Unusual Houseplant Seed from around the World

Hypoestes ( Polka Dot ) plants make wonderful houseplants. Please check out our selections on the Hypoestes page.

3546 Elephant Ear Tree ( Leea macrophylla )
A very beautiful, upright, herbaceous shrub or small tree with spectacular, very large leaves to 24 inches across and a thick, fleshy rootstock.
Native to India, Nepal, southwestern China and Southeast Asia, it is occasionally planted as an ornamental and as a unique patio and houseplant. The leaves are edible as a vegetable but of limited palatability. Leea macrophylla has also been investigated for anti-cancer properties and is used in traditional medicine.
Zone 10 and higher outside, or inside in warm brightly lit areas.
  5 seeds $3.95
1A453 Gryphon ( Pelleted )
This wonderful foliage begonia can be used inside the home or outside in the garden.
The superb foliage of this begonia combines majestic beauty with strength and durability to make an outstanding presentation in single or combination containers.
The multiseed pellets germinate easily and will produce plants that are more tolerant to stressful conditions than Rex begonias, and size up more quickly than vegetative foliage type begonias.
Easy-care Gryphon has low water needs and produces showy displays, making it a great item for both outdoor and indoor gardens.
  10 pelleted, easy to plant seeds $3.95
D1164 Golden Mimosa ( Acacia baileyana )
Australia. Small graceful tree well adapted to growing inside. Has such a profusion of beautiful flowers that they seem to cover the entire plant. Cold hardy to 18 degrees outside.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D5165 Sweet Shade ( Calycanthus floridus )
A fast growing shrub with very fragrant reddish brown flowers. Calycanthus floridus thrives in a wide range of light conditions, from full sun to full shade, making it a good candidate for a houseplant.
It grows between 4 and 7 feet tall outside, but will grow much smaller in containers inside, and exudes a spicy fragrance from its brown flowers, particularly in the evening. The fragrance of a mature plant will fill your home. The leaves are a dark, rich green and are fragrant when they are crushed.
The bark of the plant can be used as cinnamon substitute.
Hardy for zones 5-8b.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
TRN494 Fairy Duster ( Calliandra eriophylla )
Fairy dusters appeal to gardeners seeking an ornamental, drought-tolerant shrub for warm, dry areas within zones 7 to 11. Their feathery, light-green foliage lasts all year and is accented by an abundant display of brushy, pale-pink flowers from late winter until midsummer.
Outside, it can be formed into a handsome small shrub-like tree that grows to 4 feet taoo. It is well known for its fuzzy pink-red flowers and delicate feathery leaves. A fine houseplant in cooler zones if given bright light, it also makes an excellent bonsai. For warm zones. Flowering in Spring and fall. May also be grown indoors in sunny location.
Hardy to five degrees outside, it may die back to ground, but will come back in spring.
  10 seeds $2.95
IP218 Giant Exhibition Palisandra
Originally selected as a houseplant, Giant Exhibition Palisandra is also a fine specimen in the shade garden, and is just the right size for containers.
Soft, neatly serrated burgundy-maroon leaves are 6 inches long and up to 4 inches wide.
  10 Seed Package $2.95
IP186 Fuzzy Wuzzy Lambs Ear ( Stachys byzantina )
Velvety soft,silver-gray leaves are shaped and feel like a lamb's ear. Lavender flower on short spikes in July. Tolerates drought, heat and humidity.
Lamb's-ears are one of the most popular foliage perennials, used widely for edging along pathways and borders, but it also makes a nice inside plant as it tolerates the dry air and lower light levels inside very well.
This strain forms a dense carpet of soft and fuzzy silver leaves, bearing upright spikes of magenta-lavender flowers in early summer. Clip spent bloom stems off to tidy up the clumps for the rest of the season. If you tire of it inside, simply plant it outside in the flower garden.
Clumps are easily divided in spring or early fall. Evergreen in mild winter regions.
Zones 3-9.
  70mg pack ( about 40 seeds ) $2.25
D1109 Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia reginae )
One of the most attractive of all tropical plants.
The Bird of Paradise is delightfully easy to care for and enjoys warm, balmy days year round. The stunning flowers of this unique plant make it popular in gardens around the globe.
Flowering occurs multiple times a year if the plant is well taken care of. It is a long lived plant, and takes up to three years to begin producing flowers. Once it begins flowering, however, this plant will provide you with years of delight.
Once flowering begins in early spring, each plant will produce up to six flowers in succession, with each flower being long-lived. Blooming can be almost continuous from early spring into early fall, provided the plant is cared for. This plant requires little encouragement to bloom, happy with enough light and water for its needs.
It comes from S Africa. The flowers take shape of a most peculiar form, resembling birds in flight. Grows to a height of about 3 feet in containers, but can reach 6 feet outside.
They can tolerate temperatures as low as 55 degrees, but prefer to remain in the 70-90 degree range.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
RLP089 Leafless Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia juncea )
Leafless Bird of Paradise is a rare plant in the Bird of Paradise family. It has similar flowers to the Orange Bird of Paradise, but foliage is more narrow and more like grass. Other forms of Bird of Paradise usually have paddle shaped foliage, but Strelitzia juncea is the exception with this very unique foliage. It makes a good houseplant or patio plant as it tolerates a bit of shade and is slow growing, and will live for many years.
It makes a very good landscaping plant as well. The needle-like foliage is very striking in the garden, and Strelitzia juncea can be a very drought hardy plant once it has established itself in your garden. Strelitzia juncea grows approximate 3-5 feet in height and width, and will take 3-4 years to flower. It is very long lived and as a bold accent plant will look fantastic amongst other tropical plants, rock gardens or formal gardens.
It tolerates drought well, it is also frost hardy. Do not expose it to severe frost, or frost for long periods of time, but this plants is suitable for gardens which may experience light frost for short periods of time. Strelitzia juncea is best grown in full sun or bright light for best flowering performance, but could be grown in part shade. Part shade positions will be better for nicer, greener foliage.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
3603 Leopard Tree ( Caesalpinia ferrea )
Very special, we only have a few seeds of this plant each year. Has showy feathery foliage and yellow flowers. The trunk has white bark with brown spots. Thus, the name. Easily grown inside, it will be a conversation piece for years.
