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2018 SEEDLIST - Pi - Pz
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PINACEAE. Attractive N. Hemisphere, conifers with pendulous cones. Grown for ornament or timber. Most soils and zones, and easy from seed.
—Picea likiangensis. (100) PICA-26. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $12.00
'LIJIANG SPRUCE'. Tree to 100 feet, with green to blue-green 1/2" needles. Grey scaly bark and 3" cones that may be reddish or purple when young. SW China and Tibet. Zone 7. "In April and May when loaded with its male flowers and brilliant red young cones it is spectacularly beautiful."—Hilliers. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
UMBELLIFERAE. Herbs with white or yellow flowers in umbels, and feathery leaves. Best sown directly to not-too-rich soil. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
NEW—Pimpinella Anisum. (1000) PIM-1. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
'ANISE'. White flowers. A dainty annual to 1 1/2 - 2 feet, with feathery bright green leaves. Greece to Egypt. Grown for the popular seeds used as a condiment for bread, pastries and cheese, to flavor liqueurs, and medicinally. Known to the ancient Greeks, it is mentioned by Dioscorides, Theophrastus, and Pliny. The leaves may be used in salads. Medicinally the seeds and oil are used as estrogenic agents to promote milk secretion, regulate and promote menstruation, ease birth, and allay symptoms of menopause. A number of synthetic estrogens were originally modeled after the estrogenic compounds found in the oil. Anise still has merit in that it is non-carcinogenic, has low toxicity, and is gentle in action. Not to mention you don't need a prescription, and it is low cost. See: 'Fennel and Anise as Estrogenic Agents'. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1980) Vol. 2, pages 337 - 344.
ARACEAE. Ornamental E. Asian summer-growing arums. Best in moist part shade.
—Pinellia pedatisecta. (20) PINE-19. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $5.00, 5 grams: $10.00
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Small light green 7" hoods in summer, with a long, wiry tail that curves down then up 6". Divided 6" leaves. Hardy perennial to 18". N. and W. China. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
PINUS (PEE-nus or PYE-nus)
PINACEAE. North Hemisphere evergreen conifers. The pines are popular and widely adapted. Valuable for timber, ornament, fuelwood, rosin, turpentine, and edible seeds. Best in well-drained soil.
—Pinus aristata. (25) PINU-2. Packet: $2.50
'BRISTLECONE PINE'. Small tree to 10 - 50 feet with stark green 1 1/2" needles and 3 1/2" cones. SW U.S. Zone 3. Slow growing and long lived, up to 2000 years. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks, no prechill.
—Pinus attenuata. (25) PINU-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.50, Ounce: $22.00
Branch with cones: http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0602+0342
'KNOB-CONE PINE'. Small tree to 6 - 40, even 80 feet, with slender light green 3 - 7" needles and 6" cones. Oregon and California. Zone 6. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks with no prechill.
—Pinus Ayacahuite. (15) PINU-8. Packet: $3.00
'MEXICAN WHITE PINE', 'OCOTE BLANCO'. Tree to 100 feet, with bluish green 4 - 8" needles and 8 - 15" cones. Trunk to 5 feet thick. Mts. of México and Guatemala. Zone 7. Seeds eaten in México. Germinates in 3 - 6 weeks.
—Pinus Bungeana. (10) PINU-10. Packet: $2.50
'LACE-BARK PINE'. Bright green 3" needles in threes, and 2 1/2" yellow-brown cones. Picturesque spreading tree, often multi-trunked, to 75 feet or more. Striking whitish flaking bark. NW China. Tolerates heat and cold, to Zone 5, but may be bushy in severe climates. The pea-sized seed are edible. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks.
—Pinus Cembra v. sibirica. (20) PINU-138. Packet: $2.50
Nice photos on a Czech site: http://botany.cz/cs/pinus-cembra-sibirica/
'SIBERIAN PINE'. Extremely hardy form of the stone pine, to Zone 1. Cones slightly larger. Seeds edible, containing up to 64% oil, pressed for cooking. Tea of the young needles is vitamin-rich. Give seed a prolonged prechill and hold pots several years.
