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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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Scindapsus siamense [species]
Product Code: 30402
Shingled soft pewter-colored thick leaves can become totally silver-blue in perfect conditions as they mature.  Slightly smaller than its famous kin.  Extremely sensitive to chill. S. Treubii in Florida trade. 
$25.00
Scirpus cernuus [isolepis gracilis]
Product Code: 40916
"Electric Grass" or "Fountain Bullrush" Perfect miniature tufts of translucent pendant green thread leaves tipped with bright straw-white bracts not unlike a mop of fiber optics! Must have constant moisture to thrive. Equally successful as an aquatic tub subject or a tuffet in a terrarium, or a mane in moss topiary; so...
$8.00
Selaginella Fairy Plume [Species]
Product Code: 11416
Unidentified species from Southeast Asia with slim erect stems arching at top under weight of chartreuse plumes--possibly a compact form of S. victoriae. Must have rest period mid-winter; may reach one foot in height if given enough time. This is in the S. victoriae complex.
$6.00
Selaginella krausiana Gold Tips
Product Code: 11624
Fabulous ferny carpet with all new growth tipped bright yellow against the darker mature clubmoss foliage--the fans of growth are wider and slightly more erect initially than those of the very similar 'aurea.'
$4.00
Selaginella kraussiana aurea
Product Code: 11412
"Golden Clubmoss" Short arching stems form bright mat; essential in any terrarium to brighten the design. While sometimes hard to distinguish from 'Gold Tips' in the summer, with winter temperatures and light intensities this tends to send out long 'fingers' of growth for a period mid-winter.
$5.50
Selaginella kraussiana brownii
Product Code: 11453
"Emerald Isle" or (although native to S. Africa) "Scotch Moss." Once again available for the new season. Very compact, much branched stems eventually creating tiny cushions--excellent for extremely small terariums. Merely fabulous--but site it so it will not be swamped by or swallowed up by a more vigorous neighbor. Pl...
$7.25
Selaginella martensii albolineata
Product Code: 11413
"Snowy Club Moss" Arched, yet creeping, prostrate brittle, much-divided stems winged with scale-like glossy leaves with irregular patches of pure bright white--astoundingly beautiful--but be warned that this will remain entirely green if grown in constantly warm conditions. Mexican species for the larger terrarium. Rar...
$6.75
Selaginella martensii Frosty
Product Code: 11656
"Frosted Club Moss" Arched, yet creeping, prostrate brittle, much-divided stems winged with scale-like glossy leaves with new growth and tipe growth frosted cream to white during the cooler cycle of the year; if kept constantly warm, will remain constantly green. Mexican mountain species for the larger terrarium. Not d...
$8.00
Selaginella moellendorfii
Product Code: 11625
Beautiful soft tan toned "Club Moss" valued for terrarium and bonsai bases; tolerates chill; slow to establish, especially if not given cool temperatures during its winter rest when growth stops.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Selaginella pallescens [emmeliana]
Product Code: 11427
"Sweat Plant" Fine terrarium plant growing in circular rosette arching vase forms with very fine foliage noted for holding droplets of condensation, thus "sweating"-- Venezuela, Z10. Very similar habit to moellendorfii, but much slower growing, not seasonal in growth spurts, and a touch more basil green in coloration. ...
$10.00
Selaginella plana
Product Code: 11472
Strong erect stems hold bright branched fans of shimmery foliage. Very distinctive beautiful "Spikemoss Cypress" species achieving more dramatic height than most of the tropical "Clubmosses." Certainly not "creepy." Unmatched for giving an exceptionally elegant vertical effect in a wardian case or larger terrarium; but...
$7.00
Selaginella posada #15 [Species]
Product Code: 11414
Curly-fingered "fronds" intermingle into sea-green tostled carpets; uniquely colored unidentified Central American coming to us from the collection at Kew Gardens. This tends to be overordered, so best to check on availability before ordering. Considered the most beautiful tropical clubmoss by many fern collectors.
$10.00
Selaginella umbrosa
Product Code: 11478
"Red Clubmoss" Dark reddish stems give bronze mahagony tone to the abbreviated deep green foliage; tossled waves of short foliage make this Mexican a collector's choice. Small statured plants somewhat slow to establish compared to some species. Avoid extreme heat and deep shade.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Senecio Confusus [pseudogynoxys chenopodioides]
Product Code: 41469
"Mexican Flame Vine" Modest shrubby vine with fleshy toothed leaves turning purplish in the winter to accent the many showy arching clusters of extremely showy orange rayed daisy flowers. Victorian favorite. Some customers claim to bloom this in outdoor summer containers; but blooms most reliably for us in midwinter wh...
$6.00
Senecio macroglossus medio-pictus
Product Code: 41904
Beautiful "Golden Cape/Natal Ivy" is a selection of this decoratively lobed heavy-substanced "Wax Ivy" with a golden ocher flame down each succulent leaf; Yellow ray flowers reveal it to be a daisy family member, perfect in the cool conservatory.
