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Tropical Bulbs

Tropical Bulbs
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Hippeastrum puniceum [equestre]
Stock Number: 51057
The Caribbean's "Evergreen Amaryllis" Large bright salmon-orange trumpet blossoms, with green & yellow flames, held elegantly over small glossy deep green strap leaves; keep underpotted for best bloom
$4.00
Hippeastrum reticulatum striatifolium
Stock Number: 51058
The compact stunning "Striped Amaryllis" of Brazil. Mauve-pink flowers overshadowed by wide but short deep green strap leaves with brilliant white midribs quite stunning. This slow to increase dwarf bulb makes an excellent houseplant--remember that keeping underpotted as well as allowing a slight dormancy will help thi...
$20.00
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Hippeastrum San Antonio Rose
Stock Number: 51295
Compactly statured clumping Amaryllis with reddish veined violet blushed strap leaf reverses; violet pink blossom clusters. Likely overwinters in Z8 and higher as hybridizer William Bell crossed Hippeastrum aulicum stenopetalum x traubii doraniae. Thanks to Steve Lowe for sharing this with us--as has proven to be an ea...
$8.00
Hymenocallis caribaea variegata
Stock Number: 51072
"Caribbean Amaryllis" Evergreen foot-long waxy strap leaves with fantasticly beautiful wide rich ivory margins; Very showy cultivar demanding much warmth and constant moisture--actually prefers to be completely aquatic to produce the elaborate scented blossoms. If allowed to chill or slightly dry during the winter this...
$12.00
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Ipomea batatas Ace Of Spades
Stock Number: 55962
Striking blackish maroon spade shaped (heart shaped) leaves are thickly set on succulent trailing stems; same habit as 'Blackie' with edible white tubers. Recently has been "re-marketed" on East Coast as 'Purple Heart.' Must reflect a time of war. Fabulous in urns and baskets; very effective when paired with the chartr...
$5.00
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Ipomea batatas Blackie
Stock Number: 40403
"Black Yam" or "Purple-leaved Sweet Potato" Dark palmate leaves overlap to create a starburst lacy effect while firmly anchored on sturdy maroon-stemmed vines; fabulous in hanging baskets. As popular now as when we first offered it some twenty years ago with Carolyn Wilson in her Country Hills greenhouse catalogue.
$3.00
Ipomea batatas Gold Fingers
Stock Number: 49451
A fast growing form bright yellow lime like 'Margarita' but with attractively fingered leaves like 'Blackie'.
$5.00
Ipomea batatas Ivory Jewel
Stock Number: 59237
The remarkable "Variegated Sweet Potato" selection made by Doug Lohman with fluted heart-shaped leaves richly splashed with creamy lime & vanilla jade tones accented by ivory veins--difficult but remarkable Much prized by growers of anything but green. This is the one collector cultivar not likely to hold its own i...
$15.00
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Ipomea batatas Margarita [chartreuse]
Stock Number: 55616
The "Golden Sweet Potato Vine" produces ranks of bright yellow-ochre heart shaped leaves, becoming more halbert-lobed as the plant expands & matures, even forming a fine purple rim in sun--obviously the perfect companion for 'Ace of Spades' as well as 'Blackie'; if grown during the winter in your greenhouse, will p...
$4.75
Ipomea batatas Purple Tuber
Stock Number: 59194
"Purple Yam" (although technically a "Sweet Potato" and not even related to the yam gang) Hawaiian clone with purple fleshed tubers (said to be at their most yummy when prepared with your deep pit roast pig); very ornately cut clean-green cookie cutter somewhat palmate foliage on self branching meandering stems. Amazin...
$4.25
Ipomea batatas Tricolor [Pink Potato]
Stock Number: 55564
Remarkable slate green sharply lobed "Sweet Potato" leaves with bright pink margins setting to rosy cream. An amazingly beautiful cultivar initially shared with us by Doug Ruhren who had inherited it from Yinger's Asian peregrinations; and indeed, under the original clone name of 'Tricolor' it was a 1980s introduction ...
$5.50
Ipomea Lady Fingers [Species Unidentified]
Stock Number: 56564
Extremely vigorous "Fingered Sweet Potato" with strong stems holding aloft stunning dark leaves, with seven deep fingered lobes accented with dark purple raised veins on the reverse. Loves aquatic conditions; but thrives equally well cascading dramatically from a windowbox or urn; needs a large basket if grown in a han...
$10.00
Ledebouria ovatifolia
Stock Number: 65823
Very wide pale green jade-toned fleshy leaves fan out into an open circle over the fat, swollen surface bulb; winter dormant (leafless) if kept quite cool during winter; very slow to offset. Of more botanic than horticultural interest.
$8.00
Ledebouria pauciflora
Stock Number: 65824
Wonderful miniature with delicately mottled fleshy leaves on clustering glossy surface bulbs. Lovely undemanding houseplant; always a favorite carefree windowsill citizen; excellent addition to any dish garden and a great visual companion to the more commonly available L. socialis.
$4.00
Ledebouria socialis
Stock Number: 65827
Formerly Scilla violacea. "Silver Squill" Rich purple swollen bulblets in thick clusters support small violet- backed leaves whose surfaces are dotted silver. Easy houseplant with small wands of tiny white flowers produced seasonally. If allowed to become a many-headed specimen, the winter blooms can be quite impressiv...
