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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.

Vietnamese Gardenia

Gardenia vietnamensis

Strongly fragrant 3" creamy white single flowers are held against the large deep green glossy foliage on this vigorous evergreen shrub with a naturally dense and rounded habit. The Vietnamese Gardenia is much easier to grow than many Gardenias as it is more tolerant of overly moist soils as well as drought once established and has high resistance to Nematodes and other pests. This is one of the most free flowering Gardenias in our collection! Item# 9592

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
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Vining Maple, Red Wings, Mariposa

Heteropterys glabra

Redwing, Vining Maple, and Mariposa are among its many names, whatever you choose to call it this rather hardy vine with tropical origins creates quite a show throughout the warmer months of the year with a near continuous display of yellow, orchid-like flowers that are quickly followed by bright red, winged, maple-like seeds. Even the new growth is bright red adding to its color show. Grow Redwings as a vine or a sprawling shrub preferably in a sunny location and it should reward you for many years to come. Item # 1232.

Grows To: Vine to 15'L, Shrub to 4'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Violacea Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea'

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the narrow silvery foliage with dark green spots and reddish-purple reverses in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea' as there are many similar horticultural forms within this species, is a dwarf growing, evergreen herbaceous tropical succulent that grows from a thickened above ground bulb and readily multiplies happily filling its container. This should make an easy windowsill, porch, or patio plant where it receives bright indirect sunlight or a small amount of cool early morning or filtered sunlight. Provide this easy to grow plant with a well-drained, cactus-like soil and allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings. If it gets too dry it will wilt to let you know but it readily recovers once moisture is applied. During active growth, average moisture is preferred and it can be allowed to remain a good deal dryer when dormant. We ship 3 or more bulbs actively growing in a 2.25" pot. Item# 12453

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Cool direct sunlight like early morning or very late evening, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 8
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Wanda Sue Angel's Trumpet (Double Orange)

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Wanda Sue'

Wanda Sue Angel's Trumpet produces double to single orange trumpets throughout the warm months of the year on a vigorous 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# 11196

Grows To: 8-12'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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White Bleeding Heart Vine

Clerodendrum thompsonae

The White Bleeding Heart Vine produces large clusters of white, bell shaped, flower like calyces from which deep red almost butterfly-like flowers emerge. This vigorous twining tropical climber will flower throughout the warmer months of the year or practically year round where protected from frosts and freezes. The dark green foliage acts as the perfect foil for the long-lasting bright white calyces. The White Bleeding Heart Vine may freeze to the ground in the coldest portions of its range but established plants typically return in spring. An easy and rewarding container plant where not hardy. Item # 723.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 12-20'H with support
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, Cool Morning or Late Afternoon sunlight

Clusters of pure-white, butterfly-like, fragrant blooms are born in summer atop the tropical foliage and sturdy lush stems. Cut the flowers and put them in a vase and they can perfume an entire room with their sweet fragrance. This is an old garden favorite, easy and reliable. The White Butterfly Ginger multiplies slowly and reliably but generally not invasively. Item # 1065.

Grows To: 4-6'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Fragrant clusters of 1" white tubular flowers are produced in summer at the leaf axils and may be followed by 1/4" glossy black fruits. White Cestrum or Day Blooming Jasmine, Cestrum diurnum, is an upright to rounded, naturally evergreen shrub with glossy ovate foliage. Well established plants can be can be grown as a root hardy, die-back perennial in the colder portions of its range or it can be easily maintained as a medium to large container plant where it is protected from freezing temperatures. The day-fragrant flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 725

Grows To: 4'H x 3'W and larger, prune to control size
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Fragrant 4-6" wide pinwheel shaped white flowers may be produced throughout the year with adequate warmth and light. The Fragrant White Hawaiian Hibiscus is naturally a small tree reaching 20-30'H while cutting grown plants, like the ones we offer, generally develop into medium to large, multi-trunked 8-12'H 'shrubs that can be maintained at a smaller size with periodic pruning. Hibiscus arnottianus can be used as a free-flowering tree specimen, shrub, screen, or hedge. Where not hardy it makes an easy container plant. Flower fragrance is usually most intense just after opening and just before closing in the evening. Item# 11239

Grows To: 8-20'(-30')H x 6-20'W, space at 4-6' apart for hedge
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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White Jade Pineapple Plant

Ananus comosus 'White Jade'

This super sweet Hawaiian pineapple has white, low acid flesh with a fully edible core on a spineless plant. White Jade Pineapple quickly reaches maturity flowering and fruiting within the first 1-2 years. This bromeliad develops into a large rosette of tapering blue-green foliage that adds a tropical flare to the patio or the garden and landscape where hardy. Where not hardy it makes an easy and forgiving container plant that can be overwintered indoors when temperatures fall below freezing. It can be grown in sun to light shade and provide a well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor. Once it fruits, save the top of the pineapple to grow a new plant. Item# 12301

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11, may tolerate very short dips below 32oF
Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Full sun if acclimated properly
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 8
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White Morning Glory Bush, Gloria de la Mañana, Mexican Bush Morning Glory

Ipomoea fistulosa 'Alba', I. carnea ssp. fistulosa 'Alba'

Pure white 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. Item# 731.

