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PICEA (PEE-say-a)
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.
—Picea mongolica. (50) PICA-32. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.50

'MONGOLIAN SPRUCE'. Rare tree to 90 feet, with inch-long needles, grey-brown bark, and 3" cones. Mongolia. Zone 2. Good in harsh deserts. Considered 'near threatened'. Prechill 3 weeks.

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
'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 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 attenuata. (25) PINU-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $15.00
Info: http://www.conifers.org/pi/Pinus_attenuata.php
Tree: http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=7335+3182+4411+0061
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 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
Photo: http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+1202+0928
Cones: http://www.esacademic.com/pictures/eswiki/83/Sugarpine.jpg
'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 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are still available
'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: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $20.00
'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
Info: http://www.conifers.org/pi/Pinus_tabuliformis.php
Photo: http://www.plantphoto.cn/tu.aspx?id=87950
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 OUT OF STOCK
1/4 Ounce: $14.00 OUT OF STOCK
Info: http://www.conifers.org/pi/Pinus_taiwanensis.php
'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.

PLATYCODON (pla-te-KO-don)
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
1/4 Gram: $12.00, Gram: $35.00
'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.

POINCIANA (poin-see-A-na)
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 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are still available
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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
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $30.00 NEW PRICE
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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.

POLEMONIUM (po-le-MO-nee-um)
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 caeruleum Blue Pearl. (100) POLE-4. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50
'JACOB'S LADDER', 'CHARITY', 'GREEK VALERIAN'. Gorgeous sky blue 1" drooping flowers with yellow stamens. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with fern-like foliage. Europe. Likes moist wet ground. Cats are fond of the scent and will roll in the plants. Was used medicinally as an alexipharmic, etc.
—Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain Strain'. (50) POLE-28P. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $9.50
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.
—Polygonatum biflorum. (50) POLO-2. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50

'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.

POLYMNIA (po-LEEM-nee-a)
COMPOSITAE. From the warm Americas.
NEW—Polymnia uvedalia. (20) POLM-44. Packet: $2.50
Medicinal info: http://doctorschar.com/archives/bearsfoot-polymnia-uvedalia/
'BEAR'S FOOT'. Bright yellow daisies on a hardy perennial to 6 - 10 feet, with large lobed leaves. SE U.S. Zone 5 (maybe). Good in wet places. The root is used in medicine. Irregular germination, give a prechill, and Richo Cech reports fire works well.

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
Gram: $7.50
'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.

COMPOSITAE. From the warm Americas.
—Porophyllum ruderale. (100) PORO-21. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50
Photos and info:
'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.

PORTULACA (por-tu-LA-ka)
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
5 grams: $6.00, 25 grams: $16.00
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 alpicola. (75) PRIM-8. Packet: $3.50

Clusters of 3,4" wide flowers ranging from light yellow to white and violet. Hardy perennial to 20". Tibet. Zone 5. Prefers wet soil.
Primula Beesiana. (200) PRIM-14. Packet: $3.50
Purple-red 3/4" flowers with yellow eye, in candelabra clusters. Hardy perennial to 16", blooming in June and July. W. China. Zone 5.
Primula chungensis. (200) PRIM-26. Packet: $3.00
Fragrant pale orange 3/4" flowers in clusters in summer. Hardy perennial to 2 feet or so, with a rosette of foot-long leaves. China, Himalayas. Zone 6.
—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
5 grams: $7.50 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are still available
'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.

NEW—Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata. (500) PRUL-25L. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50

'LANCE-LEAF HEAL-ALL'. Abundant violet flowers in larger heads than the European form. Hardy perennial to 2 feet, blooming May to August. The native North American form, an important plant for pollinators, and medicinal.
—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.
Prunus Lyonii. (5) PRUN-76. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Pound: $15.00 (about 14 seeds per ounce)
Fresh seed stored in cold storage.
'CATALINA ISLAND CHERRY'. Maroon to black 1/2 - 1" round cherries with a large stone, eaten fresh, with fine flavor. Tree or shrub to 10 - 45 feet, with large 2 - 5" dark green leaves, and spikes of small white flowers in March to May. Rare species endemic to the Channel Islands off the coast of California. The fruits were prized by the Indians, who also ate the large, nut-like kernel after leaching and boiling. Zone 8, and probably hardy to 0° - 10°F. Germinates in 2 - 5 months, and a prechill may help. May cross with other species. Young plants have some teeth on the leaves.

PSEUDOCYDONIA (soo-do-si-DO-nee-a)
ROSACEAE. A single species.
NEW—Pseudocydonia sinensis. (10) PSCY-4. Packet: $2.50
Photos and info:
'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.
—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.
—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.

PULTENAEA (pul-ten-EE-a)
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.

PUNICA (POO-ni-ka)
PUNICACEAE. Two species of trees and shrubs widely grown in warm regions for ornament and their beautiful flowers and edible fruit. Popular in the greenhouse in the North. Can stand to 0°F with protection, hardy to D.C. against a south wall, but likes hot sun and good drainage. Fruits in 3 or 4 years from seed, and best in hot arid regions. Stands alkaline soil. Good for hedges. Soak overnight to germinate in 2 - 10 weeks warm.
Punica Granatum var. nana. (25) PUNI-1N. Packet: $3.50
'DWARF POMEGRANATE'. A diminutive plant reaching only 1 - 3 feet tall, often blooming when only 6" tall. Beautiful inch-wide pink or scarlet flowers followed by tiny 2" fruits. The best for ornamental pot growth indoors in the North. Zone 7. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks.

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 mirabilis. (100) PUYA-12. Packet: $2.50 FRESH CROP SEED - needs GA-3.
Gram: $9.00
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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

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

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