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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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Nematanthus Yellow Maroon #82-123
Product Code: 20477
Stout upright stems, toned red, hold elongated heart leaves with felted surface and red-veined reverse. Attractive inflorescence with tubular blossoms emerging from dramatic calyxes: and the colors would be? (Check clonal name.) This is far more vigorous and strapling than the others we maintain.
$5.50
Neoalsomitra podagrica
Product Code: 40661
"Sea Urchin Plant" From huge "Swollen Pickle" ground-level stems, thinner succulent stems arise, bearing rough waxy, fingered leaves; unique yet of easy culture. The basal thick "pickles" form the first season, then send up vines the next. Too much fun not to grow. Every collector needs a cucumber in their windowsill. ...
$22.00
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Neomarica caerulea Blue Hawaii [hyb?]
Product Code: 54394
Remarkable "Giant Toad Cup Lily" with tall strong, nearly glaucous, fans of erect iris leaves; showy wide clear pale blue "Iris" blossoms with elaborate multihued designs. Must have full sun to perform well. This species does not reliably produce plantlets on the old flowering tips as does the following much more easil...
$18.00
Neomarica gracilis
Product Code: 40664
"Apostle Plant" Fans of leaves with spikes of Iris fls of pale lilac with brown, yellow, blue; spikes deeply arch to touch a nearby surface (thus "Walking Iris") as new plantlets form where earlier the flowers bloomed. Central American species with delicate fragrance.
$5.25
Neoregelia ampullacea rubra
Product Code: 52285
Lovely "Flask Plant" form with very wide leaves with deep violet wine banding & heavy purple teeth; soon forms a colony of small erect rosettes in which hide white fls with blue edges.
$12.00
Neoregelia ardie
Product Code: 53398
A new striking hybrid Neoregelia with some of the most beautiful variegated foliage we have seen for a Bromeliad. Price reflects the size of this glorious creature resulting in special packing requirements.
$30.00
Neoregelia carolinae tricolor [striata]
Product Code: 52144
Selection of the dramatic 'Blushing Bromeliad' with pink blushed (in full sun) central stripes of bright blonde. A basic because it has passed the test of time for excellent performance of a highly variegated dramatic houseplant.
$22.00
Out of Stock
Neoregelia Pepper x pauciflora
Product Code: 52300
Clustering fat small urns of rosy toned olive richly dotted rich mahogany. Very lovely deeply colored bromeliad. Highly recommended for distinctively saturated hues and for ease of culture.
$18.00
Neoregelia Pepper [hyb]
Product Code: 52138
Brightly toned magenta and sienna hybrid richly peppered in purple-brown; beautiful compact vases closely clustered.
$15.00
Neoregelia schultsiana Cream Fireball
Product Code: 53359
The fabulous carmine red compact urns of the species form, brilliantly accented with broad ivory cream margins. Needs bright light and good humidity to best form its colony of pert rosettes. Very beautiful; a fantastic visual effect remarkable for the ease of culture in achieving it.
$12.00
Neoregelia schultsiana Fireball
Product Code: 52137
Tinker-toy stolons support colonies of brilliant red- purple small open vases; famous "Fireball Plant.' A great start to any collection of Bromeliads, or indeed, a grouping of houseplants. "Fireball" must have very bright light to maintain the rich red tones.
$8.75
Neoregelia schultsiana variegated [medio-picta]
Product Code: 52269
Bold stripes form dramatic starburst patters on the red waxy leaves forming pert compact burnished foliar urns. Very beautiful in outdoor summer patio combinations, yet also easy in a southern windowsill; always splendid in your hobby greenhouse, eventually forming a splendid mound perfect as a groundcover/undercover f...
$18.00
Nepenthes alata
Product Code: 43023
More tolerant of low humidity than most "Pitcher Plant" species, this strong growing carnivor produces its bright bulbus pitchers, dappled pink in good light, as a very young plant.
$20.00
Nepenthes Sanguinea
Product Code: 43027
Easily grown "Pitcher Plant" native to the Phillippines. Robust leaves tipped with purple and red spotted pitchers.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Nephrolepis biserrata furcans
Product Code: 14002
"Fishtail Fern" Large; frond tips fork into sections; this is a very large statured robust fern demanding a considerable space when mature--as tolerates full sun, now also a popular deck subject--but will take some time to achieve its full potential. Jones classifies this ornate cultivar as Nephrolepis falcata forma fu...
$12.00
Nephrolepis cordifolia Buttons [garrettii]
Product Code: 14009
"Tatting ribbon Fern" Small erect, then somewhat arched fronds with all pinnae reduced to rounded buttons along the rachis--larger statured than N.C. 'Duffii' with appearance of Pellaea rotundifolia. Also called 'Patty Roosevelt' even though, like all the cordifolia cultivars, this forms weird subsurface tubercules res...
