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LABIATAE. 'BASIL'. Aromatic tender annuals grown in the herb garden for their value as seasoning and fragrance. The leaves are widely used in sauces and soups, the flavor blending particularly well with tomatoes. The clove-like fragrance has been considered soothing, and a cure for nervous headaches. Basil tea is said to calm an upset stomach. Start seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost, and plant out after all danger of frost is past. Thin to 6" apart. Basil likes full sun, and all types do well in pots. Harvest fresh leaves anytime. For drying, cut just before it reaches full bloom. Seed viable 8 - 10 years. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Ocimum americanum 'Lime'. (500) OCIM-1LI. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $7.50, 1/4 lb: $18.00
'LIME BASIL'. Has a zesty lime flavor.
—Ocimum Basilicum 'Cinnamon'. (1000) OCIM-1C. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $9.00, 1/4 lb: $22.00
'CINNAMON BASIL'. Spicy aroma, purple flowers, to 30". A fine variety. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Ocimum Basilicum 'Dwarf Greek'. (1000) OCIM-1DG. Packet: $2.50
Compact bushy plants with small, intensely fragrant leaves. Perfect for window-boxes and borders. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Ocimum Basilicum 'Large Sweet'. (1000) OCIM-1S. Packet: $1.50
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $9.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
The most popular and widely grown variety. Sweet and aromatic 2 - 3" leaves. To 1 - 2 feet tall.
—Ocimum Basilicum 'Siam Queen'. (500) OCIM-1SQ. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50
Info and photos: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/48849/
Flavorful Thai basil with an anise-clove flavor. To 14", with attractive dark flower spikes. AAS 1997. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Ocimum canum 'Malawi Camphor'. (250) OCIM-2M. Packet: $2.50
Info on O. canum:
Round bushy plant to 2 feet, with long spikes of white flowers and small leaves with a strong camphor scent. Tropical Africa and Asia, this type from Malawi. Many medicinal uses in Africa, and used as a mosquito repellant and to protect stored grains. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks. Light and KNO3 helps.
NEW—Ocimum gratissimum. (=urticifolium) (100) OCIM-3. Packet: $2.50
'TREE BASIL', 'EAST INDIAN BASIL'. White or purple tinged flowers in 6 - 9" long spikes. Woody shrub to 4 - 8 feet tall, with highly aromatic, sweet-scented 4" leaves used in cooking. India, Africa, S. America. Said to repel mosquitoes, and is planted around houses for this purpose. Used to flavor tobacco in Africa. Grows well in the warm areas of the U.S., especially recommended for S. California. Grow as annual in cold areas. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Ocimum gratissimum 'Green Pepper'. (100) OCIM-3P. Packet: $2.50
Pink-purple flowers and deep green leaves on a tender woody shrub to 2 feet. Strong pepper scent. Germinates in a week.
—Ocimum kilimandscharicum. (250) OCIM-14. Packet: $2.50
Ocimum kilimandscharicum cultivation in Kenya.
'KAPURI TULSHI', 'CAMPHOR BASIL'. White to light purple flowers. Tender shrub to 6 feet, with grey-green leaves with a strong camphor scent. E. Africa. Attracts bees. Used as a tea and medicinally in Africa and India. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Ocimum micranthum. (100) OCIM-16. Packet: $2.50
Info and photos in Spanish:
'AMAZONIAN BASIL'. Aromatic small tender perennial to about a foot, with violet to white flowers and toothed leaves. Tropical America. Many medicinal uses throughout its range, including for certain psychological ailments. Germinates in a week.
—Ocimum sanctum. (1000) OCIM-24. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Oz: $8.00, Oz: $18.00
'HOLY BASIL', 'TULSI'. Sweetly fragrant bushy perennial to 1 - 3 feet, grown as an annual in cold climates. Profuse purple or white bloom, and sometimes purplish-tinted foliage. Tropical Asia. Held sacred by the Hindus and grown around temples. Sections of the stem-bases are used in rosaries. The leaves are used in salads, and the oil is an effective antibiotic, and the leaves are used medicinally. Nice, distinctive clove-like flavor, good in cooking, salads, or for tea. Good in herb breads and herb butters. Good bee plant. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks. Light and KNO3 helps. Organically grown.
