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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.
 

Atropurpurea Passion Flower, Passionvine

Passiflora 'Atropurpurea', P. atropurpurea

3-5" wide exotic looking flowers with purplish-red petals and sepals are topped by a corona of contrasting white filaments are produced throughout the warmer months or nearly year round under warm frost free conditions. Atropurpurea Passionflower is a vigorous growing and free flowering vine that may reach 30'H if given support. Cross pollinated flowers may produce edible fruit. Item# 11232

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(9? With protection)
Grows To: 12'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Audrey Lea Angel's Trumpet (Double Pink)

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Audrey Lea'

Audrey Lea Angel's Trumpet produces sweetly fragrant, large to very large double to triple flowered trumpets that open with a white throat reminiscent of Frosty Pink and darken to deep pink into near reds during the spring and fall growing season. During warmer summer temperatures the flowers are more of a medium pink. This 2013 introduction from the breeding work of Fred Sommers is a vigorous and large growing plant. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like die-back perennials in the northern parts of their range but readily return from the roots in spring. Sure to attract hummingbird moths. Item# 11195

Grows To: 8-12'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Rosy pink to purplish pink bracts mature to white and finally fade to green on tall sturdy stems. The small true yellow flowers emerge between the bracts singly or a few at a time over an extended period beginning in spring and may continue through summer. The Aussie Plume Ginger is a tall growing selection of Curcuma australasica that is as the name implies native to Australia. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a well-drained moderately fertile soil for the best results. This is an easy to grow root hardy rhizomatous perennial that can be enjoyed in the garden and in containers whose large deep green foliage provides a tropical accent. Winter dormant but returns readily in mid to late spring. Item# 11510

Grows To: 4-6'H, space as close as 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Bahama Blue Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora caerulea 'Bahama Blue'

4-5" wide flowers with white petals and sepals are topped by a crown of white filaments with a light purple halo surrounding the central portion of these exotic looking flowers. Bahama Blue Passion Flower is a beautiful and vigorous free flowering selection of the Blue Crown Passion Flower, Passiflora caerulea, with all its hardiness and reliability. The nectar rich flowers are adored by larger bees and the foliage is a host to a variety of butterflies. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moderately fertile, average moist, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Click on "More Details and Growing Info" or the image to learn more about growing Passionvines as perennials in containers or in the garden and landscape. Item# 11222

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Baja Fairy Duster, Powderpuff

Calliandra californica

Deep orangey-red, up to 2" wide, mimosa-like blossoms are produced nearly every month of the year when grown under frost free conditions. The brilliantly colored flowers of the Baja Fairy Duster are rich with nectar and pollen attracting hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. It is reported that fairies like them too! The deep blue-green finely textured, nearly fern-like foliage is touch sensitive like the sensitive briar, if not quite as fast, and this one has no thorns. Considered to be one of the most cold hardy Powderpuffs, the Baja Fairy Duster develops into an informal fountaining shrub once mature that is nearly twice as wide as high. Moderately drought resistant once well established. This dwarf Powderpuff also makes a low maintenance container plant. Item# 838.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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A succession of red tubular blooms that end in a purple bat-like 'face' are topped by a pair of glowing red 'ears' creating the interesting 'bat face' look. Batface Cuphea, or Georgia Scarlet Batface Cuphea, is a tough and reliable low mounding perennial which blooms from late spring to frost. Provide a well-drained soil with full to mostly sun for the best results. An excellent choice for hummingbirds, mixed containers, hanging baskets, and in mass plantings. Item# 1220

Grows To: 12-24''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Bee Happy™ Alive Bidens

Bidens ferulifolia 'Bee Alive' PPAF

1-2" wide yellow and orange starry flowers are produced atop a mound of deep green foliage beginning in spring, continuing through summer, and into fall. Bee Happy™ Alive Bidens is a mounding tender perennial with deep green foliage whose bright colors are sure to liven up your containers or garden and landscape. It can be used as specimen plant as well as in mixed container gardens. Bee Happy™ Alive Bidens has received high marks in trials across much of the US with and boasts increased vigor and branching. The flowers attract bees and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in an average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12108

Grows To: 8-14''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Bee Happy™ Red Improved Bidens