$6.75
Nephrolepis cordifolia Floral Fantasy
Product Code: 14004
"Floral Fantasy Fern" Upright rachis sports monstrose and undulate pinnae. Rather tolerant of dry conditions, thus a handsome house plant for a vertical effect. Must have full sun to flourish and maintain its leathery rigidness--an thus not a successful house plant for most people. Very slow growing selection.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Nephrolepis cordifolia Handy
Product Code: 11649
Very dark green mounding "Dwarf Petticoat Fern" with fronds closely ranked with glossy crinkly pinnae; when a frond reaches 6" to 8" it starts to crest by forking and reforking at the tips. Give this little forker good light and keep evenly moist. Excellent houseplant; fabulous conservatory showoff. Next group ready...
$15.00
Nephrolepis exaltata aurea
Product Code: 14014
"Golden Boston Fern" The heavy fronds are solid chartreuse yellow; makes a striking hanging basket subject; yet seems astoundingly similar to the golden variegated cultivar offered below in this listing of exaltata cultivars. Known as 'Delilah' in Australia & South America; as "Blond" in California.
$15.00
Nephrolepis exaltata Emina
Product Code: 11700
New fern in the 'Kinky' range. This somewhat gyring erect leathery fronds are very 3-D with much divided furled thwarterous pinnae. Slow growing compact cultivar requiring very high light and good air movement--this is a challenging cultivar for the jaded fern grower.
$15.00
Nephrolepis exaltata Fringed Vase
Product Code: 14021
"Fringed Vase Boston" This can take a fair amount of sun. Very congested grower with many "fringed" ruffles all along the rachis of each frond. We highly recommend for those needing a tight growing and slightly upright profiled fern. Sometimes labelled "Emerald Vase" or even (quite incorrectly) as "Floral Fantasy." Rem...
$15.00
Nephrolepis exaltata hubbardii
Product Code: 14025
A select dwarf clone from Michael Hubbard, larger than 'Wanamaka' but with similar erect bunched habit. Easy houseplant for limited space.
$5.25
Out of Stock
Nephrolepis exaltata Pom Pon
Product Code: 11653
"Pom Pon" could easily be called "The Cheerleaders' Fern"--but of course we will not stoop to such sorry humor! This is such a well behaved small statured Nephrolepis noted for each pinnae being quite rounded in outline that both growers and the public take to it instantly. The color is very consistenly a bright green ...
$6.50
Nephrolepis exaltata rooseveltii
Product Code: 14031
"Roosevelt Fern" Each pinna crests only at the end--if it crests at all. Unusual 'Gloriosa'selection with extremely elongated 4' plus fronds, some without crests, others exceptionally frilled. From an heirloom plant shared by F. W. Boehringer. ' Possibly a renaming or confused name for the old cultivar known as 'Norwoo...
$12.00
Out of Stock
Nephrolepis exaltata Suzi Wong
Product Code: 11586
Dwarf lacy selection--unlike most extremely delicate types, if adaquate moving air is available, the fronds do not discolor & brown easily, even though layer after layer of froth develops on each frond. Avoid excessive humidity; best with good air movement--thus even though it has the perfect appearance for your Wa...
$15.00
Nephrolepis exaltata Tri-Tiki
Product Code: 14034
Deep green recurved pinnae criss-cross; very packed fronds with geometric riffs & valleys: combines the most levels developing the most congested fronds of any cultivar we know and thus needs high humidity with excellent air movement to prevent rot and algae buildup in the interior of these thick multi-layered fron...
$22.00
Nephrolepis exaltata Variegata
Product Code: 11405
The true "Variegated Boston Fern" with long dramatic fronds, with the individual pinnae green, gold, or typically striped green and gold--remarkably beautiful, certainly rare.  Although a late Victorian selection, this has recently re-marketed this as "Tiger." Requires very bright indirect light and adequate air m...
$18.00
Out of Stock
Nephrolepis exaltata Verona Lace
Product Code: 14035
"Verona Lace Fern" Very finely cut, lacy Boston cultivar from the old Easterbrook collection. One of the old standbys which vanished from the trade because of its insistence on relaible levels of humidity, but still excellent for extravagantly large hanging basket displays if proper conditions can be met. Sometimes the...
$10.00
Nephthytis swainei
Product Code: 30756
Platinum toned small arrow outlined triangular leaves held rigidly on one plane above the slowly creeping rhizomes.  Thanks to Dale Wagner for sharing this petite African treasure.
$18.00
Out of Stock
Nidularium microps bicense
Product Code: 52142
Compact glossy vases of very stiff leaves, shiny red-purple beneath, giving effect of maroon laquer. Distinctive in any Bromeliad collection, requiring only high light saturation to form a tight clump of elegant glossy maroon vases with the constitution and general habit of its cousins, the Neoregelias (and thrives und...
$18.00
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