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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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Justicia brandegeana Jambalaya
Product Code: 50091
"Compact Shrimp Plant" A cultivar selected for its compact much-branched habit with attractive bronzy red drooping chain of bracts persisting much longer than the species form. Will bloom most seasons if given full sun and adequate fertilizer.
$4.00
Justicia brandegeana variegata
Product Code: 50040
"Snow Shrimp" Fabulous snowy white variegation on foliage fading to pure white margins; white bracts turn copper in bright light. Rare and striking sport. Not a totally successful houseplant unless you can provide the essential levels of humidity necessary to prevent spider mite. But with good light and a pebble tray t...
$4.25
Justicia carnea hollanda [purpurea]
Product Code: 50599
"Purpled King's Crown" Chocolate-violet foliage quite strong in any setting. The elongated pairs of plum hued leaves are eventually topped with showy heads of rich magenta red hooked flowers. Handsome.
$7.50
Justicia carnea [jacobinia carnea]
Product Code: 50042
"King's Crown" or "Brazilian Plume" Erect stems bear large, very showy plumes of rose-pink tubular hooked flowers. Knockout when in full flower. Available usually in late Spring. Other times of the year, it might be propagated to order.
$7.00
Out of Stock
Justicia petiolaris bowiei
Product Code: 69003
Beautiful mauve blossoms perfectly foiled by wide rounded sheened leaves, each with a bright radiating midvein. An introduction from Kirstenbosch fomerly listed a J. bowiei--actually looks more like a Barleria! Fabulous in a shaded basket or mixed urn.
$6.00
Lantana camara Dallas Red Sport
Product Code: 66977
Striking heads of maroon toned scarlet flowers with petite lime yellow eyes--while not the most vigorous cultivar, valued for it adds a lot of visual heat to a windowbox.
$5.00
Lantana camara Greg Grant
Product Code: 54078
Distinctive discovery by Grant of a sport of the heirloom 'Flava' with its heads of sulphur yellow flowers fading to saffron pink, quite effective against this sport's leaves slashed with bright gold and splashed with cream. Showy--but be sure to remove all reversions. Greg claims to have scaled the wall of a nunnery t...
$15.00
Lantana camara Samantha [variegata]
Product Code: 40428
"Golden Lantana" Bright yellow-zoned leaves are the perfect foil for the golden flower heads; needs bright light. Very old clone which has yet to be bested.  The intensity of variegation varies with different qualities of light, temperature, and fertilizer.
$6.00
Lantana camara White Dwarf
Product Code: 54362
 A very compact nearly prostratein habit, small-leaved shrublet freely producing cute heads of rich white minute blossoms closely packed in heavy clusters--thus, the "Silver Mound" Lantana which is noted for lateral growth habit.
$4.00
Laurus nobilis
Product Code: 40427
It is quite aromatic beautiful. "Sweet Bay" or "Greek Laurel" Stiff decorative fragrant leaves on erect woody maroon stems make this the ideal "Formally Shaped" shrub candidate. Aromatic leaves are used to flavor food & to yield an essential oil of perfumery and medicine. The plant police will get you if you even a...
$6.00
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Laurus nobilis crispa [undulata]
Product Code: 41932
"Piecrust Bay Tree" Curious selection with each aromatic deep green slim leathery leaf crimped along the margin. This rare cultivar becomes an absolutely stunning topiary, whether clipped into a wide based cone, a pyramid, or cube; or, limbed up as a sturdy trunk topped with a spherical pompon Next crop ready for sh...
$8.00
Lavatera olbia aurea
Product Code: 81943
The imposing "Golden Tree Mallow" with downy chartreuse to gold (in winter) foliage on the eventually 3' plus trunks with lovely pink blossoms. A tree in its native Western Med. areas; the striking foliage of this sport makes it a candidate for many horticultural niches. An easy container subject--but site this careful...
$20.00
Out of Stock
Ledebouria ovatifolia
Product Code: 65823
Very wide pale green jade-toned fleshy leaves fan out into an open circle over the fat, swollen surface bulb; winter dormant (leafless) if kept quite cool during winter; very slow to offset. Of more botanic than horticultural interest.
$8.00
Ledebouria pauciflora
Product Code: 65824
Wonderful miniature with delicately mottled fleshy leaves on clustering glossy surface bulbs. Lovely undemanding houseplant; always a favorite carefree windowsill citizen; excellent addition to any dish garden and a great visual companion to the more commonly available L. socialis.
$4.00
Ledebouria socialis
Product Code: 65827
Formerly Scilla violacea. "Silver Squill" Rich purple swollen bulblets in thick clusters support small violet- backed leaves whose surfaces are dotted silver. Easy houseplant with small wands of tiny white flowers produced seasonally. If allowed to become a many-headed specimen, the winter blooms can be quite impressiv...
$4.50
Ledebouria socialis Gila Monster
Product Code: 65829
A lovely olive ovals scattered on ash blue to glaucus green leaves held in bunches over the swollen bulbs which ofset to form a perfect hemisphere. Originally shared with us by Ruth Crane, this beauty is probably a separate species not accurately identified.
