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Veratrum oxysepalum syn. V. album subsp. oxysepalum Veratrum oxysepalum syn. V. album subsp. oxysepalum

This is the Japanese version of our native False Hellebore. Wonderful broad pleated leaves and when old enough, nice spikes of white starry flowers to 3' or more. This likes a rich moist soil, emerges early in spring and goes dormant by mid to late summer. Deer resistant and very hardy.  Young plants.

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Dryopteris formosana Dryopteris formosana

A very good evergreen fern native to Taiwan, China and Japan which we imported from a specialist in the UK.  Tidy and attractive species reaching 30" wide with fronds to 20" tall, this requires shade to part shade.  And brace yourself - it is tolerant of dry shade!  Happier of course with some water,  Spore-grown by us.

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Ajuga incisa 'Blue Enigma' Ajuga incisa 'Blue Enigma'

Rare plant found only in limited areas in central Honshu, Japan where it likes the forest fringes in the subalpine areas and is known as hiiragi-sou or holly tree-leafed weed.  Hiiragi-sou sounds better than the translation.  This selection has dark blue flowers and is a deciduous clumper to 16" tall - very nice!

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Primula sieboldii 'Felicity' Primula sieboldii 'Felicity'

One can collect hundreds of named cultivars of this Japanese primrose and not have two that are identical. This is an ideal plant for the OCD plant collector who wants to take a long deep dive - just make sure when trying to have them all that money remains to buy groceries and keep the lights on. White flowers flushed fuchsia with a reverse that is solidly soft fuchsia.  This will bring felicity to your garden.

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Primula sieboldii 'Glorious' Primula sieboldii 'Glorious'

Good full heads of large white flowers whose petals align flatly in a single plane.  An excellent selection of this Japanese species.

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Heloniopsis orientalis - Select Heloniopsis orientalis - Select

This is easily the best disappointing plant we have.  This is one we imported from Japan - at some significant coast - as a Gold Leaf cultivar.  The first year was magic with leaves like pure sunlight but never again.  The best part is that it is an exceptionally good, vigorous clone with big flower heads and superb foliage.

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Primula sieboldii 'Late Snow' Primula sieboldii 'Late Snow'

The pure white flowers are shaped like Amazon took its frightening AI algorithm capabilities and looked into everyone's hearts and minds to find the universal constant of snowflake conceptualization and then went to its secret biological modification lab and 3-D printed the snowflake gene and went all CRISPR gene splicing happy to make the perfect primrose for the snowflake market. Putting on my tinfoil hat now.

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Primula sieboldii 'Peach Blossom' Primula sieboldii 'Peach Blossom'

Another excellent selection shared with us by Jan and Marty, this has flowers with a reverse of rich purplish-pink and faces of lavender pink that are washed in white.  Each petal is gently heart-shaped which is very fortunate when one considers the possibilities offered by other organs. And we will stop right there.

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Disporum smilacinum 'Ki-no-tsukasa' Disporum smilacinum 'Ki-no-tsukasa'

A very good and stable selection from Japan of this little woodland creeper.  Dark green leaves are well-marked with feathered yellow tips and in spring this has pendant white starry flowers.  This will increase to create a definite bit of visual velcro in the garden because as your eye roams the plants, it will stop abruptly on this one.

Price: $16.00
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Woodwardia orientalis Woodwardia orientalis

Crazy fern that takes away the need to fuss with growing this from spore as it makes a multitudinous panoply of ready-to-go plantlets on the leaves that will soon have you owning the corner in your 'hood dealing in fern babies.  Remember, if it's a kid, the first one is free.  Warmer gardens or indoors, mulch protect in zone 8 winters.

Price: $15.00
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Plectranthus effusus var. longitubus (syn. Rabdosia, then Isodon) Plectranthus effusus var. longitubus (syn. Rabdosia, then Isodon)

Think of this as a woodland Salvia which blooms in the Fall.  This Japanese jewel brings an unexpected and welcome shot of color to the shade garden in Fall with airy panicles to 3 or 4 feet holding zillions of small tubular purple-blue flowers.  Something nice to look if you are overloaded on the reds-oranges-yellows classic colors.

Price: $18.00
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Pteris wallichiana Pteris wallichiana

This was one of those "Holy shit - lookit that fern!" moments when we first spotted this species growing at the base of soaring pinnacles of vertical peaks in Guizhou, China where it was not intimidated in the least and perfectly in scale.  Massive 4'-6' wide fronds 6'-8' tall in the wild and clumping.  Likely smaller in cultivation but still BIG!  Zone 7b-9.

Price: $28.00
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Cardiocrinum cordatum - red form Cardiocrinum cordatum - red form

Three-year old bulbs of this exquisitely choice red-flowered variant of this shorter species.  Saturated red interior with a white and red exterior - dang! This normally flowers 5-6 years from seed and these are a good age to get established for maximum oomph when flowering.  You will be forgiven for any horticultural braggadocio!

Price: $25.00
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Hydrangea serrata 'Kiyosumi' Hydrangea serrata 'Kiyosumi'

An outstanding selection from Mt Kiyosumi in Japan, this is distinguished by russet and burgundy tones to the new foliage and the lacecap flowers are the perfect complement to that foliage with the sterile florets being white in the center of the flower and bushing to a distinct pink rim.

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Ajuga incisa 'Bikun' Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'

Frosted Jade Ajuga. This choice selection has fantastic foliage and very good dark cobalt flowers.  Not a spreader - this makes a clump with 16" tall stems.  Challenges all of your comfy notions about Ajuga but in a good way.  Great in our shade garden.

