Collector Plants - Page 4 (S-Z)

Plants are in alphabetical order by botanical names.

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Salvia VanHouttii 'Dancing Flames'
Common Name: Dancing Flames Salvia
Latin Name: Salvia VanHouttii 'Dancing Flames'
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 9
Blooms late summer/fall, grows to 3 ft tall, full sun. Delightfully gaudy foliage accented with brilliant scarlet red flowers. Good as a bedding plant, for walkway borders, and as a component of mixed containers.

Samyda dodecandra
Common Name: Guayabilla
Latin Name: Samyda dodecandra
Family: Salicaceae
Zone: 10
Rare multi-trunked tropical tree to 18 feet from Central America, small pink flowers line the stems at leaf joints.

Common Name: Mason’s 'Congo' Sansevieria
Latin Name: Sansevieria masoniana 'Congo'
Family: Dracaenaceae
Zone: 10
Rare Native to central Africa, this unusual Sansevieria grows to 5 feet tall with huge leaves 8 to 10 inches wide, and is easily the largest of the cultivated Sansevierias. Hardy to around 30 degrees, can grow in sun or shade. Leaves have a beautiful mottled color. We only have a few of these in stock.

Common Name: Pitcher Plants Assorted
Latin Name: Sarracenia leucophylla
Family: Sarraceniaceae
Origin: U.S. Gulf Coast
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-10

Sarracenia leucophylla, also known as the White pitcher plant, is a carnivorous plant in the genus Sarracenia. Pitcher plants inhabit moist and low-nutrient longleaf pine savannas along the Gulf Coast, growing on the sandy bank edges of shallow water ponds, bogs and creeks.

Pitcher Plants have erect and tubular pitchers that are passivly attractive to many insects. The hoods protect the pitchers from filling with water during rain.

Sarrancenia are easy to keep providing their needs are met. Here is a good link to the Sarraceniacea species and care.


Common Name: Blood Lily, Catherine wheel
Latin Name: Scadoxus multiflorus 'katherinae'
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Zone: 9-10
Eight to ten inch wide clusters of scarlet red flowers interlock into a most striking globe shape on a one to two foot tall stalk. Blooms attract hummingbirds and are a great conversation piece in the garden. Easy to grow, multiplies each year. A relative of the more common Amaryllis. Native to South Africa. Goes dormant in winter.

Common Name: Schefflera 'Nova'
Latin Name: Schefflera actinophylla
Family: Araliaceae
Very rare variety. This unusual tropical has huge maple like leaves that hang down. Also has bronze new growth. Unusual growth habit. Taken off the market which makes this variety rarely seen.

Common Name: variegated Chalice vine, Cup of Gold
Latin Name: Solandra maxima variegata
Family: Solanaceae
Zone: 9-11
Fast growing tropical vine with broad leaves, creamy variegation and purple stems. Easy to grow tropical. Huge fragrant golden trumpet shaped flowers.

Common Name: Chorogi, chinese artichoke
Latin Name: Stachys affinis
Family: Lamiaceae
These tubers have a very tender flesh. Ripens about October. Delicate flavor used in salads fresh, has a nutty sweet flavor. Also can be pickled, very nutritious. Has a beautiful purple bloom.

Common Name: Variegated Bridal Wreath, Madagascar Jasmine
Latin Name: Stephanotis floribunda
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Zone: 10

Vineing plant with intensely fragrant long lasting waxy white flowers and brightly colored variegated cream and green leaves. The flower scent is strongly reminiscent of true jasmine.

This vine grows best in bright indirect light with relatively high humidity. It should not be exposed to temperatures lower than 40.

Common Name: Sweetleaf
Latin Name: Stevia rebaudiana
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 9
Sweet Herb from Central America with edible leaves 30–45 times the sweetness of sucrose (ordinary table sugar). Tight clusters of white flowers. Grow in full sun.

Common Name: White Bird of Paradise
Latin Name: Strelitzia nicolai
Family: Strelitziaceae
Zone: 9b-11

Common Name: Stromanthe
Latin Name: Stromanthe sanguinea 'Tri-Color'
Family: Marantaceae
Zone: 9-10
Good plant for shady areas, keep soil moist, mulch in winter. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is easy to maintain. Intense colorful variegation makes this a showpiece plant for shady gardens.

Jade vine

Common Name: Jade vine
Latin Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys
Family: Leguminosae
Origin: Philippines

Unusual blue-green flowers

Strophanthus gratus Flower
Common Name: Climbing Oleander, Rose Allamanda
Latin Name: Strophanthus gratus
Family: Apocynaceae
Zone: 10 up
Evergreen clambering vine to sturdy rambling shrub, native to Western Tropical Africa. Prefers sun to partial shade and moist soil. Flowers pink with burgundy throats. Protect from freezing.

