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2022 SEEDLIST - Pi - Pz
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PINACEAE. Attractive N. Hemisphere, conifers with pendulous cones. Grown for ornament or timber. Most soils and zones, and easy from seed.
—Picea likiangensis. (100) PICA-26. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $12.00
'LIJIANG SPRUCE'. Tree to 100 feet, with green to blue-green 1/2" needles. Grey scaly bark and 3" cones that may be reddish or purple when young. SW China and Tibet. Zone 7. "In April and May when loaded with its male flowers and brilliant red young cones it is spectacularly beautiful."—Hilliers. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
UMBELLIFERAE. Herbs with white or yellow flowers in umbels, and feathery leaves. Best sown directly to not-too-rich soil. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Pimpinella Anisum. (1000) PIM-1. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
'ANISE'. White flowers. A dainty annual to 1 1/2 - 2 feet, with feathery bright green leaves. Greece to Egypt. Grown for the popular seeds used as a condiment for bread, pastries and cheese, to flavor liqueurs, and medicinally. Known to the ancient Greeks, it is mentioned by Dioscorides, Theophrastus, and Pliny. The leaves may be used in salads. Medicinally the seeds and oil are used as estrogenic agents to promote milk secretion, regulate and promote menstruation, ease birth, and allay symptoms of menopause. A number of synthetic estrogens were originally modeled after the estrogenic compounds found in the oil. Anise still has merit in that it is non-carcinogenic, has low toxicity, and is gentle in action. Not to mention you don't need a prescription, and it is low cost. See: 'Fennel and Anise as Estrogenic Agents'. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1980) Vol. 2, pages 337 - 344.
ARACEAE. Ornamental E. Asian summer-growing arums. Best in moist part shade.
—Pinellia pedatisecta. (20) PINE-19. Packet: $2.50
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Small light green 7" hoods in summer, with a long, wiry tail that curves down then up 6". Divided 6" leaves. Hardy perennial to 18". N. and W. China. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Pinellia tripartia 'Atropurpurea'. (20) PINE-24A. Packet: $2.50
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'PURPLE DRAGON'. Purple 4" spathes in spring and summer, with long green tails. Bulb to 18", with shiny three-parted leaves. Japan. Zone 5. Stands shade.
PINUS (PEE-nus or PYE-nus)
PINACEAE. North Hemisphere evergreen conifers. The pines are popular and widely adapted. Valuable for timber, ornament, fuelwood, rosin, turpentine, and edible seeds. Best in well-drained soil.
—Pinus aristata. (25) PINU-2. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'BRISTLECONE PINE'. Small tree to 10 - 50 feet with stark green 1 1/2" needles and 3 1/2" cones. SW U.S. Zone 3. Slow growing and long lived, up to 2000 years. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks, no prechill.
—Pinus attenuata. (25) PINU-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $15.00
Branch with cones: http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0602+0342
'KNOB-CONE PINE'. Small tree to 6 - 40, even 80 feet, with slender light green 3 - 7" needles and 6" cones. Oregon and California. Zone 6. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks with no prechill.
—Pinus Cembra v. sibirica. (20) PINU-138. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $10.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
Nice photos on a Czech site: http://botany.cz/cs/pinus-cembra-sibirica/
'SIBERIAN PINE'. Extremely hardy form of the stone pine, to Zone 1. Cones slightly larger. Seeds edible, containing up to 64% oil, pressed for cooking. Tea of the young needles is vitamin-rich. Give seed a prolonged prechill and hold pots several years.
—Pinus durangensis. (10) PINU-16. Packet: $2.50
Info and photos: http://www.conifers.org/pi/Pinus_durangensis.php
'DURANGO PINE'. Dark green 6 - 10" needles and 3" cones. Tree to 130 feet, with grey-brown bark. Mts. of W. México. Zone 8. The only pine with needles in sixes. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Pinus Lambertiana. (15) PINU-32. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $14.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
'SUGAR PINE'. The tallest pine, to 220 feet, with 2 - 4" needles and 8 - 24" long cones, the largest in the genus. Oregon to Baja. Zone 7. The large seeds are eaten, and it exudes a sweet sap. Give 2 - 3 month prechill 10 germinate in a month.
