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2021 Supplement Seedlist - M - Z
MACADAMIA (ma-ka-DAY-mee-a)
PROTEACEAE. Tropical nut-bearing trees.
—Macadamia tetraphylla. (5) MACA-23. Packet: $3.00
50 seed: $20.00 (plus $9.00 postage in the U.S., $16.00 to Canada, $24.00 everywhere else)
'MACADAMIA NUT'. Foot-long pendulous racemes of pink or white flowers, followed by large edible nuts. Tree to 40 feet, with large dark green, prickly-toothed leaves. Eastern Australia. Called 'rough-shell macadamia', this is hardier than the common one, and stands down to 20°F. Good in inland areas of southern California. The nuts are sweeter than the common one. Needs warmth to germinate in 1 - 4 months.

MAHONIA (ma-HO-nee-a)
BERBERIDACEAE. Nice Asian & N. American shrubs.
—Mahonia Aquifolium. (50) MAHO-4. Packet: $2.50
'OREGON GRAPE'. Golden-yellow flowers in 3" clusters in late winter. Evergreen shrub to 6 feet, with shiny dark green holly-like leaves with good Winter color, NW N. America. Zone-5. Blue-black berries eaten and made into wine. Flowers eaten or used to make lemonade. Germinates best With outdoor treatment, hold pots several years.
—Mahonia nervosa. (50) MAHO-17. Packet: $2.50
'OREGON GRAPE'. Bright yellow flowers in 8" clusters in late winter. Evergreen shrub to 3 feet, with pinnate leaves to 2 feet long. NW N. America. Zone 5. The blue-black berries are eaten cooked. Hold pots for several years for stragglers.

—Menzelia laevicaulis. (100) MENZ-7. Packet: $2.50

'BLAZING STARS'. Large light yellow 5-petaled star-like flowers to 4" across, with long stamens. Biennial to 2 - 3 1/2 feet, with narrow, wavy-edged 2 - 8" leaves and shining white stems. W. U.S. "Magnificent blossoms."—Parsons.

UMBELLIFERAE. A single species.
—Meum athamanticum. (50) MEUM-4. Packet: $2.50
'SPIGNEL', 'BALDMONEY'. Umbels of white flowers in summer. Aromatic perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with feathery leaves. Europe. Zone 6. Best in well-drained soil. The spicy leaves are eaten as a condiment, and the roots eaten like parsnips. Prechill.

MIMULUS (MIM-you-lus)
SCROPHULARIACEAE. 'MONKEY-FLOWER'. Popular annuals and perennials grown for their showy tubular flowers. They prefer a moist soil and part shade, and are excellent for naturalizing in woodlands. They smother themselves in summer with their vivid, often spotted flowers, which, seen at the right angle may resemble a monkey's face. Sow from January to April indoors or April - June where they are to stand. Excellent floriferous pot plants. Sow on the surface, germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm.
—Mimulus Lewisii. (1000) MIM-25. Packet: $2.50
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Bright pink to rosy-red 2" flowers. Perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with 3" leaves. W. North America. Prefers shady places and should be extremely hardy. Forms large clumps. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm.

—Mirabilis Jalapa 'Broken Colors'. (25) MIRA-6B. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00

Striking 2" flowers in pink, red, yellow, and white, striped and mottled with dark pink or red. Fragrant.

RUBIACEAE. Tropical trees and shrubs.
—Morinda citrifolia. (50) MORI-8. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50

'NONI', 'INDIAN MULBERRY'. Starry white 1/2" flowers in clusters, followed by knobby 2" fruits. Small fast-growing tree to 20 feet, with large shiny leaves. SE Asia and Pacific. Zone 10. Bears in 18 months, giving 8 - 17 pounds of fruit per month, year round. Fruits eaten cooked or juiced, and used medicinally as a panacea. Some evidence of anticancer activity. Young leaves eaten. Stands salt spray at seaside. Seed needs warmth to germinate in 6 - 12 months, clipping the tip of the wing helps. Generally has low germination.

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 fronds and orange fruits. Afghanistan, Iran, India, in dry cold regions. Zone 8. Needs heat to germinate over a long period.

—Nicotiana acuminata v. multiflora. (1000) NICO-2. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50

White trumpets in summer on a graceful annual to 6 feet, with pointed leaves. Chile. Attractive in masses. NOTE: Formerly offered as N. Bigelovii, a case of grower mis-identification.