$6.50
Out of Stock
Senecio macroglossus variegatus
Product Code: 41905
Excellent "Variegated Turtle Ivy" or "Ivory Cape Ivy" with waxy lobed leaves brightly edged white ivory on a modest meandering vine.
$10.00
Senecio mikanioides [delairea odorata]
Product Code: 41471
"German Ivy" or "Parlor Ivy" Glossy angled bright green leaves on succulent stems. South African species remaining quite popular as it tolerates a range of conditions. As likely to tumble from a windowbox in today's designs (especially as grows at least three times as fast as true Hedera ivies), as from the ornate urns...
$3.25
Senecio pleistocephalus
Product Code: 60888
Scandent African shrublet, the "Golden Garland Vine" with broad semi-succulent oval leaves, attractively serrated; tiny bright yellow flowers in astoundingly large masses mid winter in the greenhouse. Fanciers of succulents are drawn to this for its gradually expanding woody base (caudex): by the way, many succulent le...
$5.50
Senecio scandens Vivian Perry
Product Code: 41472
Another "German Ivy" cousin; but actually a ray-flowered Asian species with angled holly like leaves somewhat elongately triangular. This attractive "Charlatan Ivy" produces showy heads of sulphur-yellow daisy flowers typically around Christmas; effectively displayed in a hanging baskets year round. Much showier blosso...
$6.00
Serissa foetida flora plena
Product Code: 40917
Miniature-statured woody shrub with interlacing twigs bear tiny glossy green leaves in pert pairs and cute double white flowers tucked along the stems. The "Double flowered Snow Rose" much valued as the bonsai "Kochok" because with time it gradually takes on the character of aged trees. Quite a treat when in bloom.
$5.75
Serissa foetida variegata
Product Code: 40919
Available by Propagate-to-Order. Tiny lvs margined in cream-white, typically with a tiny white central flame as well; called "Tree of a Thousand Stars" for the many small white flowers along the stems late winter. Used in many styles of bonsai as "Iro-iro-kochoki."
$7.75
Out of Stock
Serissa foetida Yatsubusa-kyota
Product Code: 41801
Very dwarf fastigate twiggy habit with tiny leaves; unique tiny long-tubed white semi-erect flowers with narrow pointed tips. Choice "Kyoto Snow Rose" used in mame bonsai as "Kyoto Kochoki"--this is the difficult one as needs higher humidity than its kith & kin; nonetheless, certainly the most impressive as a bonsa...
$12.00
Out of Stock
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida Biltmore Bimbo
Product Code: 49431
"Giant Purple Heart" A very broad leaved form of the traditional standby, considered somewhat hardy in the South. This new fabulous form is a great dramatic basket plant as well as a showy summertime bedding plant.
$8.75
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida Purple Fuzzy
Product Code: 50573
Recently arrived "Purple Fuzzy Heart" a tad similar to the familiar S. purpurea, but much more abbreviated, thicker leaves a lovely hazy purple green (violet purple beneath) nicely pelted; makes a compact cascading clump. Please help us find a more attractive clone name!
$4.00
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida purpurea
Product Code: 50527
"Purple Heart" Trailing succulent stems clasped by dark purple strap leaves with cobwebby hairs; violet spiderwort flowers. This is the basic. Dead common, yet great eyecandy.
$3.00
Product Code: 54403
The dark "purple heart" foliage is randomly streaked with cream and lime.
$8.00
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida [species]
Product Code: 58429
"Blue Purple Heart" Trailing succulent stems clasped by dark purple strap leaves with cobwebby hairs; pale violet spiderwort flowers. This appears to be the old "Grape Ape" with more blue/lilac tones in the foliage than the common "Purple Heart" below--this glaucous bluish tone is hard to locate on easily grown urn pla...
$5.00
Sinningia Anob
Product Code: 20493
Grass green foliage with purple highlights; spelling the name in reverse reveals the hybridizer of this "Mini-glox" with swooping bellflowers revealing white throats banded by lurid magenta demarking the cabbage rose scalloped flares; with age the ever thickening surface tuber supports stalks of considerable dimensions...
$7.75
Sinningia barbata
Product Code: 20219
"Dutchman's Pipe" Erect stems hold stiff leaves with reddish reverse and odd yellow swollen tubular blossoms fading to parchment white. Brazilian species best grown in lite garden or Wardian case culture--never allow to go totally dormant as with the typical tuberous species, or will enter that dread territory known as...
$10.00
Sinningia Bill Hull [hyb]
Product Code: 20502
Marvelous reliable Ted Bona hybrid of Sinningia eumorpha with nodding slipper-shaped impressive white flowers with a yellow blotch appearing in the tubular throat held elegantly above the oval foliage on short stems emerging from the basal bulb (which crown should not be covered). Easy to grow and to bloom.
$8.00
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