—Pinus Massoniana. (50) PINU-37. Packet: $2.50
'CHINESE RED PINE'. To 80 feet, with thin, light green 8" needles and 3" cones. China. Zone 7. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
—Pinus Mugo Mughus. (25) PINU-44. Packet: $3.00
5 grams: $10.00
'DWARF SWISS MOUNTAIN PINE'. Low shrub to 4 feet, with crowded 2" needles and 2" cones. Alps. Zone 3. Very ornamental. Produces Hungarian terebinth. Germinates in 2 - 24 weeks warm.
—Pinus Pinea. (10) PINU-62. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Pound: $20.00
'ITALIAN STONE PINE', 'UMBRELLA PINE'. Round-topped tree to 40 - 80 feet, with stiff, bright to grey green 8" needles, and 4" cones. Mediterranean. Cultivated for the large, sweet, edible nuts. Considered sacred to Poseidon by the ancient Greeks. Zone 8. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm. Some lots are sensitive to warm temperatures and need cool temperatures to germinate.
—Pinus Roxburghii. (=longifolia) (25) PINU-72. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
'CHIR' or 'EMODI PINE'. Beautiful Himalayan pine to 80 feet, with long, drooping, light green 12" needles and 7" cones. Zone 6. The seeds are eaten in India. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks with no prechill needed.
—Pinus tabulaeformis. (50) PINU-77. Packet: $2.50
Photo of needles and cones: http://www.plantphoto.cn/tu.aspx?id=28060
'CHINESE RED PINE'. To 80 feet, with 4-6" needles and 3" cones. Northern China. Zone 4 or 5. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
—Pinus taiwanensis. (50) PINU-79. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $14.00
'TAIWAN PINE'. To 100 feet or more, with 4 1/2" needles and 2" cones. Endemic to the mountains of Taiwan. Zone 8. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Pinus Torreyana. (10) PINU-97. Packet: $4.00
'TORREY PINE'. Small round-headed tree to 60 feet, often gnarled in the wild. Stiff dark green 8 - 12" needles and round 6" cones. Rare endemic, only a few thousand trees occur in a small spot on the San Diego coast and on Santa Rosa Island. Large edible seeds. Zone 7. Germinates in 4 - 6 weeks and a 4 week prechill often helps.
CAMPANULACEAE. 'BALLOON FLOWER'. A single species. A showy hardy perennial thriving in well drained sandy loam. Easy from seed; blooms the second year. The flower buds are inflated and balloon-like before they open. Allow stems to die back in fall. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures. Do not cover seed. The young leaves are used in salads in Japan. Native to eastern Asia.
—Platycodon grandiflorus 'Florist Blue'. (100) PLTY-1B. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50, 5 grams: $15.00
'BLUE BALLOON FLOWER' Large blue 3" flowers. Showy perennial to 2 feet. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fuji Pink'. (100) PLTY-1FP. Packet: $2.50
'FLORIST PINK'. Large pink 3" flowers. Showy perennial to 20". Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LABIATAE. Tropical Asian herbs for fragrance.
—Pogostemon cablin. (300) POGO-6. Packet: $3.00
1/4 Gram: $18.00, Gram: $50.00
'TRUE PATCHOULI'. Tropical shrublet to 2 - 3 feet with very fragrant mauve flowers in 1 - 3" spikes, and 2 - 4" leaves. East Indies. Zone 9b or 10. The main source of patchouli oil. Used for fragrance, medicinally, and seasoning. Smells like a VW bus full of hippies. Best in warm places with part shade. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks. Aged seed best, and light and GA-3 helps.
Info and photos link: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53931/
—Pogostemon heyneanus. (200) POGO-11. Packet: $3.00 OUT OF STOCK
'INDIAN PATCHOULI'. Small purple flowers in spikes on a shrubby tropical perennial to 5 - 6 feet, with highly fragrant leaves. Tropical Asia. Zone 10. Prefers full to part shade, good houseplant. One of the sources of patchouli oil. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy warm-region small broad-crowned trees and shrubs with feathery pinnate foliage and spectacular flowers. Fast growing heat lovers, best in well-drained soil. Drought-resistant thriving in hot sun and warm regions, north to Oregon. Easy in pots in the greenhouse. Easy from seed, grow like Caesalpinia, which see.
