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Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Acis autumnalis We're working on it. Amaryllidaceae Plant in well drained soil, sun or part sun. It's perfect for the Houston seasons, except protect below 20 F.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Allium drummondii
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We're working on it. Amaryllidaceae Yucca Do Nursery collected these southwest of College Station to conserve them prior to their destruction by a road construction project.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Canna x 'Tama-tulipa' In stock Cannaceae Yucca Do Nursery scooped up this striking canna from a waterway in northeastern Mexico. It's big and quite aggressive. Plant in standing water. Full sun.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Canna x 'Bengal Tiger' In stock Cannaceae Plant in sunny wet location. The attraction is large orange flowers set above and among large green and yellow striped leaves with maroon edge.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Canna x 'Karen' In stock Cannaceae Tiny leaves and elegant flowers with yellow and light orange sepals. Many thanks to Pat McNeal for this very nice hybrid canna.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'
imperial taro
In stock Araceae Grows very nicely in aquatic conditions in full sun.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Crinum asiaticum In stock Amaryllidaceae Expect die back in a hard freeze. Treat as any crinum.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Eucrosia bicolor
Peruvian lily
In stock Amaryllidaceae Flowers form on 2 ft inflorescence. Keep dark and relatively dry in winter.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Habranthus robustus
Rain Lily
In stock Amaryllidaceae
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Hippeastrum blossfeldiae
Blossfeld's amaryllis
In stock Amaryllidaceae Wildly starry shaped flowers on 12 inch inflorescences rapidly multiplying into a gorgeous clump. Glossy narrow deep green foliage. A bulb that should be kept dry in winter.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Hippeastrum parodii In stock Amaryllidaceae A bulb that should be kept warm and dry in winter if you expect to see a bloom. Plant in warm sunny well-drained location.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Hymenocallis maximiliani In stock Amaryllidaceae Many small narrow rather typically shaped spider lily flowers on 3 ft inflorescences. This is a riparian species that can take much water and a pretty fair amount of drought because the roots do deep.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Hymenocallis occidentalis var. eulae
Henry's spiderlily
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In stock Amaryllidaceae These plants were grown from seed collected on an expedition to Navasota, Texas with the express purpose of saving them from road construction. They will go dormant in summer just before blooming!
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Leucojum aestivum
summer snowflake
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In stock Amaryllidaceae
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Philodendron recurvifolium In stock Araceae Grow like any philodendron either staked or allowing it to weave through mulch under plants in the garden.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Pinellia tripartita
green dragon
In stock Araceae Spreads by rhizome and seed but not aggressively.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Rhodophiala bifida
oxblood lily
In stock Amaryllidaceae Rhodophiala is one of those antique hand-me-down plants in the amaryllis family that was much used across the Hill Country and can still be found even where homesteads have long disappeared, a testament to its indestructible nature. Its nodding bright red flowers return faithfully every year as long as the bulbs are not disturbed.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Spathicarpa hastifolia
worm plant
We're working on it. Araceae This cold hardy form collected by Yucca Do Nursery went dormant in 7 F and returned in spring. Plant in well drained soil with an hour or two of morning sun.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Xanthosoma atrovirens 'Variegatum Monstrosum'
mouse-cup taro
Coming soon! Araceae Mouse-cup taro has small somewhat tattered leaves that start off light yellow and green maturing to white, green and silver. Each leaf develops a small fold that holds a drop of water.
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers Xanthosoma brasiliense
Tahitian spinach
In stock Araceae This mottled green aroid is consumed around the world cooked like spinach.
Cycads Cycas panzhihuaensis Coming soon! Cycadaceae The attraction is the many blue green leaflets and yellow male cone.
Cycads Zamia domingensis In stock Zamiaceae Prepare yourself for a zamia on steroids! Long pinnate leaves with long narrow leaflets give the impression of a monstrous coontie after shock treatment.
Cycads Zamia integrifolia
coontie
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In stock Zamiaceae
Cycads Zamia vazquezii In stock Zamiaceae It's a nice bushy looking Cycad that would make a beautiful hedge row or flower bed edging. The leaves will burn off at about 22 F, but will regrow in spring. Cover with frost cloth to lower preserve the leaves around 20 F.
Ferns & Allies Marsilea macropoda
bigfoot water clover
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In stock Marsileaceae Bigfoot water clover is a pretty tough fern -- native to the Hill Country. At first glance it might appear to be a weird oxalis. It is most at home in a wet shaded area, but will travel into full sun if watered.
Ferns & Allies Microsorum fortunei
Fortune's ribbon fern
In stock Polypodiaceae Densely clustered cascading 15 inch narrow leaves will add an elegance and luxuriant feel to your woodland garden or tall glazed planter.
Ferns & Allies Phlebodium pseudoaureum In stock Polypodiaceae
Ferns & Allies Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki'
tongue fern
In stock Polypodiaceae Plant in a well drained sloped mulched bed and water sparingly. Its tongue-shaped stiff leaves arising from rhizomes make a very nice ground cover. In a humid greenhouse it may be grown on rock or tree limb since it is an epiphyte and will cling to those surfaces.
Ferns & Allies Selaginella braunii
Braun's arborvitae fern
Coming soon! Selaginellaceae This spikemoss has very intricate bright green foliage. In a mulched well-drained bed, its rhizomes will spread to very slowly form an expanding clump.
Ferns & Allies Thelypteris sp. In stock Thelypteridaceae Nothing much is known about this fern except that it popped up in the nursery and spread to other pots.
Ficus Ficus benghalensis 'Krishnae'
Krishna's butter cup
In stock Moraceae This sacred tree of India can reach extraordinary size outside of freeze zones and when given enough water. Here in Houston, it is likely to freeze back every year or die. But propagate like other ficus so you can keep it going for many years.
Ficus Ficus aff. heterophylla In stock Moraceae Leaves are bright green upper and greenish yellow beneath. Veins beneath, petioles and stems are a bloody red. Figs are also red.
Ficus Ficus tannoensis In stock Moraceae Large bluish-green matte leaves, with gentle lobing. Produces many small red figs in fall. This plant survived 7 F in a semi-protected area.
Ficus Ficus tikoua In stock Moraceae A Far Reaches Farm introduction. This is a very manageable easily restrained ground cover for a shady location. Large oblong bright green leaves and dense growth habit.
Ficus Ficus vaccinioides
Formosan creeping fig
In stock Moraceae Reliably cold hardy in a shady spot. Glossy bright green foliage makes it a perfect plant for a tall terra cotta pot mulched with pea gravel.
Ficus Ficus virens In stock Moraceae In zone 8b, this ficus will always be a small 8 ft tree, compared to a very large tree in its native range. The large ribbed leaves are the real attraction.
Rare Collector Begonia x 'Phoe's Cleo' In stock Begoniaceae Grown in filtered sun, it's a smaller plant with small jagged speckled lime green leaves and hairy bright red petioles. Grown in shade, leaves become larger, a mottled dark green.
Rare Collector Begonia x 'Yosemite' In stock Begoniaceae The long angel-wing leaves look like Yosemite Sam's moustache...at least enough to be humorous. Very well drained potting mix, 50% perlite. Allow to dry out between waterings.
Rare Collector Beschorneria aff. rigida In stock Asparagaceae Grown from garden seed from plant collected by Yucca Do Nursery near Jacala, Mexico at 5500 ft. elevation, an area having summer rainfall and dry winters. Plant in a very well-drained location near a deciduous tree so that it gets some shade in summer and plenty of winter sun. The flower is very colorful and festive.
