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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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Thorncroftia [plectranthus] succulenta
Product Code: 41138
"Mint Oak" Tidy woody stems hold pelted succulent oak-shaped leaves with delicate mint fragrance; purple flowers appear on seasonal spikes. Eventually develops a gnarled woody base beloved by bonsai fanciers. Treat as you would its Iboza cousins. For a giant dramatic cousin, check Tetradenia.
$5.00
Thunbergia battiscombei
Product Code: 54014
Shrubby vining Kenyan species with beautiful glossy leaves and racemes of electric blue (with a hint of violet) trumpet blossoms with yellow throats; best kept in a warm greenhouse during the winter so can start its big display early on. We've grown many "Clockvine" species, and this remains the most impressive flower-...
$7.00
Thunbergia erecta
Product Code: 50073
"Sky Flower" Blue-violet trumpet fls with lemon throats on erect woody stems; West African "King's Mantle." A winter bloomer in the greenhouse for us.
$8.00
Thunbergia erecta Fairy Moon
Product Code: 53146
Attractive reliable shrubby "Picottee King's Mantle" with lavender blue trumpet shaped blossoms edged in white and throated yellow. Height of blooming in midwinter for us, although not exclusively. Foliage always beautifully maintained.
$8.50
Tillandsia araujei
Product Code: 52264
"Sao Paulo Air Plant" Rock dwelling sea-spray species with short curved silvery-scurfted leaves forming thick scandent strands; pink and white flowers. Mount; don't pot.
$8.00
Out of Stock
Tillandsia cyanea anita [hyb]
Product Code: 53341
Highly colored version of the popular cyanea--attractive small tuffets of deeply arched deep green leathery slim leaves (like a very friendly hedgehog) from which arise the dramatic wide violet pink "Pink Feather" comb of bracts along which emerge, over a period of time, the cute blue (cyane) blossoms. Unlike most spec...
$12.75
Tillandsia cyanea medio-picta
Product Code: 53395
A remarkable cultivar of the already fabulous "Pink Quill." This variety has yellow to cream central ribbon stripes down the outarched narrow leathery leaves. Gradually clusters to form a remarkable striped hemisphere. Extremely rare, extremely choice.
$25.00
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Tillandsia fasciculata
Product Code: 56533
One of the larger species. Like a small grey Vriesea.
$10.00
Tillandsia harrisii
Product Code: 53266
A natural hybrid recently described by Werner Rauh. Very attractive silvery-gray felted succulent leaves are rigidly clasped onto an upright nearly woody stem. We thank Ann Harris for providing all of us with a great new Bromeliad named for her husband.
$15.00
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Tillandsia Ionanthe
Product Code: 52170
"Blushing Bride" Clustering silver-scaled & haired air plant blushing completely rouge when ready to open its blue blossoms; the basal offsets of this "Sky Plant" eventually form a sphere. Easy as long as you are not tempted to pot this terminally cute epiphyte; loves a good misting if not in the humidity of a greenhou...
$4.25
Tillandsia juncea
Product Code: 53269
"Wiskbroom Air Plant" Many compact rushlike leaves held in a upright rosette; the coppery deep green leaves of this selection from Ann Harris reach 12"; the bracts of the inflorescence are bright red, the petals bluish purple.
$7.00
Tillandsia magnusiana
Product Code: 53270
Dainty small species with many threadlike leaves, each covered with glittery silver scales, forming a dense feathery rosette from which peep violet flower petals. Different forms share this name. Mount on wood and mist regularly. We send divisions in dry moss--but do not advise you keep this in the moss. Do not pot thi...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Tillandsia usneoides
Product Code: 52172
"Spanish Moss" Silvery-gray threaded masses of tiny plantlets in dramatic garland famous in subtropical and tropical America for their eventual effect on draped trees; yet the perfect houseplant for compulsive mister-ers. Not collected--this is a bright silvery clone from Guatamala (and thus not needing the chill winte...
$4.50
Tolmiea menziesii
Product Code: 40938
"Piggy Back Plant" Fresh green, hairy, lobed leaves (sometimes with richly yellow-flecked surfaces) grow plantlets on the tops of the leaf base. Likes a cool spot with good humidity to form a richly textured carpet.
$7.50
Trachelospermum asiaticum Ogon Nishiki
Product Code: 40939
"Gold Heart Korean Jasmine" Shrubby vines with creamy gold centered leathery leaves with red tinted edges and scented ivory flower clusters fading to sulphur yellow in late winter. Originally Rhynchospermum divaricatum. (This information will NOT be on any plant quiz.)
$12.00
Trachelospermum jasminoides variegatum [hort]
Product Code: 40946
"Variegated Star Jasmine" or "Mottled Confederate Jasmine" Frilled, lobed, fragrant flowers of pure white; oval waxy leaves variegated yellow cream and slate green. Showy and of easy culture.
