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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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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
Out of Stock
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...
$5.75
Dizygotheca elegantissima
Product Code: 40197
"False Aralia" Slim lacy palmate leaves; on elegant dark purple woody stems. Good hemp mimic! Available once again. An old Victorian favorite.
$6.00
Out of Stock
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
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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
Out of Stock
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
Out of Stock
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
Dracaena reflexa gracilis
Product Code: 40223
Formerly Pleomele reflexa. Short attractive waxy leathery dark strap leaves in tightly overlapped worls to cover slender upright strong stems. This attractive deep green houseplant will grow where all else fails; indeed, if you kill this you automatically enter the "Brown Thumb" hall of fame.
$3.25
Dracaena reflexa Song Of India
Product Code: 40224
Ribbed trunks support thick swirls of short dark strap leaves margined in wide ivory bands. Formerly listed in reference books as Pleomele reflexa variegata or 'Song of India.' Few house plants this highly variegated flourish in normal dry indoor conditions as well as this one.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Dracaena reflexa Song Of Jamaica
Product Code: 40225
Swirled strap leaves with central yellow stripes; readily tolerates low light conditions. Waxy foliage withstands lack of humidity indoors where other plants fail.  We are often low in stock of this unique rare cultivar.
$18.00
Dracaena thalioides
Product Code: 40232
Stiff fans of crepe mimic leaves; this Pleomele thalioides famous for surviving very low light conditions. The terminal spikes of highly scented flowers may be fragrant to some, but reminescent of airplane glue to others. Not the most stunning showpiece, but a handsome survivor with attractive leathery foliage.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Duranta erecta Gold Mound
Product Code: 57500
Low arching stems lined with lovely small solid golden leaves (pale lime in low light) forming the perfect golden gilded bonsai. Lovely as a windowsill plant expecially when producing its delicate wands of white flowers; a popular new outdoor shub in the warmer edge of the subtropics. Far more duminitive than the large...
$7.00
Duranta erecta [speciosa] aureo-media
Product Code: 41880
Unusual "Lemon Drop" clone of "Skyflower" with each small leaf center splashed golden ochre. Freely produced white blossoms. Excellent twiggy small foliaged subject for small statured tropical bonsai as can be easily trained in lateral directions, yet beautiful also as a windowsill plant or in a patio container.  ...
$5.25
Duranta plumierii Golden Edge
Product Code: 57476
Superbly flashy. Limber stems present showy buttery gold leaves, with central gray green flame, & terminate with purple elongated flower clusters, then gold berries. Excellent new Japanese selection of this Caribbean species which is much larger in stature than the Duranta erecta cultivars..
$8.00
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Duranta plumierii [repens] variegata
Product Code: 41585
"Ivory Margined Skyflower" Vining shrubs with woody out arching stems ranked with beautiful glossy toothed leaves with very wide creamy-white margins. The blue (fading to lilac) flower clusters are followed by yellow "Pigeon Berry" fruit. Carib native. Foliage flashier than the repens/erecta complex--although the nomen...
$12.00
Duranta repens [erecta?] variegata
Product Code: 41254
"Variegated Skyflower" Serrated glossy small leaves splashed white--when grown in full sun the foliage may emerge ivory white, gradually fading with maturity. China blue flowers, if pollinated, are followed by bright "Pigeon Berry" fruit. The distinctive variegation (which is a speckling, not a solid margin) may disapp...
$6.50
Duranta Species Dwarf
Product Code: 42142
Hansoti #26; possibly an extreme dwarf clone of D. repens (although Botanists now suggest that all are species erecta--bit of a contrast?), yet the sprays of delicate flowers are of rich lilac, not blue. Outstanding dependable pot plant from India currently gaining much popular favor with prunner armed bonsai fanciers;...
$5.00
Dyckia brevifolia Golden Glow
Product Code: 52098
Hummel's selection of a yellow variegated succulent mounding Bromeliad eventually resembling a hemisphere of interlocked Agaves. Beautiful & rare, yet of easy culture demanding only very bright light and perfectly drained media.  Very slow growing; and thus a rarity.
$20.00
Out of Stock
Dyckia Grape Jelly
Product Code: 58535
Nicely formed hemispherical plants of a wild form of Dyckia that is purple in color probably closely aligned to the Burgandy Ice clone above. Nomenclature again in uncertain because of the fact that these were cloned from a superior growing plant in a private collection.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Elatostema sessile Weeping Lady
Product Code: 41029
"Weeping Pilea" Slightly quilted toothed leaves of deep shiny green clusters on arched "weeping" fleshy succulent stems; this selection darker and more compact than species type--we are informed that many herbal cures include the sap of this plant. Adds height in a Wardian Case design.
$8.00
Eleocharis radicans Dwarf
Product Code: 40237
"Nut Grass" Rich green 1" to 2" tufts of glossy spikes tipped with tiny decorative seedheads; much used as a carpeting base for bonsai and newly popular as a "lawn of grass" in fairy garden designs. Great tufted "Toe Tickler Grass" (tho actually in the spikerush clan) most popular for multiple uses, even for bright ter...
$5.00
Elettaria [amomum] cardamomum Dwarf
Product Code: 53021
"Dwarf Cardamom Ginger" Small version of this spice--attractive, easily grown houseplant with wonderfully fragrant foliage quickly clumping in a windowsill pot. A tonic and expectorant, also ingested to aid digestion; belived by some to detoxify caffeine. We most emphatically do not stand by any of these claims!  ...
$4.25
Epidendrum radicans seidel
Product Code: 41690
"Orange Reed Orchid" Clone from Seidel Orchids with very regular rounded inflorescence of bright orange blossoms. Easy.
$12.00
Epipremnum falcifolium aureum
Product Code: 30233
"Golden Pothos" Beautiful scandent vine with closely ranked golden lance leaves; this eyecatching cultivar of the vigorous indonesian species creates a spectacular hanging basket curtain of bright lemon gold, while equally beautiful in dishgardens and as a ground cover for taller, more leggy houseplants. Rarely offered...
$10.00
Epipremnum [Scindapsis] aureum
Product Code: 30229
"Golden Pothos" Yellow splashed waxy leaved "Devil's Ivy" is still unrivaled as dish garden and hanging basket survivor. When planted out in the tropics this vine produces mature leaves achieving amazing stature by the time the vine reaches the top of a palm.
$4.50
Epipremnum [Scindapsis] aureum Marble Queen
Product Code: 30230
"Marble Queen Pothos" Ivory and green leaves: a basic. Also "Devil's Ivy" or "Hunter's Robe" and "Ceylon Ivy Creeper" although form the Solomon Islands. Survives low light and low humidity.
$5.00
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