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These heat loving summer flowering beauties are sure to bring the color of the tropics to your garden and patio. We have a huge selection of beautiful, unusual, exotic, as well as rare tropical and subtropical plants for gardens, containers, and greenhouses.

Purple Chinese Hat, Tahitian Hat Plant, Northern Chinese Hats

Holmskioldia tettensis, H. taitensis, Karomia tettensis, H. spinescens  

Deep blue to purple tubular, 1" long flowers emerge from the center of the purple, rounded, chinese hat-shaped calyces typically throughout summer and in to fall. The Purple Chinese Hat has a naturally upright to vase shaped habit. We have seen it return from the roots after experiencing 24F if the base of the plant is mulched with a breathable but insulative organic mulch. Easily grown as a medium sized container plant where not hardy. Item #574

Grows To: 4-9'H x 2-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Purple Firespike, Purple Flame

Odontonema callystachyum  

Tall spikes of purple narrow tubular flowers that open to display reflexing narrow petals are produced mainly from fall through spring but may be produced anytime of year under good conditions. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Purple Firespike is a shade tolerant species bothered by few pests or diseases and is quite adaptable to soil types but prefers regular moisture and average fertility. Naturally an evergreen, shrub-like perennial in frost free locations it can also be grown as a die-back perennial into zone 8 if given winter protection such as a mulch. Purple Firespike also makes an easy tropical looking container plant for the porch and patio and can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Item# 11188

Grows To: 4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Light shade, Shade, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Purple Porterweed

Stachytarpheta frantzii  

Deep velvety purple blooms are produced continuously from spring to fall on this upright to spreading perennial. The Purple Porterweed is a medium sized variety becoming fairly dense as it matures. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 578.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Huge drooping panicles of long lasting, lavender, star-shaped calyxes that are centered by royal purple 1/2'' rounded verbena-like flowers that may be produced anytime between January and August. The medium-green leaves are textured like sandpaper. A vigorous, naturally evergreen tropical twining vine that lends itself to use on arbors, large trellises, fences, or on nearly any sturdy structure. Queen's Wreath can also be trained into a tree form if given a supporting post. The flowers of Queen's Wreath attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12153

These beauties are about 18 inches tall above the pot, and healthy.  As of 4-17-2022

Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
2.5 inch pots
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Exceptionally dense spikes of 1-1/2" long purple tubular flowers are produced from late summer, throughout winter, and into spring under frost free conditions on this vigorous and unusually shade tolerant Salvia. Purple Sage, or Autumn Purple Sage is a vigorous easy to grow species from south of the border with a mounding to upright habit. Attracts hummingbirds as well as larger butterflies. Item# 11173

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Filtered sunlight, Light shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The 10-14" high, long-lasting spikes are composed of showy deep pinkish purple bracts above while the lower smaller waxy green bracts protect the fertile yellow flowers. Flowering typically occurs in late spring to early summer and at about the same time as the new foliage emerges. The Queen Lily or Common Hidden Ginger, *Curcuma petiolata (tentatively), is a naturally clump forming, slowly spreading, root hardy, deciduous tropical with large, textured, almost canna-like, medium green foliage. This easy and reliable, low maitenance heirloom thrives in moderate sun to bright shade in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil. The Queen Lily also makes for an easy container plant where not hardy. Naturally winter dormant but plants readily return in late spring. Item# 13177

Grows To: 2-3'H, space as close as 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade

Queen's Tears Bromeliad

Billbergia nutans, B. minuta, B. linearifolia  

An exceptionally cold hardy and easy to grow bromeliad! The Queen's Tears Bromeliad produces large arching stems covered in big showy pink bracts the last bracts on the stems open to reveal hanging clusters of green flowers with delicately recurving petals edged in deep bluish purple, contrasting bright yellow stamens along with matching pink calyxes. The tropical, nectar rich flowers are produced in mid winter. The blue gray rosettes of foliage provide excellent contrast for the brightly colored flower spikes. Queen's Tears readily multiplies by rhizomes creating a dense mass of foliage and can be grown in a well draining soil or as a semi-epiphyte on a board. Item# 11117

