J. L. HUDSON,
2014 SEEDLIST - Reserved Access List
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Two types are reserved-access: rare, threatened, or endangered species, and seeds with prolonged, irregular, uncertain, or exacting germination requirements. To insure they reach experienced, qualified propagators, and to weed out "consumer-types", we reserve access to these seeds to those who:
1. Agree to propagate and distribute the plants, and to share their germination results.
2. Agree to distribute solely in the public domain—no patents, trademarks, or other intellectual property.
3. Commercial propagation is encouraged, but in the unlikely event that large-scale commercial distribution is achieved, benefit-sharing along the path towards the source, in accordance with the spirit of the International Convention on Biological Diversity, will be undertaken.
4. Absolutely, positively, NO refunds or replacements for any reason other than out-of-stock!
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—Acacia simplicifolia. (=simplex) (10) R-ACAC-117. Packet: $5.00
25 seed: $10.00, 100 seed: $30.00, 1000 seed: $225.00
Extremely rare tree or shrub to 40 feet, with broad, oval, pointed 2 - 4" leaves, and small flower-balls followed by 6" pods. Endemic to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, often growing in seashore dunes. Does well in Florida—try it in S. California and Texas. "This tree thrives on abuse. It seems to grow with no water, highly alkaline soil, and strong sunlight. It is remarkable. My trees were submerged in salt water during a storm and did not even blink."—H.P., Florida Keys. Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks. Scarce as hen's teeth!
To maximize germination of these expensive seed: Nick seed lightly with a file - just abrade the surface and don't go all the way to the quick - then soak for 15 minutes in a solution made of 1 part household bleach and 8 parts water. Rinse them well. Fold a paper towel into quarters and moisten with distilled water. Squeeze out excess, so it is just damp, and put on a clean plate. Put the seeds (nicked side down) on the towel and cover with plastic wrap, leaving an air space above the seeds. Keep in a warm place (70 - 80°F) and inspect every day. Any seeds that don't swell in a day or two should be re-nicked and re-sterilized. Any seeds that develop mold should be removed and re-sterilized and put on a separate plate - most of these will sprout, too, but this keeps the others clean. When the roots are a half-inch long, plant the seed in a light, well-drained seed-starting mix, and keep warm. If you have had trouble with these in the past, try this method and you are sure to be successful! This method gives high germination.
ASPERULA (as-PER-oo-la or as-per-OO-la)
RUBIACEAE. 'WOODRUFF'. Herbs with whorled leaves and small flowers, grown in the border and rockery for their abundant bloom and for herbal use. Best in part shade and moist soil. Sow seeds in April for summer bloom, and September for early spring bloom. Seed viable over 3 years.
—Asperula odorata. (=Galium odoratum) (50) R-ASPR-12. Packet: $3.00
'SWEET WOODRUFF'. Sprawling perennial to 6 - 8", with whorled leaves and white flowers in clusters in May. Eurasia. Zone 3. Useful ground cover for shady places under trees, as it spreads rapidly and smothers itself with bloom. The herbage is not scented when fresh, but on drying it becomes perfumed with a delightful scent which is retained for years. The fresh shoots are steeped in wine and beer, including the famous 'May Wine' drunk on May first in Germany. They are also added to tobacco and snuff, and are placed among clothing. Germination prolonged, 7 months or more, and hold pots over 2 - 3 years for stragglers.
LILIACEAE. Giant Himalayan lilies, grown for their striking display.
—Cardiocrinum giganteum. (25) R-CARDI-12. Packet: $3.00
'G1ANT HIMALAYAN LILY'. The most magnificent of all lilies, reaching 9 - 12 feet tall, with racemes of 6 - 20 deliciously scented white flowers, each 6" long and nearly as wide. May and June. Large heart-shaped leaves. Himalayas, in damp, shady forest, 7500 to 10,600 feet. Zone 5. Easily grown in light sandy soil. Hardy to Boston. Sow in fall outdoors to germinate and give top growth the next spring. Flowers in 5 - 6 years.
UMBELLIFERAE. Scented annuals, biennials and perennials with divided leaves and small white flowers. Several species are grown for food and flavoring. The seed can be tricky to germinate. Best sown in fall or stratified over winter to germinate in spring. If sown in spring, they will germinate the next spring. Try 4 - 8 weeks cold treatment, and let me know your results.
—Chaerophyllum bulbosum. (50) R-CHAER-6. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $9.00
'TURNIP ROOTED CHERVIL'. Biennial or short-lived perennial to 3 - 5 feet, with deeply cut foliage. Europe. Zone 6. Grown for the sweet, aromatic, edible roots, which are like short, fat carrots, about 4 - 5" long, grey or black skinned, with yellow or white flesh. Seldom seen in this country, the boiled roots are highly esteemed in Europe. They have a distinctive aromatic flavor, and are sweet and floury. Needs deep rich soil and frequent waterings. Harvest roots when foliage dies back in summer, though they are said to improve in quality if left in the ground for a month. "The great value of this vegetable... is not only its deliciousness to the epicure but the earliness of its maturity, fully supplying the place of potatoes."—F. Webster.
