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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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Tectaria cicutaria [gemmifera, hort.]
Stock Number: 11401
"Button Ball Fern" Upright rhizomes with gracefully arching tripinnate fronds (triangular in overall outline) with a series on rounded button-like bulbils along the top of the central midrib, with maturity these bulbils will form new plantlets. Caribbean tolerant of indoor conditions. A fern no child can resist and mos...
$5.50
Tetradenia cordata
Stock Number: 49429
Very succulent distant relative of the common Swedish Ivy , while a close cousin of Thorncroftia and the Iboza. This upright woody plant with dramatic felted foliage is for the house plant collector as well as the succulent plant grower. Even pleases the grower of aromatic plants. Impressive spikes of midwinter flowers...
$6.00
Tetrastigma voinierianum
Stock Number: 41085
"Chestnut Vine" or "Lizard Plant": Fianranatosa. Enormous fleshy digitate leaves emerge with a cinnamon toned tawny wool supported on fleshy reddish ropelike stems. Handsome Laotian grape vine for the brave of heart. This is large and quickly gets very much larger. An excellent way to start your collection of Laotian n...
$22.00
Thalia dealbata Red Stem
Stock Number: 88870
Dramatic aquatic with leathery oval leaves held in fans over the red stems--all covered with white powder; stalks of soft violet blossoms soon followed by strikingly attractive clusters of purple black seeds. Native to S. Carolina on thru Texas--but don't freeze roots--and seen here at our nursery as that massive clump...
$15.00
Thorncroftia [plectranthus] succulenta
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Tibouchina lepidota variegata
Stock Number: 49449
Small statured "Alstonville Varegate" produces terminal irridescent lavender blossons over the silvery margined foliage.  Best as a greenhouse subject and not a houseplant.
$18.00
Out of Stock
Tillandsia araujei
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Out of Stock
Tillandsia fasciculata
Stock Number: 56533
One of the larger species. Like a small grey Vriesea.
$10.00
Tillandsia harrisii
Stock Number: 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
Tillandsia Ionanthe
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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...
$3.50
Tolmiea menziesii
Stock Number: 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.
$6.00
Trachelospermum asiaticum Ogon Nishiki
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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)
Stock Number: 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
Out of Stock
Tradescantia (Rhoeo) bermudensis variegata (Pink)
Stock Number: 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]
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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 Blushing Maid (Bride)
Stock Number: 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
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