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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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Coleus Violet Tricolor
Product Code: 66722
Wide leaves of fern green zoned chocolate mauve with a center of bright violet darkening to screaming magenta in full sun. Larger statured than rehneltianus tribe, yet lateral habit will create a cascading spilage of Victorian colors. For the traditionalists amoung you: this has the old heirloom Coleus colors.
$5.50
Coleus [plectranthus] thyrsoideus
Product Code: 41100
"Flowering Coleus" This is a clone we received from Longwood Gardens some twenty plus years ago. We have been told that the flower is not exactly as it should be to be the true form. Order with this in mind. The picture is of our clone. We have included pictures from one of our customers here also. If you can give us a...
$5.50
Colocasia 'Black Saphire'
Product Code: 39184
(The correct original name is C. jenkensii 'Uahiapele') The solidly dusky deep purple leaved taro creating a sensation in the garden & conservatory alike; also sold as 'Cranberry,' & 'Black Magic.' Very happy as a semi-aquatic--will maintain foliage readily in the warm winter greenhouse as long as it is given c...
$12.00
Colocasia 'Electric Blue'  Gecko
Product Code: 33106
This dwarf colocasia,  only reachesabout  2 to 3'. It has a clumping nature in growth.  Each leaf is a beautiful, extremely dark black to metallic blue or purple, depending on how the light hits it with a stunning maroon underside. You may order now but it shipping is on Hold for Spring of 2019 for th...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia affinis jenningsii
Product Code: 31450
The shimmery "Black Caladium" with central purple mask between the pale veins of ash silver. Prefers aquatic spot, but successful as regular pot plant, soon forming a colony. Many of you have bought this over the years from us and realize that it has a very long winter dormancy if temperatures stay on the cool side: be...
$7.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia esculenta aureo-variegata
Product Code: 30625
Popular "Elephant Ear" whose giant quilted peltate leaves have always made it a popular accent plant for outdoor beds; the tubers are the source of "Taro." This selection is richly marbled lime-gold.  Keep it in growth during the winter in your warm greenhouse, as drying out the bulbs usually results in rot.&nb...
$15.00
Colocasia esculenta Diamond Head
Product Code: 33114
New super purple-black form of this great arrowhead or elephant ear. Glossier than some of the other clones and quite large as matures.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia esculenta illustris
Product Code: 30606
"Imperial Taro" Soft shimmery heart shaped leaves with purple brushings between the veins. Semiaquatic conditions best. Keep root/bulb zone quite warm to encourage ample foliage. Avoid winter dormancy 
$15.00
Colocasia esculenta Violet/Purple Stem
Product Code: 31254
Dusky purple blushed dramatic arrow shaped leaves held over the showy smoky purple petioles; excellent in water gardens as well as regular containers. Prefers to go dormant mid-winter, even in greenhouse situations.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia kapo [hort] aff. falax
Product Code: 30633
Charming "Miniature Taro" Small one foot plant with small shield-shaped leaves with dark radiating veins accenting the pink-blushed centers. Nearly evergreen if kept in warmish winter greenhouse avoiding an extended winter dormancy. The same semi-aquatic plant as the one various of you ordered from us years ago as 'Haw...
$10.00
Colocasia Mojito (Mohito)
Product Code: 33121
Heavily mottled new arrowhead Colocasia with richly contrasting spots and slashes. Very eyecatching and easy to grow if given constant moisture and strong light.   We expect to have these in stock over Summer 2022
$15.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia Pharaoh's Mask
Product Code: 20076
A total show stopper!  From a strong base emerge fantastic broad leaves of milky green perfectly highlighting the fan of dark green/ purple prominent veins.  Unlike most of it's kin this 3-D show off has not gone dormant for us in greenhouse conditions.  Introduced by Plants Nouveau
$45.00
Colocasia [xanthosoma] maculatus
Product Code: 31414
Heavily mottled arrow shaped foliage always stays compact for us; must have moisture and considerable constant warmth for best dramatic show. Our original clone of this is from Larry Lowman, Ridgecrest Nursery, this resembles a Caladium more than it resembles the other taros. We hope to offer by late 2022
$15.00
Out of Stock
Colysis wrightii
Product Code: 10204
Very compact deep green strap fronds with tiny depressions on surface like hammered tin. Very attractive small fern equally successful as a windowsill pot plant (looks great in a small bonsai pot as the wiry maroonish rhizomes wander over the lip) and as a small statured vertical accent in the sophisticated terrarium. ...
