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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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Rosa chinensis viridiflora
Stock Number: 71174
"Green China Rose" double green flowers actually more a case of multiple sepals? More bizarre than lovely and thus a must for serious collectors of blossoms virid. Good performer in the winter conservatory where it will produce winter blossoms. (And actually winter hardy outdoors at least as far north as Z6.)
$15.00
Out of Stock
Rosa Si [hyb]
Stock Number: 71152
"Bonsai Rose" Miniature short (soon clumping) wiry woody stems support congested puffs of impossibly tiny glossy leaves topped with very demure teensy light pink windmill petaled blossoms. Although first treasured by lite gardeners, the bonsai fanciers have seriously embraced this astoundingly minute (yet quite vigorou...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Rosa Verschuren [hyb]
Stock Number: 71523
The famous "Variegated Rose" of Danish horticulture with richly splashed foliage perfect with the lovely double pink "Hybrid Tea Rose" blossoms topping the short upright canes. Yinger kindly shared this potentially difficult (because a cold greenhouse subject in far northern winters) creature with us; these are small r...
$45.00
Out of Stock
Stock Number: 50059
"Red Christmas Pride" Erect somewhat woody stems support attractive foliage with purple blushed underleaf; scarlet pouch flowers reach their blooming peak midwinter. Extremely vigorous and as popular now as in Victorian times when it filled that pre-poinsettia era with red blossoms at Christmas.
$1.50
Ruellia brittoniana Chi Chi
Stock Number: 57504
Stiff slim leaves rank the dark erect stems topped with showy bright pink blossoms; does well as bog plant, thus the "Pink Kathy Water Ruellia"--or grow in your outdoor summer beds as a pink flowered "Texas Petunia" and it will perform and perform and perform.
$4.75
Ruellia brittoniana Kathy Ferguson
Stock Number: 52991
A vigorous heavily-bloomed very dwarf selection of the woody Mexican shrublet with tidy linear leaves & long showy lavender tubular flowers maturing to a brilliant deep purple; Lynn Lowery's selection is sometimes offered as 'Katie's Dwarf.' Does as well as an aquatic as it does as a regular container or bedding su...
$8.00
Ruellia colorata [trivialis?]
Stock Number: 50060
"Lobster Claw" from the Amazon basin producing spikes of brilliant scarlet bracts coloring just in time for Christmas and staying bright carmine several months--pretty tubular blossoms emerge, then disappear from these long lasting showy bracts. This showy inflorescence tops each stem of this stout branched shrub of ea...
$15.00
Ruellia devosiana [hort] Affinity
Stock Number: 50098
Nearly prostrate stems with pairs of elongated dark toned leaves beautifully decorated with dusky pewter vein designs fading to soft lime tones. Tiny flowers of white and lilac. Best considered a terrarium subject. Nomenclature is very uncertain.
$12.00
Ruellia macrantha Prostrate Selection
Stock Number: 55570
Softly mounding "Mexican Petunia" now used as a groundcover throughout the tropics, readily producing many upward facing rosy purple "Christmas Pride" blossoms on the downy foliage.Much used by "Tropicals Outdoors" designers for summer boxes and urns for its ability to quickly fill in gaps and vigorously cascade over t...
$2.25
Ruellia makoyana
Stock Number: 50061
"Monkey Plant." Purplish mauve slightly pendant flowers bloom freely on scandent handsome leaved low shrub native to Brazil. Soft dark velvet leaves with vibrant silver veins ensure the continuing popularity of this beautiful "Trailing Velvet Plant."
$6.00
Ruscus aculeatus Wheeler's Self Fruiting
Stock Number: 40902
"Butcher's Broom" erect stems with spiky leathery cladophylls (leaf-like branchlet) bearing riny green flowers, then reddish berries; dark green botanical curiosity used in wreaths. Also used as a medicinal herb: for a laxitive, for gout, and for hypertension control. The leathery cladophylls are much shorter and a muc...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Ruscus hypoglossum
Stock Number: 40903
"Butchers Broom" Erect stems taller than R. aculeatus ,with the leathery cladophylls (the leaf like branchlet bearing the reduced leaves and fls in their centers) larger and paler than those of R. aculeatus. Handsome. Reputed winter hardy to zone 7; although we doubt this--but this does suggest that this handsome clump...
$10.00
Russelia equisetiformis [juncea]
Stock Number: 40904
"Coral Fountain Plant" Gracefully arching fine rush-like glossy stems bear many yellow to scarlet red tubular flowers--a living "Firecracker Factory" in constant bloom with bright light. This has nearly endless uses in garden and container designs.
$5.50
Russelia sarmentosa Peter's Komet
Stock Number: 58406
"Dwarf Firecracker Factory" Smaller foliage and shorter more deeply arching foliage than the species form--but still with the many scarlet red tubular flowers with cayenne brushings clustered at each leafy node--in cooler temperatues in full sun these leafy collars turn a turquoise purple. Much more compact and much mo...
$7.50
Saccharum officinarum variegatum Ivory Stripes
Stock Number: 54066
"Variegated Sugar Cane" from Polynesia makes a dramatic pot plant with long elegant green leaves ranked on the woody segmented maroon variegated canes--another usual form and much sought after favorite for collectors with a greenhouse. Amazing "Striped Sugar Cane" the dramatic swollen-jointed canes are ranked with bril...
