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Tropical Herbs

Tropical Herbs
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Aeollanthus Parvifolius
Stock Number: 41088
Columns of four-ranked, felted aromatic leaves completely hide the small arching stems tipped with soft pink lipped flowers. Very beautiful "Teddy Bear Mint" forms beautiful pot plant or perfect groundcover for taller leggy succulents. Comercial source of soap oils.
$5.75
Aeonium Lindleyii [Hort]
Stock Number: 60225
"Euphorb Antidote" The California clone (we have the old Hummel bloodline) with sticky felted rosettes on wiry stems always appearing to be a species from Mars--juice from the watery succulent leaf reputed to counteract the toxic sap of Euphorbiaceae. May be sent as an URCUT in dry moss.
$4.00
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Agave Americana Medio-Picta Alba
Stock Number: 68007
"Ivory-striped Century Plant" Brilliant white wide central band on each short curved deep green leaf--this forms a remarkable specimen noted for performing well as a houseplant. Unique and most certainly the most popular and coveted of the variegated Agave cultivars.
$30.00
Aloe Maculata [Saponaria]
Stock Number: 65045
"Christmas Candles" From wide fleshy rosettes arise spikes with large coral-red tubular flowers mid-winter. Handsome. Called "Soap Aloe" to indicate the practical use of the richly sappy succulent leaves.
$6.00
Aloe Vera Chinensis
Stock Number: 65051
"Burn Aloe" Shiny fleshy basil green leaves, pale spots fading with age; eventually central stalks energe with small yellow flowers. Nomenclature controversial; origin probably Canary Islands and Barbary Coast, but mentioned even in very ancient Chinese texts on medicine (and possibly an early traveler on the famous si...
$4.50
Aloysia Triphylla
Stock Number: 41334
"Lemon Verbena" stiff stems carry fragrant lemon-scented toothed leaves; panicles of tiny white flowers. Tropical herb from Argentina and Chile perhaps better known as Lippia citridora. A sedative also used for fevers; The oil is noted for its insecticidal & bactericidal qualities. Cool very bright greenhouse culture i...
$6.25
Alpinia Katsumadai
Stock Number: 53001
Rhizomatous "Katsumada's Galangal" with closely bunched stems sheathed with slim fragrant leaves; waxy white blossom richly fragrant; followed by seeds (called Tsao Tou Kou) used to treat spleen and stomach problems, used also to control vomiting. An elegant slim species shared with us by the late Cindy Riviere from he...
$12.00
Alpinia Speciosa [Zerumbet] Variegata
Stock Number: 53005
Used in China for treating infections; here for the strikingly beautiful dark leathery slim leaves striped and slashed with rich yellow. This "Variegated Shell Ginger" constitutes a very handsome evergreen gradually clumping plant tolerating adverse house conditions--where, unlike its Zingiber cousins, the foliage is m...
$12.00
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
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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...
$12.00
Bursera Fagaroides
Stock Number: 60558
Named for the pinnate leaves resemblence to the Prickly-Ash family such as fellow West-indian native, the Satinwood. Heavy trunks topped by interlaced limber stems with strong fragrance, thus the "Mexican Frankinensense Shrub." Fabulous in the greenhouse succulent collection; handsome as a sunny windowsill potplant; al...
$22.00
Callisia Fragrans
Stock Number: 50503
Formerly Spironema or Tradescantia dracaenoides--the latter providing a good take on the foliage as mimic. Upright cupped whorls of purple-edged leaves give character of "False Bromeliad"; multiple cascading runners effective in hanging basket use. Vigorous Mexican native with scented spiderwort flowers on impressively...
$3.50
Centratherum Intermedium
Stock Number: 40107
"Brazilian Button Flower" of Victorian gardens. Serrate leaves scented of pineapple, and thus newly marketed as the "Pineapple Sangria Plant"; quite showy bluish-lavender button flowers resembling tiny Canadian Thistle blossoms, thus also called the "Martinique Batchelor's Button." Easy culture with bright light, thus ...
$5.00
Ceratonia Siliqua
Stock Number: 53716
Handsome leathery foliaged "Carob" forms a stout evergreen shrub (avoid frost); tinsy flowers followed by famous chocolate mimic "St. John's Bread" fruit. Easy houseplant; much used as a tropical bonsai subject.
$6.50
Citrofortunella Mitis
Stock Number: 66862
Excellent miniature "Calamondin Orange" popular as a decorative Christmas gift; without doubt, the easist citrus to set fruit in your hobby greenhouse--especially popular because the extremely colorful fruit is at its showiest during the Christmas season when you most need it. Many plant growers have good luck with thi...
$10.00
Coleus Caninus
Stock Number: 55657
Odoriferous succulent leaves, slightly viscous, on tumbling thick stems; attractive curosity--but when leaves are crushed, beware the "Eau de Firehydrant" fragrance. We received this some years ago from Sydney Botanic Gardens via California's Quail Botanical Garden and are amused that this rather modest plant is now be...
