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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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Brugmansia Insignis Single White
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
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Buddleia indica [Nicodemia diversifolia]
Stock Number: 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
Caladium Miss Muffett [hyb?]
Stock Number: 30383
 Small-statured hybrid with straw colored leaves richly strewn with crimson dots. A favorite for bedding, but equally popular as a modest-sized pot plant indoors or out. Lovely. Dormant until Spring '19
$5.75
Out of Stock
Calathea lancifolia
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Calathea louisae
Stock Number: 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
Calliandra emarginata minima
Stock Number: 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 elegans [Setcreasea striata]
Stock Number: 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
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
Callisia fragrans Melnickoff
Stock Number: 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 Itsy Bitsy Inch Plant [Sp]
Stock Number: 50511
Dense mats of waxy succulent lime-green leaves & tiny eggshell- blue flowers; although this beautiful glossy beauty remains the most commonly grown basket plant of the spiderworts, this species is still unidentified! Quite content grown in full sun and thus a natural for growing as a low cover on moss topiaries and...
$3.50
Callisia repens variegata
Stock Number: 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
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Callisia soconuscensis variegata
Stock Number: 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
Out of Stock
Stock Number: 50510
Variegated " Mexican Flag" Dramatic spriral whorls often up to twelve inch leaves cling to erect bamboo like stiated stalks.  The white spiderwort flower clusters will brighten any conservatory.
$25.00
Campelia zanonia Scream
Stock Number: 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
Campyloneurum angustifolium ensifolium
Stock Number: 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
Campyloneurum phyllitidis cristatum
Stock Number: 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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Canna Australia [Feurzauber]
Stock Number: 66889
Semi-aquatic "Feurzauber" forms a tight tall 5'+ clump of very stunning burgundy black leaves topped by petite scarlet (fading to salmon) flowers. Does well as bog or container subject (especially as does not go dormant), maintaining dramatic burnished chestnut foliar color even in high shade. Outstanding in the summer...
$12.00
Canna generalis striatus [Bengal Tiger]
Stock Number: 41510
"Bangkok indian Shot" or "Pretoria Canna" Spectacular garden canna cultivar forming dramatic clumps of brightly striped green and butter yellow leaves topped by heads of large orange flowers. Blooms in winter greenhouse as has no real dormancy cycle. We suggest to those interested in research that a quick look in the i...
$15.00
Carissa grandiflora Boxwood Beauty
Stock Number: 40099
Vigorous clone of "Natal Plum: with nearly rounded leathery leaves thickly placed on the nearly spineless stems; much used in large bonsai especially for the corky barks on mature trunks. Must have sunlight, evenly moist soil and adequate fertilizer to work well as a pot plant.
$12.00
Carissa grandiflora Green Carpet
Stock Number: 40100
The "Weeping Natal Plum" for limber stems cascade straight down with carpets of tiny leathery oval leaves; remarkable as a basket or wall subject in north; carpeting groundcover in subtropic climates. But most sought after as a subject for a bonsai cascade styles. We have admired old specimens grown in half pots mounte...
$5.50
Out of Stock
Carissa grandiflora horizontalis
Stock Number: 40101
Compact; prostrate rigid stems; reduced spines; pinwheel flowers produce edible fruit; used in Japanese cascade bonsai as 'Naikoku-ume'; still uncommon in USA. Stems held in rigid horizontal planes, not weeping like 'Green Cascade.'
$8.75
Carissa humphreyii variegata [hort]
Stock Number: 40102
"Variegated Natal Plum" Coin-size waxy leaves with brilliant creamy white margins on compactly growing shrub; pinwheel fl pure white. One of the best houseplants with white variegation covered by a wax surface sufficient to prevent burning in a low humidity environment. Very slow growing. Very desirable.
$10.00
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Carmona microphylla [Ehretia buxifolia]
Stock Number: 40106
"Fukien Tea" Handsome woody stems with tiny glossy blackish green leaves having minute hairs; starry blossoms (typically starting in late winter) followed by bright red berries. Excellent indoor bonsai subject; from Japan where still best known as Erethia buxifolia. Do not try to grow in a low humidity locations as wil...
$12.00
Celosia spicata argentea Purple Feathers
Stock Number: 54547
"Purple Feathers Plant" From seed collected by Charles Malden Fitch at Cambodian temples.The upright decorative dusky purple foliage is topped by many candles of six inch slim plumes of bicolored violet flowers. Use in annual displays or as a novelity in your winter greenhouse.
$6.75
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
Cestrum aurantiacum
Stock Number: 56568
The upright "Guatemalan Jasmine" presents very ornamental somewhat upright pyramidal clusters of bronzy orange tubular blossoms, distinctly but not agressively fragrant, once achieving maturity. We find that this lance leaved species usually needs to reach some size before reliably blooming. This tends to have unpredic...
$5.50
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