Collector Plants - Page 3 (H-R)

Plants are in alphabetical order by botanical names.

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Common Name: Silver Leaf Sunflower
Latin Name: Helianthus argophyllus
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 8-10

Unusual native Texas sunflower with soft downy silver colored leaves. Blooms in the fall.

Give this annual plenty of room and full sun. With adequate moisture and rich soil this sunflower can grow quite large. Pinching back early helps keep the plant smaller and bushier.

This is a draught tolerant sunflower and with less water its leaves are softer and more velvet like.

Masses of yellow flowers in the fall soon make seeds that attract finches and other seed eating birds.

Common Name: Hibiscus boryanus
Latin Name: Hibiscus boryanus
Family: Malvaceae
Zone: 9-11

Rare, endangered species from the Mascarene islands of Mauritius and Reunion Isles. Blooms red to orange flowers, leaves are edible and used as a spinach substitute, flowers are used to make a purple dye. Interesting is the foliage which starts out looking like a bird's foot, but with age its leaves get larger and take on the appearance of the typical rosa-sinensis species. Beautiful and unusual variety!

Common Name: Neches River Rosemallow
Latin Name: Hibiscus dasycalyx
Family: Malvaceae
Zone: 9-11

Rare endangered species. Full sun, moisture preferred. Blooms beautiful white flowers with dark throat. East Texas native, attracts butterflies, foliage is very frilly and fine, resembles cannibus. This is the first time I've offered this plant for sale, although we have grown it for several years in the gardens.

Common Name: Fiji Island Hibiscus
Latin Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Fiji Island'
Family: Malvaceae
Zone: 9-11

Grows to 10 feet tall with 5 inch wide pink flowers with cranberry centers. Prolific bloomer, hard to find.

Common Name: Red Chinaman's Hat, Cup and Saucer, Parasol Flower
Latin Name: Holmskioldia sanguinea
Family: Verbenaceae
Zone: 9b-11
Rare Unique flowers are the main interest of this scrambling shrub. Flowers backed by a broad, circular calyx, appear in dense terminal clusters throughout the summer and fall seasons. Growth is almost vine like and regular pruning helps keep a more bushy appearance. Grow in full sun to partial shade.

Common Name: Yellow Chinaman's Hat, Cup and Saucer, Parasol Flower
Latin Name: Holmskioldia sanguinea
Family: Verbenaceae
Zone: 9b-11
Rare Unique flowers are the main interest of this scrambling shrub. Flowers backed by a broad, circular calyx, appear in dense terminal clusters throughout the summer and fall seasons. Growth is almost vine like and regular pruning helps keep a more bushy appearance. Grow in full sun to partial shade.

Common Name: Pink Chinaman's Hat, Cup and Saucer, Parasol Flower
Latin Name: Holmskioldia tettensis
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b-11
Native to South Africa, Pink Chinaman's Hat really has blue flowers. The pink part is the persistent calyx surrounding the original flower. It lasts long after the original flower falls. The plant is an easy to grow small shrub to 7 or 8 feet tall. Prolific flowers are attractive to butterflies.

Common Name: Shooting Star
Latin Name: Hoya multiflora
Family: Apocynaceae
Hardiness: USDA Zone
Comments: Neat variety, hard to find. Blooms all the time and is easy to grow. Bush type habit (most Hoyas are vining). Beautiful wax star flowers. Excellent houseplant.

Common Name: Okinawa Holly
Latin Name: Ilex dimorphophylla
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Origin: Okinawa - Ryukyu Islands
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9-10
Rare Okinawa Holly is a compact evergreen shrub growing to 4 feet tall and wide. Leaves are glossy and tiny. Flowers are white followed by bright red berries in fall and winter. Often used as a bonsai plant. Also makes a good hedge, container plant, or specimen plant. The plant requires constant moisture and a rich well drained soil. Prefers full sun for dense compact shape. Protect from frost and freezing.

Common Name: Iochroma
Latin Name: Iochroma cyaneum 'Indigo'
Family: Solanaceae
Zone: 9b-up

A relative of the Brugmansias, Iochromas are a soft-stemmed, brittle-wooded, well-branched shrub reaching that reaches about 5' in height. Inflorescences are auxiliary umbels on new wood, 5 to 20 flowered. The flowers are tubular, several inches long, and very showy. Native to Ecuador at 3200-7000 feet, they are surprisingly adapted to sea level culture here on the Gulf Coast. Do protect from frost and freezing temps.

Iochromas are not common in collections. We also offer limited quantities of Wine and Scarlet colors.

