Exceptional Plants Species List
EXCEPTIONAL PLANTS—LOTUSLAND AUCTION AND SALE 2013
Here they are! Rare plants, specimen plants and other exceptional auction items! The list is not complete, more items and descriptions will be added as they are available. Please note the date at the top of the list and check back soon.
Last Updated on September13
Agave gypsophila ‘Ivory Curls’—Specimen-sized plant over 3 feet across. Beautifully variegated selection.
Agave ‘Streaker’—a variegated sport of Agave ‘Blue Flame’
Agave attenuata Variegated
Agave ellemeetiana—5 gallon. This plant was previously unknown in the wild, originally described from plants in Europe.
Agave franzosinii—magnificent specimen plant. LIVE AUCTION
Agave sebastiana—1 gallon. Native to Cedros Island, Baja California.
Agave stricta—30 gallon large clump, multiple heads.
Agave selections: 2 groups of very special dwarf forms and small species of agaves. Details to follow, but species include:
Agave ‘Cubic’—leaves are 4-angled in cross section.
Agave americana–dwarf, monstrose, variegated form; goes by many questionable namesAgave attenuata –Variegated form of this soft agave.
Agave lophantha ‘Splendida—distinctive yellow central stripe on the leaves of this dwarf agave.
Agave filifera –dwarf, monstrose offset from a plant that was originally crested. (May be developing another crested area).
Agave nizandensis—interesting dwarf agave from southern Mexico.
Agave parryi minima—correct name may be A. aplanata. The earliest widespread dwarf agave in cultivation.
Agave parryi minima ‘Cream Spike’—beautiful cream and gray striped leaves.
Agave parviflora ‘Monstrose’—correct name???
Agave parviflora—Dwarf form (this plant originally collected by John Bleck, 28 Nov 1970 northwest of Narcozari, Mexico JEB 576). Plant continues to form offsets after flowering.
Agave potatorum ‘Kichiokan’—interesting variegation.
Agave pumila— Small compact plant as originally described in 1888 by Baker.
Agave sp. – discovered in the garden ofa home nurseryman, Don Raymond,in the San Fernando Valley. May have come from Bob Taylor’s nursery in San Diego.
Agave titanota— crested
Agave victoria-regina —dwarf form with monstrose growth pattern.
Agave victoria-regina –dwarf with variegated margins.
Aloe confusa—2 gallon. Cliff dwelling species from Tanzania.
Aloe forbesii—1 gallon. Propagated from Abbey Garden plant that was originally collected by John Lavranos at Adho Dhewalu, Socotra in 1967
Aloe kedongensis—nice plant, 3 to 4 feet tall. Showy, orange flowers and sturdy plant that will form a large clump.
Aloe mubendiensis—1 gallon. A choice aloe from Uganda. This plant was acquired from the Huntington whose original plant came from Harry Johnson.
Aloe pillansii—5 gallon plant, over 12 inches tall. Beautiful blue foliage.
Aloe plicatilis hybrid—3 gallon. Propagation from old Lotusland plant. Has the flat leaves of A. plicatilis, but they spiral instead of staying in two opposite ranks.
Aloe plicatilis—5 gallon. Cutting from Lotusland plant. One of the most distinctive aloes with its flat leaves displayed in two ranks.
Aloe ramosissima X barbarae ‘Behemoth’—15 gallon, large, rooted cutting. This hybrid has a red spine margin and a light grey green leaf color. It will branch profusely and if in the ground needs to be watered very little to keep its growth in check from becoming top heavy. In a pot it can be "under" grown and kept "tame." Flowers at a younger age than either of its parents.
Aloe rebmanii—4” pots. Two distinct clones of this rarely available species from Madagascar.
Aloe rupestris—5 gallon rooted cutting of Lotusland plant. Original plant was from Cynthia Giddy and grown by Glass and Foster (Abbey Garden number 76-154).
Aloe scorpiodes—3 gallon. A seldom seen aloe from Angola. Originally collected by John Lavranos and donated to Lotusland by Charles Glass and Bob Foster.
Aloe tongaensis—15 gallon. This species from northern South Africa and southern Mozambique is a medium sized slow growing upright tree aloe to 9 plus feet tall with heavy branching stems bearing thin 18 inch long pale green rubbery leaves. Tolerates having water withheld but grows very slowly. Hardy to around 22°F.
Amorphophallus konjac—5 gallon; offset bulb from Lotusland plant.
