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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: $2.00
Oz: $8.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE
'LIME BASIL'. Has a zesty lime flavor.
—Ocimum Basilicum Cinnamon. (1000) OCIM-1C. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $9.00, 1/4 lb: $27.00
'CINNAMON BASIL'. Spicy aroma, purple flowers, to 30". A fine variety. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
NEW—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. (a!,h) OCIM-1S. Packet: $1.50
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $9.00
The most popular and widely grown variety. Sweet and aromatic 2 - 3" leaves. To 1 - 2 feet tall.
NEW—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 gratissimum (=urticifolium) (b,h) OCIM-3. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $19.00
'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 kilimandscharicum. (250) OCIM-14. Packet: $2.50
'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 kilimandscharicum cultivation in Kenya.
—Ocimum sanctum. (a!,h) OCIM-24. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Oz: $8.00
'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. Organically grown.
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 Berlandieri. (a!,h) OENO-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $12.00
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'MEXICAN EVENING PRIMROSE'. Rose-pink 2" flowers on slender stems. Pretty annual or perennial to 6", Texas and México. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Oenothera biennis. (a!,h) OENO-7. Packet: $2.50
1/2 Oz: $9.00
'EVENING PRIMROSE'. Sweet-scented lemon yellow 1 - 2" flowers open in the evening. Hardy biennial or annual to 3 - 6 feet, with large rosettes of lance-shaped basal leaves. E. N. America. Zone 3. The thick roots are edible, with a sweet, parsnip/salsify flavor, harvested at the end of the first season. Young leaves and shoots eaten as a potherb, the flowers added to salads, the young pods eaten, and the seed oil is rich in GLA. Surface sow, to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Oenothera Lamarckiana. (a!,h) 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.
—Oenothera pallida. (a,h) OENO-45. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $9.00, 1/4 lb: $28.00
'WHITE EVENING PRIMROSE'. Large, white, fragrant 1 1/2" flowers in the afternoon. Hardy perennial to 14" with narrow leaves. California to the Rockies. Zone 4. Drought resistant summer bloom. Germinates in a week.
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OLEACEAE. Handsome evergreen trees and shrubs grown for food, ornament and medicine in mild climates. Seed viable several years at room temperatures.
—Olea europaea. (e,f-g) OLEA-5. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Oz: $7.50, 1/4 lb: $20.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
'OLIVE'. Broad-crowned tree to 10 - 60 feet, with narrow, dark green leaves, silvery beneath, and numerous fragrant creamy flowers followed by purple-black fruits. Mediterranean. Zone 8. Extensively grown for olives and olive oil wherever the minimum temperature is 15°F. Bears 3 - 5 years from seed. Clip pointed end of seed or sow in fall. Germinates in 5 - 20 weeks. Sow in sandy soil.
ARALIACEAE. Deciduous shrubs.
—Oplopanax horridum (=Echinopanax horridum). OPLO-11. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $15.00 NEW PRICE
Seed Perishable, Stored moist and refrigerated.
DEVIL'S CLUB'. White flowers in umbels followed by scarlet fruits. Stout shrub with striking palmate leaves. Alaska to California. Hardy to 20°F below zero or more. Valuable medicinal roots.
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 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. (c,v) OPUN-150. Packet: $2.00
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.
NEW—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.
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 Hendricksenianus var. gracilior. (25) OREC-11G. Packet: $2.50
Carmine-red 3" flowers. Small columnar cactus to 3 feet, completely covered with long silky hairs and 2" spines. S. Peru. Zone 8. Fast growing and stands cold and wet. GA-3 helps, germinates in 2- 3 weeks.
NEW—Oreocereus magnificus. (25) OREC-16. Packet: $2.50
Red flowers on a columnar cactus with striking long silky hairs and thick orange spines. Peru. Zone 8. Stands cold and wet.
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. (c,h) 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
5 grams: $15.00
'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. (a,v) 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.
ROSACEAE. A single species.
NEW—Osmaronia cerasiformis (=Oemleria cerasiformis). (30) OSMR-2. Packet: $2.50
'OSO BERRY', 'OREGON PLUM'. Fragrant white 1/3" flowers followed by blue-black 1/2" berries, edible when fully ripe. Shrub to 15 feet, with light green foliage. W. N. America. Zone 6. Best in the shade. Sow in fall or prechill 2 - 4 months.
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CACTACEAE. Huge columnar cacti, often surpassing the famous 'Saguaro' in size. Likes average soil and plenty of water in hot weather. Germinates best with GA-3.
NEW—Pachycereus marginatus. (25) PACH-16. Packet: $2.50
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'ORGAN PIPE', 'ORGANO'. Branching columnar cactus to 25 feet, with 5 - 7 ribs and short spines. Red to pink 2" flowers. México. Often planted as a living fence. Zone 9. "A beautiful and fast-growing species."—Borg. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Pachycereus Pringlei. (b,l) PACH-23. Packet: $2.00 OUT OF STOCK
1000 seed: $24.00 OUT OF STOCK
'CARDON'. The largest cactus, reaching 70 feet tall and 5 feet thick, with 11 - 17 ribs, and dense spines to 5" long. White 3 1/2" flowers followed by edible fruits. Baja California. Zone 9. The fruits and seeds were eaten by the Indians, and the stems are alleged to have been used in a sacred drink. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
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,h) 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
'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.