NOLANA (no-LA-na)
NOLANACEAE. The only genus in this interesting family between the Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae. Little trailing, free-blooming half hardy perennials grown as annuals. From the west coast of Chile and the Atacama desert. Good in poor rocky soils and coastal gardens, or in the border and full sun. Excellent in pots and hanging baskets.
—Nolana weberbaueri. (10) NOLA-28. Packet: $4.00
Abundant blue morning glory-like flowers on a somewhat succulent trailer to 6" high. Endangered Peruvian endemic around Lima. Zone 10. Erratic germination.

ARALIACEAE. Deciduous shrubs.
—Oplopanax horridum. (=Echinopanax horridum) (25) OPLO-11. Packet: $2.50
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Seed Perishable, Stored moist and refrigerated.
DEVIL'S CLUB'. White flowers in umbels followed by scarlet fruits. Stout shrub with striking palmate leaves. Alaska to California. Hardy to 20°F below zero or more. Valuable medicinal roots.

—Opuntia Ficus-indica Mix. (25) OPUN-92X. Packet: $2.50

'CACTUS PEAR'. Large luscious fruits in orange, red, and green. Large mostly spineless pads, eaten young as nopales. Cultivated Mexican strains. "I burn the spines off the fruit, peel, blend and strain to make a delicious apricot-like nectar. It is easy to make a quart of this in the mornings for breakfast."—Martinez. Seedlings vary, select for spinelessness.
—Opuntia Ficus-indica Orange. (25) OPUN-92O. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
—Opuntia Ficus-indica Red. (25) OPUN-92R. Packet: $2.50
—Opuntia Ficus-indica Green. (25) OPUN-92G. Packet: $2.50

OXYRIA (ox-EE-ree-a)
POLYGONACEAE. Two species of hardy perennials.
—Oxyria digyna. (50) OXYR-4. Packet: $2.50
'MOUNTAIN SORREL'. Kidney-shaped leaves from pale green to blood red. Hardy perennial to 6", with sprays of small, often red flowers. Northern regions. Zone 2. The sour leaves are eaten raw or cooked, and are a good source of Vitamin C. They are also fermented like sauerkraut.

—Papaver Argemone. (500) PAPA-8. Packet: $2.50
Gram $6.00
'PRICKLY POPPY'. Dainty scarlet 1 - 2" flowers in summer, with black spots at the petal bases, followed by prickly 3/4" long pods. Hardy annual to 1 1/2 feet, with ferny leaves. Mediterranean.
—Papaver dubium. (500) PAPA-15. Packet: $2.50
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'LONG-POD POPPY'. Red to rose 2" flowers with darker centers. Hardy annual to 2 feet, with pinnately divided leaves. Eurasia. Naturalizes well.

PARADISEA (par-a-DI-see-a)
LILIACEAE. Two lily-like species from Europe.
—Paradisea lusitanica. (25) PARA-8. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50
White 3/4" lily-like flowers in May and June. Robust hardy perennial to 2 - 5 feet, with strap-like 3/4" wide leaves. Thick roots. Portugal. Zone 7.

—Penstemon Whippleanus. (200) PENS-206. Packet: $2.50

'CHOCOLATE DROP'. Deep, dark, purple-blue 1" bells in dense Clusters in summer. Hardy perennial to 8 - 24". Rockies. Zone 4. Nice!

PHASEOLUS (fa-see-O-lus)
LEGUMINOSAE. American twining beans.
—Phaseolus polystachios. (10) PHAS-34. Packet: $3.50
THICKET BEAN'. Hardy perennial edible bean from a carrot-like root. Tall twiner to 30 feet, with purple flowers. N. America. An ancient crop, grown for 9000 years. Zone 5. High protein, will produce some beans the first year, and lots by the third year. Plant 2 for best pollination. "To me the flavor is nut-like, with a smoky after taste. Really nothing like it in the bean world."—Ken Asmus. Nick seed.

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.

—Poncirus trifoliata 'Large Fruited'. (20) PONC-4L. Packet: $2.50

Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
A variety with large fruits to 3 - 4" wide. Probable hybrid origin. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, needs darkness.

—Prunus tomentosa. (20) PRUN-135. Packet: $2.50
'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.

—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.

—Rabiea albipuncta. RABI-6. Packet: $4.00

Inch-wide yellow flowers with red stripes on the petals. Small succulent with thick green leaves spotted white. S. Africa. Zone 8 or 9.