NEW—Ocimum sanctum 'Purple Tulsi'. (400) OCIM-24P. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50 Germination: 92% Tested 11/15
'KRISHNA TULSI'. Sweet clove-like scent and taste. Tender perennial to 3 feet, with reddish purple leaves. Highly valued adaptogen in Ayurvedic medicine. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
ONAGRACEAE. 'EVENING PRIMROSE', 'SUNDROPS'. Showy, sun-loving plants valued for their bright yellow, rose or white flowers. A large and wide ranging group of annuals, biennials and perennials, generally preferring sunny dry open ground. Easy from seed in ordinary soil. Start in March, germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Set out in May. Some are tall upright plants, others stemless, a few, trailers. The 'evening primroses' open in late afternoon with startling rapidity and attract nocturnal moths. The 'sun drops' open in the daytime. The flowers are often delicately perfumed. The perennials make nice clumps with age. They are variable and prone to mutation, and have been used in studies of evolution. The genus name is said to come from the Greek meaning 'wine-scenting' or 'wine-hunting', referring to the ancient use of the roots to flavor wine, or the more recent use of the roots of O. biennis eaten after meals with wine, as olives are today. They have a history of edible and medicinal use, and are the object of current research. The oil of the seed of O. Lamarckiana, biennis and others contains gamma-linolenic acid, (GLA) formerly found in substantial amounts only in human milk. GLA is involved in biosynthesis of prostaglandins, and there have been many claims for its effectiveness in treating a variety of ailments from obesity to hangover, high serum cholesterol, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis.
—Oenothera Lamarckiana. (1000) OENO-33. Packet: $1.50
Oz: $5.00, 1/4 lb: $10.00
'LARGE-FLOWERED EVENING PRIMROSE'. Large bright yellow 2 - 3" flowers with red sepals, in summer. Hardy biennial to 5 feet, with broad, crinkled leaves. Zone 3. A wonderful and variable species, of unknown origin. (=glazioviana and erythrosepala) Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Oenothera Lindheimeri: See Gaura Lindheimeri.
NEW—Oenothera longissima. (200) OENO-34. Packet: $2.50
'DESERT EVENING PRIMROSE'. Bright butter yellow 2 - 3" flowers fading to reddish, with long slender tubes. Biennial or perennial to 3 - 4 feet, with a rosette of 8" leaves. Southwestern deserts. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm.
—Oenothera sp. BK10511.4 (100) OENO-SK. Packet: $3.00
Deep fiery orange flowers all along the stalk. Perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with narrow leaves blushed purple. Collected at 13,000 feet in the Bolivian Andes by Ben Kamm. "One of the nicest primroses we've met "—Kamm. Does well in California. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks and up. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
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LEGUMINOSAE. Eurasian and African plants.
—Onbrychis viciifolia. (=sativa) (100) ONOB-25. Packet: $2.00
1/4 lb: $7.40, lb: $15.00
'SAINFOIN', 'HOLY CLOVER'. Pink 1/2" flowers with dark stripes, in 4" spikes. Hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with pinnate leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. Nitrogen-fixing and drought-resistant. Excellent bee plant, producing superior honey. As forage it protects ruminants against nematodes, increases protein utilization, and prevents bloat. Sow whole pods to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
CACTACEAE. Cacti ranging from British Columbia to the tip of South America. Most are 'prickly pears', with flat, oval pads, showy flowers, and red, yellow, or purple edible fruits. Fast growing and adaptable, some are hardy to 45°F below zero. Likes heat, sun, and good drainage. Seed often are helped by nicking, cold treatment, or fall sowing. Many germinate quickly with GA-3.
NEW—Opuntia Engelmannii. (50) OPUN-86. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'CACTUS APPLE', TEXAS PRICKLY PEAR'. Bright yellow 2 - 3" flowers in early summer, followed by abundant edible dark purple 2" fruits. Large 'blue-green foot-long pads. Quite hardy, this seed collected in Zone 7 Tennessee.
NEW—Opuntia imbricata. (25) OPUN-116. Packet: $2.50
'CHAIN LINK CACTUS', 'COYONOSTLI', 'VELAS DE COYOTE'. Slender 8" cylindrical joints with tubercles forming a diamond pattern ('chain link'). Small shrubby tree to 3 - 10 feet, with 3" wide flowers varying from purplish to reddish or yellow, followed by yellow 1 1/2" fruits. Colorado to México. Zone 5. Use GA-3 to germinate in 2 - 24 weeks.
