Tropical Plant Catalog

Aeschynanthus

Commonly known as the “Lipstick Plant” : This is a group of trailing gesneriads, with leathery leaves and terminal clusters of mostly reddish flowers. They need a period of cool temperatures (10°C or 50°F) in the winter to achieve consistent flowering.

Alternanthera

A genus of tropical plants grown mainly for their colorful foliage.

Begonia

Begonias are a huge genus of plants. We offer a few types of Rhizomatous begonias.A rhizome is a swollen root, like a thickened stem, that grow horizontally above or below the surface of the soil.These plants like bright light and should not be overwatered. Let the soil dry slightly between waterings.

Ceropegia

A group of easily grown succulent vines. The leaves trail down in long chains. The unusual flowers are mahogany and gray in color. Water normally in the summer, but keep on the dry side in winter. Give it as much light as possible.

Cissus and Parthenocissus

These popular trailing and vining plants are some of the easiest house plants to grow. They are tolerant of a wide variety of conditions and are especially good for low light areas.

Codonanthe

A small-leaved, trailing gesneriad, perfect for hanging baskets. Flowers are small and trumpet-shaped.

Columnea

Columnea are a group of epiphytic plants from Central and South America. They prefer a loose, well drained soil and should be allowed to dry slightly between watering. Give them bright light but avoid hot sun.

Davallia

Common name: “Rabbits’ Foot Fern”. A family of easy-to-grow ferns known for their thick, fuzzy rhizomes which creep over the edge of the pot.

Eucodonia

Plants in this Genus produce attractive hairy foliage and bell shaped flowers. They produce scaly rhizomes and after active growth will die back and go dormant for the winter.

Euphorbia

This genus contains over 2000 species, including the popular "poinsettia" plant.

Ficus

The ornamental fig family has been popular since Victorian times. The family includes the common Rubber Plant and Ficus benjamina or "weeping fig".

Hedera

Varieties of Hedera helix (English Ivy) are underrated as houseplants. Ivies come with many different leaf shapes and sizes and there are some beautiful variegated varieties. They are also one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. They can form long trailing stems or be kept compact with regular pruning. Ivies are rated as one of the top 10 indoor plants for removing air pollution. Ivies are classified as follows: V = Variegated ivies with multicolored leaves of green, gray, white or yellow. B F = Birds Foot Ivies. The leaves have narrow lobes and usually the terminal lobe is longer than the others. F = Fans. The leaves are broad and fan-shaped. C = Curlies. The leaves are ruffled or rippled. H = Heart Shaped. Leaves are heart or shield-shaped. I = Ivy. Typical five-lobed, ivy-shaped. O = Oddities. Plants with unusual stems or leaves. M = Miniatures. Leaves are less than 1 inch in size.

Hoya

Vigorous climbing or trailing plants with succulent leaves and waxy, star-shaped flowers. These plants like to be pot-bound. Let them dry out slightly between waterings and use a porous, well draining soil.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe are succulent plants, many of which are grown for their flowers. The variety we offer is appreciated for it's interesting foliage. It is happy in a bright window with some morning or late afternoon sun. Water normally in the summer and keep on the dry side in the winter.

Kohleria

New For 2012. Members of the Gesneriad family, this large genus of plants are from Central and South America. All grow from and produce scaly rhizomes. They will go through a period of dormancy after flowering and should be allowed to die back and remain dry over the winter. They prefer a sunny south or west window.

Ledebouria

A genus of low-growing bulbous plants native to South Africa.

Nematanthus

A group of trailing gesneriads with interesting pouch-shaped flowers. Sometimes called the “guppy” plant because the flowers resemble guppies.

Oxalis

A group of plants commonly called “shamrocks” because each leaf is divided into 3 or 4 segments. At night the flowers close up and the leaves fold down.

Peperomia

A diverse group of easy to care for plants, many of which produce unusual spiky “rat tail” shaped flowers. Allow to dry out slightly between waterings.

Petrocosmea

This is a small genus of rosette plants from southern China. Many varieties form perfect circles of overlapping leaves. They prefer cooler temperatures than many other tropicals. They will flower but are often grown for their interesting growth habit.

Philodendron

These are among the easiest of all tropical plants to grow. Many varieties produce aerial roots and will climb any available support.

Pilea

A large family of plants with attractive foliage, but many are difficult to grow as they require high humidity. Pilea peperomioides is one of the easiest of this genus to grow.

Primulina

Plants in this group were formerly called Chirita and have recently been reclassified as Primulina.Most are from China and northern Vietnam and grow as a rosette. Many have attractive variegated leaves. Flowers are bell shaped and held high above the foliage. Excellent plants for a fluorescent light garden. Allow them to dry out slightly between watering.

Streptocarpella

This is an easy to grow “stemmed” member of the Streptocarpus genus. This group forms a shrubby, branched growth with the small flowers held high over the foliage on slender stems.

Streptocarpus

These gesneriads from South Africa are known for their colorful flowers. The leaves are strap-like and rounded at the tips. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and come as singles, semi-doubles and doubles. The flowers also come in many sizes. Often the varieties with small flowers are more floriferous than those with large flowers. Streptocarpus are excellent growers under fluorescent lights. Grow them in a light, porous soil and let them dry out between waterings. Grow in Azalea pots, which are shorter than regular pots. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE SOLD OUT OF STREPTOCARPUS FOR 2012. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER EARLY, HOWEVER, WE CAN HOLD YOUR ORDER UNTIL NEXT SPRING. ALL OF OUR VARIETIES MAY NOT BE ON THE WEBSITE DUE TO LIMITED SUPPLY. IF THERE IS A PARTICULAR VARIETY THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, LET US KNOW, AND WE MAY HAVE IT.

Syngonium

Syngonium podophyllum varieties are known as the “Goosefoot” or “Arrowhead” plant. They are easy to grow vining and climbing plants, with attractively patterned, heart-shaped leaves. Tolerant of low light.

Viola

Plants in this genus are commonly known as 'violets'. While many species are found in North America, there are several species native to Hawaii, Australia and South America.