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Primula sieboldii 'Ice Princess' Primula sieboldii 'Ice Princess'

Broad petals with an intricate dendritic margin that provides a bit of wonderment.  The backs of the petals are a gentle amethyst which bleeds through to the white face of the petals infusing them with the color of sun-tinted old glass.  This is easy to accommodate in the garden as it is not coldly distant with a petulant haughtiness but it does like to be admired which will come easily.

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Hepatica nobilis var. japonica 'Wakakusa' Hepatica nobilis var. japonica 'Wakakusa'

Our own flowering divisions from a plant bequeathed us from the former garden of plant-obsessed Marian Raitz.   This Japanese selection is a fully pink double and double means the flowers last longer than the typical single fertile flowers.  Ideal for cool greenhouse pot culture or mild gardens.

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Primula sieboldii 'Starlight' Primula sieboldii 'Starlight'

Star light star bright, first primrose I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this primrose I wish tonight.  Nothing subliminal here.  The five petals are shaped like a heart and are love-pink on the reverse while the face of the flower is white feathering to pink on the edges.  Good, big flowers in quantity on each stem puts on a show.

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Aucuba japonica 'Katsunuma Nishiki' Aucuba japonica 'Katsunuma Nishiki'

One of the better selections of Aucuba and very rare in the nursery trade. This was brought to the US by the now defunct Asiatica Nursery and shared with us by Lance Reiners. Narrow leaves consistently freckled in gold presents as major pizzazz with unmistakable elegance.  A tough evergreen tolerant of dry shade once established.  Zones 7-9.

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Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade' Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade'

Luscious variegated selection out of Japan of this small evergreen shrub.  The leaves are heavily frothed and patterned in creamy whites which can take on some pink depending on the season and exposure.  No two leaves are alike on this new wave plant canvas.  Small white flowers under the branches.

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Morus alba 'Itoguwa' Morus alba 'Itoguwa'

Threadleaf Dwarf Mulberry.  A curiosity found and named in Japan, this has long, crazy thread-like leaves on thin stems and will make a spreading, small mound which would hang over an edge if so sited.  It can be staked up to get a bit of height which we like.  No fruit or flowers on this Mulberry and don't grow this clone for silk production - the poor silkworms would starve!

Price: $20.00
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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens Nana' Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens Nana'

A new dwarf form of this popular Black Mondo Grass.  We have not yet grown these to maturity but have had them them for some time now and can say they are very slow so we do believe they are going to be smaller than typical.  Perfect in troughs, bonsai containers, edging along stones, model railway gardens, etc etc.

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Astilbe thunbergii var. terrestris Astilbe thunbergii var. terrestris

A fine little dwarf Astilbe native to Japan and one that has proved to be very enduring as well as endearing. Low mounds of dense and finely cut foliage with short spikes of soft pink fluff in early summer. We grow this out in the full sun with ample water.

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Iris domestica (syn. Belamcanda chinensis) MD15-98 Iris domestica (syn. Belamcanda chinensis) MD 15-98

Blackberry Lily. Our collection of this extremely widespread Asian species which not only has attractive deep orange flowers that are overlaid in a plethora of red spots but also the seed is curiously attractive looking for all the world like a large blackberry. This has wide application in traditional Chinese medicine and our collection is likely an escapee from the local mountain village.

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Disporum smilacinum 'Moonshine' Disporum smilacinum 'Moonshine'

Gorgeous little gem out of Japan with a rich yellow center to the leaf  surrounded by green with some nice feathering details.  This will increase quickly but not aggressively and adds a nice splash of color in the shade garden.  The white flowers go well with the whole package.

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Pteris nipponica Pteris nipponica

We're looking at a houseplant here for everyone except those with that San Francisco microclimate and if you are lucky enough to have such a thing, just for the record - we pretty much hate you.  But we'll set aside the envy and sell you one of these astoundingly lovely ferns with long white ghostly fingered fronds.

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Primula sieboldii 'Rock Candy' Primula sieboldii 'Rock Candy'

Pink flowers with a hint of violet that elevates this on the societal color palette preventing it from slipping down to the campy plastic flamingo. The broad petals have a small, white distant star for an eye and are nearly imperceptibly dusted with what could be airborne suspended particles of confectioners sugar lightly settling to rest. In our house, it would be a delicate white tracery as if from floating dog hair.

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Veratrum maackii var. parviflorum Veratrum maackii var. parviflorum

A comparatively graceful species of Veratrum with broadly narrow leaves, if that makes any sense and sadly, it does to us. The 4'-5' flower stem has numerous lateral branchlets clad in lots of red-maroon flowers. Excellent long-lived plant of outstanding hardiness best suited for the cool to cold zones.

Price: $24.00
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Lespedeza bicolor 'Yakushima' Lespedeza bicolor 'Yakushima'

Lespedeza bicolor can be an invasive pest but this dwarf version from Japan is a non-invasive pixie.  Small blue green leaflets in 3's on a many-stemmed 12" tall deciduous bush to twice as wide or a bit more.  Cute reddish purple pea-like flowers are perfectly in keeping with the tidy presentation.  From a friend on Cape Cod.

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Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel' Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel'

NeGolden yellow are its hallmark in spring to mid summer after which they become a light yellow-green but still an element of light brightness in the shade.  Late in Oct/Nov, this defies conventional wisdom by producing  yellow bottlebrush flowers.

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