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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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Cyperus albostriatus variegatus
Product Code: 40176
Beautiful creamy striations on tufted blades; outstanding. Performs best sitting in (not submerged under) water--altho also successfully grown as a non-aquatic in moist soil. Remember always: this beauty will not flourish (or even persist indefinitely) if the crown is submerged.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Cyperus albostriatus [diffusus]
Product Code: 40175
"Dwarf Umbrella Plant" Broad matt-green umbrellas with very short stems; do not submerge--loves to be set in a saucer of water, but does not perform well if the soil surface is submerged. Habit is broader and much shorter; cultural conditions are different from the other "Umbrellas."
$7.75
Cyperus alternifolius variegatus
Product Code: 40179
"Variegated Umbrella" Broad white bands on stalks & blades. Quite spectacular. This is the recommended umbrella plant for house culture. Can be used aquatically or as a standard house plant. If grown as a regular houseplant, just place a saucer under the plant so that it can be kept very moist.
$18.00
Out of Stock
Cyrtanthus elatus Pink Diamond
Product Code: 51039
Shared by Warren Stoutemier. Habranthus-like foliage is topped with clear pinkish red tubular flowers with six fused petals. Prolific bloomer. Some consider this a form of Vallota speciosa.
$10.00
Cyrtomium caryotideum
Product Code: 10240
"Clean Holly Fern." Sharply outlined holly shaped pinnae are closely layered on the short curved fronds' distinctive verdant green dull sheen also distinguishes this beautiful species native from Sri Lanka to Japan. Good container plant. Certainly a subtropical garden worthy fern in the South as will tolerate considera...
$7.50
Out of Stock
Cyrtomium falcatum rochefordianum
Product Code: 10242
Long-lived Asian "Holly Fern" with dark leathery fronds with pinnae strongly fringed and toothed. Very reliable container subject as long as kept evenly moist. Not reliably winter hardy here if weather is severe for an extended period, yet considered and declared to be zone 6 hardy in many reference books. Our clone ha...
$8.00
Davallia (Humata) tyermanii
Product Code: 10484
"White Rabbit Foot." The arched, vigorous foot is covered with pure white hairs-- very furry. The fronds are lacy and deep, rich green. "Humata" is the true genus name, but we double referenced it because it looks so much like a Davallia and sometimes appears as such in the wholesale trade. Excellent as a pot plant, ou...
$6.25
Davallia fejeensis major
Product Code: 10311
Larger form of rabbit foot fern. Leaves are larger and heavier than the Davallia trichomanoides. Eventually makes a good basket. This may take a longer time to prepare to ship as a very slow growing seasonal species.
$15.00
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Davallia trichomanoides
Product Code: 10321
The Standard brown rabbit foot fern. Sometimes called "Squirrel Foot." Foliage is finely highly divided and light to medium green--typically larger than its showier cousin, Humata tyermanii.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Dianella caerulea White Stripe
Product Code: 41480
Unidentified stoloniferous species (perhaps D. tasmanica?) with erect arched leaves striped and margined with brilliant white. Slim wands hold nodding lilac blossoms. Striking specimen for full light. Does well as an indoor house plant.
$18.00
Dianthera nodosa Brazil
Product Code: 58452
Handsome "Brazilian Plume" produces many flower heads which resemble miniature "King's Crown" clusters. Upright Justicia like stems support outarching lateral branches with pairs of soft leaves over which strings of bubble gum pink cushions of blossoms pertly sit.  Excellent for those not having enough room fr the...
$10.00
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Dichorisandra thrysiflora
Product Code: 50517
"Blue Ginger" Heads of dark electric-blue flowers top tall, jointed stems with glossy heavy leaves faintly banded silver & toned purplish-blue beneath. Brazilian native of easy culture. This and its name arrived here from Longwood Gardens many years ago. The amount of coloration on the foliage depends strongly on l...
$8.00
Dicliptera [jacobinia] suberecta
Product Code: 50014
Cupped oval gray leaves, richly velvety haired surfaces giving a silvery tone, on low arching stems; showy brick-red two lipped rust orange designed blossoms in "King's Crown" heads appear during winter. From Uruguay (and thus tolerant of considerable chill), where this is known as the "Hummingbird Plant," this undeman...
$5.00
Dieffenbachia amoena
Product Code: 30189
"Dumbcane" Very thick trunk supports strong wide leaves with creamy white lateral veins. Sturdy large plants from start to finish.  We recommend this basic houseplant because it tolerates cooler temps than most.
$12.00
Dieffenbachia Anne [hyb]
Product Code: 43070
Central creamy ivory veins accent the pale ocher petite leaf with its occasional forest green blotches; darker shading at margins dramatically accented by a showy ivory rim. One could call this dwarf statured "Margined Dumbcane" more variegated than patterned. Petite enough to include in a large wardian case design.