Common Name: Prince Kuhio Vine
Latin Name: Ipomoea horsfalliae briggsii
Family: Convolvulaceae
Zone: 9b-up

Magenta flowered Morning Glory. Tropical perennial vine with clusters of striking maroon red blooms and glossy palmate foliage. Hummingbirds love it! Unique and hard to find.

Common Name: Thai Snow Variegated Ixora
Latin Name: Ixora 'Thai Snow'
Family: Rubiaceae
Zone: 10
Leaves heavily variegated with cream white

Common Name: Buddha Belly Plant, Gout Plant
Latin Name: Jatropha podagrica
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Zone: 10 - 11
Small pot bellied shrub native to Central America has deeply lobed large leaves and clusters of bright scarlet-orange flowers during summer months. Prefers bright sunny dry and hot conditions. Looses leaves in winter but flowers often remain. Does well as a potted specimen plant. Attractive to butterflies.

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Common Name: Flapjack Kalanchoe, Desert Cabbage
Latin Name: Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: South Africa (Cape Province)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b-12
Huge colorful tricolor 'cabbage head' shaped Kalanchoes will make a stunning addition to your succulent collection or colorful holiday plant gift this holiday season. Flapjack Kalanchoe grows best in light shade. Keep on the dry side in winter. Best color develops when grown in nearly full sunlight.

Common Name: Queen's Crepe Myrtle
Latin Name: Lagerstroemia speciosa
Family: Lythraceae
Zone: 10-11
Medium size tropical tree with large crinkled pink to purple flowers, needs a well drained soil and moderate water. Deciduous in winter. Leaves turn bright red before falling. Flowers are much larger than our regular Crepe Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica and they are exceptionally showy.

Common Name: Henna
Latin Name: Lawsonia inermis
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Africa, southern Asia, northern Australasia
Hardiness: best above 50° F

Henna plants enjoy hot dry weather and full sun for best growth. Their flowers are among the most fragrant of all plants. Shrubs can be grown as potted plants and may reach 6 to 8 feet after several years. Protect Henna plants from cold weather below 50. In the West Indies and Mexico Henna is known as "mignonette."

Henna produces a red-orange dye molecule, lawsone. This molecule has an affinity for bonding with protein, and thus has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool since ancient times. Pure natural Henna seems to have no negative health effects.

Common Name: Pink Easter Lily
Latin Name: Lilium longiflorum 'Casa Rosa' (Hybrid Easter lily)
Family: Liliaceae
Zone: 7-10
Beautiful pink delicately scented lily blooms late spring with muted pink blooms. Grows 3 feet tall and multiplies over time. Large flowers, easy to grow, and makes an outstanding feature for a large patio container and are great as taller plants in a border garden.

Common Name: Rose Campion
Latin Name: Lychnis coronaria 'Gardener's World'
Family: Caryophyllaceae (The Pink Family)
Zone: 4 - 9
Lots of bright double red 1½ inch blooms atop a low rosette of fuzzy silver leaves, great for cut flowers. Blooms resemble miniature carnations, contrasting beautifully with silvery, wooly foliage on erect stems. Good drainage is essential for successful over wintering.

Common Name: Japanese Bay tree, Tabu No Ki
Latin Name: Machilus Thunbergii (syn. Persea thunbergii)
Family: Lauraceae
Zone: 8-10
Beautiful holly like foliage, year round screen and windbreak, rounded crown like Live oak. The evergreen leaves emerge bright red in spring, shading to copper before turning glossy dark green. By summer, leaves reach 6in. long. Deep purple fruit in fall are followed by chartreuse star shaped flowers. Connoisseur tree, rarely available.

Common Name: Chocolate Chip Manfreda
Latin Name: Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips'
Family: Agavaceae
Zone: 8-11
Rare cultivar developed by Yucca Do with dark brown chocolate spots and ultra wavy leaf edges. Overall height is only 4 inches tall with leaves about one foot long. Flower spikes can grow to 4 or 5 feet tall ! Grows best in full sun.

Common Name: 'Macho Mocha' Manfreda
Latin Name: Manfreda variegata 'Macho Mocha'
Family: Agavaceae
Zone: 8-11
A giant Manfreda grows 12 inches high and 36 inches wide. Huge succulent leaves washed in lavender with a peppering of chocolate-brown spots.

Plant pictured is from our current selection for sale.

Common Name: Variegated Tapioca
Latin Name: Manihot esculenta
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Zone: 10
A small tropical shrub with bold leaf variegation and bright pink leaf stems. Grows to about 4 to 6 feet tall and makes a striking potted patio plant or accent in the garden. Must be protected in freezing weather, otherwise easy to grow. Likes full sun or light shade, regular watering, and monthly fertilizing.

