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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.

Red Vriesea Bromeliad

Vrisea 'Red'  

Long-lived flattened spikes composed of vibrant red bracts emerge from the low cupped rosettes of smooth rich green foliage in midspring and under good conditions it may be in flower again for the winter holidays. The nicely contrasting sunny yellow tubular flowers emerge one or two at the time from between the bracts. The neat compact habit, vigor, and long-lasting colorful bracts make this Vrisea hybrid an easy choice for adding that lush tropical look any shaded area of a patio, porch, atrium, or as an indoor plant. A choice plant as a center piece for outdoor sitting areas. Provide high humidity in an area with medium to high indirect light for optimum growth and flowering. Multiplies readily. Item# 11759

Grows To: 8-10"W x 6-10"H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Rounded clusters of bright fiery orange flowers from which emerge a bright sunny yellow and orange speckled rolled lip creating a tube for feeding butterflies and hummingbirds. The Reed-Stem Epidendrum is truly one of the easiest to grow and flower orchids that can be grown as an informal groundcover under tropical conditions like zone 10. For us, this rewarding orchid flowers most heavily from spring through summer. Provide a well-drained soil, amend with peat moss in dry, very sandy soils. 4-5 plants per pot. Item# 11585

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Morning sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Shade during heat of the day
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ric Rac Orchid Cactus, Fishbone Cactus, Lady of the Night, Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum anguliger, E. darrahii, Phyllocactus darrahii, Phyllocactus anguliger  

Sweetly fragrant, 4" wide, creamy white flowers that are backed by a loose ring of arching golden sepals are produced in fall and early winter on this unusual orchid cactus with its deeply notched stems that give its name of Ric Rac or Fishbone Cactus. The fragrant flowers on long arching stems open at night may last into the day on cool cloudy days and are generally moth pollinated in their native habitat and if you are lucky enough to have pollinated flowers delicious fruit may follow. Provide a well-drained humus rich soil and lightly shaded conditions for the best results. Item# 625

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Ric Rac Orchid Cactus, Fishbone Cactus, Lady of the Night, Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum anguliger, E. darrahii, Phyllocactus darrahii, Phyllocactus anguliger  

Sweetly fragrant, 4" wide, creamy white flowers that are backed by a loose ring of arching golden sepals are produced in fall and early winter on this unusual orchid cactus with its deeply notched stems that give its name of Ric Rac or Fishbone Cactus. The fragrant flowers on long arching stems open at night may last into the day on cool cloudy days and are generally moth pollinated in their native habitat and if you are lucky enough to have pollinated flowers delicious fruit may follow. Provide a well-drained humus rich soil and lightly shaded conditions for the best results. Item# 11583

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch pots, 20 fl oz/591 ml
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Rio Red Ruellia

Ruellia elegans 'Rio Red'  

Deep cerise red, widely flaring flowers are produced throughout the warmer months of the year on this taller growing selection of Red Ruellia. This puts the red flowers up within easy reach of hummingbirds, larger butterflies, and bees. Rio Red Ruellia will easily reach 30-40" high and will make a loose groundcover. Use this exceptionally free flowering tropical to tender perennial in the garden, landscape, or in containers for a spring to fall display. The Red Ruellias may reseed on exposed soils but rarely do so in mulched beds. Item# 11152

Grows To: 1-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Roman Red Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Roman Red' (Salvia darcyi x S. coccinea)  PPAF

Large intense red tubular flowers emerge from deep red calyxes in tall spikes throughout the growing season on this vigorous yet compact tropical Salvia hybrid. Roman Red Salvia is similar in form and habit to the popular Wish series but in a vibrant new color! Expect an aerial dogfight when your neighbor's hummingbirds show up for a feast. Suitable for use in medium to large containers as well as in gardens and landscapes. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained fertile soil. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11986

