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Tropical Herbs

Tropical Herbs
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Laurus nobilis crispa [undulata]
Stock Number: 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.
$8.00
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Lippia [phyla] dulcis
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
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 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
Passiflora biflora [lunata]
Stock Number: 54413
Called "Guate-Guate" in Panama, this vigorous vine has lovely winged leaves like petite boomerangs and pairs of white blossoms with vanilla-mauve corona filaments.
$8.00
Passiflora incarnata
Stock Number: 81152
"Hardy Passion Flower" Native with yellow edible fruit following the astoundingly beautiful pale lavender flowers with elaborately fringed pink-purple coronas. Please remember that this emerges from the ground very late in the spring unless situated in a warm courtyard: the local name of "Maypop" accurately refers to i...
$8.50
Peperomia clusiifolia [pericattii]
Stock Number: 53543
The dramatic "False Clusia." Thick purplish concave long leaves with purple margins held erect in two ranks by thick stems; the rubbery texture heightened by bright light. A well known West Indies native, yet this is a clone found by Robert Newman in Chinese cultivation. The obvious question: is this used in Chinese me...
$6.25
Piper auritum
Stock Number: 53502
Extremely aromatic "Root Beer Plant" or "False Sasparilla" Marvelous greenhouse plant with rigidly erect thick bamboo like stems supporting dramatic marvelously soft fragrant leaves. (Nonetheless, some of our customers tell us that they have grown it beautifully in a two gallon pot in their plant room.) These leaves pl...
$17.50
Piper betel [hort]
Stock Number: 53513
Famous clove flavored "Betel-leaf" stimulant (for wraped aound a betel nut--Areca catechu) from India also used treating diphtheria in Asia; this National Botanic Gardens clone has trailing habit of P. nigra, but with larger glossy heart shaped leaves on slightly folded petioles--very attractive vine easily grown on th...
$15.00
Piper nigrum [hort]
Stock Number: 53507
"Black Pepper Vine" Small leathery deep green heart leaves on strong vines--the source of commercial peppercorns. Quite easily grown low-light houseplant. Used in Asia also to treat food poisoning, to aid digestion. As with most of the Pipers, as the new leaves unfurl a scrufty surface wax (which protects the tender ne...
$6.00
Plectranthus amboinicus
Stock Number: 55572
Called "Cuban Oregano" or "indian Borage" for culinary uses in Mexico & West indies, although from SE Asia where its handsome foliage is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, headaches, burns, & scorpion sting; the leaves are used in tea, or to scent your laundry. Certainly the most attractive hanging basket plant ...
$4.75
Plectranthus amboinicus Ochre Flame
Stock Number: 42354
Arched stems weighed down under the weight of the succulent pelted paired leaves, each with a central pale lime flare on rich avacado green, margined with mint green crenulations; a "Spanish Thyme" with lavender-pink flowers along showy spikes. Used in Caribbean cooking.
$6.00
Plectranthus amboinicus Variegated/ Marginated
Stock Number: 42086
"Margined Spanish Thyme" or "Indian Borage" Arching stems present showy pairs of fleshy crenate leaves boldly bordered in bright white. New aromatic shoots in tropical culinary use, as "Cuban Oregano"--Astounding as a hanging basket subject; splendid cascading from urns and windowboxes. Excellent for drama in the winte...
$6.00
Plectranthus Menthol Eucalyptus [Species]
Stock Number: 41711
Short woody stems are completely covered by mounds of thick succulent tiny "scalloped pillow" leaves with hirsuit surface-- giving off very pungent fragrance when brushed. Popular. Probably a form of the Kenyan Plectranthus coeruleus.
$4.50
Plectranthus Turpentine [marrubioides?]
Stock Number: 41658
Pine scented scalloped furry succulent leaves on thickly furred cascading stems--these stems start out upright but eventually arch under the weight of the fat foliage. Very potent "fragrance."
$5.00
Pogostemon patchouli [hort]
Stock Number: 41132
This is somewhat seasonal. Attractive coleus-statured species of uncertain nomenclature famous as the source of musky "Patchouli" intensely fragrant mint-sandlewood perfume--the predominent scent of every good rock concert (or do I date myself?). The source of Asian herb preparations for digestion, for snake bite; depr...
$10.00
Polianthes tuberosa The Pearl
Stock Number: 66905
The fabuously scented "Double Flowered Tuberose" for intense fragrance in your winter greenhouse. Traditional summer bedding plant.