—Opuntia macrorhiza. (50) OPUN-150. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $9.00, 1/4 lb: $30.00
Yellow 3" flowers with reddish or purplish centers. Pear-shaped 2 - 6" pads forming prostrate clumps 3 feet wide. South Dakota to Michigan to Texas and California. Zone 5 or 6. Forms potato-like tubers on the roots. Try GA-3 to germinate, hold pots.
—Opuntia Quimilo. (20) OPUN-196. Packet: $2.50
'QUIMILO'. Bright red 3" flowers followed by yellow-green 3" fruits. Small tree to 15 feet, with large grey-green pads with 6" spines. N. Argentina. Zone 9. Germinates over 5 months to 3 years or so. GA-3 may help.
NEW—Opuntia violacea 'Santa Rita'. (25) OPUN-312S. Packet: $2.50
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Beautiful round blue-green pads shaded violet, on a prickly pear to 2 - 5 feet tall. Deep yellow 2 - 3" flowers. Arizona. "One of the most ornamental of the Opuntias."—Britton and Rose. GA-3 helps germination.
CACTACEAE. Popular columnar Andean cacti with long hairs and showy flowers. Easy in well-drained soil. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks with GA-3. "No collection should be without them."—J. Borg.
NEW—Oreocereus giganteus. (25) OREC-9. Packet: $2.50
A thick, robust form of O. celsianus, with stout reddish spines and long woolly hairs. Columnar cactus to 9 feet or more, with red or pink 3" flowers. Bolivia. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
LABIATAE. Easily grown annual and perennial herbs popular for kitchen seasoning and ornament. Best in full sun and warm, dry, well-drained soil. Sow on the surface to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks or so. Seed viable 3 - 5 years. Classification a bit confused.
—Origanum heracleoticum. (50) ORIG-26. Packet: $2.50
'GREEK OREGANO'. Aromatic hardy perennial to 18". Called the best oregano for cooking, going well with tomato sauces. SE Europe. Easy in full sun and poor dry soil. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. GA-3 helps.
—Origanum Majorana. (1000) ORIG-30. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'SWEET MARJORAM'. Aromatic tender perennial to 2 feet. Tiny white or lilac flowers in summer. Zone 6. Much used in soups, stews, with meats, etc.
UMBELLIFERAE. Several Eurasian species.
—Orlaya grandiflora. (25) ORLA-10. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $20.00
'WHITE LACE'. Magnificent white umbels in summer, the individual flowers with large petals. Short-lived hardy perennial to 2 feet, with delicate feathery foliage. Europe. Zone 5. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks.
GRAMINEAE. Slender Western American perennial bunch grasses grown for ornament, forage and their edible seed. Fresh seed is dormant and does best with 4 weeks cold treatment or light scarification. Old seed gives the best germination. In nature, rodents help the plant by storing the seed, which has been scarified by their teeth. "It is advisable to store for at least one year before planting, and the seed can be stored safely for many years."—Wheeler and Hill, in 'Grassland Seeds'.
—Oryzopsis hymenoides. (500) ORYZ-11. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $15.00
'INDIAN RICEGRASS'. A native Californian bunch grass, forming dense tufts to 2 feet tall, the spikes bearing dark edible seed. W. U.S. Zone 3. The seed was gathered in large quantities and eaten by many tribes in the Western States, ground into flour and made into bread. A valuable livestock forage, over-grazing has seriously reduced native stands. Excellent food plant for arid regions.
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PAEONIACEAE. Hardy and long-lived perennials or shrubs from thick roots. The species come true from seed and are interesting to grow, blooming in about 3 years. Any soil, but dig deeply. Herbaceous kinds bloom best in cold climates. Sow spring to fall, root germinates in 1 - 8 months, top growth emerges the next spring. Year-old seed often germinates best. Always hold pot over at least one year in a moist shady spot. Seed viable 3 - 4 years, giving good germination.
—Paeonia Delavayi Hybrids. (5) PAEO-12H. Packet: $5.00
'MAROON TREE PEONY'. Large 3" flowers in shades from chestnut-brown and crimson, to orange and yellow, in May to July. Hardy shrub to 4 - 6 feet, with dark green divided leaves. W. China. Zone 5.
—Paeonia lactiflora. (10) PAEO-48. Packet: $2.50
BAI SHAO', 'CHINESE or GARDEN PEONY'. Fragrant white to pink or red 3 - 4" flowers in June. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with divided leaves. Siberia to China. Zone 5. Roots were eaten by north Asian nomads, and the seeds powdered and added to tea. Used in Chinese medicine. Root germinates in 2 - 6 months warm, then needs a cold period for the leaf to germinate.
