Alligator Alley/Amazing Gardens
Oklahoma's Reptile Experts!
(And Winter-Hardy Tropical Plants too!)
Since 1988

4636 NW 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK   Summer-Fall 2014
Last Updated 6-16-2014
 

Mail Order Plant Sale--While Quantities Last!

(All plants are shipped bare-root,  to U.S addresses only.  No shipping to California).  If your weather is expected to be below freezing, you need to make a note to ship plants AT YOUR OWN RISK, or delay placing your order until weather is more favorable.  Even the hardiest plants can be damaged or killed by a freeze when they have been bare-rooted for shipping. Please don't order plants during the winter if you don't have a greenhouse, sunroom, large south window or some other appropriate place to keep them until conditions are favorable for planting outdoors.
Postage & handling is still only $5.00 for your entire order, no matter how many plants and/or seeds you buy!  Plants are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays only, via USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground for heavier orders.  Seeds are mailed First Class.

If you are in central Oklahoma or are planning a visit, be sure to drop by the store.  We have all the plants listed below plus many, many more that we don't sell via mail-order, including  numerous hardy bamboos, citrus, pond plants and more.  Check out some of these on our Local Sales page.

For tips on establishing and growing your plants, check out our Palm Information page.
For help with germinating seeds, go to the Seed Germination page.

Cactus,   Agave,   Giant Grass,   Palms,   Citrus,   Seeds,   Heat Tapes


Cylindropuntia imbricata var. arborescens  Tree Cholla, Walking Stick Cholla, Cane Cholla

Oklahoma's tallest native cactus, reaching at least seven feet .  Ours are clones of plants from the Black Mesa area of the panhandle.  Completely hardy in (well-drained) zone 6 and probably colder.  Beautiful magenta flowers in the spring. Shipped as unrooted cuttings.

6" +/- cutting $5.00 


Cylindropuntia kleinae Candle Cholla, Pencil Cholla

Another Oklahoma Native, much more delicately built than the Tree Cholla (but still very hardy), and even faster growing.  Shipped as unrooted cuttings.

4" +/- cutting $4.00 


Opunntia engelmannii var. alta Giant Prickly Pear

A huge prickly pear native to the Gulf Coast, but well suited to our zone 7 climate.  It grows several feet tall and forms a woody trunk. (It would probably get even taller here, but the Oklahoma wind seems to knock it back every two or three years). This particular clone has been grown for decades in central Oklahoma and survived the 1980s--'nuff said. Shipped as unrooted cuttings.
6" +/- pad $5.00 


Opunntia engelmannii var. linguiformis Cow-Tongue Cactus

This has been a champion grower for us in Oklahoma City--fast and tall with very little winter damage.  Shipped as unrooted cuttings.

12" +/- pad  $6.00 


 

Opuntia polyacantha Grizzly Bear Cactus, Starvation Cactus

Extremely cold-hardy prickly pear (native from Arizona, through the Oklahoma panhandle, all the way to the Arctic Circle--ours were originally from the tip of the
panhandle).  Small or root-bound plants have a woolly, soft and fuzzy appearance. Sold as unrooted cuttings.

4" +/- pad $6.00 



 

Spineless Prickly Pear  ?Opuntia engelmanni v. lindheimeri

The latin name with this one is our best guess, based on photos of other spineless Opuntia varieties.  The original plant came from a fruit stand in South-central Texas.  The other plants purchased there did not turn out to be hardy, but this one has done well with mid-single digit lows and highs in the teens. It has a very erect growth form and does not "lie down" in the winter. The ones offered currently are well-rooted one-gallon plants with two or more pads. 

Single un-rooted pad $7.50


Faxon's Giant Yucca Y. faxoniana 

The largest, "meanest" and hardiest of the big "Spanish Dagger" Yuccas that do well in Oklahoma. These are young plants, but still have leaves 2-3 feet in length. They may be trimmed to fit into 4' boxes for more economical shipping. They can grow to nearly 20 feet tall and 6-8 feet across. Our plants are the northern (Texas) variety and are prettier and hardier than the Mexican varieties sometimes sold as Y. torreyi or Y. treculeana

Faxon's Yucca $125.00 


Seeds of Premium Palm Specimens
 
 



   

Beaked Yucca Yucca rostrata

Yucca rostrata is one of the hardiest (and best looking) trunked Yuccas.  There are rostratas all over Oklahoma that survived the 1980s undamaged. With excellent drainage and careful siting it will grow well into zone 6 and sometimes colder. We are shipping field-grown plants with about a foot of clear trunk.  They will have limited roots and do best if potted up into a seven gallon container of cactus mix for a season before planting out, but we have often been successful just digging a hole and dropping them in here in central Oklahoma. Just make sure they have full sun and are not in a site where water will accumulate during the winter. These usually have between 8 and 18 inches of trunk. Due to their size and weight, Yuccas may be sent by Parcel Post or UPS.

