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Split Leaf Philodendron

Grown mostly for its foliage, the Split Leaf Philodendron is a tropical shrub with large, dark green, deeply lobed leaves. Considered as an evergreen, it thrives best outdoors in Zones 10-11, but can be grown anywhere in moveable containers to capture bright light, slightly humid conditions and no cold drafts. Does best in partial to full shade and can grow 8-12’ tall with a comparable width. Best to water at root level only to prevent leaf rotting. Philodendrons are considered deer resistant and are bothered by very few bugs. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from curious pets and children. The sap can be irritating to sensitive skin.

Bird of Paradise

The sight of this plant in bloom can transport you instantly to a tropical setting. The large flowers with their brilliant top plumage and blue tongues remind you of an exotic bird in a rainforest. Dense, evergreen bluish leaves form an upright habit that grows well outside in Zones 9-11 and in moveable containers or protected areas in Zones 5-8. Bird of Paradise plants are very deep-rooted and are tolerant of drought, heat and sun, but they do not tolerate freezing temperatures. Plant them in clusters for a dramatic statement or in decorative pots that can be moved around pathways and seating areas. Here at Creekside Nursery we offer both the most commonly seen orange Bird of Paradise and the brilliant yellow Mandela’s Gold varieties in 5 gallon pots. The standard orange variety can achieve a height of 6-7’ and 4-5’ wide while the Mandela’s Gold variety tends to be slightly shorter. In both varieties, the bloom stalk rises above the foliage.

Petra Croton

The croton "Petra" is an evergreen shrub-like plant that is boldly marked with bright yellow, orange, red, and even black outlines on multi-colored leaves. They prefer full to partial sun and need bright lighting to produce their boldest colors. It prefers hot, humid weather and grows well outdoors only in Zones 9B-11. Crotons planted outdoors can reach a height of 7-10 feet. Crotons are sensitive to salt spray and must be planted away from saline-prone areas. Grown indoors, they can be maintained to an appropriate height for their setting and container size. Find the sunniest spot in your home with the highest humidity level, and your croton will wow you with its vivid display of variegated leaves.

Variegated Manihot

Also known as Variegated Tapioca, this beautiful tropical with its cream & green leaves and attractive red leaf stems can remind you of Christmas year round. Variegated Manihot can attain a height and width of 6+ feet, so plan accordingly when purchased in our 3 gallon size. However, it can be easily pruned to maintain a desired shape and size. Deer and rabbit resistant, it is intolerant of frost and will die to the ground at the first fall/winter freeze, but sprouts back again in spring. Grown as a food source in some countries, the elongated, tuberous roots are what cassava, tapioca, starch and other edible products are obtained from. But note that the roots contain a toxic hydrocyanic acid which must be removed prior to consumption, so take caution when planting where curious pets may dig.

Desert Rose

The Desert Rose resembles a bonsai without all the detailed care. It has a thick, swollen trunk that can hold water during times of drought and shiny dark green leaves. But the real appeal comes from its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in shades of pink, white, purple, and red. Desert Rose is a sun-loving plant, so grow it in the brightest spot you have. It's a perfect companion plant for cacti and other succulents. However, because it is a tropical plant, it cannot survive frost conditions. Note: Desert Rose is not meant for human or animal consumption. All parts of this plant are considered poisonous so keep that in mind when planting in areas of easy accessibility to curious pets and children.