J. L. HUDSON,
2017 SEEDLIST - Lo - Lz
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LOBELIACEAE. Over 350 species ranging through most of the world and varying from annuals, perennials, aquatics, succulents and trees to caudiciforms above the treeline in African mountains in which gorillas make their nests. Many are excellent garden plants with showy flowers in mostly reds and blues. Many of the perennials prefer cool moist spots. Most easy from seed, surface sow, light helps. Some kinds need GA-3, prechill, or smoke.
—Lobelia cardinalis. (500) LOB-6. Packet: $2.50
'CARDINAL FLOWER'. Bright, intense cardinal-red 1 - 2" long flowers in long spikes in summer. Hardy perennial to 2 - 4 feet, with glossy, narrow 4" leaves, often purple-bronze. E. N. America and a couple of disjunct spots in the Southwest. Zone 3. Best in wet soil and bogs. Makes nice colonies, and if flower spikes are picked, it will bloom till fall. Medicinal. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks with GA-3.
—Lobelia Erinus 'Crystal Palace'. (500) LOB-10CP. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50, 25 grams: $28.00
Deep cobalt-blue flowers. Bronzy foliage, to 4". Annual.
NEW—Lobelia excelsa. (250) LOB-11. Packet: $3.00
'TABACO del DIABLO', 'TUPA'. Large tubular brick-red flowers on an evergreen shrub to 6 - 15 feet, with large lanceolate leaves. Central Chile. Zone 8. Used like L. Tupa. Surface sow, 2 - 3 weeks.
—Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'. (500) LOB-12V. Packet: $2.50
Deep scarlet 1 1/2" flowers. Bronze leaves. Perennial to 17 - 48". Zone 7. A striking variety. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks or so, and needs light or GA-3.
—Lobelia siphilitica. (500) LOB-29. Packet: $2.50
'GREAT BLUE LOBELIA', 'HIGH-BELIA'. Clear blue or white inch-long flowers in long leafy spikes over a long period, July to September. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet. E. U.S. Zone 3. Prefers moist soils and by the streamside. An excellent wildflower. Used by the Indians against syphilis. Germinates in 1 - 7 weeks. GA-3 may help dormant lots.
—Lobelia Tupa. (100) LOB-42. Packet: $3.00
'TUPA', 'TABACO DEL DIABLO'. Long spikes of blood-red 2" hooded flowers. Half hardy perennial to 6 -8 feet with light green, felty 10" leaves. Chile. Said to be hardy to 10 - 20°F, or colder if planted in a sheltered, sunny place. Used medicinally for toothache by the Mapuche Indians. Germinates in 2 -7 weeks warm, and KNO3 helps.
CAPRIFOLIACEAE. Popular climbers and shrubs, mostly hardy, valued for their often showy fragrant flowers. Most soils are fine. A prechill usually helps germination. Easily grown old favorites.
—Lonicera ciliosa. (30) LONI-18. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $13.00
'WESTERN TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE'. Orange-yellow 1 1/2" long trumpets in clusters in June and July, followed by orange-red berries. Shrubby twiner to 20 feet, with 4" leaves. W. U.S. Zone 5 or 6. Stems used for weaving by Indians. Prechill seed or sow in fall.
—Lonicera involucrata. (100) LONI-50. Packet: $2.50
Nice picture of berries: http://www.worldbotanical.com/images/Lonicera-involucrata-15.jpg
'TWINBERRY HONEYSUCKLE'. Paired tubular 1/2" yellow to red flowers in June, followed by attractive purple-black berries with conspicuous red-purple bracts. Hardy shrub to 3 - 10 feet. W. N. America. Zone 4. Wide variety of medicinal uses among the Indians, and the berries eaten sparingly. Give 2 - 8 weeks prechill, but some germinate at warm.
NOTE: This is not the water lotus. See Nelumbo for water lotus.
LEGUMINOSAE. 'DEER VETCH'. Floriferous perennials or shrubs, often trailing, with yellow, white, rose or purple flowers. Grown for ornament and some species for the edible pods. Almost any soil. Easy from seed which may benefit from light scarification. Germinates in 3 days to 4 weeks. Seed half-life varies from 7 - 20 years, and some have germinated when over 100 years old.
—Lotus tetragonolobus. (=Tetragonolobus purpureus) (25) LOTU-80. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $9.00
Photos and info: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55101/
'ASPARAGUS PEA', 'WINGED PEA'. Deep red flowers followed by edible four-winged pods. Bushy annual to 1 foot. S. Europe. Full sun. The young pods are eaten raw or cooked, having an asparagus-like flavor. Ripe seeds also eaten. Soak, nick hard ones, to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.
