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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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Hedera helix Little Diamond
Product Code: 42115
Small-statured 'Kleiner Diamant' with diamond shaped gray splashed leaves with delicate white border. Very shrubby; a conversation piece small enough for the alpine house; lovely as an upright accent in a terrarium.
$6.25
Out of Stock
Hedera helix Manda's Crested
Product Code: 41187
Large very curled, fluted lobes; fast, easy grower quite effective as a large hanging basket subject. A vigorous outdoor carpeter for us in Z6b.  One of the lasting favorite selection from the famous (former) Manda brothers.   A carpet of this recalls a very turbulent sea. 
$5.00
Hedera helix Misty
Product Code: 41402
Wide sharply-toothed fan leaves streaked ivory and gray green. Very petite closely overlapping leaves; very slow-growing, flattopped mounded habit. Popular in terrariums.
$8.00
Hedera helix Natasha
Product Code: 89225
"Deltoid Ivy" Reddish brown stems rigidy hold thick darkly toned heavily textured leaves with a deltoid heart outline. Reluctant to self-head. Reputed to be Z6 hardy. Perfect for that Valentine gift.
$6.50
Hedera helix Paper Moon
Product Code: 53386
Lovely "Mint Ivy with flat small bright yellow ocher leaves slashed with lime and bordered soft green; possibly a petite selection of "Mint Kolibri"
$12.00
Out of Stock
Hedera helix sagittaefolia variegata
Product Code: 41198
Self-heading birdsfoot with white frosted foliage. Perhaps the favorite for good habit combined with variegation--and thus marketed as the "Snowflurry Ivy".
$8.00
Hedera helix Silver Dollar
Product Code: 54548
Wide three-lobed leaves of pale gray green tones brushed nearly to the edges of the white margins; keeps contrast well. Strong growing care free cultivar.
$4.75
Hedera helix Spetchley
Product Code: 41399
"Gnome Ivy" Very tiny triangular round lobed arrowhead outlined leaves of blackish green thickly shingled on slim dark stems, maroon when young, heading in very straight lines, but branching at most nodes when in a brightly lit situation; very winter hardy selection from Spetchley Park in England. Extremely popular as ...
$8.00
Hedera helix Thorndale
Product Code: 41860
Lustrous large deep green leaves--popular outdoor groundcover. Best choice for a groundcover or wall cover in our climate, maintaining a deep rich color (purple tones often appear with chill) all winter with very minor wind burn. Indeed, customers in Alaska report that it remains evergreen even there if protected suffi...
$4.00
Hedera helix Tiger Eyes
Product Code: 41196
A golden-centered sport of `Plume d'Or' selected by Ken Frieling and introduced by the Glasshouse Works greenhouses. The deeply lobed, self-branching foliage makes this a full, handsome container subject; so far, a fair to good outdoor groundcover here in SE Ohio, burning only during severe cold spells without snowcove...
$6.50
Hedera helix Tiny Hussler
Product Code: 58490
Dimunitive and self branching tumbling tuffet of tiny round lobed three dimensional leaves.
$6.00
Out of Stock
Hedera helix tussie mussie
Product Code: 41401
Pat Hammer's marvelous find: creamy white splotched and mottled sport of `Shamrock.' Similar to 'Chrysandra' but far more tostled, congested, and rumpled: how more Victorian can a plant be? More successfully presented as a mounding, rather than vining, highly variegated 3-D ivy,
$7.00
Hedera helix Yellow Ripple
Product Code: 66816
Wide leaves with nearly equally long "eyelash" lobes beautifully margined in limes & yellows. Slow growing unusual cultivar easy as a pot plant subject, but quite dramatic when encouraged to cover a wall for the overlapping shingled leaves cause quite an optic dance with the variegated pinked edges initiating visua...
$4.50
Hedera helix Zebra
Product Code: 66732
Stout stems hold thick textured glaucous green cupped leaves liberally streaked with cream. Although a bit reluctant to self-branch, still a dramatic cascading very variegated choice for a hanging basket indoors; furthermore, this dramatic heavily textured showoff has been quite winter tolerant outdoors for us for the ...
$8.00
Hedera pastuchovii
Product Code: 41403
Distinctive Ivy with beautiful black-green glossy elongate (often rather hastate) leaves. Very popular with serious plant collectors with a more botanic than horticultural bend. Native to limestone cliffs of the Caspian forests in Asia--but definitely not winter hardy in our part of the Ohio River Valley. We offer this...
