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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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Tradescantia fluminensis aurea
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
Stock Number: 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
$8.00
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Tradescantia sillamontana
Stock Number: 50548
"White Velvet" or Gossamer Plant" leaves heavily pelted with white silky gossamer wool; showy magenta-lavender flowers; best if severly pruned seasonally--reduce watering during the winter rest and give a haircut. Mexican native still offered and listed in Europe as Tradescantia / Cyanotis velutina. Grow as if a suc...
$5.50
Stock Number: 41023
The oval white haired leaves, tightly clasping the erect stems, are beautifully stripped.  Purplish pink flowers are a plus when given full sun. 
$12.00
Tradescantia [Rhoeo] spathacea vittata variegata
Stock Number: 50526
Variegated "Moses-in-a-Boat/Cradle/Raft" The old favorite with fleshy leaves striped yellow and purple beneath; the bracts holding small white flowers are boat-shaped. Demands consistent warmth to thrive. See Tradescantia [rhoes] group species and cultivars in the list below for the rest of these cultivars.
$22.00
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Tradescantia [Rhoeo] spathacea [discolor]
Stock Number: 50570
The large statured traditional "Moses in a Boat" or "Oyster Plant" so called for the open oyster shell shaped bracts from which peep the white spiderflowers--boat shaped bracts tucked between the thickly packed outthrust fleshy green leaves, purpled beneath. See Rhoeo Spathacea Vittata Variegata (#50526) for the variga...
$8.25
Tripogandra False bromeliad [hort]
Stock Number: 50532
"Streaked False Bromeliad"  Now considered a Callisia fragrans Variegata cultivar [as Identified by Dr. Robert Faden.]   Large upright whorled cups of tightly overlapping white-streaked fleshy leaves. A very popular, handsome plant even if of uncertain nomenclature. Showy--your friends will not believe this i...
$6.50
Tripogandra serrulata 'Purple Scimitars'
Stock Number: 50529
Species from Selby Botanic, originally offered as a Setcreasea. Small elongated curved stiff waxy purple leaves rigidly spaced on deep purple erect (and then toppling) fat stems; blue to violet flowers. Excellent used as an outdoor bedding foliage plant; dramatic cascading from your patio urns. Much brighter shine and ...
$3.75
Tropical Herbs Collection (5 Plants)
Stock Number: 99034
For those of you wishing to grow your herbs indoors or in your winter greenhouses throughout the year. We can draw upon the appropriate species from among these tropical & subtropical genera--Hedychium, Fouquieria, Elatostemma, Curcuma, Ugni, Phlomis, Lippa, Olea, Vanilla, Ornithogalum, Laurus, Myrtus, Myrsine, Bap...
$28.00
Tropical Vines Collection (5 Plants)
Stock Number: 99017
The range of possibilities is daunting; so please indicate whether you need types willing to curtain your indoor windows, spill over a basket, climb to the top of your greenhouse with showy blossoms, or quickly cover your patio trellis. We can focus on gathering your plants from vines valuable for their blooms: such as...
$18.00
Tulbaghia maritima
Stock Number: 58447
A rare South African cousin of the common "Society Garlic" with purple toned strap leaves typically reaching 18' and topped by stout stems holding lovely mauve blossoms when the clumping (semi-aquatic?) clump is frown in full sun.
$10.00
Out of Stock
Tulbaghia simmleri
Stock Number: 51270
South African "Mauve Onion" with evergreen succulent strap foliage; sweetly scented mauve colored flower heads. Good pot herb with fashionably edible flowers; seems to flower more readily if crowded in a 10"clay pot. We notice that this is now featured as an aquatic subject of late. Typically sent as divisions.
$4.25
Tulbaghia violacea Silver Lace
Stock Number: 41478
"Variegated Society Garlic" Clumping evergreen narrow fleshy leaves edged pearly white; lavender flowers on one foot stems. Try the leaves in a sandwich! Ever so sophisticated addition to any tub of tropical herbs, giving a dramatic vertical accent. Now you can have your variegate and eat it too.
$6.50
Out of Stock
Typhonium filiformis [hort]
Stock Number: 31720
Small statured mound of arrowshaped (cordate) grass green leaves on long oddly channeled stalks emerging from a tube. The "Perak Herb" with yellow spathes dotted blood red characteristically emerging along with the dainty foliage late fall after summer dormancy. Dale Wagner's Philippine clone used for various mysteriou...
$8.00
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Typhonium venosum [guttatum]
Stock Number: 30684
"Voo Doo Bulb" Sauromatum venosum's correct name: in late winter the elongated dark brown spadix emerges from the fat bulb, opening to reveal its maroon spoted interior and the slim blackish spadix whose fetid fragrance is beloved of flies. After a few days this bloom collapses--you will have probably collapsed somewha...
