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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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Pilea nummulariifolia
Stock Number: 41050
"Creeping Charley" Pairs of quilted pebbled leaves overlap trailing prostate stems. Once commonly offered as a bright apple green hanging basket plant--but we would suggest an area with higher humidity. Great in the larger Wardian cases as a brightly toned richly textured carpet.
$4.00
Pilea peperomioides
Stock Number: 53000
Unusual foliage resembling the "Coin-Leaf Peperomia" (P. polybotrya) on succulent stout stems eventually suckering from the base. Curious slow growing native of Yunnan, China where it grows upon limestone rocks. T
$20.00
Pilea pubescens liebmannii Silver Cloud
Stock Number: 41051
Beautiful bright, completely silver-pink leaves ruffled and serrated; marvelous striking mounds of thick foliage make this the crown jewel of the Pileas. Very intolerant of chill. Brightens up any terrarium design.  Extremely sensitive to chill.
$7.50
Pilea semidentata
Stock Number: 41044
Clouds of tiny lance leaves form compact mounds topped by large heads (stools) of tiny pink bubble blossoms--actually one of the few species one would grow for the infloresence. Reliable and terminally cute "Gnome Stools" plant good for windowsill or terrarium. One of our best terrarium plant subjects.
$6.50
Pilea Species Moonlight
Stock Number: 54351
Small rounded quilted leaves with central pewter flame; soon forms a soft carpet. In the forgettii complex.
$2.75
Pilea spruceana Norfolk
Stock Number: 41054
Puckered oval black green metallic leaves quaintly quilted and rickly banded pewter; low growing stoloniferous species from Peru with tiny clusters of rosy toned tinsy flowers when happy in your terrarium. Extremely sensitive to any chill, thus only shipped during the warmer months.
$7.00
Pilea spruceana Silver Tree
Stock Number: 41053
Pointed, serrated chocolate leaves with dual pewter-silver bands; forms self-branching compact mound; a colorful easy addition to terrariums and dish gardens.
$4.50
Piper auritum
Stock Number: 53502
Extremely aromatic "Root Beer Plant" or "False Sasparilla" Marvelous greenhouse plant with rigidly erect thick bamboo like stems supporting dramatic marvelously soft fragrant leaves. (Nonetheless, some of our customers tell us that they have grown it beautifully in a two gallon pot in their plant room.) These leaves pl...
$17.50
Piper betel [hort]
Stock Number: 53513
Famous clove flavored "Betel-leaf" stimulant (for wraped aound a betel nut--Areca catechu) from India also used treating diphtheria in Asia; this National Botanic Gardens clone has trailing habit of P. nigra, but with larger glossy heart shaped leaves on slightly folded petioles--very attractive vine easily grown on th...
$15.00
Piper kadsura Pied Piper
Stock Number: 54578
"Japanese Pepper" Dark dull-glossed deltoid leaves on semi-scandant vines, each leaf variably variegated with golden yellow, dark cream and/or cloudy pale green flecks, wedges and spots to create a splendid subtle tapestry but only if the leaf emerged in cool tems. Possibly Z9? Forms a fabulous low tapestry carpet as t...
$8.00
Piper nigrum [hort]
Stock Number: 53507
"Black Pepper Vine" Small leathery deep green heart leaves on strong vines--the source of commercial peppercorns. Quite easily grown low-light houseplant. Used in Asia also to treat food poisoning, to aid digestion. As with most of the Pipers, as the new leaves unfurl a scrufty surface wax (which protects the tender ne...
$6.00
Piper sarmentosum
Stock Number: 23780
Shrubby vine with basil green glossy wide leaves accented by cute erect catkins. A charming low shrublet originally sent to us from China by Robert Newman. Excellent for a low light accent.
$12.00
Pistia stratiotes
Stock Number: 30631
"Water Lettuce" Glorious open rosettes of spongy pearly-lime leaves with tiny caladium-like flowers nestled at their base. Great in a pool; or follow G. Elbert's suggestion and grow these "Floating Roses" with their pubescent pillow leaves in moist wet sphagnum for a perfect plant under lights--just anchor a rosette in...
$6.00
Pittosporum heterophyllum marginatum
Stock Number: 72792
A Chinese shrub with white margined foliage; with maturity this Z9 beauty produces small fragrant yellow flowers. Very petite in appearance, but quite sturdy--growing remarkably fast for a plant so heavily variegated. Gaining popularity with tropical bonsai enthusiasts.
$10.00
Pittosporum tobira variegatum
Stock Number: 40819
"Tropical Mock Orange" Shrub with pseudo-whorls of glossy gray-green leaves margined white; orange-scented white flowers.
$10.00
Platycerium bifurcatum Netherlands
Stock Number: 13040
While the most commonly found of all the "Staghorn Ferns" in cultivation, still one of the most beautiful off setting types--with the added attraction of thriving indoors.