—Paeonia lutea var. Ludlowii. (5) PAEO-52. Packet: $6.00 OUT OF STOCK
'TIBETAN PEONY'. Golden yellow 3 - 5" wide flowers in May and June. Hardy shrub to 6 - 9 feet, with attractive divided leaves. Tibet. Zone 6. Sow in summer or fall, or give 1 - 3 months warm, then cold.
—Paeonia ostii. (5) PAEO-66. Packet: $3.00
25 seed: $10.00, 100 seed: $20.00 (Shipping weight 1 oz), 1000 seed: $150.00 (Shipping weight 10 oz)
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'FENG DAN BAI'. Rare Chinese medicinal plant. Large white 5 - 7" (rarely 10") wide flowers are rarely pinkish, often fragrant, with 11 - 14 petals. Hardy tree peony to 5 feet, with lanceolate pinnate leaves. Gansu, Anhui, Shaanxi and Henan provinces of China, in bright shade in deciduous forests. Zone 4 - 8. Only described in 1992, this species is still very rare outside China, where it is sometimes cultivated for the medicinal roots, called mudanpi. Early blooming, and the buds are frost tolerant. Easy from seed - needs a warm period to form the root (3 - 8 weeks, or much longer), and then 4 - 8 weeks cold to break the leaf dormancy. Hold pots several years for all to germinate. A few will bloom the third year from seed, all will bloom by year 5 or 6. "This is a good, tough landscape plant!"—Adam Turtle.
We were very lucky to get this seed - it is quite rare in cultivation. Using 100 - 200ppm GA-3 can speed germination and break leaf dormancy without cold.
GRAMINEAE. A large genus of annual and perennial grasses ranging throughout the world, various kinds grown for ornament, grain, forage, and restoration. Easily grown, many kinds best grown from aged seed, the germination often doubling after 12 - 18 months storage, fresh seed being dormant. Alternating warm day and cool night temperatures are best for germination.
—Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion'. (200) PANI-10F. Packet: $2.50
Large airy plumes, good in flower bouquets, producing many stems per plant. Annual or perennial grass to 3 feet. Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers 'Dried Cut Flower of the Year' for 2010. In high demand in some areas. Aged seed germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
PAPAVER (PA-pa-ver or pa-PA-ver)
PAPAVERACEAE. Widely distributed annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs. Well-known garden favorites with brilliant showy flowers and attractive pods. Easily grown but many resent transplanting. Most like hot, sunny, well-drained spots. Sow on the surface, often germinating best at cool (50 - 60°F) temperatures. GA-3 improves many. Seed viable 3 - 25 years. It has been said that no other plants have eased so much human suffering, or caused so much, as the poppies. Most germinate in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Papaver alpinum Mixed. (200) PAPA-2X. Packet: $3.00
'ALPINE POPPY'. Fragrant 1 - 2" flowers in bright shades of yellow, rose, orange, and white. Very hardy tufted perennial to 10", with finely divided lacy foliage. Alps. Zone 5. Germinates in 2 weeks.
—Papaver atlanticum. (1000) PAPA-9. Packet: $2.50
'ATLAS POPPY'. Orange or scarlet 3" flowers; club-shaped pods. Hoary perennial to 2 feet, from a thick woody root. Mountains of Morocco, 6000 - 7000 feet. Zone 5. Rare. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks with light.
—Papaver dubium 'Greek Poppy'. (1000) PAPA-15G. Packet: $2.00
10 grams: $6.00, 100 gm: $40.00
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Stunning deep scarlet 2" flowers with black spots at the base of each petal. Very free flowering annual, excellent here in California. Brought from Greece by my father in his coat pocket. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Papaver orientale 'Formula Mix'. (1000) PAPA-30X. Packet: $2.50
A fine formula mixture. To 3 feet. Zone 3.
—Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'. (100) PAPA-30RW. Packet: $3.50
Large pure white flowers with black centers, on a hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet. Zone 3. Absolutely stunning and choice! Also called 'Black and White'.
—Papaver paeonyflorum 'Venus'. (1000) PAPA-32V. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50, 50 grams: $25.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
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Large double salmon-colored flowers with fringed, laciniated petals. Hardy annual. Nice. Germinates in a week.
NEW—Papaver paeonyflorum 'White Cloud'. (500) PAPA-32W. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $9.00, 50 grams: $25.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
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Large double white flowers with round petals, some semi-double, and a few single white. Hardy annual to 3 feet, with large ornamental pods. Nice! Germinates in a week.