—Poinciana Gilliesii. (=Caesalpinia Gilliesii) (10) POIN-2. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $12.00, 1/4 Pound: $40.00 NEW PRICE
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'BIRD of PARADISE BUSH'. Striking flowers with 3 - 5" long bright red stamens from 5-petaled yellow flowers in dense clusters. Blooms all summer. Shrub or small tree with feathery foliage. South America. Fast growing to 10 to 20 feet or so. An excellent ornamental, good in desert areas and the South, but grown as far north as Oregon. Zone 8. Easy in pots in the greenhouse in the North, and said to be possible as an annual if started early. The stamens have been used as a saffron substitute. "A very showy and worthy plant."—L. H. Bailey. Nick seed, germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Poinciana pulcherrima. (=Caesalpinia pulcherrima) (10) POIN-4. Packet: $2.50
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'PRIDE OF BARBADOS', 'DWARF POINCIANA', 'FLOWER FENCE'. Striking flowers with red crinkled petals edged yellow, and bright 2 1/2" red stamens. Dense shrub to 10 feet with delicate dark green feathery foliage. West Indies. Zone 9. Fast growing, good hedge or screen in warm regions, blooming throughout warm weather. Stands some frost. Sacred in India. The seed and pods yield tannin and dye, and the orange colored wood is carbonized for ink in India. Leaves used as a fish poison in Guatemala. All parts have medicinal uses, and extracts have shown antiviral effects. Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Poinciana regia: See Delonix regia.
POLEMONIACEAE. Mostly easily grown perennials for the border. Blue, yellow or purplish flowers. Best from fall-sown seed in rich loam. Common kinds germinate in 1 - 4 weeks at warm.
—Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain Strain'. (50) POLE-28P. Packet: $2.50
Large violet inch-wide flowers in June and July. Hardy perennial to 20", with pinnate leaves. Japan. Zone 4. Until early summer the whole plant is reddish-purple, making a nice display. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks or so.
LILIACEAE. Robust hardy woodland perennials grown for their handsome foliage and graceful arching branches. Best in shady places, but they do well in the border. Ideal for woodland and under trees, where they form nice colonies. Sow in fall or give warm then cold treatment.
NEW—Polygonatum biflorum. (50) POLO-2. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
'SMALL SOLOMON'S SEAL'. Bell-shaped greenish 1/2" flowers in small clusters in April to July. Hardy perennial to 1 - 3 feet, with graceful arching branches and attractive foliage. E. N. America. "Wonderful in shade gardens."—Guttendorf. Best sown in fall, or prechill 4 months to germinate in 1 - 2 months.
POLYPODIACEAE. Mostly temperate zone woodland ferns grown for ornament. Easily grown. Prefers limestone and leafmold. See Fern Spores for germination.
—Polystichum munitum. (10,000) POLYS-12. Packet: $2.50
'GIANT HOLLY FERN', 'WESTERN SWORD FERN'. Large, deep green, pinnate, leathery evergreen fronds to 10" wide, in large clumps to 3 to 5 feet tall. Striking and hardy, living to great age. Alaska to California. The thick roots were peeled and roasted in embers or cooked like potatoes with salmon eggs by Northwest Indians. Said to have a banana-like flavor. I've got to try it someday! Spores germinate in 2 weeks, prothallia form in the next few weeks or so.
RUTACEAE. A single species of hardy citrus.
—Poncirus trifoliata. (20) PONC-4. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Ounce: $6.00, Pound: $40.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
'TRIFOLIATE ORANGE.' Large white fragrant 2" flowers before the leaves, followed by very fragrant 2" fruits. Deciduous small tree to 15 feet, hardy to Chicago. Zone 5. Makes a nice, deer-proof 'living barbed wire fence' planted 2 feet apart. Fruits make a nice juice, best if squeezed a few weeks after picking. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, best in the dark, cover seed well.
Photo and information links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14734210 "Poncirus trifoliata fruit induces apoptosis in human promyelocytic leukemia cells." Poncirus fruit is used against cancer in Korea, and here is research showing it has activity against leukemia.
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Poncirus+trifoliata A good overview of uses of Poncirus.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874196014511 "Anti-anaphylactic activity of Poncirus trifoliata fruit extract." The extract prevented anaphylactic shock in rats.
—Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'. (20) PONC-4F. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Ounce: $8.00, Pound: $80.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
'FLYING DRAGON TRIFOLIATE ORANGE.' Striking variety with curly stems and hooked thorns, making a stunning display when leafless in winter. Large white fragrant 2" flowers before the leaves, followed by very fragrant 2" fruits ("Dragon's Eggs"). Deciduous small tree to 8 feet (smaller than the type, so easier to keep trimmed), hardy to Chicago. Zone 5. Makes a nice, deer-proof 'living barbed wire fence' planted 2 feet apart, and because the thorns are curved, they are not a hazard to tractor tires if branches get left on the ground after trimming. Fruits make a nice juice, best if squeezed a few weeks after picking. Comes 95% true from seed. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, best in the dark, cover seed well.
Photo and information links:
http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/poncirus-trifoliata-or-flying-dragon.html Great photos!
For wholesale mail-order bare-root one-year old seedlings for planting hedges (about 6" tall, with 6" roots, $2.00 each in lots of 50 or more, plus postage), contact Adam Turtle of Earth Advocates Research Farm, 30 Myers Road, Summertown, TN 38483-7323, Phone 1-931-964-4151 (7AM to 5PM Central Time).
Dragon's Egg Pie by Sue Turtle
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk.
1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh squeezed juice from the Dragon's Egg (the fruit of Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' - takes about 10 - 15 fruit).
4 egg yolks.
Whip/blend (I use the blender) the yolks, then add the milk. Add the juice until just mixed.
Pour into a 9" graham cracker crumb crust. Chill for several hours or overnight before serving.
(This pie can be made with key limes if one wishes, but the fruit of Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' makes the best pie.)
5 egg yolks (beat 3-5 minutes until thickened (I use the blender).
Slowly add in one 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk.
Then add in 3/4 cup fresh Flying Dragon fruit juice and whir just to blend.
In a separate bowl beat 3 of the egg whites until they form soft peaks and waver gently on the beater (DO NOT OVER-BEAT) Whites should be firm but not stiff. Fold the white gently and thoroughly into the other mixture.
Spoon at once into a graham cracker crumb crust shell (can be precooked or not but if pre-cooked - allow to cool).
Bake 20 minutes at 325° for about 20 minutes (in the center of the oven).
If you like you can cover with Meringue topping using the 2 remaining egg whites.
Beat 2 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar until foamy.
Beat in 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
Continue beating until stiff and glossy.
DO NOT UNDER-BEAT.
Beat in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.
Heap onto the hot pie filling and spread over filling - carefully sealing to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping.
Bake at 400° for 10 minutes until delicately brown.
Cool away from draft.
COMPOSITAE. From the warm Americas.
—Porophyllum ruderale. (100) PORO-21. Packet: $2.50
Photos and info: http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/3167/porophyllum-ruderale-yerba-porosa/
'PAPALO QUELITE', 'SUMMER CILANTRO'. Annual to 4 feet, with oval roundish leaves and small flowers. México to S. America. Zone 9 or 10. Distinctive cilantro-like flavor, but more citrusy. Added to salads, tacos, guacamole, and salsas. Does well when too hot for cilantro. Full or part sun. Year old seed germinates in 1 - 2 weeks, fresh seed needs GA-3.
PORTULACEAE. 'MOSS ROSE'. Somewhat succulent low-growing herbs grown for their brilliant flowers or as potherbs. Sun lovers, preferring poor, dry, light soils and only a little water, providing a showy, dense carpet of color in hot areas where other flowers would soon perish. Try several to a 6" pot. Sow in March at 65 - 75°F, or outdoors in April. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Seed viable 3 - 10 years, and some up to 45 years.
—Portulaca grandiflora 'Single Mix'. (1000) PORT-1S. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $5.00, 5 grams: $12.00, 25 grams: $50.00
Large single flowers in a range of colors. This is the old-fashioned type not often seen nowadays.
ROSACEAE. A very large genus of mostly hardy perennials. Yellow, red, or white flowers, and divided leaves. Good in the border or wild garden. Sow in fall or early spring. February in a cold frame. Most germinate in 1 - 4 weeks, some up to 8 weeks. Most kinds bloom the second year. Name means 'powerful', referring to the medicinal properties. Need little care.
