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Acnistus arborescens Acnistus arborescens
Code: 69134
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Wild Tree Tobacco, Hollowheart

Related to Iochroma. Uncommon small to medium sized tree, growing 10 to 20 feet high. Soft bark is beige, corky with deep vertical ridges and fissures. Try growing orchids, tillandsias and other epiphytes on it's limbs. Very small ¼th inch bell-shaped scented white flowers clustered on branches are followed by tiny orange tomato-like inedible fruits that are popular with birds. Plant has anticancer properties, but no nicotine derivatives, as common name would suggest. Subtropical, it will survive brief frosts. We're not sure of it's landscape value, but it might be of interest to collectors. Native to Central and South America and the Caribbean. Solanaceae

 
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Aeollanthus repens Aeollanthus repens
Code: 62202
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Creeping ground cover from Africa with fuzzy 2 inch gray leaves and numerous lavender flower clusters, which have a very strong skunk-like odor. Used as a ground cover in Hawaii, in spite of this trait. Makes a nice hanging basket. Plant in a sunny location in a frost free area. Related to Plectranthus. Lamiaceae

 
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Albuca bracteata Albuca bracteata
Code: 90234
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(Syn.: Ornithogalum longibracteatum, Ornithogalum caudatum), Pregnant Onion, False Sea Onion

The pregnant onion is an old-fashioned novel houseplant that resembles an onion with numerous baby bulbs forming on its sides. A great conversation piece. A lot of people just adore this plant. It has long strap-like leaves that droop downward and tall wands of small white flowers striped in green. Makes a nice hanging basket. It's not really an onion and should NOT be eaten. Some individuals may have an allergic skin reaction. Native to South Africa and easy to grow outdoors in similar climates. Grow in part shade and allow soil to dry between waterings. Hardy to 25F. Asparagaceae

 
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Allamanda schottii Australian Silver Allamanda schottii 'Australian Silver'
Code: 67054
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A cultivar with narrow silver-gray leaves, yellow flowers. Compact grower. Apocynaceae

 
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Alternanthera ficoidea Snowball Alternanthera ficoidea 'Snowball'
Code: 40012
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Tiny irregularly shaped leaves variegated blush white on this variety of Joseph's Coat. Very compact. Easy. Used as a bedding or edging plant or for containers, hanging baskets, or as a houseplant. Give light shade or full sun and rich organic soil with good drainage. Native to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America. (F,M,T) Amaranthaceae

 
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Anisacanthus quadrifidus var wrightii Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Code: 90204
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Desert Honeysuckle, Texas Firecracker

Mounding shrub to 5 feet with narrow light green leaves and spikes of tubular, bright red-orange flowers. Blooms heaviest in spring, occasionally in summer and fall. Heat loving, drought tolerant, for sun or partial shade. Deciduous. Cut back to keep dense and for more blooms. A favorite for butterflies and hummingbirds. Native to southwest Texas and northern Mexico. USDA zones 7 - 10. Acanthaceae

 
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Aphelandra arborea Aphelandra arborea
Code: 90643
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(Syn.: Aphelandra tetragona)

New! This is a rarely offered brilliant colored tropical shrub from South America and the West Indies with plumes of rich scarlet on four sided spikes. Each shrimp plant (Justicia) like flower is about 2 inches long. The 6 inch leaves are a bright glossy green. Plant in a bright semi-shaded location. Grows somewhat straggly to a height of 3 feet. To maintain a more compact form, prune back after flowering by removing weak growth and heading back to 2 or 3 strong buds on strongest stems. A well-drained loamy soil and humid tropical growing conditions is best. USDA zones 10-11. Acanthaceae

 
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Aphelandra schiedeana Aphelandra schiedeana
Code: 69070
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Grows to 4 feet high, with 5 inch long thin, finely pubescent, narrow ovate leaves. Blooms in winter with 3 inch spikes of 1 inch long dark red bracts with 2 inch bright red flowers resembling those of the shrimp plant. Part shade. Protect from frost. USDA zones 9b - 11. Acanthaceae

 
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Aphelandra sinclairiana Aphelandra sinclairiana
Code: 69071
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Coral Aphelandra

Evergreen tropical shrub with tubular pink flowers emerging from shell-like orange bracts. Inflorescence up to 8 inches long, very showy. Summer bloom. Grow in bright shade. Very tender to cold. Minimum temperature of 50F. Central America. USDA zones 10b - 11. Acanthaceae

 
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Arachnothryx leucophylla Arachnothryx leucophylla
Code: 80114
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(Syn.: Rondeletia leucophylla), Panama Rose, Bush Pentas

Small woody evergreen shrub with rose-pink flowers, primarily in winter and spring with scattered blooms the rest of the year. Very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. It becomes fragrant after sunset. Grows 3 to 5 feet high. Full sun to part shade. It's a tender shrub that will not survive freezing. USDA zones 9 - 11. Native of Mexico through Panama. Rubiaceae

 
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