NEW—Chaerophyllum temulum. (100) R-CHAER-42. Packet: $2.50
'DRUNKEN CHERVIL'. White flowers in small 2 - 3" umbels from nodding buds. Hardy biennial to 1 - 3 feet, with attractive downy divided foliage and purple-spotted stems. Eurasia. Zone 4. Attracts beneficial insects. Try 8 - 12 weeks prechill to germinate at cool temperatures, and GA-3 helps. Said to cause colic and a kind of drunkenness if eaten. Weird!
RANUNCULACEAE. Tall, stately, North Hemisphere woodland perennials grown for their slender spikes of flowers and handsome foliage, and also for their valuable medicinal roots. Good in part shade.
—Cimicifuga racemosa. (=Actaea racemosa). (50) R-CIMI-21. Packet: $2.50
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'BLACK COHOSH', 'BLACK SNAKEROOT'. Narrow spikes of small white flowers, up to 2 feet long, in July and August. Bold perennial to 8 feet, with shiny, dark green compound leaves. E. N. America. Zone 4. Very showy and good in rich moist soil and part shade. The valuable medicinal roots are one of the best remedies for problems associated with menopause, PMS, ringing in the ears, and depression. Seed needs 2 - 10 weeks warm, then 12 weeks cold to germinate. Hold pots 3 years.
—Cleome serrulata. (50) R-CLEO-22. Packet: $2.50
'ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEE PLANT', 'TU'MI' (Hopi name). Rosy lavender 1/2" flowers in dense racemes from June to August. Annual to 2 - 3 feet with trifoliate leaves. N. America. Zone 3. Grown as a bee-crop for a century. Excellent cut flower or annual hedge. The boiled leaves and flowers are eaten, tasting like mustard. The Hopi allow it to seed in their corn fields for spring greens, and they use it in making prayer-sticks. The Tewa of the Rio Grande make pottery paint with it. The Ramah Navaho boil the young plants 1 - 2 hours and discard the water. They use a cold infusion of the leaves as a deodorant. The Nightway god-impersonators drink a tea made of 'a few seeds' to gain a strong voice. Attracts butterflies. Sow in fall or give cold treatment and plant out when the ground is still cold. Strong sunlight may help. "If seed isn't scattered in fall or patted onto thawing soil in earliest spring, the soil is too warm and the seed does not germinate."—D.S. Larkin, Utah, 1/2001.
LILIACEAE. Crocus-like cormous perennials from the Mediterranean and Central Asia, most blooming in late summer and fall, after the narrow leaves wither. Good in full sun. "Colchicums are most charming and interesting plants of easy culture."—L.H. Bailey. Seed often slow to germinate.
—Colchicum autumnale. (50) R-COLC-2. Packet: $2.50
'AUTUMN CROCUS', 'MEADOW SAFFRON'. Showy purple or white flowers to 4" across, blooming in autumn. Hardy perennial with narrow, foot-long leaves. Europe. Zone 5. The corms and seeds are the source of colchicine, used in the treatment of gout and to induce chromosome doubling in plant breeding. Give seed warm/cold/warm, and seedlings will straggle in over 1 - 3 years.
Dormant species may need cold, nicking, or GA-3.
—Euphorbia enopla. (10) R-EUPH-40. Packet: $2.50
'BOKNOORS'. Cactus-like succulent shrub to 1 - 3 feet, with many 2" thick, 6 - 7 -angled branches with red to purple 1 - 2" spines. Flowers have striking dark red bracts. S. Africa. Zone 7. CITES Appendix II endangered species. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Euphorbia ferox. (25) R-EUPH-48. Packet: $2.50
'VOETANGEL'. Clumps of ribbed, cactus-like 10" branches with brown spines. S. Africa. Forms clumps 2 feet across. CITES Appendix II endangered species. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Euphorbia inermis. (10) R-EUPH-70. Packet: $2.50
Clumps of foot-long, finger-like, succulent, knobby stems rise from a thick caudex to 6" across. Small woolly-white flowers in spring and summer. S. Africa. Zone 9. CITES App. II endangered species. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks, and GA-3 may help.
CACTACEAE. A single endangered species.
—Leuchtenbergia principis. (10) R-LEUCH-4. Packet: $2.50
Peculiar cactus with elongated grey-green tubercles tipped with papery 4" spines. Somewhat resembles an Agave. Reaches 2 feet tall, with golden-yellow 3" flowers. México, where is is used medicinally. A CITES Appendix I endangered species, cannot be sent out of the U.S. Well-drained soil. Can bloom in 4 - 5 years. Use GA-3 to germinate in 3 - 4 weeks.