Rare Collector Brahea moorei
dwarf rock palm
In stock Arecaceae These plants are grown from garden seed harvested from plants collected in Mexico at 8,000 ft elevation. Broad leaves that are blue-green on top and silver-gray below, with drooping fingers, would be stunning enough, yet imagine 3 ft gold inflorescences spiking through the foliage in fall. It's a small manageable palm that needs very well drained soil.
Rare Collector Manihot walkerae
Walker's manihot
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Coming soon! Euphorbiaceae Plant after last frost in part shade. Prefers to grow onto the stems of a shrub.
Shade Perennials Aechmea gamosepala
matchstick bromeliad
In stock Bromeliaceae Throw it in a shady well-drained bed and watch it form a nice clump with a steady production of very neat bright flowers.
Shade Perennials Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata'
variegated parrot lily
We're working on it. Alstroemeriaceae This variegated form of the parrot lily is not nearly as aggressive as the species, and tends to do much better with regular water in summer.
Shade Perennials Anemone x 'Alice Staub' In stock Ranunculaceae There are a number of different selections of Japanese anemones, a misnomer as their parentage is really native to China but became popular in Japan, where they are now naturalized. Most fail to prosper in Gulf Coast gardens, but this form that the late Alice Staub received from Lynn Lowrey has stood the test of time in her Houston garden, growing vigorously and flowering reliably in fall. We have a lush patch of this just north of John’s house, where it even receives a few hours of direct sun.
Shade Perennials Ardisia crispa In stock Primulaceae Best described as quaint and festive due to its diminutive evergreen story book look. Though listed as invasive in some states, we beg to disagree and highly recommend it.
Shade Perennials Ardisia japonica 'Angyo Pixie' We're working on it. Primulaceae Plant in well drained soil and keep slightly moist. Is not invasive like to species.
Shade Perennials Ardisia japonica 'Andre the Giant' We're working on it. Primulaceae Plant in well-drained soil. Will spread by rhizome, The attraction is much larger berries than the species.
Shade Perennials Ardisia japonica In stock Primulaceae Plant is shaded site. Otherwise treat the same as ardisia.
Shade Perennials Asarum arifolium
arrow-leaf wild ginger
In stock Aristolochiaceae Leaves are forest green with silver veins, and beneath are dark purple pitcher-shaped flowers with light red lips.
Shade Perennials Asarum splendens
wild ginger
In stock Aristolochiaceae The attraction is the olive green and silver mottled foliage that makes a wonderful groundcover in a well-drained mulched bed.
Shade Perennials Aspidistra ebianensis 'Haye's Stars' In stock Asparagaceae This tropically lush aspidistra cultivar is very cold hardy. The spots are attractive, and its hidden flowers are like tiny tarts with raspberry filling.
Shade Perennials Aucuba japonica 'Honshu' In stock Garryaceae Jagged leaves interspersed with many red berries in winter will add to the holiday festivities. The plant is lush and has no armaments.
Shade Perennials Billbergia nutans
queen's tears
In stock Bromeliaceae In its native habitat or a greenhouse, it's a epiphyte but does well here in a pot or a flower bed with good drainage. Surprisingly drought tolerant and cold hardy. Gorgeous flowers.
Shade Perennials Blephilia ciliata
Ohio horsemint
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We're working on it. Lamiaceae Plant in a raised bed that gets 4 hours of sun per day. Too much shade or too much water cause it to rot during winter.
Shade Perennials Bletilla striata
Chinese ground orchid
In stock Orchidaceae Each plant typically produces several deep purple flowers mid-spring.
Shade Perennials Cyanotis sp. In stock Commelinaceae This water-loving relative of Tradescantia pallida is perfect for a shaded moist bed where it can go bananas. The attraction is purple foliage and small purple flowers and white hairs on all parts.
Shade Perennials Cymbidium sinense
terrestrial orchid
We're working on it. Orchidaceae Plant in well drained bright shade location with plenty of mulch. A hard freeze will knock out the blooms and a much harder one will cause it to die back to the ground, yet it will return in late spring.
Shade Perennials Dentaria diphylla 'American Sweetheart'
crinkleroot toothwort
In stock Brassicaceae Although crinkleroot has a really sweet little white flower, the great attraction is its serrated lobed olive green leaves with light green veins and purple underside. Try not to step on it when it goes dormant in summer
Shade Perennials Drimiopsis botryoides In stock Asparagaceae Keep very dry in winter. Water very sparingly.
Shade Perennials Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum
ligularia
In stock Compositae Farfugium, or tractor seat plant, has become an essential ingredient in elegant lush gardens. Whether planted in heavily mulched shade or near a water feature, it will need regular frequent water. Over the years it will reseed to form a number of clumps which in fall will be topped with bright yellow daisy-like flowers, followed by puffy spheres of seeds each to be carried by the wind.
Shade Perennials Gasteria batesiana Coming soon! Xanthorrhoeaceae Plant in gritty well-drained soil and water infrequently.
Shade Perennials Justicia fulvicoma
orange shrimp plant
In stock Acanthaceae Bracted flowers with gold strappy petals on long stems make for a fairly impressive clump when not much else is blooming. Propagated from specimen collected in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Shade Perennials Justicia spicigera In stock Acanthaceae Spicigera (spik-EE-ger-uh) is another one of those hand-me-down plants that has stood the test of time in Houston area gardens. It slowly forms a 6 ft clump of bright green foliage and orange tubular flowers. Expect it to freeze back most winters.
Shade Perennials Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
Turk's Cap
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In stock Malvaceae Tolerant of dry alkaline soil to wet gumbo. Best in part shade.
Shade Perennials Ophiopogon jaburan
giant striped mondo grass
In stock Asparagaceae Mondo to the max will form large six foot clumps of elegant 24 inch slender leaves and in August send up white lily-like flowers on spikes.
Shade Perennials Oxalis triangularis
false shamrock
In stock Oxalidaceae Dark purple leaves eventually will begin to pop up thought the woodland garden.
Shade Perennials Packera obovata
golden groundsel
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In stock Compositae Plant in well-drained mulched shady spot and water regularly. In a few years, expect a large patch from reseeding and spreading stolons. Flowers form on 3 ft inflorescences. It's a glorious site.
Shade Perennials Piper sp. Coming soon! Piperaceae This relative of the root beer plant was given to us by Mercer Arboretum. It definitely has the pipe-shaped flower typical of the genus but the long narrow glossy leaves put it in a different class.
Shade Perennials Rohdea japonica
Japanese sacred lily
We're working on it. Asparagaceae Rohdea japonica makes a wonderful textured groundcover for the woodland garden. Plant in heavily mulched location.
Shade Perennials Rubus moluccanus
Broad-leaf bramble
In stock Rosaceae This Australian raspberry is attractive for it's large fuzzy leaves on arching stems -- perfect for a tall vase. But it also produces small edible raspberries consumed by birds which spread seeds. This plant will make a nice addition to any queach because it spreads by layered stems. It's not overly aggressive though.
Shade Perennials Scutellaria indica var. parvifolia
dwarf Indian skullcap
In stock Lamiaceae This velvet-leafed small plant is perfect for the rock garden. May be an annual in Texas, but will reseed just enough to maintain itself. Summer shade and winter sun is the best combination.
Shade Perennials Scutellaria integrifolia
helmet-flower
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Coming soon! Lamiaceae Plant in well-drained sandy soil. Will reseed extensively, so in a few years a variety of native bees and butterflies with be thankful.
Shade Perennials Scutellaria longifolia 'Purple Fountains' We're working on it. Lamiaceae This very floriferous skullcap will die back after a freeze but return in zone 8b. Give it plenty of mulch so the rhizomes can thoroughly establish.
Shade Perennials Scutellaria ovata
heartleaf skullcap
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We're working on it. Lamiaceae Self-sows and spreads by rhizome. Will form a large patch. Plant in rocky well-drained soil or a mulched bed.