$3.00
Ledebouria socialis Gila Monster
Stock Number: 65829
A lovely olive ovals scattered on ash blue to glaucus green leaves held in bunches over the swollen bulbs which ofset to form a perfect hemisphere. Originally shared with us by Ruth Crane, this beauty is probably a separate species not accurately identified.
$7.50
Ledebouria socialis Juda
Stock Number: 65830
A cultivar selected by the late Juda Livesay sporting fantastic white variegation as stripes throughout which become pink-tinted in strong light. Much valued by collectors of unusual variegates. Not as vigorous as the species forms. Usually shipped as divisions in dry perlite to prevent any rotting.
$38.00
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Ledebouria violacea
Stock Number: 56904
Whorled fleshy leaves with dark motting emerge from the clustering surface bulbs. Known as Scilla violacea in victorian times.  Much larger statured than the other "Tropical Squills" offered in this list. This is the stunner of the group.
$12.00
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Neoalsomitra podagrica
Stock Number: 40661
"Sea Urchin Plant" From huge "Swollen Pickle" ground-level stems, thinner succulent stems arise, bearing rough waxy, fingered leaves; unique yet of easy culture. The basal thick "pickles" form the first season, then send up vines the next. Too much fun not to grow. Every collector needs a cucumber in their windowsill. ...
$22.00
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Ornithogalum caudatum
Stock Number: 65833
"Sea Onion" or "German Onion" Glossy strap leaves top the ever expanding, ever more impressive opalescent green bulbs (which sit on the surface of the soil) whose sides constantly erupt to give "birth" to new bulblets (produced in clusters under each onion skin of the bulb surface), thus known everywhere as the "Pregna...
$4.50
Ornithogalum tenuifolium
Stock Number: 65616
Very showy glossy surface bulbs topped with sweeps of upright slim lf blades & wands of green flowers used for cutting in tropical gardens. Offsetting clumps soon produce handsome specimens with gradually forming hemispheres of the waxy endlessly offsetting bulbs. Must have full sun to keep the foliage erect.
$8.00
Oxalis corymbosa aureo-reticulata
Stock Number: 40693
"Gold Veined Oxalis" Low habit of soft "Shamrock" mimic leaves with yellow retriculation; pink flowers profusely produced in spring. Tends to go dormant in Southern (and even Midwestern) summer heat. Loves the late winter conditions of your greenhouse or sunny southern windowsill. The dormant bulblets are odd little wh...
$6.50
Oxalis Maroon Leaf [floribunda?]
Stock Number: 40708
Extraordinary dark glowing maroon leaves cascade from the central bundle of buried bublets--altho bulbous this easily grown species remains evergreen with sufficient heat & light with cycles of lilac flower clusters blooming throughout the seasons. Perfect choice for those not comfortable with the dormant cycles of...
$4.50
Oxalis pes-caprae
Stock Number: 41829
"Bermuda Buttercup" South African species with long lived thickened roots and scaly bulbs; with winter foliage come the showy showers of yellow blossoms. This is absolutely summer dormant and will rot if kept too moist during this period. Prefer to only ship in LATE SUMMER when emerging from a long dormancy.  T...
$6.50
Oxalis regnellii
Stock Number: 40703
Obtriangular leaves are most attractive, plus nearly everblooming white flower clusters recommend this as the best Oxalis for the house--the Victorian's favorite. More than likely that rugged soul your grandmother grew in a clay filled coffee can in her sunny kitchen window. Fabulous as a hanging basket display in your...
$6.00
Oxalis regnellii atropurpurea [triangularis]
Stock Number: 41490
Incredible "Red Velvet Shamrock"--a striking selection with handsome dusky glowing purple foliage with a central vivid violet flame on each triangular leaflet; low statured mound topped with many delicately toned lilac fls. A knockout with a distinct winter dormancy cycle (unlike the species) if allowed to dry out or t...
$5.50
Oxalis regnellii Dorothy Chao
Stock Number: 51901
A splendid "Silver Oxalis" sport from Dorothy Chao with splendidly large obtriangular leaves a glaucous milky green--most distinctive pewter hue beautifully complemented by clusters of palest lilac pink blossoms produced with abandon. Subtle power. Tends to catch the eye no matter how it is situated.
$8.50
Oxalis rubra alba [crassipes]
Stock Number: 40694
"Summer Shamrock" Reliably evergreen species with low, soft green fleshy leaves mounding over short succulent stalks which emerge from thick underground tubers; clusters of small white flowers reach their height during summer. Traditional Victorian favorite as a year 'round pot plant demanding full sun to flourish--now...
$6.00
Oxalis rubra [rosea]
Stock Number: 40970
Free-blooming "Old Fashioned Pink Shamrock" grandma grew on her windowsill with its seemingly endless clusters of bright rosy flowers, veined red, over the shamrock foliage. Thick tubers give rise to many succulent stalks--indestructable, does not go dormant unless you forget to water it for a month or so.
$7.50
Oxalis Species Honduras
Stock Number: 81222
"Honduran Sorrel" Flecked leaves emerge from central small corms (similar habit to regnellii) eventually followed by short sralks presenting clusters of pale violet blossoms. We thank Peter Borchard for this unidentified sweetheart.  Very dependable window sill subject.
$8.50
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