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2023 SEEDLIST - Lo - Lz
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LOBELIACEAE. Over 350 species ranging through most of the world and varying from annuals, perennials, aquatics, succulents and trees to caudiciforms above the treeline in African mountains in which gorillas make their nests. Many are excellent garden plants with showy flowers in mostly reds and blues. Many of the perennials prefer cool moist spots. Most easy from seed, surface sow, light helps. Some kinds need GA-3, prechill, or smoke.
—Lobelia cardinalis. (500) LOB-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00, Ounce: $35.00
'CARDINAL FLOWER'. Bright, intense cardinal-red 1 - 2" long flowers in long spikes in summer. Hardy perennial to 2 - 4 feet, with glossy, narrow 4" leaves, often purple-bronze. E. N. America and a couple of disjunct spots in the Southwest. Zone 3. Best in wet soil and bogs. Makes nice colonies, and if flower spikes are picked, it will bloom till fall. Medicinal. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks with GA-3.
—Lobelia Erinus 'Crystal Palace'. (500) LOB-10CP. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50, 25 grams: $28.00
Deep cobalt-blue flowers. Bronzy foliage, to 4". Annual. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
—Lobelia inflata. (1000) LOB-17. Packet: $2.50
This lot non-dormant, and germinates readily in light.
'INDIAN TOBACCO'. Light blue 1/4" flowers followed by inflated pods. Annual to 1 - 3 feet, with oval, 3 1/2" leaves. E. U.S. This medicinal herb was very popular with the Indians. The herb should be collected in August to September, and dried carefully. Sow seed on the surface. Some lots dormant and should be sown on a thin layer of wood ashes or use GA-3 to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
—Lobelia puberula. (1000) LOB-27. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.00
'DOWNY LOBELIA'. Light to bright blue 1/2 - 3/4" flowers (rarely white), in long one-sided spikes. Hardy perennial to 1 - 3 feet, with downy 1 - 2" leaves. E. U.S. Zone 5. Good in full sun to part shade, sandy to moist soil.
—Lobelia siphilitica. (500) LOB-29. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00, Ounce: $35.00
'GREAT BLUE LOBELIA', 'HIGH-BELIA'. Clear blue or white inch-long flowers in long leafy spikes over a long period, July to September. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet. E. U.S. Zone 3. Prefers moist soils and by the streamside. An excellent wildflower. Used by the Indians against syphilis. Germinates in 1 - 7 weeks. GA-3 may help dormant lots.
—Lobelia Tupa. (100) LOB-42. Packet: $3.00 OUT OF STOCK
'TUPA', 'TABACO DEL DIABLO'. Long spikes of blood-red 2" hooded flowers. Half hardy perennial to 6 -8 feet with light green, felty 10" leaves. Chile. Said to be hardy to 10 - 20°F, or colder if planted in a sheltered, sunny place. Used medicinally for toothache by the Mapuche Indians. Germinates in 2 -7 weeks warm, and KNO3 helps.
CAPRIFOLIACEAE. Popular climbers and shrubs, mostly hardy, valued for their often showy fragrant flowers. Most soils are fine. A prechill usually helps germination. Easily grown old favorites.
—Lonicera ciliosa. (30) LONI-18. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $13.00
'WESTERN TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE'. Orange-yellow 1 1/2" long trumpets in clusters in June and July, followed by orange-red berries. Shrubby twiner to 20 feet, with 4" leaves. W. U.S. Zone 5 or 6. Stems used for weaving by Indians. Prechill seed 8 - 12 weeks or sow in fall.
—Lonicera kamtschatica. (25) LONI-52. Packet: $3.50 OUT OF STOCK
'HONEYBERRY'. Greenish yellow flowers followed by edible, inch-long blueberry-like fruits. Deciduous shrub to 3 - 4 feet, with fuzzy leaves. Kamchatka. Zone 5. Needs two to set fruit. Prechill seed 8 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
NOTE: This is not the water lotus. See Nelumbo for water lotus.
LEGUMINOSAE. 'DEER VETCH'. Floriferous perennials or shrubs, often trailing, with yellow, white, rose or purple flowers. Grown for ornament and some species for the edible pods. Almost any soil. Easy from seed which may benefit from light scarification. Germinates in 3 days to 4 weeks. Seed half-life varies from 7 - 20 years, and some have germinated when over 100 years old.