$15.00
Platycerium veitschii lemoinei
Stock Number: 13041
Robust French selection of this impressive "Staghorn Fern" with erect fronds covered with fabulous white tomentum--that is, a white pelted specimen. Beautiful when grown in a pot, but truely astounding when mounted on a plaque so that bright light and perfect air movement can bring out the fantastic white pelt. We have...
$15.00
Plectranthus amboinicus
Stock Number: 55572
Called "Cuban Oregano" or "indian Borage" for culinary uses in Mexico & West indies, although from SE Asia where its handsome foliage is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, headaches, burns, & scorpion sting; the leaves are used in tea, or to scent your laundry. Certainly the most attractive hanging basket plant ...
$4.75
Plectranthus amboinicus Ochre Flame
Stock Number: 42354
Arched stems weighed down under the weight of the succulent pelted paired leaves, each with a central pale lime flare on rich avacado green, margined with mint green crenulations; a "Spanish Thyme" with lavender-pink flowers along showy spikes. Used in Caribbean cooking.
$6.00
Plectranthus amboinicus Variegated/ Marginated
Stock Number: 42086
"Margined Spanish Thyme" or "Indian Borage" Arching stems present showy pairs of fleshy crenate leaves boldly bordered in bright white. New aromatic shoots in tropical culinary use, as "Cuban Oregano"--Astounding as a hanging basket subject; splendid cascading from urns and windowboxes. Excellent for drama in the winte...
$6.00
Plectranthus argentatus
Stock Number: 54034
Strikingly beautiful native of Queensland, Australia, with upright, then cascading succulent stems cloaked with thick leaves heavily pelted silver-gray; used by Longwood Gardens in their famous Silver Garden. Perfect in baskets or pots; very popular in patio containers and tropical bedding currently.
$4.00
Plectranthus caninus Fuzzy Wuzzy
Stock Number: 58423
A beautiful selection of the "Scaredy Cat Plant", with each succulent pungent leaf on the thick tumbling stems brightly margined ivory white.  Will need bright light and perfect drainage to thrive.
$8.50
Plectranthus Collection  (5 plants)
Stock Number: 99554
A selection of highly colored and of often wildly fragrant "Tropical Mints" to punch up any plant display. A beautiful cross-section of various habits and colors will be included.  We typically include an array ranging from unique species to spectacular variegates.  5 plants
$15.00
Plectranthus discolor Green & Gold
Stock Number: 42241
The pairs of bright lime yellow succulent leaves (with the random velvet green midrib or slash) most dramatic against the hairy maroon cascading stems; makes a dramatic hanging basket subject--a third of the stature of its cousin, P. amboinicus. Sometimes the leaves will be solid lime-gold; sometimes a central green fl...
$7.00
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Plectranthus ecklonii Erma
Stock Number: 41109
Thick succulent trunk bases swell from season to season into fissured caudexes; spade-shaped leaves. Pink to violet hooked tubular flowers give name, "Cockspur Flower." Trim back severely after bright early through midwinter bloomspikes fade. Very popular with lovers of caudiforms.
$6.00
Plectranthus ernstii
Stock Number: 66921
The thickly caudiform "Bonsai Mint" with thick small felted leaves, violet beneath; mauve flowers. Grow in a shallow container and allow the tuberous roots to develop above soil level. The small featured leaves on thick stubby swollen stems make this a major hit with designers of upscale Fairy Garden creations.
$8.00
Plectranthus fosteri Green On Green
Stock Number: 41113
Soft lime margins on furry sea green rippled leaves; handsome erect bush flourishing in cool greenhouse, or astounding all viewers when grown as a bedding specimen plant outdoors; one of the most quickly grown of all standards: stake the stalk to the desired height then repeatedly pinch to create a terminal poodle or g...
$4.50
Plectranthus fosteri marginatus
Stock Number: 41111
"Giant Candle Plant" Erect square stems hold wide scalloped leaves richly margined white. Very showy specimen will light up a display urn or windowbox, a tropical bed or island, a group of standards, or a sunny windowsill. Nurseries offer this in an array of creative names, but we maintain the botanically recognized na...
$4.50
Plectranthus grandidentatus
Stock Number: 41657
Ernst van Jaarsveld at Kirstenbosch B.G. sent us this very dramatically cascading species with thick prostrate stems hidden by showy wide succulent scalloped leaves with furry haired surfaces; perfect for hanging baskets.
$7.00
Plectranthus hadiensis tomentosus Carnegie
Stock Number: 51905
Attractive rounded cascade of succulent scalloped mint green leaves, fragrant when crushed, perfect beneath the sprays of late fall white blossoms. A new treasure from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We hope the name is sufficiently elaborate.
$4.75
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