LUFFA (LUFF-a or LOO-fa)
CUCURBITACEAE. 'DISH-CLOTH GOURD', 'VEGETABLE SPONGE', 'LOOFAH'. Tropical tendril-climbing vines with showy yellow or white flowers and peculiar gourd-like fruits. The young fruits are eaten in some countries, and the fibrous interior of mature fruits is the popular scrub-brush for the bath. They are grown like cucumbers or melons but like more heat and do well in the greenhouse. Fast growing to 10 - 15 feet. Seeds germinate in 1 - 4 weeks. Start indoors in March, and set out in May in a hot sunny spot.
—Luffa aegyptiaca. (=cylindrica) (10) LUFF-3. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $8.00, 1/4 Pound: $22.00
'COMMON LOOFAH'. The common dishcloth gourd, this is an easily grown climber. Attractive yellow 2 - 3" flowers followed by 1 - 2 foot long, smooth, cucumber-like gourds. Tropics. The young fruits are edible, popular in China, Burma and India, and they are pickled in Arab countries. Edible when young; becoming bitter and toxic when ripe. Matures to a brown color, and they can be peeled, the seeds removed, and the fibrous interior washed and bleached for use as a scrubber. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
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 annua Varieties: (=biennis)
'MONEY PLANT', 'SATIN FLOWER'. Well-known for the sprays of slivery moon-like 2" pods. Showy purple, red or white 1/2" wide, sweet-scented flowers in large clusters in spring and early summer. Good cut flowers. To 2 - 3 feet, with large, heart-shaped leaves. Easily grown and self-sows. An old-fashioned favorite for poor shady soils. The unripe seeds and the roots are said to have a hot, mustard-like flavor, and have been eaten in salads. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Seed viable 4 years or more.
—Lunaria annua Violet. (25) LUNA-1V. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $17.50
Bright purple-violet flowers and large pods.
—Lunaria rediviva: See Reserved Access page.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy herbs and shrubs grown for their spikes of bright flowers, as soil-builders, erosion control, forage, food and wildlife habitat. Some 200 species with a center of diversity in W. N. America. Best in well-drained or even sandy poor soil. Most germinate readily after nicking and soaking.
—Lupinus arboreus. (25) LUP-7. Packet: $2.50
'TREE LUPINE'. Bright yellow flowers in long spikes, April to September. Tender shrub to 4 - 10 feet, with somewhat silvery foliage. California coasts. Zone 8. Good dune stabilizer. Nick seed, germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. Yet another California native being exterminated here by anti-invader hysterics.
—Lupinus polyphyllus. (25) LUP-46. Packet: $2.50
Violet to blue to reddish or white 1/2" flowers in dense spikes to 2 feet long. Stout hardy perennial to 8" to 5 feet tall, with 5" leaves. California to B.C. Zone 3. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Lupinus polyphyllus 'Russell Mix'. (100) LUP-46X. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00
A spectacular strain developed over a 25 year period by George Russell of York, England. Dense flower-spikes in shades of red, blue, yellow, pink, purple, and bicolors. Tall biennial or short-lived perennial to 3 feet or more. Zone 3. Nick seed.
—Lupinus villosus. (25) LUP-69. Packet: $2.50
'LADY LUPINE'. Purple flowers in dense spikes. Attractive foliage with mullein-like fuzz. Unusual undivided 6" leaves on long stalks. Perennial to 3 feet, old plants sprawl to form a 5 foot mat. SE U.S. Zone 8. Nick and soak seed to germinate in 2 - 7 weeks.
CARYOPHYLLACEAE. 'CAMPION'. Hardy, old-fashioned annuals, biennials and perennials, valued in the border and wild-garden for their brilliant display of flowers. N. Hemisphere, some arctic. Closely related to Agrostemma and Silene. Easily grown in full sun and tolerant of adverse soils. Annuals may be sown in March or April where they are to grow, to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks. Biennials and perennials can be sown early under glass for bloom the first season, or as late as 8 weeks before frost in fall, to germinate in about 1 - 4 weeks. Seed viable 3 - 4 years or more. "These are beautiful plants for the border or wild garden, and during summer they smother themselves with a profusion of incredibly vivid flowers..."—C. O. Booth.
