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New orders are currently paused due to unforeseeable circumstances - wishlists can still be managed! We appreciate your patience and understanding and we will be back to accepting orders & shipping as soon as we can! Please check back late May for further updates.

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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Odontonema strictum [hort]
Product Code: 50114
Tropical "Firespike Bush"--strong stalks with rich green, somewhat corrugated foliage topped with bright red-scarlet tubular "Cardinal's Guard" flowers, usually in winter. Best pruned severely after flowering periods as can become a major jungle left on its own, easily reaching six feet or more if given free root run. ...
$4.00
Oplismenus hirtellus variegatus
Product Code: 40684
"Basket Grass" Pink, green, and white-striped leaves; trailing stems create a traditionally favorite hanging basket. Easy old favorite possibly more correct as O. africanus vittatus.While traditionally a house and greenhouse subject, this is quite wonderful added to urns and windowboxes for the summer displays as it is...
$5.50
Orthotanthus Red What
Product Code: 52058
Beautiful "Copper Swirls" hybrid: small clumping arched rosettes of many softly toothed overlapping rosy bronze leaves. A bromeliad small enough to be a good terrarium subject. This is an intergeneric hybrid not often found in collections; this clone is a deep copper red in high light.
$8.75
Osmanthus fragrans
Product Code: 40685
"Sweet Olive" Leathery-leaved shrub; clusters of small white flowers emit a delightful rare fragrance "blending jasmine, ripe apricots & gardenia" used in China to scent tea. Himalayan native's leaf edges burn if humidity insufficient or if watered with a source high in salts or a watersoftener. Not a houseplant un...
$10.00
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Osmanthus heterophyllus variegatus
Product Code: 40688
Broad regular cream margins on holly-mimic leaves--very popular as an indoor Christmas houseplant. This fragrant-flowering species is listed as O. ilicifolius in many books. Please give us some lead time on this plant, as we propagate per order.
$5.00
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Oxalis Collection (5 plants)
Product Code: 99663
A collection of the tried and true plants that everyone can remember from their childhood. Some of these might have dorman cycles, others grow year round. 5 plants.
$18.00
Oxalis corymbosa aureo-reticulata
Product Code: 40693
"Gold Veined Oxalis" Low habit of soft "Shamrock" mimic leaves with yellow retriculation; pink flowers profusely produced in spring. Tends to go dormant in Southern (and even Midwestern) summer heat. Loves the late winter conditions of your greenhouse or sunny southern windowsill. The dormant bulblets are odd little wh...
$6.50
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Oxalis Maroon Leaf [floribunda?]
Product Code: 40708
Extraordinary dark glowing maroon leaves cascade from the central bundle of buried bublets--altho bulbous this easily grown species remains evergreen with sufficient heat & light with cycles of lilac flower clusters blooming throughout the seasons. Perfect choice for those not comfortable with the dormant cycles of...
$5.50
Oxalis peduncularis
Product Code: 40701
Impressive stocky erect stems hold fleshy leaves and orange to yellow flowers. Grow as a succulent; prefers a Summer rest period in the warm south. Strong upright grower in your Winter greenhouse.
$6.75
Oxalis peduncularis Ken's Cockscomb
Product Code: 66706
No two stems fasciate in the same pattern on this succulent species with yellow flower clusters.  This photo shows a double crest as well as a species form reversion. This Oxalis will try to constantly revert.
$22.00
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Oxalis pes-caprae
Product Code: 41829
"Bermuda Buttercup" South African species with long lived thickened roots and scaly bulbs; with winter foliage come the showy showers of yellow blossoms. This is absolutely summer dormant and will rot if kept too moist during this period. Prefer to only ship in LATE SUMMER when emerging from a long dormancy.  T...
$6.50
Oxalis regnellii
Product Code: 40703
Obtriangular leaves are most attractive, plus nearly everblooming white flower clusters recommend this as the best Oxalis for the house--the Victorian's favorite. More than likely that rugged soul your grandmother grew in a clay filled coffee can in her sunny kitchen window. Fabulous as a hanging basket display in your...
$6.00
Oxalis regnellii atropurpurea [triangularis]
Product Code: 41490
Incredible "Red Velvet Shamrock"--a striking selection with handsome dusky glowing purple foliage with a central vivid violet flame on each triangular leaflet; low statured mound topped with many delicately toned lilac fls. A knockout with a distinct winter dormancy cycle (unlike the species) if allowed to dry out or t...
$5.50
Oxalis regnellii Dorothy Chao
Product Code: 51901
A splendid "Silver Oxalis" sport from Dorothy Chao with splendidly large obtriangular leaves a glaucous milky green--most distinctive pewter hue beautifully complemented by clusters of palest lilac pink blossoms produced with abandon. Subtle power. Tends to catch the eye no matter how it is situated.
$8.50
Oxalis rubra alba [crassipes]
Product Code: 40694
"Summer Shamrock" Reliably evergreen species with low, soft green fleshy leaves mounding over short succulent stalks which emerge from thick underground tubers; clusters of small white flowers reach their height during summer. Traditional Victorian favorite as a year 'round pot plant demanding full sun to flourish--now...