Common Name: Silver Leaf Tansy
Latin Name: Tanacetum albipannosum
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 4 - 9
Silvery foliage makes a mat with big white daisies with yellow centers in June. Native to Turkey. Very tolerant of different soils and conditions. Foliage is pale grayish green, to about 10 to 12" high.

Common Name: Cape Honeysuckle
Latin Name: Tecomaria capensis
Family: Bignoniaceae
Zone: 9-10
Cape Honeysuckle will brighten your garden. Hardy to the upper 20s will usually come back even if frozen to the ground. It is a small shrub to 6 ft, blooms all summer, takes well to pruning, and is salt and drought tolerant. Hummingbird attractor.

Telosma cordata
Common Name: Pakalana Vine, Tonkin Creeper
Latin Name: Telosma cordata
Family: Apocynaceae
Zone: 10

Grown in Hawaii where it is frequently used in flower leis, Pakalana Vine is one of the most wonderfully fragrant fines known. Native to India, China, Indo-China. The plant is an evergreen twining vine growing 10 to 20 feet, with heart shape leaves with long petioles. Cream yellow to orange flowers bloom spring summer and fall. The flowers buds are edible. Must be protected from cold weather during winter months.

Common Name: Kings Mantle
Latin Name: Thunbergia erecta and Thunbergia erecta 'alba'
Family: Acanthaceae
Zone: 10

Thunbergia erecta is a vigorous, woody shrub from Tropical Africa that grows to about 6-feet-tall and wide. This shrub has small, ovate leaves with entire margins borne opposite on thin, brown stems. The purple flowers have a yellow throat and grow to 1 1/4 inches long and may appear singly or in small clusters. These lovely, slightly fragrant blooms occur all year long, especially in the summer.


* We also offer the white flowering form with white flowers and a yellow orange throat. Thunbergia erecta 'alba'

Common Name: Tillandsia xerographica
Latin Name: Tillandsia xerographica
Family: Bromeliaceae
Extra Extra Large. slow-growing xerophytic epiphyte

Common Name: Ulluco, papa lisa
Latin Name: Ullucus tuberosus
Family: Basellaceae
Another root crop from the Andean region of South America. Root vegetable - tubers are crisp like carrots. Also contains calcium and are high in carotene like carrots. Retains orange color when cooked. Can be boiled or steamed or pickled. Leaves are cooked like spinach and alve the same nutritional properties.

Common Name: -
Latin Name: Uncarina roeoesliana
Family: Pedaliaceae
Zone: 10-12
A deciduous caudiciform shrub from Madagascar growing to 7 feet tall. Bright yellow flowers in summer. Grow in full sun with plenty of moisture in well drained soil.

Common Name: -
Latin Name: Uncarina peltata
Family: Pedaliaceae
Zone: 10-12
A caudex shrub from Madagascar grows to 10 feet tall. Leaves are large soft and velvety. Flower is a golden trumpet with a deep purple throat.

Common Name: Vetiveria Grass
Latin Name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Family: Poaceae
Zone: 9-11
Rare Perennial grass to 8 feet tall, usually less. It is an excellent erosion control plant with deeply rooted stems in clumps. Vetiver is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its aromatic roots. It is contained in 90% of all western perfumes. Vetiver is closely related to other fragrant grasses such as Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus), citronella (Cymbopogon nardus, C. winterianus), and Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii). Vetiver oil has medicinal properties. Though it originates in India, vetiver is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world.

Vigethia mexicana in flower
Common Name: Mexican Daisy
Latin Name: Vigethia mexicana
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 8-10
Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and blooms with pale yellow rays around a chartreuse center throughout the growing season. Prefers some shade. Flowers about 2 1/2 inches wide, prolific bloomer, easy to grow perennial.

Rare in collections!

Common Name: Cut-Leaf Chastetree
Latin Name: Vitex negundo 'Heterophylla'
Family: Verbenaceae
Zone: 6-9

Outstanding hard to find variety of "Chaste Tree". Very hardy, finely dissected lacy foliage topped with spikes of lavender purple blooms. Leaves look like 4 inch wide green snow flakes. This Vitex species is easy to grow and enjoys plenty of sunlight and good drainage. Grows to around 10 feet tall. Attracts butterflies and bees. This is one of my personal favorites! Our plant in the ground at the nursery always attracts many comments.

Yucca linearifolia
Common Name: Yucca linearifolia
Latin Name: Yucca linearifolia
Family: Agavaceae
Zone: 8-10
Discovered by John Fairey and Carl Schoenfeld in the 1980s south of Monterrey, MX. Resembles Yucca rostrata but the leaves are more succulent, narrower, and a distinctive pale green.

Common Name: Cardboard Palm
Latin Name: Zamia furfuracea
Family: Zamiaceae
Zone: 10
A fat trunk cycad from Mexico and Belize, slow growing to about 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Leaves are thick leathery gray green in color. Great tropical accent for patio garden, protect from freezing. For best looking sturdy plants, give near full sun as new leaves emerge. After new leaves have hardened off, the plant can be moved to a shady location if desired.

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