Common Name: Hardy Tapioca Tree
Latin Name: Manihot grahamii
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Zone: 8-10
From South America, this is a small tropical tree that is hardy along the Gulf Coast. Grows to about 15 feet tall with beautiful palmate leaves reminiscent of a Schefflera leaf. Fast growing, makes a wonderful shade tree for patio or garden. Deciduous in winter. Prune back branches in winter to keep shape compact the following year.

Common Name:
Latin Name: Medinilla myriantha
Family: Melastomataceae
Zone: 10-11

One of the most spectacular flowering houseplants available! Eighteen inch long clusters of bright pink flowers hang down from stems of lush tropical leafs. Medinilla likes bright shade, high humidity, and warm temperatures.

Medinilla is a high altitude rain forest plant from the Philippines. In its native habitat, it is an erect shrub to 6 feet tall. It likes bright light and excellent drainage. Minimum night temperatures should be above 65 degrees. Flowering during most of our warm season, Medinilla is an excellent tropical specimen for greenhouse and potted plant culture.

Common Name: Mount Kinabalu Medinilla
Latin Name: Medinilla speciosa 'Kinabalu'
Family: Melastomataceae
Zone: 10-11
Overall a smaller plant than Medinilla myriantha. Native to Mount Kinabalu in Borneo

Common Name: Showy Medinilla, Magnificent Medinilla
Latin Name: Medinilla magnifica
Family: Melastomataceae
Zone: 10-11

Rare Even more beautiful than M. myriantha. Clusters of bright pink flowers with large pink bracts at base of flower stems.

Medinillas are epiphytes, often growing in trees. Provide a very well drained soil mix and do not expose M. magnifica to temperatures below 50. Does well by a bright interior window in winter.

Common Name: Dawn Redwood
Latin Name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Family: Cupressaceae
Zone: 5-9

Very rare conifer that grows to 200 feet. Likes plenty of water.

Common Name: Hawaiian Christmas Bush
Latin Name: Metrosideros collina
Family: Myrtaceae

Rare to find, cold hardy to 20 degrees. This native of Hawaii makes an evergreen shrub with silver fuzzy leaves. Has beautiful orange bottlebrush flowers in fall. Prefers good sun and good drainage. Outstanding plant! Can reach 5 to 6 feet. A personal favorite!

Common Name: Magnolia laevifolia
Latin Name: Michelia laevifolia
Family: Magnoiaceae
Zone: 8-10

Hardy evergreen screening shrub or small tree from southern China, rare to find! grows 8 to 10 ft, 5ft. wide. upright grower, dense habit, sweetly scented porcelain like flowers in mid spring, blooms April to June. Related to Magnolias.

Common Name: Zuta Levana, Tea Hyssop
Latin Name: Micromeria fruticosa
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 7-10
Rare Native to S.E. Europe and Western Asia, very aromatic with a fresh invigorating minty-marjoram flavor and aroma. Leaves boiled in water make a medicinal tea. Delicious as a burst of flavor in salads or on toasted bread with olive oil. Small bluish-white flowers throughout the growing season. Does well in containers or in the garden. Provide full sun and good drainage.

Common Name: Giant Mexican Daisy
Latin Name: Montanoa grandiflora
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 9b-11

Interesting, handsome foliage. Blooms beautiful white daisy flowers in spring and late fall. Winter hardy, easy to grow, rare to find. Grows to 6' full sun.

Common Name: Truly Tiny Banana
Latin Name: Musa cv. 'Truly Tiny'
Family: Musaceae
Zone: 9-11
Compact 2 foot tall Dwarf Cavendish type banana with red blotching on leaves. This rare new banana introduction stays small and makes a great ground cover or potted plant. Keep it well watered and grow in full to partial sun. Fertilize regularly. Small bananas are edible.

Common Name: Pink Mussaenda
Latin Name: Mussaenda
Family: Rubiaceae
Zone: 10
fragrant, will bloom all year sunny warm tropical conditions.

Also: Rare! Mussaenda Double Dark Pink Salmon

Common Name: Red Mussaenda
Latin Name: Mussaenda
Family: Rubiaceae
Zone: 10
red poinsettia like bracts surround small white flowers that are fragrant. Will bloom all year, sunny warm tropical conditions. Sensitive to cold.