Grows To: 16-24"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade, Early AM sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ragin' Cajun Red Ruellia, Red Mexican Petunias

Ruellia elegans 'Ragin' Cajun'  

Few plants can exceed the flower power of this excellent little performer! Deep red trumpet shaped flowers are produced in small clusters atop small wispy stems from spring to frost atop the medium green fuzzy foliage. Under warm tropical conditions it flowers year-round. Ragin' Cajun Red Ruellia, a selection of Ruellia elegans made by Robbie Dupont of Dupont Nursery, Plaquemine, Louisiana, is a small branching, clump-forming, herbaceous, naturally evergreen tropical to root hardy perennial growing to about 12" x 12". It makes an easy and well-behaved filler or spiller for container gardens either in mixed company or as a container specimen as well as for gardens and landscapes. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds. Provide a full sun to partly sunny site in an average moist, fertile, average to well-drained soil. May reseed on exposed soils but in mulched areas this doesn't seem to be an issue. Can be utilized as a colorful mid to late-spring to fall groundcover if spaced about 9-12" apart. Item# 619

Grows To: 12-16"H x 12-16"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Rangoon Creeper, Drunken Sailor, Chinese Honeysuckle

Quisqualis indica, Combretum indicum  

Clusters of long tubular buds open to fragrant white starry flowers that quickly change to pink, red, and finally a deep maroon. The Rangoon Creeper is a vigorous twining tropical climber that flowers profusely throughout summer. Well-established plants are considered root hardy into zone 8A and a mulch will help to ensure their return. The flowers are intensely sweetly fragrant when they first open but lose their fragrance as they age. Item# 9862

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Red Bleeding Heart Vine

Clerodendrum x speciosum, C. delectum  

Large clusters of long-lasting, light lavender, mauve, to purple calyxes serve as the backdrop for the contrasting deep red, 1" wide, butterfly shaped flowers that are produced throughout the warmer months of the year, as early as midspring to about mid fall. The Red Bleeding Heart Vine, Clerodendrum x speciosum, is a naturally evergreen, heirloom, twining, tropical climber that is one of the better and more reliable flowering vines for shaded areas, although it can also take *full sun, if acclimated, where it may be even more floriferous, and it attracts butterflies and likely hummingbirds. I have always found it interesting that many of the butterfly and moth pollinated species in the genus Clerodendrum appropriately have butterfly shaped flowers. Provide the Red Bleeding Heart Vine with a moist to average moist, fertile, average to well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. This is a hybrid of the White Bleeding Heart Vine, C. thompsonae, and the Flaming Glory Bower Vine, C. splendens. Item# 599

Grows To: 6-12'H
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, *Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Red Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium deceptum, H. rubrum  

The Red Butterfly Ginger produces large deep reddish orange to red flowers that emerge from a darkened flower spike atop the sturdy stems of rich green smooth tropical looking foliage. It very much resembles the White Butterfly Ginger when in flower other than the flower color but has darker foliage a more compact habit. The Red Butterfly Ginger is one of the earliest gingers to flower in our collection. Provide a semi-shaded location where it receives shade during the hottest portion of the day although it is fairly tolerant. The Red Butterfly Ginger will prefer an average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Item# 11521

Grows To: 3-4'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, *Mostly sunny, *Full sun
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The large rounded clusters of deep purple to nearing black, star-shaped, slightly fuzzy flowers are centered by a deep red, star-shaped, button-like corona that are produced in spring and summer with some sources suggesting that the flowers are fragrant. Red Buttons Hoya, a selection or hybrid of Hoya pubicalyx, is a vigorous twining tropical vine to epiphyte with wide, ovate, deep green foliage that is splashed with silvery flecking. New foliage and vines are often a deep purple to deep burgundy. This an easy and reliable cultivar well suited to hanging basket culture, as a table top specimen, and is vigorous enough to grow on a small trellis or other support. Item# 12677

Grows To: 6-12''H and trails/climbs to 3'L or more
Outdoor Light: Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Red Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis 'Red', Tecomaria capensis 'Red', Bignonia capensis, T. petersii  

