"Variegated Sweet Flag"-so called because the foliage is a close mimic of the boggy Iris crew. But this is an Aroid. Brightly cream-striped fanned leaves occasionally display the tell-tale small green spathe & spadix. Decorative accent plant for sunny boggy areas. Typically sent to you as a mossed division.
Fast clustering miniature selection with taller foliage than pusillus, while individual blades are elegantly slim in the overlapping foliar fans--much used as a bonsai companion. As with all the gramineus cultivars, this must be kept evenly moist in order to maintain lustrous foliage.
Interlacing ranks of short swpictures/ord-shaped glossy-grass leaves, each striped on its inner edge, form remarkable 4" cushions. Most certainly the prize cultivar of the species, this quite rare Japanese selection of this winter hardy "Sweetflag" is also beautiful as indoor pot plant as well as a choice mame bonsai c...
Rare classical Japanese cultivar meaning "Silver-gold Morning-Evening" with remarkably variable variegation as some fans are green and lime, while others explode into pure white flourishes. Do not let this slow growing (and thus rare) cultivar ever dry out. We do not know how winter hardy this one will be.
Bright white-striped leaves similar to A.g. variegatus--altho considered to be more compact and shorter as matures. An easily grown houseplant, always a star in a terrarium setting, equally happy in a damp area outside in our climate here.
Marvelous small tufts of bright golden chartreuse fans of tiny flat leaf blades; wonderful in small undrained containers; very showy golden tuffet in a terrarium as well.
"Golden Sweetflag" Elegant ranks of 6"+ sword leaves of bright yellow-ochre with emerald pinstripes. Striking indoors in a small blue bonsai pot; beautiful evergreen golden-grass effect when grown in a boggy spot outdoors; popular in aquatic tubs for the deck as keeps small stature. Japanese clone.
Lime-yellow stripes inside outer edge of each slim blade; from Japan, excellent as short grassy-tufted houseplant; or quite hardy in SE Ohio--a "Japanese Sweet Flag" which stays evergreen if given semi-aquatic conditions outdoors. Easy in aquatic culture--although the name translates as "Snow on the Mountain," this sub...
"Black Taro" Elegant polished, blackish purple leaves form handsome specimens; produces clusters of large ivory hood shaped spathes protecting the 8"+ spadix. Very popular addition to the bog garden; trendy color for the urn fancier--especially those designing "Black Gardens." Not to be confused with the smaller, non-g...
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.
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...
"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 favorite for its prolific winter display; but newly popular for its ease of culture in adding a quick splash of unabashed purple to summer container ga...
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...
"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...
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 ...
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.)
Variegated form of "Giant Reed": clumps of stout tall stems with ranks of long leaf spears striped white-cream make this the most impressive dramatic giant grass which is reliably winter hardy here. The large hollow stems have traditionally been fashioned into bagpipes & clarinets.
Available again this year for spring delivery. This plant has a dormant cycle and we ship plants coming into leaf. Fabulous nearly transparent unabashed pink leaves, flared out into a heart with "ears" seemingly bending light through the hunter green and vanilla mosaic of veins if given very bright light and constant m...
Semi-aquatic "Feurzauber" forms a tight tall 5'+ clump of very stunning burgundy black leaves topped by petite scarlet (fading to salmon) flowers. Does well as bog or container subject (especially as does not go dormant), maintaining dramatic burnished chestnut foliar color even in high shade. Outstanding in the summer...
Impressive African "Swamp Coleus" with woody stems ranked with slate green pelted hispid elongated leaves and topped with showy panicles of azure-mauve blossoms; shared by Quail Botanic Gardens. Requires moist conditions to gain its girth.
The shimmery "Black Caladium" with central purple mask between the pale veins of ash silver. Prefers aquatic spot, but successful as regular pot plant, soon forming a colony. Many of you have bought this over the years from us and realize that it has a very long winter dormancy if temperatures stay on the cool side: be...
A form of the regular water Taro with lime green to cream splashes and maculations in the leaf pattern--a tip of the hat to John Jocius for finding and sharing this subtly variegated, elegant bog gem with the rest of us.
"Imperial Taro" Soft shimmery heart shaped leaves with purple brushings between the veins. Semiaquatic conditions best. Keep root/bulb zone quite warm to encourage ample foliage.
(The correct original name is C. jenkensii 'Uahiapele') The solidly dusky deep purple leaved taro creating a sensation in the garden & conservatory alike; also sold as 'Cranberry,' & 'Black Magic.' Very happy as a semi-aquatic--will maintain foliage readily in the warm winter greenhouse as long as it is given consisten...
Elephant ears of milky green with golden lime splashes and freckling. Yinger's inspired name for this clone which is easier to grow than 'Milky Way' but also quite sensitive to even a slight chill. Seems remarkably like the old cultivar in our collection from a Hawaiian grower called Colocasia 'Manini Owali'. For the c...
Dusky purple blushed dramatic arrow shaped leaves held over the showy smoky purple petioles; excellent in water gardens as well as regular containers. Prefers to go dormant mid-winter, even in greenhouse situations.
"Elephant Taro" Vigorous purple-stemmed elephant-eared leaves of glaucous blue-green. Needs wet feet and warmth. Very effective if situated so the vivid purple raised underveins are highlighted. Tony Avent suggests that the yellowish spathes have a papaya scent. Evergreen in warm greenhouse.
Amazing "Starburst Elephant Ear" with new rounded tipped very dark leaves displaying a creamy starry center radiating out as the thickly textured leaves mature--beware: this species can nearly reach the massive dimension of Alocasia odora (although the spathes resemble C. esculenta)! To see this is to need it--very pop...
NOTE! For a limited time, we are offering this wonderful plant at a reduced Price due to an unusually good crop of offsets in our recent hot summers--global warming helping your budget! "Striped Bengal Lily" Large fleshy sword-like leaves are most liberally streaked white & cream; fragrant clusters of waxy white blosso...
"Tulip Crinum" Fragrant snowwhite tulip shaped-cupped flower clusters over compact vases of fleshy evergreen leaves. We cannot categorically testify that the lovely blossoms reliably appear on St. Christopher's Day when grown in Ohio; we have received reports that customers have bloomed this in a sunny window with regu...