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2018 Supplement Seedlist - A - C
—Acacia redolens prostrata. (25) ACAC-115. Packet: $2.50
'PROSTRATE ACACIA'. Sweet-scented grey-green foliage and yellow flower-balls in spring. Prostrate shrubby ground cover to 1 - 2 feet, and spreading to 15 feet wide. W. Australia. Good cover for banks. Zone 8. Nick seed to germinate.
—Acacia stenophylla. (25) ACAC-121. Packet: $2.50
'RIVER COOBA', 'EUMONG', 'SHOESTRING ACACIA'. Long thin phyllodes to 16", on a fast-growing weeping small tree to 20 - 30 feet. Creamy 1/2" flower balls in winter and spring. Eastern Australia. Stands wet streamside conditions as well as drought. Hardy to Zone 8. Soak, nick hard, to germinate in 2 - 6 weeks.
ACMELLA: See Spilanthes
—Agastache mexicana 'Sangria'. (25) AGAS-16S. Packet: $2.50
'MEXICAN HYSSOP'. Brilliant reddish-purple inch-long flowers in spikes, July to October. Perennial to 2 - 4 feet, with lemon-scented foliage. México. Zone 7. Blooms the first year. Young leaves used in salads or as tea. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
CARYOPHYLLACEAE. Two showy annuals.
—Agrostemma Githago. (100) AGRS-4. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
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'CORN COCKLE'. Large magenta-red to purple 2" wide flowers with darker veins, carried on graceful, willowy stems. Showy and easily grown hardy annual to 2 - 3 feet, with narrow, greyish 4 - 5" leaves. Europe. The flowers have a striking, downy, five-pointed calyx. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Akebia trifoliata. (50) AKEB-8. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Oz: $7.50 OUT OF STOCK
'THREE-LEAF AKEBIA', 'MITSUBA-AKEBI'. Dark purple flowers in drooping racemes in April, followed by sweet, edible, sausage-shaped 3 - 5" pale violet fruits, with white pulp and black seeds. Elegant climber to 30 feet, with trifoliate leaves. Japan and China. Young dried leaves used as a tea. Used in Chinese medicine. Zone 5. Prechill seed 3 months.
—Allium stipitatum. (75) ALUM-99. Packet: $2.50
Fragrant lilac or white starry flowers in 4" umbels in June to August. Bulb to 3 feet, with broad leaves. Central Asian mountains. Zone 8. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks at cold temperatures.
—Antennaria neglecta. (200) ANTN-17. Packet: $2.50
'FIELD PUSSYTOES'. Hardy perennial to 3 - 12", forming rosettes of somewhat woolly leaves, and spreading by stolons to be a nice ground cover. White woolly flowers in clusters in April to June. S. Canada to California & Virginia. Good in dry sunny areas. Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Aquilegia oxysepala. (500) AQUI-36. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $7.50, 1/4 pound: $16.00
'ASIAN COLUMBINE'. Nodding plum-colored flowers with hooked spurs and petals tipped with cream, in spring. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet. E. Siberia, Japan. Zone 3. "Said to be one of the first to bloom, and one of the most attractive."—Bailey.
CONVOLVULACEAE. Elegant Asian climbers with showy funnel-shaped flowers and handsome heart-shaped leaves. Beautiful trained up the pillars of the greenhouse, or outdoors in southern California and Florida. Best in light rich soil.
—Argyreia nervosa. (10) ARGY-16. Packet: $3.00
10 grams: $8.00, 25 grams: $15.00, 100 grams: $55.00, kilo: $525.00 (about 11 seeds per gram)
'HAWAIIAN BABY WOODROSE', 'CORDON SEDA'. Large rosy purple 2 - 3" flowers in long-stalked clusters, followed by attractive brown pods with persistent sepals, the 'wooden rose' valued in dry arrangements. Large heart-shaped leaves to a foot across. The stems and backs of the leaves are covered with silvery down, hence the Spanish name meaning 'silken cord'. "I have a 3 year old plant from seed. This year it ran to the top of a Bald Cypress tree and covered half of a large arbor. It has bloomed profusely, but I don't think it will set seed before frost. It is extremely tolerant of being dug up each year... it doesn't seem to mind the severe root pruning and cutting back to 2 or 3 feet of trunk. Anyone who loves large vines and has high summer heat should be able to grow this one and winter it over easily in a greenhouse."—D. Smelley, Dallas, Texas. Nick and soak to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks or so.
