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2018 SUPPLEMENT - M - Z
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2018 Supplement Seedlist - M - Z
ROSACEA. Ornamental flowering and fruit-bearing trees, including the apple and crabs.
—Malus coronaria. (25) MALU-8. Packet: $2.50
'WILD SWEET CRAB'. Sweetly fragrant 1 1/2" flowers in clusters, from pink buds. Tart 1 1/2" fruits used for marmalades, cider, and preserves. Small tree to 25 feet. E. U.S. Zone 4. Sow in fall or give 3 - 4 months prechill to germinate in 4 weeks.
SOLANACEAE. Famous hardy stemless perennials of myth, magic and medicine. Good in the border or wild garden in well-drained soil and part shade.
—Mandragora autumnalis. (10) MANDR-6. Packet: $7.00
'AUTUMN MANDRAKE'. Bell-shaped purple 1 1/4" five-petaled flowers in spring, followed by oval orange to yellow berries. Hardy perennial forming rosettes of foot-long ruffled-edged leaves rising from a thick root. Mediterranean. Zone 5. Do not transplant the seedlings-sow in pots and plant out at the end of the first season. Stands rocky soil and drought. The roots were used in medicine like M. officinarum, and shared the wild mythology and magical uses surrounding 'mandragore' roots. Gives good germination in 2 - 3 weeks warm, higher with GA-3.
—Mandragora officinarum. (5) MANDR-18. Packet: $7.00
'MANDRAKE', 'DEVIL'S APPLES'. Bell shaped inch-long greenish to bluish flowers in spring, followed by yellow berries. Hardy perennial forming rosettes of foot-long leaves from a thick root. South Europe. Zone 6. Best in well-drained soil. Famous magical plant, variously considered a panacea or aphrodisiac, surrounded by folklore. Germination irregular, GA-3 helps.
AMARYLLIDACEAE. Formerly classed as Agave. North American fleshy bulbous Agave-like herbs with large night-blooming flowers. Attractive plants grown like Agave.
—Manfreda maculosa. (10) MANF-18. Packet: $2.50
'SPICE LILY'. Fragrant white to greenish 2" flowers in 3 - 4 foot spikes in spring and summer. Rosettes of narrow, mottled, sword-shaped foot-long leaves. S. Texas and México. Zone 7. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Mirabilis longiflora. (10) MIRA-14. Packet: $4.00
'SWEET FOUR O'CLOCK'. White flowers with a long 4 - 6" tube, red throat, and starry end. Bushy perennial to 3 feet, with 3 - 4" leaves. West Texas to México. Zone 8. "On calm, warm summer nights they fill the air with a wonderful fragrance."—Wilamowski. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Australian shrubs with pea-like flowers in yellow-orange or purple.
—Mirbelia dilatata. (b,v) MIRB-7. Packet: $2.50
'HOLLY-LEAF MIRBELIA'. Spikes of purple-mauve flowers at the branch-tips in spring and summer. Large shrub to 12 feet, with wavy, dark green, holly-like leaves and egg-shaped pods. SE Australia. Zone 8. Good in California. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Mirbelia platyloboides. (20) MIRB-19. Packet: $2.50
Orange-yellow flowers with red centers. Trailing shrub with narrow 2" leaves. SE Australia. Zone 8. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 6 weeks.
CUCURBITACEAE. Tendril climbing vines grown for their attractive fruits. Quick growing, preferring warm moist soil and a long season. Start early indoors in the North, and treat like cucumbers. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures. Seed viable 3 -4 years.
—Momordica grosvenori. (10) MOMO-28. Packet: $3.50
'LUO HAN GUO'. Climber to 15 - 20 feet, with heart shaped leaves and yellow flowers followed by 2 - 3" fruits. Forms a caudex. S. China. Zone 10. Dioecious, so both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. The fruits are intensely sweet and used in Chinese medicine for lung complaints and longevity aid. Research has found anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-viral properties. Soak seed several days to germinate in 3 - 6 weeks warm.
PALMAE. Small, hardy, bushy desert palms.
—Nannorrhops Ritchiana. (10) NANN-21. Packet: $4.00
'MAZARI PALM'. Clumping multi-stemmed palm to 10 feet or more, with pinnate 6 foot trends and orange fruits. Afghanistan, Iran, India, in dry cold regions. Zone 8. Needs heat to germinate over a long period.