Shade Perennials Scutellaria ovata 'Silver Leaf'
heartleaf skullcap
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We're working on it. Lamiaceae A variation of the heartleaf skullcap that has silvery-gray leaves and is more vigorous.
Shade Perennials Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Blue-eyed Grass
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Coming soon! Iridaceae Plant in somewhat low moist soil without mulch. Keep moist. Divide every other year.
Shade Perennials Thalictrum dasycarpum
meadow rue
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We're working on it. Ranunculaceae In the hot south, prefers afternoon shade and medium water, despite the fact that it grows in full sun in the wild.
Shade Perennials Tinantia pringlei 'Panther'
Mexican speckled wandering Jew
In stock Commelinaceae Just a very purple cultivar of the species.
Shade Perennials Tinantia pringlei
Mexican speckled wandering Jew
We're working on it. Commelinaceae Though it's related to "That Purple Thing That Took Over The Yard" called Tradescantia pallida, Tinantia pringlei on the other hand is a dainty unassuming little ground cover with lots of character.
Shrubs Aloysia gratissima
Beebrush
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In stock Verbenaceae Beebrush is a very aromatic native Texas relative of almond verbena. Pollinator heaven!
Shrubs Ardisia crenata
coralberry
In stock Primulaceae Coralberry is a controversial little plant because it can really go nuts in the wild, a radical propensity that landed it on several invasive plant lists, though we believe it to be harmless in a small suburban yard and worth the beautiful winter red berries. These berries, unfortunately, have a bad reputation for being toxic to livestock and cats, though the seeds are dispersed by raccoons and birds. If your cat does eat these berries and dies, please let us know. We keep this information in a database called "The Quirks of Cats."
Shrubs Bauhinia bartlettii We're working on it. Leguminosae Plant in sharply drained soil, like a gravelly hillside. This is a small tree. Wild collected in Mexico
Shrubs Bauhinia macranthera
Chihuahuan orchid tree
We're working on it. Leguminosae If grown in shade, it will sprawl for the sun like other bauhinias and will need to be propped. It's very cold hardy, but plant only after last frost, also like many other bauhinia.
Shrubs Bauhinia natalensis Coming soon! Leguminosae
Shrubs Bauhinia ramosissima In stock Leguminosae
Shrubs Buddleja sessiliflora
tepozan
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We're working on it. Scrophulariaceae This long-lived shrub has occupied a place next the entrance for many years, having returned from all freezes and survived all droughts with no supplemental irrigation, yet it never ceases to produce long yellow spiked flowers and silver green foliage. Truly, a remarkable plant.
Shrubs Buddleja x 'Orange Scepter' We're working on it. Scrophulariaceae Dominating is the word to describe this plant's position in the perennial garden. Large fuzzy gray green leaves and long golden erect flower spikes grab you and hold you until you admit that this plant is in fact dominating.
Shrubs Callicarpa acuminata In stock Lamiaceae Picture very large green leaves and large clusters of jet black berries on a monster of a 15 ft callicarpa that was collected by John Fairey in Mexico.
Shrubs Callicarpa longissima In stock Lamiaceae This large beauty berry from Asia has long narrow foliage and bright white berries. Plant in well drained soil in filtered light, preferably under a deciduous tree.
Shrubs Callicarpa salicifolia In stock Lamiaceae Uniquely loose clusters of lavender blossoms amid narrow slightly serrated foliage, followed by bright amethyst berries in fall.
Shrubs Callistemon x 'Hot Pink' In stock Myrtaceae Dense foliage and dense hot pink blooms. A very cold hardy bottlebrush. Any soil.
Shrubs Cestrum aurantiacum 'Orange Zest' In stock Solanaceae It needs to be regularly cut back to promote new growth and flowering. It grows during warm weather, including during warm winter periods, and will die back partly at about 24F or fully at about 15F. So it does require a little work to look best, but is well worth the effort in return for profuse golden tubular flower clusters. After many years, the clump will grow to be unmanageable if lower limbs are not removed because it will readily layer itself.
Shrubs Condalia hookeri
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In stock Rhamnaceae Incredible Hill Country native shrub! Part sun to part shade. Lime green new foliage and very light bark. Dark edible berries in fall. Thorns.
Shrubs Duranta erecta
pigeon berry
We're working on it. Verbenaceae Plant after last frost to allow it to deeply root, otherwise it may not return from a freeze below 25 F. This amazing bloomer attracts every pollinator in a wide vicinity.
Shrubs Heimia salicifolia
the sun opener, sinicuichi
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In stock Lythraceae Reportedly, consumption of the leaves induces vivid dreams and deepens consciousness. We have no personal experience though. Texas valley native, growing to 4 to 8 ft. Lots of small yellow flowers beginning summer into fall. Herbaceous in 8b. Medium to low water. This plant returned from 7 F.
Shrubs Helianthus mollis
ashy sunflower
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In stock Compositae When this plant colonizes an area by rhizome, the ashy green leaves are quite spectacular. Great native Texas naturalizer for birds and butterflies.
Shrubs Leucophyllum x 'Grace' We're working on it. Scrophulariaceae Many thanks to Pat McNeal for this stunning leucophyllum. Pale pink blooms are the attraction.
Shrubs Mahonia chochoco In stock Berberidaceae Collected during several expeditions to Mexico, these mahonias were often seen growing out of rock crevasses on cliffs. Chochoco is adaptable to clay or sandy loam and sun or part shade. The bright yellow display of full grown plants if nearly breathtaking.
Shrubs Mahonia gracilis In stock Berberidaceae The garden specimens were collected from various locations in Mexico. Nursery offerings are propagated from garden seed.
Shrubs Mahonia pallida We're working on it. Berberidaceae Pallida produces long racemes of small white and yellow flowers which transition to impressive purplish blue fruit in fall.
Shrubs Millettia pulchra In stock Leguminosae Mindboggling clusters of purple flowers amid pinnate foliage over a long bloom season.Bronze new growth next to mature bright green pinnate leaves makes for a stunning ornamental.
Shrubs Muehlenbeckia platyclados
Tapeworm Plant
In stock Polygonaceae Expect die back below 20 F and resprout above 15 F. It can get very large if grown through a trellis or the stems of a large shrub. Keep the ground moist.
Shrubs Osmanthus fragrans 'Tianxiang Taige' We're working on it. Oleaceae This new cultivar introduced by Nurseries Caroliniana produces very large aromatic flower clusters.
Shrubs Randia laetevirens In stock Rubiaceae Beautiful verdant obovate leaves with numerous white berries in fall. This large shrub is heavily armed with one inch thorns.
Shrubs Ruscus aculeatus
butcher's broom
In stock Asparagaceae The attraction is deep green evergreen foliage and very conspicuous profuse berries in fall. This is a self-fertile selection. Very slow grower.
Shrubs Salvia blepharophylla In stock Lamiaceae Plant in a well mulched part sun area where it has room to spread. More sun, more blooms. It's easy to keep it restricted. Propagated by cutting from plants collected in Mexico.
Shrubs Salvia blepharophylla 'Diablo' We're working on it. Lamiaceae Salvia blepharophylla 'Diablo' is a selection of eyelash sage that is unique for its blood-red flowers, which are narrow and distinctly marked by a set of stark-white horns where the flower hood meets the lower lip, creating a devilish appearance. Its foliage is narrower and makes a tighter clump than 'Painted Lady.'
Shrubs Serissa japonica In stock Rubiaceae This is a very attractive compact sub-shrub with tiny leaves and tiny flowers.
Succulents Aechmea recurvata 'Benrathii'
urn plant
We're working on it. Bromeliaceae This epiphyte does best in loose gravel and watered frequesntly and kept warm.
