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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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Pavonia spinifex
Product Code: 51748
Seldom available shrubby Hibiscus cousin with attractive oblong leaves and lemon yellow flowers with elaborate bracts; best blooms are achieved in a greenhouse environment during the winter up north; while also a distinctive addition to summertime urns and tropical beds..While not really a solo act, will swell the chor...
$6.00
Pedilanthus tithymaloides Embraceable You
Product Code: 68473
The "Seashells Devil's Backbone" upright zigzagged stems are ranked with extremely concave (cupped) leaves like tiny turtle shells edged white ivory. Very erect stems are decoratively clasped by alternate ranks of these sea shell leaves, resulting in a fabulous living sculpture on your windowsill.
$6.00
Pedilanthus tithymaloides Marblestem
Product Code: 67354
"Marbled Devil's Backbone" The zig-zag stems are richly marbled ivory-cream; the same vigorous growth rate and the same "Red Bird" bill-shaped red inflorescence of the species--remember that these flower buds form most reliably if the plant is kept cool (not freezing, please) and relatively dry throughout the fall.
$6.50
Pedilanthus tithymaloides nana marginata
Product Code: 67353
Very choice miniature: the tiny leathery mossy green leaves tightly line the congested shiny stems in two stiff rows; outstanding, handsome houseplant; Fabulous bright white margines along each leaf. Venezuelan form shown to great advantage in a small bonsai pot and most valuable to give a very compact upright accent i...
$8.00
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Pedilanthus tithymaloides nanus
Product Code: 67355
Very choice miniature: the tiny leathery black-green leaves tightly line the congested shiny stems in two stiff rows; outstanding, handsome houseplant; Venezuelan form shown to great advantage in a small bonsai pot and most valuable to give a very compact upright accent in a dish garden design. We intend to have suffic...
$10.00
Pedilanthus tithymaloides smallii
Product Code: 67356
"Boatleaved Devil's Backbone" Arched zig-zagging stems sport cupped, creamy ochre-edged reduced leaves (leaves thicker and much smaller than 'Variegata' clone); small-statured rarely available variety from Brazil--we have never observed any flowering. Self branches to form a very strong visual presence.
$5.00
Pedilanthus tithymaloides Splish Splash
Product Code: 58715
"Mottled Devil's Backbone" Wonderful introduction from Thailand, this clone not only has strongly striped zig zag stems, but heavily textured ivory leaves splashed and marbled with intense deep green. Easily grown if chill is avoided.
$12.00
Pedilanthus tithymaloides variegatus
Product Code: 67357
"Variegated Devil's Backbone" Gray-green zig-zagged stems arch and bend under large puckered fleshy leaves margined in bright clear white; red bird beak/bill-shaped blossoms appear if grown in full sun in a cool (not freezing) winter greenhouse, or in a garden on the banks of the Rio Grande. Much larger statured, less ...
$5.00
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Pelargonium hortorum Crystal Palace Gem
Product Code: 42190
Soft pastel carmine flower clusters over big golden leaves with milky green center starbursts; wide spreading habit.The name reveals just how heirloom this really is.
$6.50
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Pelargonium hortorum Grossersorten
Product Code: 40800
Dwarf somewhat waxy leaves zoned deep purple on short much-branched stems topped with airy clear salmon pink flowers--heavy winter bloomer. Cute and easy self branching hybrid more correct as 'Groszer Garten'--after it performs with abandon on a sunny windowsill all winter, stick some cuttings in your windowbox for a f...
$4.50
Pelargonium hortorum Petals
Product Code: 56563
Single pearl eyed soft pink nighty colored flower clusters fading to pinkish mauve over silvery green upcupped irregularly outlined leaves brightly margined ivory; compact habit. A good summer performer, unlike many variegates.
$5.25
Pelargonium hortorum Platinum
Product Code: 56562
Salmon toned scarlet single scarlet flowers arise above the quite odd waffled pale milky green rounded leaves with evenly cut creamy white margins; wide oddly angular mounding habit. A sport of 'Frank Headley' from Heidgen.
$5.50
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Pelargonium peltatum Crocodile
Product Code: 40762
Beautiful golden netted "Ivory Geranium" leaves; pink flower heads. One of the traditional "Ivy Leaved" heirloom cascading types quite dramatic cascading from a windowbox, a summer urn, or a hanging basket.
$8.00
Pelargonium stellar Bird Dancer
Product Code: 40790
Stout-stemmed dwarf with petite zagged, deeply cut (one could say "pinked") leaves with parallel dramatic dark ric-rac zones; marvelous salmon red fls with apricot overtones are extrememly zagged--each spidery flower cluster constituting tiny floral fireworks. The most popular Geranium here at the greenhouses for small...
$6.25
Pelargonium stellar Peppermint Star
Product Code: 41492
Small toothed half moon leaves of gold veined in lime populate stubby branching stems.  Pale Ivory feathered start burst flowers feature love pink blushed centers.
