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Truly rare and unusual plant selections that are sure to be a conversation piece. This category includes Almost Eden exclusive introductions.
 

Beni Kin Mokusei Sweet Olive, Red Flowering Sweet Olive, red sweet olive

Osmanthus fragrans aurantiacus 'Beni Kin Mokusei'

This is the highly sought after and very rare red flowering Sweet Olive. Beni Kin Mokusei produces dense clusters of deep orange-red flowers in fall that are slightly larger than your typical orange flowered Sweet Olive as per Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana who managed to bring this wonderful plant into the US for us to enjoy. Sweet Olives are easy and reliable, long-lived, large evergreen shrubs with few pests or diseases. They can be enjoyed as a container specimen where not hardy. Item# 10786

Grows To: 12'H x 8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Beni Kin Mokusei Sweet Olive, Red Flowering Sweet Olive, red sweet olive

Osmanthus fragrans aurantiacus 'Beni Kin Mokusei'

This is the highly sought after and very rare red flowering Sweet Olive. Beni Kin Mokusei produces dense clusters of deep orange-red flowers in fall that are slightly larger than your typical orange flowered Sweet Olive as per Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana who managed to bring this wonderful plant into the US for us to enjoy. Sweet Olives are easy and reliable, long-lived, large evergreen shrubs with few pests or diseases. They can be enjoyed as a container specimen where not hardy. Item# 11453

Grows To: 12'H x 8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Light blue to blue-purple 1/4" wide nectar-rich flowers adorn the tall narrow indeterminate flower spikes from spring to frost to year round under warm tropical conditions. Native to Florida and much of the tropical Americas, Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, has smoother lighter green foliage and generally grows wider than tall whereas the other Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta cayennensis or S. urticifolia, has more rugose or quilted deeper green glossier foliage with a typically upright habit. Porterweeds are excellent pollinator plants where they attract a continuous menagerie of aerial acrobats from spring until frost. This a heat and sunloving tropical to tender perennial that can be added to gardens and landscapes or plant them in containers to draw the pollinators in for upclose viewing. Blue Porterweed is also a caterpillar host plant for the Tropical Buckeye butterfly. Item# 12046

Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Blue Rose Minature Agave

Agave potatorum 'Shoji Rajin'

A very dwarf Agave, that produces rosettes of wide and thick bluish-green foliage. This miniature is not short on vigor and quickly produces a multitude of pups making a nice mass but even so will be perfectly happy to remain in a 4" pot indefinitely. Excellent for mixed containers, rock gardens, and xeriscaping. Item# 10749.

Grows To: 3-4''H x 4-6''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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The 1/2" lightly fragrant, white tipped in purple tubular flowers of the Chinese Buttonbush are born in 1" wide, Sputnik-looking, ball-like clusters that are produced throughout summer and into fall. Beautiful glossy dark green, fine textured foliage makes this tardily deciduous shrub attractive even before it begins to flower and adds a wonderful backdrop for the interesting flowers. Fairly adaptable to soil types and durable once well-established. Item# 10035.

Grows To: 4-8'H+ x 4-8'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Desert Fire Evergreen Firecracker Fern, Mexican Russelia

Russelia rotundifolia 'Desert Fire'

Clusters of red, 3/4-1" long, flaring tubular flowers with yellow throats encircle the softly textured fountaining green stems from summer to fall on this heat and sun-loving drought resistant perennial. Desert Fire Firecracker Fern is a herbacious tropical perennial with low-growing to fountaining green stems whose flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. This Mexican native is considered to be cold hardy into the warmer portions of zone 9 and it makes this an excellent choice for sun-baked xeric landscapes, well-draining garden soils, as well as a container specimen where not reliably hardy. Item# 9566

Grows To: 2-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Dragon Lady Crossvine (Red)

Bignonia capreolata atrosanguinea 'Dragon Lady'

Masses of deep brick red trumpet shaped flowers nearly cover up this vine in spring or early summer just in time for arriving hummingbirds. It's almost like the two coordinate it or something! The red Dragon Lady Crossvine is a vigorous evergreen to semi-evergreen clinging vine(it does so via pads on the end of its tendrils and so is not destructive to brickwork and masonry) that can easily clamber up or along masonry, tree bark, fences, or other structural supports on its own. Crossvines are a low maintenance choice for fences, posts, arbors, and larger trellises. The deep red trumpet shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. The foliage takes on purple and burgundy coloration throughout the cooler months when grown in full to mostly sunny conditions. Dragon Lady Crossvine is reported to be a slightly more cold hardy selection and was chosen as the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's Gold Medal Award winner in 2003. Item# 391