—Artemisia annua. (1000) ARTE-3. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
Detailed information on cultivation of Sweet Annie in the tropics for anti-malarial medicine: Link Anamed
'SWEET ANNIE'. Tiny nodding yellow flowers in panicles, set off against the bright green divided, saw-toothed leaves. Handsome fast growing annual to 10 feet. Eurasia. The sweetly fragrant foliage is popular in wreaths and potpourris. Long used medicinally in China, it is a highly effective anti-malarial, finding use against quinine-resistant strains of the disease. Formerly considered a weed, it is now a highly valued plant. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
—Artemisia lactiflora. (100) ARTE-25. Packet: $2.50
'WHITE MUGWORT'. Tiny cream flowers in foot-long plumes, above large, divided 10" leaves. Hardy perennial to 6 feet. China. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
—Begonia baumanii BK10509.8. (200) BEG-18. Packet: $4.00
'KILLU KILLU', 'GRANISO T'IKA'. Large rose flowers on stalks above round crinkled 6" wide leaves. Tender perennial to 2 feet, from caudex-like tubers. Bolivia. Zone 8 or 9. Tubers used as rennet for making cheese. Introduced into cultivation by plant-explorer Ben Kamm. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
BORAGINACEAE. Robust annuals and perennials with showy blue or white saucer-shaped 5-petaled flowers and downy foliage. Grown in the flower and herb garden, and they are good bee plants. Drought resistant and free-flowering. Sow seed in spring or fall where they are to flower. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. Space 9 - 15" apart. Seed viable 8 - 10 years.
—Borago officinalis. (100) BORA-3. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 pound $12.00
'BORAGE'. Easily grown showy annual with blue or purplish star-shaped 1 1/2" wide flowers in nodding clusters in summer, on branched 2 foot stems. Silvery, downy leaves. Mediterranean. The young fresh leaves have a refreshing cucumber-like flavor and are used in salads, summer drinks and cooked greens. The flowers are a colorful addition to salads, can be floated on cool drinks, and are candied. Pliny called it ephrosynon, believing it made men merry and joyful who drank wine flavored with it.
CRUCIFERAE. 'MUSTARD', 'COLE'. Tall yellow-flowered plants, including many valuable edibles like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rape, rutabaga, turnip, etc. Easily grown, mostly cool season crops. The seed is viable 4 to 15 years or more.
—Brassica nigra. (100) BRAS-19. Packet: $2.50
'BLACK MUSTARD'. Tall hardy annual to 3 - 10 feet or more, with abundant 1/4" yellow flowers on large, wide spreading branches, followed by narrow 3/4" pods filled with the 'Mustard Seed' of commerce. Eurasia. The ground seeds are the main source of table mustard, mixed with water and vinegar. Cultivated since ancient times as a medicine and condiment, it was popular with the Greeks and Romans. The young leaves are used as a pungent addition to salads and greens. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LILIACEAE. Beautiful Pacific coast bulbs, best in well-drained soil and full sun. Rest dry in summer.
—Brodiaea californica. (25) BROD-4. Packet: $2.50
'CALIFORNIA BRODIAEA'. Violet-purple 1 - 1 1/2" long flowers in 2 - 12-flowered umbels held 4 - 12" high on slender stems. Narrow-leaved bulbous plant of California, blooming May to July. Zone 5. "The finest species for garden purposes."—Baker. Germinates in 1 - 2 months at cold temperatures.
—Calothamnus rupestris. (50) CALH-24. Packet: $2.50
'CLIFF NET BRUSH'. Bright red flowers with long stamens tipped golden-yellow. Low shrub to 5 feet, with dense, needle-like foliage. W. Australia. Zone 9. Good in the greenhouse. Surface sow to germinate over 1 - 10 months.
—Calothamnus sanguineus. (100) CALH-26. Packet: $2.50
'BLOOD-RED NET BUSH'. Brilliant red flowers over a long period. Shrub to 2 - 6 feet, with narrow silky leaves. W. Australia. Zone 8. Surface sow to germinate over 1 - 10 months.