$7.50
Ledebouria socialis Juda
Product Code: 65830
A cultivar selected by the late Juda Livesay sporting fantastic white variegation as stripes throughout which become pink-tinted in strong light. Much valued by collectors of unusual variegates. Not as vigorous as the species forms. Usually shipped as divisions in dry perlite to prevent any rotting.
$38.00
Out of Stock
Ledebouria violacea
Product Code: 56904
Whorled fleshy leaves with dark motting emerge from the clustering surface bulbs. Known as Scilla violacea in victorian times.  Much larger statured than the other "Tropical Squills" offered in this list. This is the stunner of the group.
$12.00
Out of Stock
Leea coccinea rubra (Burgundy)
Product Code: 41076
Wide compound layers of glossy purple leaflets on maroon stems top woody erect trunks; Striking specimen plant. Sometimes given its own family, Leeaceae (Vitaceae).. More correct as perhaps as Leea guineensis 'Burgundy'
$12.00
Out of Stock
Lepisorus Bicolor
Product Code: 11430
Resembles a sophisticated Pyrrosia with very slim surface rhizomes; strap fronds with indented polka-dot spore patches distinguish this "Sechuan Ribbon Fern" which Eco-Gardens has determined to be Zone 8 hardy. Quite beautiful and distinct in pot or basket--even though its initial slow deliberate growth rate may test y...
$15.00
Ligustrum Lemon and Lime
Product Code: 72840
Lovely shrublet of uncertain origin quickly self branching to form a wide (yet petite in appearance) outline of tiny glossy leaves with crimped wavy edges nicely variegated. Should be a valuable new candidate for bonsai. Keeps color well and trims well.
$8.00
Lippia [phyla] dulcis
Product Code: 41727
The famous "Sweet Herb" known by the Aztec as "Tzopelic Xlhuitl" who used the leaves as a sweetener--just chew the leaf before you take a bite of any fruit or raw vegetable for the sweet sensation! Forms a laterally arching mound studded with many tiny "Lantana" heads with fringes of white Lantana blossoms. We are told...
$4.25
Lysimachia procumbens aurea
Product Code: 88585
An excellent subtropical "Golden Nosegay" selection with the clusters of bright yellow flowers highlighting the muted golden foliage of this procumbent half hardy perennial; NOT the patented yellow margined form.
$6.00
Mackaya (asystasia) bella
Product Code: 54358
"Blue Trumpet Bush" Dark green glossy-leaved shrub resembling its shrubby Thunbergia cousins with long pale lavender-blue to pale lilac blossoms shaped like a pointed lobed foxglove blossom, with blackberry violet veins. This "Forest Bell Bush" from Zululand tolerates low light. A stellar member of the Acanthus tribe. ...
$8.00
Malpighia coccigera
Product Code: 41489
"Singapore Holly" Bright green, glossy spinny-toothed leaves on bushy mounds; rose flowers & red berries. West indies native basic to tropical bonsai, yet performing beautifully as a bright windowsill potplant, given adequate even humidity levels. This starter size (price very low!) we ship may be limited at times-...
$12.00
Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus
Product Code: 40458
Formerly M. penduliflorus. "Turk's Cap" or "Scotsman's Purse" Hibiscus cousin with folded pendulous bright red blossoms with protruding stamens. An easily bloomed shrub--reaching its height of flowering midwinter when you most need the scarlet blossoms. Long a traditional hobby greenhouse standby as never fails to intr...
$4.50
Malvaviscus arboreus Paquito Pink
Product Code: 41431
"Pink Turk's Cap" Semi-gloss foliage ranked along the woody Hibiscus like stems; intriguingly furled pink dangling flowers quite showy during the winter months.
$6.00
Malvaviscus germanderii Fiesta
Product Code: 54031
Very showy "Dwarf Sleepy Mallow" with brightly variegated chunky leaves accented with many cute bright scarlet "Turk's Cap" blossoms--but each flower is held uprignt, unlike the pendulous blossoms of M. arboreus. This brilliantly foliaged selection of this handsome small shrub was found and shared by Greg Grant. Much p...
$17.00
Out of Stock
Manettia inflata [luteo-rubra?]
Product Code: 40459
"Firecracker Vine" Pubescent climber with tubular "Candy Corn" flowers red with yellow tips; must have reliable levels of humidity and very bright light to set flower buds. We were first given a cutting of this old favorite by Mr. Easterbrook over thirty some years ago and it remains as popular now as it was then--And ...
$6.00
Maranta leuconeura kershoveana variegated
Product Code: 41434
Variegated "Rabbit Tracks" with white/cream splashed leaves which fold as soon as light disappears: thus one of the "prayer plants"  When foliage burns this warns you that the humidity levels are too low or that the salts buildup in the soil is too high. Any order with multiples of this will needs be treat...
$12.00
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