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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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Plectranthus fosteri Green On Green
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
Product Code: 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
Plectranthus madagascariensis marginatus
Product Code: 41107
"Variegated Mint Leaf" A confusingly identified form sold in the mid-west as "Basket Iboza" with fast-spreading, cascading soft stems covered with white-margined minty, serrate leaves. Formerly offered under the then correct name of P. coleoides marginatus minimus (which is quite similar, but upright in habit). Hard to...
$4.50
Plectranthus Menthol Eucalyptus [Species]
Product Code: 41711
Short woody stems are completely covered by mounds of thick succulent tiny "scalloped pillow" leaves with hirsuit surface-- giving off very pungent fragrance when brushed. Popular. Probably a form of the Kenyan Plectranthus coeruleus.
$4.50
Plectranthus Mona Lavender
Product Code: 41128
Widely branching purpled stems with glossy wide rippled leaves toned violet provide a perfect background for the many thick spikes of garnet magenta blossoms freely produced late fall. Beautiful all year. Shamelessly trendy.
$4.25
Plectranthus oertendahlii Uvongo
Product Code: 41123
A Kirstenbosch collection of traditional "Prostrate Coleus" with very bright ash-silver surface patterns. Beautiful selection of "Swedish Mosaic Ivy." Very popular.
$8.00
Plectranthus prostratus
Product Code: 41124
"Pillow Plant" or "Succulent Swedish Ivy" Profusions of tiny thick crenulate leaves form a lime-green mat--lines of purple form on leaf edges if in bright light; white flowers toned violet. Very popular as a filler in succulent wreaths and prized by designers of topiary animals as remains very low growing. Always a goo...
$4.25
Plectranthus purpureus
Product Code: 41125
Another "Succulent Swedish Ivy" Profusions of tiny thick velvety leaves form a lime-green mat--lines of purple form on leaf edges if in bright light; seasonally produces a beautiful carpet of lovely small leaves topped late summer with a miriad of small spikes of white flowers toned violet.
$4.25
Plectranthus Turpentine [marrubioides?]
Product Code: 41658
Pine scented scalloped furry succulent leaves on thickly furred cascading stems--these stems start out upright but eventually arch under the weight of the fat foliage. Very potent "fragrance."
$5.00
Plectranthus venteri Snowflake
Product Code: 51907
Distinctive deeply lobed pelted leaves on self branching stout stems; the purplish mauve blossoms usually appear in late fall. Our selection of this wooly aromatic foliaged charmer produces elaborately cut "Snowflake" leaves. Fantastic in a clay pot on your sunny summer deck; easy in your winter windowsill. Perfect whe...
$5.25
Plectranthus verticillatus (australis)
Product Code: 41130
Formerly P. nummularius and P. australis.. The ever popular "Swedish Ivy" vine with waxy crennate leaves in pairs on strong cascading stems eventually tipped with racemes of white flowers--technically the clusters of flowers are in verticillasters a half inch around. This is an old so-called "Victorian Favorite." It is...
$5.00
Plectranthus verticillatus variegatus
Product Code: 41131
Formerly P. nummularius and P. australis.. The ever popular "Marbled Swedish Ivy" vine with waxy crennate leaves in pairs on strong cascading stems eventually tipped with racemes of white flowers--technically the clusters of flowers are in verticillasters a half inch around. While this basic has fabulous white variegat...
$8.00
Plectranthus zuluensis
Product Code: 54453
From widening nearly "caudex" woody bases arise purpled stems with richly textured leaves & spikes of violet flowers late fall and early winter. Our customers find this much easier to grow than the similar but quite frail P. hilliardiae.
$4.50
Plumbago auriculata Cultivar
Product Code: 40824
"Cape Leadwort" Woody meandering vine with marvelous phlox-like heads of sky-blue flowers. Classified as a shrub, yet will meander on up a trellis. This is a dark-toned cultivar (very likely this is "Imperial Blue") noted for its long blooming cycle.