—Ocimum Basilicum 'Red Rubin'. (500) OCIM-1RR. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $22.00
Dark purple-red leaves with a good flavor. Bushy plant to 18", a selection from Dark Opal, more compact and stays red longer into the summer.
LEGUMINOSAE. Australian shrubs, good in California.
—Oxylobium ilicifolium. (=Podolobium illicifolium). (50) OXYL-15. Packet: $2.50
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'AUSTRALIAN HOLLY'. Bright yellow 1/2" pea-like flowers with red markings, in spring. Shrub to 5 - 10 feet, with prickly, holly-like, shiny, dark green 4" leaves. Rocky soil, Australia. Zone 9. Has really neat leaves. Nick seed or use hot water to germinate in 2 - 12 weeks.
—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.
—Papaver Rhoeas Wild Type. (1000) PAPA-38. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $10.00
'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. 'Monet's Poppy'. (500) PAPA-43M. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $15.00
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Single pink-lavender flowers with a darker blotch. Sturdy plants to 4 feet tall, blooming in late June and early July. "I first collected seeds of this plant from the garbage pile at Monet's garden in Giverny, France in the late 1990s."—Aiello. Seed needs cold, prechill or sow in fall or very early spring.
—Passiflora gracilens BKO9426.2. (10) PASS-16. Packet: $4.00
Miniature passionflower with small, pink, inch-wide hanging flowers followed by small fruits with sweet tangy pulp. Small vines to 3 - 5 feet, with three-parted leaves. From 10,500 feet, Peruvian Andes. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 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
—Passiflora umbilicata. (10) PASS-106. Packet: $5.00
Beautiful deep purple flowers with slender petals, followed by edible 3" fruit. Fast-growing vine to 16 feet, with three-lobed leaves. Mountains of Argentina and Bolivia. Zone 8. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
GERANIACEAE. Widely distributed herbs and succulents grown for their showy flowers or scented leaves. Excellent for bedding or house plants. Easily grown in well-drained soil, in full sun outdoors, or in cool part of the greenhouse. Keep on the dry side in winter. Blooms best when pot bound, and many are good in hanging baskets. Germinates best with a light nicking, in 1 - 8 weeks. Seed viable about 3 years.
—Pelargonium mollicomum. (10) PELA-99. Packet: $2.50
Creamy white flowers with pink or red veining. Tender perennial with aromatic fuzzy leaves. Forms small tubers. S. Africa. Zone 9. Said to have a 'fruity' scent. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Penstemon attenuatus. (1000) PENS-16. Packet: $2.50
Yellow to blue or violet 3/4" flowers in summer, on slender stems to 2 feet. Hardy perennial with a rosette of 4" leaves. Washington to Idaho. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks with GA-3.
—Penstemon rupicola. (100) PENS-138. Packet: $2.50
'CLIFF PENSTEMON'. Scarlet to pink 1 1/2" long flowers. Low prostrate grey to blue-green shrublet to 4". Washington. Zone 5. Prechill 8 weeks, or use GA-3.
—Phytolacca heterotepala. (50) PHYO-10. Packet: $2.50
Foot-long spikes of small white flowers followed by black berries. Woody shrub to 8 feet. Mexico. Zone 9. Nice! Prechill seed.
PODOLOBIUM: See Oxylobium.
POLYGONACEAE. Annuals and perennials grown for their abundant bloom and attractive foliage. They range from dry, rocky areas to deep woods, to aquatic habitats. Easily grown in the border and wild garden; some are good ground covers or great in hanging baskets. Various species provide food, in the form of seeds, greens or roots, or forage, medicine and dyes. Researchers might find this vigorous group a fertile source of new crops. Most germinate in 2 - 3 weeks, some up to 2 months. Seed viable up to 25 years.
—Polygonum tinctorium. (50) POLY-46. Packet: $2.50
'JAPANESE INDIGO', 'DYER'S KNOTWEED', 'AI' (Japan). Bright pink flowers in dense 3 1/2" spikes. Hardy annual to 2 - 3 feet. China. The leaves produce a beautiful blue dye of commercial importance in the Orient. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Poncirus trifoliata 'Large Fruited'. (20) PONC4L. Packet: $2.50
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
A variety with large fruits to 3 - 4" wide.
