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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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Maranta leuconeura massangeana
Product Code: 11476
"Prayer Plant" Bluish-green leaves, with feathery centerband of silver in thin stripes of pink, later silver, extending out toward the margin, after passing zone of reddish brown fading to rich umber hues; dramatic purple blushed red underleaf. Newly offered again in 2012.   This plant can ship out as many d...
$8.00
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Maranta repens [hort]
Product Code: 40641
"Miniature Prayer Plant" Moss green demure leaves attractively brushed with chocolate "Rabbit Tracks"; reliable, although shy to exhibit its pale mauve dancing skirted flowers with their purple eyelash lines. Petite enough for terrarium culture. Any order of multiples of this astoundingly popular item will be considere...
$8.00
Maxillaria tenuifolia
Product Code: 41701
Series of fat oval pseudobulbs with leaf tufts send forth clusters of showy coppery red blossoms patterned with yellow, white and maroon. Small winter-blooming Orchid willing to grow in porch garden, hobby greenhouse, or under lights.
$25.00
Out of Stock
Microgramma palmeri [nitida]
Product Code: 10607
Many semiglossy small elongated-oval fronds held erect over the slim slightly flatened rhizomes meandering over cork or treefern; because this fern evolved upon tropical treetrunks, it survives low humidity better than some; but truely thrives when given artifical rain forest (good humidity) conditions in a terrarium w...
$22.00
Microlepia strigosa Shi Shi
Product Code: 11707
"Lion's Mane Fern" The pinnately compound fronds of the speces form are extremely crested and frilled to create delicate billows of frothy lacy pinnae--nearly a Selaginella mimic. Cultivar also known as  'Cristata' or tasseled 'Corymbifera'--rather enjoys a mid-winter resting period, while retaining its fabulous f...
$12.00
Microsorium integrifolium (punctatum) cristatum
Product Code: 11619
Slowly creeping footed fern topped with leathery flared strap fronds (usually a foot long) with overlapping terminal crest giving the effect of an insane hairdresser's attempt to perm an afro with sea kelp. Rare & difficult.
$85.00
Product Code: 11407
A dramatic fern native to India with a Microsorium punctatum habit with woody surface rhizomes; yet the clumped erect leathery fronds have raised veins and furled margins.  Dramatic
$22.00
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Microsorium punctatum grandiceps
Product Code: 10671
"Terrestrial Elkhorn Fern" The elegant upright jade like flat strap fronds terminate in fabulous crests. Excellent, hanging basket subject best known as Microsorium polycarpum grandiceps. If you like these crested "Elkhorns" be sure to refer also to the fabulously crested Campyloneuron phyllitidis cristatum also offere...
$15.00
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Microsorium punctatum grandiceps compacta
Product Code: 10672
"Dwarf Terrestrial Elkhorn Fern" The elegant upright jade like flat strap fronds terminate in fabulous crests. Excellent, more compact version of the above also good for hanging baskets but also good for larger wardian cases and growlight setups. Excellent "Dwarf Terrestial Elkhorn" with stout bright green simple frond...
$22.00
Microsorium punctatum serratum [laciniatum]
Product Code: 10664
. "Saw Tooth Kelp Fern" formerly M. intergifolium serrulatum. From strong woody surface root stalks arise dramatic ranks of tall membraneous erect strap fronds with their entire undulating glossed margins heavily toothed--a good first candidate to try to grow in this category of dramatic footed ferns with elaborate ere...
$30.00
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Microsorum elegans
Product Code: 10661
Dwarf fern with elegant rigid upright fronds of good substance with fluted tips--small enough for a Wardian case.
$20.00
Monstera acacoysquensis
Product Code: 30646
Meandering stems with occassional punctuations by slim scimitar, Epipremnum-like leaves with random lime mottling (in bright conditions) and the odd aperture with maturity. Develops beautifully fenestrated mature foliage if allowed to scale a wall or tall mossed pole. Unimpressive as a young plant, but just wait!
$18.00
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Monstera deliciosa
Product Code: 30271
Vigorous "Splitleaf Ceriman" with stout succulent stems supporting the impresive oblong-perforated leathery shield leaves and impressive cord-like aerial roots. Traditionally called the "Mexican Breadfruit" for its pine-apple scented edible cone fruit. indestructible houseplant; magnificent climbing up a conservatory w...
$12.00
Monstera deliciosa albo-variegata
Product Code: 30267
"Variegated Splitleaf Philodendron" Wide windowed and split foliage splashed with clear white. Stunning if grown in high humitity conditions--the white areas will burn or rust if confronted with dry heat over a period of time. Price is for a starer sized plant (as all our plants are)  in about a 2-3 inch nurser...
$300.00
Monstera deliciosa marmorata
Product Code: 30268
"Golden Splitleaf Philodendron" The wide shield-shaped over lapping leaves with their dramatic splits are richly marbled lemon-lime and gold. Intolerant of even occassional low humidity indoors. This fantastic collectors' dream "Golden Ceriman" is typically sent as mossed established sections in pots.  This is a p...