$8.00
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Pelargonium stellar Ragtime
Product Code: 41498
Toothed leaves with subtle chocolate zoning perfectly foil the starburst orange-toned blossoms; special color and very vigorous habit make this Australian hybrid a favorite. With bright light and adequate fertilizer this blooms year 'round.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Pellaea falcata
Product Code: 10700
Dark emerald oval pinnae on erect fronds forming an attractive small fern. Requires lime to maintain deep tones as it grows to become a handsome house plant requiring pebble tray conditions.
$8.50
Pellaea rotundifolia
Product Code: 10702
"Button Fern" Dime-sized round dark green leaflets on wiry stems--perfect for the tall terrarium as long as the soil is sweet (a lime lover); much darker green and larger statured than Nephrolepis 'Duffii' the other "Button Fern." Newly offered again in 2012.
$5.50
Pellionia daveauana [elatostema repens]
Product Code: 41035
Reliable "Satin Creeper" from Viet Nam with crisped oval leaves of deep olive marked umber, becoming cupped and dark purple-chocolate with age. Perfect small basket subject or terrarium groundcover. Listed sometimes as "Trailing Watermelon Begonia."
$4.00
Pellionia pulchra
Product Code: 41036
Called "Watermelon Patch Vine" because purple-green grape sized leaves are reticulated with a mosaic of blackish veins; easy miniature hanging basket subject for the shaded greenhouse or terrarium groundcover delight from the humid jungles of Viet Nam.
$5.00
Pentas lanceolata Stars & Stripes
Product Code: 41652
This "Snowy Star-Cluster"  cultivar needs a strong light location to produce white and creamy lime frostings on the leaves- a wonderful backdrop for the showy heads of red flowers. Certainly a challege to grow! 
$8.00
Peperomia acuminata variegata
Product Code: 53517
Thick oval waxy leaves, with pointed edges, richly splashed creamy green and yellow ochre, set like pieces of jade on thick cascading stems thus perfect in hanging baskets; nonetheless, as these thick stems are even more scandent (rooting along the nodes as they climb) this is a wonderful plant to cover a mossed pole, ...
$5.50
Peperomia argyeria NYBG Clone
Product Code: 53523
Very large waxy blush-silver leaves with dark "crab-legs" veins not quite reaching the margins. From Bruce McAlpin; during his tenure at the New York Botanic Gardens. Very showy "Watermelon Peperomia" clone unfortunately also very sensitive to chill, but remarkably tolerant of low humidity. Somehow we have lost track o...
$10.00
Peperomia Bamboo Stalks
Product Code: 53526
A tiny unidentified species with bright small curved oval leaves in tidy opposite ranks on short erect stems with decorative swollen bambll-mimic leaf nodes.  The dimunutive size with a tolerance of low humidity make this a natural in Fairy Gardens, terrariums and mame bonsai
$8.00
Peperomia buntingii
Product Code: 53532
"Blue Watermelon Peperomia". Bluish-emerald toned leaves richly veined and patterned, form thick whorls of compact mounds (but very slowly, very deliberately); although appearing delicate, the jade like succulent leaves can easily tolerate somewhat lower humidity than expected. We accept orders for this fabulous creatu...
$10.00
Peperomia campylotropa
Product Code: 53533
"Emerald Isle" or "Brazil" Delightful tuffets of creamy wax pewter leaves with peltate dimples; stature of a tinsy griseo-argentea. Choice easily grown dwarf for the terrarium. And the rather hopeless name? Well, it means "Curved Ovule" allowing the micropyle to come quite near the funicle. We assume this is why other ...
$5.50
Peperomia caperata argentea
Product Code: 53538
Beautiful Brazilian "Silver Ripple" The waxed corrugated leaves solid silver-gray. "Caperata" means wrinkled or puckered. Bright toned cultivar of a favorite houseplant relaible self-shaping itself into a glossyy tuffet always prized for its ability to tolerate less humidity than many houseplants; thus it thrives on th...
$6.00
Peperomia caperata Burgundy
Product Code: 54573
"Purple Pucker Plant" Deeply corrugated foliage with rich dusky purple tones. Very deliberately growing, gradually forming a chocolate hemisphere of closely packed puckered foliage topped, in time, with erect pale taper like catkins.
$4.75
Peperomia caperata maculata variegata
Product Code: 53537
This is a decidedly spectacular form of the regular Peperomia caperata, the "Emerald Ripple Peperomia." The hemispherical tuffet of deeply corrugated waxy leaves is highlighted by the pale foliaged center as new leaves emerge nearly albino, only adding champagne tones as they mature finally into rich green. Very sought...
$15.00
Peperomia clusiifolia jellie
Product Code: 53545
"Jellie Plant" Upright "False Clusia" leaves brilliantly bordered in wide ivory bands toned pink. This is not uncommon, but it is one of the most astounding variegated forms of the Peperomia group.
$8.00
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