Amorphophallus titanium—10 year old plant in 14” tub. This is the famous corpse flower! Greenhouse only and must be kept dry when the tuber is in dormant state. LIVE AUCTION
Ananas bracteatus v. striatus—5 gallon; offset from pineapple of Lotusland plant. Nice!
Anthurium obtusum—mounted. Easy small species with long-lasting waxy lavender berries. Slow compact climber. Indoors or terrarium.
Anthurium ottonis—3 gallon. Uncommon, narrow leaved anthurium from Bolivia and Peru. Grown from seed of a plant originally collected by Bill Baker.
Anthurium pendens—hanging pot. Necktie anthurium from Panama. Rare. Indoors or greenhouse.
Anthurium pseudospectabile—3” pot. Large pendent species from cloud forest in western Panama. Outdoors in humid, shaded location. Best near the coast. Keep pot bound and water frequently.
Anthurium watermaliense—1 gallon. Handsome foliage plant native to Central and South America.
Araucaria cunninghamii—5 gallon. A less-common araucaria with ornamental peeling bark. Eventually a large, fine-grained softwood tree. In historic times it was an important source of timber for masts and spars of sailing ships. Native to Australia. This plant was grown from seed collected from the stately old tree at the Music Academy of the West.
Armatocereus mataranus—2 gallon; beautiful, blue species from Peru.
Aspidistra ex. hort. (Thailand)—4” pot. Heavily spotted “galaxy pattern”, narrow leaves. Container plant for indoors or patio.
Begonia bipinnatifida—3” pot. Small “shrubby” species from New Guinea. Suited to terrarium or warm, humid greenhouse.
Begonia ‘Lotusland’—2 gallon. A chance seedling that popped up in Rudy Zisenhenne’s greenhouse that he named for Lotusland.
Begonia ‘Madame Queen’—2 gallon. Plate-sized leaves. Native to Mexico.
Begonia ‘Marmaduke’—3 gallon. Lime green dentate leaves are extensively mottled with burgundy markings.
Begonia barkeri—2 gallon. Another of the large-leaved rhizomatous begonias—perhaps one of the parents of Begonia ‘Lotusland’???
Begonia dregei—1 gallon, seed grown. Endangered plant from South Africa
Begonia gehrtii—2 gallon. Distinctive crumpled foliage makes this Brazilian species a great landscape or potted plant
Blechnum cordatum—2 gallon. Handsome, stiff pinnate foliage makes this a fine landscape subject.
Brahea nitida—5 gallon; seedling of Lotusland plant, which is possibly the oldest of this species in US (Charles Glass pers. comm. Myron Kimnach).
Brunsvigia radulosa—2 gallon. Rare South African bulb with stunning inflorescence
Calibanus X Beaucarnea—40" box; one of a kind plant with interesting story. Charlie Glass found seed on a Calibanus hookeri in the Lotusland garden. Calibanus is a dioecious plant and there were both male and female plants in the garden so he presumed that the seed was pollinated by a male flowering Calibanus but after germinating the seed and noting some unique characteristics he speculated that something else must have pollinated it and suspected the a nearby Beaucarnea (a closely related plant) that had also bloomed was the pollinator and that these seed were spontaneous intergeneric garden hybrids. LIVE AUCTION
X Calibanus (F2 hybrid)—3 gallon. Offspring of the original group of Calibanus hybrids (see above description).
Cannomois grandis—15 gallon. Bell reed is a beautiful large restio with stout culms to 7 feet tall. Plant in full sun to light shade. Requires a well-drained acidic soil and regular irrigation. Hardy at least to the mid 20's F. Bell Reed is native to streams or wet mountainous areas of the Cape region of South Africa (from Clanwilliam to Humansdorp) from sea level up to around 5,000 feet. Although this is arguably one of the most stunning of the restios, soil requirements limit this plant to container growing for most locations in California.
Ceratozamia sabatoi—5 gallon, 40 year old plant. Native to Hidalgo and Queretaro, Mexico.
Chusquea coronalis—15 gallon, Lotusland propagation. This weeping bamboo is everyone’s favorite in the Japanese Garden at Lotusland.
Cleistocactus ressinianus(syn. of C. buchtienii)—1 gallon. This species was received by Dunlap in 1962 from Harry Johnson as C. ‘La Mejorada’ – has amazing red spines and red flowers.
Coccothrinax barbadensis—5 gallon. The Barbados silver palm grows slowly into a slender-trunked palm for full sun.