—Papaver Rhoeas 'American Legion'. (10,000) PAPA-38A. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $18.00 This Unit Out Of Stock, Ounces and Packets Available
Single scarlet with black or white cross in the center. An old fashioned classic. Germinates in a week.
—Papaver Rhoeas 'Single Shirley Mixed'. (10,000) PAPA-38SX. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $18.00
Single flowered types in a range of colors. To 30".
—Papaver s. 'Black Swan'. (750) PAPA-43BLS. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 100 grams: $30.00
Fully double flowers with fringed petals, in deep purple with wine tinges. Nice! Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Papaver s. 'Danebrog'. (1000) PAPA-43DB. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 100 grams: $25.00
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'DANISH FLAG', 'DANISH CROSS'. This is the famous variety with large, single, pure brilliant scarlet 3 - 5" flowers with a pure white cross in the center, and with fringed-edged petals. Hardy annual to 2 1/2 - 5 feet. Absolutely one of the most stunning poppies, this is an antique variety over 100 years old. My favorite. Germinates in a week or two.
—Papaver s. 'The Giant'. (=Giganteum) (1000) PAPA-43G. Packet: $2.50
(about 2400 seed per gram)
10 grams: $10.00, 100 grams: $60.00, Kilo: $450.00
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Specially-selected florist strain, developed for the huge pods used in dried arrangements. Large salmon-pink flowers with large purple and white cross. Hardy annual. Germinates in a week or so.
—Papaver s. 'Hen and Chickens'. (1000) PAPA-43HC. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00 (about 9500 seed), 100 grams: $20.00, 250 grams: $40.00
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Odd pods with a large central pod surrounded at the base by several tiny pods, the 'mother hen and her chicks'. Unusual in dried arrangements. Produces a good percentage of the hen-and-chicks type pods, with some regular-type pods. Large salmon-red flowers with purple cross. Annual to 3 - 5 feet. Germinates in 1 week.
—Papaver s. 'Lauren's Grape'. (500) PAPA-43L. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $6.00, 5 g: $15.00, 50 grams: $125.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
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Large deep purple 4" flowers shading out to a lighter edge. Distinctive small round handsome pods. Hardy annual to 5 feet, with a large number of flowers per plant, and attractive, superior pods. Multiple flowers per plant - we've had over twenty on one plant. Seed needs a few weeks prechill, or sow in fall.
—Papaver s. 'Lilac Pompon'. (1000) PAPA-43LP. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 100 grams: $30.00
Large fully double flowers with fringed petals, in a nice lilac shade. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Papaver s. 'Long Pod'. (500). PAPA-43LC. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $10.00, 100 grams: $50.00
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Striking long pods about 3" long and an inch wide. Unusual and excellent for the dried floral market. May include some round forms. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Papaver s. 'Monet's Poppy'. (500) PAPA-43M. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $15.00
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Single pink-lavender flowers with a darker blotch. Sturdy plants to 4 feet tall, blooming in late June and early July. "I first collected seeds of this plant from the garbage pile at Monet's garden in Giverny, France in the late 1990s."—Aiello. Seed needs cold, prechill or sow in fall or very early spring.
—Papaver s. 'Pepperbox'. (1000) PAPA-43PB. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $6.00, 50 grams: $15.00, 250 grams: $30.00
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Handsome large pods which open when ripe to shed the seed, providing a dual crop, edible seed plus pods for the dried flower market. Large white flowers with light purple cross. Annual to 3 - 5 feet with bristly stems. Germinates in 1 week.
—Papaver s. 'Persian White'. (500) PAPA-43W. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $10.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
Pure white flowers on a small hardy annual to 2 - 3 feet or so. The white seeds are valued in Middle Eastern cooking for their mild flavor. Germinates in 1 week.
—Papaver s. 'Round Pod'. (500) PAPA-43RP. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $10.00, 100 grams: $50.00 This Unit OUT OF STOCK - Packets and 10 grams are available
Large round pods, about an inch wide, good for the dried floral market. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Papaver s. 'Single Lilac'. (1000) PAPA-43SL. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 50 grams: $12.00
Large single lilac flowers and medium-sized pods. Hardy annual to 30". Nice. Germinates in 1 week at cool temperatures.