$4.00
Cydista Aequinoctialis
Stock Number: 49458
Glossy leaves on shrubby vines (like a stubby Allamanda) with terminal clusters of showy cupped trumpet blossoms a richly toned lilac. Central American typically blooming here in November given good light and constant warmth. As the popularity of this curiosity seems to veer into extreme cycles, we can be caught with f...
$15.00
Cymbopogon Citratus
Stock Number: 41368
"Lemon Grass" or "Fever Grass" Attractive clumping rush-like fragrant grass which is the source of the lemon oil used in Asian cooking, perfumery and medicine. Easily container cultivated. Stops infections; treats spasms; perfect addition to a scented bath--pretty much covers most lifestyles. Quite decorative in an urn...
$6.75
Dorstenia Contrajerva Amplifolia
Stock Number: 40203
"Wart Flower" Wider, shallower hypanthodium lobing than the species form (see previous entry) with the typical leaf also less lobed; the thick tuberculed succulent stem is unsegmented. Easy culture. Probably the species known as "Drake's Foot" used as a cure for snakebite in Central & South America, thus also known as ...
$5.00
Elettaria [Amomum] Cardamomum Dwarf
Stock Number: 53021
"Dwarf Cardamom Ginger" Small version of this spice--attractive, easily grown houseplant with wonderfully fragrant foliage quickly clumping in a windowsill pot. A tonic and expectorant, also ingested to aid digestion; belived by some to detoxify caffeine. We most emphatically do not stand by any of these claims!
$4.25
Episcia (Alsobia) Dianthiflora
Stock Number: 20102
"Carpet Violet: Excellent small species quickly creates a low carpet of shimmery leaves puncuated by very lacy white flowers. Prefers cooler temperatures and brighter light than its Episcia cousins. Typically sent in moist moss.
$4.50
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Euphorbia Cotinifolia Atropurpurea
Stock Number: 67423
"Hierba Mala" or "Tropical Purple Smoketree" Elegant branching stems of purple with whorls of thin ovate leaves of wine red fading to metallic magenta with red veins; whitish inflorescence more odd than decorative. Excellent large accent plant, newly popular in large summer urn designs; Remember that (as with various s...
$10.00
Euphorbia Tirucalli
Stock Number: 67264
"Pencil Cactus" or "Milk Bush" Narrow rounded much-forked stems rapidly grow to form a tree. Used in Tanzania to cure sexual impotence and as a mosquito repellent. (We will not refund for this if, after a year, your child support payments increase dramatically.) Very toxic sap--be sure never to get any sap near your ey...
$6.00
Excoecaria Cochinchinensis
Stock Number: 40257
"Chinese Croton" Pairs of beautiful shiny leaves deep green on top, a brilliant lacquered red beneath elegantly presented on arching woody maroon stems. Outstanding houseplant, but like many spurges, sap is toxic, and thus called "Blindness Tree" in Southeast Asia where it is commercially valuable to stun fish for easy...
$10.00
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Ficus Salicaria (Salicifolia)
Stock Number: 40301
"Willow Leaf Fig" Masses of narrow leaves (thus also called F. neriifolia as well as F. salicifolia) on upright dwarf multi-trunked trees; perfect bonsai. Roots are said to be chewed as a sterility cure in Zimbabwe! We make no guarantee on curative powers, but believe it an excellent container subject. Newly published ...
$9.50
Gynura Bicolor [Hort]
Stock Number: 40326
Prostrate stems with deep velour leaves, purple beneath, from swollen root surface; Underated species from the Molluccas excellent in wintertime greenhouse baskets; equally at home cascading from windowboxes or urns in your summertime outdoor plantings. As eager and willing to grow and impress as aurantiaca is willing ...
$5.25
Hedychium Coronarium
Stock Number: 53023
"Butterfly Ginger" Fragrant white flowers top very tall stalks. The heavily perfumed ivory petals are used in Hawaiian leis, hence, also known as the "Garland Flower." Evergreen species easy to grow with good light.
$12.00
Helwingia Chinensis [Narrow Leaf Clone]
Stock Number: 88874
Lovely "Sichuan Leaf Flower" a graceful shrub with dark slim leaves so fused (with peduncles) to present the yellow flowers and then the purple fruit "on the leaf" (petiole fused to the peduncle). Used as a salad green in Japan where it is considered to be Zone 7 hardy. We have now propagated our stock plants because s...
$12.00
Hippobroma [Isotoma] Longiflora
Stock Number: 55617
A West indies Lobelia shrublet now common in Madagascar & the tropical Pacific: stout short stems thickly skirted with very long dentate dark leaves over which long ivory elongated tubular "Moth Tease" blossoms appear. Various tropical herbal uses of toxic sap are still current. Unless your VooDoo priestess grandmother...
$8.50
Iboza [Tetradenia] Riparia
Stock Number: 41102
"Musk Plant" or "Misty Plume Plant" Attractive woody-stemmed shrublet with attractive small musk-scented leaves and creamy-white winter blossom panicles creating a beautiful whispy mist around Christmas time--thus its great popularity with Victorian gardeners and continued fascination for today's hobby greenhousers. Ca...
$4.00
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