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Tropicals & House Plants

As various of our longterm customers regularly ask about availability of plants once offered in past catalogues (we suspect that many of you have more complete year-by-year collections of those newsprint compilations than we do), we have re-listed many of these old plant treasures after getting them back into propagation; furthermore, we've been propagating many new treasures from the main collections as well as readying choice new plants sent to us by those of you who love to collect and hybridize and wish to share your treasures with the rest of us. And, as usual, you will note that we like to name these new cultivars and hybrids after you!

Since our customers continue to increase their interests and expand their displays of the wondrous TROPICAL LOOK in their outdoor gardens, we have added items for this look-- new Aroids, choice  Sansevieria, dramatic Agaves and their cousins, returning Begonias, a solid selection of reliable handsome Bromeliads, some very showy spiderworts and Acanthus family members. So continue to tart up your urns & planters unabashedly; shamelessly pump up those perennial beds by adding a few companion tropicals. We have also continued to expand plant selections in increasingly popular categories: tropical bonsai plants (especially succulent Bonsai), cultivars suited for standards & topiary, tried & true succulents suited for living wreaths or Fairy Gardens, new distinctive material to try in your windowboxes, living walls, patio urns and reliable yet choice terrarium subjects. (The sheer number of terrariums and wardian cases you purchased from us last year continues to esculate.)  Many of these new items are perfect for your fair garden designs and for the popular living wall movement.

Meanwhile, we have not forgotten our core support group (many of whom have been ordering /supporting us for well over 20 years now) who need new treasures for their hobby greenhouses & conservatories; their extensive lite gardens & plantrooms, and especially those who need a regular fix of an astounding new variegated cultivars. A reminder to our many Southern customers: many of the plants are excellent choices for your permanent plantings even though they are summertime bedding or greenhouse plants in our Zone 6b climate.

You will notice an ever increasing number of individual photos & images this season--the attempt to illustrate nearly every plant we list continues--and we do thank profusely those of you who have sent photos we can use as so many of our older stock plants show the effect of many cuttings and airlayerings, resulting in less than typical stature for that particular species and/or cultivar--and all of us enjoy seeing how you have potted and combined your plant treasures. We have always learned more from our faithful customer friends than we have from all our many reference books.

Most plants are sent rooted in 2 1/2"- 5 1/5" plastic pots unless coded as unrooted cuttings for certain succulents.