Outside, the Leopard Tree is of moderate size, reaching 40 or more feet in height in nature. The trunk is typically short, branching close to the base, and forms a broad, open, flat-topped crown. The bark is the most attractive feature of the tree; it is dark brown, off-white and green, a pattern caused by bark peeling off in patches, resembling the spots of a leopard. The wood is dense and durable and a substitute for brazilian rosewood. Leaves are bipinnate, mid-green, oval and 6-7 inches long.
New leaves have a rusty brown color. The flowers are yellow, borne in terminal or axillary inflorescences; individual blooms are tiny and bell-shaped. Fruits are hard, flat, brown pod with several seeds. The tree is propagated from seed. In cultivation, the tree prefers well-drained sandy soils; it is frost sensitive. It develops an aggressive root system so should not be planted close to buildings.
The chief attraction of the leopard tree is it unusual bark; it can be a shade, specimen or accent tree in parks or large gardens, along sidewalks and in above ground planters. It responds well to pruning and is a popular bonsai plant as well as houseplant.
Zone 9b and higher outside.
  5 seeds $3.95
W203 Dwarf Schefflera ( Schefflera arboricola )
Dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) is an attractive houseplant, popular for its hardiness to wide growing conditions.
A great accent for home or office, this lush schefflera grows into a large, bushy plant and is very tolerant to low light, dry spells and overwatering.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
3516 Hong Kong Schefflera ( Schefflera arboricola Hong Kong )
"Hong Kong" is an attractive and popular, mildly variegated cultivar that is one of the most popular houseplants because of there low maintenace.
The terminal inflorescences hold attractive fruits that ripen from yellow to purple. It is widely popular in the tropics and in warm temperate regions as a landscaping plant and widely grown as a robust indoor plant. It is originally native to the islands of Taiwan and Hainan.
A great accent for home or office, this lush schefflera grows into a large, bushy plant and very tolerant to low light, dry spells and overwatering.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM796 Sausage Tree ( Kigelia pinnata )
A wonderful houseplant specimen that can be grown in tubs. Excellent foliage plant with large, compound, pinnate, rough, dark green leaves. Evergreen and fast growing. Outside in zone 10 or higher, it will grow to 30 ft. or more and produce large sausage shaped fruits full of seeds, thus the name.
  Pack of 5 seeds $2.95
D5147 Schefflera ( Octopus Plant, Umbrella Plant )
One of the most common shrubs used for house plants because of its easy to care for habits. We offer a compact variety, not as prone to spreading.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.25
IP123 Arrowhead Plant Syngonium podophyllum
Good low-maintenance indoor plant. Hanging baskets or train on trellis.
Native from Mexico to Ecuador, arrowhead vine is an evergreen climbing vine that typically grows to 3-6' long. As a houseplant, it is typically grown for its attractive ornamental foliage which changes shape as the leaves mature.
Arrowhead plant has been a popular houseplant for well over a century. When young, its leaves are shaped like an arrowhead while on large plants they become palmate. As a young plant expect arrow head shaped leaves, with strong, bold variegation. As it ages the leaves completely change shape to give a lobed finish.
Arrowhead is a very diverse group of plants, actual plant shape and color may vary from photo shown.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
3524 Black Bat Flower ( Tacca chantrieri )
A most unusual plant introduced from parts of Malaysia, India, and East Asia, the Bat Plant will make you look twice. The main attraction of the plant is the strange, unique, purple-black flowers.
The flowers superficially resemble a bat in flight with long whiskers, and can grow up to 10 inches long. Taccas can be picky about their environmental conditions; however they grow fast and flower a lot when the conditions are just right. The Bat Plant should be planted in partial shade and in a humid and warm environment.
Soil should remain consistently moist, not allowing the plant to dry out between waterings. In winter months, when temperatures drop to 40F or lower, the Bat Plant should be moved indoors, or into a greenhouse to protect it from cold damage.
Makes a great container plant and is a real conversation piece.
  10 seeds $3.95
3525 White Bat Flower ( Tacca nivea )
Brilliant white flowers to 12" width stand upright with the petals spread to the extent that they appear as a white dove - or as a bat-like form. The throat shows the coloration of faint purple- brown, and from this region protrude 10-20 prominent dark purple bracts. Flowing from this area are up to 30 thin white tentacles "whiskers". An irresistible plant for many.
  10 seeds $3.95
3599 Giant Bat Flower ( Tacca intergifolia )
This specie is similar to Tacca Chantrieri. (The main botanical difference is in the slight variations in color and and size of the flower ).
The scape is gray, brown, and purple with flowers a blackish purple. The leaf blades are 2" long and 10" wide having a petiole to 6' with an oblong - linear shape and handsome purple veining throughout. Its filiferous "whiskers" hang to 14".
  10 seeds $3.95
D1105 Cabbage Tree Palm ( Cordyline australis )
A must for every house plant collection. The Cabbage Tree Palm makes a beautiful container plant that is easy to care for. Its long slender grass fingers make for a perfect false palm. It is fast growing and tolerates abuse and low light. It is low maintenance and long lived.
 55mg pack ( about 10-15 seeds ) $2.25
SO397 Dragon Tree ( Dracaena draco )
A very attractive and interesting succulent tree that is commonly used as a house plant, and will remain small if grown in containers inside, but if planted in the ground in a near frost free climate it will grow to a massive and broad tree that is 25 feet tall and as wide and, with great age, even larger.
The terminal ends of the thick branches hold clusters of 2 foot long by 1 1/2 inch wide pliable sword-shaped blue-green leaves. In early summer appear the greenish-white flowers that are followed by orange berries. This plant remains unbranched until it flowers or is otherwise damaged and then produces two large heavy branches on either side of the inflorescence.
When the bark is cut or bruised the sap flows as a reddish colored resin. This resin, one of the sources of a substance known as Dragon's blood can be used to stain wood. Plant in full sun or part shade. Water infrequently and deeply, do not allow the root zone to remain wet as this is the easiest way to kill this plant. It is hardy to about 20-25°F
Not really a tree although it will reach up to 60 ft. outside. It is most often raised inside in tubs. Has large sword like leaves in a rosette shape. A great patio plant. Very carefree plant.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
3329 River She Oak ( Casuarina equisetifolia )
Also known as Hosretail She Oak. This is a small tree growing to perhaps 20 feet in its natural environment with a pendulous, drooping, normally open habit. Flowers are inconspicuous but these trees come in male and female forms and in spring the male trees can take on an attractive rusty hew from their pollen.
