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Specialty greenhouses ship exotic plants from faraway places

8:06 PM, Feb. 22, 2013
The blooms of passion flower are intricate works of art that gardeners find hard to resist. The climbing vine can be grown in a container outside and brought indoors in cold climates, but the Maypop variety is borderline winter hardy (Zone 5) in parts of Wisconsin.
The blooms of passion flower are intricate works of art that gardeners find hard to resist. The climbing vine can be grown in a container outside and brought indoors in cold climates, but the Maypop variety is borderline winter hardy (Zone 5) in parts of Wisconsin.
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Wild, weird and wonderful, exotic plants from faraway places hold the promise of delicate beauty, sensuality and mystery.

Imagine plants that have a taste for flesh, flowers that evoke eroticism just by their appearance, and unique violets that require their own vocabulary.

Want to take a peek at a few? If you're looking to discover these pleasures, there are plenty of retail specialty greenhouses and nurseries that offer select specimens for sale, as well as glimpses into the travels and passions the horticulturalists have experienced in establishing their collections. Without ...

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