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Aeollanthus parvifolius
Product Code: 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. This plant nees the bright light and perfect drain...
$5.75
Aloe maculata [saponaria]
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
Alpinia Katsumadai
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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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Callisia fragrans
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
Citrofortunella mitis
Product Code: 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
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Coleus caninus
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
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Dorstenia contrajerva amplifolia
Product Code: 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...
$8.00
Elettaria [amomum] cardamomum Dwarf
Product Code: 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!  ...
$6.50
Euphorbia cotinifolia atropurpurea
Product Code: 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...
$12.00
Euphorbia tirucalli
Product Code: 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
Ficus salicaria (salicifolia)
Product Code: 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
Hedychium coronarium
Product Code: 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
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Helwingia chinensis [Narrow Leaf Clone]
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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 grandmo...
$8.50
Iboza [tetradenia] riparia
Product Code: 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...
$6.00
Jasminum multiflorum [pubescens]
Product Code: 41887
"Angel Hair Jasmine" from India to China: Freely spreading shrub with downy cordate leaves and clusters of intensely sweet scented white starlike flowers at the tips and along the stems when given full sun, adequate humidity and a rich medium. This "Downy Jasmine" has long been known as J. pubescens in the Florida trad...
$12.00
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Jasminum polyanthum
Product Code: 40421
"French Perfume" Vigorous climber with attractive compound (foliate) leaves in opposite pairs and mid-winter clouds of white richly-scented flower clusters (which have pinkish cast in bright light as the unopened buds are blushed red). Basic to any collection, the Yunnan native is quite vigorous. Very very strongly sce...
$3.00
Jasminum sambac Maid Of Orleans
Product Code: 40424
This "Arabian Jasmine" clone has semi-double flowers of rich fragrance on woody shrubs with pale foliage; considered the best for houseculture by the Elberts--certainly the easiest to bloom indoors. The famous J.s. `Multiplex' grown for oils used in the French perfume industry; traditionally the Chinese use this attrac...
$12.50
Jatropha hastata [integerrima] compacta
Product Code: 67399
Fiddle-shaped richly toned foilage on upright shrublet with a constant show of deep rose red flowers in erect clusters as long as good light (full sun if you are as far north as us) is available. Cuban "Peregine" performs well as a container plant. Give bright light and avoid EVER allowing the roots to chill and this w...
$10.00
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Kalanchoe daigremontiana
Product Code: 60386
"Life Plant" or "Mother of Thousands" Plantlets form on the crenulated margins of the liver-green triangular fleshy leaves, spotted reddish-brown; heads of pendant pinkish midwinter blossoms gradually fade to a delicate gray-violet hue. Formerly in the genus Bryophyllum, appropriate as the Latin translates to "sproutin...
$4.50
Kalanchoe pinnata
Product Code: 60410
"Air Plant" or "Miracle Leaf" Most famous "Bryophyllum" for each of the ornately notched leaves produce clinging adventitious plantlets along their margins; these plantlets will form even when the mature leaf is wrenched from the stout stems and pinned to a curtain. (And if you remember those ads and drawings in the Su...
$4.50
Laurus nobilis
Product Code: 40427
It is quite aromatic beautiful. "Sweet Bay" or "Greek Laurel" Stiff decorative fragrant leaves on erect woody maroon stems make this the ideal "Formally Shaped" shrub candidate. Aromatic leaves are used to flavor food & to yield an essential oil of perfumery and medicine. The plant police will get you if you even a...
$6.00
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Laurus nobilis crispa [undulata]
Product Code: 41932
"Piecrust Bay Tree" Curious selection with each aromatic deep green slim leathery leaf crimped along the margin. This rare cultivar becomes an absolutely stunning topiary, whether clipped into a wide based cone, a pyramid, or cube; or, limbed up as a sturdy trunk topped with a spherical pompon Next crop ready for sh...
$8.00
Lippia [phyla] dulcis
Product Code: 41727
The famous "Sweet Herb" known by the Aztec as "Tzopelic Xlhuitl" who used the leaves as a sweetener--just chew the leaf before you take a bite of any fruit or raw vegetable for the sweet sensation! Forms a laterally arching mound studded with many tiny "Lantana" heads with fringes of white Lantana blossoms. We are told...
$4.25
Nashia inaguensis
Product Code: 42156
Tiny crinkled fleshy leaves, with lovely mint/verbena fragrance, on rigid much-branched twiglets emerging from woody trunks--perfect tropical bonsai for high light; the orange " Bahana Berries" (following petite verbenia-shaped cream flowers) add that distincly vanilla flavor to Moujean tea. Also used in topiary as the...
$10.00
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