—Pinus clausa 'Choctawhatchee'. (25) PINU-14. Packet: $2.50
'CHOCTAWHATCHEE SAND PINE'. Needles are dark green, 3" long, and 3" cones. Small tree to 30 feet. Sandy soil, Florida. Zone 7. Has been grown as far north as Tennessee. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Pinus Coulteri. (25) PINU-17. Packet: $3.50
1/4 Pound: $30.00
'BIG-CONE PINE', 'PITCH PINE'. Deep green needles in threes, up to 6 - 14" long. Large 10 - 14" cones with large edible seeds. Much eaten by the Indians. Tree to 40 - 80 feet, with dark, almost black bark. Moderately fast growth. S. Calif. Hardy to Zone 7. Good in desert areas, stands heat and drought. Germinates in 6 - 16 weeks warm.
—Pinus densata. (50) PINU-15. Packet: $2.50
'SIKANG PINE', 'GAO SHAN SONG'. Dark green 6" needles and chocolate-brown 3" cones. Tree to 100 feet, with thick bark. SW China. Zone 6. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.
—Pinus densiflora. (50) PINU-19. Packet: $2.50
'JAPANESE RED PINE'. Broad-crowned tree to 70 - 120 feet, with bright bluish-green 3 - 5" needles and tawny 2" cones. Japan. Fast growing, often multi-trunked tree, hardy to –20°F. Dislikes hot, dry climates. Used as flavoring in Korea. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks, and 3 weeks prechill may help.
—Pinus devoniana. (20) PINU-18. Packet: $3.00
'MICHOACAN PINE', 'PINO PRIETO'. Tall tree to over 100 feet, with 1 3/4" needles and 6 - 12" cones. México to Guatemala. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks, may be improved by a 2 week prechill.
—Pinus durangensis. (10) PINU-16. Packet: $2.50
Info and photos: http://www.conifers.org/pi/Pinus_durangensis.php
'DURANGO PINE'. Dark green 6 - 10" needles and 3" cones. Tree to 130 feet, with grey-brown bark. Mts. of W. México. Zone 8. The only pine with needles in sixes. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Pinus edulis. (25) PINU-20. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $20.00
'PINYON PINE'. Dense, dark green inch-long needles in pairs. Slow growing shrub or round topped tree to 10 - 20 feet, with 2" cones. Southernmost Wyoming to Arizona. Hardy to Massachusetts (Zone 5). The large, oily, protein-rich piñons are an important food for Indians, and are second only to the pecan as a commercial wild nut. Bears in 25 years. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks. Soaking or cold may help.
—Pinus flexilis. (10) PINU-22. Packet: $2.50
'LIMBER PINE'. Dark green 3" needles and 6" cones. Tree to 20 - 80 feet. W. U.S. Quite hardy. The large seeds are eaten. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm, but a prechill helps some lots.
—Pinus koraiensis. (10) PINU-31. Packet: $2.50
'KOREAN PINE'. Round-headed tree to 90 - 150 feet. with dark green 4" needles and 6" cones. SE Siberia to Japan. Zone 3. Hardy and slow growing. Edible seeds and pollen, and the needles used as flavoring. Give 8 - 12 weeks cold to germinate in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Pinus Lambertiana. (15) PINU-32. Packet: $2.50
'SUGAR PINE'. The tallest pine, to 220 feet, with 2 - 4" needles and 8 - 24" long cones, the largest in the genus. Oregon to Baja. Zone 7. The large seeds are eaten, and it exudes a sweet sap. Give 2 - 3 month prechill 10 germinate in a month.
—Pinus leiophylla. (50) PINU-34. Packet: $2.50
'CHIHUAHUAN PINE', 'OCOTE CHINO'. To 100 feet, with 4 - 6" grey-green needles and 3" cones. Arizona to México. Zone 7. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Pinus Montezumae. (25) PINU-42. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'MONTEZUMA PINE', 'OCOTE MACHO'. To 100 feet, with attractive drooping 4 - 18" needles and 3 - 10" cones. México to Guatemala. Zone 9. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.
