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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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Impatiens niamniamensis Frieling's Cream Rim
Product Code: 56561
Stout succulent erect stems are studded with creamy lime margined leaves, punctuated by the big showy yellow and orange helmet shaped blossoms toned red. Very rare selection by Ken from an old cultivar with a slight lime midrib.
$10.00
Impatiens repens
Product Code: 40384
"Ceylon Jewelweed" Cascading thick red succulent stems (which self branch to form a mat) populated by masses of tiny coppery kidney shaped leaves dramatically punctuated by occassional impressive cornucopia shaped yellow hooded blossoms. Always popular with indoor litegardeners and with hobby greenhousers as a wonderfu...
$5.50
Impatiens sodenii Zanzibar
Product Code: 53385
Big bold "Skirted Snapweed" with impressively succulent stem skirted with toothed basil green foliage demanding very bright light. Large pale lilac pink flat faced blossoms with darker eye liner and elongated tail. Initially we listed this as "Impatiens zanzibarensis," while actually this clone probably is a hybrid by ...
$8.00
Impatiens walleriana Kingwood
Product Code: 41747
Marvelous "Kingwood Touch-Me-Not" from Henry Ross: very low-growing lateral habit with small leaves marbled gray and green with clear cream edges; flowers bright red, or red and white bicolor (the sport with red blossoms eyed white has been offered as 'Kingwood Star' but it in turn often reverts back to the original) a...
$10.00
Ipomea batatas Ace Of Spades
Product Code: 55962
Striking blackish maroon spade shaped (heart shaped) leaves are thickly set on succulent trailing stems; same habit as 'Blackie' with edible white tubers. Recently has been "re-marketed" on East Coast as 'Purple Heart.' Must reflect a time of war. Fabulous in urns and baskets; very effective when paired with the chartr...
$5.00
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Ipomea batatas Blackie
Product Code: 40403
"Black Yam" or "Purple-leaved Sweet Potato" Dark palmate leaves overlap to create a starburst lacy effect while firmly anchored on sturdy maroon-stemmed vines; fabulous in hanging baskets. As popular now as when we first offered it some twenty years ago with Carolyn Wilson in her Country Hills greenhouse catalogue.
$6.50
Ipomea batatas Gold Fingers
Product Code: 49451
A fast growing form bright yellow lime like 'Margarita' but with attractively fingered leaves like 'Blackie'.
$5.00
Ipomea batatas Margarita [chartreuse]
Product Code: 55616
The "Golden Sweet Potato Vine" produces ranks of bright yellow-ochre heart shaped leaves, becoming more halbert-lobed as the plant expands & matures, even forming a fine purple rim in sun--obviously the perfect companion for 'Ace of Spades' as well as 'Blackie'; if grown during the winter in your greenhouse, will p...
$6.00
Ipomea batatas Purple Tuber
Product Code: 59194
"Purple Yam" (although technically a "Sweet Potato" and not even related to the yam gang) Hawaiian clone with purple fleshed tubers (said to be at their most yummy when prepared with your deep pit roast pig); very ornately cut clean-green cookie cutter somewhat palmate foliage on self branching meandering stems. Amazin...
$4.25
Ipomea batatas Tricolor [Pink Potato]
Product Code: 55564
Remarkable slate green sharply lobed "Sweet Potato" leaves with bright pink margins setting to rosy cream. An amazingly beautiful cultivar initially shared with us by Doug Ruhren who had inherited it from Yinger's Asian peregrinations; and indeed, under the original clone name of 'Tricolor' it was a 1980s introduction ...
$6.50
Ipomea Lady Fingers [Species Unidentified]
Product Code: 56564
Extremely vigorous "Fingered Sweet Potato" with strong stems holding aloft stunning dark leaves, with seven deep fingered lobes accented with dark purple raised veins on the reverse. Loves aquatic conditions; but thrives equally well cascading dramatically from a windowbox or urn; needs a large basket if grown in a han...
$10.00
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Iresine herbstii
Product Code: 40404
"Blood Leaf" Bright purplish-red "Beet" or "Beefsteak Plant" so named in Victorian times for the beautiful waxy oval puckered leaves, with notched tips, on red-maroon stems forming dense bushes. Traditional window-sill plant, the Achyranthes verschaffeltii of elaborate Victorian bedding design. We will not ship until w...
$4.25
Iresine herbstii acuminata [versicolor]
Product Code: 42023
"Painted Bloodleaf" Sharply pointed blood red leaves with carmine & liver-lilac veins and stems; an old favorite still much in demand--this is probably the cuotivar 'Brilliantissima' as pinkish tones appear in certain conditions. We will not ship this until weather is reliably warm.
$4.25
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Iresine herbstii aureo-reticulata
Product Code: 40405
"Chicken Gizzard Plant" Bright yellow-veined apple-green rounded leaves, with odd notched tips, accented by red-magenta petioles and stems--due to the delicacy of this foliage, not as vigorous as the other cultivars in bedding designs--for the same color qualities we recommend you use 'Formosa' instead. Old fashioned p...
$5.50
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Iresine lindenii formosa
Product Code: 40406
"Blood Vein Plant" Old favorite with yellow & straw foliage. Unlike 'aureo-reticulata' this one has pointed leaves with colorful veins. Like all its kin, will not tolerated extended chill.
