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!).
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 already 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 10-18" 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!
Amorphophallus konjac 'Nightstick' -$15
Limited availability! This cultivar of the most widely grown corpse flower can produce leaves nearly 6 feet tall and almost as wide, and flowers of nearly equal height colored in shades of maroon and smelling like something died nearby. It is set apart from other konjac however by the color of the petioles, which while in most are mottled shades of green and cream or yellow, develops to an almost solid black color in large specimens of these. Very young plants may look more typical, but as they get to a foot or two in height begin to display this color.
Available tubers are small offsets, approximately 1-2" diameter.
Amorphophallus dunnii -$6
This medium-sized corpse flower grows to around 2-4 feet in height, with a similar leaf width, and sports bright green leaflets and a petiole that is yellow to cream-green mottled with deeper green markings. Flowers are up to 2 feet tall, with a creamy cup-shaped spathe and similarly colored spadix and a smell that has been likened to, not dead meat, but fresh carrots!
Available tubers are small offsets, approx. 1" diameter.
Amorphophallus symonianus -$9
A small corpse flower producing leaves up to 2 feet tall, the petioles decorated with green background and light green speckling and the leaflets relatively simple and bright green. A somewhat unusual feature of this species is that late in the season the axils of the leaflets will swell to form intercalary bulbs rather than send offshoots from the tuber belowground. The flower is small but elegant, with a lime green hood-shaped spathe and a, uh, rather suggestively shaped creamy white spadix.
Available tubers are between 1-2.5" in diameter.
Sauromatum venosum -$7
This selection may be the cultivar 'Indian Giant'; leaves can reach nearly 5 feet tall with a near-ring of leaflets spreading out to nearly 3 feet in diameter on a petiole decorated with light green background and deeper green to almost purplish blotches. Flowers appear in spring, able to bloom without any soil or water present, up to 2 feet tall with a bulbous base and a flared, purple and yellow lanceolate spathe surrounding a slender purple spadix. A strong odor reminiscent of something rotten lasts for a day or two before the flower dies back.
Available tubers are 1-2" in diameter.