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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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Chlorophytum comosum variegatum
Product Code: 40119
"White Spider" Unusual low succulent flat outstretched leaves margined ivory; odd cultivar of remarkable endurance. Far more succulent rubbery foliage with more lateral growth habit than the rest of the tribe: thus, emerging as the best form to plant out in bedding, urns, windowboxes, and so on as survives (and even pe...
$4.00
Chlorophytum comosum vittatum
Product Code: 40120
"Variegated Spider Plant" Bright wide central stripe. Dead common but reliably beautiful heirloom cultivar your grandmother grew, probably putting a few of the suspended offsets in glasses of water to amuse the grandkids. As this is so available everywhere and thus seldom ordered, please give us extra time to find and ...
$4.00
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Chlorophytum macrophyllum
Product Code: 40121
Wide rosette of glossy ribbon leaves; club-shaped inflorescence of white starry flowers emerging from odd green bracts; one of the giant "Tropic Plantain" without plantlets forming on outarching stolons; however the occassional plantlet emerges on the short stout erect flower spikes as they ripen. This eventually needs...
$6.00
Chlorophytum [orchidastrum?] Fire Flush
Product Code: 42017
"Copper Sierra Leone Lily" Rosette of rubbery lance leaves, a coppery tone in good ligh, with showy orangy red petioles to create a dramatic specimen houseplant. Will be equally effective as an addition to your summer patio container creations with this combination of perfect habit & hard to find coloration. Contro...
$25.00
Cissus discolor
Product Code: 14106
"Rex Begonia Vine" Cambodian species with velvety quilted green-violet leaves with elevated silver areas highlighted by rouged veins--and complemented by a glowing maroon underleaf. Even in the greenhouse, this will definitely rest during winter, shedding its leaves and extended vine stems, but maintaining the thick ne...
$7.75
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Cissus quadrangula [quadrangularis]
Product Code: 41062
Weird four-sided winged succulent sectioned stems; small leaves soon decidious; green flowers. Favorite of succulent collectors; although sensitive to chill and seldom tolerant of high humidity. To prevent breaking of this very brittle species, we usually send this as a rooted mossed cutting. Thankfully, when the britt...
$7.25
Cissus quinangularis
Product Code: 41064
Attractive succulent with five-winged stems; dark decidious leaves are thick succulent wedges jutting out from the nodes. Most interesting in any rare vine collection; of easy culture as long as is situated in adequate light--seems unconcerned as to humidity levels as long as the roots are in a perfectly drained mix. A...
$4.75
Cissus rhombifolia
Product Code: 41065
"Grape Ivy" Dark green glossy three-part leaflets, with hair brownish-rust, on bushy vine perfect for hanging baskets.
$6.00
Cissus rhombifolia Fionia
Product Code: 41067
"Oak Leaf Grape Ivy" Uniquely thick-substanced foliage with beautifully lobed, somewhat waxy, leaflets slightly furred beneath if grown in high light. Very slow-growing selection of great charm. Always one of the most ordered plants.
$7.50
Cissus rotundifolia
Product Code: 41071
"Succulent Grape" or "Wax Cissus" Waxy serrated lily-pad leaves and occasional red (grape) berries on corky stems which also develop thick pudgy aerial roots in moist atmospheres. Easy very handsome vine as long as not subjected to extended chill.  Initially slow growing; but fills out in time - avoid extended chi...
$5.00
Cissus sicyoides albo-nitens
Product Code: 41078
Growth habit of the typical "Curtain Ivy," with the more waxy wide leaves producing a lustrous silver nacre patina on their surface. A visual treat. Many cascading aerial roots can form a "curtan" effect.
$5.50
Cissus tuberosa filigree
Product Code: 41359
From smooth swelling woody caudex arise annual stems with quite attractie snowflake incised (palmately dissected) leaves and meandering tendrils. One of the easiest caudiforms performing well as a houseplant.
$12.00
Out of Stock
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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Clerodendrum fragrans pleniflorum
Product Code: 41360
More correctly Clerodendron philippinum (since a native to India?)--the deservedly famous "Chinese Glory-Bower." Woody erect stems with dramatic pairs of heavy wide leaves terminate in lovely bouquets of double white hydrangea-like white blossoms fading to shell pink for a truely Victorian look. In North best grown as ...
$10.00
Clerodendrum indicum
Product Code: 41244
"Turk's Turban" or "Tubeflower" Erect woody hollow stems are ringed with whorls of wide leaves and white tubular flowers (thus called "Cathedral Bells") on long (even up to two feet) terminal spikes followed by blue fruit. An odd one--often the hollow stems reach 12 feet before setting their teriminal flower spikes. Ev...