MONOTROPACEAE. A single species.
—Pterospora andromeda. (1000) PTRS-1. Packet: $2.50
'PINEDROPS'. Reddish brown stalks with numerous white to pink, nodding 1/3" flowers in summer. Saprophyte living in combination with a fungus and conifer roots, having no chlorophyll. N. America. Dust-like seed will germinate with GA-3, but needs rich soil under conifers to establish the mycorrhizal relationship.
—Puya herzogii BK10511.5. (20) PUYA-7. Packet: $4.00
Yellow-green flowers with bright orange pollen, in a dense cluster on a club-like stalk to 6 - 8 feet. Large 3 foot rosettes of sword-shaped grey leaves. Bolivian endemic, collected at 13,300 feet in Cochabamba. Zone 7. Surface sow, germinates in 2 - 10 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Puya venusta. (25) PUYA-88. Packet: $3.00
'COASTAL PURPLE PUYA'. Deep violet flowers from red, pine-cone-like heads on stems to 40", with clasping red leaves. A nice small species forming clumps of grey-green, narrow, tooth-edged leaves in rosettes. Coastal Chile. Zone 8. Germinates in 2 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
CONVOLVULACEAE. Large woody twiners or climbing shrubs with heart-shaped leaves and attractive morning-glory-like flowers. Grown for ornament in the greenhouse or outdoors in warm regions.
—Rivea corymbosa. (=Turbina corymbosa) (10) RIVE-6. Packet: $2.50
'OLOLIUQUI', 'CAMPANITA', 'CHRISTMAS FLOWER'. Large clusters of white, inch-wide flowers. Large woody twiner reaching great heights with age, and the trunk as thick as a man's thigh. Heart-shaped 4" leaves. Tropical America. Zone 10. A good honey plant. Nick seed to germinate in a few weeks.
—Rudbeckia hirta 'Marmelade'. (1000) RUD-6M. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 pound: $25.00
Golden orange 4" flowers with deep black eye. Hardy annual to 2 feet or so. A nice variety of the classic 'black-eyed-susan'. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Salvia bulleyana. (15) SALV-9. Packet: $2.50
Yellow inch-long flowers with red-brown tips in spikes in summer. Half-hardy perennial to 2 feet, with crinkled bright green foliage. China. Zone 6.
—Salvia taraxacifolia. (50) SALV-90. Packet: $3.00
Light pink 3/4" flowers in open spikes in summer. Half-hardy perennial to 8 - 14", with rosettes of aromatic leaves. Morocco. Zone 7. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Salvia valentina. (10) SALV-100. Packet: $3.50
'GALLO CRESTA'. Endangered Spanish endemic. Tiny plants with 4" rosettes of wrinkled aromatic leaves and 6 - 8" flower stalks with pale blue-purple flowers. Zone 8. 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
—Satureja spicigera. (100) SATU-38. Packet: $2.50
'CREEPING SAVORY'. Abundant white flowers in spikes on an aromatic semi-evergreen perennial to 8". Turkey to Iran. Zone 6. Good ground cover, blooming in late summer and fall. Irregular germination, 1 - 24 weeks, and GA-3 helps.
—Scabiosa atropurpurpurea 'Imperial Mix'. (100) SCAB-3X. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $7.50, 1/4 pound: $16.00
'PINCUSHION FLOWER'. A nice mix of fragrant rose, pink, white, maroon, and lavender 2" flowers in summer and fall. Hardy annual to 3 feet. Good cut flower.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy African trees with red flowers and handsome pinnate foliage. Good in the greenhouse or outdoors in California and the South.
—Schotia afra. (5) SCHO-3. Packet: $3.50
'BOER BEAN'. Showy red flowers in clusters. Small gnarled evergreen tree to 20 feet. South Africa. Zone 9. Edible seeds taste like chestnuts. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Scrophularia nodosa. (1000) SCRO-17. Packet: $2.50
'WOODS FIGWORT', 'ROSE NOBLE'. Purplish flowers in July, and heart shaped, toothed leaves. Hardy perennial to 9 feet, preferring moist places. Europe, W. Asia. Was so highly esteemed medicinally that the Welsh called it Deilen Ddu (good leaf), and use it for many ailments. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 9 weeks warm.