RHAMNACEAE. Handsome deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees valued for their attractive foliage. Good in shelterbelts and for wildlife food.
—Rhamnus Purshiana. (20) RHAM-38. Packet: $2.50
'CASCARA SAGRADA'. An attractive deciduous shrub or tree to 15 - 50 feet, with dark green oval 2 - 6" leaves. Clustered small greenish-white flowers in late spring or early summer, much loved by bees. Abundant 1/3" purple black berries which attract birds. B.C. to Baja California. Zone 3. The bark is a valuable medicine. Sow in fall or use GA-3 to germinate in 4 - 8 weeks.

ANACARDIACEAE. 'SUMAC'. Widely distributed and easily grown shrubs, trees and woody vines with small flowers and attractive, often pinnate foliage, often brilliant in fall, and many with colorful fruit. Thrives in any garden soil. Good wildlife habitat and erosion control. Seed of most have hard seed-coats and nicking or hot water treatment helps, followed by cold treatment for some. Seed long lived.
—Rhus lancea. (100) RHUS-15. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $10.00

'AFRICAN SUMAC', 'MOSILABELE' (Ngwaketse name). Graceful weeping tree to 25 feet, with dark green, narrow, trifoliate, willow-like 5" leaves. Small yellow or red berry-like fruits on female trees. Nice dark red bark. Hardy to probably 10°F, it stands heat and drought well; good in the desert. Used in tanning. A very attractive tree.

—Ribes lacustre. (50) RIBE-26. Packet: $2.50

PRICKLY CURRANT'. Drooping clusters of purple-green flowers followed by purple-black edible berries. Shrub to 3 feet or so. Northern N. America. Zone 4. Prefers moist places. Ripe berries eaten raw or dried, best when cooked. Sow in fall or prechill.

—Rosa nutkana. (50) ROSE-120. Packet: $2.50

'NOOTKA ROSE'. Large fragrant rose-pink 2 1/2" wide flowers in June and July, followed by red hips. Shrub to 6 feet. Alaska to California. Zone 4. "Has the largest flowers of the Western species."—Bailey. "The hips are juicy, pleasantly acid, and a good source of Vitamin C."—Facciola. Leaves used as tea.
—Rosa pisocarpa. (100) ROSE-144. Packet: $2.50
'CLUSTER ROSE'. Pink inch-wide flowers in large clusters in summer, followed by red to orange hips. Arching shrub to 6 feet. B.C. to California. Zone 6. Hips eaten, leaves used as tea. Medicinal.

ROSCOEA (ros-KO-ee-a)
ZINGIBERACEAE. Thick-rooted perennials from China and the Himalayas. Good in the greenhouse or outdoors in mild climates. Best in peaty loam in part shade, and rest during dormancy.
—Roscoea auriculata. (25) ROSC-6. Packet: $3.00
Brilliant purple 1 1/2" flowers in July to September. Perennial to 16", with broad, lance-shaped leaves. Nepal and Sikkim. Zone 6. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.

—Rubus spectabilis. (50) RUBU-76. Packet: $2.50
'SALMON BERRY'. Large inch-wide rose red or purplish flowers in spring, followed by salmon-red berries. Shrub to 12 feet or so, with few prickles. Alaska to California. Zone 6. The berries vary from delicious to insipid, depending on the site.

—Rudbeckia occidentalis. (50) RUD-18. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'WESTERN CONEFLOWER'. Unusual flower-heads consisting of purple-brown disk flowers in large conical to cylindric, almost black heads, 1 - 2" long, entirely lacking ray flowers. Hardy perennial to 6 feet. NW U.S. The unusual flowers are valuable in arrangements. Identical to 'Green Wizard'. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm. GA-3 increases percent.

—Salpiglossis sinuata 'Chilean Black'. (500) SALP-1C. Packet: $2.50
Deep, dark, purple-black flowers. Annual to 2 - 3 feet. Chile. Choice! Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.

—Salvia austriaca. (50) SALV-6. Packet: $2.50

'PANNONIAN SAGE'. White to pale yellow 1/2" flowers in summer. Perennial to 2 - 3 feet. E. Europe. Zone 4 or 6.
—Salvia nemorosa Pink. (200) SALV-56P. Packet: $2.50
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Pink 1/2" flowers in long branching spikes in summer and fall. Perennial to 3 feet. Eurasia. Zone 5.
—Salvia przewalskii. (20) SALV-66. Packet: $2.50
'DAN SHEN'. Deep purple flowers and large downy leaves, on a perennial to 12" or more. From seed collected by Pavelka at 11,200 feet in the Zhong-dian Mountains, Yunnan, China. Zone 7. Used in Chinese medicine like S. miltiorrhiza, to stimulate circulation, as a liver protective, and sedative. Pronounced "pshe-VAL-skee". Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Salvia Sclarea v. turkestanica 'Vatican Pink'. (50) SALV-77VP. Packet: $2.50
Large white flowers with white and pink bracts, in large branching spikes. Perennial to 2 1/2 feet. Zone 4.