—Pinus Mugo Mughus. (25) PINU-44. Packet: $3.00
'DWARF SWISS MOUNTAIN PINE'. Low shrub to 4 feet, with crowded 2" needles and 2" cones. Alps. Zone 3. Very ornamental. Produces Hungarian terebinth. Germinates in 2 - 24 weeks warm.
—Pinus oocarpa. (10) PINU-50. Packet: $2.50
'OCOTE CHINO'. Stiff, sea-green 12" needles and 3" cones. Tree to 80 feet, México to Honduras. Zone 9. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Pinus palustris. (15) PINU-52. Packet: $3.00
'LONG-LEAF PINE', 'PITCH PINE'. To 100 feet, with dark green needles to 18" long on young trees, 9" on mature trees. Cones to 10". SE U.S. Zone 7 or 8. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
NEW—Pinus parviflora. (10) PINU-54. Packet: $3.00
'JAPANESE WHITE PINE'. Bluish green 2" needles and 3" red-brown cones. Slow-growing tree to 50 feet, with round crown. Japan. Zone 4 or 5. Prized for bonsai. Prechill seed 3 months.
—Pinus Pinea. (10) PINU-62. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Pound: $12.00
'ITALIAN STONE PINE', 'UMBRELLA PINE'. Round-topped tree to 40 - 80 feet, with stiff, bright to grey green 8" needles, and 4" cones. Mediterranean. Cultivated for the large, sweet, edible nuts. Considered sacred to Poseidon by the ancient Greeks. Zone 8. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm. Some lots are sensitive to warm temperatures and need cool temperatures to germinate.
—Pinus Roxburghii. (=longifolia) (25) PINU-72. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: 5.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
'CHIR' or 'EMODI PINE'. Beautiful Himalayan pine to 80 feet, with long, drooping, light green 12" needles and 7" cones. Zone 6. The seeds are eaten in India. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks with no prechill needed.
—Pinus tabulaeformis. (50) PINU-77. Packet: $2.50
Photo of needles and cones: http://www.plantphoto.cn/tu.aspx?id=28060
'CHINESE RED PINE'. To 80 feet, with 4-6" needles and 3" cones. Northern China. Zone 4 or 5. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
—Pinus taiwanensis. (50) PINU-79. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $14.00
'TAIWAN PINE'. To 100 feet or more, with 4 1/2" needles and 2" cones. Endemic to the mountains of Taiwan. Zone 8. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Pinus tecunumanii. (50) PINU-80. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $14.00
'PINABETE', 'PINO OCOTE'. To 180 feet, with 6 - 11" needles and long-stalked 2 - 4" cones. SE México. Zone 8. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
—Pinus Teocote. (50) PINU-81. Packet: $3.00
'TEOCOTE', means 'pine of the gods' and only Aztec nobles were allowed to burn it for incense. To 100 feet, with 4 - 7" needles and 2 - 3" cones. Mts. of México. Zone 8. Nice red-orange bark when young. Produces a medicinal turpentine. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks, helped by a few weeks prechill.
—Pinus Torreyana. (10) PINU-97. Packet: $4.00
'TORREY PINE'. Small round-headed tree to 60 feet, often gnarled in the wild. Stiff dark green 8 - 12" needles and round 6" cones. Rare endemic, only a few thousand trees occur in a small spot on the San Diego coast and on Santa Rosa Island. Large edible seeds. Zone 7. Germinates in 4 - 6 weeks and a 4 week prechill often helps.
—Pinus Wallichiana. (50) PINU-107. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: 10.00, 1/4 Pound: $30.00
'BHUTAN PINE', 'BLUE PINE'. Tall conical tree to 150 feet, with drooping 8" blue-green needles in 5s. Long, cylindrical 6 - 12" cones. Himalayas. Zone 6. Give seed 4 weeks prechill.
