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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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Fuchsia triphylla Trandshen Bonnstadt [hyb]
Product Code: 59226
Unusual erect woody stems cloaked with rich leaves feathered purple along their veins tipped with clusters of thickened pendant soft salmon flowers with rich pink flush. Distinctive habit combined with a willingness to bloom throughout the summer if shielded from extremes of heat and sun.
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Gardenia jasminoides radicans florepleno
Product Code: 40321
"Dwarf Gardenia" Low shrub with tidy glossy dark green leaves paired on much-branched stems to beautifully frame lovely fragrant double white blooms; unlike florist types, this produces a few fls at a time, but throughout the year. Easy as a windowsill potplant; excellent as a low statured bonsai subject developing exc...
Product Code: 99011
Extremely popular offering as will bring you a strong growing selection from a range of "Miracle Houseplants" genera--genera such as Achimenes, Aeschynanthus, Alsobia, Chirita, Codonanthe, Columnea, Corytoplectus, Codonanthanthus, Drymonia, Episcia, Gloxinia, Kohleria, Nautilocalyx, Nemathanthus, Rhynchoglossum, Saintp...
Gloxinia sylvatica
Product Code: 20166
Formerly Seemannia latifolia. "Christmas Slippers" This is a select evergreen clone with narrow felted dark leaves closely ranked, nearly obscuring the stiff cascading stems; topped with many red-orange slim guppy-mouthed blossoms during the winter months. Excellent houseplant; even when not in bloom the attractive fol...
Graptophyllum pictum
Product Code: 50023
"Caricature Plant" Elegant polished purpled-green leaves with pink and creamy-white centers; interesting small crimson flowers in delicate sprays. Typically featured in Australian plant books as Graptophyllum 'Bronze Variegata.' Newly popular along with its Pseuderanthemum kith & kin as an outdoor summer container ...
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Gynura Bicolor Species Forms
Product Code: 69028
This is the true form of the Gynura bicolor. This prostrate collection of the "Velour Passion Plant" has short stems, intolerant of southern temperatures with closely spaced deeply cut felted leaves marked with darker chocolate purple veins. Avoid extremes of summer heat; guard against slug appetites.
Gynura sarmentosa [hort]
Product Code: 40327
"Purple Passion Vine" Succulent jagged leaves carpeted with rich purple hair on gracefully arching or (if given a mossed pole) clambering stems; All the sarmentosas need full sun and reliable air movement to perform well..
Product Code: 51043
"Yellow flowered rain lily"  Very slim clusters of narrow fleshy leaves ring the unexpected blossoms.  Full sun is best. 
Habranthus robustus Russell Manning
Product Code: 51045
Select small evergreen bulb, a close cousin of the more familiar "Agentine Rain Lily" with clear magenta petals fading to a delicate lilac-purple. Now considered H. estensis by some. Evergreen waxy strap foliage is evergreen when situated in the conservatory/greenhouse; best to bind the succulent roots in a shallow pot...
Haemaria discolor dawsoniana
Product Code: 40329
Available once again. Many of our customers have enjoyed this in terrariums. "Jewel Orchid" Black leaves veined in coral; fragrant cream elaborate mini-orchid blossoms with pinkish bracts. Best in humid terrarium environments, yet we have observed beautiful old specimens grown on indoor windowsills and splendidly color...
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Haemaria discolor nigrescens
Product Code: 40330
The ebony leaf "Jewel Orchid"--pale scarlet midrib on licorice black or very dark leaves. A special fabulous addition to any terrarium design; but truely "black" when grown in a lite garden site.
Out of Stock
Hechtia marnier-lapostollei
Product Code: 53337
Very thick recurved hard surfaced silver gray leaves, quite ornately edged form a nearly hemispherical to spherical outline. Must have full sun and reliably moving air to achieve and maintain this otherworldly color. In demand--inquire first; we will prepare a division for you upon receiving your order. See our succule...
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Hedera algeriensis maculata
Product Code: 41149
Richly mottled giant "Ivy" leaves on strong clinging vine.  Almost hardy in Z7.  Highly variable leaf pattern.  Leaves change with maturity.  We've tried to include all ages in our photos which is why you may notice different looks for the same plant. 
Hedera algeriensis [canariensis] Gloire De Marengo
Product Code: 41151
Well-known white-margined "Algerian Ivy" with showy large statured foliage.