Fruit is a cone to about an inch in length. Used extensively as a seaside street or park planting this species is wind firm, salt tolerant and nitrogen fixing and consequently it is particularly useful in areas of poor sandy soil where it is a valuable windbreak and soil binder.
They are very hardy trees, drought tolerant but are not frost tolerant to any real degree so are best suited to warmer mediteranean or sub to fully tropical areas, we have seen in survive in zone 9.
This species also makes an excellent bonsai subject. Easy to propagate from seed and it can be grown in pots, tubs or indoors as a houseplant in colder climates.
 75mg pack ( about 20 seeds )
TRM624 Bronze Spike ( Dracaena indivisa )
A great houseplant, it can also be grown outside in zone 7 or higher. Ribbon-like leaves arise from the plant center and grow upright with a gentle outward curving effect. Leaves grow to 24 inches and turn bronze-brown in full sun.
Often called 'Spikes' because of the stiff upright growth habit, Dracena works well as a compliment to other plants in mixed containers. The deep color offers contrast and ornamental interest as well.
Dracaena is an undemanding plant that tolerates low light and low humidity and it will forgive the occasional missed watering. As the plant grows, the lower leaves drop off and the trunk scars over, creating an interesting pattern of markings.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
D1160 Silk Tree ( Albizia julibrissin )
From Iran. A beautiful tree when raised outside, this tree also makes a wonderful tub plant. Has graceful, feathery foliage and pink, yellow or white plume like flowers. The leaves are aromatic and used in Chinese cooking. Hardy outside to New England. The leaflets fold up at night.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
BM01 Night Blooming Jasmine ( Cestrum Nocturnum )
One of the most fragrant plants and versatile plants we have ever found. An upright container plant from the West Indies with greenish white flowers that emit a romantic and intoxicating fragrance at night ( fragrance is stronger in late evening, but still delightful during the day ).
Easily grown in pots in cooler climates on patios and in sunny rooms, it can be grown outside in zones 8-10. In zones 8 and 9 it will freeze to the grown, but come back the following year if root system is well established.
Prune hard after flowering to maintain size. You will have to trim it back after it flowers and upgrade the pot size a few times while it is growing. They should not be grown in pots forever, but new plants can be started easily from cuttings if the plant gets too big and old. As is true with many plants, some parts of the plant are poisonous.
15 seeds per pack
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
BM02 Angel Wings Miniature Roses ( Rosa chinensis )
Looking for the perfect plant for your home, patio or garden?
These are probably the ones. Blooming in as little as 3 months from from the time they germinate, we have had these bloom in 4" pots before we could transplant them.
Blooming stronger and more prolifically each following year, this variety produces a constant supply of sweetly scented double and semi-double roses about 2" in size in lovely shades of rose, pink and white.
Growing to about 12-18 inches high in containers and baskets (they can eventually get larger outside in gardens as you can see in the photo, but can be sheared to any size you want ), they make excellent edging plants, potted plants or even take them indoors as lovely houseplants that will flower year round in a bright sunny window. Slow to germinate, about 3-4 months on average, this can be reduced considerably by cold stratifying, but seeds can be started any time of the year and provide good germination rate. Perennial zones 4 and higher.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
D4505 Pheasant's Eye ( Adonis aestivalis )
A hardy annual growing to 18" with brilliant crimson flowers up to 1 1/2 inches across held over feathery foliage. Easy to grow from seed. 18" tall.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
Photo: Forest Starr & Kim Starr
RLP180 Pencil Tree ( Euphorbia tirucalli )
Pencil tree makes a great houseplant and is easy to grow. It is a tropical plant for zones 10 or higher outside, but readily grows inside with bright light and requires almost no care.
Use pencil tree as a patio plant in a container. In tropical and subtropical climates, pencil tree is used as a specimen or background plant, and in mixed hedges. Pencil tree is highly salt tolerant and is often grown in gardens near the beach.
Pencil tree grows with single or multiple trunks which support a tangle of light green, pencil thick, succulent branches with little sign of a leaf.
In warm, tropical regions, Pencil tree can reach a height of 20-30 feet with a 6-10 feet spread. The main trunk and branches are woody and brownish, but the younger branches are green and cylindrical, looking like so many pencils. The leaves are tiny and are shed early.
What is usually called the flower is really a group of petal-like bracts (modified leaves). The true flowers, which are centered within the bracts, are inconspicuous.
All parts of Euphorbia tirucalli ooze a milky sap when damaged or cut. Contact with this sap may cause dermatitis in some people, and in the eyes the sap can cause temporary blindness which may last for several days.
  10 seeds $2.25
D4521 Peruvian Lily ( Alstroemeria )
Showy South American flowers that produce abundant red, yellow or purple flowers that are often strikingly spotted or streaked. A collector's plant. Can be grown outside in south.
  Package of 4 seeds $2.25
TRZ017 Monkey Puzzle Tree ( Araucaria araucana )
Winter hardy to USDA Zone 7-10 where it is best grown in deep, moderately fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Trees perform well in a variety of different soils as long as they are well-drained. Trees perform much better in Mediterranean-type climates with mild summers than in climates with hot summers.
This is an interesting and unusual ornamental landscape specimen. Monkey puzzle tree does not generally perform as well indoors as a houseplant as does Araucaria heterophylla, commonly known as Norfolk island pine, however it does very well in containers when young and makes a great patio plant in cooler zones. In winter in colder zones, bring inside and place plants where they will receive bright indirect sunlight, and mist foliage regularly.
Monkey puzzle tree (also commonly called Chilian pine) is an evergreen conifer that is native to woodland volcanic slopes up to 6,000 feet in elevation in the Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina. It is the national tree of Chile. It reportedly has the best winter hardiness of any tree native to areas in the world south of the equator.
It typically grows to 20-30' tall in cultivation, but may reach 90-130' tall in its native habitat. It is noted for its unique shape. Trees are loose-pyramidal and open when young, but develop an umbrella-like crown with loss of lower branches as they age. Horizontal, upward-arching branches appear in whorls around the trunk with rope-like branchlets. Bark is gray-brown and ridged. Dense, leathery, triangular, radially-arranged leaves (to 2" long) have sharp points. Individual leaves persist for 10 to 15 years. Trees are dioecious (separate male and female trees).