Succulents Agave americana var. protoamericana 'Pokey Ghost' In stock Asparagaceae 'Pokey Ghost' was collected by Yucca Do Nursery in Mexico. It grows slowly to a medium size. Leaves are powdery blue with ghostly bud prints and prominent reddish teeth. Expect cold damage below 20 F.
Succulents Agave ferdinandi-regis
king of the agaves
In stock Asparagaceae Stiff glaucous spirally arranged foliage with stunning white bud prints make this agave from Saltillo, Mexico a real eye-catcher. Though slow growing and small in stature, it is appropriately named King of the Agaves. Expect many pups over the years. Best kept dry in winter.
Succulents Agave filifera In stock Asparagaceae Similar to A. schidigera in that the leaves are narrow, have curly fibers on the margin and have similar markings. On the other hand, filifera makes offsets (clumping).
Succulents Agave oteroi In stock Asparagaceae Syn. Agave titanota. Pale green leaves contrast with large brown jagged teeth and leaf margin.
Succulents Agave ovatifolia
whale's tongue
In stock Asparagaceae Whale's Tongue Agave is one of the cold hardiest and most drought tolerant of the Mexican agaves. Grown from garden bulbils and seed collected in garden, these are the progeny of a decades old line first collected by Lynn Lowrey.
Succulents Agave sp. 'Ruth Bancroft' In stock Asparagaceae This Agave potatorum hybrid with its distinctive straight red spines came from the Ruth Bancroft Garden. It bloomed at the same time as Agave ovatifolium, which only makes it more interesting. Agave x potatorum is cold hardy to only about 15 F, but because most species of agave are protandrous, i.e. stamens ripen before ovaries deterring self-pollination, the seedlings very likely are part ovatifolia and thus possibly more cold hardy.
Succulents Agave sp. 'Bellville' In stock Asparagaceae 'Dr. Watson' has squiggly spines and a minimal striped variegation on each leave. Zero damage at 7 F.
Succulents Agave sp. 'Ciudad del Toro' In stock Asparagaceae
Succulents Agave sp. 'Mr. Ripple' In stock Asparagaceae Collected by Yucca Do Nursery in 2001 when Carl Schoenfeld and Wade Roitsch were driving through Ciudad de Maize, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Wade screamed "Stop the car!" And Carl slammed on the breaks. There Mr. Ripple began its life in horticulture. At maturity, it's a 8 ft. wide by 5 ft. tall imposing plant with undulating heavily armed leaves. It's cold hardy to 10 F but will suffer leaf damage in wet climates below 20 F.
Succulents Agave sp. 'Miquihuana Silver' In stock Asparagaceae John Fairey collected this large agave in Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1991. It has survived 13 F without blemish and survived 7F. It has remained beautiful in full sun with no supplemental water with vase-like form and blue gray hues.
Succulents Agave striata In stock Asparagaceae
Succulents Agave weberi In stock Asparagaceae This is a medium size agave with fine-toothed leaves that are greenish blue and slightly vase-like in sun but more glaucous and lily-like in part shade. It is hardy to the low teens.
Succulents Aloe humilis In stock Xanthorrhoeaceae It's a highly variable species in terms of texture, size and color. Plant in raised gravel bed. When temperatures drop below the mid twenties, simply scoop it out of the ground, throw in a box and place in the house.
Succulents Beaucarnea aff. gracilis In stock Asparagaceae Prone to rot. Plant in very well drained soil Water sparingly. If potting, it prefers to be root bound.
Succulents Bryophyllum delagoense In stock Crassulaceae
Succulents Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi
lavender scallops
In stock Crassulaceae This kalanchoe has large nodding pale blue green leaves tinged a faded red along scalloped margins. Above the leaves in late spring early summer, clusters of dangling orange flowers give appearances of a birthday cake more than a plant. As with any succulent, do not pot or plant in store-bought soils. Make your own succulent soil mix with partially decomposted pine bark fines, perlite, expanded shale and lava pumice. If you're water is hard or saline, treat your succulent to purified water. Water deeply and infrequently, before the soil becomes solid and hydrophyllic. Fertilize once per year in spring with a slow time release.
Succulents Dasylirion wheeleri
common sotol
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In stock Asparagaceae Expect narrow strappy leaves with many teeth attaining a trunk after many years.
Succulents Echeveria runyonii In stock Crassulaceae Silvery foliage and meandering inflorescences adorned with orange-red flowers are the attraction. This might sound like the typical cute rock-leaf succulent until you realize it's cold hardy to zone 7b. It was collected by Yucca Do Nursery in the mountains if Mexico.
Succulents Euphorbia sp. In stock Euphorbiaceae Plant in gritty well-drained soil.
Succulents Graptosedum G. paraguayense x S. pachyphyllum 'Francesco Baldi' In stock Crassulaceae Plant in gritty-well drained soil.
Succulents Gymnocalycium chacoense In stock Cactaceae Collected by Yucca Do Nursery in Cerro San Miguel.
Succulents Kalanchoe daigremontiana In stock Crassulaceae Plant in gritty well-drained soil.
Succulents Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri In stock Crassulaceae Plant is gritty well-drained soil.
Succulents Kalanchoe luciae
paddle plant
In stock Crassulaceae Plant in an area protected from afternoon sun and definitely protect from frost with a frost blanket.
Succulents Kleinia longiflora In stock Compositae Perfect for the rock garden.
Succulents Manfreda sp. 'Macho Mocha' In stock Asparagaceae Plant in very well drained gravelly soil. Rarely needs water. Will provide many pups.
Succulents Neobuxbaumia polylopha
cone cactus
In stock Cactaceae Neobuxbaumia polylopha is threatened species from one location in Guanajuato State, Mexico. Requires excellent drainage and sometimes needs propping.
Succulents Nolina brittoniana In stock Asparagaceae Seed of this rare central Florida nolina was sent to us from the University of Florida. This rare nolina is a denizen of the rapidly disappearing xeric sand scrub where the soil is sandy and poor in nutrients making it a perfect addition to the rock garden.
Succulents Nolina texana
Texas Sacahuista
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In stock Asparagaceae In full sun it takes on a bunched form, whereas in shade takes on a trailing form with long leaves. Native to cedar forests from central Texas west to Arizona and up to Colorado.
Succulents Pedilanthus macrocarpus
slipper plant
In stock Euphorbiaceae Mostly leafless succulent with green erect stems clumping to 3 ft. Plant in gritty well-drained soil.
Succulents Stenocereus pruinosus In stock Cactaceae Matures to a very large specimen in drained soil and dry winters. Here it is recommended as a patio pot plant.
Succulents Tradescantia sillamontana In stock Commelinaceae This silvery fuzzy less invasive relative of Tradescantia pallida forms a dense clump in part sun and a loose clump in shade.
Succulents Yucca desmettiana 'Blue Boy'
soft leaf yucca
In stock Asparagaceae The main attraction is a soft leaf that turns burgundy with more sun and in winter. Leaves are much longer in shade. Columnar growth for a few years then it falls over and winds along the ground producing shoots from the base. A very funky plant.
Succulents Yucca thompsoniana
Thompson's yucca
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In stock Asparagaceae Similar in appearance to Yucca rostrata except it is shorter and tends to form multiple trunks.
Succulents Yucca torreya
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In stock Asparagaceae These Yucca torreya seeds were collected near Junction, Texas. They had silver leaves and were non-trunking. The seed germinated well, and the seedlings were very tough.
Sun Perennials Amorpha fruticosa 'Dark Lance'
False indigo
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In stock Leguminosae A riparian species introduced by Benny Simpson, forms cloud-like tufts of blue-green foliage -- striking with purple petals and gold anthers on flower spikes.
