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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 Schizophrenia
Stock Number: 55618
Brilliant slashings of violet, carmine, & carmel on strong widely branched shrub which reaches impressive proportions in a very short period of time. Possibly same as 'Spectrum' The four images listed with this entry show the plant at different times of the year, a very changeable cultivar!
$4.50
Coleus Shiny Shoes [hort]
Stock Number: 23752
The "Black Patent Leather Coleus" without argument. Quite petite seashell leaves with crimped edges are unabashedly shiny black eggplant purple, thick substanced. Strong stems; holds winter foliage on strong stems; no flowering observed.
$4.50
Coleus shirensis
Stock Number: 55656
Impressive African "Swamp Coleus" with woody stems ranked with slate green pelted hispid elongated leaves and topped with showy panicles of azure-mauve blossoms; shared by Quail Botanic Gardens. Requires moist conditions to gain its girth.
$6.00
Coleus Shocking Pink
Stock Number: 55528
The rusty lilacs, dusky limes, & chocolates suddenly turn a bright silk undies pink in full sun quite startling as the older foliage develops unripened pumpkin hues. Best known as 'Texas Parking Lot'; also sold as 'Alabama Sunset' & 'Bellingrath pink"; has become one of the basic bedding plants for sunny border...
$5.50
Coleus Sorcerer
Stock Number: 51941
Fabulous "Black Coleus" with thickly substanced foliage saturated deepest purple.
$4.25
Coleus Sunstroke
Stock Number: 53182
Giant golden leaves dappled straw blond along the veins; cassis blushed stems. A massive presence derived from a Frieling cross of 'Japanese Giant' and 'Amazon.' Not advised for the timid grower or the miniature garden.
$7.50
Coleus The Line
Stock Number: 55527
A tall elegant pyramidal masterpiece from Doug Ruhren w/ golden ochre elongated flame leaves with only the central vein bright magenta-purple; this is the one Martha Stewart uses in her container planting segment regularly replayed on T.V. channels. This hybrid does poorly if subjected to any chill.
$4.50
Coleus Thunderhead
Stock Number: 23740
Truly a "Christmas Storm" with deep maroon and electric magenta slashing through shades of olive and lime--more vividly contrasted color and decidedly smaller statured than its 'Christmas Candy' pollen parent.
$4.75
Coleus Violet Tricolor
Stock Number: 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.
$3.50
Coleus [plectranthus] thyrsoideus
Stock Number: 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...
$4.00
Colocasia 'Black Saphire'
Stock Number: 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...
$10.00
Colocasia 'Electric Blue'  Gecko
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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."
$5.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia esculenta Diamond Head
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia esculenta Violet/Purple Stem
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Out of Stock
Colocasia Mojito (Mohito)
Stock Number: 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 2020
$15.00
Out of Stock
Colocasia [xanthosoma] maculatus
Stock Number: 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.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Colysis wrightii
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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 ...
$12.00
Costus dubius winnstripe
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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...
$25.00
Crinum St. Christopher [hyb]
Stock Number: 51032
"Tulip Crinum" Fragrant snowwhite tulip shaped-cupped flower clusters over compact vases of fleshy evergreen leaves. We cannot categorically testify that the lovely blossoms reliably appear on St. Christopher's Day when grown in Ohio; we have received reports that customers have bloomed this in a sunny window with regu...
$10.00
Cryptanthus acaulis Jade
Stock Number: 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
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