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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.
 

Blue Witches Hat, Hedgehog Sage

Pycnostachys urticifolia

Dense broadly conical 3-4" high spikes of intense sapphire blue tubular flowers open from the bottom upwards with the first flowers to open creating the broad brim of the witches hat. Blue Witches Hat, or Hedgehog Sage, begins flowering in autumn and in areas where it is protected from frosts it can flower throughout winter and into spring. It is a medium to short day flowering plant. This tropical South African member of the mint family can develop into a shrub where winters are freeze and frost free reaching up to 8' high, 3-4' high in a container is more typical. Item# 11750

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W and larger in tropical climates
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An exceptionally cold hardy and repeat flowering selection, Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile produces deep cobalt blue, trumpet shaped, nectar rich flowers in large rounded clusters beginning in early spring and continuing until the first frost on established plants. Considered reliably cold hardy into zone 5, this easy to grow perennial produces medium green strap-like foliage with the flowers towering above on sturdy stems. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Provide a well-drained soil for the best results. Blue Yonder Agapanthus makes a low maintenance clump forming perennial for the garden, landscape, and container gardens. Item# 11281

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10,11,(5*)
Grows To: 24-36"H x 18-24"W, space at 12-18"
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, **Full sun
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Blueberry Sundae Spiderwort, Tradescantia

Tradescantia 'Blueberry Sundae'

1-1/2- 2'' wide white flowers are each striped with lavender in small clusters atop the narrow, blue-green, succulent foliage. Blueberry Sundae Spiderwort is an easy and reliable perennial that lends itself to cottage gardens, naturalistic settings, and containers. Item # 9117.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Blushing Ballerina Dwarf Angel's Trumpet

Brugmansia x 'Blushing Ballerina' (Rubella type with B. sanguinea parentage)

Soft pastel pink with hints of purple 6-8" long trumpets are produced seemingly throughout the year on this smaller growing hybrid Angel's Trumpet with trumpets angled down and sideways versus just the typical straight downward hanging trumpets of most Brugmansia cultivars. Blushing Bride Brugmansia is a compact and smaller growing plant with probably the longest flowering season of any that we currently grow. The smaller habit lends it to use as a magnificent container specimen. Due to its Brugmansia sanguinea parentage we are not yet certain of its cold hardiness in the ground but some suggest zone 8. Provide a moderately fertile, well-drained average moist soil and midday shade for optimum vigor and flowering. Blushing Ballerina is sweetly night fragrant. Item# 11667

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun (with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
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Bolo Bolo, Clappertonia

Clappertonia ficifolia

The Bolo Bolo has 2-3" wide fuchsia flowers that are centered with a boss of yellow staminodes that sit above the vertical stems in small clusters. The Bolo Bolo may flower throughout the year under warm lush conditions. This African tropical naturally develops into a multi-stemmed shrub with an upright to spreading growth habit. The somewhat fig-like bronze tinged leaves and hairy stems add to its interest along with the unusual bristly seed pods. Easy to grow in full to mostly sunny wet to average moist soils. Item# 11274

Grows To: 6-9'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Boyette Weeping Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis 'Boyette'

Large dense clusters of deep red bottle-brush shaped flowers are produced throughout the growing season suspended at the ends of the ropelike weeping limbs adorned with deep green glossy narrow foliage. Boyette Weeping Bottlebrush was selected for its continuous display of showy red flowers, where most Weeping Bottlebrush cultivars are spring and fall flowering, and an extreme weeping habit. The nectar and pollen laden flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Moderately drought resistant once well-established. Boyette Weeping Bottlebrush develops into a small evergreen tree whose unusual form lends it to use as a specimen tree in a sunny site with a well-drained soil. Young plants may need staking until they reach the desired height. Item# 12013

Grows To: 15-20'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Brazilian Candles, Many Flowers, Red Pavonia

Pavonia multiflora, P. gledhillii, P. intermedia

Unusual fuchsia colored flowers with exerted purple stamens and pistil are borne throughout the year. This upright growing small tropical plant is a real conversation piece! Item # 544

Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Brazilian Firecracker Vine, Candy Corn Vine

Manettia luteorubra, M. inflata, M. bicolor

The Brazilian Firecracker Vine produces a profusion of red-orange, yellow-tipped tubular flowers throughout the year on this dainty tropical twining vine. This is an easy to grow vine that is small enough for hanging baskets, small trellises or fences. Provide a moderately fertile, well-drained soil and a full to mostly sunny location for the best results. Attracts hummingbirds. Item# 335

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(9A? with protection)
Grows To: 3-8'H(-12'H)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

A 2016 Texas Superstar® Plant! The cloak of richly colored foliage produces shades ranging from near maroon, through fuchsia, hot pink, and cream. Colors are more intense in more sunlight and are more muted in shade (as shown here). Add Brazilian Red Hots Alternanthera or Joseph's Coat to spice up combination pots, as a specimen plant, or in the garden and landscape where it provides spring to fall color on a rounded mound forming plant. *Where summers are very hot it tends to prefer midday and afternoon shade unless planted in about midspring and it will have the deepest coloration where it receives a good amount of direct sunlight. Item# 12124

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

Bridal Bouquet Plumeria

Plumeria pudica 'Bridal Bouquet'

An unusually free-blooming white flowered plumeria, producing a succession of the 1 1/2" white flowers with a yellow eye are born throughout the warmer months. Unusual spatula shaped, shiny, deep green foliage on an upright plant. A great patio plant. Item # 788

Grows To: 6-10'H x 4-6'W in containers, 15-30'H and wide in tropical climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The Buddha's Belly Bush or Gout Plant produces long lasting clusters of bright reddish orange flowers that open a few at a time on sturdy stems held well above the large tri-lobed, rounded tropical foliage. The base of the plant develops into a swollen caudex providing the Buddha's belly. These are easily grown and rewarding plants that flower throughout the warmer months and will often flower sporadically through winter on established plants. Its drought tolerance lends it to a well-drained soil and is an excellent choice for the porch, patio, or even indoors. Item # 339.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pots / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Butterball Triple Yellow Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Butterball'

The multitude of bright golden-yellow petals create a rounded, 3-4'', peony-like flower that seems to glow against the foil of deep green foliage. The Butterball Hibiscus (a.k.a. Triple Yellow) Hibiscus has a vigorous bushy upright to spreading habit and flowers throughout much of the year when grown under warm tropical conditions. Provide a mostly sunny to part shade position in a well-drained fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 1052

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Butterfly Amaryllis

Hippeastrum papilio, Amaryllis papilio

Each petal of the Butterfly Amaryllis is heavily veined in burgundy and has large splotches of burgundy toward the center of the largest petals. The flowers have a narrow display and are born in small clusters atop sturdy stems in late winter and early spring. A rare and endangered species of tropical Amaryllis that makes an easy container plant. One 2-1/2 to 3" diameter flowering size bulb per container. Item# 10495.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The 3" wide, widely flaring flowers are a creamy white delicately marked with an abundance of maroon. The typical Dutchman's Pipe shaped flowers have a dark burgundy eye with a creamy yellow throat. The Calico Flower is an easily grown, twining, generally evergreen tropical vine whose unusual summer flowers are sure to attract attention. Item# 10483.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 10-15'H x 3-6'
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Calisto Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum 'Calisto'

Super big 9"+ white and yellow blooms, with a white and green throat. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Great in hanging baskets. Item# 1071.

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

Calisto Orchid Cactus, epiphyllum

Epiphyllum 'Calisto'

Super big 9"+ white and yellow blooms, with a white and green throat. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Great in hanging baskets. Item# 9469.