Sun Perennials Angelica pachycarpa In stock Apiaceae Large glossy foliage. Plant in well-drained soil. More sun means more water. Dormant by the end of summer. Will self-sow.
Sun Perennials Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
yellow hummingbird bush
In stock Acanthaceae The yellow flowers of this anisacanthus make it look like a desert honey suckle. Rest assured that hummingbirds won't be confused. They manage to find it despite that it's not red like the traditional hummingbird bush.
Sun Perennials Artemisia sp. 'Little Eagle' In stock Compositae This little ground cover is perfect for a sunny rockery with excellent sandy gravelly soil.
Sun Perennials Artemisia sp. 'Wired' Coming soon! Compositae We've only grown it in the nursery, so we haven't had much experience with it in the garden. But basically we're guessing it can be treated like other other artemisia.
Sun Perennials Artemisia sp. 'Big Eagle' In stock Compositae Similar to Artemisia ludovicianum but shorter and more gently cut leaves.
Sun Perennials Baptisia sphaerocarpa
yellow wild indigo
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In stock Leguminosae Racemes of yellow pea-like flowers sit atop blue-green foliage, followed by black seed pods -- a very distinctive plant.
Sun Perennials Boltonia diffusa
Smallhead Doll's Daisy
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In stock Compositae It can handle both very dry and wet conditions. It starts spring as a low groundcover then sends 5 ft inflorescences with hundreds of small daisy-like flowers. Quite a cloudy display!
Sun Perennials Caesalpinia mexicana
Mexican bird of paradise
In stock Leguminosae Herbaceous below 20 F. Plant in well-drained soil.
Sun Perennials Calliandra houstoniana In stock Leguminosae After many years, Calliandra houstoniana forms a 4 ft clump of erect 7 ft stems having glaucous foliage and bright red stameniferous flowers. John Fairey affectionately called called it "Bloody Nose Plant" as did the local populations.
Sun Perennials Citharexylum berlandieri
fiddlewood
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In stock Verbenaceae A very uncommon shrub to small tree that produces many orange berries in summer, turning black, contrasting with the green foliage, and as it matures with the gnarly wood.
Sun Perennials Clitoria sp. We're working on it. Leguminosae The generic name Clitoria was applied by Johann Philipp Breyne in 1747; and, although it was accepted by Linnaeus, there remained for some years hot disagreement as to the appropriateness, despite that many vernacular names are based on the same reference to female genitalia. Botanists settled on the common name Pigeon Wings but almost solely use the common name Butterfly Pea because Clitoria is in the pea family. This Clitoria sp. was collected in Potrero-Redondo and La Trinidad, Mexico and grows in sun and part sun locations with little supplemental water.
Sun Perennials Coreopsis lanceolata
lanceleaf coreopsis
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In stock Compositae In just a few years, coreopsis will form a massive colony of beautiful small green clumps with yellow flowers. It makes a nice ground cover, even in winter when leaves may look a bit worn and are quickly replaced with shiny new foliage. Perfect for naturalizing a suburban yard because it outcompetes the weeds.
Sun Perennials Dianthus carthusianorum
clusterhead pink
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We're working on it. Caryophyllaceae Plant in gravelly well-drained soil. Water sparingly because it has a tendency to rot, especially in a part sun location. Will naturalize.
Sun Perennials Dianthus japonicus
pink
In stock Caryophyllaceae Probably best in part sun with medium irrigation. It will reseed quite prolifically which will more than replace any that die back in a harsh winter.
Sun Perennials Echeandia texensis
Texas craglily
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In stock Asparagaceae Texas craglily, is one of those bullet-proof xeric natives that vigorously reseeds. A plethora of tiny nodding yellow flowers attract a multitude of pollinators, then form black pods that spill seed all over the garden!
Sun Perennials Echinodorus cordifolius
Creeping Burhead
In stock Alismataceae Creeping burhead has large oval stiff deeply veined leaves and crepe-like white flowers on a long inflorescence which give way to small plantlets that slowly make their way down to the water and root. This is a very striking plant for the pond.
Sun Perennials Eryngium eburneum
candelabra eryngium
In stock Apiaceae Native to Argentina, candalabra eryngium is a very impressive plant, not just because of its size and candelabra-like (paniculate) inflorescence, but because it doesn't go dormant, even to 7F! In shade, it isn't quite so vigorous. These open-pollinated seeds were harvested from plants growing near a Mexican species of eryngium (also evergreen), so many seeds might be a hybrid of the two similar plants. Imagine that! Even though it is drought tolerant, this plant will require some watering until established.
Sun Perennials Eryngium prostratum
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In stock Apiaceae This creepy little riparian bog matt bears no resemblance to its eryngium brethren. Though home to hydric areas, it can surprisingly thrive in part shade in a fairly dry location. You'll fall on love with the tiny blue cone-shaped flowers. Natural habiatat includes swamps, bottomland forests, pond margins, streambanks, fens, swales and pastures.
Sun Perennials Euonymus japonicus We're working on it. Celastraceae This gorgeous variegated leaf form is green and yellow in spring and summer, turning green and light red in winter. Makes a super hedge and screen.
Sun Perennials Excoecaria cochinchinensis In stock Euphorbiaceae
Sun Perennials Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation' We're working on it. Compositae Many thanks to Dawn Stover of Stephen F. Austin University for selecting this incredible long lived perennial.
Sun Perennials Gaillardia aestivalis 'Glamor and Glitz'
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In stock Compositae This rhizomatous gaillardia forms a 3 ft clump in just one year and produces many many gorgeous yellow flowers during a long bloom season. It's truly a mesmerizing flower. Many thanks to Wade Roitsch for this marvel.
Sun Perennials Gloxinia sp. In stock Gesneriaceae Treat like Gloxinia 'Bolivian Sunset'
Sun Perennials Hypericum hypericoides
St. Andrew's cross
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Coming soon! Hypericaceae Subshrub with dark glossy exfoliating copper branches in winter. Yellow flowers in summer.
Sun Perennials Mimosa strigillosa
powderpuff
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In stock Leguminosae The Powderpuff name is inspired by its fantastic spherical bright pink flowers. It is also a sensitive briar, which means the leaflets fold inward upon contact and at night or during cloudy weather. It's a great ground cover for full to part sun. It's drought tolerant.
Sun Perennials Monarda fistulosa
Wild Bergamot
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In stock Lamiaceae Naturalizes. Prolific bloomer in sun when it has its own space. Many clusters of tubular purple flower heads attract many different pollinators. Has an electrifying feel when in full bloom. Plant in well drained soil.
Sun Perennials Moraea collina Coming soon! Iridaceae
Sun Perennials Pavonia missionum In stock Malvaceae This plant will reseed prolifically so , sure, 10 F may kill the standing plants, but the seeds from the previous season will sprout in abundance. Newly planted seedlings will require much irrigation. The red-orange propeller-shaped flowers will mesmerize.
Sun Perennials Penstemon tenuis
gulf coast penstemon
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In stock Plantaginaceae
Sun Perennials Physostegia correllii
Correll's false dragonhead
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In stock Lamiaceae Physostegia correllii is a vigorous rhizomatious water-loving ditch plant known from only a few locations in Texas and Louisiana. As in years past, The John Fairey Garden is offering gallon pots propagated from our ditch near the office, a clone originally wild collected from Texas. As long as you provide sun and water, this Obedient plant will not disappoint you.
Sun Perennials Ruellia elegans
Brazilian petunia
In stock Acanthaceae Expect die back below 28 F, but it will return in late spring above 10 F. Forms a 4 ft mound. Blooms profusely if given about 4 hours of morning sun per day. Minimal reseeding.
