late fall rest if too dry (humiditywise) to too cool, b...
$8.00
Begonia Hawaiian Freakout [hyb]
Stock Number: 56056
(rex) Unique upright miniature with extremely monstrose, cupped leaves flecked with coral & silver; prefers a winter rest. Can be difficult unless grown in a terrarium or wardian case.
$10.00
Begonia Hillbilly Petticoat [hyb]
Stock Number: 56091
(rz) Hairy star-shaped leaves richly splattered with cabbage green & slashed with cider toned ochre to accent the richly undulating surface. A true performer; out of Ken Frieling's Hocking Series and thus a challenge to kill.
$6.50
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