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 4-6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Durham's Blue Eyes Porterweed

Stachytarpheta 'Durham's Blue Eyes'

Tall spikes adorned with whorls of 3/8" purple flowers edged in light lavender are produced throughout the growing season and the nectar rich flowers attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and even hummingbird moths. From the breeding work of the Durham twins of east Texas, Darrell and Jerrell, comes this unusual picoteed color form of Porterweed. These are vigorous well-branched herbaceous to shrub-like tropical perennials that revel in the heat and sun of summer providing a continuous display of flowers and pollinators until the first frost. The flower power of Porterweeds makes them worthy of being grown as annuals where not hardy or they can be overwintered as container plants in a warm sunny location indoors. Provide a full to mostly sunny location with average or better drainage and moderate fertility for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11967

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Durham's Purple Picotee Porterweed

Stachytarpheta 'Durham's Purple Picotee'

Tall spikes adorned with whorls of 3/8" purple flowers edged in white to light lavender are produced throughout the growing season and the nectar rich flowers attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and even hummingbird moths. From the breeding work of the Durham twins of east Texas, Darrell and Jerrell, comes this unusual picoteed color form of Porterweed. These are vigorous well-branched herbaceous to shrub-like tropical perennials that revel in the heat and sun of summer providing a continuous display of flowers and pollinators until the first frost. The flower power of Porterweeds makes them worthy of being grown as annuals where not hardy or they can be overwintered as container plants in a warm sunny location indoors. Provide a full to mostly sunny location with average or better drainage and moderate fertility for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11931

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Giant Blue African Salvia, Giant Salvia

Brillantaisia nitens, B. cicatricosa, B. subulugarica, B. grandidentata

An unusual plant rarely found for sale in the US, Giant Blue African Salvia produces spikes, up to 16" high, of blue to purple, up to 2" long, hooded, two-lipped, tubular, lightly fragrant flowers throughout the warmer months of the year with the heaviest flowering in spring and late summer and fall. A vigorous tender herbaceous plant with very large tropical foliage and square stems that can easily reach 6-9' high and may grow to 15' high becoming tree-like in its native habitat. Item# 10703.

Grows To: 6-9'H x 4-6'W, up to 15'H where frost free
Outdoor Light: Full sun*, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Glowvine, Purple Bignonia, Saritaea, Purple Funnel Vine

Bignonia magnifica, Saritaea magnifica, Arrabidaea magnifica

The clusters of purple to purplish-pink 3" wide trumpet shaped flowers with a nicely contrasting white ring surrounding the yellow throats that are lined with fine magenta lines that guide large bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the nectar and pollen reward inside. The Glowvine, Bignonia magnifica, is a highly desireable, exceptionally free flowering, naturally evergreen tropical vine with unusual pairs of oval leaflets that are centered by its grasping tendrils. Once mature, these easy to grow vigorous vines can flower continuously throughout the year under warm tropical conditions. The Glowvine (a.k.a. Glow Vine) can be trained as a shrub and overwintered indoors with regular pruning or allow it to cover fences, trellises, and arbors in tropical regions. Item# 12033

Grows To: 10'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Lifesaver Cactus

Ceropegia zebrina subsp. zebrina, Huernia zebrina subsp. zebrina

A rare and unusual succulent, the Lifesaver Cactus produces burgundy and tan star-shaped flowers that look as though a grape lifesaver has been stuck perfectly in their center. This is a low growing to trailing succulent with softly toothed 4-angled thick succulent stems that root into the soil anywhere they are in contact with it making it an easy plant to share. The Lifesaver Cactus makes for an easy and forgiving container plant for a porch, patio, or window and prefers a well-draining cactus-like soil. Grow it in an area that receives high indirect sunlight as it normally grows in the shade of larger desert plants in its native Africa. Allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings and never keep the soil soggy wet. Item# 489

Grows To: 3-4''H and slowly spreading
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade, Cool early morning sunlight

Lobelia aguana

Lobelia aguana

Small clusters of 2" long tubular red and orange flowers with a yellow throat emerge from the leaf axils on long peduncles, the stem that supports the flowers, to offer up its nectar reward to hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Under warm tropical conditions Lobelia aguana flowers nearly year round with the heaviest flowering in summer and fall. A shrubby Lobelia with long deep green narrow foliage it quickly matures into a 5'x5' specimen. Lobelia aguana hails from the Mesoamerican Cloud Forests of Central America. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist soil with average or better drainage. Item# 11802