—Paeonia suffruticosa. (10) PAEO-76. Packet: $2.50
'MOUTAN', 'TREE PEONY'. Rose-pink to white 6" wide flowers with a dark patch at the petal bases. Hardy shrub to 7 feet, with bipinnate foliage, blooming in May. Tibet and China. Zone 5. Cultivated since 700 AD, it became a rage in China in the 800s. Many varieties exist. Root germinates in 1 - 8 months, then needs cold or GA-3 to trigger leaves. Perhaps best sown in July or August. Year-old seed germinates best.
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.
NEW—Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion'. (200) PANI-1F. Packet: $3.00
Gram: $10.00 (1250 seed)
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.
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 Argemone. PAPA-8. Packet: $2.50
'PRICKLY POPPY'. Dainty scarlet 1 - 2" flowers in summer, with black spots at the petal bases, followed by prickly 3/4" long pods. Hardy annual to 1 1/2 feet, with ferny leaves. Mediterranean.
—Papaver atlanticum. 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.
—Papaver dubium 'Greek Poppy', (a!,h) PAPA-15G. Packet: $2.00
10 grams: $10.00
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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 Beauty of Livermere. (=P. bracteatum) (b,h) PAPA-30L. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50, 5 grams: $18.00
Large, deep glowing crimson-red flowers. To 3 feet. Zone 3. Said to be a good choice for thebaine production.
—Papaver orientale Formula Mix. (a!,h) PAPA-30X. Packet: $2.50
A fine formula mixture. To 3 feet. Zone 3.
—Papaver orientale Royal Wedding. (b,h) 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 Black Peony. (a!,h) PAPA-32BP. Packet: $2.50
Large fully double flowers in the darkest purple-maroon, and an occasional beautiful single. Hardy annual to 3 feet. Germinates in 1 week.
—Papaver paeonyflorum Venus. (a!,h) PAPA-32V. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $9.00
Large double salmon-colored flowers with fringed, laciniated petals. Hardy annual. Nice. Germinates in a week.
—Papaver paeonyflorum White Cloud. (a,g) PAPA-32W. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $9.00, 50 grams: $25.00
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. (a!!,h) PAPA-38A. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $18.00
Single scarlet with black or white cross in the center. An old fashioned classic. Germinates in a week.
—Papaver Rhoeas Single Shirley Mixed. (a!!,h) PAPA-38SX. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $18.00
Single flowered types in a range of colors. To 30".
—Papaver Rhoeas Wild Type. (a!,h) PAPA-38. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
10 grams: $10.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
'CORN POPPY'. Striking deep cinnabar-red 2" flowers with a black blotch at the base of each petal. Hardy annual to 3 feet, with pinnately divided leaves. Eurasia. The original form of an important species with over 30 botanical varieties and innumerable horticultural forms. The seeds are used on cakes like ordinary poppyseeds, but have their own flavor. A fine oil is expressed from them, being valued like olive oil. The petals were made into a deep red syrup, used to color soups and other foods.
—Papaver s. Danebrog. (a!,h) PAPA-43DB. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $6.00, 10 grams: $9.00, 25 grams: $18.00
'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. Florist Pod. (a!,h) PAPA-43FP. Packet: $2.50
Produces the large urn-shaped pods seen in florist's dried arrangements. Selected for extra long, non-bristly stems above the top leaf. Large white flowers with light purple cross in the center. Hardy annual to 3 - 5 feet.
—Papaver s. The Giant (=Giganteum). (a!,h) PAPA-43G. Packet: $2.50
(about 2400 seed per gram)
10 grams: $13.00, 25 grams: $26.00, 100 grams: $64.00
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Specially-selected florist strain, developed for the huge pods used in dried arrangements. Large salmon-pink flowers with large purple cross. Hardy annual. Germinates in 1 week.
—Papaver s. Hen and Chickens (a!,h) PAPA-43HC. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $6.00 (about 9500 seed), 10 grams: $9.00, 25 grams: $18.00, 100 grams: $36.00
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.
NEW—Papaver s. 'Lauren's Grape'. (500) PAPA-43L. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50, 5 g: $25.00
Large deep purple 4" flowers shading out to a lighter edge. Distinctive small round handsome pods. Hardy annual to 3 - 5 feet. Multiple flowers per plant - up to nine. Seed needs a few weeks prechill, or sow in fall.
—Papaver s. Pepperbox. (a!,h) PAPA-43PB. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 25 grams: $10.00, 100 grams: $20.00
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. Single Lilac. (a!,h) PAPA-43SL. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 25 grams: $10.00, 100 grams: $20.00
Large single lilac flowers and medium-sized pods. Hardy annual to 30". Nice. Germinates in 1 week at cool temperatures.
LILIACEAE. Two lily-like species from Europe.
—Paradisea lusitanica. (d,v) PARA-8. Packet: $2.50
White 3/4" lily-like flowers in May and June. Robust hardy perennial to 2 - 5 feet, with strap-like 3/4" wide leaves. Thick roots. Portugal. Zone 7.
PARIS: See Reserved Access page.
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.
—Passiflora caerulea. (25) PASS-8. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
5 grams: $20.00 , 10 grams: $35.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
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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, cold, or GA-3 helps.
—edulis. (d,h) PASS-12. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50, Oz: $25.00
'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.
NEW—Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa. 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: $15.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE
'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.
NEW—Passiflora mollissima. (25) PASS-29. Packet: $3.00
5 grams: $16.00
'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). (a!,h) 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.