$12.00
Clerodendrum thompsoniae marginatum
Product Code: 69021
The medium green leaves highlighted with beautiful pale yellow variegation paired on this attrative vine decorated with terminal clusters of inflorescence of odd "Bag Flower" white calyxes from which emerge brilliant red "Bleeding Heart" corollas. A traditional favorite from the very warm Cameroon, thus will lose folia...
$18.00
Clerodendrum ugandense
Product Code: 40133
"Blue Butterfly Flower" Upside-down blossoms of bright blue with indigo stamens (filaments purple, anthers blue!) suspended like chains of butterfies from the slim straight stems used as arrow shafts; beware the strongly scented (and we mean seriously scented) foliage. Perhaps more odd than beautiful. But still, every ...
$10.00
Clivia miniata grandiflora
Product Code: 51017
"Belgian Hybrid Clivia" The usual commercial selection with large umbels of orange-red tubular blossoms, throated yellow, over very attractive deep evergreen leathery strap leaves. Unparalleled as a winter flowering houseplant, flowering in bright light; but hardly demanding direct sunlight or even good humidity to per...
$8.50
Clivia miniata variegata
Product Code: 51020
While each seedling is of course different, we will send one with good stable patterns.
$50.00
Clivia miniata Yellow Seedlings
Product Code: 66945
 These are three years old at least--the winter heads of pale yellow blossom clusters are breathtaking..although not many blossoms per head are produced as in the Belgian hybrids.
$35.00
Clusea guttifera
Product Code: 40137
Excellent dwarf cousin of the "Autograph Tree": freely-branched candelabra stems studded with apple green 4" long triangular leaves with waxy gloss. Handsome as bonsai; recently discovered by designers of wardian cases; excellent houseplant tolerating low humidity.
$10.00
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Clusia lanceolata [hort]
Product Code: 40136
Thick propellar-shaped leaves; forms stilt roots with maturity. Similar to C. fluminensis but with angular stems set with the succulent foliage; easy to grow if given strong light and bottom moisture, distinctive small statured relative of the more famous (and much larger statured) "Autograph Plant."
$12.00
Clusia rosea nana variegata
Product Code: 58326
Compact "Autograph Plant" with thick cardboard leaves narrower than rosea with often whiter and more brilliant streaked centers or variegated sections. This is most likely another species, but growers have not ascertained that yet. Showy and easy to grow.
$22.00
Out of Stock
Cochliostema jacobianum [odoratissimum]
Product Code: 51918
Remarkable Ecuadorian spiderwort mimics a giant fleshy Bromeliad with long succulent sheathing leaves (like a short Crinum) blushed purplish violet beneath. With maturity, produces showy heads of dark blue violet flowers with a dramatic white claw and red tipped sepals. Demands warm conservatory conditions. We send lar...
$55.00
Codiaeum superba [Pele's Fire]
Product Code: 40141
Tiny twisted ribbon leaves sprikling gold, maroon, emerald. Thick foliage points upward to resemble a mini bonfire, thus the "Cumbustion Croton" a tongue-in-cheek name for this Moluccan native. Wonderful minature for bright light.
$5.75
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Codiaeum variegatum cornutum Thai Ballet
Product Code: 40148
Emerald swooping, twisted spiraled petite leaves are richly purpled & gilted gold--alternate growths seem to produce elongated leaves, then disk-shaped leaves with "Lamb Tongues" dangling from naked midribs; most tiny leaves display the cute raised horn (cornus) mirib. While tiny enough for tropical bonsai and for ...
$8.00
Coleus Alligator
Product Code: 56747
Congested Lohman critter not to be "seeya later"--rumpled wide liver toned chocolate leaves with guilded scaled violet and John Deere green brushings. Bizarre fasciation of stems may look like pulled licorice; like kelp or something evolving (devolving?) under the sea. For those who see Coleus collecting as an adventur...
$6.00
Coleus Amazon
Product Code: 55628
Solid golden ochre leaves elaborately ruffled around quilted medallion centers-- looks like an absolutely mad basil plant bred on Mars. Upright sturdy habit; one of the very few ochre yellow color types holding up well in winter windows. Certainly more chill tolerant than most of the gold/ochre leaved hybrids.
$5.50
Coleus Apocalypse Reselected
Product Code: 50564
Yet more drama from Frieling: A big dark tower of wide thick substanced deep chocolate velour leaves (closely packed like a stack of shingles) widely flared with violet veins and with dramatic ginseng green cut margin. So far blooms abort (this is a good thing for garden designers); seems to tolerate fall chill far bet...
$5.00
Coleus Bipolar Bigolly
Product Code: 23758
A more highly toned 'Schizophrenia' with dustings of ocher and red at the center of the leaf fading to pale violets, rose read, and wheat white at the tips--all with random deep maroon dustings. Needs full sun to achieve effect.
$5.25
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