Grows To: 5'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Large clusters of 1" wide starry golden yellow flowers with anthers that age to a contrasting red may be produced throughout the year under warm tropical conditions. The flowers attract bees and butterflies and if pollinated they are followed by 3/4-1" wide helicopter-like samaras. Maiden's Jealousy, Tristellateia australasiae, is a naturally evergreen tropical twining woody climber with rich green foliage and purplish stems on the growth. It can be grown in the ground in areas with mild winters and can also be grown as a container plant where not hardy. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum flowering. Maiden's Jealousy should be fairly tolerant of soil types as it is a component of Mangrove swamps and coastal forests in Tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Australia. Item# 12026

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11,(9A-9B? with protection)
Grows To: 6-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
US$14.99
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Manacá, Lady of the Night

Brunfelsia uniflora, B. manaca, B. hopeana, Franciscea uniflora

Small clusters of 2" wide white fragrant flowers open at the end of long slender tubes release their fragrance mainly at night with some fragrance maintained throughout the day as well. Peak flowering is generally in spring and summer with some flowers produced year round under warm tropical conditions. Manacá, Brunfelsia uniflora, is considered to be the most importnat Brunfelsia species used by South American shaman's and medicine men with a wide variety of uses from poison arrows, to 'dream walks', as an aphrodesiac, as well as a medicine to treat a variety of illnesses (we cannot recommend the use of this plant in any form as it can be potentially deadly). This is a naturally evergreen medium to large tropical shrub that may be planted in the garden and landscape where hardy or use it as a container plant that is overwintered indoors elsewhere. Item# 11896

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W and larger under warm tropical conditions
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large tight clusters, reaching up to 4-6" across, of orange flowers sit atop sturdy curving 18-24" stems that emerge in early spring just before and as the new foliage is unfurling. A rare and unusual South African beauty, the Paintbrush Lily is a shade loving bulb for well-drained, lightly shaded sites and is a close cousin of the Blood Lily or Football Lily, Scadoxus multiflorus. Item# 10892.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Filtered Shade, Light shade, AM sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Pedali Tree, Purple Radermachera Tree

Radermachera 'Purple' (similar to R. gigantea, syn. R. elmeri)

A rare and highly prized, the Pedali Tree or Purple Radermachera prodcues 2" wide light purple trumpets with contrasting yellow to orange beelines in the throat are produced throughout the growing season or yearround in warm tropical climates. A.k.a. Purple Radermachera Tree, this is a vigorous exceptionally free-flowering small tropical tree with glossy rich green foliage reaching about 20-25' high at maturity making it an excellent size as a smaller specimen in the landscape or as a street tree. Unlike many in the Radermachera genus this one lacks the fragrance but makes up for it with its flower show. It can also be grown as an indoor plant that is prized for its glossy green foliage but flowering is best where it receives direct sunlight. Item# 12015

Grows To: 20-25'H x 20-25'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Pewter Bush

Strobilanthes gossypinus

The interesting fuzzy foliage of Pewter Bush has a golden hue when the leaves are young and then matures to silver. Sure to be a conversation piece, this easy to grow, small and shrub-like tropical makes a beautiful container specimen, add it to mixed container gardens, or even as a tender perennial in warm winter climates. Like its purple cousin, Persian Shield, it seems to prefer more shade than sun and even then it should be cool sunlight like filtered sun or early morning or late afternoon sun. Item# 10785.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, AM sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Redneck Nation Alabama Witch Alder, Fothergilla

Fothergilla milleri 'Redneck Nation'

Dense bottlebrush-like flowers composed of fragrant frilly white to cream colored flowers are produced atop the tips of the bare stems in late winter or early spring. Redneck Nation Fothergilla or Witch Alder is a moderately dense growing small to medium sized deciduous suckering native shrub with showy gray-green and bronze new growth that matures to blue-green in summer and produces fall color in shades of red, orange, and yellow. This species is new to science as of 2020! The the cultivar name is in honor of its original discovery by botanist and naturalist Fred Nation in Baldwin County, Alabama and the species name honors Dr. Ron Miller. Provide an average moist, well-drained, acidic soil in full to partly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Redneck Nation Fothergilla can be used as a low growing and low maintenance informal hedge or as a specimen plant in the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings. Flowers will be similar to those shown although this is an image of Mt. Airy Fothergilla. Item# 12165