Grows To: 24-36''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Grown mainly for its large aromatic heart-shaped tropical foliage that produce a strong root beer-like fragrance when crushed along with contrasting narrow creamy white arching 'flowers' in the form of a 'spadix'. The Rootbeer Tree, Piper auritum, is a vigorous, naturally evergreen, shrub-like herbaceous tropical that can be grown as a die-back perennial into zone 8. In the garden and landscape it can spread aggressively and invasively, like some mints, via fleshy white underground rhizomes and can be difficult to eradicate once well established. It is generally easiest to contain when grown as a container plant that is not in contact with soil below it. The Rootbeer Tree is widely used as an herb in Meso-American cultures like Oaxacan. It can be used fresh or dried to flavor soups, eggs, drinks and is an essential ingredient in Mole Verde. Item# 789

Grows To: 6-10'H and spreads readily
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Bright shade

ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Aloha Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Aloha'  PP29692

The large arrowhead shaped, tropical foliage emerges a deep olive green and matures to a deep purple-black with nicely contrasting bluish-green, neon green to neon yellow veining. ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Aloha Elephant Ear is a vigorous, clump-forming, heat and sunloving, rhizomatous to tuberous rooted, naturally evergreen tropical plant growing to about 3-4' high and wide. It will act like a die-back perennial freezing back to the crown for winter and re-emerging in spring that is hardy into zone 7. Where not hardy the rhizomes can be lifted and stored for winter or the plants can be enjoyed as container plants and is vigorous enough to be utilized as an annual. Provide a wet to moist, fertile soil in a full sun to part shade site for optimum vigor. Photos courtesy of PlantHaven International, planthaven.com. Item# 12882

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,11,(7A?)
Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Black Coral Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Black Coral'  PP23896

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive? Guess what? This one is not! From the ROYAL HAWAIIAN®  series of Colocasias comes Black Coral, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great "Tropical" effect in the garden or in containers. The large three foot plus, almost heart-shaped, tropical foliage of Black Coral Elephant Ears is a glossy dark black that sits atop black stems and is sure to make a statement! Item# 11272
 
 

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Hawaiian Punch Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Hawaiian Punch'  PP24596

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the ROYAL HAWAIIAN®  series of Colocasias comes Hawaiian Punch, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large 3'+, almost heart-shaped, tropical foliage of Hawaiian Punch Elephant Ears is a glossy dark green and are edged with a narrow band of burgundy. The bright, near rhubarb red stems and veins on the bottom of the leaves add to the show. Prefers moist soils. Photo courtesy of Plant Haven, Inc. all rights reserved. Item# 10547.
 
 

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Maui Gold Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Maui Gold'  PP24482

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the ROYAL HAWAIIAN® series of Colocasias comes Maui Gold, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large 3'+, almost heart-shaped, tropical foliage of Maui Gold is a bright chartreuse green that sits atop sometimes purple tinged green stems. Prefers moist soils. Item# 10546.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Maui Sunrise Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Maui Sunrise'  PPAF

The large deep green glossy heart-shaped foliage is centered by broad bold bands of white and yellow variegation that follows the veining pattern on younger leaves and narrows to along the main central vein at maturity. ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Maui Sunrise Giant Elephant Ears, which is reminiscent of White Lava, is one of the newest additions to the tightly clump-forming Royal Hawaiian Colocasia series. Unlike the old varieties, these newer hybrids do not run! These tropical perennials prefer moist soils but otherwise can be used as container plants, garden perennials, and in bog or water garden settings where it can be submerged up to 2" deep. Photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, planthaven.com. Item# 12043

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Tropical Storm Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Tropical Storm'  PP28567

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the ROYAL HAWAIIAN® series of Colocasias comes Tropical Storm, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large up to 3'+, almost heart-shaped, often slightly crinkled, tropical foliage of the Tropical Storm Elephant Ear is a dark green to nearly black with a large bold splash of starkly contrasting creamy yellow in the center of the leaves. Prefers moist soils. Item# 11516

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® White Lava Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'White Lava'  PP24481