$35.00
Out of Stock
Salvia microphylla [Deltoid Leaf Form]
Stock Number: 42234
A collection by Dufresne with felted deltoid-shaped leaves in pert pairs on slim woody angular stems and nearly everblooming shell pink flowers with wide flared lower lip of salmon-coral. "Hidalgo Little-leaf Sage"
$4.00
Sanchezia nobilis glaucophylla nana
Stock Number: 50111
Wonderful dwarf form (compartively speaking) of this popular gold-patterned much branching showstopping plant. Red reduced bracts with yellow flowers in terminal spikes. The better choice of the Sanchezia for outside container performance as well as houseplant adaptability; the following "Golden Zebra" is far more dram...
$10.00
Sanchezia nobilis Singapore Gold
Stock Number: 58453
This is a stunning cultivar of an already dramatic species. Wide creamy lemon leaves display a central patchwork of pale mossy green and platinum green, all framed with maroon rims and rose plushed petioles. Quite special although rather sensitive to chill; thus, we can only ship this after nightime temperatures are mi...
$25.00
Sanchezia speciosa [nobilis cultivar?]
Stock Number: 50065
Handsome glossy leaves with striking wide lemon veins outlined in mustard always making a major visual statement. Later these strong stalks terminate with nodding spikes of showy red bract from which emerge tubular yellow blossoms like a shrimp plant on steroids! This striking Ecuadoran species form from the former col...
$6.00
Out of Stock
Sarracenia Dana's Delight [Hyb]
Stock Number: 51900
Fabulous "Purple Netted Pitcher Plant" with elegant pink capped hollow "Hunter's Horn" upright "leaves" of pink and green fantastically netted reddish purple with especially brilliant pink and red contrasts on the ruffled big hoods. Adds considerable drama to any bog; easily grown in a container if kept constantly sogg...
$10.00
Sarracenia Judith Hindle [Hyb]
Stock Number: 51916
Way cool upright "Pitcher Plant" tubular leaves in impressive tight clusters to 16" with maturity; the highly ruffled hood over the pitcher is nearly parchment white with richly contrasting mosiac veins of red. A bog plant easily grown in a container.   We have a batch currently in propagation-should be read...
$15.00
Out of Stock
Sarracenia Scarlet Belle
Stock Number: 42902
Great colorful Scarlet and Green picture plant with elongated tubular leaves in impressive tight clusters to 15" with maturity; the highly ruffled hood over the pitcher is nearly parchment white with richly contrasting mosiac veins of red. A bog plant easily grown in a container.  
$10.00
Saxifraga cuscutaeformis
Stock Number: 40911
"Mini-strawberry Geranium" White-veined crenulate small leaves in tight-clustered rosettes soon forming miniature colonies perfect to carpet the base of a leggy plant or anchor other showier plants in your terrarium.
$5.75
Saxifraga cuscutaeformis Maroon Beauty
Stock Number: 58310
Wide low rosettes of gray green thick leaves with silvery veins and rosy ruby blush beneath. Lovely carpeting subject (even surviving outdoors in some of our milder winters).
$10.00
Saxifraga stolonifera Aurea
Stock Number: 40913
"Golden Magic Carpet" Round, toothed leaves either solid golden chartreuse or with green-flamed centers; very beautiful, tho less vigorous than the species. Stocks are low: please INQUIRE before ordering.
$8.50
Saxifraga stolonifera Tricolor
Stock Number: 40915
"Magic Carpet" Wide gray and Ivory margins with pink tones & fine red edging on scalloped leaf edges; lovely in any terrarium and splendidly colored under lights--be sure your soil is sweet, be sure the temperatures are not too high. Can be a real challenge to grow in the heat of the South; but a lush grower in Van...
$12.50
Out of Stock
Saxifraga stolonifera [Sarmentosa]
Stock Number: 12912
"Strawberry Begonia" or "Creeping Sailor" Flat central rosette of silver-veined leaves, reddish beneath, sends out thread-like runners with new plantlets. Versatile plant although neither related botanically to strawberries nor to Begonias.
$4.00
Scadoxus puniceus
Stock Number: 41474
"Baseball Blood Lily" Pale red 4" showy brush like flower heads, sometimes fading to tones of flesh pink; followed by scarlet berries; waxy leaves with reddish-maroon pseudostem. Now considered by some to be only a different collection of S. natalensis...even needing a dormant cycle in order to set buds for that very d...
$12.00
Out of Stock
Schefflera actinophylla Dazzle [Hort]
Stock Number: 59403
Columnar habit with large leaves heavily variegated creamy yellow. Introduced by Kraft Gardens. the trunk/stem remains unusually slim. Do not confuse with the thicker bodied Arboricola crew (a variegated group of these are offered under the gensus Brassaia, which see.
$12.50
Schefflera venulosa [Leucantha]
Stock Number: 40909
"Starleaf Plant" USDA distribution of scarce species with very slim leaflets in a "Starleaf" radiating wheel; usually listed as S. leucantha in Australia. Easy houseplant; popular for staked standards shaped at top.
$10.00
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