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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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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
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!  ...
$6.50
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
Product Code: 20077
Strong cascading (or climbing) stems are closely shingled with strong substanced pointed leaves of brilliant coppery lime- becoming more dusky gold in full sun conditions.  Vigorous standout in any hanging basket or green wall design. 
$8.00
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
Epipremnum [Scindapsis] aureum N'Joy (variegatum)
Product Code: 33115
"NJoy Pothos" Ivory striped spruce green leaves, sometimes edged green--a brilliant color contrast on a very compact vine. Also "Devil's Ivy" or "Hunter's Robe" and "Ceylon Ivy Creeper" although form the Solomon Islands. Survives low light and low humidity. This is an interesting new form from India, most recently intr...
$6.75
Equisetum diffusum
Product Code: 40246
"Tropical Horsetail" Soft gray green central stems form a tiny bamboo-like thicket: each central stem, with delicately nodding tip, is ringed with skirts of lateral stemlets to create intricate patterns; marvelous pot plant. Will survive some winters in our zone if the ground barely freezes, but best grown as a cool gr...
$22.00
Equisetum scirpoides contorta
Product Code: 40248
"Dwarf Scouring Rush" Tangled low mat of very dwarf twisted bright green wiry stalks; needs semi-aquatic conditions. Odd form small enough for terrariums; darling in troughs.
$8.00
Eranthemum wattii
Product Code: 50016
"Blue Eyes" Very compact habit: wide oval leaves with odd papery edges, brilliant blue-violet phlox-like heads. Typically the leaf surfaces retain the waxy scruft evolved to protect the emerging foliage, so do not call us to tell us that weird things are on the leaf surface!
$10.00
Out of Stock
Eucharis Christine
Product Code: 51287
The excellent extremely fragrant "Compact Amazon Lily" with slimmer tighter foliage than the species grandiflora, yet relatively large waxy white daffodil shaped flowers are produced in considerable numbers once the offsetting bulbs reach a mature size thanks to your providing a warm richly fertilized mix with bight li...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Eucharis grandiflora [amazonica]
Product Code: 51040
"Amazon Lily" Highly scented white waxy blossoms shaped like nodding daffodils held above glossy deep green leaves; ideal houseplant for a room too warm for its amaryllis cousins to thrive.
$18.00
Eucomis autumnalis [undulata]
Product Code: 40251
"Pineapple Lily" Glossy strap-leaf rosettes frame odd spikes of green flowers, all topped by a "coma" of tufted leafy bracts; has proven relatively hardy outdoors here in Z6b with sufficient mulch and perfect drainage--but leaving these in winter soil in Z6 or colder is certiainly not advised. Now more correctly in the...
$15.00
Out of Stock
Eucomis comosa Sparkling Burgundy [oakhurst]
Product Code: 65640
Once again in stock and available! The lovely "Purple Pineapple Lily" with somewhat succulent burgundy foliage forming a wide succulent rosette from which arise the distinctive greenish white flowers closely packed on a long succulent spike lasting months (typically topped with a bizarre topknot of leaflets, thus resem...
$10.00
Eucrosia Bicolor
Product Code: 51246
Xerophytic Ecuadorian with attractive Phaedranassa-like leaves; dusky bronze-red flowers in elaborate shapes are clustered on erect slim stems. The dormancy cycle seems rather unpredictable!  Nonetheless, quite attractive when it tires of dormancy.  A small statured plant for those searching for modestly scal...
$7.25
Euphorbia cotinifolia atropurpurea
Product Code: 67423
"Hierba Mala" or "Tropical Purple Smoketree" Elegant branching stems of purple with whorls of thin ovate leaves of wine red fading to metallic magenta with red veins; whitish inflorescence more odd than decorative. Excellent large accent plant, newly popular in large summer urn designs; Remember that (as with various s...
$12.00
Out of Stock
Euphorbia Flameleaf (Species)
Product Code: 67035
"Flameleaf Spurge" Multitudes of slender stems flutter with rounded diamond-shaped leaves of dusky violet fading to emerald green edges. While of delicate appearance, actually a very easy-to-grow houseplant, marvelous under lights. Amazon native. Absolutely excellent when added to outdoor summer urns, windowboxes and e...
$5.00
Euphorbia leuconeura
Product Code: 67133
"Madagascar Jewel" Beautiful fleshy foliage veined in decorative silver loops in juvenile stages, presented in flat rosette tops over central club-like trunks ridged in sienna tufts. So tolerant it will even flourish in the humidity of a terrarium. Mature plants typically lack the distinctive leaf veins.
$12.00
Euphorbia platyclada hardyii
Product Code: 67243
Upright lead colored stems dramatically produce flattened ornately designed stems jutting out horizontally.  Remains small statured.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Euryops Sonnenschein
Product Code: 58413
An excellent German re-engineering of the African "Butter Daisy" forming a wide very regular dome of deeply cut lacy foliage topped by endless outreaching butter yellow daisy blossoms; also poplular as a staked standard; more likely will achieve 20" in your summertime pots. But do not overlook its key potential: a sple...
$4.75
Excoecaria cochinchinensis Tricolor Jungle Fire
Product Code: 66882
The merely extraordinary "Tricolor Chinese Croton" with the paired dark leaves not only flashing a brilliant lacquer red underleaf, but random pink splashes on the surface as well. Amazing clone of this Asian shrublet. Another imperative addition to any self-respecting collection of rare variegated plants.  Availa...
$15.00
Fatshedera lizei pia
Product Code: 40501
"Curly Tree Ivy" Also often called "Botanical Wonder: for it is a hybrid of Aralia and Hedera. Star-shaped leaves deeply fluted (sometimes listed as F. undulata) on erect semi-woody stems. Tolerates considerable chill. The variegated clones of this are being given a recovery rest period currently.
$6.25
Out of Stock
Fern Collection (5 plants)
Product Code: 99454
5 labeled plants. Please tell us if these are for house, for greenhouse, or terrarium in the comment section of the order form. For tropical ferns, we will select from Dicksonia, Blechnum, Adiantum, Aglaomorpha, Asplenium, Azola, Bolbitis, Campyoneuron, Colysis, Cyrtomium, Davallia, Drynaria, {Equsetum), Hemionitis, Hu...
$24.00
Ficus afghanistanica
Product Code: 43130
"Iranian Fig" with deeply fingered leaves with three main deep lobes; produces very sweet edible figs. Considered at least Z8b winter hardy.
$15.00
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