Female cones (to 6" long) take 2-3 years to mature, disintegrating at maturity to release the nut-like seeds (each to 1 1/2" long). Seeds (pinones) are edible and reminiscent of pine nuts.
Common name reportedly comes from a comment made in England in the mid-1800s where an observer of a specimen tree growing in Cornwall remarked that it would puzzle a monkey to climb that tree.
  3 large fresh seeds $5.95
3352 Fragrant False Indigo ( Amorpha nana )
A compact erect shrub with green foliage. Leaves are alternate, odd-pinnate up to 1-4 inches long. The fragrant pink flowers appear in May through July.
The pink flowers have a delightful honey fragrance. Excellent container plant for use as a fragrant houseplant, and does well outside in almost all soils, drought tolerant.
Perennial. Hardy outside to zone 3.
 10 seeds $2.95
IP181 Greek Myrtle ( Myrtus communis )
An evergreen perennial that is hardy in zones 8-10, it is often grown in containers as a houseplant or patio plant.
This classic evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean. Fragrant white flowers and leaves are used in potpourri. Spicy leaves can be used in cooking like bay leaf. Essential oil is used for fragrance. Lovely house plant.
A broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to the Mediterranean region. It typically grows to 5-6' tall ( smaller in containers ), but may reach 15-20' over time. Pointed, glossy dark green leaves to 2" long are strongly aromatic when bruised.
White aromatic flowers (3/4") with many yellow tipped stamens bloom in late spring/summer (May-July). Flowers are followed by blue-black berries.
Berries are edible and may be eaten raw, but are at best moderately tasteful. Dried flowers, leaves and fruits are used to flavor foods. Leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for bay leaves. Fresh flowers may be added to salads. Wood and leaves are added to charcoal to flavor grilled meats.
Dormant seeds are a bit more difficult than other seeds, but follow instructions on seed packet and you should have no problems.
 80mg pack ( about 10-15 seeds ) $2.95
TRZ008 Bunya Bunya Pine ( Araucaria bidwillii )
A great housplant when young, or a great ornamental tree for warm zones. Bunya-bunya pine or false monkey puzzle tree is native to rainforest areas near the coast in SE Queensland, Australia. The Bunya-bunya has gigantic cones and razor sharp needles, and can grow up to 120 ft. of more. Close relatives are the Norfolk Island palm (Araucaria heterophylla) and true monkey puzzle tree (A. araucana).
The large, female fruiting cones of the Bunya-bunya are the size of a small watermelon and can weigh up to 15 lbs. or more. They generally mature in summer through to early autumn but they are not formed every year (approx.once every three years). It was considered a sacred tree and an important food source to the Australian Aborigines. The cones contain wedge shaped nuts that are similar in flavor to a chestnut.
Full sun to partial shade; house plants should be provided bright light, but not direct sun. Bunya-bunya requires regular watering, especially when grown as container plants.
USDA Zones 9 -11. Can be grown in protected sites in zone 8B.
  3 very large seeds per package $3.95
IP009 Bellvue Mix ( Abutilon hybridum )
This lovely Flowering Maple has early blooms and vivid colors, the blooms, when full-sized, will stand out from across the garden! This flowering maple plant will provide brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow from spring until frost. You just can't find an easier, more beautiful source of color indoors or out which can be grown from flower seeds! The flowers are 3 inches across and have a crepe-paper feel, somewhat like Hibiscus. You won't believe how many flowers you get on each and every plant.
Flowering Maple is also called Parlor Maple because it makes a lovely house plant, and this variety can also be used for containers. Very free-blooming and easy to care for, it asks for only a sunny window and a periodic feed. It is superb for the garden, too. Low enough to edge a pathway or dazzle in the front of the border, it's a nice accent plant for the patio as well and so easy to grow from flower seeds. Tolerant of partial shade where summers are long and hot, it grows quickly and lushly from seeds. You will love this garden standout!
  50mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $2.25
D8517 Kangaroo Vine ( Cissus antartica )
A great inside plant, or hardy to zone 9 outside. This vigorous climber has green leaves and climbs with tendrils. It bears small flowers and edible fruits. It is most commonly used as an indoor foliage plant in colder areas and prefers well composted soil with ample moisture. Native grapes from the Kangaroo vine were eaten by the Aborigines and the early settlers in Australia, where it is native to. They have a grape-like taste but can irritate the throat if eaten in large numbers. The Kangaroo vine is a favorite for covering screens and other large areas. It grows about 10 ft. tall and covers its supports with leathery leaves if grown outside, but can be pruned into a pretty basket plant for inside use.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
TPF231 Emerald Falls MSP ( Dichondra repens )
Vigorous and easy to grow, this Dichondra boasts thick, super-soft deep green leaves (about an inch wide) arising profusely on very well-branched plants that need no pinching. It will cascade about 3 feet from your baskets, windowboxes, or other containers, but it will also form a nicely domed shape that fills the available space beautifully!
Very heat- and drought-tolerant, Emerald Falls recovers quickly even if wilted, and looks fresh all season long. It does very well as a houseplant if placed close to a window where it will receive bright light.
Multiseed Pellets ( each pellet contains 6-8 seeds ).
  Package of 5 Multiseed Pellets $2.95
2258 Toothache Plant ( Spilanthes oleracea )
A must have plant for all of it's wonderful qualities. Bright, solid-yellow flower heads the shape of lemon drops, often having the common name of "Lemon Drops".
It has edible flowers, which have a spicy and citrus-like flavor, can be used as a garnish on ice cream and drinks.
Commonly known as toothache plant. Contains a natural analgesic which numbs the tongue and gums, relieving toothache pain. This numbing sensation arises from chewing either the flowers or leaves.
The full, mounding habit is perfect for containers and bed plantings. Heat tolerant.
A fast growing annual plant reaching 12-15 inches tall in about 90-100 days.
