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"Good men refuse to govern..."—Plato.

WASHINGTONIA (wash-ing-TO-nee-a or wash-ing-ton-EE-a)
PALMAE. Two species of palms from the arid SW.
—Washingtonia filifera. (25) WASH-1. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $15.00
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'CALIFORNIA FAN PALM'. Stout-trunked fan palm to 20 - 70 feet, with 3 - 6 foot-wide leaves. Flower-stalks to 8 - 10 feet long. Small black fruit. Canyons and washes of California deserts. Zone 9. The thin, sweetish pulp of the fruits was eaten by the Indians. Seed was ground for a coconut-like meal.
Sow 1/4" deep in sandy soil to germinate in 4 - 15 weeks.

WISTERIA (wis-TER-ee-a)
LEGUMINOSAE. Large woody east Asian and North American vines with showy pendant racemes of flowers. Long-lived and often reaching great size, the huge trunk needing firm support. They can also be trained into graceful weeping trees. Spectacular in spring. Prefers deep rich soil. Easy from seed. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks. Takes some years to come to flower.
—Wisteria floribunda. (10) WIST-2. Packet: $2.50
1/4 lb: $25.00
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'JAPANESE WISTERIA'. Lavender-blue and white fragrant flowers in dense clusters to 12 - 18" long, appearing in April and May. Large pinnate leaves turn golden in fall. Hardy woody twiner to 40 feet. Japan. Zone 5. Stunning in bloom. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks or so.

WITHANIA (wi-THAN-ee-a)
SOLANACEAE. Ornamental woolly or hoary shrubs with clustered flowers and Chinese-lantern-like fruits. Named in honor of H. Witham, a British paleobotanist. Germinates best with GA-3.
—Withania somnifera. (100) WITH-4. Packet: $2.50
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5 grams: $10.00
'ASHVAGANDA', 'CLUSTERED WINTERCHERRY'. Small whitish to yellow flowers followed by attractive scarlet berries enclosed in an inflated, lantern-like calyx. Bushy shrub to 1 - 7 feet, with downy leaves. India to South Africa and Australia. Zone 8. The fruiting branches are attractive in dried arrangements. The seeds are used as vegetable rennet to coagulate milk, and the berries are used as soap. A valuable medicinal plant, the leaves and roots have marked antibiotic, anti-viral and insecticidal properties. Extensively used in India as a tonic, aphrodisiac, hypnotic, diuretic, memory improver, against rheumatism, fevers, sores, senile debility, asthma, etc. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks. GA-3 helps.

XANTHOCERAS (zan-tho-SER-as)
SAPINDACEAE. A single Chinese ornamental shrub.
—Xanthoceras sorbifolium. (10) XANTH-4. Packet: $3.00
1/4 lb: $20.00
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'CHINESE FLOWERING CHESTNUT'. Large white 1" flowers with a red or yellow blotch at the base. To 15 feet, with dark green leaflets. China. Zone 4. Hardy in the North. The flowers, leaves, and fruit are said to have been used as food. For best germination, soak 1 week in water in the refrigerator, then hold at cold temperatures until roots show in 2 - 12 weeks. Or just give 4 - 8 weeks prechill.

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
—Thomas Jefferson.

XERANTHEMUM (ze-RAN-the-mum)
COMPOSITAE. 'IMMORTELLE'. One of the oldest and best-known everlastings. Easily grown hardy annuals with long-stalked solitary flowers consisting of papery, colored bracts. Showy plants for the border, they are sown in April or early spring in the open. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Thin to 6" apart. Flowers in about 11 weeks; at its peak in July to September. For everlastings, cut when fully open and dry upside-down in a cool place.
—Xeranthemum annuum Double Choice Mix. (100) XERN-1X. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $7.50, 100 grams: $20.00
'IMMORTELLE'. Long-stemmed 1 1/2" wide flowers in shades of purple, lilac and white. Easily grown bushy hardy annual to 20" or so, with woolly 2" leaves. Southern Europe to Iran. First cultivated about 1570. A wonderful old everlasting.

"The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws."
—Tacitus, Roman historian, 110 CE.

YUCCA (YUK-a)
AGAVACEAE. North American perennials and trees, with narrow, sword-shaped leaves, and large clusters of large, night-scented, bell-shaped flowers. Best in dry, well-drained soil. Good specimen plants.
Seed usually germinates in 1 - 4 weeks, but stragglers will come up each year for 2 - 3 years. Seed long-lived; a 6 year old lot gave 95% germination. Some types have hard-shelled seed, and will benefit from a light scarification.
—Yucca aloifolia. (10) YUCC-1. Packet: $2.50
'SPANISH BAYONET', 'IZOTE'. Large beautiful 4" wide bell-shaped nodding creamy flowers often tinged purple, in upright 2 foot long spikes in summer and fall. Tree to 25 feet, with heads of sword-shaped 2 1/2 foot leaves. Fruit with purple edible pulp. SE U.S. Zone 8. The flower petals are eaten in salads, or battered and fried. Fairly hardy. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks or so. A nice plant.
—Yucca elata. (25) YUCC-8. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $9.00
'SOAPTREE YUCCA', 'PALMILLA'. Tall 6 foot spikes of creamy white 2" bells, often tinged pink or green. Round heads of stiff, narrow 3 - 4 foot leaves. Forms a trunk to 20 feet with age. Southwest. The flowers are eaten raw or cooked, and the young fruits are said to be eaten. Roots used as soap. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks, and the seedlings grow rapidly, forming nice plants.

