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Collection of Daan Smit

Nijssen Bulbs Heemstede offers a selection of plants cultivated by Daan Smit. Daan Smit worked for 32 years as a hortulanus at the VU University Amsterdam. There, he built up a scientifically sound plant collection with the help of numerous foreign contacts. He currently has a very varied plant collection of which we offer species such as Begonia grandis subsp.evansiana and Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. katherinae.

Collection of Daan Smit

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Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’
The dwarf form, Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' is native to Japan and stands out because of its beautiful yellow leaf colour, which is more intense in summer than in winter. Hence the cv name 'Ogon' which, translated from Japanese, means yellow. This...
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€5.50

Available to order from February 2025

Aspidistra hainanensis subsp. caespitosa
Aspidistra hainanensis differs in habit in a much denser compact growth. The leaves are long, light green and narrow to about 1 to 2 cm. Application as a garden plant: for shady places under shrubs or deciduous trees. Will tolerate almost any...
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€11.00

Available to order from February 2025

Aspidistra sichuanensis 'Ichi Mori Ji’
The uniquely yellow-green striped-leaved Japanese selection 'Ichi Mori Li, of the Aspidistra sichuanensis native to China, planted out in the open in the garden, forms a dense and richly foliated inflorescence about 60 cm high. The plant develops...
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€22.00

Available to order from February 2025

Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana 'Alba'
The genus Begonia has more than 1000 real species, not to mention an even larger amount of cultivars. Most occur in tropical countries. Only a few can be kept outside in the Dutch climate during the winter months. One of those species is Begonia...
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€7.50

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Begonia grandis subsp. sinensis
Begonia grandis subsp. sinensis is smaller than the previous one in almost every way. The plant is only slightly higher than 60 cm and the also much smaller leaves are green on both sides, as well as the stems. It starts flowering weeks earlier...
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€5.50

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Bowiea volubilis
Is an unusual herbaceous creeper with a fleshy above-ground bulb that can sometimes grow more than 30 cm in diameter. From the heart of the bulb, after the winter dormancy period, several shoots of up to 3 metres in length shoot upwards and cling...
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€22.50

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Canna tuerckheimii
A Goliath among the many hybrids is a true species viz. Canna tuerckheimii (syn: C.altensteinii), which can grow to a height of as much as 3.00 -3.50 m depending on conditions. The thickly fleshy stems feature large banana-like leaves with an...
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€7.50

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Canna x ehemanii
A rather unusual Canna, one with pendulous flowers. Unusual is also the height of a well-developed plant, reaching as much as over 4 metres. This also makes the calyx-shaped, drooping red flowers stand out particularly well. Not hardy, after the...
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€25.00

Available to order from February 2025

Clivia gardenii ‘Hanbury Form’
Offered are three-year-old seedlings. This rather rare Clivia with yellow flowers is very different from the real species, which produces red flowers. A nice detail is that it is self-vertical, i.e. it fertilises itself, resulting in a nice...
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€15.00

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Clivia nobilis
Clivia nobilis is one of the lesser-known Clivia species from S. Africa. The species is notable for its tubular pendulous flowers, which appear from June onwards. They hang together by many at the end of a long, flat flower stem. After...
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€47.50

Available to order from February 2025

Colocacia esculenta ‘Pink China'
Colocacia esculenta 'Pink China' grows almost without difficulty in a moist place outside in our own gardens. The large attractive light green leaves stand on pink stems and leave a distinctive pinkish stain on the leaf where it meets the leaf...
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€9.50

Available to order from February 2025

Crinum bulbispemum
Crinum bulbispermum is among the most hardy species that can be grown excellently in our climate and without winter cover in the garden. However, young plants should initially be given a winter leaf or straw cover before they are firmly...
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€35.00