$6.75
Colysis wrightii monstrifera
Product Code: 11431
Short glossy membraneous fronds, elaborately veined, widely fluted into undulant tips like an Art Nouveau fantasy. And thus sometimes in Asian texts as 'Laciniata' even though not exactly lacinate! This tassled rare dwarf is petite enough to be perfect in a terrarium, yet quite able to cope with humidity levels of the ...
$15.00
Costus dubius winnstripe
Product Code: 53101
Tom Winn's selection of a wide banded clone--the succulent spiraled leaves are more striped than margined.
$20.00
Costus dubius [amazonicus] variegatus [hort]
Product Code: 53008
"Ivory Stepladder Plant" Brilliant white stripes on the spiral stepladder leaves; very showy, handsome, and easy if even any brief chill is avoided. More erect than specious, with smaller, smooth foliage, on thicker stems.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Crinum amabile Purple Selection
Product Code: 51209
"Giant Red Spider Lily" Broad fleshy upright leaves emerge a rich purplish maroon in a massive whorl gradually fading to coppery violet; the heavy trunk supports giant stalks of richly fragrant violet toned blossom clusters. Impressive! While excellent as a container subject with silvered or golden foliaged plants, thi...
$15.00
Crinum asiaticum variegatum
Product Code: 51027
"Striped Bengal Lily" Large fleshy sword-like leaves are most liberally streaked white & cream; fragrant clusters of waxy white blossoms with purpled centers--these clusters, held alof on strong two edged stalks, can produce up to twenty individual flowers on a mature plant. Striking decorator specimen for the warm...
$30.00
Out of Stock
Crinum Golden Glow [hyb]
Product Code: 51033
The habit of Crinum japonicum but with golden ochre foliage. Clusters of fragrant blossoms. Very slow growing compared to most Crinum cultivars that we maintain; nonetheless eventually becomes a large and full growing specimen type. This impressive clone remains rather rare as is very reluctant to readilly offset even ...
$35.00
Out of Stock
Crinum japonicum shima-ire
Product Code: 51152
Large clone with bright central banded variegation on each ( broad fleshy leaf held in a crown of foliage above the long necked stem); R. Bennett's excellent clone which presents impressively fragrant blossoms--these immense heads of tubular ivory flowers are best initiated by letting the old mature bulb dry enough dur...
$45.00
Cryptanthus acaulis Jade
Product Code: 53393
A very broad version of C. acaulis with subtle silver overlaid light green leaves. As with others in this group, perfect in any terrarium design.
$5.00
Cryptanthus beucheri
Product Code: 52062
Brazils' "Marbled Spoon Earth Star" forms a rosette of thin spoon shaped leaves with attractive marbling.  Central white blossoms.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Cryptanthus bivittatus
Product Code: 52065
Chocolate markings amid red and pink. Close to the true species--often marketed as the "Chocolate Soldier Earthstar." Seems to have evolved just for terrarium designers.
$7.00
Out of Stock
Cryptanthus bivittatus Le Rey
Product Code: 53297
Light green stars with violet pink edges repeated with purple and lilac interior stripes. A considerable beauty always a favorite among collectors as well as designers of distinctive terrarium groupings. Very similar to 'Novistar'; more petite and more vividly colored than 'Pink Starlite'; a new star in Fairy Garden de...
$10.00
Cryptanthus bivittatus Pink Starlite
Product Code: 52303
A vibrant pink and white to cream striped beauty. As with others in this group, perfect in any terrarium design--although this cultivar is so dramatically variegated as to become a stunning focal point in any design--especially in Fairy Garden combinations. Few plants so dramatically variegated are as easy to grow succ...
$7.50
Cryptanthus bivittatus Ruby
Product Code: 52067
A C. bivitattus with the vibrant color of dark ruby red. One of the most popular at the greenhouses always. As with others in this easily grown group of "Earthstars," perfect in any terrarium design.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Cryptanthus Black Mystic [hyb] selection
Product Code: 52070
Wide starry rosette of undulating chocolate-purple cardboard leaves (of zonatus blood) with dramatic platinum bars. Showy large hybrid for wardian case; although always reliable as a houseplant as it tolerates less than perfect humidity levels.
$12.00
Cryptanthus bromelioides [hort]
Product Code: 53362
Bright glossy bronze sheened upright rosettes of elegantly arched leathery fleshy leaves mimic a dwarfed pineapple. Readily offsets to form an impressive large hemisphere as matures, bringing it the nomination for best windowsill performance. This clone not the spiny Brazilian type.
$5.50
Cryptanthus Cloud Cover
Product Code: 53246
Dark colored fosteriana/zonatus habit with glorious zoning of rosy verdigris and chocolate blush toned deep bronze leaves dusted scrufty gray in perfect light. Odd dusky giant; becomes quite large.
$10.00
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