NEW—Yucca rupicola. (100) YUCC-26. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'TWISTED-LEAF YUCCA'. White 2 3/4" bells in large 3 foot clusters in autumn. Stemless, with a round head of twisted, stiff sword-like 2 foot leaves with undulating margins. S. central Texas. Forms nice clumps of heads with age. Flowers eaten cooked by the Indians. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."—A. France.


ZEHNERIA (zeh-ner-EE-a)
CUCURBITACEAE. Tendril-climbing perennials of the Eastern Hemisphere tropics, with small red berries.
—Zehneria pallidinervia. (=Melothria pallidinervia) (100) ZEHN-19. Packet: $2.50
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Bat-shaped, thick, succulent leaves marked green and white. Vine from a tuberous root. Weird! Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks, best in light.


ZIGADENUS (zee-ga-DEE-nus)
LILIACEAE. Attractive bulbous or rhizomatous perennials grown for their clustered starry flowers. Easily grown in the wild garden or in pots.
NEW—Zigadenus venenosus. (100) ZIGA-25. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $9.00
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'DEATH CAMAS'. Long spikes of starry white flowers in summer. Hardy bulb to 2 - 3 feet, with narrow grassy leaves. Western North America. Zone 4. Bulbs poisonous. Prechill 3 months or sow in fall.

ZINNIA (ZIN-ya)
COMPOSITAE. About 20 species of the Americas. Popular, easily grown flowers thriving in any good soil and full sun. Excellent for cutting and a brilliant display in the border. Best sown direct and not transplanted. Pinch to keep bushy. Good in pots. Thrives in hot dry places. Germinates in about 1 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures.
—Zinnia elegans 'Cactus Bright Jewels' (100) ZIN-4CJ. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $15.00
Large 2 - 3" flowers with quilled petals, in shades of red, rose, pink, orange, yellow, and white. Hardy annual to 3 feet, with abundant bloom.
—Zinnia elegans 'California Giant Mix'. (100) ZIN-4CX. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $10.00
Beautiful mix of crimson, orange, yellow, white and pink 4 1/2" flowers on 2 - 3 foot tall plants. Half hardy annual. Classic large zinnias for cutting. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Zinnia elegans 'Dahlia-Flowered Mixed'. (100) ZIN-4DF. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $12.00
Large 4 - 5" double flowers in shades of red, yellow, orange, purple, and pink. Hardy annual to 2 - 3 feet, with strong stems, good for cutting.
—Zinnia elegans 'Lilliput Mix'. (250) ZIN-4LX. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $15.00
Bright red, pink, orange, and white 1 1/2" round double pompon flowers, summer to frost. To 1 1/2 feet.
—Zinnia elegans 'Orange King'. (50) ZIN-4OK. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 lb: $15.00
Large orange fully double blooms. Half hardy annual to 40".
—Zinnia elegans 'Peppermint Stick'. (200) ZIN-4ST. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $7.50, 100 gm: $18.00
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Dramatic large 3 - 5" double flowers in a wide range of colors, all striped and spotted with dark red. White, orange, yellow, pink, and creamy base color. Hardy annual to 3 feet. Introduced in 1954. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Zinnia Haageana 'Persian Carpet'. (100) ZIN-15P. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $9.00, 1/4 lb: $24.00
Beautiful old-fashioned type of this favorite garden flower, with 2" double bicolor and variegated blooms in maroon, gold, red, chocolate, cream, pink and purple. Gives a brilliant, continuous display even under heat and adverse conditions. Half hardy annual to 16". Good in containers, for borders, edging.


ZIZYPHUS (ZI-zi-fus)
RHAMNACEAE. Warm-region deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs grown for the edible fruits. Seed germinates best if soaked 2 days or given cold. Either 3 months warm, then 3 months cold, or just 3 months cold has worked. Or, the stones can be cracked open and the seeds removed and germinated. Tropical kinds sometimes germinate readily.
NEW—Zizyphus Jujuba var. spinosa. (40) ZIZI-1S. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $7.50, 1/4 lb: $17.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
'SUAN ZAO', 'SPINY JUJUBE'. Small tart 1/2" red-brown edible fruits abundantly produced on a spiny shrub to 3 - 12 feet. with 1 1/2" leaves. Asia. Extremely hardy and drought resistant, suckers freely. Important in Chinese medicine, the seeds are sedative, analgesic and lower blood pressure.

"The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom is Courage."
—Thucydides, 400 BCE.


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