SAUROMATUM (sar-o-MA-tum)
ARACEAE. Large tuberous perennials somewhat resembling Arisaema, with large curious flowers and odd leaves. Easily grown in rich loamy soil.
—Sauromatum venosum. SAUR-8.
SMALL CORMS (1/4 - 1/2" diameter): 5 for $5.00
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'VOODOO LILY'. Greenish yellow spathes with deep purple markings, 12 - 30" long. Large glossy green fan-like divided leaves. Reaches 4 - 6 feet with age. Indian Himalayas. Hardy to Zone 5. Odd. Seed germinates in 3 - 4 weeks, and up to 10 weeks. Corms may be stored dry for years with no loss of viability.

—Scrophularia umbrosa. (1000) SCRO-44. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50
'WATER FIGWORT', 'CROWDY KIT'. Reddish purple flowers in open sprays. Hardy perennial to 2 - 5 feet. Eurasia and N. America. Best in damp places or by the water's edge. Attracts bees. Medicinal. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.

—Scutellaria baicalensis. (25) SCUT-8. Packet: $2.50
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'BAIKAL SKULLCAP', 'HUANG QIN'. Blue-purple velvety inch-long flowers in one-sided spikes. Sprawling hardy perennial to 16". Siberia to Japan. Zone 4. The root is an important Chinese medicine, with a variety of effects, including antibiotic, diuretic, anti-fever, and lowering blood pressure. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks, and GA-3 raises percent.

SMILACINA (smi-la-SEE-na)
LILIACEAE. Rhizomatous perennials for moist shady places.
—Smilacina racemosa var. amplexicaulis. (50) SMIL-4A. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $7.50
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This is moist seed, stored refrigerated, and is sprouting - no need for prolonged pretreatment.
'FALSE SOLOMON'S SEAL', 'FAT SOLOMON'. Fragrant small starry flowers in clusters, followed by attractive red berries in late summer. Hardy perennial with arching stems to 3 feet, forming nice clumps. W. N. America. Zone 4.

SPHAERALCEA (sfeer-AL-see-a)
MALVACEAE. Ornamental shrubs and herbs of arid regions of the Americas. Grown for their often showy flowers. Good outdoors in warm regions. Some are fairly hardy and others good in the greenhouse. Nicking the seed may help germination.
—Sphaeralcea Munroana. (250) SPHA-28. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50

'MUNROE GLOBEMALLOW'. Bright orange 1 1/2" flowers in long sprays in summer and fall. Perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with grey-green leaves. W. N. America. Zone 4.

TAMARINDUS (ta-ma-RIN-dus)
LEGUMINOSAE. A single species. Zone 9.
—Tamarindus indica. (10) TAMA-1. Packet: $2.50
'TAMARIND'. Evergreen tropical tree with feathery pinnate foliage, and racemes of pale yellow flowers. Fast growing to 80 feet; slow if kept on the dry side. Good bee plant. The thick, 8" long pods are eaten throughout the tropics. They have a wonderful tart sweet flavor that blends with other fruits more subtly than lemon juice, The pods. are soaked in water an hour or two, when the husk and seeds can be easily removed. The pulp is then beaten smooth and added to fresh or cooking fruit. Superb with bland dried fruit like figs or pears. The pulp puree is a fine drink in water, with just a little sweetening added, as it is high in both natural sugar and acid. With longer soaking, the water becomes a refreshing drink, and the pulp becomes mild enough to use in applesauce cake, or as filling. Can be thickened with corn starch for a dessert sauce. Soak seed, nick hard ones, germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.

TARAXACUM (ta-RAX-a-kum)
COMPOSITAE. North Hemisphere plants with rosettes of leaves and attractive flowers. The rock garden types need well-drained gravelly soil.
—Taraxacum pseudoroseum. (25) TARA-72. Packet: $2.50
'PINK DANDELION'. Beautiful pink flowers shading to apricot centers, in summer. Hardy perennial to 1 foot. Central Asia. Zone 3. Early bloom.

—Teucrium orientale. (25) TEUC-60. Packet: $2.50

Blue 3/4" flowers in large clusters in summer. Perennial shrublet to 16", with divided leaves. Eastern Mediterranean. Zone 7.