Also: Mussaenda Double Red

Common Name: Dwarf Simpson's Stopper
Latin Name: Myrcianthes fragrans
Family: Myrtaceae
Zone: 9b-11
Florida native evergreen shrub grows 2 to 3 feet tall, is drought tolerant. fragrant and attracts many species of birds. Leaves fragrant like Eucalyptus, flowers fragrant, white and blooming most of the growing season. Bark reddish brown and smooth. Keep soil moist.

Common Name: Starry Eyes Nierembergia
Latin Name: Nierembergia gracilis 'Starry Eyes'
Family: Solanaceae
Zone: 7b-9
A Yucca-Do discovery from Argentina, this native heat tolerant Nierembergia will bloom all summer with profuse light lavender flowers. Grows to about 10 inches tall and 18 inches wide.

Common Name: Coral Jasmine
Latin Name: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
Family: Oleaceae
Rare large shrub. Fragrant night bloomer sometimes called Coral jasmine. White flowers with an orange eye. All parts are used medicinally. Cold hardy to low 20s.
Cestrum nocturnum is the common night blooming jasmine.

Common Name: Bishop's Balls
Latin Name: Ochrosia elliptica
Family: Apocynaceae
Rare to find, tropical large shrub or small tree. Attractive leathery leaves. Plumeria relative. Very salt tolerant. Fragrant white flowers are followed by red fruit that resemble elongated tomatoes. Fruit is not edible. These fruits are the "sea beans" that wash up on the coast.

Common Name: Jabily
Latin Name: Operculicarya decaryi
Family: Anacardiaceae
Zone: 10b
A small deciduous tropical tree from Southwestern Madagascar suitable for container growing as a bonsai. Grow in full sun to light shade. Tiny flowers are usually red. Trunk bark is rough and picturesque even on small plants. Protect from any frost.

Common Name: Black Mondo Grass
Latin Name: Ophiopogon planiscapus 'nigrescens'
Family: Ruscaceae
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5-9
Black Mondo Grass is an evergreen perennial that makes a great groundcover. Fresh foot long narrow leaves start out green but quickly turn black black black. Plants spread by underground stolons with thick fleshy roots. Flowering is in the fall with fragrant purple-pink flowers followed by shiny black berries. Wonderful conversation plant and a great background for colorful accent plants.

Passiflora alata
Common Name: Ruby Glow Passion Flower
Latin Name: Passiflora alata 'Ruby Glow'
Family: Passifloraceae
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9
Comments: Beautiful fall blooming vine from South America with flowers up to 5 inches in diameter. Grow in full sun, average watering.

Common Name: Brazilian Candles
Latin Name: Pavonia multiflora
Family: Malvaceae
Rare tropical - 4 feet. Blooms constantly, easy to grow. Rarely offered, beautiful pot plant.

Common Name: Redbird Cactus
Latin Name: Pedilanthus tithymaloides synonym Euphorbia tithymaloides
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: tropical and subtropical North America and Central America
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b-11
Very rare variety of Redbird Cactus. Tropical succulent shrub with zigzag stems. Native to dry tropical forest in Florida and Mexico. Blooms unique red slipper-like flowers that resemble tiny redbirds. Other common names include Christmas Candle, Devil's Backbone, Fiddle Flower, Jacob's Ladder, Japanese Poinsettia, Jew's Slipper, Jewbush, Milk-Hedge, Myrtle-Leaved Spurge, Padus-Leaved Clipper Plant, Red Slipper Spurge, Redbird Flower, Slipper Flower, Slipper Plant, Slipper Spurge, and Zig-Zag Plant.

Common Name: Satin Pellionia
Latin Name: Pellionia pulchra
Family: Urticaceae
Origin: Vietnam to Malaysia and Burma
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10
As a trailing indoor plant for basket or terrariums, Satin Pellionia excels. It has showy leaves with dark veins on an olive-green background and purple undersides. Pellionia likes humidity and warmth, bright indirect light and moist but not wet soil. It is an easy to grow plant often used as a ground cover in tropical climates. Protect from frost and freezing. Keep dry in winter.

Common Name: Variegated Rose Cactus
Latin Name: Pereskia grandifolia variegated
Family: Cactaceae
Zone: 10
An unusual cactus with leaves! And variegated ones at that. This small shrubby cactus originates in Brazil. It has beautiful pink wild rose like flowers and large thorns on the mature plants.

Nong Nooch Vine
Common Name: Nong Nooch Vine
Latin Name: Petraeovitex bambusetorum
Family: Verbenaceae
Zone: 10 up
This small tropical vine native to Thailand flowers from spring until fall with many one to two ft clusters of yellow flowers. Easy to cultivate, unusual and much sought after tropical makes an excellent container plant for patio or bright window area. Minimum temperature should be kept above 50 degrees.

