• $15 Amorphophallus rivieri var. Konjac -- Voodoo Lily: Konjac is a plant in the arum (Philodendron) family.  It produces a single leaf from its buried tuber each spring, and once the tuber gets big enough it will send up a large mottled purple and yellow spadix (flowering inflorescence).  Prefers part-shade. The tubers are edible, and are typically ground up into a powder-like consistency, and used in Asian cuisines as a thickening agent or flour.  
  • $40  Sauromatum venosum - Voodoo lily: Yes, this plant is actually named after Sauron, the evil wizard from the Lord of the Rings!  S. venosum is more rare in cultivation than A. rivieri var. Konjac, and produces an extremely striking mottled black and yellow spadix when it blooms in the spring.  This is a large plant, and should hopefully bloom next year.  S. venosum likes part to full shade, and consistent moisture during the growing season.  Should be kept more dry during winter, but not allowed to dry out entirely. Can be grown indoors as a houseplant, unsurprisingly, all parts of plant are poisonous.  A rare and very exciting tropical plant! 
  • $100 Titan Arum/Giant Corpse Flower - Amorphophallus titanum: One of the most famous of plants, with the largest inflorescence in the world, up to 9 feet tall!  This Sumatran jungle plant is extremely rare in cultivation, typically only a few bloom each year around the world, making seeds very difficult to procure. Produces one large leaf from a buried tuber, fast growing, needs to be regularly potted up.  Needs exceptionally well draining soil, and kept consistently moist during its growing season.  Must be overwintered indoors. In order to bloom it must be kept indoors all year in a greenhouse or conservancy with at least 15 foot high ceilings.  Irregular growing season, may go dormant at random. Very difficult to grow, for serious collectors only.
  • $12 Dendrobium x delicatum Orchid: This naturally occurring Australian hybrid orchid produces showy panicles of fragrant white flowers in the spring. Provide filtered light, keep plant moist and fertilize during growth season. During winter keep plant dry and withhold water until new shoots appear in the spring. Lightly mist plant during dormancy to prevent pseudo bulbs from shriveling. Grow in a well drained mix of sphagnum moss or medium fir bark. Plant can also be mounted.
  • $12 Inula magnifica -- Giant fleabane: Easy to grow, upright perennial in the daisy family, requires little maintenance other than good drainage. Blooms prolifically during summer with large bright yellow flowers (3-4”) with delicate rays.  Attracts butterflies
  • $10 Pacific Coastal Iris Hybrids -- various colorsSmall, compact plants with slender, wiry rhizomes, and narrow grass-like leaves. Most PCIs are evergreen, growing 6 to 24 inches high.  Beautiful blooms in spring. The best growing conditions for these Iris hybrids are sunny to lightly shaded places with well-drained soil and moderate to low water in summer.
  • Various Prices Monstera deliciosa -- Swiss Cheese PlantLarge, glossy green leaves with deep splits and holes. Rarely flowers indoors, outdoors it produces flowers that develop into edible fruit that is said to taste like a fruit salad. Monstera deliciosa is a climber in its natural habitat, and will need support or a trellis. Water when the top quarter-to-third of the soil feels dry to the touch. Standard liquid plant fertilizer can be applied about once a month during the spring and summer growing season.
  •  $12 China Doll Plant - Radermachis sinensis: Easy to care for indoor foliage plant with beautiful glossy, lacey leaves.  Almost fern-like in appearance. Likes bright indirect light, can become leggy if not receiving enough light.  Vigorous grower, can reach upwards of 6’ indoors, and is actually a full size tree in its native environment. Needs to be pinched back regularly to maintain compact form. This is a great, easy indoor plant!
  • $12 Fleshy stalked pelargonium - Pelargonium carnosum: Deciduous, perennial succulent with a swollen stem, and fleshy branches, swollen at the joints. Slightly hairy, gray-green leaves. Clusters of 2 to 8 star-shaped, white to pale yellow-green flowers with red markings bloom from spring to summer. Native to Namibia, South Africa. Remove dead flowers to promote new growth. Excellent container or border plant. Also can work as a houseplant if given enough light.  Needs excellent drainage, supposedly goes dormant in the summer, but mine have always grown in the summer, gone dormant in the winter.  All pelargoniums are edible, leaves have a lemony taste and can be used as a salad topping.  