—Potentilla atrosanguinea Red. (100) POTL-9. Packet: $2.50
Red inch-wide flowers in much-branched clusters in summer. Hardy perennial forming a mound to 18" tall. Himalayas. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
—Potentilla nepalensis 'Helen Jane'. (250) POTL-88H. Packet: $2.50
Abundant brilliant pink inch-wide flowers with red eyes, in summer. Compact hardy perennial to 1 foot, with palmate leaves. Himalayas. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Potentilla Thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet'. (100) POTL-120M. Packet: $2.50
Deep velvety red 1/2 - 3/4" flowers with dark centers, in June to August. Hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with divided leaves. New Mexico to California. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
PRIMULACEAE. 'PRIMROSE'. A large genus of mostly cool-region hardy and half hardy perennials grown for their beautiful, showy winter and spring bloom. Popular for pot plants, bedding, in the rock garden, greenhouse and border. Most like deep, moist, well-drained soil and part shade. Mulch to keep soil cool. Sow seed in late fall or early spring; several weeks to months cold is beneficial to most hardy kinds. Most need light, sow on the surface and keep cool, best under 65°F. They may be irregular in germinating, taking from 2 - 10 weeks or more; usually 20 - 40 days. Seed viable 1 - 5 years.
—Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson'. (100) PRIM-85M. Packet: $2.50
Deep intense red 1 - 1 1/2" flowers in tiered clusters to 1 1/2 - 2 feet, May to July. Hardy perennial with grey-green rosettes of 8 - 12" leaves. Japan. Zone 5. Give seed 250ppm GA-3 or prechill 8 weeks.
—Primula macrocalyx. (100) PRIM-100. Packet: $2.50
Large yellow to orange 1 1/4" fragrant flowers in clusters to 15" tall. Hardy perennial. Central Asia. Zone 4. "Like P. veris on steroids. More robust in all its parts."—Bertrand. Give seed GA-3 to germinate in 4 - 6 weeks.
—Primula veris. (=officinalis) (100) PRIM-165. Packet: $2.50
'COWSLIP', 'MAYFLOWER', 'KEY OF HEAVEN'. Bright yellow fragrant nodding inch-wide flowers clustered on 8 - 12" stems in spring. The petals each have a red spot. Attractive rosettes of crinkled leaves. Europe. Zone 4. A legendary plant of the herbalists, with a long history of use. Norse mythology dedicated it to the goddess Freya, and it was held to be the entrance to her treasure palace. The sedative flowers are made into cowslip wine, an old folk remedy for insomnia, giddiness, and nervous troubles. The fresh blossoms are added to salads or are made into conserves. They were once held in high esteem as a cosmetic, believed to remove spots and wrinkles. Seed viable 2 - 5 years. Give seed 2 weeks warm, then 8 weeks cold, to sprout in 1 - 8 weeks.
—Primula veris 'Sunset Shades'. (50) PRIM-165S. Packet: $3.00
Flowers in shades of red, orange, ochre, and yellow, from March to May. Hardy perennial to 10". Zone 4.
LABIATAE. Showy-flowered low growing perennials from north temperate regions. Easily grown long blooming, attracts pollinators and good groundcover.
—Prunella vulgaris. (100) PRUL-25. Packet: $2.50
'SELF-HEAL', 'HEAL-ALL'. Violet-blue 1/2" flowers in short, dense spikes, in May to October. Hardy perennial to 4 - 20", with 4" leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. Highly regarded medicinal herb. Sow on the surface. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks warm.
—Prunella vulgaris White. (400) PRUL-25W. Packet: $2.50
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'WHITE SELF-HEAL'. White 1/2" flowers in dense spikes in summer. Hardy perennial with 4" leaves. Eurasia. Zone 3. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
ROSACEAE. Ornamental flowering trees and shrubs. Many produce edible fruits or nuts. Easily grown, and making a great display of bloom in spring.
NEW—Prunus tomentosa. (20) PRUN-135. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'NANKING CHERRY'. Abundant inch-wide white flowers followed by small red edible fruit. Very hardy shrub to 8 feet. N. China, Tibet. Zone 2. Early flowering. Fruits eaten raw or made into pies or jelly. Can bear in 2 - 3 years from seed. Sow in fall or give 3 months prechill.
ROSACEAE. A single species.
—Pseudocydonia sinensis. (50) PSCY-4. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Photos and info: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/59646/
'CHINESE QUINCE', 'MUGUA' (Chinese name). Pink 1 - 2" flowers in spring, followed by large, edible 5 - 7" yellow fruits ripening in fall. Hardy deciduous or evergreen tree to 20 feet, with shiny 4" leaves with good fall color. Attractive flaking green and brown bark. N. China. Zone 5. Fruit best after a frost or two, used in jams and cobblers, and is very fragrant, perfuming a room. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks, and some lots need 8 weeks prechill.