$15.00
Hedychium coronarium
Product Code: 53023
"Butterfly Ginger" Fragrant white flowers top very tall stalks. The heavily perfumed ivory petals are used in Hawaiian leis, hence, also known as the "Garland Flower." Evergreen species easy to grow with good light.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Hedychium [Oriental] Enrei
Product Code: 53027
Oriental hybrid originally received from plantsman Jack Craig outstanding with neat slim foliage topped with clusters of undulant white petals & spidery tufts on the intensely fragrant flowers. with the dark yellow centers; reaches considerable stature. The perfume can become almost overwhelming in a closed greenho...
$18.00
Hedychium [Oriental] Shin-Sei
Product Code: 53030
Oriental hybrid. "Shin"=new; "Sei"=green. Dramatic clusters of white and yellow blossoms with guacamole green featherings. In limited production; best to inquire before ordering this giant creature originally sent to us by Jack Craig.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Heliconia angusta Red Christmas
Product Code: 53129
Dark foliaged compact growing "Lobster Claw" with marvelous red & white flowers in impressive dangling clusters. The overall size can be controled somewhat by container size.  We will send mossed divisions with a cut back,
$28.00
Heliconia humilis [stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican']
Product Code: 54051
Short stalked clone of the "Dwarf Lobster Claw" with very thickly set wide showy foliage. As matures, will produce dramatic red bracts from which emerge white blossoms with green tips. Best one for indoor house culture as it remains more compact than the rest of the tribe and can even be flowered in a sunny plant room-...
$15.00
Out of Stock
Helwingia chinensis [Narrow Leaf Clone]
Product Code: 88874
Lovely "Sichuan Leaf Flower" a graceful shrub with dark slim leaves so fused (with peduncles) to present the yellow flowers and then the purple fruit "on the leaf" (petiole fused to the peduncle). Used as a salad green in Japan where it is considered to be Zone 7 hardy. We have now propagated our stock plants because s...
$12.00
Helxine soleirolii
Product Code: 41030
"Baby Tears" Mossy mat of tiny dewdrop leaves; tiny green flowers; European name, "Corsican Curse" indicates origin. Needs humidity. Often used as a bonsai groundcover for plants that are kept evenly moist. Works in a terrarium to a fault.
$4.00
Helxine soleirolii Gold Pool [aurea]
Product Code: 41031
"Golden Baby Tears" Tiny leaves a rich acid yellow: tempermental terrarium plant groundcover as can be charmingly bright in any terrarium design. If needed in larger numbers, we will consider your needs on a propagate-to-order basis as this can be maddingly slow to produce. Easily overwhelmed by a nearby Selaginella--s...
$6.75
Hemigraphis (alternata ?) Exotica [hort]
Product Code: 50030
"Waffle Plant" Shiny maroon marginally rolled leaves extremely quilted and seriously puckered and paired on red stems rooting at each node. Even flourishes as an aquatic plant!
$6.00
Hemigraphis Exotica Variegata [hort]
Product Code: 50031
"Variegated Waffle Plant" the oval puckered metallic-purpled pairs of leaves, each with an attractively rolled margin, are splotched with straw yellow; wonderful as the furled margins reveal the wine-red underleaf. Popular for hanging baskets, for mossed topiaries, for windowboxes, a large wardian case, and indoor sunn...
$7.00
Hemigraphis Red Equator [Sp]
Product Code: 50033
"Baby Waffle" Slightly puckered, purple grape-sized leaves on miniature creeping stems creating extensive lovely low mats and thus quite popular as a Terrarium subject and as a basic for mossed topiary. Very effective cascading from a windowbox or patio urn; a traditional low growing houseplant; more recently also disc...
$4.50
Hemigraphis repanda
Product Code: 59397
"Narrow Leaf Flame Ivy" Metallic purplish papery narrow leaves in attractive trailing clumps; odd papery tan flowers. "Dragon Flame Creeper" newly popular as a lovely cascading filler for intimate windowboxes, small patio container combinations, mossed topiaries and even as a semi-aquatic for tubs. In fact, this is so ...
$6.00
Hemionitis arifolia
Product Code: 10460
"Strawberry Fern" or "Heart Fern" Felted tri-lobed fronds form a rosette of lovely small stature; plantlets potentitally form in the center of the fronds. Demands high humidity; abhors high temperatures.This will do well as a terrarium plant.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Hibiscus eetveldianus Maple Sugar [Jungle Red]
Product Code: 51707
This plant sometimes goes under the name of Hibiscus acetosella. The excellent "Maple Leaved Mallow" with blackish purple maple shaped (sure!) deeply lobed leaves blushed red in full sun. Engaging mimic of "Mary Jane" for an erect accent in planters and urns; if a consevatory subject, expect dusky sultry wine-toned win...
$6.25
Out of Stock
Hibiscus lunarifolia [hort.]
Product Code: 41610
Large Dombya-like lvs and short season showy pastel lemon blossoms (fading to crome) with black-maroon centers. Very similar to H. rockii. For the collector, not for the designer.
$7.75
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