—Lotus tetragonolobus. (=Tetragonolobus purpureus) (25) LOTU-80. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
Photos and info: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55101/
'ASPARAGUS PEA', 'WINGED PEA'. Deep red flowers followed by edible four-winged pods. Bushy annual to 1 foot. S. Europe. Full sun. The young pods are eaten raw or cooked, having an asparagus-like flavor. Ripe seeds also eaten. Soak, nick hard ones, to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.
LUFFA (LUFF-a or LOO-fa)
CUCURBITACEAE. 'DISH-CLOTH GOURD', 'VEGETABLE SPONGE', 'LOOFAH'. Tropical tendril-climbing vines with showy yellow or white flowers and peculiar gourd-like fruits. The young fruits are eaten in some countries, and the fibrous interior of mature fruits is the popular scrub-brush for the bath. They are grown like cucumbers or melons but like more heat and do well in the greenhouse. Fast growing to 10 - 15 feet. Seeds germinate in 1 - 4 weeks. Start indoors in March, and set out in May in a hot sunny spot.
—Luffa aegyptiaca. (=cylindrica) (10) LUFF-3. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $8.00, 1/4 Pound: $22.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are still available
'COMMON LOOFAH'. The common dishcloth gourd, this is an easily grown climber. Attractive yellow 2 - 3" flowers followed by 1 - 2 foot long, smooth, cucumber-like gourds. Tropics. The young fruits are edible, popular in China, Burma and India, and they are pickled in Arab countries. Edible when young; becoming bitter and toxic when ripe. Matures to a brown color, and they can be peeled, the seeds removed, and the fibrous interior washed and bleached for use as a scrubber. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
CRUCIFERAE. Old fashioned annuals and perennials grown for their attractive, sweet-scented flowers and the large, flat, silvery pods used in dried arrangements. Easily grown, standing poor soil, part shade, and drought. Reseeds well. Sow early in spring or fall in mild climates.
Lunaria annua Varieties: (=biennis)
'MONEY PLANT', 'SATIN FLOWER'. Well-known for the sprays of slivery moon-like 2" pods. Showy purple, red or white 1/2" wide, sweet-scented flowers in large clusters in spring and early summer. Good cut flowers. To 2 - 3 feet, with large, heart-shaped leaves. Easily grown and self-sows. An old-fashioned favorite for poor shady soils. The unripe seeds and the roots are said to have a hot, mustard-like flavor, and have been eaten in salads. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Seed viable 4 years or more.
—Lunaria annua Violet. (25) LUNA-1V. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $17.50
Bright purple-violet flowers and large pods.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy herbs and shrubs grown for their spikes of bright flowers, as soil-builders, erosion control, forage, food and wildlife habitat. Some 200 species with a center of diversity in W. N. America. Best in well-drained or even sandy poor soil. Most germinate readily after nicking and soaking.
—Lupinus densiflorus v. aureus. (100) LUP-12A. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 pound: $18.00
'YELLOW LUPIN'. Dense spikes of yellow flowers tinged red. Hardy annual to 2 - 3 feet. California. Soak, nick hard, to germinate in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Lupinus polyphyllus. (25) LUP-46. Packet: $2.50
Violet to blue to reddish or white 1/2" flowers in dense spikes to 2 feet long. Stout hardy perennial to 8" to 5 feet tall, with 5" leaves. California to B.C. Zone 3. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Lupinus polyphyllus 'Russell Mix'. (100) LUP-46X. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00
A spectacular strain developed over a 25 year period by George Russell of York, England. Dense flower-spikes in shades of red, blue, yellow, pink, purple, and bicolors. Tall biennial or short-lived perennial to 3 feet or more. Zone 3. Nick seed.
—Lupinus rivularis. (25) LUP-52. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
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'RIVERBANK LUPINE'. Blue flowers in long spikes. Hardy perennial or sub-shrub to 3 feet. W. U.S. Zone 5. Nice! Nick to germinate in 1 - 4 weeks.
CARYOPHYLLACEAE. 'CAMPION'. Hardy, old-fashioned annuals, biennials and perennials, valued in the border and wild-garden for their brilliant display of flowers. N. Hemisphere, some arctic. Closely related to Agrostemma and Silene. Easily grown in full sun and tolerant of adverse soils. Annuals may be sown in March or April where they are to grow, to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks. Biennials and perennials can be sown early under glass for bloom the first season, or as late as 8 weeks before frost in fall, to germinate in about 1 - 4 weeks. Seed viable 3 - 4 years or more. "These are beautiful plants for the border or wild garden, and during summer they smother themselves with a profusion of incredibly vivid flowers..."—C. O. Booth.