  8mg pack of about 30 seeds $2.95
2044 Ming Fern ( Asparagus myriocladus )
The Ming fern is a beautiful plant with bright green puffy clusters of soft green needles. One of the favorite Asparagus ferns for cutting and growing as a houseplant. A wonderful acccent plant.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
2045 Foxtail Fern ( Asparagus Meyeri )
A delightful, fast growing houseplant with dense, upright to slightly arching foxtail-like fronds 12-18" long, often used in pots or outside in warm gardens. A wonderful acccent plant that is quite hardy.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
2996 Asparagus Plumosa
Fine lacy leaves, for baskets or cutting. Makes a wonderful houseplant, very easy to grow. Reaches about 18" tall in pots.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.15
NB71 Lace Veil Fern ( Asparagus pseudoscaber )
This is a very ornamental plant that has many uses, especially in flower arrangements. The leaves are lacy and finely cut, with light dainty foliage. Late in the season bright red berries adorn the female plants. In the fall the plants turn from yellow to gold. Will grow to 4 ft,, the foliage is not upright, but arches outward, a single plant will produce loads of arrangement material, but it can also be grown in the garden for it's ornamental appeal. Said to be hardy to zone 5 outside, will die off in winter, but come back the following spring.
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D4535 Asparagus Fern ( Sprengeri )
A charming plant with long, delicate, graceful fronds. An excellent houseplant that withstands abuse. Tiny white flowers with red fruit. Excellent for hanging baskets.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
2997 Asparagus Sprengeri Compacta
Dwarf form, foliage is more dense than regular Asparagus fern, only grows 10" tall, excellent plant for table or desk at work.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.15
AW26 Himalayan Coralberry ( Ardisia macrocarpa )
A compact bush from the eastern Himalayas bearing dark green leaves and profuse, star-shaped, white to pale pink flowers in early summer followed by many berries in autumn, which remain on the plant for months, giving it a very decorative look, making it ideal for growing as a pot plant for indoors, although it can stand mild frosts. Though not usually grown as a fruit crop, the berries, which have have a mild sweet taste, are edible and children are very fond of them. Best grown outside in zones 10 or higher, it is easily grown in tubs in warm greenhouses, and is a fairly good houseplant.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
D1126 Tree Fern ( Asparagus Virgatus )
Also known as African Broom Fern. A relative of the Asparagus fern, this plant grows more like a bush with many graceful fronds. An excellent compliment plant for a ficus.
Even though native to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, eastern and southern Africa, this fern-like, small Asparagus is surprisingly cold hardy and suitable for temperate climates down to USDA Zone 7. It forms much and finely branched, feathery shoots to rarely more than 1 m tall. It is popular as a landscaping plant but also widely grown for cut foliage.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
FB121 Aristotle Basil ( Ocimum basilicum )
A wonderful herb that you can grow for it's beautiful appearance and for it's delightful basil flavor. Forms perfect basketball-size mound, small green leaf, for large patio pot or basket. Use in any recipe you would normally use green basil. Annual.
  25mg pack $2.50
D1121 Red Silk Cotton Tree ( Bombax Malabaricum )
A very showy plant that can be grown in containers. The slender stemmed plant bears large scarlet red cup shaped flowers up to 4" across followed by 6" long fruits filled with silky fibers used to stuff pillows.
  Package of 2 seeds $2.25
RLP096 Red Fruited Palm Lily ( Cordyline rubra )
This is a great houseplant with outstanding color, that will limit it's size to the container it is grown in, and can be planted outside in warm climates.
A smallish Cordyline native to moist subtropical forest in eastern Australia that forms a branching trunk to 10 feet tall if grown outside, smaller in containers. The broad, stalked, upright leaves are green or tinged with various shades of red in different cultivars. White flowers are produced in drooping clusters and are followed by very showy, bright red, edible berries that are popular with birds. Zone 10 if grown outside
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
IP115 Baueri Palm Lily ( Cordyline baueri )
This is a great houseplant with outstanding color, that will limit it's size to the container it is grown in, and can be planted outside in warm climates.
Slender trunk is topped by a five foot wide crown holding clusters of rich burgundy red, sword-like leaves. Fragrant white flowers top the stems in early summer. Heat and drought tolerant when established. A superb specimen plant for landscape or patio container.
Plant in average, well-drained soil. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10). Cabbage Palms are hardy to Zone 8 (10 degrees ). In colder climates, they can be overwintered indoors. Before the first frost in fall, bring their container indoors or lift the clump of rhizomes with a spade or fork and pot up. Keep them in a cool location (35-50 degrees) for the winter.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
SO525 Candlebush Cassia ( Cassia alata )
A tropical plant that is easily grown indoors. Has handsome foliage and candle like spikes of yellow flowers. A must for every houseplant lover.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
1A309 Seminole Bread ( Cardboard Palm )
Zamia furfuraceae This is another of our "living fossil" plants, its kind surviving on earth since the time of the dinosaurs. Cardboard palm belongs to the Cycad family (cycad is greek for "palm" to which most cycads bear resemblance). Other cycads include the coontie palm and the sago palm.
Cardboard palm has leaves 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) long that emerge from a central point forming a rosette. When grown in bright sunlight the rosette becomes a 3 foot high clump of tightly overlapping leaves that will slowly grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter. The thick leathery leaves are pinnate and have 5 in (12.7 cm) long by 1 in (2.5 cm) wide oval leaflets. They are slightly fuzzy and feel a little like cardboard when rubbed.
Because of its ruggedness, low maintence and drought tolerance, the cardboard palm is often used in commercial plantings. The foliage emerges from a thick fleshy trunk that serves as a water reservoir in times of drought. Male and female reproductive structures (cones) form on separate plants. Even very young plants produce these interestingly shaped cones. When ripe, the female cone breaks to reveal an array of tightly packed, bright red 1 in (2.5 cm) seeds.
Cardboard palm is native to the warm sandy coastal plains of Mexico and is a common landscape item in tropical and sub-tropical areas all over the world. It is also a popular and easy to grow houseplant.
Plant cardboard palm in neutral, well drained sandy soil. Mulch with organic materials (bark or leaf mold). Light: Bright sun to partial shade. Moisture: Water when dry. Drought tolerant. Hardiness:USDA Zones 9 - 11. Sustains leaf damage at 28ºF (-2.2ºC)
The cardboard palm is spectacular in containers and is even happy living out on seaside condo balconies.
Cardboard palm makes a great accent or specimen plant. Use near the patio, in mixed foundation plantings or in perennial beds. This cycad is salt resistant and can be used in beachside plantings. Also makes a great container plant for the patio or deck. It is a great houseplant tough enough to survive occasional neglect and harsh indoor environments.
