J. L. HUDSON,
2016 SEEDLIST - Si - Sz
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MALVACEAE. Annual and perennial herbs resembling miniature hollyhocks. Good in the border, and best in well-drained sandy loam and full sun.
—Sidalcea malviflora 'Purpetta'. (50) SIDL-16P. Packet: $2.50
Large purple-red miniature hollyhocks with white throats, in dense spikes produced over a long period from July to September. Hardy perennial to 3 - 4 feet, with attractive divided foliage. Zone 5. Good for cutting. Germinates irregularly over 2 - 8 weeks.
—Sidalcea malviflora 'Rosaly'. (50) SIDL-16R. Packet: $2.50
Beautiful soft pink miniature hollyhocks with fringed petals, in dense spikes, July to September. Hardy perennial to 4 feet, with attractive divided foliage. Zone 5. Good for cutting. Germinates irregularly over a long period. Prechill may help.
CARYOPHYLLACEAE. Five hundred species of North Hemisphere annuals, biennials and perennials with showy flowers produced in profusion. Easily grown and valued in the border or rockery. Best in full sun and sandy soil, and even the annuals can be sown in fall for earlier bloom. Most kinds germinate in 8 - 23 days and flower quickly. They have extrafloral nectaries.
—Silene capensis. (75) SILE-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $21.00
'XHOSA DREAM PLANT', KWAQUELA', 'MOLOKOLOKO'. 'White to pink five-petaled flowers. Perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with 1 - 3" leaves. South Africa. Moist sandy soil. The root is said to be used by the Xhosa to induce vivid dreams. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, best with 2000ppm KNO3 (potassium nitrate).
COMPOSITAE. Tall perennials grown for their large, sunflower-like blooms. Long lived and good in most soils, especially heavy ones. Full sun and easily grown. Stately plants for the back border or prairie and wild gardens.
—Silphium perfoliatum. (25) SILP-19. Packet: $2.50
'CUP PLANT'. Large yellow 3" wide daisies in clusters from July to September. Hardy perennial to 8 feet, with large, foot-long leaves forming a cup around the stem. S. Dakota to Mississippi. Zone 3. Good to naturalize in rich moist soil, sun or part shade. The thick rootstock is medicinal, considered to be a general restorative. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm, often improved by a prechill or GA-3.
SILYBUM (SI-lee-bum or si-LEE-bum)
COMPOSITAE. 'MILK THISTLE'. Striking plants. Sow in fall or spring where they are to grow and thin to 2 feet apart. Sprouts in 1 - 3 weeks. An interesting note: fresh seed will not germinate at warm temperatures, only sprouting at cool temperatures; but after 5 months dry storage (after-ripening) they will germinate well at warm temperatures.
NEW—Silybum Marianum. (200) SILY-3. Packet: $2.50
'ST. MARY'S MILK THISTLE'. Bold and striking rosettes of large glossy, dark green, spiny leaves streaked and marbled with white, followed by 2" wide rose-purple, faintly scented flower-heads on 4 - 6 foot stalks, each head with dramatic reflexed spines. Mediterranean region. Zone 4. Old tradition holds that milk of the Virgin Mary fell upon the plant, causing the white marbling of the leaves. Flowers much visited by bees; later, birds love the seeds. California ranchers claim it loosens hard, compacted soil, and make their own 'clod-buster' from chopped plants soaked in 55 gallon drums of water. Formerly much used as food; the young leaves in salads or boiled, (I've never tried this myself, the spines scare me!) the peeled stalks, the roots like salsify, the young heads eaten like artichokes after cutting off the spines. Was thought to increase milk in nursing women. Since ancient times the seeds have been used as liver medicine, and recently their powerful liver-protective properties have found much use in modern medicine. Experiments have shown it capable of preventing death in dogs from fatal doses of Destroying-Angel mushroom toxins.
CAMPANULACEAE. Tropical American shrubs.
