Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Immediate plant lust: Flying Dragon Tongue Fern

I was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago and visited Swanson's Nursery with my friend Erin. We were looking for a small tree for her, but of course I'm always on the hunt for any plant that might catch  my eye, so we wandered through all the departments. Tucked away in the fern section were these beauties...

Flying Dragon Tongue Fern is a new one for me, and I was rather quickly under its spell and preparing to purchase. The only question was; do I buy just one, or spurge on two?

Then I looked at the price...

Ha! There was nothing in the way it was displayed to say it was going to be THAT expensive. I walked on, and didn't buy even one, in case you were wondering.

I did find this listing for Pyrrosia lingua 'Hiryu' online, the plant looks the same and is only $25. Add in the shipping and it's $47.26. Looks like this is going to be a case of unfulfilled, ongoing, plant lust.

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18 comments:

  1. Holy crap! That is expensive, although those cut-leaf edges are pretty fantastic. I've had trouble keeping Pyrrosia alive in this garden, so I've substituted ordinary hart's tongue fern for almost the same look. It's more drought-tolerant, but of course it doesn't have the same plant lust cachet. But that's ok with me.

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    1. Funny, I've had trouble keeping hart's tongue fern alive.

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    2. Mine have excelled in somewhat reverse fern conditions... I have several in very fast draining, nearly scorching sun, and they're massive. Meanwhile the ones I put in shade or mostly shade and moist soil are tiny and/or dying.

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  2. Yikes. That seems like a lot. But super cool.

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  3. I wonder why it's so expensive. New? Rare? Hard to propagate?

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  4. It is wonderful. Try putting it on your Christmas list. When I couldn't face the shipping charges for the Mangaves I wanted, I put them on my b-day list, along with a warning about shipping costs and a couple of cheaper present ideas. Surprise! I got the Mangaves, absent the personal guilt on the cost.

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    1. There are Christmas list families and non-Christmas list families, I'm from the latter. The practice has always fascinated me. I'm glad you got the mangaves though!

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  5. I bit the bullet 3 yrs ago and actually have a collection of Pyrrosia ferns. I paid about $25 a plant.They are rare.It was at a plant symposium in Feb and you know how inspired and euphoric you get! Don't regret it one bit. I am paranoid and put them in a container. And just garage them will low temps. Lovely!

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    1. $25 is totally within the limits of acceptability, double that though and not so much. I have a few other pyrrosia and they too have been great.

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  6. I walked away from a 25.00 1gal Tetrapanax at PDX Nursery. Sometimes you just have to.

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    1. Hmmm, and to me that doesn't seem so outrageous. But yes, sometimes you just have to.

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  7. AnonymousJuly 24, 2019

    Swansons is horribly expensive and their mark-ups absolutely absurd, but those not in the know with disposable income will buy them and kill them. Sorry, really cranky mood after a long day.

    It’s a stunning plant I hope to add to my collection as I’m very enamored by Pyrrosias! I’ll wait until I find it fairly priced or purchase it online (good chance it could be the same as ‘Hiryu’)

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    1. Interesting, I haven't found their prices to be that bad, a little high on somethings but I've also bought some things that I think are quite inline with other nurseries.

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  8. Cool but way expensive. Dragonfly farms had these a few years back and they were much cheaper! Still, you gotta give Swanson's props for always having a few unusual plants, even if they are expensive.

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  9. As it happens, I stopped at Swanson's just last weekend. I love their shady plant area although I have little shade left in the garden. As I am (finally) warming up to Podophyllum, in particular to Spotty Dotty, I picked up a 4" pot with what appeared to be a spotty Podo of some kind. The price tag was... drum roll.... $99. In case there is doubt, I put it back.

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  10. Haha, the sign says "heavily tootherd"! Wonder if that's a typo or a botanical term I've never heard of?

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