Ferns, flowering plants, freaks of nature; they may not eat insects but these plants are strange and beautiful enough in their own right!
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Hylocereus undatus -$20
The white Dragon Fruit is a tropical vining cactus with angular succulent stems lined with relatively soft spines. Adult plants may produce large, colorful layered flowers, and fruit is uniquely shaped, bright pink with green scales and with a flavor, texture, and even seeds reminiscent of a kiwi.
Available plants range from 6-14 inches in length.
CAUTION: DRAGON FRUIT VINES BREAK EASILY WHEN TRANSPLANTED AND IN TRANSIT. SHIPPED PLANTS MAY ARRIVE IN SEVERAL SECTIONS, ALL OF WHICH PROPERLY CARED FOR SHOULD BE EASILY ROOTED AND GROWN IN MODERATELY MOIST SOIL.
Pinellia pedatisecta -$8
This is an aroid for beginners, a weedy little plant that spreads rapidly both via daughter tubers and rapidly sprouting seeds. Leaves reach about a foot and a half high and a foot across, spreading in a pinwheel-type pattern of leaflets, and flowers are regularly produced when fed well, up to a foot high and slender, pale green, with a very long spindly spadix. The aroma I liken to that of nail polish remover, an odd chemical sort one would not expect from a flower.
Trinidad Scorpion Pepper -$10
While no longer holding the record for the hottest pepper in the world, the Trinidad Scorpion nevertheless packs a wallop! The plants themselves are large and beautiful, capable of growing more than 3 feet tall and wide with bright green leaves and delicate white star-shaped flowers; once pollinated, fruits develop slow and steady into small, crinkled looking pods with the characteristic "scorpion tail" tip curving from the bottom and when ripe colored in bright shades of orange to hot red. This variety appreciates a long growing season (bring it inside when frost hits to keep production going!), and lots of heat; the hotter, and drier, the conditions are (humidity is good however if you can provide it), the hotter the peppers can be, some reaching a scorching 2.1 million Scoville units! By comparison, jalapenos rarely exceed 7,000 units.
Plants will be preferentially shipped potted to avoid root disturbance (check your state laws for soil transport regulations!).
Morning Glory -$5
One of the classic garden flowers, and an easy one to grow without issue in most places (though check your regulations as they can be considered invasive in some locations!). Long, trailing vines of heart shaped leaves are bejeweled at maturity with broad, saucer-shaped blooms of various colors that open in the early morning hours and last typically until the heat of the day. Common shades that may appear in this batch are purple and pink, blue with light or dark highlights, solid pink, and others.
Price is for a small starter pot with 1-3 plants each.
Mentzelia laevicaulis -$12
With a common name like Giant Blazingstar, you know this is a striking plant when it matures. A biennial wildflower native to the western US, Blazingstars are lovers of well-drained, sandy soils and grow to become bushes around 2-4 feet across, nearly as tall, with almost fleshy, broadly serrated rough leaves. They bloom typically in their second year, reaching several feet tall and producing flowers that can be more than 5 inches across, brilliantly yellow with spear-shaped petals and a firework burst of stamens sticking out the middle.
Available plants are young starts, approximately 3-6" in diameter.
Chamerion angustifolium -$10
Fireflower, or Fireweed, is a fairly widespread US native perennial that earns its name from its habit of being among the first plants to recolonize the charred landscape after a blaze. They're preferential to open spaces and well-drained soil, including rocky areas, so long as it's kept consistently moist. Bright green and red-blushed leaves form herbaceous stems to 2 feet or more in height, topped with a spike of large, brilliantly pink flowers, and the small seeds often spread readily.
Pots have 1-3 young sprouts around 4" tall and of similar diameter.
Oenothera speciosa -$15
A possible perennial in the south, re-seeding annual in the north, Mexican Evening Primrose is a very easy to grow scrambling plant that is perfectly happy just about anywhere, though moist and well-drained sites are particularly good. One plant may form several branches that spread to several feet across, the narrow arrowhead-shaped and serrated leaves a backdrop against delicate pink saucer-shaped blooms not dissimilar to morning glories.
Pots are 2-4" across and contain several plants each, some approaching blooming size.
Datura inoxia -$8
Known variably as Devil's Trumpet, Moonflower, Mexican Thornapple, and other names, this is an extremely easy to grow annual that will settle just about anywhere it receives adequate moisture. Plants may start blooming as small as a foot tall, but once planted out can grow into a large stem or bush up to 4 feet tall, with broad arrow-shaped leaves that give off a rather odd odor when disturbed. Blooms are bright white and trumpet-shaped, up to several inches across and of similar length, and once pollinated give way to spiky round fruits that contain many seeds. As this is a rapidly spreading plant in some areas, and like its relatives Brugmansia contains potent toxic alkaloids if eaten, take care where planted.
Available plants are 4-8 inches tall, of similar diameter.
Phlebodium pseudoareum -$25
Known among other names as the Blue Rabbit's Foot Fern, this beautiful subtropical plant is a large but slow-growing fern that does wonderfully in bright or very shady environments, developing a thick, hairy rhizome from which it sends up leaves up to 3 feet long with broadly divided fronds in shades of yellow-green to the characteristic blue-tinted green it's named for.
Photo is of the current open leaf on the available plant; only one available!