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rostrata seedling
 


 

Super Thompson's Yucca  Yucca thompsoniana x rostrata

A naturally occuring intergrade of Y. rostrata and Y. thompsoniana. They are more cold hardy than pure rostrata but with a larger, fuller head than thompsoniana. They are also more likely to grow multiple heads than pure Y. rostrata

Medium Super Thompson, 6-10" trunk S100 


 


Small Super Thompson, 3-6" trunk  $50.00 


 

We also have larger (4-6 foot) specimens in stock, as well as a few two-headed ones. These are much heavier and expensive to pack and ship. If you are driving through OKC or know someone who is coming through town in a pickup or van you can save a bundle on freight. We do ship the larger plants from time to time. Call or e-mail if you are interested. Base cost is $50.00 per foot (from soil level to top leaf tip) plus actual packing and freight charges.

Small thompsoniana
thompsoniana

 
 
 


Variegated Agave Agave funkiana (?) Agave lophantha (?)

This is one of hardiest Agaves of all the ones we have tested here in central Oklahoma (and believe me, I have killed quite a few over the years). The original plant was purchased from a roadside vendor in East Texas and was labeled A. funkiana.  It looks very similar to A. lophantha (which is native much farther North) so I don't know for sure what it is.  What I do know is that it survives single digit temperatures, snow, ice storms and wet soil--even small offsets in above ground one-gallon pots aren't killed by bitter cold.  Shipped as small offsets with some roots.

$15.00 


Agave funkiana seeds. They germinate quickly in damp cactus mix at 80-85 degrees.

25 seeds $6.00 


 

Quartz Mountain Live Oak Quercus fusiformis 'Quartz Mountain'

From the harsh environs of western Oklahoma near the dividing line between zones 6 and 7 comes this  most northwesterly selection of  the evergreen Live Oak. They are quite cold-hardy and drought tolerant when established. We are offering small plants, about one to three feet tall.

$20

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Mescal Agave neomexicana
A slightly less expensive alternative to A. havardiana, but still very hardy. Some sources say it is good down to -20 F, with proper drainage.

6-10" Specimen $45.00
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20"+ Specimen $125.00
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Agave neomexicana, small
Agave neomexicana, large

 

 
Variegated Giant Reed Arundo donax 'variegata'

Tall (10-20') grass, unrelated to, but sometimes mistaken for bamboo.  In our climate, the tops usually die back each winter, but it always returns bigger and better from the roots the following year.  In warmer climes, the top will survive, but will look better if it is mowed down and allowed to regrow.  The variegation is great in the spring and early summer, but fades out to mostly green by late summer and fall. This remarkable plant is at once a xeriphyte, mesophyte and a hydrophyte, meaning that (once established) it can survive with almost no water, with regular rainfall or watering, or even with roots submerged as a pond plant!  Check your local laws, as Arundo can be very invasive in riparian habitats and is a nuisance in some areas. Sold as leafed-out, rooted cuttings.

Currently sold out, more should be available this summer.

$6.00



 


Sabal minor 'McCurtain'

The only palm native to Oklahoma, it is nearly as hardy as the Needle Palm, but much faster growing. We are shipping one gallon plants with strap leaves.

Sabal minor 'McCurtain' 1 gal. $30.00

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Sabal birmingham

This is it, the legendary palm that survived in Birmingham, Alabama for decades before being moved and succumbing. The Tulsa specimen (parent of the ones we're selling, pictured here) received only 20% leaf damage in 1996 when the official temperature dropped to eleven degrees below zero! The plants we are offering are one to two gallon specimens and do best if repotted into larger containers and kept in bright diffuse light, high heat and high humidity (a greenhouse is ideal) to recover before being planted into the landscape. If you must put them in the ground, your bestchance for success is to cut off all but one or two center leaves to minimize water loss until the roots can recover. Better yet, if you can drive to Oklahoma City, they are cheaper and you can get one in the pot (not bare-root) and plant it right away with less risk. But, since not everyone can drive here, we offer these for you to try.

1-2 gallon  $40.00 each

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SEED SALES
 

Poncirus trifoliata "Flying Dragon" Hardy Orange, Trifoliate Orange

The hardiest of all Citrus/Citrus relatives, primarily grown as a commercial rootstock, it makes an interesting specimen plant or hedge itself. The "Flying Dragon" cultivar has curved thorns. Also a good barrier plant, due to its vicious thorns. Don't try eating the attractive miniature oranges, though.  Poncirus seeds will not be sent to California, Texas, Florida or any other Citrus-producing state. We also have the standard, straight-thorned variety. If you prefer it, make a note with your order.