With its beautiful shape, exotic looking cones and instinct for survival, cardboard palm is one of my favorite plants. Large outdoor clumps are striking as the light olive green new growth emerges to hover above a base of darker mature leaves. Specimens can be grown indoors in shallow containers. Used this way, the partially exposed tuberous stem and the airy crown of leaves create a striking bonsai specimen.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z2059 Bamboo Palm ( Chamaedorea siefritzii )
Also known as Reed Palm and Clustered Parlor Palm, these are excellent indoor palms that prefer partial shade rather than full sun. Thin reed-like trunks grow in segments, giving them a bamboo like appearance. Grows only 10' tall.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
AW33 Chamaedorea Houseplant Palm ( Chamaedorea costaricana )
A wonderful palm for inside the home, on the patio, or outside in temperate areas. A shade loving palm with pinnate leaves and thin cane-like stems which resemble bamboo. Becumes quite lush as it develops multiple stems. Mature height is 6 to 12 with a canopy spread of 10 or more. Fairly cold hardy to zone 8 and makes a desirable indoor ornamental. Plant the seeds immediately at a depth of 1" using well draining soil mix. Keep warm, damp and in filtered sunlight - avoid hot dry air.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
2124 Costa Rican Bamboo Palm ( Chamaedorea costaricana )
One of the few palms well suited for a houseplant, grows 10-14 feet tall outside in warm climates, but easily grown inside in tubs. A nice suckering plant for filtered light. Fills in area nicely and is quite tropical appearing. Easy to grow. Can be used as a houseplant. This shade loving palm features pinnate leaves and multiple trunks having reed-like appearance.
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1A025 Seagrapes ( Coccoloba uvilfera )
A plant for the lover of rarities. It will grow in the house, conservatory or outside in warm climates. Has huge, stiff olive-green leaves with red veins that turn cream colored with age. Bears fragrant white flowers followed by red grape-like fruits. Grow in a large tub and given lots of light.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
D4503 Coffee Plant ( Coffea Arabica )
The world's most important trade crop also makes a wonderful house plant. The plants have dark shiny-green leaves and white fragrant flowers. A very ornamental plant. Very unique.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.00
1A138 Coffea Canephora
A popular coffee crop, this Coffee is better known as Robusta. Approximately 30% of the coffee produced in the world is robusta. The plant has a shallow root system and grows as a robust small tree or large shrub. It flowers irregularly, taking about 10-11 months for cherries to ripen, producing oval-shaped beans.
The robusta plant has a greater crop yield than that of Coffea arabica, and contains more caffeine - 2.7% compared to arabica's 1.5%. As it is less susceptible to pests and disease, robusta needs much less herbicide and pesticide than arabica.
It is shorter than Coffea arabica with longer leaves. Good-quality robusta beans are used in traditional Italian espresso blends, to provide a full-bodied taste and a better foam head (known as crema). May be grown indoors in bright light. Height is under 3'.
  10 seeds $2.95
Z2819 Dwarf Catura Coffee ( Coffee arabica )
This is the gourmet cafe coffee variety. Grows only 24-30" tall and a mature plant is loaded with beans. Can be grown inside as a houseplant, needs tropical warmth outside.
 10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $2.50
TRM275 Guatemala Rhubarb ( Jatropha podagrica )
A nice houseplant or patio plant from Guatemala. Also known as Gout plant, Buddha Belly Plant and Bottle Plant. This is a fast growing plant that likes heat and can tolerate drought conditions. Native to Mexico and Central America. The bright coral red flowers appear in flat-topped clusters on long stalks held high above the foliage. Flowers off and on all year long, and especially during hot weather. In colder areas, these make excellent potted patio plants that can be wintered inside. With its lacy large fern-like leaves, the plant itself is very attractive even when not in bloom. Easily propagated from seed and is relatively fast growing. They can be grown as year round houseplants or even as unique bonsai specimens.
The seeds, leaves and sap are poisonous but are used in local traditional medicines.
Easily grown inside or Zone 9 and higher outside.
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BN14 Purple Dragon Tree ( Cordyline australis purpurea )
Sun loving drought tolerant plant for patio, container or outside Ornamental bark and striking foliage for all year round colour and screening. Architectural plant - ideal as a 'stand out' plant; Suitable for exposed coastal planting; Attractive form or foliage for all year interest; Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils.. Architectural plant - ideal as a 'stand out' plant; Suitable for exposed coastal planting; Attractive form or foliage for all year interest; Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils.
  Package of 8 seeds $2.50
W103 Hawaiian Good Luck Plant ( Cordyline Terminalis )
A most unusual looking plant with a swollen base and heart shaped leaves on twining stems. Raise this one for it unique appearance. This plant has a particular intense leaf color, pink to red fluorescent. Outside, it can be grown as an evergreen tropical perennial reaching 7 ft. in zones 9 and higher. It is best know as an indoor container plant used as a houseplant and used in tropical cut flower arrangements.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
W236 Crepe Spiral Ginger ( Costus guaniensis )
Makes a truly stunning houseplant and patio plant. A refreshing drink is made from the edible stalk with addition of sugar. Fast growing like other spiral gingers to 9 ft. The red flower bract produce a dense mass of white and yellow flowers that are tinged pink. Its numerous spiraling stems and beautiful flowers make this a handsome houseplant specimen if raised in a large container.
  5 seeds $2.95
3058 Umbrella Plant ( Cyperus alternifolius nanus )
A popular pot plant, massed clusters of yellow flowers with attractive foliage. Grows about 12" tall, easy to grow, annual.
 1mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $2.25
3561 Golden Eggs Ornamental Eggplant ( Solanum Melongena )
A very unique, tropical plant that will definitely give you a great conversation piece! Easy to grow as a houseplant or container plant. The variety is a popular ornamental and was one of the plantings in Thomas Jefferson's famous Monticello garden.
This annual is often called Golden Egg Tree, and in a warm environment, even indoors, it will produce purple flowers followed by egg-shaped, non-poisonous fruit. Golden Egg Tree uses include pots and containers on the patio or porch, house plants, and even as an ornamental hedge. The Ornamental Eggplant can be pruned and shaped depending on how it is being grown.
Needs a warm environment with full afternoon sun. While it can survive in cooler climates and partial sun, these plants will not produce fully ripened fruit. Ornamental Eggplant should be watered regularly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch. It does not need to be fertilized, and is fairly disease resistant. Depending on the size of the plant and the environment where it is being grown, usually 10 - 20 egg-shaped fruits will form. The fruit are white at first and then turn yellow or even a gold color as they mature. The fruit is edible but not really tasty.
