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2015 SEEDLIST - B
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MYRTACEAE. Small, free flowering often heath-like shrubs from Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. Easily grown in warm regions or in the cool greenhouse, hut are little-known. Some are used for tea.
—Baeckea virgata. (=Babingtonia pluriflora) (1000) BAEC-25. Packet: $2.50
'TALL HEATH-MYRTLE'. Tiny white-petaled star-like flowers held out from the twigs. Nice shrub to 12 feet, with soft, narrow, inch-long leaves which are scented when crushed. E. Australia. Good hedge or windbreak, and good in tubs. Good cut flowers as they are honey-scented. Zone 9. Germ: 2 - 3 weeks.
COMPOSITAE. Spring and summer blooming hardy perennials. Large basal leaves and showy sunflower-like blooms. Sandy soil. Some germinate in as little as 2 - 6 days, others need prolonged cold treatment. Plant out to permanent position early. They are fine plants and worth growing.
—Balsamorhiza sagittata. (100) BALS-22. Packet: $2.50
'OREGON SUNFLOWER', 'ARROW-LEAF BALSAM-ROOT'. Showy yellow 2" blooms. Perennial to 2 feet, with 9" leaves. NW U.S. Zone 4. The roots were eaten by the Nez Pierce and other Indians after peeling and cooking on hot stones. The result was called 'pash' or 'kayoum'. They are said to have a sweet flavor. The seeds were made into meal. Use GA-3 or prechill to germinate in 2 - 12 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. 'WILD INDIGO'. Sturdy, hardy perennials with attractive deep green foliage and lupine-like flowers in racemes. In late fall the pods turn dark and are quite ornamental. Excellent in the border and makes nice cut flowers. Easy in any ordinary soil and a sunny position. Sow in fall or early spring outdoors, or nick seed and sow in pots to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks. Some were used as dye plants, medicinal antiseptics and for edible shoots.
—Baptisia australis. (50) BAPT-2. Packet: $2.00
1/4 Oz: $6.00, Oz: $15.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
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'BLUE WILD INDIGO', 'RATTLEBUSH'. Inch-long, deep indigo-blue flowers in long terminal racemes in June and July. Stout hardy perennial to 4 - 6 feet, with attractive blue-green, clover-like 2 1/2" leaves. Racemes up to 10" long. E. U.S. Zone 3. "Handsome. Probably the best species for cultivation."—L.H. Bailey.
—Baptisia leucantha. (25) BAPT-28. Packet: $2.50
'WHITE FALSE INDIGO'. White inch-long flowers with standard marked purple, in foot-long spikes in June and July. Hardy perennial to 3 - 5 feet with attractive blue green trifoliate 2" leaves. Ontario and Wisconsin to the Gulf states. Zone 4. Long-lived and showy. Medicinal. "Very striking... good dye plant, ornamental seedpods."—S. Adams. Nick seed, germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Baptisia pendula. (10) (=alba) BAPT-42. Packet: $5.00
Pure white 1/2" flowers in spikes in summer, followed by nodding pods. Hardy perennial to 2 - 4 feet, with blue-green 2" leaves. New growth black-red. SE U.S. Zone 3. Choice! Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.
IRIDACEAE. Two E. Asian hardy perennials. Easily grown, preferring full sun and good drainage.
—Belamcanda chinensis. (25) BELA-6. Packet: $2.50
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'BLACKBERRY LILY', 'SHE GAN'. Deep orange 2" flowers with red spots, blooming in early summer, followed by ornamental clusters of black seeds. Hardy perennial to 1 - 4 feet, with iris-like leaves. China, Japan. Zone 5. The rhizome is an important Chinese medicine, and has been shown to be antifungal and antiviral. Young leaves have been eaten. Germinates in 2 - 12 weeks at warm temperatures.
"Better no rule than cruel rule."—Aesop.
COMPOSITAE. 'ENGLISH DAISY'. Attractive annuals, biennials and perennials growing in tufts. Favorites for edging, rock gardens, and colonizing in lawns. May be sown in early spring for bloom the first year in harsh climates, or up to late summer for bloom the following year. Germinates in 10 - 15 days. Space 6" apart. Best in cool climates and moist soil. Good carpeting in shady areas, and for winter flowering pot plants in the cool greenhouse. Good cut flowers. Seed viable 6 - 7 years.