The Red Cape Honeysuckle produces masses of dark red 2" tubular flowers in large clusters in summer and fall or nearly continuously throughout the year under frost free conditions. This easy heat and sun loving tropical can be grown as a medium to large arching shrub or hedge, vine or espalier, and can be trained into tree standards. The tubular flowers are a treat for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Where not hardy it is easily maintained as a container plant. Item# 600.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W, to 20' as a vine in frost free climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This very rare red flowered form of Chinese Hat produces red tubular blooms that emerge from the Chinese hat-like red calyxes are produced from late summer to autumn along the arching stems of this unusual shrub. An excellent late summer and fall flowering shrub-like to die-back perennial for a sunny location. Easy and begins flowering just in time for the Hummingbird migration southward. Provide a deep winter mulch in the northern portions of its range. Item# 11486

Grows To: 4-10'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Red Clusters Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis 'Red Clusters', Melaleuca viminalis  

Brilliant crimson red bottlebrush-like flowers are produced in summer often into fall to potentially year-round under warm tropical conditions and attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Red Clusters Bottlebrush, a selection of Callistemon viminalis, is a vigorous freely flowering, naturally evergreen large shrub that can also be trained into a small tree form that matures to about 12' high by about 8' wide. In zone 8, the foliage may drop after hard freezes potentially reducing flowering and so this cultivar may be best grow in warmer winter climates like zones 9 and 10. They can also be enjoyed as container plants where not reliably hardy. Provide Bottlebrush with a full to mostly sunny site in an average to well-draining, fertile soil and they are moderately drought resistant once fully established. Item# 603

Grows To: 12-15'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The large glowing red 'parent' flowers of the original El Capitolio Hibiscus appear to have a second smaller double bloom that is held out away from it creating a 'poodled' effect. The El Capitolio Hibiscus have the potential to flower throughout the year under good conditions and with enough warmth and sunlight.The large blooms often have a streak of white adding to their tropical beauty. Their unique form, flower size, vigor, and flower power all make the El Capitolio Hibiscus types some of our favorites for large tropical specimens. They can be used as formal or informal shrubs for hedging and screens, as tree forms, or even trained into large espalier. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 610.

Grows To: 8'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Red Fountains Skullcap, Hummingbird Plant, Trailing Skullcap

Scutellaria longifolia 'Red Fountains'  

Small spike-like racemes composed of numerous 1-1/2" long, tubular, deep cherry red flowers are produced from spring to frost to potentially year-round under warm tropical conditions potentially attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Red Fountains Skullcap, a selection of Scutellaria longifolia, is a mounding, naturally evergreen, herbaceous perennial perfectly suited for hanging baskets or container culture as a spiller or filler and is considered to be a root hardy, dieback perennial into zone 8. It can also be utilized as a groundcover for near the front of the border or landscape. Hanging basket culture will bring the nectar rich flowers within easy reach for hummingbirds. Provide an average moist to moist, fertile soil in full sun to partly shaded conditions for optimum vigor and flowering. Provide an organic mulch to protect the crown in areas where freezes occur if it is intended to be grown as a perennial. Item# 1201

Red Fountains Skullcap is considered by some to be hardy to zone 8A if provided with a breathable but insulative winter mulch like pine straw (a.k.a. pine needles).

Grows To: 8-16"H x 16-24"W, space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Red Hot Variegated Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Red Hot'  

This new variety of variegated Hibiscus is absolutely Red Hot with it's burgundy, red, pink, green, and white foliage. The new growth starts out nearly maroon and lightens to a hot pink that sticks with it all season long adding its color to the landscape in broad strokes. 3-4" wide glowing red flowers add to its elegance in spring and summer and are sure to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 9348

Grows To: 6'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Red Mexican Love Vine, Sao Paulo Red Mexican Flame Vine, Orange Glowvine

Senecio confusus 'Sao Paulo', Pseudogynoxis chenopodiodes 'Sao Paulo'  