Growing Ornamental Eggplant seeds is not difficult. Sow the flower seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last expected frost. Use small pots or starter trays, sterile seed starting soil and lightly cover the seed. Covering the pots with clear plastic helps to keep the humidity high. Mist the seeds often until germination occurs.
Once Ornamental Eggplant seedlings emerge, remove the plastic. Place the young seedlings in a sunny window or provide fluorescent lights. Harden the Golden Egg Tree plant off for 10 days or more, and do not transplant it outdoors until day time temperatures are in the 70's.
 80mg pack ( about 25 seeds ) $2.25
IP038 Yellow Rattleshaker ( Calathea crotalifera )
Native to Belize and Central America. Known as the yellow rattle shaker for it's resemblance to a rattlesnake's rattle. It prefers moist soil and partial shade, and will bloom in a pot. Mature height is 3-4 feet.This is as exotic tropical plant that does best semi-shade. Easy to grow from seeds. It makes an excellent landscape plant that is easily cared for. Tropical but can be wintered indoors in colder regions. Great for mass plantings and border areas. Very impressive when grown as a large container specimen. As a landscape item this giant plant can make a striking focal point for a tropical or subtropical patio or courtyard. Good houseplant if provided warmth and bright light ( large tubs ).
 5 seeds $3.95
3059 Wild Spike ( Cypress alternifolius nanus )
A grasslike pot or basket foliage complement, used like Dracaena, great novelty, grows 12" tall, annual.
 1mg pack ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
RLP091 Large Leaf Dragon Tree ( Dracaena aletriformis )
This relatively fast-growing, beautiful plant requires deep, rich soil and shade. So plant it in fertile, well-drained, compost-enriched soil and keep out of direct sunlight, or the leaves will burn. It requires consistent watering during the growing season and less during winter. It is frost and drought sensitive therefore in colder gardens it will need a very protected position. Due to its tolerance for fairly poor light conditions it makes an exceptional container plant for indoors or for a shady patio providing a bold and attractive focal point.
In South Africa an extract is prepared from its roots to drive away evil spirits, a real bonus feature for an ornamental plant!
 5 seeds $2.95
3295 Kilimanjaro ( Euphorbia marginata )
Pure white bracts, variegated foliage, strong stems, flowers under long days, early, for garden or cut. An excellent annual variegated foliage plant for borders, meadows and cutting gardens.
Must have bright light and warm conditions to be grown indoors.
Grow as an annual plant, reaches 48" tall.
 10 seeds per pack. $2.25
NW34 Japanese Arailia ( Fatsia japonica )
One of the most familiar house plants around. Its huge star shaped leaves will decorate any patio or hallway. It also makes a good yard plant if given lots of light. Zones 8A-11.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.00
SO350 Indian Banyan Tree ( Ficus benghalensis )
Banyan is a common home and office houseplant, but in the wild it's a giant tree of Indian jungles. Banyan starts out life as an epiphyte growing on another tree where some fig-eating bird deposited a seed. As it grows, banyan produces aerial roots that hang down from horizontal branches and take root where they touch the ground. These vertical "prop roots" can create a forest on their own.
Banyan can get 100' tall and, with its massive limbs supported by prop roots, spread over an area of several acres. A famous banyan tree near Poona, India, is said to measure a half mile around its perimeter and be capable of sheltering 2000 people. The large (5-10"), leathery leaves are like those of another home grown fig, the rubber plant (Ficus elastica), except that banyan's start out bronzy brown and hairy before maturing to glossy green and retaining just a scattering of hairs.
They often have prominently marked veins. The figs are scarlet red, about a half-inch in diameter, and reportedly not particularly tasty.
Thin roots emerge from the banyan tree branches and hang like strings as they grow toward the ground. Once they're rooted in the earth these aerial roots thicken into trunklike structures able to support the weight of the wide-ranging branches.

The banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis, is native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is often planted around temples and is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. Banyan tree is widely cultivated in city parks and botanical gardens throughout the New World and Old World tropics.

Of course there is no such thing as a "houseplant." All plants grow outdoors, but some can be made to survive, even thrive, indoors. The banyan tree is one plant that can remain indoors all year long. Repot every 2-3 years, but like the rubber plant, banyan is best kept a little on the pot-bound side. The shoot tips can be pinched back to promote branching.
Light: As a houseplant, banyan should be positioned in an area where it gets half shade or moderately bright light. It does not need the bright light so often demanded of plants grown indoors. Outdoors, grow in half sun to partial shade.
A banyan tree makes a fine specimen and shade tree if you have your own tropical botanical garden and a few acres to spare. Otherwise, grow this evergreen rubber plant look-alike in a container in the house. In India, the edible leaves are used as plates.
Moisture: Outside established banyan trees are drought tolerant. As a houseplant, banyan likes a soil that is well drained but kept moderately moist. Allow soil to dry almost completely, then saturate. Underwatering and overwatering can cause leaves to yellow and drop. Hardiness: USDA Zones 10 - 12. Banyan is damaged by frost but will recover from brief periods of freezing weather. Houseplants should be kept at 70-80 F in the summer and above 55 F in winter.

  50mg Package ( about 25 or more seeds, seeds are attached to tiny pieces of shell that are shipped in seed packet, this makes them easier to sow ) $2.50
D4509 Weeping Ficus ( Ficus benjamina )
One of the most recognizable house plants grown today. Very economical and easy to grow from seed and easy to care for. A fast growing plant that can become a centerpiece.
  Package of 12 seeds $2.25
D4513 Peepful Fig ( Ficus religiosa )
A beautiful house plant that will produce edible figs, however they are mostly limited to making preserves. Lovely green foliage on a twisting, spiraling stalk. Fast growing.
  6mg package ( about 20 seeds ) $2.25
D2977 Ginko Biloba ( Maidenhair Fern )
A unique tree with a leaf shape unlike any other. Its nuts are regarded as a delicacy in the Orient. In fall the leaves turn a golden yellow. A favorite bonsai specimen, it also makes a wonderful houseplant.
  Package of 3 seeds $2.25
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3293 Variegated Cat Grass ( Hordeum vulgare )
Green and white striped, wide leaf, scented, cats love it, fast growing, for container or garden. A decorative plant even if you do not have cats.