$225.00
Out of Stock
Monstera deliciosa Salt & Pepper [Splotched]
Product Code: 30521
Each rich green "Splitleaf Philodendron" leaf is strewn with large creamy blotches and peppered entirely with tiny cream to faintly pink specklings & flecks. Quite unique. We have limited quantities for shipping--in the past this has only been available to walk-in customers. Often sold out as demand from collectors...
$400.00
Out of Stock
Monstera friedrichsthalii
Product Code: 30776
Costa Rican Monstera adansohii with same clambering habit of pittieri, yet much larger stature, forming oval aperatures in the leaves when mature foliage receives very strong light.
$18.00
Monstera karsteniana
Product Code: 30282
Roughtly blistered, uneven leaves dramatically corrugated & so glossy as to earn the name "Plastic Vine" with each puckered leaf held by wide winged petioles so close as to form a shingled effect. A giant M. siltepecana.
$35.00
Monstera pitterii [obliqua]
Product Code: 30284
This is the very popular "Swiss Cheese Vine" with oval windows in small leathery leaves; one of the most successful small vines for low light areas. To know it is to love it. Has mand "correct" species designations!
$8.00
Monstera siltepecana El Salvadore
Product Code: 30285
Small bluish toned twisting javelin shaped leaves of waxy texture with darker mosaic of veins are closely "shingled" along the succulent stem which roots as it wanders--juvenile form, small enough for terrarium display, although as tolerant of exposure as any Philodendron scandens cultivar. A great favorite of topiary ...
$35.00
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Monstera Silver Leaf [Species]
Product Code: 30288
A beautiful Monstera, the leaf surface is entirely blushed with lovely ash-silver.  In Juvinille form this is commonly called a  'Cebu Blue' in the Epipremnum pinnatum classification.  Once mature it will often times start to form windows but this can take several years.
$8.75
Monstera stanleyana Variegata
Product Code: 30287
Available soon as we working on building stock back up. Rich ivory splashes on elongated, round tipped leaves; very beautiful selection of this scandent vine shingled with soft leathery foliage of deep green slashed with ivory white. The foliage remains quite small and the internodes long (even extended at times) on th...
$45.00
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Muehlenbeckia complexa
Product Code: 40647
"Maidenhair Vine" Tiny round leaves on black wiry stems; with strange white bubble flowers followed by purple berries. Easy. Although of delicate fragile appearance, this tolerant vine prefers a very bright situation with well drained soil.
$6.00
Muehlenbeckia complexa triloba
Product Code: 55965
"Lobed Maidenhair Vine" Wild mats of wiry maroon stems with waxy white fls & a flutter of trilobed leaflets creates very complex 3-D visuals; if planted in the conservatory ground, this will weave its way to the roof within a year to great effect.
$6.00
Murdannia acutifolia variegata
Product Code: 50520
"Bamboo Spiderwort" Clumping jointed bamboo-like short stems of this vigorous houseplant hold elegantly arching reed-like boldly white-striped, glossy leaves. Outstanding specimen. After years of being an elusively hard to find greenhouse subject with constant popularity as a windowsill showoff, this "Bamboo Spiderwort...
$15.00
Musa basjoo
Product Code: 57496
Prefering cooler climes, this "Northern Novelty Banana" from the Ryuku Islands sends up large pale green draping tropical foliage from rootstocks needing winter protection (with mulch this is quite winter hardy in our Zone 6 gardens); odd inflorescence with white pulp fruit insipid; Japanese use 10' plant for fiber. In...
$15.00
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Musa [ensete ventricosum] maurelii
Product Code: 40650
"Abyssinian Black Banana" While having the thick heavy substance of M. ventricosa, the blackish red leaves flaunt mahogany midribs and margins; purple-carmine underleaf is revealed as leaf unfurls; red-bracted inflorescenceorescence. This is the astounding giant we keep at the patio-pond area here every summer. Come fa...
$15.00
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Myrsine africana
Product Code: 40654
"African Boxwood" or "Cape Myrtle" Thick-foliaged popular pseudo-bonsai, pleniful tiny leathery coin shaped leaves stud distinctly fastigate woody stems. We recommend this for indoor bonsai for it can be shaped successfully; nonetheless, the very erect woody trunks just cry out to be staked topiaries with single woody ...
$12.00
Nashia inaguensis
Product Code: 42156
Tiny crinkled fleshy leaves, with lovely mint/verbena fragrance, on rigid much-branched twiglets emerging from woody trunks--perfect tropical bonsai for high light; the orange " Bahana Berries" (following petite verbenia-shaped cream flowers) add that distincly vanilla flavor to Moujean tea. Also used in topiary as the...
$10.00
Nautilocalyx lynchei
Product Code: 20188
Erect fleshy stems with brazen glossy purple-bronze leaves, and odd yellowish-cream flowers with maroon hairs tucked at leaf axils. The "Black Alloplectus" is very easy Gesneriad potplant--but completely intolerant of chill.
$8.00
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