Colocasia ‘Black Coral’—6” pot. New, very colorful selections of the taro plant, including this glossy black-leaved variety. Hardy to zone 7!
Colocasia ’Blue Hawaii’—6” pot. This taro has bright green leaves and icy blue stems
Colocasia ‘Hawaiian Punch’—6” pot. Another new taro with red stems and veins running across the green leaves. Hardy and sun-tolerant.
Colocasia ‘Maui Gold’—6” pot. This new taro cultivar has chartreuse green leaves and ivory white stems.
Copernicia alba—15 gallon; uncommon palm.
Cycas panzihuaensis—5 gallon. The hot new Asian cycad just hitting the retail market. Glossy, sturdy foliage. discovered and named in 1979 it is known from the southern Sichuan and northern Yunnan Provinces of China where it grows in woodland or shrubland thickets on moderately to steeply sloping sites from 3,300 to 6600 feet in elevation, with warm humid summers and cold frosty winters.
Cymbidium kanran—variegated selection; extremely fragrant flowers
Cymbidium lowianum ‘Concolor’—10” pot, expect 3 flower spikes next spring. Beautiful old introduction that is growing in Lotusland’s whaling pot.
Dahlia Mystic hybrids group A comprises ‘Mystic Dreamer’, Mystic Fantasy’ and ‘Mystic Illusion—8” pots. With “fashionable filigreed deep mahogany to black foliage topped with vivid blooms”, these new dahlias are for the contemporary garden.
Dahlia Mystic hybrids group B comprises ‘Mystic Enchantment’, Mystic Memories’ and ‘Mystic Dreamer’—8” pots. The same dark foliage as above and none of these require staking or digging in Southern California.
Dendrocereus nudiflorus—1 gallon. Cuban arborescent cactus
Deuterocohnia brevifolia—fantastic, old specimen (over 40 years and counting) of this slow-growing bromeliad. LIVE AUCTION
Dioon edule—20 gallon pot; large, single stem. Specimen plants for instant landscape impact. Large caudex with full flush of leaves. LIVE AUCTION
Dracaena draco—approximately 3 feet of trunk; sun-grown in 20 inch pots. Matching pair to be sold. LIVE AUCTION
Dudleya pachyphytum—1 gallon. Unusual dudleya that is endemic to Cedros Island, Baja California.
Dyckia ‘Naked Lady’—1 gallon. Lime Green, spineless leaves.
Echinopsis group—1 gallon plants; from the Dunlap collection: Echinopsis X Soehrensia—amazing golden flowers, originally acquired from David Grigsby, Echinopsis aff. huascha—brilliant red flowers, Echinopsis sp.—similar to a white spined E. spachiana. Flowers have large white petals and pinkish sepals.
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Gold Rush’—15 gallon. Elegant, deciduous shrub with stout stems and lime-green tropical-looking leaves. Fragrant flowers in early spring. Used commercially to produce currency paper; entire plant is used in Chinese medicine.
Encephalartos altensteinii X trispinosus X natalensis—25 gallon; nice plant of a hybrid created at Lotusland in the 1980s. LIVE AUCTION
Encephalartos arenarius X lehmannii—25 gallon; nice plant; another Lotusland hybrid. LIVE AUCTION
Encephalartos ferox—5 gallon. The iconic cycad from our Exceptional Plants graphic. Bright orange cones and glossy green leaves with very wide leaflets.
Encephalartos heenani—1 gallon. Seedlings from Lotusland plant; 18 months with one leaf. LIVE AUCTION
Encephalartos lehmannii—15 gallon. Handsome Lotusland plant.
Encephalartos natalensis—15 gallon. “Vryheid” form with dark green leaves and no prickles on the leaflets. 9 inch diameter caudex and 4 foot long leaves.
Encephalartos transvenosus X woodii—5” X 12” tree pot. For some collectors, this is one of the most desirable woodii crosses as it most resembles its paternal parent. 4 year old seedling.
Euphorbia esculenta—1 gallon. Medusa-type euphorbia with fragrant flowers.
Euphorbia horrida group—1 gallon plants.E. horrida v. striata, E. horrida v. striata fma spiralis (both collected by Frank Horwood), and an unusual green form.
Euphorbia iharanae—1 gallon. Critically endangered in Madagascar. Relatively large leaves.
Euphorbia ingens—5 gallon. Seedling of Lotusland weeping plant; likely to be weeping in maturity.
Euphorbia milii hybrid—1 gallon. Hybridized by the famed nursesryman, Dick Wright, in his quest for a showy, white-bracted selection.