CONVOLVULACEAE. Twining or scrambling perennial vines with morning glory-like flowers.
—Calystegia occidentalis ssp. occidentalis. (25) CALYS-18. Packet: $2.50
'CHAPARRAL MORNING GLORY'. White funnel-shaped 1 - 2" flowers borne in profusion from April to July. Caudex-forming woody vine with arrow-head leaves. California. Allow it to clamber over a bush in a sunny corner. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 6 weeks.
SOLANACEAE. 'CHILI-PEPPER'. Shrubs and small trees usually grown as annuals in cold climates. Grow for their attractive edible fruits which vary widely in size, shape, color, flavor and pungency. They prefer a warm, rich soil. Germinates in about 2 - 4 weeks and this will be improved by soaking 4 hours in a 0.2% solution of potassium nitrate (saltpeter). Chilies have been cultivated for at least 9000 years.
—Capsicum chacoense. (10) CAPS-6. Packet: $3.50
'TOVA', 'COVINCHA PEPPER'. Rare wild chile pepper with upright triangular inch-long fruits. Medium heat and good flavor. Shrub to 2 feet, with white flowers. Southern Bolivia. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'. (25) CATL-2A. Packet: $2.50
'GOLDEN CATALPA'. An outstanding form with large golden young leaves. Medium sized tree with large clusters of white 2" flowers. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Catalpa X Fargesii Ecos Strain. (20) CATL-9E. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
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'ECOS CATALPA'. Developed by Ken Asmus of Oikos Tree Crops from a chance natural hybrid, this strain flowers when only 2 - 4 years old and 1 - 2 feet tall. Some even bloom when 6" tall! White 1 1/2" flowers with purple dots, in 6" clusters, followed by 12 - 18" bean-like pods. Small tree, the ultimate height still unknown, with heart-shaped 6" leaves. Pest and disease resistant, and hardy to at least –25°F. Germinates in 2 weeks or so.
—Centaurea Cyanus True Wild Form. (100) CENT-1W. Packet: $2.50
10 Grams: $8.00, 25 g: $15.00
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'CORNFLOWER', 'WITCHES' BELLS'. Beautiful blue flowers from July to September on a hardy annual to 1 - 3 feet, with cottony foliage. Europe. This is the rare true wild ancestor of the common bachelor's buttons. Lovely and worth growing. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks, prechill or GA-3 helps.
LEGUMINOSAE. Handsome N. Hemisphere trees and shrubs noted for their profuse early spring bloom on bare branches before the leaves. Not closely related to any other genus, they may be a Tertiary relic. Attractive foliage, and blooms young. They thrive in fertile sandy loam. The wood is hard, finely veined black and green. Nick seed and give cold if specified.
—Cercis gigantea. (25) CERC-16. Packet: $2.50
'GIANT REDBUD',' HU BEI ZI JING'. Magenta flowers in early spring on a rounded deciduous shrub or tree to 10 - 40 feet, with huge 8" glossy leaves. China. Zone 6 or 7. Foliage turns bright yellow in fall, and covers itself with bloom in spring.
—Chenopodium ambrosioides. (=Dysphania ambrosioides). (500) CHEN-2. Packet: $2.50
'EPAZOTE'. An irreplaceable Mexican herb with a unique flavor. Perennial to 4 feet in warm climates. Dense heads of tiny green flowers in drooping spikes. Very aromatic leaves a soft shade of green; stems tinged red and gold. Always added to beans, best near the beginning, to blend the flavor well. A light touch is added to vegetables, soups, casseroles, corn and fish dishes. Delightful tacos are made by lightly cooking a tortilla on one side, adding sprigs of fresh herb, folding over and pressing the edges together to retain the steam until it is cooked through. This causes the essential oils to blend into the dough, giving an intriguing flavor and aroma. Botanists say that epazote is a single species, yet one well-traveled Méxican cook told me of nine distinct varieties. The seeds yield a valuable anthelmintic oil. Germinates irregularly in 1 - 12 weeks warm.