$6.50
Podocarpus gracilior [elongatus]
Product Code: 40827
"Weeping Yellowwood" Thin long leathery leaves beautifully weep on cascading branches; very graceful specimen houseplant. More correct as Afrocarpus gracilior
$12.00
Podocarpus henkelii
Product Code: 59258
Beautiful Natal species with lustrous weeping broad needles spirally arranged on furrowed shoots; good in containers, as a specimen the dark gray bark exfoliates in long strips. Excellent as a long term subject for a standard. Zone 10.
$6.00
Out of Stock
Product Code: 408030
The "Broad Leaf Yellowwood" from the Ryukyu Islands with woody stems supporting wide leathery leaves.  Very slow growing sutropical species.
$15.00
Out of Stock
Pogonatherum crinitum
Product Code: 56236
"German Bamboo" A lovely grass of great delicacy with fast clumping erect Bamboo-like stalks reaching a foot height; these branched stalks are clothed with sea-green slim leaf blades. Fabulous when displayed as a bonsai; customers in the subtropics inform us this is a most successful thickly clumped vertical vase perfe...
$8.00
Pogostemon patchouli [hort]
Product Code: 41132
This is somewhat seasonal. Attractive coleus-statured species of uncertain nomenclature famous as the source of musky "Patchouli" intensely fragrant mint-sandlewood perfume--the predominent scent of every good rock concert (or do I date myself?). The source of Asian herb preparations for digestion, for snake bite; depr...
$10.00
Polianthes tuberosa suvarna rekha/marginata
Product Code: 68355
"Variegated Tuberose" A cultivar from K.S.G.'s Nursery with each waxy leaf margined creamy-gold. The vibrant ivory waxy intensely fragrant flowers were called `Omixachitl' by Aztec for "Bone Flower" in their rituals. A very beautiful variegate for the serious collector, yet of easy culture given full sun.
$22.00
Polianthes tuberosa The Pearl
Product Code: 66905
The fabuously scented "Double Flowered Tuberose" for intense fragrance in your winter greenhouse. Traditional summer bedding plant.
$6.75
Polygonum capitatum [persicaria capitata]
Product Code: 40836
"Jacob's Ladder" Everblooming white popcorn-clover flower-heads bob over prostrate carpet of red-haired leaves zoned in rich mahogany--foliage turns wine-red if used as a bedding plant in full sun; Himalayan tropical knotweed perfect for hanging baskets. A popular houseplant and outdoor bedding plant since Victorian ga...
$5.50
Product Code: 40758
Has the large paw rhizome of the original; however, the bluish fronds are less ruffled and far shorter.  East to grow. 
$9.50
Out of Stock
Polypodium (phlebodium) aureum Blue Star
Product Code: 10900
"Blue Star Bears' Paw" Broad loose and just modestly lobed erect fronds from white toned rhizomes. This is not the wild form seen in trees in the south and it is not the ruffled "Mandianum" type! This "Blue Star" is a selected form of the species with strongly upright frond growth habit and good glacous blue color when...
$7.50
Polypodium (phlebodium) aureum mandianum
Product Code: 11424
Manda's "Crisped Blue Fern" still offered as Polypodium 'Mandianum' in the trade. Over stout basal "Hare's Foot" rhizomes clothed with silery blond hair arise graceful glaucous blue fronds with wavy deep lobes. May take considerable time to establish, but worth the effort.  We will take a division of this upon rec...
$25.00
Out of Stock
Polypodium diversifolium
Product Code: 11604
Available from time to time. Check on availability. This footed fern sported dark glossy fronds and green foot with brown hairs. Rather interesting plant in the "Bear's Paw" fern group. Sometimes the common name of this plant is "Kangaroo Paw." It is also listed under the name Phymatosorus diversifolius which might be ...
$7.50
Polyscias paniculata elegans Clouds (variegata)
Product Code: 55482
This is an amazing form of the Parsley Leaf Aralia with each highly divided leaf segment richly variegated. The miniature stature gives this a chance to be the star attraction in the larger terrarium.  A basic for Fairy Garden designs.
$17.50
Polystichum tsus-simense
Product Code: 11152
"Painted Rock Fern" Miniature deep green fern; perfect for cool large terrarium or wardian case, while hardy enough for the protected woodland or sheltered trough.
$6.50
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