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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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Alternanthera ficoidea Green Machine
Stock Number: 54603
Very low carpeting "Puckered Parrot" with clusters of wide very quilted deep green leaves accented with small white straw textured bracts tucked among the foliage year 'round. Much used at Disney World for its richly toned dimpled flat leaves are perfect in the topiary gardens; also popular as a "dot" plant in tropical...
$3.75
Alternanthera ficoidea Red Bitsy
Stock Number: 58461
The truly "Miniature Calico Plant" with tiny elongated maroon and purpled red leaf pairs tightly packed on branching erect stemlets--forming tuffets of reddish bronze in full sun. Forms a wide tightly growing mound without pinching. Certainly the darling of terrarium designers.
$4.50
Alternanthera ficoidea rosea nana
Stock Number: 41845
Marvelous "Pygmy Parrotleaf" with very delicate-appearing spatulate rose-colored leaves forming a lilac cloud of foliage on the twiggy bushy plantlets; very distinctive lilac tone rendered quite delicate in tone by the filigreed character of the thin leaves closely intersticed--nonetheless an easily grown, quite vigoro...
$4.50
Alternanthera ficoidea White Carpet
Stock Number: 41926
Very congested flattened buns of lovely tiny puckered leaves brightly margined bold white. Incredible Indian cultivar famous for fooling plant show judges who cannot believe this is cousin to the "Calico/ Parrot" tribe! The most successful way to introduce a patch of white in your terrarium, your fairy garden, or tropi...
$7.00
Alternanthera polygonoides White Knight
Stock Number: 58416
"Margined Water Amaranth" Low carpeting habit with each pair of long oval leaves brightly margined white; produces typical white strawflowers late in the season. Perfect in baskets and excellent spilling over in window boxes.
$5.75
Alternanthera Purple Knight [hort]
Stock Number: 51710
Low spreading (or cascading) carpet of glossy crisped wide leaves of metallic purplish tones. Quite attractive combined with container or windowbox groupings--do not confuse this with the far more narrow leaved A. polygonoides. Popular for rich color and rapid growth rate. This is available in seed catalogues from time...
$5.50
Alternanthera versicolor Snowball
Stock Number: 40026
Heavily branched stemlets of this "Ocean Froth" plant bear dainty leaves splashed brilliant white. Truly a "White Wonder." Flower inflorescence a froth of white--incredible as house plant, greenhouse showoff, and outdoor summer container accent. (AND: the skirt of Snow White at Disneyworld.)
$5.50
Amarygia Naked Lady [hyb]
Stock Number: 58420
Rare tropical "naked Lady Hybrid" an outstanding bigeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and a Brunsvigia species with late summer umbels of showy fragrant funnel shaped blossoms emerging with white petals fading to pink. Strap leaves appear only during the winter. Needs full light and careful fertilizing to bloom...
$25.00
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Amaryllis belladona
Stock Number: 51008
Received from the USDA as "Amaryllis belladona"--probably Z8 winter hardy.  After the late fall and winter month's large distichous strap leaved foliage dies down in early summer; eventually mature bulbs produce solitary nodding rich pink waxy trumpet shaped flower clusters early fall. Not the common winter hardy ...
$12.00
Amorphophallus Konjac [rivieri]
Stock Number: 30582
"Voo Doo Bulb" or "Umbrella Arum" from SE Asia. Fingered, whorl-crescent lf over purple-spotted petiole (the hollow stalk); fetid liver-purple spathe; edible corms (preparation, however, remains obscure in the literature). Also known as "Devil's Tongue" or "Leopard Palm," this is winter hardy for us here in Z6 in a ver...
$10.00
Anamea Scorpio [hyb]
Stock Number: 52045
Endlessly popular "Miniature Pineapple." Arched rosettes of very decorative stiff foliage from which emerge stout short stalks topped with a highly decorative inflorescence resembling a miniature pineapple (Ananas being part of this most famous Ed Hummel intergeneric hybrid bromeliad). In time an entire highly "modern ...
$12.00
Anchomanes difformis
Stock Number: 31238
Amazing African cousin of the "Voo Doo" tribe with wildlike leaflets {pinnatisect} crazily perched on the prickly stalk spotted magenta arising from substantial bulb (has dormancy cycle); blackish spadix pulpit spotted purple with a pale jack inside. Difficult to ship when in leaf.
$35.00
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Anisodontea Elegant Lady
Stock Number: 49457
Wine veined magenta Hibiscus blossoms, everblooming if given full sun and good fertilizer, along the upright maroon toned stems cloaked with attractive deeply fringered foliage. Most attractive in containters.
$6.50
Anthurium aemulum [heterophyllum]
Stock Number: 30121
"Finger Leaf Plant" An easy climber with dark green fleshy palmate leaves and cute mini green spathe flowers; equally effective weaving itself among other plants or densely clambering a wire support or mossed pole as an attractive ring of green sci-fi rootlets emerge from each leaf node. Easy houseplant
$15.00
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Anthurium lanceolatum [hort]
Stock Number: 30463
Florida clone with appearance of a large A. scandens: shaggy upright stems with small slim leathery leaves; undistinguished green-spathed inflorescenceorescence followed by attractive pearly clusters of fruit. Of easy culture, this modest winner is now marketed as the "Mother of Pearl" vine because the berries are so a...
