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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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Clusia lanceolata [hort]
Stock Number: 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."
$22.00
Clusia rosea nana variegata
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Out of Stock
Codiaeum superba [Pele's Fire]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Coffea arabica
Stock Number: 40159
"Arabian Coffee" These are small seedlings of the Coffee Tree. You probably will not be able to grow beans to grind, but this is the plant that eventually will produce coffee.
$7.50
Out of Stock
Coleus Alligator
Stock Number: 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...
$4.75
Out of Stock
Coleus Amazon
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Out of Stock
Coleus Black Cherry Ribbon
Stock Number: 51772
Very current appeal with petite foliaged self branching selection perfect in many usese. Tight buns of diamond shaped wildly lobed mini leaves of blush pink shading to rose, banded chocolate and champagne. Ever so darling.
$5.75
Coleus Black Magic
Stock Number: 55660
Modestly statured upright habit with mahogany purple dragon leaves beautifuly outlined in avacado margined scallops, repeated with lime encircled central raised medalion. Very reliable; always popular sturdy grower (even though not very black!) whether used in bedding, urns, or a windowsill pot.One of the reliable ones...
$4.00
Coleus Bling Bling
Stock Number: 49464
This vigorous progeny of 'David' has been reselected from a sport with slashes of maroon, parchment pale lilac and even cantalope & apricot tones on an elaborately lobed leaf held on long elegant petiole to give a lacy fluttery effect. This Frieling hybrid successfully brings other nearby colors together and the ex...
$5.00
Coleus Butter Kutter
Stock Number: 55510
Doug Lohman selection with bright yellow & ochre sabre leaves tufted over fasciating stems resembling wide ribbons, then wild cockscombs as the season progresses. Merely fabulous--but beware that the fasciation start forming in mid to late summer, very seldom earlier. So this is an excellent choice for the Winter g...
$5.75
Out of Stock
Coleus Butterfly
Stock Number: 55612
"Butterfly Coleus" Lacinate leaves with purples and olives (like a pastel 'Snowflake' with three tiers) on strong central stems making this heirloom hybrid a natural for small standards. Never flashy, always charming, especially when combined with bolder leaved hybrids.
$4.75
Coleus caninus
Stock Number: 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
Coleus Cantigny Royale
Stock Number: 55695
Very tiny elaborately lobed mahogany maroon leaves tightly packed on muchbranched short toppling stems. Intensifies the similarly statured 'Purple Duckfoot,' 'Charlie McCarthy,' & 'India Frills' when planted as a group. From Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, Il. The touchstone by which any new mini must be evaluated. Co...
$7.50
Coleus Chirp
Stock Number: 58336
Yellow saturated lime tones on dramatically frilled tiny leaves with pale midribs and elaborately fingered margins, with basil and violet designs. Recent Frieling hybrid from the loins of 'Calypso' is small statured (and thus popular in Fairy Garden designs) yet quite vigorous.
$6.00
Coleus Craze Collection I (5 Plants)
Stock Number: 99108
Tell us if bedding, basket, standards, or topiary fills your Victorian urge to order a passel of these glitzy guys. 5 plants Please understand when ordering Coleus that what we call "Coleus" is now correctly classified as Plectranthus scutellarioides in the botanical world.
$20.00
Coleus Craze Collection II (10 Plants)
Stock Number: 99483
We also can concentrate of ochre/yellow tones, reddish beacons to pinkish tones, or demonic purples when gathering your 10 plants – If you order more than one Coleus Craze Collection I or II you will most likely receive a few duplicates of the same cultivar, as the selection on these changes each week. Please unders...
$37.00
Coleus Criminal Barbie
Stock Number: 49469
So very weird Gothic in appearence: a very naughty Coleus with narrow puckered leaves of jade green with maroon licorice and coppery lime highlights along the slim scaber leaves with tortured cut edges. Excellent for the miniature garden as remains petite while radiating serious attitude. We cannot tell whether this re...
$5.75
Coleus Dappled Dawn
Stock Number: 51766
Handsome low habit: tidy self-heading type. Small pale ochre to wasabi green sabre leaves with quite bright white central flames strikingly accented by the row of white gold dots along every margin.While sharing parallel colors, this Frieling hybrid is smaller statured and more wide in habit than the somewhat vertical ...
$4.00
Coleus Dark Frills [India]
Stock Number: 66721
A sport of 'India Frills' selected by Charles Downer with a very dark dramatic center fingering.
$4.25
Coleus Definitely Different
Stock Number: 51793
Dainty appearance; tough as nails. Much branched tuffets of closely held unusual vedigris green deeply fingered leaves with purpled rims and blushed veins. Quite lovely, especially as keeps good winter foliage. A most interesting and reliable foliar eyecatcher for any design demanding a touch of pure wasabi green.
$4.50
Coleus Dipt In Wine
Stock Number: 55514
Very wide billowy leaves of intense ochre with lower third colored rich crimson as if "dipped"; shared by Doug Ruhren, this candidate for standards has become a basic over the years for bold bedding schemes. Similar to 'Atlas' (which lacks the vivid reddish purples of this hybrid) and hopelessly confused with it in the...
$5.00
Out of Stock
Coleus Drama Queen
Stock Number: 50569
Brilliant carmine leaves slashed with blood burgundy & plum and dashingly accented with a bold rim of acid ochre; a sport of 'Careless Love' selected and reselected by Ken Frieling. Certainly one of the best and most reliable container successes with richly saturated color emphasized by the elegant framing borders....
$4.50
Out of Stock
Coleus Fancy Free
Stock Number: 53155
Fabulous Frieling hybrid with deeply crennate ruffled saturated creamy yellow leaves with pale maroon highlights & deep burgundy rims--set off by strong eggplant purple stems. Good wide habit; reliable vigor.
$5.25
Out of Stock
Coleus Fantastik
Stock Number: 42236
"Optical Illusion Plant" A busy intricate Persian carpet of color sequences of rose, sienna, chartreuse, pink (for starters) on petite deeply lobed (but flat) leaves creating an eye full of movement as the upright globe of busy foliage forms. Not recommended for anyone subject to vertigo.
$5.50
Out of Stock
Coleus Flirtin' Skirts
Stock Number: 54043
Stout short stems engulfed by hemispherical furled scalloped & pinked leaves in rich designs--in full sun these rounded clasping leaves turn near-gold. Very unique distinctive prize from the Downers which never fails to suggest that Edward Scissorshands has been at this with his pinking sheers.
$5.00
Coleus Fusion
Stock Number: 66915
Very wide pastel yellow-lime leaves; central violet & maroon veins (unlike 'The Line' parent) bleed out to suffuse the center with pale violets. Good wide selfbranching habit make this a classic bedding & container performer. Charles Downers' selection has beome a basic over the years.
$5.00
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