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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.
 

Hoya pusilla, Waxflower

Hoya pusilla  

Hanging clusters of fuzzy white to white tinged pink flowers with a pink halo and recurving corollas are produced during the growing season. Hoya pusilla is one of the more vigorous and easier to grow vining waxflowers that is well-suited to hanging basket culture or give it a trellis or other support for its twining vines to climb. The major leaf veins are fairly prominent in this species even from the upperside of the medium green foliage and under cool direct sunlight the foliage can become more olive green. This is also considered to be one of the more cold tolerant species among Hoyas although it still will not tolerate a freeze. To some the flowers have a light fragrance and it may be most noticeable at night or very early in the day. Item# 12349

Grows To: Climbing to 8-12'H but can be maintained on a smaller 3' trellis or other support
Outdoor Light: Some cool direct sun - very early or very late in the day, Bright or Light shade, Filtered Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The medium to light green narrow elongated canoe-shaped foliage, sometimes with a bluish tinge, is often edged with a narrow dark purple to black line and adorns the lax stems from which the flattened, hanging clusters of dark maroon rounded flowers are produced in late spring and summer. Hoya wayetii is an exceptionally easy and rewarding specimen that is well suited to hanging basket culture but can also be enjoyed on a small trellis or other support for the twining to trailing vines. A reliable specimen for those new to Hoya culture that can be enjoyed both as a windowsill plant or a warm season container for shaded porches and patios. Item# 12692

Grows To: Mounds to 1-4"H, Trails or climbs to 24"+
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Cool early AM sunlight, Filtered sunlight
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Hummingbird's Lunch Cigar Plant, Cuphea

Cuphea 'CUPP1751'  PP32525

This plant covers up in 1" bright cherry red tubular flowers that are tipped in nicely contrasting sunny yellow and are sure to provide a feast of nectar for hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators. Hummingbird's Lunch Cuphea is a well-branched, naturally mounding plant to 24"H x 36"W that revels in the heat and sun of summer offering up a riot of continuous color for hanging baskets, window boxes, container specimens, in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. This exciting new hybrid Cuphea has received top marks in trials across the US! Provide a full sun to part shade site in a well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12407

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W space about 12" or more apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Huntington Pink Jacobinia, Brazilian Plume

Justicia carnea 'Huntington'  

Rich pink 2" tubular flowers emerge from the dark colored bracts of this free flowering tropical perennial from late spring to fall. The large dark green tropical foliage acts as a wonderful foil for the pinecone shaped flowers. An excellent choice for a warm shaded patio as a specimen plant or in mixed containers. Caterpillar host: White Peacock and Malachite. Item# 9854.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, 8B with protection
Grows To: 18-36''H+ x 12-18''W+
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Shade

Imperial Blue Plumbago, Cape Leadwort

Plumbago auriculata 'Imperial Blue', P. capensis  

Imperial Blue Plumbago produces large clusters of deep sky blue flowers from early summer until fall. 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# 9739.

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

Indigo Dreams Passion Flower, Passion Vine

Passiflora 'Indigo Dream'  

The dense crown of dark purple filaments are held against a wonderfully contrasting foil of white to pale lavender petals and sepals on the 3-4" wide wonderfully fragrant flowers. Indigo Dream Passionflower, a Patrick Worley and Rick McCain hybrid with Incense in its parentage, is a moderately vigorous, naturally evergreen tropical vine that clings to supports via tendrils and makes an easy summer climber for medium to large trellises, arbors, or allow it to trail along a fence. It is considered to be root hardy into zone 9 and may remain evergreen in mild winter climates. Where not hardy it may be enjoyed as a container plant and overwintered in a sunny window. Caterpillar host: Gulf Fritillary, Julia Butterfly, Variegated Fritillary, and Zebra Longwing. Item# 12772

Grows To: 15-20'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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2-3" long, deep purple, slightly flaring tubular flowers are produced in large hanging clusters designed for hummingbird pollination. One of the darkest Iochromas, Indigo is a prolific flowering selection on a vigorous growing upright to spreading, naturally evergreen tropical shrub. This miniature cousin of the Angel's Trumpet is easily enjoyed as a container plant where not hardy. Provide good drainage and fertile, average moist soil in partial to filtered sun for the best results. Iochroma, Tubeflower, or Mini Angel's Trumpets flower on new growth so keep them growing and healthy for and endless display. Item# 804