Farfugium group—1 gallons of 4 different forms: F. japonicum, F. japonicum ‘Crispatum’, F. japonicum ‘Aureo-maculata’, F. japonicum ‘Argentea’
Ficus macrophylla—15 gallon. One of Santa Barbara’s stunning attractions is the Moreton Bay fig tree by the train station. Probably because they require lots of room, they are rarely seen for sale, but here is a chance to start a new heritage tree.
Fockea edulis—8” terra cotta pot. Nicely staged to show off the interestingly gnarled caudex.
Fouquieria purpusii—nice, old plant it was grown from a cutting by Bob Foster in the 1960s. This relative of the famous Baja boojum tree is native to the dry interior of Central and Southern Mexico. Same spiny habit with somewhat swollen stem. LIVE AUCTION
Graptopelaum paraguayense ssp. bernalense—1 gallon. Originally discovered by Alfred Lau on Cerro Bernal in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Only known from this location.
Graptopetalum sp.—1 gallon. Beautiful plant with large, blue-purple rosettes.
Guzmania blassii—3” pot. Beautiful medium-sized species from Costa Rica. Keep moist and cool indoors, or outdoors on the coast.
Haemanthus humilis var. hirsutus—2 gallon. Rare South African bulb
Hechtia carlsoniae—1 gallon. Originally from Dutch Vandervoort
Hechtia aff. glabra—1 gallon. Originally from Dutch Vandervoort
Hechtia glauca—5 gallon. Very nice full plant.
Hechtia glauca – Very large plant in decorative pot.
Hechtia lanata—1 gallon; from seed. Fantastic plant.
Hechtia rosea—1 gallon; offset of Lotusland plant. Originally from Bill Baker and notes say “UCLA type.”
Hechtia roseana—2 gallon. Originally from Dutch Vandervoort
Hedyscepe canterburyana—15 gallon; seedling of GWL Lotusland plant. Nice, full plants.
Hohenbergiopsis guatemalensis—10 gallon. Still uncommon in cultivation, but a great landscape bromeliad.
Jatropha podagrica (yellow flower form)—1 gallon; nice. Grown from seed from Fred Durr, Dharma Vana Arboretum, Hyderabad, India.
Jubaea chilensis—15 gallon; grown from seed at Lotusland.
Jubaeopsis caffra—3 gallon; seedling of Lotusland plant. Small, but uncommon plant.
Mestoklema tuberosum—20” decorative pot.Shrubby plant with thin stems and small flowers, but what a caudex! Twisted, swollen roots form a highly ornamental display. LIVE AUCTION
Michelia champaca ‘Alba’—24´box. Beautiful blooming specimen of this magnolia relative. Instant landscape impact! LIVE AUCTION
Monstera deliciosa variegated—15 gallon tub. Astounding variegations on a truly monstrous plant. Cream spots dust all of the leaves and even cloak entire leaflets. Will need a protected spot and more attention to shade than the green form as the variegations can burn. LIVE AUCTION
Nautilocalyx pemphidius—2” pot. Jewel for the terrarium. From Venezuela: Cerro Neblina (low elevation).
Neoregelia ‘Sheba’—8” pot. Many headed plant of this brightly-colored bromeliad. The foliage has a pinkish cast and leaves sport bold creamy-white variegation and when it flowers, the center flushes a deep red.
Nematanthus ‘Tropicana’—1 gallon. Nice gesneriad relative.Bushy to trailing, it is well suited for hanging baskets. pouch shaped flowers are golden yellow and striped or mottled with maroon; ever blooming.
Nymphaea ‘Wanvisa’—large, beautiful, blooming waterlilies; includes delivery to your pond. This new hybrid from Thailand has an extremely long blooming season and grows into a spectacular plant. ‘Best New Waterlily of the Year’ 2010.
Operculicarya decaryi—rooted cutting of old Lotusland plant; very nice shape and planted in terra cotta pot.
Operculicarya decaryi—7 feet tall! For the committed collector, this plant is at least 15 years old and is tall and slender much as it would appear in its native habitat in south west Madagascar. LIVE AUCTION
Otatea acuminata ssp. aztecorum ‘Chica’—5 gallon. This dwarf form of the Mexican weeping bamboo only reaches about 4 feet in height. Fine, graceful foliage and still fairly uncommon.
Peperomia kimnachii—1 gallon. An ISI succulent from Bolivia
Peperomia sp.—1 gallon. Another ISI succulent from Ecuador
Philodendron dunstervilleorum—15 gallon. Rare, upright species with beautiful red spathe. Container plant for indoors.