Hardy outside to zone 5, grows about 12" tall.
 3.5mg Package ( about 75 seeds ) $2.95
D5111 Sensitive Plant ( Mimosa pudica )
A small shrub that has pale green pinnate leaves that retract when touched, the stalks bending at the same time; after half an hour, if not further disturbed, the leaves resume their normal position. The global flower heads are pink and feathery.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
TRM276 Prayer Plant ( Calathea ornata )
These are tropical houseplants grown for their dramatic foliage! They have large, elliptical, dark green leaves with closely arranged, thin, sripes that radiate from the mid rib. The underside of the leaves has is a beautiful light to maroon color ( there is variation we have found on the underside colors ). Native to Tropical America and the Caribbean. It is easy to grow from seeds but seeds are rarely available commercially. An evergreen perennial that makes an excellent easily cared for container plant. Can be used as a tropical landscape plant but it requires warmth and shade and must be wintered indoors in colder regions. Great for mass plantings and border areas. Needs soil that is highly organic and well drained.
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D1107 Flowering Banana ( Musa )
A compact banana plant for indoors that only grows to about 3 ft. Attractive flowers are followed by small banana fruit. The seeds are slow to germinate but well worth the wait. Makes a great gift!.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.00
1A005 Screw Pine ( Pandanus utilis )
A slow growing tree type plant with long leathery sword leaves sharply serrated at edges and arranged in a spiral manner. The tree will develop stilt roots. Requires warmth and bright light as an inside plant. We recommend soaking seeds in warm water/CAPE Seed Primer for 24 hours before sowing.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
FB139 Selloum Philodendron
This has magnificent foliage with deeply lobed leaves up to 20 inches long and 28 inches wide. Does well in partial shade and is a good container plant. Eventually forms palm-like trunk.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
TRM016 Elephant Ear Philodendron ( Philodendron Impe )
Large boat-shaped decorative leaves, thick succulent midribs accent dull-glossy fleshy leaves overlapping shingle-like on a very thick stemmed clambering vine. Easy indoor potplant for mossed pole culture. Very seldom available in the trade.
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TRM017 Philodendron Adamantinum
A rare form of philodendron that makes a wonderful tub plant or garden plant outside in warm regions. Very hard to find seeds, get them while you can.
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TRM018 Flask Philodendron ( Philodendron martianum )
Another rare philodendron that have managed to find a few seeds to offer. This is a wonderful houseplant due to it's low light tolerance and worry free upkeep.
The flask philodendron forms a substantial basal rosette with 2- to 3-foot-long leaves of medium green. It is grown in soil in cultivation but can grow as an epiphyte on tree branches in its native Brazil.
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TRM019 Tuxla Philodendron ( Philodendron Tuxla )
This is a wonderful variety of philodendron for a houseplant or garden plant. It is ideal for 4" pot production as a Rosette type. It also vines as it matures and makes a great pole or table top 6" plant. It is most known for being disease resistant (leaf spots and Erwinina). It also does very well in low light;e.g. in homes tolerating below 100 foot candles. In greenhouses, it is one of the few foliage items you can grow under hanging basket Pothos or Ferns. It is very slow to start as a seedling, but once transplanted, P. tuxla finishes very quickly as a 4 or 6 inch pot.
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D4508 Australian Christmas Pine ( Pinus Mug. var. nigra )
Also known as Swiss Mountain Pine. Although this will also make a magnificent lawn tree perfect for Christmas decorations as the name suggests, it also makes a wonderful houseplant when young. Foliage has a different appearance than normal pines.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RLP014 Australian Sweet Pea Bush( Podalyria calyptrata )
There are few shrubs to beat Podalyria calyptrata, with its attractive, glossy, silvery foliage and masses of sweet-scented mauve-pink sweetpea-like flowers in spring, and it is easy to grow. It's also an excellent plant for the gardener wanting to attract bees, butterflies and birds to the garden.
A sturdy, fast-growing, well-branched shrub of 5-8 feet tall. The leaves are simple, alternate and oval or egg-shaped, green-grey in color and sparsely covered with silky white hairs on the upper and lower surfaces that give the leaves a silvery sheen. Young growth is velvety.
The flowers are large, one inch or more across, very showy, mauve-pink to pink, most have a white spot in the centre, usually visible on the standard petal, and very occasionally you find a bush where the whole flower is white. Flowers are borne in winter-spring-early summer. Flowering time varies in that some bushes flower earlier than others in the same area. Flowering is extended, bushes start off attractively dotted with their large flowers and in full bloom are completely covered in flowers. The flowers are typically pea-like with the standard/banner, keel and wing petals; the keel completely encloses the stamens and the stigma. They are also strongly fragrant, and really do 'fill the air of whole valleys with their sweet scent'.
When in bud, the flowers are covered by small, hairy bracts joined together to form a silken cap, which turns pale brown and appears to shrink as the bud grows, until it is balanced on the tip of the bud and falls off as the flower opens. It is an obvious feature once you notice it, and it distinguishes Podalyria calyptrata from all other species of Podalyria .
For zone 9 and higher outside, but can easily be grown in a container.
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D5137 Radermachera ( China Doll )
A perfect houseplant. It tolerates the dry air of central heat well, and does not require direct sunlight. A decorative shrub with large compound leaves. Takes little time to raise from seed.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.25
RLP033 Tape Vine ( Stephania rotunda )
A tropical vine that easily grown in containers, produces a large protrued bulb much like the ponytail palm, along with a beautiful climbing vine.
This deciduous vine is found in forests from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. it forms a large, rounded caudex from which wiry shoots with attractive, round leaves wind themselves up onto other vegetation. The flowers are very small and insignificant and followed by little clusters of red fruits. It is a popular ornamental for warm temperate regions, especially with collectors of caudex plants. It is also used in traditional medicine for the treatment of fevers, liver ailments and as a sleeping aid and contains a great number of alkaloids that may have valuable medicinal properties. Some of them have shown antimalarial activity.
 5 seeds $2.95
NW10 Giant White Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia nicolai )
This is the famous giant plant reaching 12 ft. or more in height and bearing loads of brilliant white flowers. Can be container grown if desired.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RLP110 Mandelas Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia reginae mandelas )
A beautiful and rare form with bright yellow and blue flowers instead of orange.
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Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

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