Bidens ferulifolia 'Baleehedi' PPAF

1-2" wide yellow, orange, and fiery red starry flowers are produced atop a mound of deep green foliage beginning in spring, continuing through summer, and into fall. Bee Happy™ Red Improved Bidens is a mounding tender perennial with deep green foliage whose bright colors are sure to liven up your containers or garden and landscape. It can be used as specimen plant as well as in mixed container gardens. Bee Happy™ Red Improved Bidens has received high marks in trials across much of the US with and boasts increased vigor and branching. The flowers attract bees and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in an average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12107

Grows To: 8-14''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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The beautiful, unusual and almost alien looking burgundy, bronze, and green colored dutchman's pipe-like flowers are produced during the growing season atop the smooth and glossy olive green variegated foliage. Bejuco de Santiago, or Contribo in its native Belize, is an easy to grow, evergreen, vigorous twining tropical climber that is small enough to be enjoyed on a 3-4' trellis although it can climb to 12-15'H if given support. The foliage and dense habit are decorative and showy even when the plant is not in flower. Bejuco de Santiago can tolerate full sun but the foliage seems to be at its best where the plant receives some shade or filtered sun during the heat of the day. Item# 3123

Grows To: 12-15'H, easily maintained on a 3-4'H trellis or other support
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Midday shade, Part shade, Part sun
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Bidwill's Coral Tree, Fireman's Cap

Erythrina x bidwillii

Conical spikes of deep red, 3" long tubular flowers are produced nearly continuously throughout the growing season on this vigorous and easy to grow shrub to shrub-like perennial. Bidwill's Coral Tree is a hybrid of our native Mamou Bean, Erythrina herbacea, and the tropical Crybaby Tree, Erythrina crista-galli, combining the best features of both parents. It has the cold hardiness of the Mamou and the continuous flowering of the Crybaby and the hummingbirds flock to the intense red tubular flowers. Easy to grow and establish, it is perennial in areas where freezes are common and becomes more shrub-like in zones 9, 10, and 11. Item# 11083

Grows To: 4-6'H x 6-8'W perennial, to 20'H x 15'W as shrub
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Big Momma Turks Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'

The large sleepy scarlet blooms of 'Big Momma' are held upright on woody stems from late spring to fall or even year round in mild winter climates. This hybrid Greg Grant selection produces a large, vigorous, and free flowering Turk's Cap that revels in the heat and the sun of Southern summers. A hummingbird and butterfly magnet! Item# 1081

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Big-Leaf Princess Flower, Tibouchina, Glory Flower

Pleroma heteromalla, Tibouchina grandifolia

The huge tropical velvety foliage is very unique and is topped by spikes of royal purple flowers in summer. Grow it as a specimen or in the back of a border as a perennial in mild winter areas. A real conversation piece whether in flower or not. Item# 9349.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 3-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower

Strelitzia reginae

The Bird of Paradise produces exotic and unusual, tropical looking orange, blue, and purple bird-like flowers that are perfectly designed to allow Sunbirds to perch on the tips of the blue petals which opens the flower and provides access to their rich nectar. Here in the US we get to enjoy Hummingbirds enjoying their bounty. The large glossy blue green foliage of the Bird of Paradise is arranged in attractive symmetrical fans that provide architectural interest even when the plants are not in flower. The Bird of Paradise is an easily maintained evergreen container specimen or grow it in the ground where hardy. Item# 1214.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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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, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Black Sapphire Gecko™ Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Black Sapphire Gecko' PP27966

The large almost mirror-like shiny black foliage seemingly irridesces to blues and silvers depending on the angle that you view it at creating an unusual effect and the foliage also has undersides in maroon shades. Black Sapphire Gecko™  Elephant Ears is a clump-forming introduction with large foliage and a vigorous habit whose dark colors are sure to contrast nicely with surrounding plants. 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. Image courtesy of Ag3, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12041
 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,11,(7A?)
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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Blue Butterfly Bush, Blue Glory Bower, Blue Wings Bush

Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense', Clerodendrum ugandense, C. myricoides 'Ugandense'

From spring to fall the Blue Butterfly Bush produces large clusters of dainty, blue flowers that very much resemble little butterflies and thus the name. This is a tropical plant that can be grown as a root hardy perennial in the northern portions of its range (zone 9 and warmer) otherwise it makes an easy to grow container plant. In its native habitat it can reach 10-12'H but more typically it is kept as a 4-6'H shrub. The long canes lend it to use as an espalier. Item# 10681

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W and larger in mild winter climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Blue Ginger, Brazilian Ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

Deep purplish-blue blooms are borne in 6" spikes in summer and fall. Tropical glossy green ginger like foliage is borne on stiff fleshy stems. Item# 326.