LEGUMINOSAE. Tropical eastern hemisphere plants.
—Psophocarpus tetragonolobus Day Neutral. (10) PSOP-12D. Packet: $2.50
'WINGED BEAN'. Tropical perennial vine with winged, four-sided pods and protein-rich seeds. Young pods eaten raw, or cooked like snap beans. The leaves, flowers and roots are all eaten, and the light blue flowers are used for food coloring. Usually this plant can't be grown north of southern Florida because of day-length restrictions, but this variety blooms regardless of day length. The immature tuberous roots are eaten like potatoes, and are said to be quite tasty. They contain 20% protein dry weight, some 10 - 20 times the protein of other root crops. Nick seed to germinate in 2 weeks.
RUBIACEAE. Small tropical trees.
—Psydrax odorata. (25) PSYD-14. Packet: $3.50
10 grams: $25.00 (About 350 seed), 50 grams: $75.00
'ALAHE'E'. Small white highly fragrant flowers on a small, straight-trunked tree to 6 - 30 feet, with 2 - 3" shiny leaves, and a small round lollipop head 3 - 7 feet wide. Endemic to Hawaii and a few other Polynesian Islands. Zone 10. Grows in poor dry soil, slow at first, then quickly once established. Highly valued for the extremely hard, heavy wood, used by the old Hawaiians as digging sticks before the introduction of iron bars. Soak seed 1 day and keep warm. Germination begins in about a month, and continues for up to 6 months. Light seems inhibitory, GA-3 may help—experiments here are ongoing. This lot is excellent quality—Hawaiian native plant propagators state that 10-30% germination is average, but in our tests we have gotten 92% so far!
"Economic growth is not only unnecessary, but ruinous."—Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn.
RANUNCULACEAE. Herbaceous perennials with poppy-like flowers. Sometimes included in Anemone. Good in the rock garden and wild garden.
NEW—Pulsatilla ambigua. (25) PULS-4. Packet: $2.50
Dark blue-violet nodding bells in spring. Hardy perennial to 8", with divided leaves. Siberia and China. Zone 5.
NEW—Pulsatilla tatewakii. (25) PULS-39. Packet: $2.50
Nodding violet 2" bells in spring. Compact hardy perennial to 8". Far eastern Siberia. Zone 5.
—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Red Bells'. (20) PULS-46R. Packet: $2.50
Large deep red bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Colorful, free-flowering Australian evergreen shrubs, good in California or greenhouse.
—Pultenaea microphylla. (50) PULT-52. Packet: $2.50
Abundant red and yellow flowers on a shrub to 3 feet, often trailing, with tiny leaves. E. Australia. Zone 7 or 8. Nick or hot water to germinate in 3 - 8 weeks.
"...in the Amphipoda, an order low in the scale, the males and females recognise each other, (as individuals) and are mutually attached."—Darwin.
BROMELIACEAE Over 160 species of terrestrial bromeliads from S. American highlands. Dense rosettes of spiny-margined leaves, some with thickened trunks, and dense, often enormous flower-spikes. One kind has the largest inflorescence known, and another gathers nutrients by entangling birds and even sheep in the leaves! Aged seed best, new seed germinates readily with GA-3.
—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 mirabilis. (100) PUYA-12. Packet: $2.50 FRESH CROP SEED - needs GA-3.
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Spikes of large, beautiful, three-petaled lime green flowers to 2 - 6 feet tall. Forms a nice rosette of narrow 2 foot leaves. Argentina. Quite striking and beautiful. Aged seed germinates in 2 - 10 weeks and up, fresh seed needs GA-3 and gives high germination in 2 weeks.
—Puya Raimondii GP2609. (20) PUYA-72. Packet: $7.00 OUT OF STOCK
Nice Photos: http://www.sciencedump.com/content/puya-raimondii-plant-blooms-once-every-100-years
Conservation status: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/full/168358/0
'QUEEN of the ANDES', 'CUNCUSH'. Giant endangered bromeliad forming yucca-like balls of narrow leaves, to 10 feet across. Sends up a huge flower spike to 30 - 40 feet tall, with thousands of 2" white flowers, then dies. Peru and Bolivia. Zone 9, perhaps colder. Collected at 12,000 feet, Peru. Germinates in 4 - 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