 

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Clusters of 6-8" wide white fragrant (may be most intensely fragrant at night) flowers composed of a frilly edged round ruffled hymen, with a yellow to greenish yellow throat, from which radiate the 6 long narrow spidery petals. The Spring Spiderlily, Hymenocallis lirosme, is a spring flowering bulbous native perennial with upright to arching medium green sword shaped foliage. It is typically found growing in areas that are wet or are consistently moist, at least during the spring and early summer when the plant is in active growth. It generally goes dormant in mid to late summer after the seeds have ripened or if it gets too dry it may go dormant early in self-defense. The Spring Spiderlily is well suited to bogs and wet areas and can also be submerged in about 2" of water and is perfectly happy growing at the pond's edge or streamside. This species is rarely offered in the nursery trade and these are large well established flowering sized bulbs growing in their own containers. The flowers of Hymenocallis or Spiderlilies are typically pollinated by hummingbird or Sphinx moths but may also be visited by butterflies. Item# 11958

Grows To: 12-24"H x 18-24"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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St. John's Hibiscus, Kokio Hibiscus, St. John's Rosemallow

Hibiscus kokio subsp. saintjohnianus

Deep pumpkin orange single flowers with long elegant staminal columns and recurving petals. A rare orange subspecies of the native Hawaiian Kokio Hibiscus, St. John's Hibiscus produces a year round display of 3-4" wide flowers on a moderately vigorous naturally large growing tropical Hibiscus that can easily be maintained as a container specimen where not hardy. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Item# 11036

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W in containers, up to 20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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String of Dolphins, Dolphin Plant, Flying Dolphins

Curio x peregrinus, Senecio x peregrinus, C. peregrinus

Unusual bluish-green to gray-green foliage is shaped like dolphins leaping from the water and are attached to thin succulent trailing stems that can reach over 36 inches in length. The String of Dolphins or Dolphin Plant is considered to be a hybrid of the String of Pearls, Senecio rowleyanus, and the Candle Plant, Senecio articulatus. Like its parents, it prefers a soil with excellent drainage and cool sunlight to high indirect light making this an easy choice for a covered porch or patio or on a windowsill. Allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings although it can tolerate slightly more moisture when in active growth. To learn more about how to care for this plant see our Cactus and Succulent Growing Guide. Item#12172

Grows To: 3-6"H x 12-24"L
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight like early morning or late evening, Part sun, Light shade, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Rare and Unusual! The large 7-8" wide dark magenta flowers are held against contrasting variegated deep green foliage that is edged in a narrow band of white and pink and even the buds are intrestingly striped in green and white. Summer Carnival Hardy Hibiscus is a rare variegated form of Perennial Hibiscus flowering from summer into early fall with a compact branching habit. This is sure to be a fun plant in the garden and landscape! Provide a full to mostly sunny location in moist to average moist to wet, moderately fertile soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12068

Grows To: 4-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of 1/2" wide white 5-petaled lightly fragrant flowers that open at the ends of 1/2" long tubes may be produced on and off throughout the growing season under good conditions. The Tree of Little Stars or Flowering Escambron, Clerodendrum aculeatum, is a naturally evergreen small to medium-sized tropical shrub with medium green narrow foliage and it is popular as a bonsai specimen due to its frequent flowering. It is also utilized as a nearly impenetrable hedge plant as it will produce thorns on older growth where the leaves drop. When allowed to grow freely Flowering Escambron may exceed 6' in height but is easily kept smaller with regular pruning. With its white fragrant flowers this is most likely a moth pollinated species making it a good choice as a container plant in a Moon Moth Garden. These plants are bonsai ready with decent sized trunks and well branched heads. Grow in full sun to light shade. Item# 12198

Grows To: 3-6'H x 3-6'W, possibly to 8-9'H with age
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Beni Kin Mokusei Sweet Olive, Red Flowering Sweet Olive, red sweet olive

Osmanthus fragrans aurantiacus 'Beni Kin Mokusei'

This is the highly sought after and very rare red flowering Sweet Olive. Beni Kin Mokusei produces dense clusters of deep orange-red flowers in fall that are slightly larger than your typical orange flowered Sweet Olive as per Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana who managed to bring this wonderful plant into the US for us to enjoy. Sweet Olives are easy and reliable, long-lived, large evergreen shrubs with few pests or diseases. They can be enjoyed as a container specimen where not hardy. Item# 10786

Grows To: 12'H x 8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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