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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 madagascariensis marginatus
Stock Number: 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...
$3.00
Plectranthus Menthol Eucalyptus [Species]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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 saccatus [Cernezan 'N' Lime]
Stock Number: 41127
Handsome wide cushion with stout stems arising from a central woody base with many rounded succulent leaves. Seems to be newly re-marketed as 'Cernezan'. The species P. saccatus was originally shared by Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens many years ago--we see no difference in leaf or flower with this "cultivar."
$4.50
Out of Stock
Plectranthus Turpentine [marrubioides?]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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)
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 408030
The "Broad Leaf Yellowwood" from the Ryukyu Islands with woody stems supporting wide leathery leaves.  Very slow growing sutropical species.
$15.00
Pogonatherum crinitum
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 66905
The fabuously scented "Double Flowered Tuberose" for intense fragrance in your winter greenhouse. Traditional summer bedding plant.
$6.75
Polygonum capitatum [persicaria capitata]
Stock Number: 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
Polypodium (phlebodium) aureum Blue Star
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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 (phlebodium) formosanum
Stock Number: 11114
The "Naked Rabbit Foot Fern," so called as the small bright chalk white rhizomes are not furred but seem to flow over the surface, dividing like "E.T.'s Fingers" under a very low canopy of beautiful delicately lobed bluish fronds. Easy once established--a tremendous performer on a mossed topiary globe..
$6.25
Out of Stock
Polypodium diversifolium
Stock Number: 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)
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Porphyrocoma pohliana (lanceolata)
Stock Number: 50064
"Porphyry Plant" Softly glossed lance leaves with silvery cream midrib & yellow veins form low, lush backdrop for the short spikes of redbracted, purple "porphyry" flowers of this compact Brazilian knockout. In short supply as it fails to grow during the winter cycle. 
$9.50
Out of Stock
Premna aff. microphylla
Stock Number: 66958
Seems to have intentionally evolve to become a tropical bonsai as the woody stems branch off into flat planes of twigs holding horizontal foliage- small oval leaves which, when cut, contribute to its charming common name, "stinky lady"   Note: The white residue/granuals you see in the pictures is packing mat...
$18.00
Procris Species
Stock Number: 41055
An Elatostema cousin with short swollen, arched stems with succulent leaves and curious bubble flowerss used in perfumery. Attractive pot herb often in limited quanities--best check availability before ordering this for your greenhouse.
$4.25
Out of Stock
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