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the ROYAL HAWAIIAN®  series of Colocasias comes White Lava, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large up to 3'+, almost heart-shaped, often slightly crinkled, tropical foliage of the White Lava Elephant Ear is a rich clossy green centered with a large bold splash of broad bright creamy white to yellow veining in the often slightly crinkled leaves that sit atop contrasting wine red stems. Prefers moist soils. Item# 11028

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ruby Glow Passion Flower, Passionflower

Passiflora phoenicia 'Ruby Glow', P. x 'Ruby Glow', P. alata 'Ruby Glow', P. alata var phoenicia  

The large deep purplish red petals of Ruby Glow Passionflower are topped with a halo of deep bluish purple filaments. A heady sweet fragrance fills the air when this beautiful passionvine is in flower and it may produce very large, up to 3"W x 5"L, yellow tropical fruit if the flowers are cross pollinated by another species, cultivar, or seedling passionflower. Ruby Glow is a vigorous growing, heat loving tropical vine that can reach 20'H under good conditions. Caterpillar host: Gulf Fritillary, Julia Butterfly, Variegated Fritillary, and Zebra Longwing. Item# 631.

Grows To: 20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Ruby Throat Red Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Ruby Throat Red'  

The nearly 1/2" wide ruby red flowers adorn the narrow elongating spikes of this large growing Porterweed from spring to frost. We are excited to be able to finally offer this true red flowering form of the ever popular Coral Porterweed! Ruby Throat Red Porterweed is a vigorous large type Porterweed that can easily exceed 3' high. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds along with a host of butterflies are sure to search this beauty out and enjoy its rich near continuous supply of nectar. These are heat and sun loving tropical plants that have excellent flower power and will show off in a non-stop fashion throughout the growing season! Item# 12377

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Salmon El Capitolio Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Salmon El Capitolio'  

Large, pendant orange to apricot colored Hibiscus flowers are centered by a narrow stalk tipped with a pompom of frilly petals 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 flowers often have a streak of white and may even revert to single Hibiscus flowers during the short days of winter. 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 also 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# 632.

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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Strongly fragrant 1" white star-like blooms in clusters of 3-12 are produced on new growth from spring to fall. The fragrant white waxy flower petals are used to flavor Jasmine tea and Jasmine rice. An evergreen twining climber or arching shrub growing to 8' high if left to its own devices but it can certainly be pruned to keep it in bounds. Grow it as a container plant, as a hedge, an espalier or even as a small tree form. Item#11743

Grows To: 3-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Strongly fragrant 1" white star-like blooms in clusters of 3-12 are produced on new growth from spring to fall. The fragrant white waxy flower petals are used to flavor Jasmine tea and Jasmine rice. An evergreen twining climber or arching shrub growing to 8' high if left to its own devices but it can certainly be pruned to keep it in bounds. Grow it as a container plant, as a hedge, an espalier or even as a small tree form. Item# 2629.

Grows To: 3-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Spikes of deep red upward facing funnel-shaped flowers are produced non-stop from mid to late spring to fall atop the rich glossy deep green foliage attracting hummingbirds, occasional butterflies, and long-tongued bees. San Antonio Red Hummingbird Bush, a selection of Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, is a small decidous native shrub from South Texas with excellent flower power. This easy and reliable heirloom has an upright to spreading busny habit rarely exceeding 3-4' in height (3'x3' is fairly typical in our zone 8B gardens) and it revels in the heat and sun of summer and is undaunted by the high humidity and high rainfall of the southeastern US. In the northernmost portion of its hardiness range, zones 7A-8A, the Hummingbird Bush may freeze back to near groundlevel in the hardest winters but readily returns to flowering by mid to late spring. Provide a full sun to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Small and tough enough for container culture but it also makes a low-maintenance addition the garden and landscape. Caterpillar host: Crimson Patch Item# 10034

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Schinz's Carrion Flower, Starfish Flower, Starfish Cactus

Stapelia schinzii var. angolensis, Ceropegia schinzii var. angolensis, Gonostemon schinzii var. angolensis  