CAMPANULACEAE. 'BALLOON FLOWER'. A single species. A showy hardy perennial thriving in well drained sandy loam. Easy from seed; blooms the second year. The flower buds are inflated and balloon-like before they open. Allow stems to die back in fall. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures. Do not cover seed. The young leaves are used in salads in Japan. Native to eastern Asia.
—Platycodon grandiflorus 'Florist Blue'. (100) PLTY-1B. Packet: $2.50
'BLUE BALLOON FLOWER' Large blue 3" flowers. Showy perennial to 2 feet. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fuji Pink'. (100) PLTY-1FP. Packet: $2.50
'FLORIST PINK'. Large pink 3" flowers. Showy perennial to 20". Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LABIATAE. Tropical Asian herbs for fragrance.
—Pogostemon cablin. (300) POGO-6. Packet: $3.00
1/4 gram: $18.00, Gram: $50.00
'TRUE PATCHOULI'. Tropical shrublet to 2 - 3 feet with very fragrant mauve flowers in 1 - 3" spikes, and 2 - 4" leaves. East Indies. Zone 9b or 10. The main source of patchouli oil. Used for fragrance, medicinally, and seasoning. Smells like a VW bus full of hippies. Best in warm places with part shade. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks. Aged seed best, and light and GA-3 helps.
Info and photos link: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53931/
—Pogostemon heyneanus. (200) POGO-11. Packet: $3.00
1/4 gram: $12.00, Gram: $35.00
'INDIAN PATCHOULI'. Small purple flowers in spikes on a shrubby tropical perennial to 5 - 6 feet, with highly fragrant leaves. Tropical Asia. Zone 10. Prefers full to part shade, good houseplant. One of the sources of patchouli oil. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy warm-region small broad-crowned trees and shrubs with feathery pinnate foliage and spectacular flowers. Fast growing heat lovers, best in well-drained soil. Drought-resistant thriving in hot sun and warm regions, north to Oregon. Easy in pots in the greenhouse. Easy from seed, grow like Caesalpinia, which see.
—Poinciana Gilliesii. (=Caesalpinia Gilliesii) (10) POIN-2. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $20.00
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'BIRD of PARADISE BUSH'. Striking flowers with 3 - 5" long bright red stamens from 5-petaled yellow flowers in dense clusters. Blooms all summer. Shrub or small tree with feathery foliage. South America. Fast growing to 10 to 20 feet or so. An excellent ornamental, good in desert areas and the South, but grown as far north as Oregon. Zone 8. Easy in pots in the greenhouse in the North, and said to be possible as an annual if started early. The stamens have been used as a saffron substitute. "A very showy and worthy plant."—L. H. Bailey. Nick seed, germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Poinciana pulcherrima. (=Caesalpinia pulcherrima) (10) POIN-4. Packet: $2.50
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'PRIDE OF BARBADOS', 'DWARF POINCIANA', 'FLOWER FENCE'. Striking flowers with red crinkled petals edged yellow, and bright 2 1/2" red stamens. Dense shrub to 10 feet with delicate dark green feathery foliage. West Indies. Zone 9. Fast growing, good hedge or screen in warm regions, blooming throughout warm weather. Stands some frost. Sacred in India. The seed and pods yield tannin and dye, and the orange colored wood is carbonized for ink in India. Leaves used as a fish poison in Guatemala. All parts have medicinal uses, and extracts have shown antiviral effects. Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Poinciana regia: See Delonix regia.
POLEMONIACEAE. Mostly easily grown perennials for the border. Blue, yellow or purplish flowers. Best from fall-sown seed in rich loam. Common kinds germinate in 1 - 4 weeks at warm.
—Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain Strain'. (50) POLE-28P. Packet: $2.50
Large violet inch-wide flowers in June and July. Hardy perennial to 20", with pinnate leaves. Japan. Zone 4. Until early summer the whole plant is reddish-purple, making a nice display. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks or so.
POLYPODIACEAE. Mostly temperate zone woodland ferns grown for ornament. Easily grown. Prefers limestone and leafmold. See Fern Spores for germination.