Grows To: 6'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Nerved Dutchman's Pipevine, White Nerved Aristolochia

Aristolochia leuconeura, A. sylvicola, A. veraguensis

The White Nerved Dutchman's Pipevine is a rare and unusual Aristolochia with large tropical, heart-shaped foliage whose pronounced veins are yellow to cream creating a bright contrast against the dark to medium green, glossy leaves. It is mainly grown for its beautifully variegated foliage but mature plants will produce clusters of unusual burgundy flowers along the woody stems. A vigorous and fast growing tropical vine that performs wonderfully in full to partial sun. Makes an easy container plant where not hardy. Item# 9318

Grows To: 12-15'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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6" wide clusters of 1" wide cup-shaped creamy white flowers with a maroon 'star' placed in the center of the flower may be borne from spring through summer on this easy to grow and vigorous Wax Flower. Large, thick and wide, pointed dark green foliage on a vigorous growing vine. The White Papau Wax Flower makes an easy to enjoy and low maintenance container specimen that will wow you when it is in flower! Item# 9863

Grows To: 10-20'H
Outdoor Light: Light shade to full sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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A crown of deep sapphire blue filaments create a striking contrast with the white petals and sepals that are held against the rich green foliage throughout the growing season. The Blue Crown Passionflower is a vigorous growing tropical vine and can easily reach 20' once well-established. This is also one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionvines with foliage remaining evergreen in the mildest 8B winters but dying back to the ground in severe winters and returning readily in spring. The Blue Crown Passionflower may spread somewhat by rhizomes but it is generally much more tame than the Maypop. Cross pollination may produce tropical tasting tangy fruit that surrounds the dark seeds inside. 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# 733

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
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A rare or at least uncommon color form of the ever popular Blue Pea Vine producing large white blossoms held against medium green to blue green foliage on a small vine with excellent flower power. The White Pea Vine makes the perfect vine for container culture on small trellises, mailboxes, and fences that will flower from spring nearly all the way until frost. By some accounts it is a tender perennial in mild winters but is more generally grown as an annual and it readily returns from seeds saved the previous winter. Provide a full to partial sun location in a moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11952

Grows To: 6-10'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Plumbago, Cape Leadwort

Plumbago auriculata alba, P. capensis alba

Pure white flowers in clusters are produced from early summer until fall on this great, semi-woody perennial. Plumbago is a heat, sun, and drought tolerant tropical or tender perennial that makes a great addition to container gardens or it is often found growing as a groundcover, hedge, tree form, and espaliered on fences in mild winter climates. Item# 1172.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3'W (6-8' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

A rare pure white form of the Queen's Wreath or Sandpaper Vine producing large drooping panicles of white calyxes and flowers that from a distance resemble white Wisteria. The flowers 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# 11495

Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Showers Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells, Mexican Bluebells

Ruellia brittoniana 'White Showers', R. simplex, R. tweediana

The large pure white trumpets are born freely from summer to fall on upright to arching plants with contrasting rich green glossy foliage. White Showers Mexican Petunia is a white sport of the sterile Purple Showers allowing the plants to spend more energy on an endless supply of white trumpets instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It does spread via rhizomes creating a tall, weed smothering, ground-covering mass of foliage and stems. This wonderful and vigorous selection produces slightly larger flowers and foliage than most other Mexican Petunias. Item# 10834

Grows To: 30-40"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop

Duranta erecta 'Alba'

Pure-white 1/2" blooms are born in grape-like drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'. Item# 737.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Large 3" white trumpets adorn this vigorous perennial vine in summer and are born in clusters in the leaf axils. The White Sky Vine is vigorous enough to cover a 20' trellis by mid-summer and is considered a root hardy perennial into zone 8. The dark green, velvety foliage provides a nice foil for the pure white, yellow throated flowers. Item#  10347.

Grows To: 15'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 17
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White Woodland Painted Petals, White Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa 'Alba', Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of pure white 1" wide flowers in late spring and early summer. An uncommon pure white form of Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa var. alba is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 11792

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Large pyramidal clusters of 1" long, tubular, light lemon yellow flowers are produced throughout summer on this vigorous and easy to grow tropical to subtropical shrub or root hardy perennial. Willow-Leaved Cestrum, or Chilean Jessamine, is an easy to grow and relatively pest free addition to the perennial garden or use it as a hedge or screen in mild winter climates. It grows to about 5' as a perennial and can reach 7-10'H or even 14'H as a shrub. One of the most cold hardy Cestrums. Item# 11317

Grows To: 4-8'H+ x 4-6'W, to 12-14'H in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Woodland Painted Petals, Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of deep coral 1" wide flowers that have a contrasting splotch of dark orange-red at the base of the three lower petals that acts as a 'bee guide' and the flowers are produced over an extended period in late winter, early spring, to spring depending on your zone. Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa, is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 12370

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Xena Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Xena'

Large, dark pink, long lasting, fragrant trumpets with an almost glossy appearance are produced in summer on this Angel's Trumpet. Xena is a vigorous grower and the flowers can darken to near red. Item # 9250

Grows To: 5-8'H x 3-7'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade

Yellow Butterfly Ginger (Yellow)

Hedychium flavescens

Creamy yellow fragrant flowers with deeper gold markings are produced in fall atop the tall naturally arching to leaning stems adorned with large rich green tropical foliage. The Yellow Butterfly Ginger has flowers very similar and shape to the White Butterfly Ginger. This is one of the most vigorous (read tall) species that we grow so plan to give it plenty of room. Prefers cool sunlight like early morning or late evening as well as filtered sunlight. Provide the Yellow Butterfly Ginger with a moist rich soil for the best results. Item# 11527

Grows To: 7-9'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Vietnamese Gardenia

Gardenia vietnamensis

Strongly fragrant 3" creamy white single flowers are held against the large deep green glossy foliage on this vigorous evergreen shrub with a naturally dense and rounded habit. The Vietnamese Gardenia is much easier to grow than many Gardenias as it is more tolerant of overly moist soils as well as drought once established and has high resistance to Nematodes and other pests. This is one of the most free flowering Gardenias in our collection! Item# 9592

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
US$14.99

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