  •  $10 Leycesteria formosa -- Himalayan honeysuckleLightly scented white bell-shaped blooms spring from showy red bracts. Blooms Summer to Fall. Followed by dark purple edible berries, supposedly taste like toffee, birds like them. Easy and fast growing, it quickly creates a dense upright 6' x 6' form with attractive heart-shaped leaves. Likes consistent moisture and part-shade.
  • Various PricesBrugmansia -- Angel’s trumpet, various colorsMedium sized flowering shrub to small tree.  Large pendulous trumpet shaped flowers, with a strong fragrance at dusk. Prolific bloomer, in flower most of the year. Easy to grow, needs lots of water and fertilizer if kept in pot, fairly drought resistant once established in the ground.  All parts of plant are poisonous, keep away from small children and animals.
  • $20 Psidium guajava -- Common guavaA shrub or small tree, sometimes growing as high as 30ft, but usually no more than 10-15ft. Will flourish with little care. Flowers self-pollinate and fruit develops in a few months. Guavas are shallow rooted and prefer lots of moisture throughout the year (except if cold), although they will withstand periods of drought, as well as dry seasonal changes. Should flower and fruit in 1 to 2 years.
  • Various Prices Crassula ovata -- Jade plant: Very easy to grow succulent, ubiquitous in the bay area.  Produces small white flowers in winter, can be grown indoors or outdoors.  Relatively fast growing for a succulent, will eventually reach up to 6’ in the ground, but will take years to reach that size.  Prefers bright sun, water sparingly, only when soil has completely dried out.
  • $* Unknown Ruschia species (probably R. lineolata)We got seeds for this unknown Ruschia species from the Berkeley Ecology Center’s BASIL seed library.  Ruschia is a genus in the ice plant family, with daisy like flowers.  It is low growing and spreading, makes excellent groundcover, also good in hanging baskets.  Drought tolerant.
  • $50 Chilean Jasmine - Mandevilla suaveolens: Fragrant flowering evergreen perennial vine, beautiful white flowers, summer bloomer. Not frost hardy, needs excellent drainage, filtered light.  Summer grower, can cover a fence in one season if given adequate water.  Choice rare vine, large plant. Seed grown.
  • $50 Cup of Gold Vine - Solandra maxima: Enormous fragrant (vanilla), striped yellow flowers, up to 10” across!  Vigorous large woody vine. Rare and choice, seed grown, collector’s plant.
  •  $15 Porcupine Tomato - Solanum pyracanthumWatch out! Sharp leaf hairs, look like spines!  Produces purple star-shaped flowers followed by poisonous, tomato-like fruits.  Great accent plant!
  • $20-$30 Night blooming jessamine - Cestrum nocturnum: Fast growing multi-trunked shrub with many small white fragrant flowers.  Very easy to grow and vigorous, needs to be pruned hard so it doesn’t take over the yard.  
  • $35 Day blooming jessamine - Cestrum diurnumLess common day-blooming variety of Cestrum.  Small white flowers with strong jasmine-like fragrance. Fast growing and vigorous, prune hard to control growth.
  • $8 Canary Island Tree Daisy - Sonchus congestusYes, these babies do look like dandelions, but this plant grows into something totally unexpected!  Canary Islands native, loves our Mediterranean climate and is easy to grow in dappled shade to part sun.  Somewhat drought tolerant when established. Forms a woody trunk over time, eventually reaching up to 5-6 feet in height.  Profusion of daisy-like flowers in the winter and spring, great for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden!  Won’t naturalize/reseed, so don’t worry about it getting weedy. 
  • $15 Ponytail Palm - Beaucarnea recurvataEasy to grow indoor or outdoor plant.  Can handle low light and infrequent waterings, a great plant even if you don’t have a green thumb. Slow growing, will eventually create a swollen stem/trunk (caudex), which is used to store water during droughts. Almost maintenance free, likes more water during summer growing season, keep almost completely dry during winter dormancy.  Good for apartments. 