PASSIFLORACEAE. Showy tropical tendril-climbing vines grown for the unusual flowers and often edible fruits. Good in the greenhouse. Best in a rich fibrous soil and given plenty of manure and water while growing. Warm temperatures and nicking the seed often helps germination. Often a day or so of 110 - 120°F may trigger germination.
NEW—Passiflora caerulea. (50) PASS-8. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $16.00
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'BLUE PASSIONFLOWER'. Showy 3 - 4" lightly fragrant flowers with blue corona and white or pinkish petals, blooming summer till frost, followed by yellow to orange 2 1/2" egg-shaped edible fruits. Vigorous climber with divided leaves. Brazil to Argentina. Root hardy to about Zone 6 or 7. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks warm, GA-3 helps.
—Passiflora edulis. (10) PASS-12. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $12.00, Oz: $45.00
'PURPLE GRANADILLA', 'PASSIONFRUIT'. Tender, vigorous climber to 30 feet. Flowers 2" across, white with a curly, white banded purple corona, produced all summer. Leaves deeply 3-lobed, glossy. Fruits deep purple, 3" long, with orange flesh. Brazil. Grown more for the delicious fruit than the flowers. Good in beverages, sherbet, etc., and is high in vitamin C. Zone 8. Fruits best with two vines. Germinates in 1 - 16 weeks depending on temperature.
—Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa. (25) PASS-12F. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $25.00, 1/4 lb: $75.00
'YELLOW GRANADILLA', 'YELLOW PASSIONFRUIT', 'LILIKOI'. Tender, vigorous climber to 30 feet. Flowers 2" across, white with a curly, white banded purple corona, produced all summer. Leaves deeply 3-lobed, glossy. Fruits yellow, 3" long, with orange flesh. Brazil. Grown more for the delicious fruit than the flowers. Good in beverages, sherbet, etc., and is high in vitamin C. Zone 8. Fruits best with two vines. Germinates in 1 - 16 weeks depending on temperature.
—Passiflora incarnata. (50) PASS-17. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50, Oz: $20.00
'MAYPOPS', 'WILD PASSIONFLOWER'. Cream or yellowish 2" flowers with purple or pink corona. Yellow 2" edible fruits. Hardy perennial vine with 3-lobed leaves. Virginia to the Tropics. Cultivated by the Indians. The hardiest species, to Zone 4 or 5 if given a heavy mulch. Medicinal. Irregular germination. Try 8 weeks cold treatment.
—Passiflora laurifolia. (50) PASS-20. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'YELLOW GRANADILLA', 'JAMAICA HONEYSUCKLE'. Extremely fragrant purple-red 2 - 3" flowers banded with blue, purple, and rose. Orange-yellow 3" fruits filled with sweet-tart fragrant pulp. Vigorous vine in 30 feet, with oval 4" leaves. Tropical America. Zone 8. Seeds used as a sedative. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
—Passiflora mollissima. (25) PASS-29. Packet: $3.00
5 grams: $16.00
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'PINK BANANA PASSIONFRUIT'. Rampant evergreen climber, with soft green, deeply 3-lobed foliage. Pendant, long-tubed, 3" wide pink or rose flowers up to 5" long. Yellow 3" edible fruits. Andes. Zone 8. Extremely fast growing, good for quick cover. Germinates in 3 - 12 weeks.
BIGNONIACEAE or SCROPHULARIACEAE. Ornamental Chinese deciduous trees somewhat resembling Catalpa, grown for their large, showy clusters of beautiful foxglove-like flowers. Best in deep loam in mild climates, will thrive and flower as far north as New York, and are root hardy to Montreal. Excellent shade trees. Very fast growing when young, and used as pulp, cabinet and firewood. Easy from seed. Sow on the surface as light helps. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks (up to 20 weeks). Seed gives high germination for more than 4 years.
—Paulownia tomentosa. (=imperialis) (1000) PAUL-4. Packet: $2.50
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'EMPRESS TREE', 'ROYAL PAULOWNIA'. Showy, fragrant, 2" long, pale violet-blue foxglove-like flowers striped yellow and spotted inside, in large upright pyramidal clusters to 10" long in April and May, before the leaves have fully emerged. Top-shaped pods. Large, tropical-looking velvety foot-long leaves. Fast growing to 30 - 70 feet. China. Zone 5. The wood is used for cabinetry, fenceposts and houses in China, where the flowers are fed to swine to fatten them, and the tree has many medicinal uses, and the leaves are used to wash hair to restore its color and thickness. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks, best with light.