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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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Cydista aequinoctialis
Product Code: 49458
Glossy leaves on shrubby vines (like a stubby Allamanda) with terminal clusters of showy cupped trumpet blossoms a richly toned lilac. Central American typically blooming here in November given good light and constant warmth. As the popularity of this curiosity seems to veer into extreme cycles, we can be caught with f...
$15.00
Out of Stock
Cymbalaria aequitriloba [muralis globosa]
Product Code: 40990
Very miniature form of "Kenilworth Ivy" with tiny scalloped (three-lobed) leaves creating a dense carpet under a half inch high; called "Toad Flax" in Europe. Half-hardy in Ohio if given a limestone or concrete wall to hang on to. Yes, it is totally cute.
$6.00
Cymbalaria muralis
Product Code: 51741
Totally fab: a very tightly mounding "Kennilworth Ivy" with multitutes of tinsy scalloped kidney shaped leaves, creating a busy underfroth for the miriad tinsy purple blushed and splotched white "snap" blossoms. Needs full sun and a sweet soil to flourish. A modest heriloom as popular now as it was in Victorian times. ...
$4.50
Cymbopogon citratus
Product Code: 41368
"Lemon Grass" or "Fever Grass" Attractive clumping rush-like fragrant grass which is the source of the lemon oil used in Asian cooking, perfumery and medicine. Easily container cultivated. Stops infections; treats spasms; perfect addition to a scented bath--pretty much covers most lifestyles. Quite decorative in an urn...
$6.75
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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
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 gracilis
Product Code: 40178
"Miniature Umbrella Plant" Somewhat smaller, more slender stems and reduced topknot of rayed bright leaflets giving it the obvious name, "Sparkler Grass." Best choice for the small aquatic tub, the miniature hobby greenhouse pool, or windowsill subject (if you grow as a houseplant, be sure to keep in an undrained conta...
$6.25
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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
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.
$18.00
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
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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
Datura inoxia variegata [Missouri Marble]
Product Code: 55614
Can be a bit tricky if grown as a houseplant; best procedure is to grow in the garden and treat as an tender perennial. It is also good as an urn plant. Very limited but available for April-May Shipping. The remarkable "Variegated Evening Trumpet" While famous as Scopolamine's source, this fabulous creature merits a pr...
$25.00
Datura metel cornucopaea
Product Code: 42265
Large purple speckled cream trumpets held semi-erect thereby revealing the three-tiered fragrant layers: "Double Purple Horn of Plenty" famous as source of Scopolamine. Sometimes listed as D. arborea 'Double Black.' Always creates a sensation here when it starts blooming late summer.
$6.50
Datura metel Double Golden Queen [chlorantha]
Product Code: 66895
Erect stalks hold an umbrella of foliage topped with rather extraordinary upfacing three-tiered lemon gold "Horn of Plenty" trumpets; source of scopolamine. Also know as  D. chlorantha; probably correct as D. atraemonium plena.  Very robust and decorative.
$6.50
Out of Stock
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
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Dendranthema Hillside Pink
Product Code: 83113
While often a star in the hobby greenhouse in late fall, it is also very hardy in our climate. Excellently densely foliaged "Sheffield Mum" with beguiling single soft pink single flowers during late fall--and thus often grown in the hobby greenhouse in northern climes. Very winter hardy and pest free in our climate.
$5.25
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
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...
$3.75
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.
$10.00
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
Out of Stock
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
Out of Stock
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
Dioscorea macrostachya
Product Code: 60965
Mexican "Turtle Back Plant" with corky caudex and slim vines with glossy leaves.
$65.00
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...
$3.50
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
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