—Polystichum munitum. (10,000) POLYS-12. Packet: $2.50
'GIANT HOLLY FERN', 'WESTERN SWORD FERN'. Large, deep green, pinnate, leathery evergreen fronds to 10" wide, in large clumps to 3 to 5 feet tall. Striking and hardy, living to great age. Alaska to California. The thick roots were peeled and roasted in embers or cooked like potatoes with salmon eggs by Northwest Indians. Said to have a banana-like flavor. I've got to try it someday! Spores germinate in 2 weeks, prothallia form in the next few weeks or so.
RUTACEAE. A single species of hardy citrus.
—Poncirus trifoliata. (20) PONC-4. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $6.00, Pound: $40.00
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
'TRIFOLIATE ORANGE.' Large white fragrant 2" flowers before the leaves, followed by very fragrant 2" fruits. Deciduous small tree to 15 feet, hardy to Chicago. Zone 5. Makes a nice, deer-proof 'living barbed wire fence' planted 2 feet apart. Fruits make a nice juice, best if squeezed a few weeks after picking. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, best in the dark, cover seed well.
Photo and information links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14734210 "Poncirus trifoliata fruit induces apoptosis in human promyelocytic leukemia cells." Poncirus fruit is used against cancer in Korea, and here is research showing it has activity against leukemia.
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Poncirus+trifoliata A good overview of uses of Poncirus.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874196014511 "Anti-anaphylactic activity of Poncirus trifoliata fruit extract." The extract prevented anaphylactic shock in rats.
—Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'. (20) PONC-4F. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $8.00, Pound: $80.00
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
'FLYING DRAGON TRIFOLIATE ORANGE.' Striking variety with curly stems and hooked thorns, making a stunning display when leafless in winter. Large white fragrant 2" flowers before the leaves, followed by very fragrant 2" fruits ("Dragon's Eggs"). Deciduous small tree to 8 feet (smaller than the type, so easier to keep trimmed), hardy to Chicago. Zone 5. Makes a nice, deer-proof 'living barbed wire fence' planted 2 feet apart, and because the thorns are curved, they are not a hazard to tractor tires if branches get left on the ground after trimming. Fruits make a nice juice, best if squeezed a few weeks after picking. Comes 95% true from seed. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, best in the dark, cover seed well.
Photo and information links:
http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/poncirus-trifoliata-or-flying-dragon.html Great photos!
For wholesale mail-order bare-root one-year old seedlings for planting hedges (about 6" tall, with 6" roots, $2.00 each in lots of 50 or more, plus postage), contact Adam Turtle of Earth Advocates Research Farm, 30 Myers Road, Summertown, TN 38483-7323, Phone 1-931-964-4151 (7AM to 5PM Central Time).
Dragon's Egg Pie by Sue Turtle
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk.
1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh squeezed juice from the Dragon's Egg (the fruit of Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' - takes about 10 - 15 fruit).
4 egg yolks.
Whip/blend (I use the blender) the yolks, then add the milk. Add the juice until just mixed.
Pour into a 9" graham cracker crumb crust. Chill for several hours or overnight before serving.
(This pie can be made with key limes if one wishes, but the fruit of Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' makes the best pie.)
5 egg yolks (beat 3-5 minutes until thickened (I use the blender).
Slowly add in one 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk.
Then add in 3/4 cup fresh Flying Dragon fruit juice and whir just to blend.
In a separate bowl beat 3 of the egg whites until they form soft peaks and waver gently on the beater (DO NOT OVER-BEAT) Whites should be firm but not stiff. Fold the white gently and thoroughly into the other mixture.
Spoon at once into a graham cracker crumb crust shell (can be precooked or not but if pre-cooked - allow to cool).
Bake 20 minutes at 325° for about 20 minutes (in the center of the oven).
If you like you can cover with Meringue topping using the 2 remaining egg whites.
Beat 2 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar until foamy.
Beat in 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
Continue beating until stiff and glossy.
DO NOT UNDER-BEAT.
Beat in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.
Heap onto the hot pie filling and spread over filling - carefully sealing to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping.
Bake at 400° for 10 minutes until delicately brown.
Cool away from draft.