—Lychnis X Arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'. (75) LYCH-4V. Packet: $2.50
Brilliant orange-scarlet 1 1/2" wide flowers in heads of 5 - 10 blooms, June and July. Hardy perennial to 1 1/2 feet, with dark purplish foliage. Zone 5. Choice. Germinates in 1 week.
—Lychnis chalcedonica. (1000) LYCH-7. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
'MALTESE CROSS', 'SCARLET LIGHTNING'. Brilliant scarlet inch-wide flowers in dense clusters of 10 - 50 blooms, in June and July. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with dark green foliage. Siberia. Zone 4. "One of the best of all old-fashioned flowers."—Bailey.
—Lychnis Coronaria. (=Agrostemmma Coronaria) (500) LYCH-10. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
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'ROSE CAMPION', 'MULLEIN PINK', 'DUSTY MILLER'. Large rose-crimson 1 1/2" wide flowers borne singly on stems held above the densely white-woolly foliage. Hardy biennial or short-lived perennial to 1 1/2 - 3 feet, forming dense tufts. Eurasia. Zone 4. "The glowing flowers and white foliage make it a conspicuous plant."—L. H. Bailey. Good in masses.
—Lychnis Coronaria alba. (100) LYCH-10W. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'WHITE CAMPION'. Pure white 1 1/2" flowers held above densely white-woolly foliage. Hardy biennial or short-lived perennial to 30". Eurasia.
—Lychnis Flos-cuculi. (1000) LYCH-14. Packet: $2.50
'CUCKOO-FLOWER', 'RAGGED ROBIN'. Clear pink inch-wide flowers with deeply cut petals, blooming early (February in California). Slender hardy perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with narrow leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. "An old-time and deserving favorite, blooming profusely and for most of the season."—Bailey.
SOLANACEAE. 'MATRIMONY VINE', 'BOXTHORN'. Ornamental shrubs, often clambering, or with graceful, arching branches. Valued for their funnel-shaped flowers and bright scarlet berries. Good for hedges, wildlife habitat, erosion control, food and medicine. Some of the 100 or so species are hardy in the North, and the pendant types are especially attractive cascaded down a wall. Good by the seaside and for fixing sandy banks. Easily grown.
NEW—Lycium barbarum 'Large Leaf'. (20) LYCI-10L. Packet: $3.75
'LARGE-LEAF GO-JI'. A selected form with large leaves to 5" long, excellent eaten cooked. Arching shrub with abundant edible red berries. Zone 6. Same medicinal properties as L. chinense. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Lycium chinense. (100) LYCI-12. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $14.00, 1/4 Pound: $30.00
'CHINESE WOLFBERRY', 'KUKO', 'KO-CHI'. Purple half-inch flowers June to September, followed by attractive scarlet 1/2 - 1" long berries, August to October. Graceful arching shrub to 12 feet, with bright green 1 1/2 - 3" oval leaves. E. Asia. Hardy in the North, Zone 5, and "It is a splendid sight in autumn gardens, when its slender branches are laden with scarlet berries."—Yashiroda. These branches are much valued in Japanese flower-arranging. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks. The young leaves are eaten in salads or boiled with rice as flavoring, and are also drunk as tea. The berries are eaten and a medicinal wine is made from them. Leaves, root and fruit are all highly valued in Chinese medicine, as "prolonging life, improving the complexion and brightening the eye."—Pen Ts'ao.
—Lycium exsertum. (100) LYCI-22. Packet: $2.50
'WOLFBERRY'. Profuse small lavender flowers followed by abundant bright red edible berries. Spiny shrub to 3 - 6 feet. Low deserts, Arizona and México. Very drought resistant. The berries were eaten in great quantities by the Indians, fresh, cooked, or dried like raisins. Good wildlife shrub. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks, light and GA-3 help.
SOLANACEAE. South American herbs with edible berries. Includes the familiar tomato. Easy.
NEW—Lycopersicon cheesmanii. (25) LYCO-6. Packet: $3.75
'GALAPAGOS TOMATO'. Sprawling tender perennial with clusters of small yellow 1/2" edible fruits. Ex Isabela Island, Galapagos. Dispersed by tortoises. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
NEW—Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium 'Rimac'. (25) LYCO-34. Packet: $3.50
'WILD TOMATO'. Tiny orange-red 1/2" tomatoes in clusters. Tender perennial to 2 feet. From the upper Rimac valley, near Lima, Peru, 7000 feet. Excellent sweet flavor. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.