$28.00
Dieffenbachia maculata barraquiniana
Product Code: 30202
Pointed leaf has bold white midrib and almost randomly scattered creamy dots; the leaf stalks (as well as the striated trunks) are ivory white and thus quite popular in Asia as considered to denote "bringer of good luck." Perhaps identical to 'Sao Antonia' in the Philippine trade. For the collector of seldom available ...
$4.00
Dieffenbachia Puerto Rico Variegated [hort.]
Product Code: 30524
Relaxed thick trunks topped with flourishes of long dusky green leaves with creamy lime midriks and totally random irregular slashes of cream variegation- no two leaves have a similar pattern.  For the collector.  This is not a reliable houseplant as it needs reliable warmth and high humidity.  
$35.00
Dionaea muscipula dente
Product Code: 55594
Moisture loving "Venus' Flytrap" does best in a terrarium if not situated in a Carolina bog. This selected meristemmed form flaunts unusually large, wide traps with most of the marginal hairs fused. Distinctive.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Dischidia albida [hort]
Product Code: 60044
"Propeller Vine" Propeller-shaped pairs of attractive gray- green leaves on soft swollen pendant (or climbing if it can find something to twine around) stems make this a great basket subject--extremely popular twining about on open wire topiary frames. Bizarre little clusters of urn shaped blimp blossoms sometimes appe...
$5.00
Dischidia chinensis [hort]
Product Code: 60052
Similar habit to D. albida; but the fat glaucous leaves, always in pairs, are more diamond shaped. A collection from Nanning, China introduced by Plant It Herbs initially.
$8.50
Dischidia ruscifolia
Product Code: 61024
Slim stems stiftly arch out under the weight of precisely ranked small fleshy trapizoidal leaves. Very cute; much admired by those who collect the smaller statured Hoyas. As with all Dischidias, this needs a perfectly drained epiphytic mix in order to thrive, eventually forming an arching carpet of deep green cookie cu...
$8.25
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Dischidia Species # 77111 [Wakefield]
Product Code: 59179
Attractive vine with opposite succulent leaves; odd blimp blossoms like tiny urns crouded into tight clusters. This is a great performer on wire topiary with its cute fleshy propeller leaf pairs like fleshy ears on the soft succulent (and very pliable) stems. Our customers often use this accomodating groundcover at the...
$4.00
Dizygotheca elegantissima Margined Rim
Product Code: 41919
Marvelous selection of "False Aralia" with each threadlike metalic segment of the palmate leaves elegantly margined soft tannish pink when emerges, soon fading to a pale cream. Needs pruning to encourage juvenile foliage. This is for larger terrarium enclosures primarily (popular as an exclamation point in wardian case...
$8.00
Dombeya wallichii
Product Code: 54561
Stout stalks with impressive foliage present the remarkably showy balls of crowded rich pink flowers emitting a rich honey fragrance. Needs light and room. Always good to observe that an old favorite is so totally back in style--especially with our many Florida and Texas collector customers. Nevertheless, most likely t...
$12.00
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Dorstenia carnulosa
Product Code: 41748
Marvelous caudiform species with bowling pin trunk studded with small thick leaves and cute "open-handed" hypanthodiums. Prefers warmth, thus ideal for growing under lights. Certainly the least demanding (culturally) of the caudiform group of Dorstenias.
$5.00
Dorstenia contrajerva
Product Code: 40202
"Tortus Herb" Haired 8" silvery-patterned leaves deeply elaborately lobed arch out from succulent segmented stems; rayed receptacles (hypanthodiums) resemble crazed sea coral. Odd one with much slower growth rate and less fertile than the following easily grown form. Thus: for the jaded collector of the fig family.
$15.00
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Dorstenia contrajerva amplifolia
Product Code: 40203
"Wart Flower" Wider, shallower hypanthodium lobing than the species form (see previous entry) with the typical leaf also less lobed; the thick tuberculed succulent stem is unsegmented. Easy culture. Probably the species known as "Drake's Foot" used as a cure for snakebite in Central & South America, thus also known...
$8.00
Dorstenia psilurus
Product Code: 41582
"Cheshire Cat Plant" From surface succulent caudex of odd lumpy old-man-knees arise short slim stems studded with leaves ending in fleur-de-lis tridents; distinctive hypanthodium shaped like a smiling sliver tipped with cat's whiskers. Best to grow a year plus with the branching pale "E.T.' Fingers" caudex burrowing ha...
$25.00
Dorstenia radiata
Product Code: 40207
Similar to upright purple blushed succulent stalked mannii, but leaves darker & hypanthodium producing a great number of shorter rays; perfect in any child's collection as the necessary "Hand Plant" demanding only high light to succeed.
$4.50
Dracaena deremensis Shogun Gold
Product Code: 41732
The "Golden Pineapple Top" is a sport of 'Janet Craig Compacta' with new leaves emerging golden ochre. Very rare--we faithfully maintain this treasure originally received from the Singapore Botanic Gardens for it seems to have vanished from the trade. Please be advised that the lime gold will not be very apparent if th...
$22.00
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