Grows To: 7'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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The Blue Glory Vine produces 2-1/2" wide purple trumpets with yellow throats that are produced freely from spring to fall. A mounding and upright to spreading perennial to small (3-4'H) rambling climber, it is one of our favorite root hardy perennials for adding purple to a semi-shady area of the garden or in containers and it has excellent flower power. The Blue Glory Vine is happy in light shade to partial sun conditions but seems to prefer midday to afternoon shade in hot summer climates. It makes an easy container plant where not hardy. Item# 327

Grows To: 2-3'H x 4-6'W as perennial, 4-6'H x 6-8'W as evergreen vine
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Am sun, *Full sun

A repeat flowering Lily of the Nile, Blue Heaven produces large rounded clusters of bell-shaped trumpets in shades of brilliant blue beginning in summer and lasting into fall on 2-4' high sturdy stems. A naturally evergreen clump forming perennial, Blue Heaven is considered hardy into zone 7. Agapanthus are reliable and generally pest free making these durable perennials a staple of gardens with mild winter climates whether in the garden or in containers. Item# 11099

Grows To: 2'H x 2-3'W, flower stems 2-4'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Bluish-purple 3" trumpets are borne in succession throughout summer and into fall on this upright to loosely open and spreading shrub-like tropical. The Morning Glory Bush is considered root hardy throughout much of zone 9. Provide your plants with a warm protected site, a well draining soil, and extra protection during hard or extended freezes for the best results. In frost-free climates the Morning Glory Bush can develop into a loose open shrub. Item# 329

Grows To: 6'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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One of the most amazingly blue colored flowers in the plant world! This small growing but vigorous annual or tender perennial vine produces loads of brilliant deep blue flowers with recurving and overlapping petals with a white to creamy yellow throat. It can be successfully overwintered but it's easier just to save a few seeds to plant in spring. Item# 9114

Blue dye can be extracted from the blossoms!!

Grows To: 6-10'H x 3-5'W
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Blue Porterweed

Stachytarpheta cayennensis, S. indica

Deep indigo 1/4" blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost above the rich green glossy foliage. Blue Porterweed is an intermediate growing Porterweed and has a fairly dense upright habit. An excellent choice for butterfly gardens or in containers. Also known as Blue Snakeweed, Verbena Azul, Cayenne Snakeweed. Item# 330.

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

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

Clusters and chains of large 3" wide purple-blue trumpet shaped flowers with contrasting yellow throats are produced throughout much of the growing season and attract larger bees and butterflies as well as the occassional hummingbird. The Blue Sky Vine, Thunbergia grandiflora, is an exceptionally popular tropical vine that is easy, reliable, has excellent flower power and it can be grown as a die-back perennial in zones 8-9 if established early in the growing season (click the "More Details and Growing Info" link or the plant's image to learn more). It may remain evergreen in warm frost free tropical climates where it can flower nearly yearround. The Blue Sky Vine is a heat and sunloving twining vine suitable for metal fences, smaller arbors, and medium to large trellises or other sturdy supports. Provide a well-drained, moderately fertile soil. The Blue Sky Vine can also be enjoyed as an easy and low-maintenance container plant. Item# 1108.

Grows To: 15'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Atropurpurea Passion Flower, Passionvine

Passiflora 'Atropurpurea', P. atropurpurea

3-5" wide exotic looking flowers with purplish-red petals and sepals are topped by a corona of contrasting white filaments are produced throughout the warmer months or nearly year round under warm frost free conditions. Atropurpurea Passionflower is a vigorous growing and free flowering vine that may reach 30'H if given support. Cross pollinated flowers may produce edible fruit. Item# 11232

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(9? With protection)
Grows To: 12'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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