$12.00
Tradescantia (Gibasis geniculata) Purple Plush [hort]
Product Code: 50538
Attractive species with wide felted foliage down-cupped of pink-purple. Seasonally will spring forth with a misty froth of tiny mauve blossoms which suggest this may possibly be a selection of Tradescantia crassifolia.
$4.50
Tradescantia (Gibasis) geniculata
Product Code: 58428
 "Tahitian Bridal Veil" from Jamaica with tiny leaves and wee white flowers forming a lacy froth of foliage. This grows well in practically any environment given strong light and even humidity.
$5.00
Tradescantia (Rhoeo) bermudensis Sitake's Gold
Product Code: 58306
Very tidy multiheaded mounds of fleshy thickly overlapping blond hued foliage--each with its distinct stripes of amethyst and champagned green--accented beautifully by the violet blushed underleaf.. Yet another entry into the "Moses in the Bullrushes" tribe--and one of considerable beauty and presence. The habit is lar...
$5.50
Tradescantia (Rhoeo) bermudensis variegata (Gold)
Product Code: 50572
Very tidy multiheaded mounds of fleshy thickly overlapping foliage--each short thick leaf is irregularly striped a beautfiul golden ochre to pastel lime, lovely with the purple blushed underleaf; NOT the pinkish cream striped cultivar. Slow growing and very sensitive to chill.
$12.00
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Tradescantia (Rhoeo) bermudensis variegata (Pink)
Product Code: 50524
Horticultural name remains Rhoes spathacea nana variegata. Bright pink and grapestained cream stripes on the short somewhat succulent leaves, hued pinkish purple beneath, which are tightly packed on short stout stems, quickly offsetting to form a colorful hemisphere. Easy short mounded houseplant as long as never expos...
$7.50
Tradescantia (Rhoeo) bermudensis [spathacea nana]
Product Code: 50523
Tight multi-headed mounds of stiff short fleshy leaves blushed pinkish purple beneath, in tight whorls obscuring the stout stems. A popular selection for Fairy Gardens designs.
$3.50
Tradescantia albiflora albo-vittata
Product Code: 50537
"Giant White Inch Plant" Beautiful white-striped leaves closely packed on succulent stems which form new stalks from a common rootstalk, unlike most of this genus.
$3.75
Tradescantia blossfeldiana
Product Code: 50539
"Flowering Inch Plant" Emerald green succulent pelted leaves, purple beneath, thickly ranked on short thick stems sheathed with purple-sepaled flowers of white tipped pink. Some authorities now suggest this may more correctly be T. cerinthoides. As well they might. This makes a good windowsill plant as well as summerti...
$4.50
Tradescantia blossfeldiana Nanouk
Product Code: 58391
Pink flushed tight foliage (in full sun) streaked deep emerald closely shingle violet stems.  Clustered lilac blue spiderwort flowers in March. 
$6.50
Tradescantia Blushing Maid (Bride)
Product Code: 61723
Now mostly marked as "Blushing Bride." Charming short vine with white variegated central petiole and leaf which emerge pink and fade to white. Great variegated pot plant with best coloring during the cooler periods of the seasons; most likely will prove to be winter hardy in the deep south, and has so been marketed. Pr...
$5.00
Tradescantia fluminensis aurea
Product Code: 50542
"Golden Inch Plant" Cascades of bright chartreuse leaves on cascading stems displayed to advantage as a golden addition to windowboxes and hanging baskets. Forms marvelous groundcover--try in as a low surface of glossy lemon ochre under your bed of Impatiens or purple leaved Dahlias to shake up the visuals a bit.
$3.75
Tradescantia fluminensis laekenensis Rainbow
Product Code: 50543
"Rainbow Inch Plant" Small leaves lavishly variegated white & fuchsia with pinkish-blue overtones; remove reversions immediately. Needs good light saturation to maintain this level of rich variegation; perfect in windowboxes, small baskets. Sometimes confused in the trade with the much more petite Callisia repens v...
$6.50
Tradescantia fluminensis variegata
Product Code: 50546
"Speedy Henry" Glossy green & white striped foliage; excellent subject for hanging baskets, for groundcover; try outdoors as a easy quick summertime groundcover. Even though this should be simply dead common, amazing numbers of orders arrive for this every year. Cheap, easy, flashy: these sterling values never fail...
$3.75
Tradescantia navicularis
Product Code: 53149
"Mexican Chain Plant" Succulent tumbling stems are clasped by succulent waxy graygreen leaves resembling medieval armor. With sufficient light will suprise with lilac blushed spiderwort blossoms. Needs moving air and strong light. Ships best as an unrooted cutting in dry moss
$10.00
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