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Brassia arboricola Coppel
Product Code: 41344
New leaves emerge in wheels of waxy blunt-edged, dimple-tipped leaflets with bright yellow green centers; yellow striped trunks; vigorous dwarf schefflera.
$8.00
Brassia arboricola Moondrop
Product Code: 58361
"Moondrop Schefflera" Very petite habit: dwarf erect trunks heavy with small waxy fingered wheelspoke leaves irregularly margined in very pure bright white. Most petite of the ones we offer; and also the most brightly, purely white variegated. A big hit with the tropical bonsai crowd.
$10.00
Brassia arboricola Worthey
Product Code: 41546
Large seven-leaved whorls irregularly margined bright white, fading to ochre-cream tones--occasionally the white is in the leaf center. Fashy cultivar of "Hawiian Schefflera."
$8.00
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Breynia disticha nana
Product Code: 41953
Marvelous "Dwarf Snowbush" with oval green & white "Foliage Flower" leaves on zig-zagging stems. Very lovely miniature form with stronger color contrast (plus pinkish when cool); very sought after for "mame" subject in Asia. This is a plant we originally brought into the country in the late seventies. We have sold ...
$10.00
Breynia disticha roseo-picta
Product Code: 40081
This does not get ordered as often as the above dwarf form, so it is propagated to order only. Called the "Foliage Flower Shrub" because of the white, pink emerald & purple oval leaves. True flowers are tiny green suction cup-shaped strands hidden beneath. This clone holds foliage if kept warm, not deciduous like F...
$12.50
Out of Stock
Brillanlaisea nitens
Product Code: 58369
This was first introduced to garden culture, we believe, just in recent years, especially by Landscape Environmentals, excellent source of many showy tropicals for summertime flourishes in East Coast gardens. We strongly suspect that these are the blossoms of a Mint (Labitae) when the impressive inflorescence appears--...
$8.50
Bromeliad Collection (5 Plants)
Product Code: 99078
An introduction to the variety of genera & habits of these indestructible showy "Pineapple Family" characters. 5 plants – likely including various genera not listed in this catalogue--but drawn from Abrometiella, Acanthostachys, Aechmea, Anamea, Ananas, Billbergia, Cryptbergia, Cryptanthus, Deuterocohnia, Dyckia, F...
$22.50
Brugmansia candida Double White [plena]
Product Code: 42196
Handsome double flowered "Angel's Trumpet" leaves the viewer rather breathless. Dark pelted foliage distinct. Customers report this to easily produce heavily scented blossoms more reliably than others in a greenhouse setting; branches easily; seems to respond well to the restriction of containers. This hard working hyb...
$12.00
Product Code: 20257
Stout trunks produce their dangling pale sherbert peach blossoms while still immature of stature. Up close the elegant trumpet flowers reveal a cream white center with lime tones.
$15.00
Brugmansia insignis Dr. Suess [hyb]
Product Code: 54008
"Fancy Angel's trumpet" with elongated fls of yellow orange; both wider throated trumpets with stronger yellow tone than 'Charles Grimaldi' --Possibly B. suaveolens with bell shaped flowers (as opposed to the more typical trumpet shape of most hybrids); whatever its parentage, it remains the most vigorous grower in nor...
$5.25
Brugmansia insignis Frosty Pink
Product Code: 42007
Impressive "Angel's Trumpet" from the Andes often listed also as B suaveolens cultivar. From curious substantial shrubs out-angle heavy pink trumpet flowers. Quite astounding when in winter flower--although the color may wash out in warm conditions.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Brugmansia Insignis Single White
Product Code: 59201
"White Angel's Trumpet" Large white dangling flowers with heady nocturnal fragrance are produced with great abandon from vigorous elegantly branched stems-- according to some listings, considered the most elegant of the tribe and most likely to get its photo in a book. Possibly versicolor arborea.
$5.50
Brugmansia suaveolens variegata
Product Code: 55580
Compact statured "Variegated Angel's Trumpet with foot long somewhat upturned clotted creamy white belled trumpets repeating the stunning white margins of the downy somewhat pleated leaves. Easiest to flower of the variegated clones we offer.
$22.00
Brugmansia [sauveolens] Jamaica Yellow
Product Code: 42195
Rich trumpets dangle straight down like a versicolor type. Large trumpets of heavy glossy substance colored a creamy lime-yellow. Very regular re-flowering cycles of impressive numbers, indeed full flocks, of elegantly fluted dangling blossoms.
$5.50
Brunfelsia latifolia magnifica
Product Code: 41730
Fabulous "Kiss-Me-Quick" tropical shrub with broad leathery leaves, pelted beneath, accenting the extremely fragrant fls emerging delicate violet with white eye, then fading into ivory over the next few days, mostly appearing during winter & early spring. For your hobby greenhouse (minimum), not for houseplant c...
$8.00
Out of Stock
Buddleia indica [Nicodemia diversifolia]