Sun Perennials Russelia sp. 'Coralblow' In stock Plantaginaceae Deeply fluted long stems adorned at the nodes with large (for Russelia) tubular oval flowers. Looks like a tropical but is definitely cold hardy -- collected by Carl Schoenfeld and Wade Roitsch in Tamazunchale, Mexico. Best to protect it with mulch below 15 F.
Sun Perennials Salvia gesneriiflora 'Mountain Form'
Mexican Mountain Scarlet Sage
In stock Lamiaceae This is a highly variable species that can be dwarf or tall, and a range of flower colors from orange-red to red, calyxes from black to dark red.
Sun Perennials Salvia lyrata 'Juniper Springs'
lyreleaf sage
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In stock Lamiaceae If you don't deadhead it four times per year, expect an ever expanding carpet of purple leaves with wide lime green on the margin. It's truly a stunning sight when they all send up myriads of light purple flowers on 1 ft inflorescences.
Sun Perennials Salvia mexicana 'Ocampo' In stock Lamiaceae
Sun Perennials Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink'
mountain sage
In stock Lamiaceae A low growing Mexican sage to 2 ft. Is very hardy and a persistent bloomer, producing large, clear, bright pink flowers all spring, summer, and fall. Plant in very well drained raised bed with morning sun or dappled shade. Trim old growth in spring after new growth has appeared.
Sun Perennials Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'
mountain sage
In stock Lamiaceae Collected in La Bufa, San Carlos Mountains, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1992 and introduced in 1997. The attraction is a prolific bloomer over a long season, lots and lots of incredibly bright deep pink-red flowers with a hint of violet. Trim in spring after new growth has appeared.
Sun Perennials Salvia microphylla 'Orange Door'
mountain sage
In stock Lamiaceae A very distinctive sage introduced by Yucca Do. Its large, oval leaves are heavily pubescent, and its large, coral-orange flowers are splendid during spring and fall! This is a robust plant for woodland conditions, but remains a manageable 3 x 3 ft.
Sun Perennials Salvia sp. 'Blue Chiquita' In stock Lamiaceae This bright blue flowering salvia has distinctive, rich-green foliage, distinctly marked with silver-white down on the undersides. In mid-fall, the 3' spikes of electric blue flowers thrill viewers and hummingbirds alike. If possible, plant where there is a breeze to better enjoy its silver-backed leaves fluttering in the sunlight.
Sun Perennials Salvia uliginosa
bog sage
In stock Lamiaceae The upright, stoloniferous Salvia uliginosa displays a beautiful cloud of clear, light blue flowers from spring through fall with an open and airy habit. Suitable for bog garden or area prone to heavy rains and flooding.
Sun Perennials Salvia x 'Cherry Chief' In stock Lamiaceae One of the most xeric of red blooming salvias. A low maintenance plant with long bloom season. Trim in winter.
Sun Perennials Silene subciliata
Smooth-leaf fly catch
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We're working on it. Caryophyllaceae This plant was grown from seed collected in Jasper County, Texas where it is endemic to east Texas and western Louisiana in both dry-mesic woodlands and open disturbed areas. The main attraction is profuse bright red flowers on many three to four foot inflorescences.
Sun Perennials Solidago sempervirens
seaside goldenrod
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We're working on it. Compositae Grown from seed sent to us from Mike Heep in the Valley. It's a really manageable goldenrod that doesn't reseed prolifically, doesn't spread by rhizome or get overly huge. Expect brilliant yellow flower heads from multiple stalks.
Sun Perennials Tecomaria capensis
cape honeysuckle
In stock Bignoniaceae In mostly sun, it forms a dense blocking shrub with profuse tubular flowers and glossy small green leaves. It can spread quickly as long horizontal stems root quite easily.
Sun Perennials Teucrium cubense
coast germander
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In stock Lamiaceae It will readily naturalize. The casual white flowers and cascading foliage looks very "old garden." It can certainly replace asparagus fern in the landscape.
Sun Perennials Tradescantia ohiensis
Ohio spider wort
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We're working on it. Commelinaceae Trim flower stalks in fall to promote leaf growth. Makes a nice glaucous ground cover after a few years.
Sun Perennials Yeatesia platystegia
Montell Bractspike
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In stock Acanthaceae Texas shrimp plant is in the same family as Justicia. It's primary native range is the Hill Country where it is an uncommon wildflower though it readily reseeds. It has sort of a wind swept form that holds near the top many light green bracts and small purplish white flowers.
Trees Acacia berlandieri
guajillo
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In stock Leguminosae This seed was collected from a small 7 ft tree. The black bean pods contrast beautifully with the fine glaucous foliage. Flowers appear in masses and attract bees with that renown west Texas nectar.
Trees Acacia pinetorum
pineland wattle
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In stock Leguminosae Fine foliage and small spherical yellow flowers adorn this small acacia, along with many light brown thorns. After a deep freeze, it returns as a small multi-trunked tree. Will rebloom during warm winter periods. Great food for bees.
Trees Acer buergerianum var. formosanum
Trident Maple
In stock Sapindaceae A drought tolerant and cold hardy native of Taiwan. Grows to about 60 ft. Yellow and orange fall color. Exfoliating bark. Based on observation, retains leaves longer in fall than Acer oliverianum var. formosanum and tolerates saline soil.
Trees Acer coriaceifolium In stock Sapindaceae This evergreen maple has deep green mature leaves that contrast beautifully with light gray to bright green new growth. Bark varies from dark tan to dark gray.
Trees Acer oliverianum subsp. formosanum In stock Sapindaceae Young trunk and branches are green. New foliage is green. Fall colors are bright red orange with gold highlights. Although its Taiwan climate is cooler and moister, it can handle Texas heat if grown in part shade, in rich soil, and mulched and watered regularly.
Trees Aesculus pavia var. flavescens
Hill country yellow buckeye
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In stock Sapindaceae These Texas yellow buckeye were grown from seed collected from a stand of small trees growing on a hill side in Uvalde County near the Frio River. It's very drought tolerant once established. Flowers are similar to the red buckeye but smaller and yellow instead of red. Expect only a few inches of growth per year.
Trees Alangium chinense Coming soon! Cornaceae Treat similar to a dogwood. This is a small tree that produces many fragrant flowers in sprint. May die back in a very harsh winter.
Trees Amyris madrensis
mountain torchwood
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Coming soon! Rutaceae Small Texas native evergreen tree to about 10 ft. Full or part sun. Small black fruit in fall. Low water. Host to the giant swallowtail.
Trees Brahea armata
blue hesper palm
We're working on it. Arecaceae A slow growing palm with 4 to 6 ft wide blue gray leaves on 3 ft petioles.
Trees Butia capitata
pindo palm
Coming soon! Arecaceae A very elegant silvery palm with edible (some say delicious) golden orange fruit in late summer. Native to Argentina. Very drought tolerant. Full sun. Slow growing to about 20 ft.
Trees Calocedrus macrolepis
Chinese incense-cedar
In stock Cupressaceae This is a fast growing tree with dense branching that makes a very effective hedge. Bluish green foliage and vertically fissured dark bark give it a story book feel.
Trees Casimiroa pringlei
Pringle's sapote
In stock Rutaceae This citrus tree is quite unusual in that it likes some shade and has remained evergreen and healthy down to 7 F!. The golden fruit about the size of a cherry tastes somewhere between a peach and a mango. These trees have been grown from seed originally collected in Mexico.
Trees Ceratonia siliqua
St. John's Bread
Coming soon! Leguminosae Also called Carob, this legume tree produces large edible pods that are used as a substitute for chocolate.
Trees Chamaedorea microspadix
dwarf bamboo palm
In stock Arecaceae Lush long pinnate foliage and bright red seeds will "tropify" your woodland garden.