COMPOSITAE. Tropical creeping herbs with yellow or white daisy-like flowers on long stalks.
—Spilanthes acmella. (=Acmella oleracea). (200) SPIL-4. Packet: $2.50
'TOOTHACHE PLANT', 'PARA CRESS'. Abundant red-tipped yellow clover-like flowers on a sub-tropical creeper with pointed triangular leaves. Tropics. Zone 4. The young leaves are added to salads, soups, or steamed with rice. They stimulate the saliva and cause numbness and tingling, so they are chewed for toothache. Anti-viral and anti-fungal. Used as a flavor-enhancer. Germinates in a week.
TERNSTROEMIACEAE. Showy-flowered hardy ornamental Asian & N. American trees and shrubs. The handsome foliage turns deep wine-red to orange in fall. Best in deep rich porous soil, and a warm sunny place in the North. Likes acidic soil, similar to Rhododendron. Soak seed 2 - 3 days.
—Stewartia monadelpha. (50) STEW-16. Packet: $2.50
White 1 1/2" flowers with violet anthers. Shrub or tree to 80 feet, with downy young shoots. Japan, Korea. Zone 6. Multi-cycle germinator, hold pots over several seasons.
—Thymus pulegioides. (500) THYM-20. Packet: $2.50
'MOTHER OF THYME'. Tiny mauve 1/4" flowers in heads on a hardy fragrant dwarf shrublet to 4 - 14" tall, with tiny leaves. Europe. Zone 4. Attracts bees and makes a nice ground cover. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LILIACEAE. Well-known wild garden perennials for moist part shade. Sow in pots and hold for several years to overcome dormancy.
—Trillium ovatum. (25) TRIL-18. Packet: $2.50
'WESTERN WAKE-ROBIN'. Showy white 2" flowers fading to rose, musky-scented, in spring. Hardy perennial to 20", with 6" leaves. B.C. to California. Zone 5. Sow in a pot and hold for several seasons, or try warm/cold/warm, and GA-3. Experiments here are ongoing.
LILIACEAE. Western American bulbs with showy six-petaled flowers and grass-like leaves. Best in full sun and well-drained soil. Good in pots. Rest dry.
—Triteleia grandiflora. (15) TRIT-16. Packet: $3.00
Deep blue inch-long flowers in umbels of up to 20 blooms, on a stalk to 1 - 2 feet. Bulb with grass-like leaves. Western US. Zone 5. Said to be one of the tastiest North American bulbs, with a chestnut flavor raw, becoming sweet when cooked. Prechill 6 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
TURBINA: See Rivea corymbosa.
COMPOSITAE. Low hardy perennials of the W. U.S., grown for their showy, sunflower-like blooms and bold foliage. Slow growing & long-lived plants valued in wild gardens. Seed of many sprout readily, but some need 3 - 4 months cold.
—Wyethia amplexicaulis. (50) WYET-6. Packet: $2.50
'NORTHERN MULE'S EARS'. Large yellow 3 - 4" wide flowers held above the large, glossy green varnished leaves up to 1 1/2 feet long, resembhng mule's ears in shape. N. Great Basin. Zone 5. Handsome perennial. The Indians ate the root after heating and fermenting, and the seeds and tender shoots were consumed. Some germinate at warm temperatures, but a prechill helps.
ZEA (ZAY-a or ZEE-a)
GRAMINEAE. Corn and teosinte. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Zea mexicana. (20) ZEA-1. Packet: $2.50
'TEOSINTE'. Annual to 10 feet, with 1 - 2" wide leaves, and a tiny 'ear' only 2 - 3" long. México. A wild ancestor of corn, and its closest relative. The 'ear' consists of two rows of kernels back to back and has the power to disperse its seed, a trait which corn has lost. For at least 3000 years teosinte has crossed with cultivated maize, resulting in a great genetic diversity which is drawn upon to produce improved varieties. This genetic diversity is greater than could be produced by 100 years of artificially-induced mutations. Ironically, the introduction of modern agricultural methods and hybrid corn varieties to these last areas of teosinte's occurrence is rapidly driving it into extinction. If we lose this ancestral genetic base, we will no longer be assured of corn's continued development.