Clusters of dark red to red-orange daisy-like flowers with yellow fading to red 'eyes' are produced throughout the growing season, and potentially year-round under warm tropical conditions, on this vigorous and easy small to medium-sized vine. The Sao Paulo Mexican Love Vine, a somewhat rare selection of Senecio confusus, is a naturally evergreen, twining herbaceous tropical vine that can be grown as a die-back perennial in areas with mild winters, like zones 9-10 and even into 8B, if provided with a breathable insulative protective mulch for winter. It is vigorous enough to be grown as an annual in colder climates and can also be maintained as a container plant that is overwintered indoors. The Mexican Love Vine, a.k.a Mexican Flame Vine, is a heat and sunloving free-flowering tropical suitable for small to medium-sized trellises, fences, and can even be allowed to spill from hanging baskets. The flowers attract a variety of butterfly species and seem to be especially popular with migrating Monarchs as well as bees and hummingbirds. Provide a full to partly sunny site in any average to well-drained, fertile, average moist soil. Item# 612

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 10-15'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Red Mistletoe Cactus, Red Rhipsalis

Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa, Disocactus ramulosus  

Thin flat scalloped stems turn deep red to near purple-red when the plants are grown where they receive high light and produce long-lasting decorative white berries along the leaf edges that follow the small inconspicuous flowers. The Red Mistletoe Cactus or Red Rhipsalis, Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa, is an easy to grow vigorous tropical cactus whose weeping stems can create an amazing specimen hanging basket plant. A component of tropical forests with an epiphytic-like growth habit, it naturally receives filtered sunlight and will have the most intense color where it receives high indirect light to cool sunlight, like early morning or very late evening or filtered sunlight. Provide a well-drained soil and average moisture for optimum growth and vigor. Item# 11825

Grows To: 12-18"H and may trail to 36-48"L
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight - very early or very late, Filtered shade, Bright shade, Light shade
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Red Orchid Cactus, epiphyllum

Epiphyllum 'Red'  

The extra large flowers of this old favorite are created by deep fuchsia inner petals surrounded by crimson outer petals. The long lasting flowers open at night and often last through the day. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Item # 784.

Grows To: 3'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Red Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum 'Red'  

The extra large flowers of this old favorite are created by deep fuchsia inner petals surrounded by crimson outer petals. The long lasting flowers open at night and often last through the day. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Item # 11022.

Grows To: 3'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Spikes topped by densely stacked pinecone-like bracts which are produced in summer emerge green and slowly deepen to red. Sunny yellow flowers emerge from between the bracts over a long period. The Shampoo Ginger or Pinecone Ginger is a hardy, clump forming rhizomatous perennial that produces deep green narrow tropical looking foliage that can reach 4-6' high. Prefers cool sunlight and an average moist, well-drained soil. Where not hardy this ginger is easy to enjoy and overwinter as a container plant. Long lasting cut flower. The flower shown is in between the green and red stage. Item# 11477

Grows To: 4-7'H in the garden, 2-3' in containers
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight, filtered sunlight, Part sun, Part shade, Full sun*

Red Shrimp Plant, False Hope, Shrimp Plant, Shrimp Bush

Justicia brandegeeana, Beloperone guttata, Drejerella guttata, Justicia guttata  

A seemingly continuous display of upright to arching spikes composed of large showy maroon bracts from which the individual pink lipped tubular flowers emerge from spring to fall to year round under warm tropical conditions. This plant has exceptional flower power and makes a beautiful display as a container plant specimen and in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The common Red Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana, is a heat loving, naturally evergreen, bushy, tropical plant with dark olive green foliage and grows to about 24" high by about 18" wide. It is both full sun and bright shade tolerant but tends to have the densest branching habit where it receives at least 4 hours or more of direct sunlight. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Attracts hummingbirds and the occasional larger butterfly and is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Caterpillar host: Cuban Crescent, Texan Crescent, White Peacock, and Malachite. Item# 620

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Purple Chinese Hat, Tahitian Hat Plant, Northern Chinese Hats

Holmskioldia tettensis, H. taitensis, Karomia tettensis, H. spinescens  

Deep blue to purple tubular, 1" long flowers emerge from the center of the purple, rounded, chinese hat-shaped calyces typically throughout summer and in to fall. The Purple Chinese Hat has a naturally upright to vase shaped habit. We have seen it return from the roots after experiencing 24F if the base of the plant is mulched with a breathable but insulative organic mulch. Easily grown as a medium sized container plant where not hardy. Item #574

Grows To: 4-9'H x 2-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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