—Bellis perennis White. (1000) BELL-3. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.00
'ENGLISH DAISY'. Single white 1 - 2" daisies in spring and early summer. Hardy perennial to 6", with rosettes of 1 - 2" leaves. Europe. Zone 3. Excellent for sowing in lawns, good with moisture and stands shade. This is the original daisy used in the classic love-divination "He loves me, he loves me not..." Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
SAXIFRAGACEAE. Vigorous creeping Asian perennials, with handsome foliage and attractive flowers in early spring. Best in humusy soil and part shade. Makes nice blooming plants in 2 - 3 years. Sometimes called 'pigsqueak'.
—Bergenia cordifolia 'Red Beauty'. (100) BERG-6R. Packet: $2.50
'HEARTLEAF BERGENIA'. Bright red flowers in nodding clusters, March to May. Hardy perennial to 2 feet, with large roundish heart-shaped evergreen bronzy 10" leaves. Siberia and Mongolia. Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
—Bergenia cordifolia 'Winterglow'. (100) BERG-6W. Packet: $3.50
'HEART -LEAF BERGENIA'. Striking red-colored fall and winter foliage. Bright red flowers in nodding clusters, March to May. Hardy perennial to 16", with large, rounded, heart-shaped evergreen leaves. Siberia and Mongolia. Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
COMPOSITAE. Interesting showy African daisies.
—Berkheya purpurea. (25) BERK-24. Packet: $3.00
'ZULU WARRIOR'. Large silvery-blue to lavender 3" wide daisies with dark centers, in late summer. Tender thistle-like perennial to 15 - 28". S. Africa. Zone 6. Good cut flowers. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
BETULACEAE. 'BIRCH'. Hardy ornamental N. Hemisphere trees and shrubs, most preferring moist sandy soils. Valued for their graceful habit, and some for timber. They range to 70° N. latitude. Best from seed sown in fall. If given light, they do not need cold treatment.
NEW—Betula tianschanica. (5000) BETU-42. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
1/4 Oz: $10.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
'TIAN-SHAN BIRCH'. White to pinkish peeling bark on a nice birch to 40 feet. Yellow fall foliage. Central Asia. Zone 6, maybe to 3. Prechill 8 weeks.
BIXACEAE. A single species. Good in the far South or in the greenhouse. Seed irregular in germination, coming up in 2 - 15 weeks or more warm.
—Bixa Orellana. (50) BIXA-1. Packet: $2.00
'ANNATO', 'ACHIOTE', 'URUCU', 'LIPSTICK TREE'. Large, five-petaled rose, pink or white flowers with yellow stamens, followed by striking, maroon to vivid scarlet 2" spiny pods. Amazon Basin. Zone 10. For millennia Amazonian Indians have used the red dye obtained from the seedcoat as face and body paint. Cultivated throughout the tropics for food coloring and dye for cheese, soap, cloth, paint, lipstick, margarine, etc. A few seeds can be added to rice, soups, or to flavor chocolate and meats. Seeds eaten cooked in butter. Bark provides fiber. Good hedge and honey plant. Used medicinally.
"Wherefore I will not rule, and also ruled I will not be!"—J. H. Mackay.
STERCULIACEAE. Australian trees with swollen trunks. Grown in warm regions for their masses of showy flowers.
—Brachychiton discolor. (10) BRAC-10. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $18.00 (about 100 seed)
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'LACEBARK BOTTLE-TREE', 'HAT TREE'. Large bell-shaped pink 2" long flowers in masses. Tree to 100 feet, with palmate 4 - 8" leaves and a swollen trunk, which appears even in seedlings. NW Australia. Zone 9. Soak seed in hot water, rub covering off, then it germinates over about 1 - 5 months. Easy.
COMPOSITAE. Mostly showy Australian half-hardy annuals and perennials. Easily grown, giving a good display in deep rich soil and full sun. Good in masses in the border, or singly in pots in the greenhouse or windowsill. Germinates in about 1 - 4 weeks. Sow in March, or in September for winter bloom.
