J. L. HUDSON,
2015 SEEDLIST - Es - Ez
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PAPAVERACEAE. Showy annuals and perennials of western N. America, providing an abundance of brilliant bloom in sunny dry areas.
Eschscholzia californica: 'CALIFORNIA POPPY'.
'CALIFORNIA POPPY', 'COPA DE ORO'. Brilliant orange to yellow 2 - 3" wide glossy flowers followed by narrow 3 - 4" pods. Perennial to 2 feet, with lacy, blue-green leaves. California. Zone 6. Grown as an annual in cold regions. "During the summer, they form a dense carpet of finely cut, blue-green foliage, smothered with a profusion of vivid, glossy flowers."—Booth. The leaves were eaten as a potherb by Indians, and the root used as a pain-killer. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.
—Eschscholzia californica Orange. (1000) ESCH-1OR. Packet: $2.00
1/4 lb: $15.00
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The classic single buttery orange California flower.
—Eschscholzia californica 'Mikado'. (1000) ESCH-1K. Packet: $2.50
Mahogany-red single flowers. Showy annual.
—Eschscholzia californica 'Mission Bells'. (1000) ESCH-1MB. Packet: $2.50
Double and semi-double flowers in a wide range of colors including white, rose, coppery, pink, yellow and orange. Popular for easy color. To 12".
—Eschscholzia californica 'Purple Gleam'. (1000) ESCH-1P. Packet: $2.50
Unusual purple-violet flowers. Annual to 15".
—Eschscholzia californica 'Rosa Romantica'. (100) ESCH-1R. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.00
Beautiful semi-double white flowers with rose flushes. Very nice! Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Eschscholzia californica 'White Linen'. (1000) ESCH-1W. Packet: $2.50
Creamy white single flowers. Showy hardy annual.
MYRTACEAE. Over 500 species of aromatic evergreen Australian trees and shrubs with puff-like flowers. Fast growing, the young plants having very different leaves from the usually sickle-shaped adult leaves. A variety of forms, from forest giant to gnarled shrub, makes them adapted to many landscaping situations. The foliage can be dried for arrangements—stand ends in glycerin a few days. Dwarf kinds good in tubs. Excellent firewood crop, and they produce abundant honey and pollen. Easy from seed, germinating in 1 - 4 weeks warm unless noted. A few kinds need cold or GA-3. Smoke treatment may help germination of some. Seed has a beneficial mycorrhizal relationship with the chaff, so it is usually supplied as a seed/chaff mixture.
'Gums' are tall with smooth or peeling bark, 'ironbarks' have persistent bark, 'mallees' are shrubby, with several stems from a ligno-tuber, and the 'marlocks' are dwarf kinds.
In California Eucalyptus trees are being destroyed in great numbers by anti-exotics extremists who claim they suppress native vegetation. On the contrary, studies have shown greater coverage and increasing diversity of natives under Eucalyptus canopies! Also, Eucalyptus groves are the preferred overwintering habitat of native monarch butterflies.
—Eucalyptus camaldulensis. (100) EUCA-30. Packet: $2.50
'RIVER RED GUM'. To 60 - 200 feet, with a spreading crown and white flowers. A mighty tree for deep soils. Takes more heat and cold than E. globulus, and is widely planted. Exceedingly hard, durable timber. Hardy to 12 - 15°F. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Eucalyptus globulus. (10) EUCA-110. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50, Oz: $15.00
'TASMANIAN BLUE GUM'. Mighty forest giant to 150 - 300 feet, with aromatic, dark green, sickle-shaped 6 - 10" leaves. Oval, silvery juvenile leaves. Creamy white 1 1/2" flowers followed by warty pods. Peeling bark. Needs deep soil and room. Good timber tree or fuelwood, growing 8 feet per year and reaching 50 feet in 6 years. Very strong wood—a 2" cube supported 27 million pounds before crushing. Yields an antiseptic medicinal oil. Hardy to 17 - 22°F. Can be grown as an annual bedding plant for the foliage. Germinates in about 2 weeks warm.
MYRTACEAE. Tropical evergreen trees for mild climates.
—Eugenia uniflora. (10) EUGE-240. Packet: $2.50
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
'SURINAM CHERRY', 'PITANGA'. Red to yellow ribbed 1 1/4" edible fruits are high in vitamin C, used in jellies and sauces. Small tree to 8 - 25 feet, with glossy, coppery green 2" leaves and 1/2" fragrant white flowers. Tropical America. Hardy to 22° F. Germinates in 2 - 6 months or so, keep warm.
COMPOSITAE. Mostly herbaceous perennials (but ranging to tropical trees) grown in the border or wild garden for ornament, medicine and to attract butterflies. Valued for their late summer and fall bloom. Sow on the surface; irregular germination.
—Eupatorium cannabinum. (500) EUPT-5. Packet: $2.50
'HEMP AGRIMONY'. Pale purple flowers in crowded masses in late summer. Handsome hardy perennial to 6 feet, with reddish stems. Europe. Zone 4. Pleasantly aromatic. Many medicinal uses. Give 8 weeks cold or GA-3 to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Eupatorium fistulosum atropurpureum. (300) EUPT-9A. Packet: $2.50
Pink to wine-red flowers in large rounded clusters on a striking tall perennial to 7 feet, with red stems. E. U.S. Zone 4. An excellent selection. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Eupatorium maculatum. (500) EUPT-16. Packet: $2.50
'SPOTTED JOE PYE WEED', SMOKEWEED'. Raspberry pink to purple 1/4" flowers in clusters. Hardy perennial to 4 - 6 feet, with broad whorled leaves, the whole plant spotted with purple. E. N. America. Zone 4 or 5. Prefers moist soil and full sun. Good in the wild garden. Used medicinally by the Cherokee, Chippewa and Iroquois.
EUPHORBIACEAE. A huge genus (second largest) of 1600 species, nearly world-wide and ranging from tiny prostrate annuals to shrubs, trees and succulent cactus-like plants. Their cultivation is as varied as their habitats. A rewarding genus to specialize in, the varied forms demonstrating evolution. The sap of some species may cause skin rash and is extremely irritating to the eyes.
—Euphorbia Lathyris. (10) EUPH-75. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50, Oz: $14.00
'MOLE PLANT', 'GOPHER PURGE'. Narrow, blue-green, pointed 6" leaves set at right angles to the stem, forming a perfect "X" when seen from above. Hardy biennial to 5 feet, with a cluster of small flowers the second season, followed by round pods. Europe. Zone 6. The milky juice is irritating, and the plants repel certain species of moles and gophers under some conditions, and is also used to remove moles and warts. Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.
NEW—Euphorbia Wulfenii. (20) EUPH-164. Packet: $2.50
Yellow flowers in large clusters in May and June. Shrubby perennial to 3 - 4 feet, with narrow blue-green 4" leaves. SE Europe. Zone 6 or 7. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
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