—Siphocampylus aff. tupiformis BK10509.11. (500) SIPH-AT. Packet: $3.50
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'K'AU SILLU'. Very showy tubular orange and yellow flowers in clusters on a perennial plant resembling Lobelia Tupa, to 2 - 3 feet. Collected at 10,000 feet in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by Ben Kamm. Sow on the surface, germinates in 2 - 6 weeks. Aged seed best—2 - 3 year old seed is best. 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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SOLANACEAE. A huge genus of 1400 species, from annuals to trees. Includes important foods (potato, eggplant, etc.), medicines, industrial crops and many ornamentals. Generally easy from seed, germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Sow hardy types where they are to stand, and tender types early indoors. They are wonderful plants, many very ornamental, but surprisingly little grown. Buy 'em or lose 'em!
Nice collection of photos of Solanum species.
—Solanum atropurpureum. (100) SOLN-6. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.00, 5 gm: $20.00
Striking ornamental with purple spines up to an inch long covering the entire plant. Tomato-like flowers followed by inch-wide round yellow-orange fruits. To 6 feet, with lobed leaves. Grow as an annual. "I grew a gnarly Solanum atropurpureum from you. It grew six feet high, was completely covered with very respectable thorns, and had a baleful purple cast to the whole thing. I called it 'Malevolence'. Thank you."—Kaminsky. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Solanum X Burbankii. (100) SOLN-9. Packet: $2.00
Gram: $5.00, 10 grams: $20.00
'WONDERBERRY', 'MSOBA'. Deep blue 1/4" fruits with white bloom are sweet and edible, used for tarts, jams, etc. Compact annual to 2 feet. Caused a great controversy when introduced by Luther Burbank. Delicious and productive. Sow on the surface, seed needs light or GA-3 to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Solanum galapagense. (100) SOLN-20. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $15.00
'GALAPAGOS TOMATO'. Endemic, salt-tolerant wild tomato with tasty orange-red fruits. Cultivated material has probably had some crossing with garden varieties. Germinates in a week or so.
—Solanum integrifolium. (100) SOLN-30. Packet: $2.50
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'RUFFLED RED EGGPLANT', TOMATO-EGGPLANT', or 'HMONG EGGPLANT'. Orange-red 1 - 3" ribbed fruits valued fresh or dried in flower arranging. Spiny annual to 8 feet. Tropics. Used in SE Asian cooking. Sometimes called 'mini-pumpkins' in the flower-trade. Germinates readily in 2 - 3 weeks warm.
SOPHORA (so-FOR-a or SOF-or-a)
LEGUMINOSAE. Wide-ranging and showy ornamental mostly woody plants with clustered pea-like flowers and handsome pinnate foliage. Best in well-drained soil, and most stand drought well.
—Sophora secundiflora. (10) SOPH-6. Packet: $3.00
1/4 lb: $16.00 (about 140 seed)
'MESCAL BEAN', 'TEXAS MOUNTAIN LAUREL', 'FRIJOLITO'. Beautiful fragrant violet-blue inch-long flowers in dense 3" clusters covering the plant in spring. Handsome evergreen shrub to 4 - 6 feet, rarely a tree to 40 feet, with shining dark green pinnate foliage. Silvery grey 1 - 8" pods with bright red seeds. Texas to New Mexico. Can stand a good freeze—Zone 8. Well-drained soil. The poisonous seeds are used as beads and ceremonially by Plains Indians, and are powdered for insecticide. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 4 weeks or so.
MALVACEAE. Ornamental shrubs and herbs of arid regions of the Americas. Grown for their often showy flowers. Good outdoors in warm regions. Some are fairly hardy and others good in the greenhouse. Nicking the seed may help germination.
—Sphaeralcea ambigua. (500) SPHA-4. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50, Oz: $14.00
'DESERT GLOBEMALLOW'. Bright orange-red 1 - 2 1/2" flowers in clusters, with conspicuous yellow stamens. March to June. Perennial to 3 feet, with greyish three-lobed 1 - 2 1/2" leaves. Utah to southern California. Spectacular and drought resistant, hardy to at least Zone 4. Nick seed or give hot water treatment to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks warm.