$6.50
Jasmine: Plants Called Jasmines (5 plants)
Product Code: 99105
Because the selection changes all the time of what plants are ready, we choose the group. If you want particular Jasmines please order them by name. Should you lack the cool, humid, very bright conditions demanded by the bulk of the true species but still want the intense fragrances, we can select a group collectively ...
$30.00
Jasminum beesianum
Product Code: 42025
"Rose Jasmine" from Western China. Zone 7 willowy shrub to clambering vine (depending on where you site it) with pairs of sharply pointed lance leaves and dark rose pink fragrant blossoms. Must have full sunlight to perform well. Our stock plants have happily lived outdoors in an exposed coldframe for many years, bloom...
$6.00
Jasminum floribundum
Product Code: 41428
Pink tinted fragrant blossom clusters on vine with clouds of glossy opposite small pinnate leaves giving a lacy appearance. Easy in containers. If given rootrun in the subtropics will soon clamber up a wall or fence. A seasonal bloomer like the similar much larger statured J. polyanthum.
$10.00
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Jasminum leratii [ligustrifolium]
Product Code: 54007
"New Calidonian Jasmine" or, for its foliage, the "Privet Jamine" with upright maroon-blushed shrubby stems presenting cluster of shar-shaped fragrant white blossoms only after this shrub has reached maturity.
$6.25
Jasminum multiflorum [pubescens]
Product Code: 41887
"Angel Hair Jasmine" from India to China: Freely spreading shrub with downy cordate leaves and clusters of intensely sweet scented white starlike flowers at the tips and along the stems when given full sun, adequate humidity and a rich medium. This "Downy Jasmine" has long been known as J. pubescens in the Florida trad...
$12.00
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Jasminum nitidum magnificum
Product Code: 40417
The beautiful dark glossy ("nitidum means "shiny") leaves sport pure white fragrant blossom clusters sequenced in flushes of blooms around the calendar year as long as receives full sun, reliable moisture and organic fertilizer. Habit best described as a vining shrub. Native to the Admirality Islands, this is a species...
$12.00
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Jasminum officinale frojas Solid Gold
Product Code: 40446
"Spanish Jasmine" Western Chinese species with tubular white flowers produced maily during the winter season in showy fragrant clusters; unlike 'Variegatum,' the brashly bright chartreuse gold foliage is solid, not mottled. Dramatic "Fiona Sunrise".
$15.00
Jasminum polyanthum
Product Code: 40421
"French Perfume" Vigorous climber with attractive compound (foliate) leaves in opposite pairs and mid-winter clouds of white richly-scented flower clusters (which have pinkish cast in bright light as the unopened buds are blushed red). Basic to any collection, the Yunnan native is quite vigorous. Very very strongly sce...
$3.00
Jasminum sambac Grand Duke Of Tuscany
Product Code: 40423
"Arabian Jasmine" clone with double cauliflowered camellia- like fragrant flowers, thus known as the "Moss Rose Jasmine"--perhaps now more correctly J.sambac `Flore-plena.' Excellent foliage of deep green ruffled leaves on strong rigidly erect canes; easily produces its typically solitary flower if provided richly fert...
$8.50
Product Code: 40432
While smaller statured than the standard "Grand Duke of Tuscany" this dark foliaged semi vining shrublet, this "Dwarf Fragrant Tea Jasmine" is a prolific bloomer with nearly constant highly scented double ivory white blossoms- especially if given ample sunlight.  A constant bouquet. 
$8.00
Jasminum sambac Maid Of Orleans
Product Code: 40424
This "Arabian Jasmine" clone has semi-double flowers of rich fragrance on woody shrubs with pale foliage; considered the best for houseculture by the Elberts--certainly the easiest to bloom indoors. The famous J.s. `Multiplex' grown for oils used in the French perfume industry; traditionally the Chinese use this attrac...
$12.50
Jasminum tortuosum
Product Code: 41944
Handsome "African Jasmine." Dark foliage (oblong leathery leaves in groups of three) on shrubby vine perfectly foils the abundant very sharply fragrant open clusters of white starflowers of thick substance with triangular lobes. South African native of robust growth once established--stand back if this strikes root in ...
$12.00
Out of Stock
Product Code: 60127
The errect stems cloaked with fiddle shapped leaves, flaunt clusters of clear pinkish red blossoms.
$18.00
Out of Stock
Jatropha hastata [integerrima] compacta
Product Code: 67399
Fiddle-shaped richly toned foilage on upright shrublet with a constant show of deep rose red flowers in erect clusters as long as good light (full sun if you are as far north as us) is available. Cuban "Peregine" performs well as a container plant. Give bright light and avoid EVER allowing the roots to chill and this w...
$10.00
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Justicia brandegeana Fruit Cocktail/ Mutant
Product Code: 31415
Originally considered a mutant of "Shrimp Plant" with erect ranks of deep burnished red bracts with pastel red lipped flowers. Doug Lohman's clone of this vigorous potplant. Now considered to probably be a sport of Justicia [Beloperone] comosa by some horticulturalists.
$6.00
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