—Lychnis alpina. (=Viscaria alpina) (500) LYCH-2. Packet: $2.50
'ARCTIC or ALPINE CAMPION'. Pink to rosy purple flowers in clusters. Tufted hardy perennial to 12", with narrow leaves. Arctic and subarctic Eurasia and N. America. "An attractive alpine."—Bailey. "Used as a copper indicator in Norway and nickel indicator in Finland."—Mabberly.
—Lychnis X Arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'. (75) LYCH-4V. Packet: $2.50
Brilliant orange-scarlet 1 1/2" wide flowers in heads of 5 - 10 blooms, June and July. Hardy perennial to 1 1/2 feet, with dark purplish foliage. Zone 5. Choice. Germinates in 1 week.
—Lychnis chalcedonica. (1000) LYCH-7. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
'MALTESE CROSS', 'SCARLET LIGHTNING'. Brilliant scarlet inch-wide flowers in dense clusters of 10 - 50 blooms, in June and July. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with dark green foliage. Siberia. Zone 4. "One of the best of all old-fashioned flowers."—Bailey.
NEW—Lychnis chalcedonica Carnea. (250) LYCH-7C. Packet: $2.50
'PINK MALTESE CROSS'. Salmon pink to white inch-wide flowers in large round clusters, June to August. Hardy perennial to 4 feet, with dark green foliage. Siberia. Zone 4. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
—Lychnis Coronaria. (=Agrostemmma Coronaria) (500) LYCH-10. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $10.00
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'ROSE CAMPION', 'MULLEIN PINK', 'DUSTY MILLER'. Large rose-crimson 1 1/2" wide flowers borne singly on stems held above the densely white-woolly foliage. Hardy biennial or short-lived perennial to 1 1/2 - 3 feet, forming dense tufts. Eurasia. Zone 4. "The glowing flowers and white foliage make it a conspicuous plant."—L. H. Bailey. Good in masses.
—Lychnis Coronaria alba. (100) LYCH-10W. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $9.00
'WHITE CAMPION'. Pure white 1 1/2" flowers held above densely white-woolly foliage. Hardy biennial or short-lived perennial to 30". Eurasia.
—Lychnis Flos-cuculi. (1000) LYCH-14. Packet: $2.50
'CUCKOO-FLOWER', 'RAGGED ROBIN'. Clear pink inch-wide flowers with deeply cut petals, blooming early (February in California). Slender hardy perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with narrow leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. "An old-time and deserving favorite, blooming profusely and for most of the season."—Bailey.
SOLANACEAE. 'MATRIMONY VINE', 'BOXTHORN'. Ornamental shrubs, often clambering, or with graceful, arching branches. Valued for their funnel-shaped flowers and bright scarlet berries. Good for hedges, wildlife habitat, erosion control, food and medicine. Some of the 100 or so species are hardy in the North, and the pendant types are especially attractive cascaded down a wall. Good by the seaside and for fixing sandy banks. Easily grown.
—Lycium barbarum 'Large Leaf'. (20) LYCI-10L. Packet: $3.75 OUT OF STOCK
'LARGE-LEAF GO-JI'. A selected form with large leaves to 5" long, excellent eaten cooked. Arching shrub with abundant edible red berries. Zone 6. Same medicinal properties as L. chinense. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Lycium minutifolium. (10) LYCI-54. Packet: $4.00
Masses of white tubular 1/2" flowers followed by 1/4" orange berries that ripen black. Thick-stemmed shrub to 3 - 6 feet, with tiny succulent leaves. Endemic to dry rocky areas of north-central Chile. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks warm.
SOLANACEAE. South American herbs with edible berries. Includes the familiar tomato. Easy.
—Lycopersicon cheesmanii. (25) LYCO-6. Packet: $3.75
'GALAPAGOS TOMATO'. Sprawling tender perennial with clusters of small yellow 1/2" edible fruits. Ex Isabela Island, Galapagos. Dispersed by tortoises. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Lycopersicon chilense. (10) LYCO-7. Packet: $3.50
'WILD TOMATO'. Deeply divided grey-green leaves and large bright yellow flowers followed by clusters of greenish edible fruit. Perennial to 3 feet, from dry rocky parts of northern Chile. Zone 10. Used for breeding disease resistance into tomatoes. Give GA-3 to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.