—Thymus capitatus. (500) THYM-6. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50

'ZA'ATAR FARSI'. Strongly aromatic perennial with compact heads of pink flowers. Mediterranean. Zone 7. Said to be the strongest thyme, much used in cookery. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.

SAXIFRAGACEAE. A single species.
—Tolmiea Menziesii. (500) TOLM-1. Packet: $2.50
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'PIGGYBACK PLANT', 'THOUSAND MOTHERS', 'YOUTH-ON-AGE'. Small reddish-brown flowers in airy 6 - 10" spikes on 1 - 2 foot stems in May and June. Large lobed 4" leaves form a new plant at the leaf-stem. Shade-loving perennial from the moist Pacific coast. Zone 6. Good ground cover in shade, or as a hanging basket houseplant. Germinates in 1 - 4 months warm.

—Trichocereus bridgesii X peruvianus. TRCH-6P. Packet: $3.50

Seed from bridgesii X peruvianus crosses.
—Trichocereus Pachanoi X bridgesii. TRCH-34B. Packet: $3.50
Seed from Pachanoi X bridgesii crosses.

TRICHOSANTHES (tri-ko-SAN-theez)
CUCURBITACEAE. Tendril-climbing annual or perennial vines grown for food and medicine. Easy in a warm sunny spot and rich soil.
—Trichosanthes kirilowii. (10) TRCS-24. Packet: $4.00
'GUA LOU', Large white flowers with lacy edges, followed by orange-red fruits. Hardy perennial vine to 20 feet, with lobed leaves. E. Asia. Zone 5. The fruits, seeds, and roots are an important Chinese medicine, used for many ailments.

—Triteleia peduncularis. (50) TRIT-34. Packet: $2.50

'LONG-RAYED TRIPLET LILY'. White to lilac inch-long flowers in clusters. Bulb to 2 1/2 feet. West coast ranges. Zone 7.

—Tropaeolum majus 'Purple Emperor'. (25) TROP-5PE. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $7.50, 100 grams: $20.00

Burgundy-purple flowers fading to lilac. Nice!

VELTHEIMIA (velt-HI-mee-a)
LILIACEAE. Several species of easily grown South African bulbous plants with nodding tubular flowers and strap-like leaves. Good outdoors in California and the South, or as a tub plant in the North. Rest dry after foliage dies and water again in fall.
—Veltheimia bracteata. (10) VELT-8. Packet: $2.50
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Yellow or reddish nodding inch-long tubular flowers in dense clusters on leafless spikes. Deep green, wavy-margined leaves. South Africa. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.

—Verbena officinalis grandiflora 'Brampton'. (50) VERB-26B. Packet: $2.50

Abundant lavender to purple flowers on a hardy perennial to 2 feet, with deep purple foliage. Zone 4. Attractive foliage plant.

VERBESINA (ver-be-SEE-na)
COMPOSITAE. Showy plants for the border or wild garden for summer and fall bloom. Likes light, well-drained soil and sun. Sow indoors in March, or where they are to grow after danger of frost.
—Verbesina encelioides. (50) VEBE-8. Packet: $2.50
'BUTTER DAISY', 'IS'A:'QAW'U' (Hopi name, meaning 'Coyote Sunflower'). Bright golden-yellow 2" daisies from summer to frost. Fast growing annual to 3 feet, with downy, grey-green foliage. SW U.S. and México. The Hopi use it as spider-bite medicine. The Navaho chew the petals for 'good luck in hunting', and wear it for protection from lightning. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.

—Veronicastrum virginicum. (1000) VERU-4. Packet: $2.50
'CULVER'S ROOT'. White flowers in long dense 9" racemes in summer. Stately hardy perennial to 3 - 7 feet. E. U.S. Zone 3. The acrid root used medicinally. Germinates in 1 - 10 weeks warm.

—Viola 'nigra'. (100) VIOL-76. Packet: $2.50
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'BLACK VIOLET', Small deep black flowers with a blue and yellow eye.
—Viola x wittrockiana Black. (100) VIOL-142B. Packet: $2.50
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'BLACK PANSY'. Large black flowers with a yellow eye. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.

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.

—Zinnia elegans 'Berry Tart Mix'. (200) ZIN-4BTX. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 pound: $10.00

Rich colors of coral, scarlet, bright red-orange, and deep velvety red. Fully double large blooms on long stems, good for cut flowers.
—Zinnia elegans 'Strawberry Parfait'. (200) ZIN-4SP. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 pound: $10.00

Luscious colors of rose, soft pink, creamy white, and bicolor rose with white tips. Big double flowers on tall stems for cutting.

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