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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Campfire® Flame Bidens

Bidens x 'INBIDCAMEM' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

1-2" wide brilliant yellow, orange, and fiery red starry flowers are produced atop a mound of deep green foliage beginning in spring and continuing through summer until first frost. Campfire® Flame Bidens has received high marks in trials across much of the US and this award winning filler or spiller is sure to add a little heat to your spring, summer, and fall combination planters. The flowers attract bees and other garden beneficials and may be in more muted oranges during cooler weather and as the temperatures heat up so does the flower color! Provide a full to mostly sunny location in an average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12106

Grows To: 8-14''H x 10-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Candy Stripe Frangipani, Plumeria

Plumeria rubra 'Candy Stripe'

Colorful pink and yellow striped, pinwheel-like blooms are highlighted by darker red and orange stripes. The fragrant blooms are borne in summer on this easily grown tropical tree. Item # 1083

Grows To: 6-10'H x 4-6'W in containers, 15-30'H and wide in tropical climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Cascade Earth Star, Cryptanthus

Cryptanthus 'Cascade'

Red-tinge green arching foliage is borne in low, tight rosettes. The offsets of this variety cascade on arching stems from the mother plants creating a great hanging basket or allow it to spill from mixed container gardens. Easy to grow. Item# 2278.

Grows To: 3-6''H and trailing to 12-18''
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Early AM sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sweetly fragrant, 6" deep pink bloom clusters are borne atop the dark glossy green heart-shaped foliage. An upright perennial that may spread vigorously if grown in the ground via underground runners. Makes a beautiful and easy container specimen. Item# 11316

Grows To: 2-4'H x 1-2'W and spreading
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A wonderfully fragrant Angel's Trumpet, Charles Grimaldi releases a fantastic perfume in the evening from it's large, 10" long, orange colored trumpets that are borne in loose clusters in summer. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like dieback perennials in the northern parts of their range but readily return from the roots in spring. They also make easy to enjoy container plants that can be overwintered indoors. Item# 531.

Grows To: 6-9'H x 3-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Cherub Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Cherub'

The large, highly fragrant pink trumpets are borne in profusion on this vigorous and very free flowering Angel's Trumpet. An exciting new hybrid with the flower power of the famous 'Cypress Gardens'! An excellent choice for gardens or large tropical containers. Be sure to plant it where you can enjoy its powerful evening and night fragrance.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. Easily overwintered indoors where not hardy. Item# 9251

Grows To: 7-8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Chiapas Sage, Meadow Sage

Salvia chiapensis

Graceful foot-long spikes of fuzzy bright fuchsia tubular flowers are produced from summer through fall and throughout winter under frost free conditions on a mannerly shade tolerant plant with deep green textured foliage. Chiapas Sage develops into a 3' high and wide plant and hails from the Cloud Forests of San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico and should do wonderfully in the humid central and eastern US. It is frost tender but is reported to withstand zone 7 winters if given a breathable protective winter mulch in a well-drained soil. In hot summer climates plan to give Chiapas Sage midday and afternoon shade and it can tolerate light shade and will be sure to brighten up these areas. The nectar rich flowers are a treat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Easy to overwinter as a container plant and floriferous enough to be enjoyed as an annual. Item# 11691 

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Part shade, Full sun (in cool humid summer climates)

Deep clear red flowers hang like Chinese lanterns are produced in large clusters at the ends of weeping branches of this rare, unusual, and free flowering tropical Hibiscus. Under warm tropical conditions the Chinese Lantern Hibiscus may flower continuously throughout the year. This is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a naturally weeping form that makes it suitable for medium to large hanging baskets and container culture as well as a free flowering Bonsai specimen. Item# 11238

Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Filtered shade, Part sun
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Blue Witches Hat, Hedgehog Sage

Pycnostachys urticifolia

Dense broadly conical 3-4" high spikes of intense sapphire blue tubular flowers open from the bottom upwards with the first flowers to open creating the broad brim of the witches hat. Blue Witches Hat, or Hedgehog Sage, begins flowering in autumn and in areas where it is protected from frosts it can flower throughout winter and into spring. It is a medium to short day flowering plant. This tropical South African member of the mint family can develop into a shrub where winters are freeze and frost free reaching up to 8' high, 3-4' high in a container is more typical. Item# 11750

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W and larger in tropical climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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