  • $20 Blue Iochroma/Miniature Angel’s Trumpet - Iochroma australeUnfortunately there isn't a blue Brugmansia, but this is the next best thing!  Iochroma australe is a rare Brugmansia relative with miniature blue Angel's Trumpet flowers.  This large bush from Argentina becomes covered with 2 inch blooms from spring through summer. All are seed grown, small possibility of white flowers (let us know if you have an interesting flower color, please!) Easy to grow large shrub or small tree, will reach 6 to 10 feet.  Likes part shade and lots of moisture, can be a heavy feeder like Brugmansia.  Summer bloomer, may drop leaves in winter, reduce water during dormant season.  Can also be grown indoors and can bloom continually and remain evergreen.
  • $8 Barbados gooseberry - Pereskia aculeataYes, this is actually a cactus with leaves!  This semi-vining woody shrub has spines, so watch out!  The leaves are edible and can be used in salads or cooked like spinach, they have a slightly bitter, lemony taste.  Typically flowers in October or November, very showy! If successfully pollinated, followed by copious amounts of edible fruit.  Easy to grow, likes lots of water during summer growing season, less in winter dormancy.
  • $12 Fuchsia begonia - Begonia fuchsiodesBegonia fuchsioides is a bushy, branching perennial up to 2 feet tall, with slender stems and oblong-ovate to sickle shaped, toothed, shiny, mid-green leaves up to 1 inch long. It bears fuchsia like, pink to red flowers up to 1.2 inches across. Super easy, can handle full sun to part shade, takes medium water.  In bloom pretty much the whole year, great for a touch of color anywhere in the garden!
  • $30 Root Beer plant, Hoja santa, Mexican pepperleaf - Piper auritumEasy to grow perennial herb, likes shade and consistent moisture.  Leaves can reach up to 1 foot or more in size. Complex flavor with hints of eucalyptus, licorice, sassafras, anise, nutmeg, mint, tarragon, and black pepper. Used in Mexican cuisine for tamales, the fish or meat wrapped in fragrant leaves for cooking, and as an essential ingredient in mole verde, the green sauce originated in the Oaxaca region of Mexico.
  • $40 Curly Nolina, Red Ponytail Palm - Beaucarnea Guatamalensis: Faster growing, less common relative of B. recurvata, with beautiful red foliage. Can be grown indoor or out, likes lots of water during summer growing season, almost none in the winter.  If planted in the ground, base can eventually reach several feet across and the tree itself can reach 30 feet (will take many years to reach that size).  Seed grown.
  • $20 Sticky liveforever - Dudleya viscidaCalifornia native plant, rarely seen in cultivation.  This perennial succulent’s natural habitat is between rock crevices on the coast in a few areas near San Diego and Orange County.  Likes full sun to part shade, relatively low water. Needs good drainage. Nice pink flowers in late spring, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds! Feel the leaves, they are super sticky!
  • $20 Scarlet rosemallow - Hibiscus coccineusHibiscus coccineus is a vigorous, sturdy, upright, woody-based perennial that typically grows 3-6' tall and features showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled, bright scarlet red flowers (3-5" diameter) borne in the upper leaf axils of the plant over a long, mid-summer to early fall bloom period. Hemp-like, palmately compound, deep green leaves (5-6" wide). Sometimes commonly called swamp hibiscus because it is native to marshes and swamps in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Striking plant with lots of architectural interest.  Can handle full sun and hot summers, but needs consistently moist to even wet soil during periods of high heat.  
  • $8 Mandarin plant, Fire Flash - Chlorophytum amanienseRelative of the common Spider plant, this tropical perennial from Thailand makes an excellent houseplant, and is not poisonous to pets!  Beautiful foliage with striking orange stems, needs to be grown indoors or outdoors in full shade or the leaves will burn. Keep soil uniformly moist, but not too wet, can rot if overwatered.  Use distilled water if you are worried about overwatering, this plant is sensitive to the chloramine in our water.  Likes humidity, if your house is too dry try placing it on a tray of water with pebbles to increase ambient humidity.