Available to order from February 2025

Ficaria verna 'Brazen Hussy'
Over the years, various forms of foxglove have been selected and given fantasy so-called cultivar (cv.) names. The cv. mentioned here has striking dark purple, almost black leaves with the shiny butter-yellow flowers standing out very nicely....
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€5.50

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Haemanthus albiflos
Its common name 'paintbrush' refers to the inflorescence of this South African bulbous plant. It is an evergreen amaryllus-like plant that can be kept indoors in pots without much effort. Each bulb has two pairs of soft hairy leaves that are...
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€11.00

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Haemanthus albiflos - kort en breed bladig type
Its common name 'paintbrush' refers to the inflorescence of this South African bulbous plant. It is an evergreen amaryllus-like plant that can be kept indoors in pots without much effort. Each bulb has two pairs of soft hairy leaves that are...
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€22.00

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Haemanthus deformis
Haemanthus deformis is a rarely offered South African bulbous plant belonging to the group of powdery brassicas. This species is characterised by 2 fairly large short-width leaves, which lie on the ground and from which, around December/January,...
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€100.00

Available to order from February 2025

Hedychium 'Tara'
This ginger-like Hedychium hybrid has its roots in Nepal. It is one of the most hardy cultivars, tolerating down to -15 degrees C. Fully grown, it reaches a height of 2 metres and blooms at the end of a densely foliated stem with orange-red...
€7.50

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Impatiens flanaganae
Impatiens flanaganae, native to South Africa is an endangered perennial rather rare large, non-hardy species. They prefer a humus and airy soil mixture in which they quickly grow into sturdy plants with thick reddish stems that can reach 1.25 to...
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€6.50

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Impatiens tinctoria
This tuberous tall species from Ethiopia, among others, blooms with pretty butterfly-shaped, fragrant white flowers about 7 cm in size, which have a long spur-like appendage at the back and a purple-coloured heart. This balsamien species prefers a...
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€11.00

Available to order from February 2025

Iris foetidissima
An evergreen perennial that, unlike many others of its kind, causes two surprises during the growing season. The first is accompanied by an interesting floral display in a light brownish hue different from irises, followed a few months later by...
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€6.00

Available to order from February 2025

Iris graminea
Native to N. Spain to Z. Russia and the Caucasus and forms a compact grassy evergreen plant of 15- 40 cm in height between which-just below the leaves-the fragile, for irises rare, plum-scented flowers the form in June. It is a very rewarding...
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€9.50

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Iris pseudacorus
The yellow iris, progenitor of and 10 or so fine cultivars, is a common species in marshes, along river banks and water bodies and has water-purifying properties. Occur within Europe as well as in Siberia, the Caucasus, for Asia and N. America....
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€6.50

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Iris pseudacorus 'Albus'
A rare white-flowering select of the well-known yellow lis that is common along ditches and in marshes with us. The plant develops at home in the garden in a sun-drenched moist or even wet spot. Flowering occurs from June to early August. The...
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€9.50

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Iris pseudacorus 'Berliner Tiger'
Is a striking appearance with yellow-brown striped (tiger-like) flowers. Like other Iris pseudacorus selections, it too wants to grow superbly in moist to wet garden soil.
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€9.50

Available to order from February 2025

Iris versicolor
Is native to N. America and most closely resembles I. pseudacorus in growth habit and culture and thus needs swampy soil. Fully grown plants grow 1 m tall. The annually newly forming narrow sword-shaped leaves, are coloured purple on the...
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€9.50

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Iris x robusta 'Gerard Darby'
Was created by crossing Iris versicolor with Iris virginica, creating hybrids of which some have been selected as valuable cultivars, with 'Gerard Darby' being one of the best. Both parents are moisture-loving plants with their offspring...
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€9.50

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Ledebouria maxima
Ledebouria maxima is an extremely rare species, native to the sub-tropical part of KwaZulu-Natal (S. Africa). This slow-growing lily-like succulent forms fairly large bulbs that protrude halfway above the ground and slowly divide as it ages. The...
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€150.00