Common Name: Sandpaper Vine, Queen's Wreath, Bluebird Vine
Latin Name: Petrea volubilis
Family: Verbenaceae
Zone: 9b to 10

Sandpaper Vine can grow to 40 feet tall or be trained into a small shrub. Flowers in clusters up to 1 foot long, the flowers are dark blue and last a few days, but the blue calices last for weeks. This vine likes plenty of mulch and an acid fertilizer if your soil is alkaline. Blooms heavily in late spring and sporadically throughout the growing season. Give direct sun or bright filtered light, medium to high humidity. Native to Mexico and Central America.

We also offer the rare white cultivar - Petrea volubilis 'Albiflora'
same price!

Common Name: Variegated Moth Orchid
Latin Name: Phalaenopsis
Family: Orchidaceae
Zone: 10
Bright edged variegated moth orchid. Leaves have bold creamy white border and are flushed with rose pink. Pink flowers in spring and late winter. Very rare to find!

Common Name: Mexican Bush Mallow
Latin Name: Phymosia Umbellata
Family: Malvaceae
Zone: 10
Hibiscus family - grows like "Confederate Rose" Hibiscus. Full bushy habit 8'. Blooms October through June, beautiful burgundy cupped blooms. Cold hardy, easy to grow! Rare to find!

Common Name: Allspice Tree
Latin Name: Pimenta dioica
Family: Myrtaceae
Zone: 10

Allspice is a small tropical tree native to Jamaica in the Caribbean Islands. The dried immature fruit is ground to make allspice used to flavor meats, vegetables and desserts. Crushed leaves and berries smell like a mix of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Full sun, well drained soil, protect from freezing.

Common Name: Betel leaf, Paan
Latin Name: Piper betle
Family: Piperaceae
Betel leaf or ""Paan" is an evergreen climbing vine used in Indian culture. The leaves are eaten for digestion, also leaves are used to wrap vegetables in and cooked. Interesting and very rare to find!

Common Name: Black Pepper vine
Latin Name: Piper nigrum
Family: Piperaceae
Large waffled leaves make nice ground cover. Produces white spath like blooms with black seeds. Seeds are ground and are the real black pepper of commerce. Easy - this plant has survived 18 degrees only to return twice as thick. Much sought after!

Common Name: Vick's Plant
Latin Name: Plectranthus tomentosa
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 9 - 11
Succulent herb giving off the aroma of Vick's Vap-O-Rub or mentholatum when crushed. Performs well as a potted plant. Great conversation piece for the patio garden. Water then let dry out between next watering.

Common Name: Bridal Bouquet Plumeria
Latin Name: Plumeria pudica
Family: Apocynaceae
Zone: 10
A Plumeria species with unusual fiddle shaped leaves blooming 9 to 10 months during the year with clusters of pure white long lasting flowers up to 3 inches in diameter and leaves that are nearly evergreen. Can take temperatures in the mid-thirties with no problem. Grows to 15 feet tall but can be pruned to be smaller.
Other named variety Plumeria as well

Common Name: Mexican Hat, Upright Prairie Coneflower, Long-headed Coneflower
Latin Name: Ratibida columnaris
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 4 - 10
Beautiful native wildflower, blooms May - September and makes an excellent cut flower. Flower resembles a colorful Mexican sombrero, hence the name, Mexican Hat. Two to three foot tall plants prefer full sun and a well drained soil.

Common Name: Chinese Foxglove, Beverly Bells
Latin Name: Rehmannia elata
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Zone: 8 - 10
24 - 36" H, 18 - 24" W, Open medium height stalks of large flared tubular hot pink flowers in late spring to summer. Leaves are large, lobed, and slightly hairy with maroon spotting. Best in a sheltered spot with full sun and evenly moist soil.

Common Name: Crimson Princess Azalea
Latin Name: Rhododendron 'Crimson Princess'
Family: Ericaceae
Zone: 6-9
A dwarf Azalea with red foliage grows 15 to 18 inches tall. New variety has the darkest foliage of all the Crimson Series.

Common Name: Midnight Flare Azalea
Latin Name: Rhododendron obtusum 'Kurume Midnight Flare'
Family: Ericaceae
Zone: 6-9
An evergreen mounding Kurume Azalea 3-4 feet tall and wide, grows best in partial shade. Hardy to -10 degrees F. and has deep red flowers. It's an early flowering Azalea.

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