—Brachycome iberidifolia Mixed. (1000) BRAK-10. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50, 25 gm: $14.00
'SWAN RIVER DAISY'. Blue, pink, violet and white inch-wide daisies borne in profusion on a compact annual to 10 - 12". Ferny, divided foliage. Australia. Zone 8. A beautiful little plant, forming a carpet of color. The flowers are sweetly scented. Blooms about 13 weeks from seed. Germinates in a week at warm temperatures, up to 4 weeks at 40°F.
CRUCIFERAE. 'MUSTARD', 'COLE'. Tall yellow-flowered plants, including many valuable edibles like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rape, rutabaga, turnip, etc. Easily grown, mostly cool season crops. The seed is viable 4 to 15 years or more.
—Brassica nigra. (100) BRAS-19. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'BLACK MUSTARD'. Tall hardy annual to 3 - 10 feet or more, with abundant 1/4" yellow flowers on large, wide spreading branches, followed by narrow 3/4" pods filled with the 'Mustard Seed' of commerce. Eurasia. The ground seeds are the main source of table mustard, mixed with water and vinegar. Cultivated since ancient times as a medicine and condiment, it was popular with the Greeks and Romans. The young leaves are used as a pungent addition to salads and greens. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
SOLANACEAE. Free-flowering half hardy tropical American annuals grown for their abundant bloom, mostly in shades of blue and violet. Easily grown in ordinary well-drained soil. The species and old-fashioned varieties would grow and bloom profusely in poor dry soil and full sun, but the modern types require moisture and part shade. Good in borders, hanging baskets, and excellent as an ever-blooming house plant. Start seed early indoors for summer bloom, or in July and August for winter pot plants. Sow on the surface or cover only lightly (light helps germination), to germinate in 12 - 21 days at 60 - 75°F. Plant out 6 - 12" apart or 3 to a 4" pot. Flowers in 12 weeks.
—Browallia americana. (500) BROW-1. Packet: $2.50
Beautiful blue 1/2 - 1" wide flowers from July to October. Annual to about 2 feet. Self-sows, but never a pest. Tropical America. A nice, old-fashioned annual. "The flowers... are borne in great profusion over the entire plant. It is the best of the species..."—Booth. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks with light.
CUCURBITACEAE. 'BRYONY'. Hardy herbaceous perennial vines from Eurasia. Grown for covering arbors or fences. Ornamental leaves and attractive berries, Quick growth each year from the tuberous or fleshy roots. Attractive and interesting plants.
—Bryonia cretica ssp. dioica. (20) BRYO-6. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.00, 25 g: $40.00
'ENGLISH MANDRAKE', 'WILD HOPS', 'RED-BERRY BRYONY'. Attractive smooth red 1/4" berries. Fast growing, tendril climbing vine to 6 - 12 feet, with 5 lobed leaves and greenish 3/4" flowers. Eurasia. Zone 6. The roots reach enormous size with age, and were molded into human form, and sold as mandrakes. Augustus Caesar wore a wreath of the vine to protect himself from lightning. Poisonous. Germinates best with a long prechill.
LOGANIACEAE. 'BUTTERFLY BUSH', 'SUMMER LILAC'. Showy deciduous or evergreen shrubs of great value for the garden. Their handsome flowers are profusely produced in round heads or spike-like panicles, and are attractive to butterflies, who congregate to feed on the nectar. Handsome large leaves. Best in full sun and well-drained soil. Many will survive in the North if the base is protected. Easy from seed sown on the surface or lightly covered. Keep warm to germinate in 2 - 12 weeks. Give ventilation to prevent damping off. Try using GA-3.
—Buddleja Davidii. (1000) BUDD-6. Packet: $2.50
'ORANGEYE BUTTERFLY BUSH'. Lilac flowers with orange throats, in dense 4 - 10" spikes in late summer. Shrub to 6 - 15 feet, with large, narrow, dark green leaves that are white underneath. China. Zone 4. If cut to the ground by a freeze, it will sprout from the base and reach 7 feet by fall. "A very handsome species with showy and fragrant flowers appearing in great profusion in late summer."—L.H. Bailey. Germinates in 2 - 12 weeks.