Trees Chamaedorea radicalis
Dwarf Feather Palm
In stock Arecaceae These palms were grown from open pollinated seed harvested from plants collected from Puerto Purification, Mexico at elevations between 1600 and 4000 ft elevation. So they are very small and very cold hardy. These plants will have some hybridization with Chamaedorea oreophylla coming from Chamaedorea x 'Douglas Delights' growing in the garden, but the influence is hardly noticeable.
Trees Chrysophyllum oliviforme
satinleaf
In stock Sapotaceae The real attraction is the incredible 4 inch rounded glossy bright green leaves, above, and velvety olive green, below. Best in the green house below 40 F and outdoors the remainder of the year.
Trees Cinnamomum macrophyllum In stock Lauraceae Large bright green glossy leaves.
Trees Cinnamomum porrectum In stock Lauraceae The yellow blooms are very aromatic.
Trees Cupressus arizonica var. montana Coming soon! Cupressaceae
Trees Cupressus dupreziana
Saharan cypress
We're working on it. Cupressaceae
Trees Cupressus x ovensii In stock Cupressaceae
Trees Cyrilla racemiflora
Titi Tree
In stock Cyrillaceae Native to east Texas, this 14 ft. shrub can be found in Big Thicket National Preserve near and in waterways. Lovely white racemes on specimens in full sun.
Trees Daphniphyllum calycinum In stock Daphniphyllaceae Large paddle-shaped shiny leaves give this distinctive cold hardy shrub a shaggy tropical look. Old growth is green to glaucous, in contrast with chartreuse new growth, especially striking in summer. During spring, within the dense crown may be found numerous small white flowers on inflorescences eventually forming oval bluish drupes on female plants. Best grown beneath a deciduous tree with good drainage, this evergreen prefers summer shade and winter sun.
Trees Daphniphyllum teysmannii In stock Daphniphyllaceae Large paddle-shaped bright green leaves and bright red petioles.
Trees Decatropis bicolor Coming soon! Rutaceae The attraction is its leaves, dark green glossy above and tan barely fuzzy below. The inflorescences and new growth are also tan to white slightly fuzzy. Clusters of white flowers that clearly indicate belonging to the citrus family. Collected in Mexico.
Trees Diospyros rhombifolia
Diamond-leaf Persimmon
In stock Ebenaceae
Trees Ehretia anacua
anacua
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In stock Boraginaceae The attraction is a mostly evergreen tree which becomes covered in white fragrant blooms in April. Leaves are dark green with rough sand papery feel to the upper surface. Usually multi-trunked due to suckering over the years. Will die back in below 10 F.
Trees Euonymus americanus
American Strawberry Bush
In stock Celastraceae Grows in shaded moist woodland areas. The attraction is the bright red orange seeds in a pinkish pod in fall.
Trees Euonymus myrianthus In stock Celastraceae Produces bright yellow fruit that open in fall revealing bright red seeds. Quite a show! Reaches about 15 ft. Medium water. Part sun. It's a tree of story books.
Trees Euonymus nitidus In stock Celastraceae Very similar to Euonymus myrianthus but a larger tree and wider leaf.
Trees Fraxinus greggii
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In stock Oleaceae This little patio tree collected in Mexico reaches only about 7 ft. Lacy leaves. Drought tolerant.
Trees Halesia diptera
two-wing silverbell
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We're working on it. Styracaceae A very lovely understory tree from east Texas with dangling white bell-shaped flowers in spring before foliage.
Trees Ilex rubra In stock Aquifoliaceae Though this was a Yucca Do Nursery introduction, we have very little actual experience growing this in the garden because our specimen was deeply shaded out years ago and died just after cuttings were successfully rooted.
Trees Jubaea chilensis
Chilean wine palm
In stock Arecaceae Chilean wine palm is a very slow growing tree with very thick trunk, reaching 6 feet diameter after many decades. This is a threatened species because it must be killed to obtain its sap which is used to make candies and beverages.
Trees Juniperus rigida var. conferta 'All Gold' In stock Cupressaceae Plant in full sun and well drained soil with no supplemental irrigation once established. Mostly gold with green lower highlights, enough to seriously brighten your dry garden.
Trees Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy'
Japanese crepe myrtle
In stock Lythraceae Highly prized for its multi-colored exfoliating bark.
Trees Laurus azorica Coming soon! Lauraceae A very unique distinctive tree with dense dark green foliage and black fruit on females in fall. It is amenable to being shaped by trimming.
Trees Lindera aggregata In stock Lauraceae New foliage is gold-bronze turning blue-green, turning darker green above and light green below. This small tree has a nice rounded form.
Trees Lindera angustifolia In stock Lauraceae An understory tree to about that produces dark berries in fall and beautiful copper foliage in winter and early spring.
Trees Lithocarpus edulis 'Starburst' In stock Fagaceae A very colorful member of the oak group whose inflorescences hold small acorns in fall.
Trees Litsea japonica In stock Lauraceae Very rare in cultivation, this slow-growing shrub is among the few that maintains a dense form in medium shade without pruning. Blue-green above with fuzzy golden undersides, its attractive foliage is reminiscent of the cool-climate big-leaf rhododendrons which can’t otherwise be grown in southeast Texas, and therefore lends a unique presence in the garden you might otherwise expect in the Pacific Northwest. With such amazing foliage, you won’t care that the flowers are tiny and ornamentally insignificant.
Trees Machilus thunbergii We're working on it. Lauraceae The main attraction, besides the gorgeous green ovate leaves, is the plump purple berries on pink petioles.
Trees Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei
Ashe's magnolia
In stock Magnoliaceae This is threatened Florida panhandle native is similar to M. macrophylla but smaller all around, to about 12 ft. Striking red fruit. Perfect for an understory. Prefers acidic soil.
Trees Magnolia tamaulipana In stock Magnoliaceae Known from only a few locations in the cloud forest of northeastern Mexico, this endangered magnolia was collected by John Fairey on one of his first expeditions. It was found growing near the base of a wet canyon in mostly shade. It is very similar to the native Magnolia grandiflora except having much larger bronze foliage and flowers appearing to be touched up with watercolor paint. One of our wild-collected clones exhibits this stunning magenta color accentuating the bases of the petal-like tepals.
Trees Malus doumeri var. formosana Coming soon! Rosaceae This crabapple has deep dark green highly serrated leaves.
Trees Morus alba 'Cedar Key Mulberry' Coming soon! Moraceae This cultivar of Morus alba, which has naturalized to Cedar Key, Florida, has large four inch leaves and large 1.5 inch fruit. These are female plants and are self-fertile.
Trees Murraya koenigii
curry leaf
Coming soon! Rutaceae Curry leaves are used as a spice in food. The dark seed pulp is also edible. The seeds will germinate easily.
Trees Myrcianthes fragrans
Simpson's stopper
In stock Myrtaceae These plants were grown from cuttings collected from mature specimen that hasn't attained a height of more than 5 ft. Flowers year round along with fruits at various degrees of ripeness, green, yellow, orange, red and black.
Trees Myrospermum sousanum
arroyo sweetwood
In stock Leguminosae First collected by Lynn Lowrey in Bustamente, Mexico where he found it growing in a goat pasture. All parts are very aromatic, reminiscent of cinnamon. The flowers are born on racemes in great numbers among blue-green foliage. The pods turn dark brown in late summer providing ongoing contrast. Finally, in fall the leaves turn a ghostly yellow.
Trees Nannorrhops ritchieana Coming soon! Arecaceae This silver-leafed palm produces a 6 ft inflorescence in spring that attracts pollinators. Plant in very gritty well drained soil on a hill side.
Trees Neolitsea sericea Coming soon! Lauraceae Distinctive rounded deep green leaves quickly tapering to a point. Bronze to red new foliage.