$8.00
Anthurium Mickey Mouse [hyb]
Stock Number: 30125
Dwarf hybrid with delightful shinny scarlet blossoms flared out into ear-like lobes tinted greenish; clumping habit. Difficult to bloom.
$15.00
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Aristolochia grandiflora
Stock Number: 66719
The Jamaican "Pelican Flower" vine with large "bent pipe" shaped flowers veined & dappled chocolate purple, accented with a long tail--some find the greyish netted flowers' scent to be rather foul. While always a remarkable drama in any greenhouse; some customers report success letting this become the attractive &a...
$15.00
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Aristolochia trilobata
Stock Number: 59233
"Swallowtail Pipes" Leathery three lobed rounded batwing shaped leaves with pale ochre veins--beloved by Swallowtail Butterflies. Upfacing pale tubular flowers with bizarre reddish mahogany twisting tails. Easy to grow vine (indeed, as easy to grow as any Philodendron!) with sturdy foliage so attractive it need never b...
$18.00
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Aroids: A Tropical Collection (5 Plants)
Stock Number: 99042
A good introductory selection of the Arum Family members picked from Amorphophallus, Acorus, Alocasia, Anchomanes, Anthurium, Anubias, Arum, Caladium, Colocasia, Culcasia, Dieffenbachia, Epipremnopsis, Epipremnum, Gonatopus, Pistia, Raphidophora, Scindapsis, Syngonium, Xanthosoma, Zamioculcas, Aglaonema, Homalomena, Sp...
$28.00
Arthrostemma ciliatum [Fragile]
Stock Number: 41001
"Everblooming Lavender" Clear cheerful reddish-pink buds open to magenta blossoms freely produced on arching square stemmed shrublet; softly-haired leaves turn rust-red & purple in high light. Must have moist soil. A fast growing easily grown cousin of the "Princess Trees" perfect for a large urn, as well as the wi...
$4.75
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Arthrostemma species White Wings
Stock Number: 54557
Vigorous four sided stems arch under the lush veined foliages and terminal sprays of bright fluttery white flowers mostly produced during the winter months. Easy. Species still undetermined.
$4.75
Asclepias curassavica Red Selection
Stock Number: 54584
Much sought-after tropical "Red Butterfly Bloodflower" can be constantly in bloom if given full light; the center is dark orange accenting the red. Can even be kept in bloom in a sunny south window in Colorado in the middle of winter according to our customers. While the perennial cousins have a limited bloom period ou...
$4.75
Asclepias [gomphocarpus] physocarpa
Stock Number: 66777
inflorescence "Hairy Ball" podded "Bladder Fruit" whose slim stems and willowy leaves are topped with creamy white flower clusters (beloved by butterflies) followed by big sea urchin shaped pods. South African easily reaching 6' in one summer. If you are of a somewhat more delicately evolved personality, please call th...
$5.25
Stock Number: 42259
Usually called smilax or "Bridal Creeper" (really!) as the wiry stems hold their bright glossy waxy leaflets as long as to be perfect greens for any bouquet or floral arrangement.  None the less, an excellent cheerful pot plant for your windowsill.  For a large listing of "Asparagus Ferns" please refer to the...
$8.00
Aspidistra elatior
Stock Number: 40051
"Cast Iron Plant" or "Barbershop Plant" so called because the upflung dark leather lance leaves tolerate poor conditions. In time produces weird soil-level flowers with eight purple-ridged petals:thus explaining the name: "aspidistra" means "little shield." This species produces solitary green leaves--although many con...
$5.50
Aspidistra elatior Asahi
Stock Number: 40055
Mature leaf tips of this "Frosted Cast Iron Plant" fade to soft white, shading to palest green. Known in USA also as `Asahiharan' (meaning "rising sun") and as "Snow Peaks." Typically the frosty tip variegation appears second year as the dramatic erect leaf matures--the variegation is much more distinct if the leaf har...
$22.00
Aspidistra elatior Ginga
Stock Number: 40082
Wide leaves with large dots & dashes widely scattered, thus giving (to some extent) the appearance of a giant 'Milky Way.' Slow to establish, but worth the patience for the dedicated plant collector. This is the Japanese nursery trade clone--not the one found in Florida trade.
$20.00
Aspidistra elatior minor Milky Way
Stock Number: 40052
Short leaves beautifully spotted ivory; clumping "Miniature Cast Iron Plant" better suited to limited spaces. Beautiful. Perhaps A. lurida (from China) as 2 or 3 leaves tend to arise together from a single basal sheath. By far the best one for the house & easiest to bloom in the greenhouse. An excellent groundcover...
$22.00
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Aspidistra elatior variegata
Stock Number: 40054
Irregular cream white bands highlight the leathery leaves. Slow growth, but a beautiful effect--full sun in the deep south can burn the solid ivory sections with dry exposure.. Same totally bizarre basal blossoms as the species. No two leaves will flaunt the same stripe pattern.
$22.00
Out of Stock
Asplenium bulbiferum Floralee
Stock Number: 10047
A selected form of this wonderful fern, probably a faster and more robust clone called "Floralee." Long waxed lacy fronds with baby ferns growing on the leaf surface of the arching fronds. Easy (but slow) and choice. Cool spots tolerated; regular reliable humidity levels imperative making this a challenge as a house pl...
$8.00
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