COMPOSITAE. From the warm Americas.
—Porophyllum ruderale. (100) PORO-21. Packet: $2.50
Photos and info: http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/3167/porophyllum-ruderale-yerba-porosa/
'PAPALO QUELITE', 'SUMMER CILANTRO'. Annual to 4 feet, with oval roundish leaves and small flowers. México to S. America. Zone 9 or 10. Distinctive cilantro-like flavor, but more citrusy. Added to salads, tacos, guacamole, and salsas. Does well when too hot for cilantro. Full or part sun. Year old seed germinates in 1 - 2 weeks, fresh seed needs GA-3.
PORTULACEAE. 'MOSS ROSE'. Somewhat succulent low-growing herbs grown for their brilliant flowers or as potherbs. Sun lovers, preferring poor, dry, light soils and only a little water, providing a showy, dense carpet of color in hot areas where other flowers would soon perish. Try several to a 6" pot. Sow in March at 65 - 75°F, or outdoors in April. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Seed viable 3 - 10 years, and some up to 45 years.
—Portulaca grandiflora 'Single Mix'. (1000) PORT-1S. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $5.00, 5 grams: $12.00, 25 grams: $50.00
Large single flowers in a range of colors. This is the old-fashioned type not often seen nowadays.
ROSACEAE. A very large genus of mostly hardy perennials. Yellow, red, or white flowers, and divided leaves. Good in the border or wild garden. Sow in fall or early spring. February in a cold frame. Most germinate in 1 - 4 weeks, some up to 8 weeks. Most kinds bloom the second year. Name means 'powerful', referring to the medicinal properties. Need little care.
—Potentilla nepalensis 'Helen Jane'. (250) POTL-88H. Packet: $2.50
Abundant brilliant pink inch-wide flowers with red eyes, in summer. Compact hardy perennial to 1 foot, with palmate leaves. Himalayas. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Potentilla Thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet'. (100) POTL-120M. Packet: $2.50
Deep velvety red 1/2 - 3/4" flowers with dark centers, in June to August. Hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with divided leaves. New Mexico to California. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
PRIMULACEAE. 'PRIMROSE'. A large genus of mostly cool-region hardy and half hardy perennials grown for their beautiful, showy winter and spring bloom. Popular for pot plants, bedding, in the rock garden, greenhouse and border. Most like deep, moist, well-drained soil and part shade. Mulch to keep soil cool. Sow seed in late fall or early spring; several weeks to months cold is beneficial to most hardy kinds. Most need light, sow on the surface and keep cool, best under 65°F. They may be irregular in germinating, taking from 2 - 10 weeks or more; usually 20 - 40 days. Seed viable 1 - 5 years.
—Primula X elatior 'Victoriana Laced'. (50) PRIM-44V. Packet: $4.00
'LACED POLYANTHUS'. A wonderful mix of red, purple, and brownish-black shades, each petal edged with a gold or silvery margin, and with a golden center. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks warm.
—Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson'. (100) PRIM-85M. Packet: $2.50
Deep intense red 1 - 1 1/2" flowers in tiered clusters to 1 1/2 - 2 feet, May to July. Hardy perennial with grey-green rosettes of 8 - 12" leaves. Japan. Zone 5. Give seed 250ppm GA-3 or prechill 8 weeks.
—Primula macrocalyx. (100) PRIM-100. Packet: $2.50
Large yellow to orange 1 1/4" fragrant flowers in clusters to 15" tall. Hardy perennial. Central Asia. Zone 4. "Like P. veris on steroids. More robust in all its parts."—Bertrand. Give seed GA-3 to germinate in 4 - 6 weeks.
—Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'. (50) PRIM-165S. Packet: $3.00
Flowers in shades of red, orange, ochre, and yellow, from March to May. Hardy perennial to 10". Zone 4.
LABIATAE. Showy-flowered low growing perennials from north temperate regions. Easily grown long blooming, attracts pollinators and good groundcover.