$6.00
Urena lobata [procumbens] Rose Newman
Stock Number: 66780
This small shrub collection from China shared with us by Robert Newman (and named for his mother) is a quite special member of the "Asian Snowflake Mallows," sporting  beautiful lobed leaves of pale ochre dramatically banded in dark green; demure lilac mini-hibiscus blossoms line the stems early winter. Thus a goo...
$5.25
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Vanilla planifolia [fragrans]
Stock Number: 40957
Always popular vine. Wide leathery waxy leaves line the thick vining stems; important commercial "Vanilla Orchid" source of the vanilla bean--the yellow-green flowers are hard to produce with inadequate light, considerable heat, and considerable patience. Sent as generous unrooted cuttings in dry moss. If you wish us t...
$8.00
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Vanilla planifolia [fragrans] variegata
Stock Number: 40959
Irregular bands of green-gold throughout each glossy succulent leaf closely held to the succulent scandent stems. A most beautiful & vigorous conversation piece of easy house culture--especially if given a moss stuffed pole to gradually climb so that the foliage can be encouraged to create a shingle effect. Handsom...
$12.50
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Vellozia [Talbotia] elegans
Stock Number: 40968
Short branching mounds of bright glossy keeled leaves of rich green and delicate papery nodding Amaryllis mimic small blossoms white yet toned pink and green. This marvelous native of the Natal becomes an evergreen gem, exquisite in a Wardian Case design. In European reference books it is sometimes called Talbotia eleg...
$25.00
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Veltheimia capensis
Stock Number: 65630
Premire among the showier, easily grown winter flowered bulbs, often overlapping the Clivia display for us. Fleshy glossy leaved "Cape Cowslip" with stout spikes of tubular pink flowers tipped green emerging from the art noveau rosette of rich toned fleshy leaves, richly undulate along the margins A very heavy feeder w...
$10.00
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Viola hederacea [erpetion reniforme]
Stock Number: 40971
"Basket Violet" or "Australian Violet" Trailing stems with clumps of rounded leaves and lovely flowers of violet-purple with innocent white eyes. Easy, popular compact candidate for baskets or as a nonaggresive groundcover in your greenhouse; we've even seen it used on large mossed topiaries although a bear blooming wi...
$4.00
Vriesea blehri
Stock Number: 52181
Closely clustered elegant small maroon-purple vases, often called "Lobster Claw Bromo" for its mid-winter inflorescence which mimics a Heliconia's attempt to attract every nearby hummingbird. as the short stalks are topped with opposite ranks of miniature pale orange claw-like flowers. Excellent in the greenhouse; attr...
$18.00
Wisteria frutescens Amethyst Falls
Stock Number: 69016
Remarkable selection of our "Southern Wisteria" this quickly forms heavy bonsai-worthy sinuous trunks with ornate pinnate foliage foiling the beautiful pendant clusters of closely packed blue pea flowers on new growth (not on last season's wood like the rest). Excellent container or tub plant for the cool greenhouse; s...
$8.00
Xanthosoma aurea Lime Zinger
Stock Number: 30863
Amazing golden arrow leaved aroid forming clumps quickly if given bright light and semi-aquatic conditions. Absolutely the same as Alocasia 'Golden Delicious' but listed here on our website under both names since various reference books and articles are undecided! A considerable number of our customers have told us tha...
$10.00
Out of Stock
Xanthosoma jacquinii lineatum
Stock Number: 30444
Crested leaves with whitish striations raised above the arrowhead leaves' surface (technically ectopic growths); unexpectedly easy to grow in your greenhouse or tropical bog, as this is as vigorous as any of its similar cousin Colocasias. May we insert information you will never use: this very odd 'Monstrose Eleph...
$15.00
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Xanthosoma maculata
Stock Number: 30443
A famous spotted and maculated aroid grown in Hawaii as well as in collections around the world. This is sometimes called "Alocasia Hilo Beauty." A very showy white splotched form that grow semi-aquatically.
$17.50
Out of Stock
Xanthosoma saggitifolia [inafaffa]
Stock Number: 56805
The truely enormous "Giant Elephant Ear" aroid with very decoratively prominate "ears". This giant bog "Yuatia" of the hot tropics is considered to remain evergreen if kept warm (but evidentally our greenhouses are not tropical enough as it is mostly dormant for us); but quite successfully kept dormant in winter along ...
$25.00
Out of Stock
Xanthosoma violaceum
Stock Number: 30440
"Blue Taro" Purple stems arch into swooping arrowhead leaves of dusky violet darkening to a rich purple toward the margins; this West Indian semi-aquatic "Blue Ape" must have warm winter conditions to maintain evergreen foliage; easiest to grow as a semi-aquatic in summer (but very successful as a container companion p...
$12.00
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