—Chenopodium Bonus-Henricus. (100) CHEN-4. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'GOOD KING HENRY', 'MERCURY', 'FAT-HEN'. Hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with dark green tasty leaves that are eaten cooked like spinach. The young stalks can be peeled and eaten like asparagus. Set out 1 foot apart and it will give abundant greens for years. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 5 weeks, some lots dormant and need GA-3.
—Chenopodium Quinoa 'Quri'. (50) CHEN-25Q. Packet: $3.75
'GOLD QUINOA'. Rare Peruvian heirloom, with pale yellow to deep orange seed. Flower heads range from yellow to pink and pale purple. Tall annual to 5 - 8 feet. "The largest quinoa we've seen."—Ben Kamm. Long season. Germinates in a week.
—Chrysanthemum Parthenium. (=Tanacetum Parthenium) (500) CHRY-40. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
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'FEVERFEW'. White 3/4" daisies with yellow centers, abundantly borne June to August. Bushy hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with aromatic, deeply cut foliage. SE Europe. Zone 5. Blooms freely the first year, and is often grown as an annual. A fine old-fashioned garden plant, excellent for cut flowers. A tincture of the leaves is said to be an excellent insect repellant rubbed on the skin. Excellent remedy for migraine—I use it, it works! It made an amazing difference in my life. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
Cleome spinosa Varieties: 'Spider Flower'.
The popular half hardy annual to 3 - 4 feet tall. Makes a showy display in the border, their airy heads of powerfully scented spidery flowers with blue or purple 3" long stamens are attractive from June till frost, and the palmate foliage is quite pleasing. Sow on the surface, seed needs light, germinates in 2 - 3 weeks, and KNO3 helps improve percentage.
—Cleome spinosa 'Cherry Queen'. (250) CLEO-5C. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $7.50
Deep carmine-rose flowers. Hardy annual to 3 feet.
—Coccinia abyssinica. (10) COCI-4. Packet: $2.50
Good info: http://radix4roots.blogspot.com/2012/12/anchote-out-of-africa.html
Research article: http://scialert.net/fulltext/?doi=ajps.2012.172.181&org=11
'ANCHOTE', 'HANCHOTE'. A traditional Ethiopian tuber crop, with delicious roots. Sprawling vine to 3 - 9 feet, with oblong 3" green fruits spotted white. Can produce a crop in only 3 1/2 - 4 months. African researchers found that a spacing of 4" apart in rows 16" apart gave the highest yields—3 - 5 kg per square meter, with 20 - 30% dry matter. It is successfully grown in Wisconsin and the U.K. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Cucurbita pepo 'Small Warted'. (25) CUCB-24WX. Packet: $2.50
Small round warted gourds, variously striped white and green, or orange.
UMBELLIFERAE. A single species. Sow seed where they are to grow in April or May, after danger of frost, to germinate in about 1 - 2 weeks. They grow quickly and ripen seed in July and August. Space 1 - 2 feet apart. Easy. Seed viable 3 years.
—Cuminum Cyminum. (500) CUMI-5. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00
'CUMIN', 'COMINO'. Half hardy annual to 6 - 12", with finely divided dark green leaves and tiny white or reddish flowers followed by aromatic seeds. Upper Nile. Cut stems when seeds begin to dry. An ancient spice, it was grown by the Egyptians and mentioned by Pliny, Hippocrates, and Dioscorides. The hot, spicy, aromatic seeds were used medicinally and are popular for flavoring breads, cheeses, soups, chutneys, curries, liqueurs and Spanish and Méxican dishes. Ground in wine, Pliny claimed them the best appetizer. Common in Normandy in 716 CE, and in England in 1264. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
ORCHIDACEAE. 'LADY-SLIPPER'. Showy orchids with large flowers with sack-like lip. They are hardy and grown in the rock garden and in moist soils. May be difficult to germinate.
—Cypripedium montanum. (500) CYPR-16. Packet: $3.00
'MOUNTAIN LADY'S SLIPPER'. Large pouched flowers 4" across, with reddish-brown petals and yellow and white pouch veined purple, spring and summer. Hardy native orchid to 2 feet. W. N. America. Zone 5. Dust on pots of woodland soil and hope for the best. Let me know if you succeed.