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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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Begonia Tiger Cub [hyb]
Product Code: 56512
(rhizomatous) More vigorous far more compact seedling of 'Tiger Kitten'
$4.25
Out of Stock
Begonia Tom Ment [hyb]
Product Code: 56251
(cane/shrub) Silver strewn slim leaves, typically ornamented with a silvery tip; small pink flowers slightly toned orange. Somewhat larger statured than the very similar albo-picta.
$8.00
Begonia Torch [hyb]
Product Code: 54059
(cane) Bright red flower (blushed salmon) clusters on stout short stems flanked with thick emerald angelwing leaves revealing red laquered undersides. While a compactly statured Cane, not a true dwarf. We consider this the most dependably performing compact cane Begonia. Easy to bloom, easy to grow.
$8.00
Begonia Troglodite Love [hyb]
Product Code: 56262
(rhizomatous) Frieling's hybrid of incana x nelumbifolia; thick crisp glossy apple green leaves open to form large ovals with darker areas along veins highlighting the dramatic scrufty felted surface; flourishes in very exposed places, even full sun. Enjoys a questionable reputation often beyond our resources to produc...
$8.50
Begonia Ukigumo [hyb]
Product Code: 56722
[rex] Slow growing compact heavy foliage; silvery blushed pink leaves with dark maroon cocoa at center and olive toned splotches along the border. Must have adequate humidity and evenly indirect light to achieve perfect foliage. Not a houseplant, yet far more evergreen than most of the Rex tribe.
$7.00
Begonia ulmifolia
Product Code: 56139
(shrub) "Elm Leaf Begonia." Haired bright basil green leaves are ornately serrated & shaped like the leaves of an Elm tree then ranked on (tightly clustering) succulent vigorous arching stems tipped with pale flower clusters; strong and reliable - much beloved by those who cherish heirloom plants.
$4.25
Begonia vallida
Product Code: 56260
(thick stemmed) Quite a bold presence with thick bamboo mimic stalks shingled with bright acid green wide leaves with odd delicately toothed margins and an attractive pattern of veins. Dainty white flowers in considerable numbers mid-winter. Brazilian shrub with considerable presence--we suspect it secretly considers i...
$10.00
Begonia venepi
Product Code: 56263
(shrub) Wide waxy leaves of heavy substance, felted beneath, on strong short stems forming an impressive specimen. Pink toned blossoms during the spring. A Mickelson hybrid. Develops a russet red tone in high light; perfect basket plant as it slowly tumbles over the edge in self-branching clusters.
$10.00
Begonia Washington State [hyb]
Product Code: 56265
(rhizomatous) Enormous rhizomes anchor thick russett red petioles which bear impressive outfacing "Poinsettia" starburst leaves of rich amber green with distinctive maroon wedges of color at every vein branching. The Petasites of Begonias!
$10.00
Out of Stock
Begonia White Fang [hyb]
Product Code: 56518
(shrub/cane) Dramatically outstretched stems thickly populated with glossy leaves, rose blushed beneath, with big white blossoms produced in open clusters once established. Typically this remains a propagate-to-order item, although often in stock for collectors.
$8.00
Begonia Withlacoochee [hyb]
Product Code: 65336
[trailing-scandent] Lovely elongated softly pelted rich green leaves, with soft ochre radiating veins. overlap on the cascading stems; white winter flowers most elegant. Very attractive delicate appearance, yet easy to grow on the windowsill, impressive as a terrarium carpeting plant, and fantastic cascading from a win...
$8.00
Begonia Zorro [hyb]
Product Code: 56504
(cane) Small statured angel wing with silver dots; shrimp pink blossoms. Charming heirloom with a certain legginess turned to advantage as older canes charmingly cascade.
$7.00
Billbergia Cher [hyb]
Product Code: 52054
Jerry Raack's striking hybrid of `Fantasia' with euphemiae rubra: spotted reddish purple tall slim urns with each leathery leaf arched at the very tip; deeply arching long inflorescence with bracts and blossoms of pink, violet and ochre. A most impressive specimen in time; yet of easy culture.
$12.00
Billbergia Fantasia [hyb]
Product Code: 52050
"Marbled Rainbow Plant"; "Gold Dust Urn" Coppery leaves highy blotched creamy white and pink; rose bracts with blue flowers. An antique hybrid, meaning that it is a hybrid from many years ago! Popular and reliable.
$18.00
Product Code: 52313
Clustering cream dappled dusky erect tightly folded urns created by leathery overlapping leaves with each tip tightly curved down.  The rosy bracts accent the lizard green and bright blue blossoms.