Out of Stock
Hedera colchica Sulphur Heart
Product Code: 41153
A cultivar of this thickly-substanced "Persian Ivy," native from the Caucasus to Iran, with beautiful yellow ochre leaf centers turning saffron during cool winters as the green borders become a chocolate purple tone; spicy aromatic foliage. Known in England as 'Paddy's Pride'. Hardy outdoors here if given a very shelte...
Hedera helix Anita
Product Code: 88896
An abbreviated birdsfoot ivy. Develops an amethyst chocolate tone if in winter chill, slightly more glossy than and more fingered than the similar 'Willie.' A natural for terrariums and mossed topiary.
Hedera helix Asterisk
Product Code: 54348
Excellent viner with elaborate leaves divided into five or seven narrow recurved lobes thus seeming to resemble an asterisk symbol.
Hedera helix Bettina
Product Code: 54076
Very handsome compact Ivy with fluted triangularly lobed leaves of soft green & taupe with bright white margins.
Hedera helix Big Shot
Product Code: 58312
Woody stems ranked with wide leathery elongated (and barely lobed) leaves dramatically mottled and splattered with white and bleached wheat variegation, gradually darkening to a somber John Deere green as the foliage ages. A big boned ivy with serious visual impact.
Hedera helix Buttercup
Product Code: 41159
"Golden English Ivy" Glossy new leaves a bright yellow, if grown in bright light, fading to a deep leathery green--sometimes a bit of tip pruning helps this reliable golden workhouse more quickly branch to fully cover a wall or topiary form. Most remarkably the leathery foliage seldon burns in our Zone 6b winter, even ...
Hedera helix Curly Locks
Product Code: 42020
Small leaves with rippled fluted lobes; closely packed in cute toppling columns--gives a very soft, very 3-D effect.
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Hedera helix Cyrano de Bergeracs
Product Code: 54050
Dark large leaves with attractive veining and one very long "Nose" of a central lobe! Fast growing and most willing to create a "shingle" effect as indicated by the photo here, taken along our alley of this cultivar colonizing the trunk of a young "Dawn Redwood" tree.
Hedera helix Design
Product Code: 41882
Quite distinct and most subtle in colorations, remarkably lovely "Frosted Ivy" with gently cascading stems cloaked with shallowly three-lobed leaves each with pale frosted center. A subtle beauty beautifully self-heading into perfect mounds, and thus popular as a hanging basket subject.
Out of Stock
Hedera helix Duck Foot
Product Code: 41166
Fantastic tiny mounds of miniature duckfoot-shaped leaves. Use as a tiny tuffet at the base of a bonsai; add to your terrarium, or encourage it over a mini-boulder in your rockery.
Hedera helix Filigran
Product Code: 41212
"Filigree Ivy" Outrageously fluted, lobed foliage of dark glossy green--remarkable appearance. Very dark deeply cut foliage leathery enough not to winterburn here, surviving to cause a sensation in the rockery. Fantastic spilling out of a basket in your hobby greenhouse.
Hedera helix Finger Froth
Product Code: 55550
Conspicuously veined down-curved fat pointed fingers are slightly furled on ascending stems. A sport of 'Filigran' so popular for its shrubby leathery nature and self-heading vigor that it deserved a name.
Hedera helix Frieling's Cloud
Product Code: 70158
Mounts of creamy lime toned broad leaves with pewter green splotches flecked with dark green.  This is a much desired sport of "Harold" offered for the first time in 2021
Hedera helix Gold Child
Product Code: 42074
Soft sea green & avocado green mottled leaves with bright cream yellow margins; excellent habit, broad overlapping foliage-- the flat leaves larger and wider than other gold-edged cultivars.
Hedera helix Gold Heart
Product Code: 41173
Small black-green leaves centered yellow; this is an unusually winter tolerant variety, surviving in Michigan. Unlike most ivies, this ancient cultivar plods along up the wall without branching unless you pinch out the lead tip--thus more labor intensive than other winter hardy types; and thus never recommended as a gr...
Hedera helix Harald
Product Code: 41176
Large new leaves emerge nearly white; fading to a pattern, usually a wide creamy green margin, then dark hydroponic green with age--very thin textured, thus best grown in a greenhouse. Often offered as `Harold.' Narrower leaves than `Anne Marie.'
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