—Lobelia inflata. (1000) R-LOB-17. Packet: $3.00
'INDIAN TOBACCO'. Light blue 1/4" flowers followed by inflated pods. Annual to 1 - 3 feet, with oval, 3 1/2" leaves. E. U.S. This medicinal herb was very popular with the Indians. The herb should be collected in August to September, and dried carefully. Sow seed on a thin layer of wood ashes or use GA-3 to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks warm. Very irregular and temperamental germination.
CRUCIFERAE. Old fashioned annuals and perennials grown for their attractive, sweet-scented flowers and the large, flat, silvery pods used in dried arrangements. Easily grown, standing poor soil, part shade, and drought. Reseeds well. Sow early in spring or fall in mild climates.
—Lunaria rediviva. (10) R-LUNA-4. Packet: $2.50
'PERENNIAL HONESTY'. Handsome hardy perennial to 4 - 7 feet, with larger and lighter-colored flowers than L. annua, and with pods much longer than wide. Blooms in May and June. Europe. Zone 5. An odd and interesting counterpart to the common species. "A stately plant."—I. Grabo. Seed highly dormant, needs to be sown in fall for outdoor conditions.
LILIACEAE. Eurasian Trillium-like perennials.
—Paris quadrifolia. (25) R-PARI-24. Packet: $3.00
'HERB PARIS', 'LOVE APPLE', 'TRUE LOVE'. Sends up a single stem with four 6" leaves, from the center of which blooms a single greenish-white flower with long spidery sepals that remain while the blue-black berry ripens. Hardy perennial to 8 - 16", for cool moist woodlands. Eurasia. Zone 5. Unusual in that some years it doesn't send up a shoot, but the rhizome persists. Odd medicinal uses, allegedly aphrodisiac. Give seed warm, cold, warm.
PAPAVERACEAE. Two species.
—Romneya Coulteri. (25) R-ROMN-1. Packet: $3.00
Gram: $6.00, 5 grams: $15.00
'MATILIJA POPPY' (pronounced ma-TEE-lee-ya). A magnificent shrub to 3 - 8 feet, with huge crinkled papery white fragrant flowers to 6" across, with bright yellow stamens, staying open for several days. Divided leathery grey-green foliage. Canyons of south coastal California, but surprisingly hardy and successful in the North if planted by a south-facing wall. Zone 7. GA-3 gives fair germination in 1 - 4 months, or try burning leaves over the flat in fall, may take 2 years to sprout. Difficult but worth it.
MAGNOLIACEAE. Ornamental woody vines with red or white flowers, handsome bright green foliage, and drooping clusters of scarlet berries. They twine to about 10 - 20 feet, and thrive in partly shaded moist areas. Male and female plants; grow several for the fruits. They are medicinal and some have edible fruits.
—Schisandra chinensis. (10) R-SCHI-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $9.00
'CHINESE MAGNOLIA VINE', 'WU WEI ZI'. Fragrant white to pink 3/4" flowers followed by attractive 6" spikes of red berries on female vines. Woody twiner to 25 feet, with glossy, deep green 4" leaves. China. Zone 4. The fruits are an important tonic and adaptogen in Chinese medicine. Give seed 8 - 12 weeks prechill.
SILYBUM (SI-lee-bum or si-LEE-bum)
COMPOSITAE. 'MILK THISTLE'. Striking plants. Sow in fall or spring where they are to grow and thin to 2 feet apart. Sprouts in 1 - 3 weeks. An interesting note: fresh seed will not germinate at warm temperatures, only sprouting at cool temperatures; but after 5 months dry storage (after-ripening) they will germinate well at warm temperatures.
NEW—Silybum eburneum. (50) R-SILY-2. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'SILVER MILKTHISTLE', 'IVORY THISTLE'. Tall annual thistle to 4 - 6 feet, with purple flowers. Similar to common milkthistle, but the leaves lack the marbling. Spain and N. Africa. Zone 7. All parts edible like common milkthistle, and the seeds said to be rich in silymarin. Attracts bees. Germinates in 1 week.
Medicinal properties of Silybum species:
NEW—Winged Bean Day Neutral. (10) R-VBEA-WB. Packet: $4.00
Psophocarpus tetragonolobus. Tropical perennial vine with winged, four-sided pods and protein-rich seeds. Young pods eaten raw, or cooked like snap beans. The leaves, flowers and roots are all eaten, and the light blue flowers are used for food coloring. Usually this plant can't be grown north of southern Florida because of day-length restrictions, but this variety blooms regardless of day length. Our grower says it is the only one that has produced for him in France. The immature tuberous roots are eaten like potatoes, and are said to be quite tasty. They contain 20% protein dry weight, some 10 - 20 times the protein of other root crops.