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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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Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida purpurea
Stock Number: 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
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida Tampicana
Stock Number: 50528
Heavy curved (nearly keeled) laquered leaves of rich bronzy blushed purple on short stoloniferous stems; pale violet flowers in toppling clusters. Most unusual succulent vine of unclear nomenclature, considered a native of Ecuador. Must have high light to get the best color and most compact habit--best in full sun.
$7.00
Out of Stock
Setcreasea [Tradescantia] pallida [species]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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...
$6.25
Sinningia Bill Hull [hyb]
Stock Number: 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.
$5.75
Sinningia Brazen [hyb]
Stock Number: 20469
Our name for an extremely vigorous Ted Bona hybrid of S. reitzii; the erect purplish woody stems produce a multitude of small rosy tubed flowers with flounced overlapping tips of magenta with deep wine-red netting. Very long lived as keeps pilling up new tubers above old ones, making this irresistable to caudex collect...
$5.50
Sinningia Claire Roberts [hyb]
Stock Number: 20501
Beautiful compact Bona creation with wide lavender slipper flowers; attractive dark foliage with deep veins echoes its S. regina bloodlines. A wonderful plant commemorating a lovely lady.
$10.00
Sinningia sellovii
Stock Number: 20359
From soft basal foliage mature stems (eventually as tall as three feet) bear many pendant swollen dark salmon pink flowers attractive to every passing hummingbird; seed collector Tim Ross recommends full light to encourage spring to fall bloom for this Brazillian native. Various plant friends store the (eventually) con...
$4.75
Sinningia Tante [hyb]
Stock Number: 20260
Long arching, then cascading stems with small soft leaves and eventually terminating in wands of many petite magenta tubular blossoms--a unique Ted Bona hybrid for large hanging basket. While the leaf & stems' character is petite; however, the eventual outline of many stems is substantial.
$6.00
Sinningia tubiflora
Stock Number: 20230
Tall stems (studded with pairs of small scalloped leaves) terminate with fragrant white tubed blossoms with flared lobes. Unusual chill tolerant type grown as an outdoor plant in southern California (but tubers must be considerably below frost line in perfectly drained soil). Rather too leggy to be an attractive housep...
$4.00
Solandra brachycalyx [hort]
Stock Number: 57486
"Costa Rican Chalice Vine" Smaller statured than nitida --Long whitish yellow trumpets ripen to rich buttery yellow with reddish violet stripes in bright light, usually peaking midwinter. Glossy vibrant foliage attractive all year. We thank Plant It Herbs for this distinctive "Chalice Vine" (actually a scrambling shrub...
$12.00
Solandra maxima variegata [Warrimoo?]
Stock Number: 54110
Amazing selection of the "Golden Chalice Vine" with new pink to liver lilac toned foliage emerging with buttery cream margins, gradually hardening to bright ivory. Distinctively coconut/vanilla scented giant gold blossoms. Absolutely no serious collector of variegates can be without this piece of serious drama. Remarka...
$25.00
Solandra maxima [nitida]
Stock Number: 40922
"Golden Chalice Vine" Enormous nine inch long yellow cupped trumpet flowers with five purple lines; on stout stems--a Mexican native essential for conservatory or porch garden. Various plant friends lug a tub of this substantial shrub (vining only when so encouraged) into their winter plantrooms for an amazing stunning...
$10.00
Solanum atropurpureum
Stock Number: 55489
From Henning comes this tender 4' perennial with dramatic purple spines and bright orange red cherry sized fruit quite prolifically produced if grown in full sun. The price reflects not its rarity, but the damage it inflicts on our shipping staff when they try to wrap this prickly misery and tuck it into a box to ship....
$6.50
Out of Stock
Solanum jasminoides album variegatum
Stock Number: 54109
Handsome "Variegated Nightshade Jasmine" with each fingered lf of butter yellow accented with a central green & ochre flame; clusters of yellow beaked white flowers. A vining shrub lovely trained on a small wreath or allowed to trail down from a container.
$5.50
Out of Stock
Solanum pseudocapsicum variegatum
Stock Number: 40923
"Variegated Jerusalem Cherry" Famous Christmas shrub with bright orange tomato berries which start as green striped white marbles strikingly posed above the thick white-margined, soft leaves--difficult to achieve, but what a knockout. Remember that this is not a good plant around children, as the temptingly attractive ...