The thick, smooth, succulent, upright to trailing stems are rounded to 4-angled and tend to be green and purple when grown in high indirect light but become burgundy under full sun conditions. In summer Schinz's Carrion Flower produces 3-5" wide burgundy to brownish yellow starfish-shaped flowers that have a fringe of purple to burgundy club-shaped hairs dangling from the edges of the petals and tremor at the slightest breeze attracting insects for pollination. Like the larger growing Starfish Cactus, the flowers produce a light scent of rotting meat to attract their main pollinators - flies. This is an easy to grow succulent that will readily multiply into a dense mass of short upright stems and where allowed to trail the stems can grow to exceed 18" long. Provide full sun to bright indirect sunlight in a very well-draining, cactus-like soil for optimum vigor, health and flowering. Makes an easy windowsill, porch, or patio plant whose unusual flowers are sure to be a conversation piece. It can tolerate slightly more moisture when in active growth but should still be allowed to become moderately dry between waterings. Reduce watering in winter, especially if grown under cool conditions. These are well-established young plants with multiple plants per pot. Item# 12633

Grows To: 4-6"H and trailing to 18"L
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Cool early morning sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Bright shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 m
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Schumann's Cuphea, Orange Cuphea

Cuphea schumanii, Parsonia schumanii  

1-1/2" long, deep orange tubular flowers with lavender upper petals and exerted stamens give this cute Cuphea the 'batface' look and are produced throughout the warmer months of the year, or year round where winters are frost free. The flowers attract loads of hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators. This is a bushy shrub-like and herbaceous, tender perennial suitable for sunny outdoor locations and can be overwintered in bright indoor locations where not hardy. Enjoy Schumann's Cuphea as a container plant or in the garden. Provide a well-drained, moderately fertile soil for the best results. Item# 10702.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,12,(9A?,8B?)
Grows To: 24-36"H x 24-36"W, may reach 4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Truly one of the easiest to grow and most prolifically flowering Hoyas! The Shooting Star Hoya is a bush type Waxflower that produces large clusters of flowers composed of white and golden yellow petals that are swept back past the whitish centers looking for all the world like little shooting stars as the name aptly implies. It has dark green glossy foliage and develops into a small bush. Provide high light or only cool (early morning or very late evening) or filtered sunlight. The Shooting Star Hoya needs a quality well-draining soil for proper health and vigor. Item# 640

Grows To: 12-24''H x 8-18''W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered sun, Cool early morning sunlight
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Skeleton-Leaf Goldeneye, Golden Bush Daisy, Resinbush

Viguiera stenoloba, Sidneya tenuifolia, Heliomeris tenuifolia  

A mainstay of southern and western Texas and New Mexico butterfly gardens! Bright yellow daisies are produced from late spring into fall and are held against a foil of dark green, deeply lobed, fragrant, narrow foliage with the heaviest flowering occurring in fall. The flowers are highly attractive to a variety of butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. Skeleton-Leaf Goldeneye, Viguiera stenoloba and now Sidneya tenuifolia, is a native, naturally evergreen, small shrub with fine-textured, very dark green, deeply lobed, strongly resiny fragrant foliage that is resistant to being browsed by deer and rabbits. It is tough as nails and is highly drought resistant once well-established. Use it as a low maintenance formal or informal hedge, back drop, or groundcover. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained soils. A caterpillar host plant for the Bordered Patch Butterfly. Item# 13084

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Red Vriesea Bromeliad

Vrisea 'Red'  

Long-lived flattened spikes composed of vibrant red bracts emerge from the low cupped rosettes of smooth rich green foliage in midspring and under good conditions it may be in flower again for the winter holidays. The nicely contrasting sunny yellow tubular flowers emerge one or two at the time from between the bracts. The neat compact habit, vigor, and long-lasting colorful bracts make this Vrisea hybrid an easy choice for adding that lush tropical look any shaded area of a patio, porch, atrium, or as an indoor plant. A choice plant as a center piece for outdoor sitting areas. Provide high humidity in an area with medium to high indirect light for optimum growth and flowering. Multiplies readily. Item# 11759

Grows To: 8-10"W x 6-10"H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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