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11 (8B? with protection)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Clusters of starry, pure white flowers with red-purple 'eyes' may be produced throughout the year on well grown, well-established plants and are likely to attract hummingbird moths with their light perfume. Iris Marie Hoya, a hybrid cultivar, is a scandent shrub-like tropical that produces upright stems that eventually arch once they are too large and heavy for the stems to maintain upright or they can be trained to a support. The large ovate deep green glossy foliage is pretty enough on its own to make this easy and vigorous Hoya a worthy house plant. Provide a fertile, well-drained, quality cactus-mix like soil allowing the soil to become somewhat dry between waterings. High indirect light is optimum but some cool direct sunlight may be required especially in more northerly latitudes to induce flowering. Item# 12686

Grows To: 12-36''H x 12-24''W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade, Cool early morning sunlight
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Isola Brunfelsia, Purple Lady of the Night, Lady of Hispaniola

Brunfelsia 'Isola' (B. grandiflora x B. americana)  

2-3" wide night fragrant flowers open lavender and gradually change to creamy white to creamy yellow maintaining hints of purple along the edges of the petals. Flowers on and off throughout the growing season. Isola Brunfelsia, or Purple Lady of the Night, is a compact growing hybrid of B. grandiflora x B. americana and is surprisingly rhizomatous to some extent, or at least our plants are. This colorful hybrid offers the best of both the fragrance, if lighter, of the American Lady of the Night and the purple and lavender tones of the large flowered Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow on a much smaller growing plant. Item# 11496

Grows To: 20-30''H x 20-30''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Part sun, *Full sun

The fringed recurving coral-red petals are unique to this Hibiscus species. The bright tropical flowers hang like Japanese lanterns from the vigorous branches throughout much of the year. An easily grown, free-flowering tropical, and a definite conversation piece. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators including Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.Still one of our favorites! Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item # 9246.

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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Japanese Snow Bush

Breynia disticha 'Roseopicta'  

The green and burgundy foliage is spotted with white, giving the plant the appearance of having been snowed upon. An easy to grow tropical adaptable to sun or light shade.This is the taller, more spreading, and darker version, as compared to Breynia nivosa or Hawaiian Snowbush. Item# 472.   

Grows To: 5-7'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Jean Pasko Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x 'Jean Pasko'  

Jean Pasko Angel's Trumpet, sometimes Jean Pasco, produces 10" long, fragrant, dangling trumpets that are a combination of dark orange, gold, and yellow. A natural hybrid discovered by its namesake in Columbia and is a widely popular and free-flowering selection. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like dieback perennials in the northern parts of its range but readily return from the roots in spring. They make easy container plants as well. Item# 10747.
 
 

Grows To: 6-9'H x 3-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Just Beautiful Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum 'Just Beautiful'  

Like the name implies this Epiphyllum really is Just Beautiful! This hybrid orchid cactus produces 6-8" wide, deep orange flowers than may remain open for 2-3 days. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5-2" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Great in hanging baskets. Item# 2930

Grows To: 3'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Like the name implies it is truly beautiful. This hybrid orchid cactus produces 6-8" wide, deep orange flowers than may remain open for 2-3 days. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5-2" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Great in hanging baskets.  Item # 9471.

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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Kahili Ginger, Kahili Garland Lily

Hedychium gardenerianum  

1-2' high spikes of intensely fragrant buttery yellow flowers with dramatically contrasting red stamens and filaments are produced in mid to late summer and fall atop tall stems with large smooth green tropical foliage with a white reverse. The Kahili Ginger is a popular flower for making leis in Hawaii. Provide half a day of sunlight in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil. This is a vigorous and free flowering Hedychium that can be enjoyed as a container plant or in the garden and landscape. Item# 11526

Grows To: 5-6'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, *Mostly sunny, *Full sun

Kanogie Ginger

Hedychium 'Kanogie'  

Dense, nearly conical clusters of fragrant rich orange flowers are produced atop tall sturdy stems adorned with large tropical looking foliage beginning in mid to late summer. Kanogie Ginger, we previously mistakenly offered this cultivar as 'Kin Ogi' but thanks to Dr. Allen Armitage's Herbaceous Perennial Plants we think we have it correct now, was developed by Ogie's nursery in southern Louisiana, this is a hardy and showy Hedychium hybrid that has excellent vigor. Provide full to part sun in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil. The Kanogie Ginger can be enjoyed as a container plant or in the garden and landscape where hardy. Item# 11529