$6.75
Procris Species
Stock Number: 41055
An Elatostema cousin with short swollen, arched stems with succulent leaves and curious bubble flowerss used in perfumery. Attractive pot herb often in limited quanities--best check availability before ordering this for your greenhouse.
$4.25
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Stock Number: 65595
"Katdoring" Zig-zagging clamberer with odd sized bunched cladophylls; bunched fls followed by red orange berries much loved by African birds as well as by plant lovers. Excellent houseplant nearly impossible to kill. One of the "Ming Asparagus" developing into fabulous impressive specimens--newly popular as an indoor b...
$35.00
Protasparagus setaceus [plumosus] pyramidalis
Stock Number: 40049
The "Feather Fern" with congested upright rich green plumes. Very dramatic unusual form of ornamental Asparagus quite easy to grow in a sunny window. Also popular addition to unusual combination planters, even windowboxes needing an easily grown (and this takes considerable exposure) upright accent plant with a soft fe...
$7.00
Punica granatum nana
Stock Number: 40856
"Dwarf Pomegranate" Bright double orange flowers resembling nodding papery carnations followed by small edible fruit; very cool winter condition imperative for best production of spring blossoms--but do not allow to freeze. Handsome and dependable in any bonsai pot as soon forms a stout woody trunk and the foliage alwa...
$8.00
Sansevieria aethiopica [Heidleberg]
Stock Number: 68080
"Bushman's Cure" Called "!hwi" & taken to cure abdominal pains & diarrhoea. Flat outspread small rosettes of dark dusky green (bluish in full sun) leaves with corky margins & tips-- This is an extremely slow growing compact German clone from the collection at Heidleberg, which was shared with us by the late...
$22.00
Synadenium cupulare [arborescens]
Stock Number: 67358
"Sheba Valley Death Tree" once Euphorbia arborescens: Compact trunk studded with flat slightly splotched leaves held rigidly; nondescript green inflorescence last quite long. Very poisonous; once Euphorbia arborescens, so do avoid contact with the oddly colored milky sap. We probably should run a quick psych profile on...
$15.00
Tropical Herbs Collection (5 Plants)
Stock Number: 99034
For those of you wishing to grow your herbs indoors or in your winter greenhouses throughout the year. We can draw upon the appropriate species from among these tropical & subtropical genera--Hedychium, Fouquieria, Elatostemma, Curcuma, Ugni, Phlomis, Lippa, Olea, Vanilla, Ornithogalum, Laurus, Myrtus, Myrsine, Bap...
$28.00
Tulbaghia simmleri
Stock Number: 51270
South African "Mauve Onion" with evergreen succulent strap foliage; sweetly scented mauve colored flower heads. Good pot herb with fashionably edible flowers; seems to flower more readily if crowded in a 10"clay pot. We notice that this is now featured as an aquatic subject of late. Typically sent as divisions.
$4.25
Tulbaghia violacea Silver Lace
Stock Number: 41478
"Variegated Society Garlic" Clumping evergreen narrow fleshy leaves edged pearly white; lavender flowers on one foot stems. Try the leaves in a sandwich! Ever so sophisticated addition to any tub of tropical herbs, giving a dramatic vertical accent. Now you can have your variegate and eat it too.
$6.50
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Typhonium filiformis [hort]
Stock Number: 31720
Small statured mound of arrowshaped (cordate) grass green leaves on long oddly channeled stalks emerging from a tube. The "Perak Herb" with yellow spathes dotted blood red characteristically emerging along with the dainty foliage late fall after summer dormancy. Dale Wagner's Philippine clone used for various mysteriou...
$8.00
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Typhonium venosum [guttatum]
Stock Number: 30684
"Voo Doo Bulb" Sauromatum venosum's correct name: in late winter the elongated dark brown spadix emerges from the fat bulb, opening to reveal its maroon spoted interior and the slim blackish spadix whose fetid fragrance is beloved of flies. After a few days this bloom collapses--you will have probably collapsed somewha...
$6.00
Vanilla planifolia [fragrans]
Stock Number: 40957
Always popular vine. Wide leathery waxy leaves line the thick vining stems; important commercial "Vanilla Orchid" source of the vanilla bean--the yellow-green flowers are hard to produce with inadequate light, considerable heat, and considerable patience. Sent as generous unrooted cuttings in dry moss. If you wish us t...
$8.00
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