10-count seeds, $2.50 

Call or email for availability

 

Japanese/Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex
A fast-growing, very tropical-looking deciduous tree that has done well in our zone 7 climate. Seeds germinate easily.

25 seeds $6.00

Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Needle Palm 
There are no refunds, but if mine don't germinate" at least 20%. I will replace any seeds ordered with fresh ones next winter (assuming we have a good crop ). Save your invoice or packing list, just in case. Germination is trickier than with Sabal, and percentages will be lower (20-60 %, on average).  These are hard-to-find, even from field-collected sources, much less cultivated plants, and are priced accordingly.

$0.50 each


Sabal minor 'McCurtain'   We are offering a few surplus seeds of one of the most sought-after ecotypes of Sabal minor. McCurtain County, Oklahoma is the most northwesterly population of any Sabal palm. The native populations have been as low as -11 degrees in recent history and cultivated plants have survived more than 20 degrees below zero. They seem at least as hardy as the legendary northeast Texas plants from nearly 150 miles farther south, and tend to grow faster and larger. Due to the limited supply, there is a limit of 20 seeds per customer. Also, if you have ordered seeds from us before, you know we usually give a generous overcount. You should get a few extra 'McCurtains' with your order, but please don't be upset if you don't get as many extras as with most other seed orders.
 

Sabal minor 'McCurtain' 10 count seeds $4.00



 

The seeds offered below are collected from specimens that are the best of the best. They are far above average in hardiness and or size. Also included are hard to find rare ecotypes.
All seeds are pre-cleaned of fruit, with the exception of some of the Needle Palm seeds. Shipping and handling charges in the USA are $5.00 for your entire order, regardless of how many items you have in your cart.
 



 


Premium Palm #2
(zone 7 and warmer only)

A huge Sabal louisiana that was planted outside as a seedling in 1990. This palm has been very robust growing developing a short trunk. This specimen survived the -3*f freeze of 1996 with 40% leaf damage so I do not recomend it in areas colder than zone 7, but if you want a fast growing and trunking Sabal louisiana for zone 7 and warmer this palm is a great choice.

25 seeds   - \\$6.00 

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50 seeds   - \\$10.00 



Premium Palm #5
(zone 6a in warm microclimate)

To the right is a picture of the native Sabal minor population near zone 7b Warren Arkansas. I have 4 cultivated specimens of this ecotype that produce many seeds every year. This ecotype of Sabal minor is quite hardy and should survive well into zone 6.

25 seeds   - \\$6.00 


 


Premium Palm #6
Sabal louisiana

(zone 6b in a warm microclimate)

This plant was installed in 1992 as a one gallon (along with two others), then they were all moved to a new yard in 1994.  It showed little transplant shock and has since grown 2-3 times as fast as the others.
 

25 seeds       $6.00


50 seeds   - \\$10.00 



 

Cheap, Uncleaned Sabal louisiana seeds
These are from average plants growing here in Oklahoma City, still on the stalks and with the fruit intact. Good for growing a small forest of palms at a low cost. You will get faster germination if you remove the fruit (but they seem to do OK in the wild without any help). You'll receive 1/2 pound of seed and stalk. The exact number of seeds will vary with size, moisture content, stem thickness etc. but will usually be around 500 to 700 seeds total. Available while quantities last.
Sabal louisiana seeds on stalk, 1/2 lb. $20

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Accessories

   Heat Tape--Sabal seeds germinate best at about 85 degrees F.  These ultra-thin tapes use a flexible element sandwiched between two sheets of Mylar. Place under your seed beds for optimum germination rates. Plugs directly into 110v outlet. Available in  4"  and 10" widths.
 

4"x12"   \\$13.00 

4"x24"   \\$17.00 

4"x36"   \\$21.00 

4"x48"   \\$25.00 

4"x96"   \\$41.00


 



 

10"x12"  \\$15.00 

10"x24"  \\$20.00 

10"x36"  \\$25.00 

10"x48"  \\$30.00 

10"x96"  \\$50.00 


For custom lengths, call or E-mail for a quote.

 Thermometers--An inexpensive but accurate glass thermometer for measuring the exact soil temperature in your seed beds.

Thermometer-- \\$3.00 


Any questions please contact bryan@alligatoralley.com

Phone 405-949-2553

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Alligator Alley
4636 NW 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-949-2553

Email:Bryan@AlligatorAlley.com