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LABIATAE. Widespread perennials and annuals adapted to varied conditions, from dry to wet. Tubular, often hooded flowers in whorls, and often aromatic foliage. Some are medicinal.
—Stachys byzantina. (=S. lanata) (50) STAC-7. Packet: $2.00
10 grams: $7.50
'LAMB'S EARS'. Deep pink flowers and densely white woolly, soft, silvery foliage. Hardy perennial to 2 feet. Persia. Zone 4. Valuable bedding plant, doing well in poor soil. Formerly classed as S. olympica. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks at warm temperatures.
—Stachys officinalis. (=Betonica) (100) STAC-14. Packet: $2.50
'WOOD BETONY'. Very rich purple 1/2" flowers in dense whorls and spikes. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with 3 - 6" leaves. Europe, Middle East. Zone 4. Good ornamental, formerly much cultivated for medicinal use. Highly regarded for many ailments, and believed effective against 'devils and despair'. The tea is a fine beverage and was formerly valued against persistent headaches. "Sell your coat and buy Betony."—Italian proverb. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
CRUCIFERAE. Western North American annuals and perennials grown for their showy flowers. Drought resistant, good in the desert.
—Stanleya pinnata. (200) STAN-12. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $7.50
'DESERT PLUME', 'PRINCE'S PLUME', 'INDIAN CABBAGE', 'KWI:'VI' (Hopi name meaning 'proud'). Deep golden yellow inch-wide flowers in dense 6 - 24" racemes in May to July. Hardy shrubby perennial to 2 - 5 feet, with 2 - 8" pinnately divided leaves. California to South Dakota. The young leaves and stems are eaten boiled, and the seeds parched and ground for mush. Eight weeks cold gives good germination in 1 - 2 weeks. Gives high germination in 1 week with GA-3.
ASCLEPIADACEAE. Tropical climbers and shrubs grown for their beautiful flowers. Popular in the greenhouse and outdoors in the South. Feed while growing. Germinates in 2 - 13 weeks, warm.
—Stephanotis floribunda. (10) STEP-9. Packet: $3.00
'MADAGASCAR JASMINE'. Very sweetly scented 1 - 2" waxy white trumpet shaped flowers in long-lasting clusters from April to October. Twining evergreen climber to 10 - 15 feet, with glossy dark green leaves. Madagascar. Zone 10. A popular greenhouse plant. The flowers are traditionally used in wedding bouquets. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks, some up to 16.
COMPOSITAE. From the warm Americas.
—Stevia rebaudiana. (30) STEV-21. Packet: $4.00
'SWEET LEAF'. Small shrub with tiny white flowers and narrow leaves. Paraguay. The dried leaves are used as a no-calorie sweetener. Surprisingly hardy, standing some freezes and renewing from the base. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
CAMPANULACEAE. Lovely and hardy Eurasian perennials and biennials with white or violet bell-shaped nodding flowers. Grow like Campanula. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at warm temperatures.
—Symphyandra pendula. (1000) SYMA-19. Packet: $2.50
Large, nodding, creamy 1 1/2" bells from May to August. Hardy perennial to 2 feet, with downy, heart-shaped to narrow leaves. Caucasus. Zone 6. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Symphyandra zangezura. (2000) SYMA-29. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Gram: $7.50 BULK OUT OF STOCK
Abundant, nodding, bright violet-blue bells on slender stems, June to August. Hardy perennial or biennial to 10", with geranium-like leaves. Caucasus. Zone 6. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
OLEACEAE. Showy deciduous Eurasian flowering shrubs and small trees.
NEW—Syringa reflexa. (100) SYRI-21. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'NODDING LILAC', 'XI SHU DING XIANG'. Dense drooping 6 - 8" panicles of rosy red flowers (sometimes lilac) with white throats, in May and June. Hardy shrub to 10 feet or more, with 6" leaves. Central China. Zone 5. Prechill 8 weeks to germinate in 2 - 6 weeks.