—Prunella grandiflora 'Pagoda Mix'. (200) PRUL-10P. Packet: $2.50
'BIGFLOWER SELFHEAL'. Various shades of purple-blue, white and rose inch-long flowers in June and July. Hardy perennial to 4 - 8". Europe. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Prunella vulgaris. (100) PRUL-25. Packet: $2.50
'SELF-HEAL', 'HEAL-ALL'. Violet-blue 1/2" flowers in short, dense spikes, in May to October. Hardy perennial to 4 - 20", with 4" leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. Highly regarded medicinal herb. Sow on the surface. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks warm.
—Prunella vulgaris White. (400) PRUL-25W. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
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'WHITE SELF-HEAL'. White 1/2" flowers in dense spikes in summer. Hardy perennial with 4" leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
ROSACEAE. Ornamental flowering trees and shrubs. Many produce edible fruits or nuts. Easily grown, and making a great display of bloom in spring.
—Prunus Lyonii. (5) PRUN-76. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Pound: $12.00 (about 14 seeds per ounce)
'CATALINA ISLAND CHERRY'. Maroon to black 1/2 - 1" round cherries with a large stone, eaten fresh, with fine flavor. Tree or shrub to 10 - 45 feet, with large 2 - 5" dark green leaves, and spikes of small white flowers in March to May. Rare species endemic to the Channel Islands off the coast of California. The fruits were prized by the Indians, who also ate the large, nut-like kernel after leaching and boiling. Zone 8, and probably hardy to 0° - 10°F. Germinates in 2 - 5 months, and a prechill may help. Some crossing with other native species may be expected.
ROSACEAE. A single species.
—Pseudocydonia sinensis. (50) PSCY-4. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $30.00
Photos and info: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/59646/
'CHINESE QUINCE', 'MUGUA' (Chinese name). Pink 1 - 2" flowers in spring, followed by large, edible 5 - 7" yellow fruits ripening in fall. Hardy deciduous or evergreen tree to 20 feet, with shiny 4" leaves with good fall color. Attractive flaking green and brown bark. N. China. Zone 5. Fruit best after a frost or two, used in jams and cobblers, and is very fragrant, perfuming a room. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks, and some lots need 8 weeks prechill.
MYRTACEAE. Tropical American trees and shrubs with large white flowers and edible fruits. Easily grown in mild climates (wherever oranges grow), or in tubs in the greenhouse. Easy from seed, which germinates in 2 - 8 weeks at warm temperatures.
—Psidium littorale var. longipes. (25) PSID-48C. Packet: $2.50
'RED STRAWBERRY GUAVA'. Red to purple 1" wide round fruits with a sweet-acid flavor. Small dense tree to 10 - 20 feet, with white, inch-wide flowers and oval 3" leaves. South America. Zone 9. Made into a jam said to taste like strawberries. One of the hardiest. Popular in California. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks.
"Economic growth is not only unnecessary, but ruinous."—Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn.
BORAGINACEAE. About a dozen spring-flowering Eurasian perennials. Easily grown in part shade.
—Pulmonaria officinalis. (10) PULM-18. Packet: $2.50
'LUNGWORT', 'JERUSALEM COWSLIP'. Funnel-shaped pink 3/4" flowers changing to violet, in forked cymes, March to April. Hardy perennial to 10", with pointed, often white-spotted leaves. Slowly spreads by rhizomes to form nice patches. Europe. Zone 4. "They are among the most elegant ornaments of the flower-garden..."—Loudon, 1829. The young leaves have been eaten in salads or as pot-herbs, and have been used for lung complaints. Seed needs cold treatment or GA-3 to germinate in 1 month.
RANUNCULACEAE. Herbaceous perennials with poppy-like flowers. Sometimes included in Anemone. Good in the rock garden and wild garden.