Product Code: 40086
"Indoor Oak" Low bush thickly foliaged with oak shaped leaves. thickly spaced with lobed undulating margins and thin leathery texture with metallic sheened surface. An old traditional houseplant now undergoing serious consideration by the tropical bonsai tweakers and wirers as the barky stems and willingness to be "con...
$5.75
Out of Stock
Calathea lancifolia
Product Code: 20107
This 'Rattlesnake Calathea'  is an ornately patterened arow root and needs good humidity and perfect drainage (as well as indirect light) to flourish as a long time houseplant.
$22.00
Product Code: 41352
Arching undulate oval bottomed lance leaves of dark bronzed velvet with pale midribs and olive stripes. Brazilian species of modest size with the endearing habit of producing plantlets along the bloom clusters creating tuffets of bronzy leaves midair. Does not demand the constant humidity and does not brown as the soil...
$15.00
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Calathea louisae
Product Code: 40091
Tapered leaves feathered pale lime champange from the midribs; soft rose blushed reverse. Easier to grow than most its kin as seems more resistent to mealybugs and spider mite but needs high humidity to thrive.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Calliandra emarginata minima
Product Code: 40096
"Powder Puff" balls of crimson stamens throughout the year (if given adequate light and good fertilizer) on attractive woody trunks softened by ferny pinnate leaves -- very popular for bonsai or flowering pot subject. Do not allow to dry out. Ever. We can not ship this in cooler part of year.
$12.00
Callisia cordifolia Itsy Bitsy Inch Plant [Sp]
Product Code: 50511
Dense mats of waxy succulent lime-green leaves & tiny eggshell- blue flowers; This beautiful glossy beauty remains the most commonly grown basket plant of the spiderworts.  Quite content grown in full sun and thus a natural for growing as a low cover on moss topiaries and even quite successful on living wreath...
$3.50
Callisia elegans [Setcreasea striata]
Product Code: 50502
"Pinstriped Inch Plant" native to central Mexico. Beautiful dark slate green leaves with trim silvery-tan parallel stripes clasping mat-forming fat stems. Somewhat longer & darker leaves than Ballyii, but also needing the succulent culture of Ballyii & Cyanotis. Flourishes with full light and perfect drainage. ...
$4.25
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
Callisia fragrans Melnickoff
Product Code: 50504
Impressive glossy leaves banded in bold ochre-gold. Striking sight as the cascading succulent stems clasped by these bold jade like leaves liven up any urn, windowbox or hanging basket. The species name reflects the unusual scent of the "Spiderwort" flowers occassionally produced mid winter on impressively branched inf...
$6.00
Callisia repens variegata
Product Code: 50512
Tiny glossy "Pink Button" leaves striped or fully pink and cream--be sure to remove any solid green reversions which will quickly overwhelm the more fragile variegated sections. Marketed as 'Bianca' in Europe; sometimes this is confused with the much larger statured Tradescantia 'Laekenensis Rainbow' in the wholesale t...
$4.50
Callisia soconuscensis variegata
Product Code: 50501
Tightly whorled heads of purple-toned leaves with striking wide white bands on thick succulent running stems; showy basket subject; outstanding in urns and windowboxes to cascade down in dramatic color. Formerly offered as Callisia congesta
$4.50
Campelia zanonia Scream
Product Code: 50509
Bamboo-like stalks topped with stepladder-whorls of glossy leaves highlighted with narrow white mint steaks; this popular selection by Frieling here at the GHW is less spectacular than 'Mexican Flag," but is more tolerant of shade and cold; this form will do well in your indoor plant room. Perhaps a Dichorisandra, poss...
$6.00
Campelia zanonia Variegata
Product Code: 50510
Spectacular spiderwort with whorls of foot-long ivory-white striped leaves on bamboo-like striated stalks topped by white spiderwort blossoms; must have warmth & good light. Most definitely not a houseplant. In European trade usually offered as Dichorisandra albo-lineata, while some authorities now consider this to...
$22.00
Out of Stock
Campyloneurum angustifolium ensifolium
Product Code: 10102
"String Fern" Resembles the difficult shoestring fern (Vittaria), but this is a far easier culture. Still a slow grower though; . Fronds are up to twelve inches long. Close clumping fern with the very narrow dark toned "fronds" arching out like an explosion over the slowly expanding woody surface "feet."
$35.00
Out of Stock
Campyloneurum phyllitidis cristatum
Product Code: 11446
"Crested American Strap Fern" Slowly creeping rootstock anchors papery-textured erect fronds of bright green topped with elaborate tasselling; striking clone from collector Jack Craig. This is extremely slow to increase, so best check with us for availability before ordering. Very good choice for a crested footed fern ...
$35.00
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