$6.00
Oxalis rubra [rosea]
Product Code: 40970
Free-blooming "Old Fashioned Pink Shamrock" grandma grew on her windowsill with its seemingly endless clusters of bright rosy flowers, veined red, over the shamrock foliage. Thick tubers give rise to many succulent stalks--indestructable, does not go dormant unless you forget to water it for a month or so.
$7.50
Oxalis siliquosa Copper Glow
Product Code: 40705
Striking copper-pink leaves thickly overlapping on the strong succulent stems, which gradually arch over under the weight of the fabulously hued foliage; rare "Copper Velvet Shamrock" This variety does not have tubers, but is a vining subject, a traditional houseplant, with masses of cheerful yellow blossoms reaching t...
$6.50
Oxalis siliquosa Zinfandel
Product Code: 59405
An unusually dark leaved form of the species, seemingly the same as 'Bonfire' and other purple red clones such as 'Maroon Beauty' with yellow blossoms occasionally revealing red veining in the winter sun. Has had many many many names over the years.
$5.25
Oxalis siliquosa [vulcanicola]
Product Code: 40704
"Red Velvet Oxalis" Traditional hanging basket subject with arching succulent red stems covered with copper-maroon leaves and almost constant yellow flowers, although at the height of bloom late winter. This variety does not have tubers, but is a vining subject and good for hanging baskets. Try as summer bedding plant ...
$5.00
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Oxalis Species Honduras
Product Code: 81222
"Honduran Sorrel" Flecked leaves emerge from central small corms (similar habit to regnellii) eventually followed by short sralks presenting clusters of pale violet blossoms. We thank Peter Borchard for this unidentified sweetheart.  Very dependable window sill subject.
$8.50
Oxalis variabilis [purpurea] Grand Duchess
Product Code: 40706
Summer-dormant "Grand Duchess Oxalis" produces pendant mound of soft clover leaves with large silky flowers of lavender--this needs very bright winter light to produce the showy blossoms. We prefer to ship this late summer just before the foliage emerges after summer dormancy cycle. This prima donna requires at least a...
$10.00
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Pachira aquatica
Product Code: 59207
Unusual swollen trunks topped w/ attractive palmate foliage make this a popular container subject; planted out, the "Malabar Chestnut" is a large tropical tree producing showy pink shavings brush flowers followed by a fruit with edible seeds. Caudiform base makes this a favorite of succulent collectors as well.
$12.50
Pachystachys lutea
Product Code: 50048
"Lollipop Plant" Large golden bracts resemble candles. This handsome plant needs full sun and strong nutrients to set buds. This traditional winter greenhouse flowering cousin of the Justicia tribe is newly popular for its bright straw blond bracts in summer urns, bedding, and windowboxes.  Sometimes promoted.
$7.00
Pandanus baptistii aureus
Product Code: 40712
Blue and Gold Screw Pine. One of the most unusual houseplants that also is a good grower and a source of color. This slightly spirally tropical plant has blue-green leaves with gold stiping down the center of each leaf. Unlike some other species of Pandanus it does not have the spines along the edges of the leaf. We ar...
$25.00
Pandanus pygmaeus [polycephalus]
Product Code: 40715
"Pigmy Screwpine" Super plant for indoor bonsai. These are already showing some stilt roots. Branched heads [polycephalus] of arched toothed narrow [graminifolius] leaf blades on sculpturesque angular trunks with multiple stilts. Small-statured. Real one--slow growing enough to remain a rarity, always. We have some gre...
$28.00
Pandorea jasminoides variegata
Product Code: 54108
Strikingly beautiful "Margined Bower Plant" Clusters of fragrant jasmine scented pink trumpet flowers against glossy deep green pinnate leaves, each (of the five to nine) brightly margined ivory white. A strong performer as a windowsill vine easily trained on a small trellis; an outstanding performer in appearance and ...
$10.00
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Passiflora caerulea Constance Elliott
Product Code: 40731
Deeply lobed fingered foliage upstaged by "White Passionflower" blooms prolifically produced; the overlay of lavender blue sometimes shows more clearly. considered very cold hardy. Root hardy in our Z6b
$4.75
Passiflora citrina
Product Code: 54041
Beautiful small vine originally collected by MacDougal in pine forests of Honduras & Guatemala; patterned small three lobed leaves beautifully complement the bright small yellow flowers, so freely produced & beloved of hummingbirds. Good reputation for blooming on the sunny windowsill.
$10.00
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Passiflora Incense [hyb]
Product Code: 40734
Hybrid of P. incarnata x P. cincinnata. Many large deep rich purple flowers some 6" across with considerable fragrance; with purple stripes on the corona filliments. The green fruit is deemed edible. We have never noted any winter growth; vigorous grower with a good reputation for outdoor hardiness even up into norther...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Passiflora suberosa
Product Code: 40724
"Passion Plums" Teardrop leaves shield delicate fringed flowers followed by decorative bright blue pearl-sized fruit. Ramps about freely forming extended corky barked vines. We formerly offered this incorrectly as P. malaforma ligularis [hort].  Considered a native of South Florida.
$8.00
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