Trees Platanus occidentalis var. palmeri Coming soon! Platanaceae A variety of sycamore native to the Texas hill country. Collected in Uvalde County.
Trees Platycladus orientalis 'Aurea' In stock Cupressaceae A very nice tear drop shaped conifer with gold tipped foliage and white cones in fall.
Trees Podocarpus parlatorei We're working on it. Podocarpaceae Small long lived tree to large shrub that is native to montane forests and open ranges at 1200 ft. to 3000 ft. elevation.
Trees Podocarpus totara subsp. waihoensis
Totara
Coming soon! Podocarpaceae A very large tree eventually with wide spreading branches, brownish to dark green foliage and dark stringy bark.
Trees Populus deltoides 'Purple Tower' In stock Salicaceae Very fast growing tree to about 50 ft. Has large purple leaves. Prune yearly to maintain dense form. The cultivar is 'Purple Tower' which originated as a random mutant in a Chinese forestry plot and was brought to the US via Germany by Jason Smith of the University of Florida.
Trees Quercus canbyi
Canby's oak
In stock Fagaceae A smaller oak with small toothed leaves that thrives in neglected gritty well-drained locations. Variable fall color varies from dark orange, brown to red.
Trees Quercus fusiformis In stock Fagaceae This is the shrubby thicket form of fusiformis. The leaves are a very dark green.
Trees Quercus galeanensis In stock Fagaceae These were grown from open pollinated trees that attain no more than 14 ft. in height. The original plants were collected in Mexico as acorn and have a tight crown in full sun. Low water. Adaptable to any soil.
Trees Quercus germana
Mexican Royal Oak
In stock Fagaceae Amazing pink spring new growth followed by repeated flushes into fall, and very large acorns, make this smaller wild collected Mexican oak a spectacle throughout the year. More suited to warmer zones, such as 9a. Though it can handle temps into the low teens, late fall new foliage will be damaged by an early freeze.
Trees Quercus gilva In stock Fagaceae Glossy dark green leaves above, brown and covered with white tomentum below.
Trees Quercus glauca
Japanese blue oak
In stock Fagaceae A strictly evergreen tree to about 40 ft., often multi-trunked, with grey somewhat mottled bark. The underneath side of leaves is bluish. Extremely drought-tolerant. Slow growing.
Trees Quercus glaucoides Coming soon! Fagaceae
Trees Quercus macrocarpa In stock Fagaceae Tends to prefer moist soils in lower zones than zone 9.
Trees Quercus marilandica
black jack oak
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In stock Fagaceae Native to the Cross Timbers area of Texas, along with Post Oak. A Dark bark. Long lasting red fall foliage.
Trees Quercus muehlenbergii
chinquapin oak
In stock Fagaceae Grown from open pollinated seed.
Trees Quercus rysophylla
loquat-leaf oak
In stock Fagaceae These were grown from garden seed harvested from trees collected in Mexico. They are very adaptable to the loamy soil of east Texas and to the climate here, having shown no damage down to the single digits. Immature leaves tend to have toothy lobes, then mature to an entire margin. The leaves are stiff and rough, coriacious, and are a bright green color.
Trees Quercus schottkyana In stock Fagaceae Large shrub to small tree. Not overly drought or heat tolerant. Southern China. Resembles Quercus glauca. Rare in cultivation.
Trees Quercus shumardii
Shumard's oak
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In stock Fagaceae Any soil except high pH. Tolerant of dry soil as well as wet. Fall color is a muddy red. Expect wildlife to have a high interest in this tree from acorn consumers to larva.
Trees Quercus sp. 'San Carlos' In stock Fagaceae Collected on multiple expeditions to the San Carlos Mountains in Mexico, this medium sized oak has small striped acorns in fall and peachy pink new growth in spring. A favorite of sapsuckers. Plant in sunny well-drained location and water sparingly once established.
Trees Quercus stellata In stock Fagaceae This is a great small oak to grow on a shallow hilltop, displaying it's classic gnarly limbs.
Trees Quercus texana In stock Fagaceae Nutall's oak is a medium to large oak. Part sun. Medium water. Native to a small area of far east Texas.
Trees Rhapidophyllum hystrix
needle palm
Coming soon! Arecaceae This most cold hardy palm may die back below 0 F but it will return from the roots.
Trees Salix gooddingii Coming soon! Salicaceae This riparian tree has very long narrow leaves. Great for a wetlands restoration project. This one was collected northeast of Camp Wood in the western part of the Hill Country.
Trees Sebastiania sp. In stock Euphorbiaceae This member of the Euphorbiaceae family has bright green new foliage turning glaucous as it matures, such that in a breeze, the colors and the long narrow leaves make for a spectacular sight.
Trees Torreya taxifolia
stinking-cedar
In stock Taxaceae This a critically endangered plant native to Apalachicola River hills and bluffs in the Florida panhandle. Although naturally a large tree to 80 ft prior to the 1950s, it now attains a height of only about 8 ft. (often as a trunk resprout) due to the deleterious effects of a fungal blight that has nearly wiped out the species.
Trees Ungnadia speciosa
horse chestnut
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In stock Sapindaceae This little tree is very versatile. It does well in part sun where it is shrubby to part shade where it is more of a trunked tree. It's very drought tolerant. Purple axillary flowers similar to a redbud's will emerge in early spring before foliage. In fall after foliage has dropped, black seed pods will cling to the branches.
Trees Widdringtonia schwarzii We're working on it. Cupressaceae
Tropicals Aechmea x ortgiesioides We're working on it. Bromeliaceae This epiphyte prefers some shade and loose gravelly soil. Keep warm and moist.
Vines Akebia quinata
chocolate vine
In stock Lardizabalaceae This five-leaflet friendly sausage vine will gently cling to trellises and trees. The flowers are insignificant but the fruit is an amazing hotdog bun-sized exocarp containing a hotdog-sized edible sweet seedy pulp. Though it's listed as invasive in some states, we highly recommend it.
Vines Aristolochia watsonii
Watson's dutchman's pipe
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We're working on it. Aristolochiaceae It's hard not to love this inconspicuous dutchman's vine because of its tiny hastate green to maroonish leaves and its tiny brown smoke pipe shaped flowers. The pipevine swallowtail also loves this little plant and will find it and eat every leaf. No worries, the plant grows a new set of leaves. Flies pollinate the flowers and become trapped there for a day, then move on to the next flower. Perfect for a rockery.
Vines Bauhinia yunnanensis In stock Leguminosae A very elegant vine with lobed leaves typical of orchid trees, but smaller. Beautiful loose clusters of pinkish flowers with maroon-tinged spatulate petals. Not an aggressive vine. Medium water.
Vines Camptosema praeandinum In stock Leguminosae This very loose nonaggressive vine collected in Argentina has bright red pea-like flowers and large round reticulate leaves.
Vines Clematis carrizoensis Coming soon! Ranunculaceae
Vines Clematis texensis
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In stock Ranunculaceae The native Texas clematis! The flower is probably the prettiest purest brightest red of any flower. Sun to part sun. Well-drained soil. Trellis. Deciduous. Not aggressive.
Vines Passiflora foetida
fetid passionflower
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In stock Passifloraceae Typically growing around ditches and ponds. Best planted after the last frost and kept moist through dry periods. At that point, the plant will spread by rhizome and be dispersed by seed. Despite making a few invasive lists, we highly recommend it because it's a very alluring invitation to many pollinators and it's a host plant and it traps predator bugs on its sappy bracts and dissolves them and the ripened orange-red fruit is edible and the flower though only lasting a day is gorgeous.
Vines Tylophora ovata In stock Apocynaceae Can scale shrubs and trees or greenhouse rafters with tendrils, producing lianas. Quite a tropical experience.