Available to order from February 2025

Ochagavia carnea
Ochagavia is a particularly rare rosette-forming bromelia from Chile, of which only one species is known so far. It is a so-called terrestrial bromelia, which means "growing on the ground", in contrast to epiphytic bromeliads, which usually grow...
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€32.50

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Ornithogalum longibracteatum
A South African species, synonym O. caudatum. Long fleshy dark green leaves grow from the heart, and a little later in time the flower stalks, up to sometimes more than a metre long, also appear with terminal dense flower clusters, consisting of...
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€7.50

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Paris quadrifolia
A quietly growing woodland plant in which the leaves and petals are arranged in a foursome. After flowering, a poisonous, black berry appears.
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€9.50

Available to order from July 2024

Phaenosperma globosa
An ornamental grass that is, inter alia, native to China, and still relatively unknown in Europe. It was found that the plant, after being fully rooted, is hardy in the Netherlands. On a sunny spot, in any soil, it can grow into beautiful tufts,...
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€5.50

Available to order from February 2025

Puya raimondii
Puya raimondii belongs to the Bromeliaceae and is the largest species in the family, occurring naturally at an altitude of approx. 3-4000m. in Peru and Bolivia and can live there for some 50-70 years. They flower only once and after flowering the...
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€45.00

Available to order from February 2025

Reineckia carnea
At first glance, Reineckia carnea looks like a common grass but on closer inspection it belongs to the asparagaceae family. Originally native to China and Japan, this plant belongs to the hardy groundcover perennials that eventually form dense...
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€5.50

Available to order from February 2025

Rohdea japonica 'Marginata'
Rohdea japonica 'Marginata': is native to Japan and China and is called Japanese lily. It is an evergreen, slow-growing perennial plant and is distinguished by its 60 cm long, upright sturdy green leaves edged with a narrow creamy-white margin....
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€27.50

Available to order from February 2025

Rohdea pachynema
Is a hitherto unknown and rare evergreen perennial, 15-20 cm tall, belonging to the Asparagaceae family and native to China and Japan. This forest dweller forms abundant offshoots, eventually creating an attractive mat-shaped hardy ground cover....
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€17.50

Available to order from February 2025

Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherinae
This beautiful South African bulbous plant dies completely in late autumn. This makes it possible to keep the potted plant dry in a dark but frost-free place . Around mid-April-March, the bulb shows signs of life again. Then it is time to move the...
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€35.00

Available to order from February 2025

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. chinense
This shade-loving, slow-growing perennial is native to the Himalayan/Sikkim region and adorns itself later in spring with waxy white flowers that can develop into a rather large fire-red fleshy fruit later in the spring. The plant has fairly...
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€13.50

Available to order from February 2025

Solanum tuberosum 'Grimpanti'
Essentially there are probably no climbing potatoes known, but there are upright high-growing forms that, as in this form, can make it to 1.50 m with the support of some brushwood or tonkin canes. They can then flower profusely all summer with...
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€2.50

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Tillandsia bergeri
Tillandsia also called "air plants" are native to Argentina . They live off rain and humidity. The silver-grey leaves, together form a rosette that adhere to rock walls against which they naturally grow. They prefer a light sunny position and can...
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€8.50

Available to order from February 2025

Tulbaghia simmleri 'Snow White'
Is an evergreen - not hardy bulbous plant suddenly found in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. Flowering falls in early February with us, and the white flowers sitting in clusters arranged on long clusters protruding above the leaves...
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€10.00

Available to order from February 2025

Zingiber mioga
Japanse gember wordt Zingiber mioga wel genoemd, behoort tot de fam. van de Zingiberaceae. Deze kruidachtige vaste plant , o.a. inheems in Japan en China, is bij ons vrij goed winterhard en doet het prima in elke voedzame grond op een beschaduwde...
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€7.50

Available to order from February 2025