$15.00
Solanum rantonnetii Great Clorox Disaster
Stock Number: 58309
The variegated form of the Paraguayan "Blue Potato Tree" technically a strong vine, best staked as a standard, producing blue-violet flowers all year (then red berries) when grown warm; deciduous if cool in winter. Great new form of this plant in with variegated foliage and interesting flower. A tip of the hat to Baker...
$10.00
Solanum seaforthianum
Stock Number: 42230
Vigorous "Brazilian Nightshade" vine with deeply lobed lacy pinnate leaves; bright purple-blue starry flowerss followed by pea-sized red berries--performs well only if give full sun.. Check for availability before ordering as this is typically only seasonally stocked as most of our customers grow this dangerous creatur...
$5.25
Solanum [ Lycianthes] rantonnetii
Stock Number: 54579
The Paraguayan "Blue Potato Tree" technically a strong vine, best staked as a standard, producing blue-violet flowers all year (then red berries) when grown warm; deciduous if cool in winter. Totally charming plant in foliage and in flower.
$5.25
Spathiphyllum Domino [hyb]
Stock Number: 31476
We have various "Variegated Peace Lily" selections, but this is the most vibrantly streaked, mottled, richly colored one of all--with thick foliage tightly erect forming a compact vigorously clumping habit.
$20.00
Spathiphyllum Gale's Green [hyb]
Stock Number: 31255
Slim glossy leaves softly muted creamy milky green; "Peace Lily" waxy white flowers/bracts wave above this eye catching but subtlely variegated foliage; very thickly clumping.
$8.50
Spathiphyllum Golden Viscount [hyb]
Stock Number: 30410
"Golden Peace Lily" Ivory bracts above the slim glossy golden ochre foliage--habit of 'Viscount,' but of far slower growth habit. Needs humidity and constant warmth to flourish--a challenge as a houseplant, but fabuous in the greenhouse.
$10.00
Spathiphyllum Viscount [hyb]
Stock Number: 38164
Very narrow glossy leaves under one foot; small white spathes abundantly produced above like "White Sails" scented rather like mint candy (NOT so in my experience--but then I usually miss most fragrances). An heirloom hybrid valuable for its vertical habit.
$5.00
Splendid Spiderwort Collection (5 Plants)
Stock Number: 90232
Tell us how you intend to use your tropical Commelinaceae and we will send appropriate showy plants from such genera as Ballya, Callisia, Campelia, Cyanotis, Dichorisandra, Gibasis, Palisota, Rhoeo, Setcreasea, Tradescantia, Tripogandra, & Zebrina--while several of these are too large to include in a very inexpensi...
$18.00
Sprekelia formosissima
Stock Number: 51084
Formerly Amaryllis f. "Aztec Lily" or "Jacobean Lily" Flesh strap leaves; red flowers with 3 petals rolled together into a tube. Great traditional blooming bulb.
$15.00
Stenotaphrum secundatum variegatum
Stock Number: 40927
"St. Augustine Grass" Stoloniferous basket trailer with Art Deco blunt-tipped blades banded white presented in two-dimensional fans sequencing along the wiry stems. Vigorous. Thriving in a bright window; popular as a dramatic "spiller" in urns and windowboxes; dramatic as a carpeting "lawn" in tropical settings.
$5.00
Stephanotis floribunda
Stock Number: 40928
"Madagascar Jasmine" Beautiful clusters of waxy ivory, very fragrant tubular flowers on wiry stems; dark leathery leaves. Once considered a basic in bridal bouquets. Never allow the root zone to chill.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Stephanotis floribunda marginata
Stock Number: 66954
The leathery leaves of this "Variegated Madagascar Jasmine" are brightly margined ivory; same richly scented tubular blossom clusters. This is a slow to establish, yet handsome plant with all the best atributes of the original Madagascar Jasmine. We sometimes need to offer this as a propagate-to-order item as usually i...
$30.00
Steudnera colocasiifolia
Stock Number: 30539
Semi-aquatic "Blue Caladium" gradually forming an erect Alocasia-like tuberous trunk topped with dusky blue-green lilypad leaves. Distinctive cousin of the Colocasia tribe, and like these cousins, if cooler temperatures prevail, will take a winter rest as a part of its agreement to be treated as if domesticated.
$18.00
Out of Stock
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