$12.00
Billbergia nutans
Product Code: 52051
"Queen's Tears" Narrow silver-bronze leathery leaves overlap tightly to form slender vases from which arch "weeping" flowerstalks with rose, green & violet "tear" flowers like "Indoor Oats." Tolerant of adverse conditions--always popular as a basic houseplant because the lovely inflorescences appear without fail ev...
$4.00
Billbergia Poquito Mio [hyb]
Product Code: 53361
Dark glossy upright vase of stiff leathery leaves with pale green and cream mottlings. Most dramatic contrast of any Billbergia we offer.  This is definitely a visual rock star.
$20.00
Billbergia pyramidalis striata
Product Code: 52053
Red flowered "Summer Torch"; irregularly yellow-banded stiff leathery leaves tightly overlap into an impressively outflared erect urn of striped foliage. Impressive yet easily grown Bromeliad equally at home as a windowsill or as a hobby greenhouse citizen. Easy and showy, as well as tolerant of considerable exposure t...
$8.00
Billbergia Santa Barbara [hyb]
Product Code: 52056
Impressive small statured urn with golded-ochre margined leaves of gray-green flushed pink; rosy-pink bracts frame green flowers. Considered a hybrid of B. nutans x pyramidalis, far more compact than and much more slowly offsetting than the variegated clone of pyramidalis offered above. Remarkably beautiful.
$8.50
Billbergia saundersii
Product Code: 53237
"Rainbow Plant' Small erect tubular bronzy olive foliage with pinkish white mottling; from red bracts emerge weepy stems cloaked with blue flowers. Very beaurtiful although slow to clump. Be sure to plant in an orchid mix.
$10.00
Billbergia saundersii Hybrid #3
Product Code: 52275
Unusual form with wide undulant leaves displaying large nearly translucent cream spots entangled by Art Deco slim dusty silver crossbands, all framed by decorative purple teeth. inflorescence of pink, green, and blue bracts and blossoms. One of our most beautiful and easily grown Bromeliads.
$18.00
Billbergia T.L.Mead [hyb]
Product Code: 52308
Softly mottled leathery leaves form erect urns; lovely weeping reblooming inflorescence or large rose bracts with blue & lime green petals--exhibiting its "Queen's Tears" parent's habit. Very easy houseplant; willing to bloom without any special fuss.
$10.00
Blechnum Silver Lady (Affinity moorei)
Product Code: 11634
 Charming "Dwarf Silver Tree Fern" with pewter gray toned arching fronds in a wide rosette atop the very gradually developing woody trunk. Needs good reliable humidity levels. This plant is also a possible subject for terrariums also.
$9.50
Out of Stock
Boehmeria biloba
Product Code: 41025
The impressive "Lobster Claw Nettle" with one of the most unique decorative looks in the ornamental plant world.  Stiff upright woody stems are ranked with heavily pebbled bright leaves with the leaf tip flaring out into two claws.  Plusbranched spikes of bubble blossoms also know as "Chinese Silk Fishtail"
$20.00
Bonsai Starter Collection - Indoor Tropicals (5 Plants)
Product Code: 99021
Among our most ordered collection as well as most reordered (did someone forget to water?); we send strong starter plants chosen from various genera which remain popular among bonsai fanciers for growing year 'round indoors under constant threat of wiring and tweaking. The collection includes such plants as Ficus, Hede...
$24.00
Bougainvillea Blueberry Ice
Product Code: 58493
Low spreading branches draped with creamy-margined leaves; dramatically extending the showy clusters of bright blueberry blue bracts.. Performs well even on a bright sunny windowsill.  Only shipped in warm monhs.
$7.00
Out of Stock
Boussingaultia [Anredera] cordifolia
Product Code: 41548
"Madeira Vine" or "Mignonette Vine" From tuberous roots rise rapidly growing stems with succulent leaves and racemes of heavily fragrant white flowers. Argentina native, thus the tubers are persistent in subtropical zones if below any frost line; in the north, either dig or bring in the container for winter. Nonetheles...
$2.00
Bowiea volubilis
Product Code: 65084
"Climbing Onion" Pale spherical bulbs send up many-branched stems of pale ochre; flowers greenish-white. Considered to be quite toxic if ingested--do not grow this intriguing plant if children are around, (or pets.) The pictures are of a mature specimen.  You will receive a starter sized plant.
$25.00
Brassavola nodosa
Product Code: 40078
Strongly richly scented "Lady of the Night" blossoms; this orchid has succulent terete leaves.  Needs very bright light, perfect drainage.
$25.00
Brassia arboricola Bernadine
Product Code: 54003
Petite three-lobed leaflets (held in wheel-spoked whorls) often rimmed in lime-green; possibly a variegated sport of 'Renate.'
$8.00
Out of Stock
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