Grows To: 5-6'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, *Mostly sunny, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The large rounded to elongated foliage emerges pink to magenta and the mature pinkish-purple vines are adorned with thick waxy foliage that is narrowly to broadly edged in creamy white. Krimson Queen Hoya produces large dangling rounded clusters of soft pink waxy star-shaped flowers during the warmer months of the year. The colorful trailing to twining vines of this beautifully variegated Hoya produces a striking and low maintenance hanging basket specimen or container plant. We have offered this as the Tricolor Hoya for many years. Item# 687

Grows To: Trailing to 3'+, Climber to 15'H
Outdoor Light: Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 60
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The medium to deep green thick waxy foliage has eight dimples in each leaf creating something of a a unique krinkled effect and the plant produces rounded dangling clusters of waxy light pink starry flowers with a burgundy eye. Krinkle 8 Common Hoya is a vining to trailing tropical plant with a medium rate of growth, as Hoyas go, and can quickly develop into a full beautiful hanging basket or window sill specimen. Hoyas make easy to grow and forgiving heirloom plants that do best in well-drained soils in lightly shaded areas like a patio, porch, or as an indoor plant. Item# 12097

Grows To: Climbing to 2-4', Trailing to 2'+
Outdoor Light: Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 14
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Lady of the Night, American Brunfelsia

Brunfelsia americana  

Clusters of 2" white flowers that are held on long slender tubes release their heady perfume at night, but a curious nose may find fragrance almost any time of day. The Lady of the Night is considered by many to be the most fragrant of all of the Brunfelsias. An upright to vase-shaped tropical shrub with glossy dark green foliage. Grow in containers and overwinter indoors where not hardy. Item# 9617.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Lady of the Night, Giant Brunfelsia

Brunfelsia gigantea  

Considered by many to have some of the largest flowers among the Brunfelsia's, this Lady of the Night produces clusters of wavy edged, creamy white flowers that are borne on long tubes. The fragrance is released late in the day and into early morning and is sweet, heady, and intense and the flowers are borne throughout the warmer months of the year. Large thick glossy green foliage adorns this upright to arching tropical shrub. Easy indoors or out. Item# 10053

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Lavender Lady Passionflower, Passion vine

Passiflora x 'Lady Lavender'  

An exceptionally free flowering passionvine, Lady Lavender produces 3-4" wide, lightly fragrant flowers with purple sepals and petals that fade to near white near their base. The flowers are topped by a corona of blue filaments that fade to white and then darken to deep burgundy at their base. Lady Lavender Passionflower is a sterile Patrick Worley cultivar considered to be hardy to near 10oF. It is large and vigorous enough to cover a medium to large trellis easily in one season or it can be enjoyed as a container plant where not hardy. Provide a full to mostly sunny location and a moderately fertile soil with average drainage for the best 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. Caterpillar host: Gulf Fritillary, Julia Butterfly, Variegated Fritillary, and Zebra Longwing. Item# 11444

Grows To: 8-12'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
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Lavender Porterweed

Stachytarpheta 'Lavender'  

Nectar-rich, light purple flowers are produced continuously from spring to fall on tall spikes that butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds cannot seem to resist! Lavender Porterweed is a medium to large growing exceptionally full and vigorous Porterweed was once considered to be a purple form of the highly popular Coral Porterweed although we have learned that this is a sterile or nearly sterile hybrid cultivar. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming nearly all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 483

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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Lax-Leaf Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Laxifolia', L. violacea, Scilla laxifolia  

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the spotted succulent lax green foliage in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Laxifolia' 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 1-3 or more bulbs actively growing in a 2.25" pot. Item# 12451

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
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Lax-Leaf Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Laxifolia', L. violacea, Scilla laxifolia  

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the spotted succulent lax green foliage in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Laxifolia' 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 4.5" pot. Item# 12452

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

Hoya pusilla, Waxflower

Hoya pusilla  

Hanging clusters of fuzzy white to white tinged pink flowers with a pink halo and recurving corollas are produced during the growing season. Hoya pusilla is one of the more vigorous and easier to grow vining waxflowers that is well-suited to hanging basket culture or give it a trellis or other support for its twining vines to climb. The major leaf veins are fairly prominent in this species even from the upperside of the medium green foliage and under cool direct sunlight the foliage can become more olive green. This is also considered to be one of the more cold tolerant species among Hoyas although it still will not tolerate a freeze. To some the flowers have a light fragrance and it may be most noticeable at night or very early in the day. Item# 12349

Grows To: Climbing to 8-12'H but can be maintained on a smaller 3' trellis or other support
Outdoor Light: Some cool direct sun - very early or very late in the day, Bright or Light shade, Filtered Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
US$14.99

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