—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Papageno'. (50) PULS-46P. Packet: $2.50
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'PASQUE FLOWER'. Fringed to semi-double flowers in shades ranging from creamy white to pink, deep red, light blue, and violet. Zone 5. Young plants tend to be single-flowering. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
NEW—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Pearl Bells'. (20) PULS-46B. Packet: $2.50
Large soft pink bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
NEW—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Red Bells'. (20) PULS-46R. Packet: $2.50
Large deep red bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
NEW—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Violet Bells'. (20) PULS-46V. Packet: $2.50
Large dark violet bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
NEW—Pulsatilla vulgaris Mixed Blues. (75) PULS-46BX. Packet: $2.50
Mixed shades of blue. Zone 5. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Colorful, free-flowering Australian evergreen shrubs, good in California or greenhouse.
NEW—Pultenaea blakelyi. (50) PULT-8. Packet: $2.50
'BLAKELY'S RUSH PEA'. Yellow flowers with red centers. Shrub to 3 - 10 feet, with narrow leaves. SE Australia. Zone 9. Nick or hot water to germinate in 3 - 8 weeks.
NEW—Pultenaea microphylla. (50) PULT-52. Packet: $2.50
Abundant red and yellow flowers on a shrub to 3 feet, often trailing, with tiny leaves. E. Australia. Zone 7 or 8. Nick or hot water to germinate in 3 - 8 weeks.
"...in the Amphipoda, an order low in the scale, the males and females recognise each other, (as individuals) and are mutually attached."—Darwin.
PUNICACEAE. Two species of trees and shrubs widely grown in warm regions for ornament and their beautiful flowers and edible fruit. Popular in the greenhouse in the North. Can stand to 0°F with protection, hardy to D.C. against a south wall, but likes hot sun and good drainage. Fruits in 3 or 4 years from seed, and best in hot arid regions. Stands alkaline soil. Good for hedges. Soak overnight to germinate in 2 - 10 weeks warm.
Punica Granatum Varieties:
'POMEGRANATE'. Spectacular brilliant deep orange-red flowers 1 - 2" across, sometimes reaching 4", from succulent scarlet buds. Satiny crinkled petals surround gold-tipped stamens. The apple to grapefruit-sized red fruits are filled with seeds, each surrounded by red juicy pulp, resembling a mass of rubies when the fruit splits open. Tree or shrub to 6 - 25 feet, with attractive glossy narrow foliage, bronze when young. West Asia. Grown for its delicious fruit since ancient times, it is mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, and by Homer, Pliny and Theophrastus. Wine was made from the juice in Ancient Egypt, and is used to make 'Grenadine' today. The Greeks believed it to have been brought by Aphrodite, and the fruit is to have kept Proserpina from returning to Earth, hence the origin of winter. The Phoenicians and Syrians used the fruit and bark for tanning. It was grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and it is the national emblem of Spain. Black ink can be made from the rind, and red cloth dye from the flowers. The wood is hard. Can live several hundred years. The rind and bark are well known as vermifuges, and used against dysentery.
—Punica Granatum var. nana. (25) PUNI-1N. Packet: $3.00 OUT OF STOCK
1/4 Ounce: $9.00 OUT OF STOCK
'DWARF POMEGRANATE'. A diminutive plant reaching only 1 - 3 feet tall, often blooming when only 6" tall. Beautiful inch-wide pink or scarlet flowers followed by tiny 2" fruits. The best for ornamental pot growth indoors in the North. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks.
BROMELIACEAE Over 160 species of terrestrial bromeliads from S. American highlands. Dense rosettes of spiny-margined leaves, some with thickened trunks, and dense, often enormous flower-spikes. One kind has the largest inflorescence known, and another gathers nutrients by entangling birds and even sheep in the leaves! Two year old seed germinates best.
—Puya Raimondii GP2609. (20) PUYA-72. Packet: $7.00
Nice Photos: http://www.sciencedump.com/content/puya-raimondii-plant-blooms-once-every-100-years
Conservation status: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/full/168358/0
'QUEEN of the ANDES', 'CUNCUSH'. Giant endangered bromeliad forming yucca-like balls of narrow leaves, to 10 feet across. Sends up a huge flower spike to 30 - 40 feet tall, with thousands of 2" white flowers, then dies. Peru and Bolivia. Zone 9, perhaps colder. Collected at 12,000 feet, Peru. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks warm. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com