  • $8 'Fusion' - Easter Lily x L. pardalinumFlower color and form is typical of Lilium pardalinum, while leaves mimic an Easter Lily, being longer and more graceful. Late June / Early July Flowering.
  • $4 Sorrel - Rumex acetosaA perennial herb in the family Polygonaceae. Other names for sorrel include spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock. It is a common plant in grassland habitats and is cultivated as a garden herb or salad vegetable (pot herb).
  • $15 Mysore raspberry - Rubus neveus: Tropical variety of raspberry introduced by the University of Florida for warmer regions.  The plant is a large scrambling shrub growing 10 to 15 ft. high, with cylindrical, flexible thoroughly set with sharp, hooked thorns.  Produces large amounts of purplish raspberries with very good flavor. Likes lots of heat and consistent moisture for best production.  Good for a privacy hedge, you might want to grow in a pot so it doesn’t take over your yard. 
  • $20 Coral Cascabels - Cascabela thevetiaEvergreen tropical shrub or small tree with willow-like glossy leaves.  Prolific bloomer from summer to fall with yellow to peach/apricot colored flowers. Its fruit is deep red-black in color encasing a large seed that bears some resemblance to a 'Chinese lucky nut.' Easy to grow, almost indestructible landscape shrub.  Slower growing and less vigorous than oleander, better for home gardens.  All parts of plant are poisonous.
  • $20 Karoo num num - Carissa haematocarpaA Natal Plum relative bearing small black fruits. Native to South Africa, this species appears to be even more tolerant of dry conditions than some of its near relatives. Shrubby, bushy growth, semi-succulent leaves with thorns.  Attractive white flowers. Fruit quality is not known. Very uncommon outside of South Africa, very rare!
  • $15Lemonade Berry - Rhus integrifoliaThis California native plant is an aromatic, evergreen shrub that typically grows 8 to 10 feet tall as coastal scrub. Flowers appear from Feb. to May followed by dark red, sticky, edible fruit with a tart flavor which gives the plant its name. Lemonade Berry is an important wildlife plant. The berries are a significant food source for birds and small mammals, and the thick sprawling form provides excellent animal shelter. Lemonade Berry is tough and easy to grow, extremely drought tolerant and once established, will stay green and healthy looking year round without any supplementary summer water.
  • $20 Tamarillo/Tree tomato - Solanum betaceumSmall evergreen tree or multi-branched shrub in the tomato family, short lived perennial (typically 5-7 years), growth habit similar to Brugmansia (Angel’s trumpet). Produces egg-shaped edible fruits,  flavor can vary considerably from tree to tree. The best forms, which are juicy and sub-acid, can be eaten out of hand, added to fruit salads, or used like tomatoes in green salads and sandwiches.More commonly, the fruits are used unripe in chutney, curry and hot dishes, whilst the mature fruits are used in stews, soups, stuffings, cakes, jellies, jams etc. Grown from seed.
  • $5 Peruvian goldberry, Cape gooseberry - Physalis peruvianaHighly productive perennial food plant in the tomato family, similar growth habit to tomatillos.  Produces large amounts of greenish-gold berries surrounded by papery husks. Wait until the berries naturally fall from the plant for best flavor.  One of the “Lost Crops of the Incas,” very high in vitamin C, easy to grow, produces lots of fruit almost year round.  Flavor is somewhat tart to bitter, makes good jams and preserves.
  • $25 Tapioca tree, Cassava, yuca, etc. - Manihot esculentaHerbaceous shrub to small tree, medium fast grower to 9 feet.  Attractive palmate leaves give a tropical look to the garden. Easy to grow, likes heat, full sun, and moderate water.  Deciduous in winter, don’t worry, will resprout its leaves in late spring/early summer. Can be grown as a food crop, the root tuber is edible, and when ground up can be used to make tapioca flour.  All other parts of the plant are poisonous.
  • Plus lots of other succulents, herbs, etc.