Pseudobombax ellipticum—12” pot. Caudex is 9 inches in diameter by 12 inches tall. Overall height is 36” Fine specimen plant.
Puya alpestris—1 gallon. Lotusland seedling.
Puya chilensis—1 gallon. Not from Lotusland stock, but hard to find. Stunning inflorescence covered in neon yellow flowers (after many years).
Puya dyckioides—1 gallon; seedling from Lotusland plant. Uncommon plant from Argentina.
Rhipsalis pachyptera—1 gallon. Reddish-purple foliage.
Rhododendron occidentale ‘SM 189’—15 gallon. Western azalea is one of two California natives of this genus. This selection was made by Professor Mossman on Stagecoach Hill. It has large, ruffled blossoms, white overall but generously shaded with pink and orange. All forms are decidedly less fussy about soil than many rhododendrons, though they need plenty of moisture.
Sansevieria sp.—1 gallon. (Originally from the Huntington, HBG 31201) Somalia, Eil Pass. “form of S. cylindrica”
Schottia afra—5 gallon. Delightful small tree (to 15 feet) with stunning floral display (attractive to hummingbirds and insects). Drought tolerant, too.
Stangeria eriopus—male and female plants. The cycad that was first thought to be a fern; until it produced cones! Softer foliage (and no prickles) than other cycads; may produce viable seed in the garden.
Stenocereus eruca—10” planter with three rooted cuttings. Called the creeping devil because it is covered with wicked spines and snakes along on the surface of the soil.
Styrax ‘Fragrant Fountain’—15 gallon. Beautiful weeping form of this deciduous tree. Very fragrant white flowers in spring. LIVE AUCTION
Tillandsia ‘Samantha‘—Fabulous new hybrid tillandsia; ten years in the breeding. Winner of the Glass Tulip Award. Very few in cultivation. LIVE AUCTION
Wollemia nobilis—15 gallon. This is one of the world's oldest and rarest plants that until recently was only known in the fossil record. In 1994 David Noble, a National Parks and Wildlife Services Officer, discovered a small grove of this "living fossil" while hiking at 2,200 to 2,600 feet in Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains. To the amazement of botanists it was determined to be a plant in the Araucariaceae that had long thought to be extinct.
Worsleya procera—rare and wonderful bulbous plant in the Amaryllis family. Unique in having blue flowers.
Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata—5 gallon; seed grown from Lotusland plant.
Zamia floridana—10 gallon. The only cycad native to the continental US, this zamia is disappearing from its native habitats in Florida. Grow in sheltered location or greenhouse. Does best with partial shade and good drainage.
Debra Lee Baldwin’s succulent books (with signed bookplates)
Designing with Succulents (hardcover)
Succulent Container Gardens (hardcover)
Succulents Simplified (paper)
Gourmet Garden (paper), Virginia Hayes
Tillandisa II (hardcover), Paul Isley
Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space Into the Garden of Your Dreams (paper), Billy Goodnick
Garden Wise Guys hosted by Billy Goodnick & Owen Dell—30-minute shows on sustainable landscape practices and strategies. Full set; episodes 1-18.
Garden WiseDVD set—Hosted by Landscape Architect Meg West, these five episodes continue the legacy of the Garden Wise Guys in educating Santa Barbara County residents about sustainable landscaping and water conservation.
Painting of Lotusland scene, Chris Potter—commissioned for this event with custom frame. LIVE AUCTION
Stained glass—lotus-themed with frog; with chain for hanging in a window
Note cards featuring original art by Karin Shelton
“Living Picture”—12” X12” succulent filled frame to hang on the wall of your patio.
Succulent wreath—Classic and timeless; a living wreath for all seasons.
Set of three Vassillikos terra cotta planters. Hand-thrown with decorative imprint of the potter’s hand. Greece.
Two antique bas-relief panels for hanging on the garden or patio wall.
Pair of neoclassical-style cast stone garden urns, flared molded rim, continuous frieze of a procession of classical figures below grapevines.
One hour sustainable landscape design consultation with Landscape Architect Billy Goodnick plus a signed copy of his book Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space Into the Garden of Your Dreams
Raffle: tickets will be available for purchase during the day ($5 each or 5 for $20) and as the event closes, a winning ticket will be drawn for this fabulous plant.
Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’—22” box. This attractive weeping form of the blue Atlas cedar has been trained in a sinuous serpentine shape.