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2018 SEEDLIST - NEW ARRIVALS
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—Acacia macradenia. (10) ACAC-86. Packet: $2.50
'ZIG-ZAG WATTLE', 'MYALL'. Beautiful weeping shrub with zigzag branches that change direction at each phyllode. Clustered bright yellow balls of flowers. Australia. Produces beautiful, hard blackish wood which takes a high polish. Excellent unusual specimen shrub for warm regions, reaching 30 to 50 feet in good areas. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Acacia mucronata. (25) ACAC-92. Packet: $2.50
'NARROW-LEAF WATTLE'. Deep to pale yellow flowers in spikes in early summer. Shrub or small tree to 6 - 30 feet, with narrow 2 - 10" leaves. N.S.W. and Tasmania. Variable. Good in cool to cold areas, Zone 8. Related to A. Maidenii. Nick and soak seed to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Acacia triptera. (25) ACAC-136. Packet: $2.50
'SPURWING WATTLE'. Dense shrub to 6 feet, with odd pointed leaves resembling three wings spreading out from the stem. Dense spikes of yellow flowers in spring. E. Australia. Unusual and distinctive. Zone 9. Related to A. Maidenii. Nick, germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Begonia heracleifolia. (250) BEG-80. Packet: $3.75
'STAR-LEAF BEGONIA'. Rosy-pink 1" fragrant flowers in large clusters on 1 1/2 - 2 foot stalks, in spring to fall. Foot-wide deeply palmately cut leaves are dark green-black with lime-green veins and burgundy backs. Clumping rhizomatous perennial from cloudforests of Veracruz, México. Zone 8 or 9 if mulched. Surface sow to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks, generally low germination.
—Calceolaria luxurians. (250) CALC-48. Packet: $3.00
Dozens of bright yellow pouched flowers in branched clusters to 18" tall. Large rosettes of crinkly leaves. From 11,200 feet elevation, streamside, Aconcagua, Argentina. Possible hardy to Zone 7. Surface sow to germinate in 1 - 8 weeks.
—Echinops Ritro. (25) ECHN-7. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
Large, globular violet 2 - 3" heads. Vigorous thistle-like hardy perennial to 5 feet. South Europe. Zone 3. Valued for cut-flower and dried flower production. Blooms all summer, producing a wealth of material. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.
—Heterotheca inuloides. (500) HETH-14. Packet: $2.50
'MEXICAN ARNICA', 'ACAHUAL', 'XOCHIHUEPAL'. Yellow 1 1/2" flowers in clusters in July and August. Annual or tender perennial to 3 - 5 feet, with 3 - 4" leaves. México. Zone 8. The famous Mexican medicinal plant, widely used like European arnica, for bruises, wounds, stomach ulcers, colic, giardia, etc. Compounds isolated from the plant show antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic, activities, and have insecticidal and phytotoxic properties.
—Lavatera arborea. (50) LAVT-3. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'TREE MALLOW', 'TREE GERANIUM'. Clustered purple-red 1 1/2" flowers with darker veins in the center, resembling the zebra mallow. Biennial or shrub to 6 - 10 feet, with 3 - 9" five- to nine-lobed downy leaves. Europe. Very attractive in both foliage and flower, good in the greenhouse or on the coast. Zone 8. Nick seed through both outer husk and inner coat, to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks. "This was handed to me 'over the fence' by a neighbor in 1979. From that single plant I have had at least one on the property for almost 40 years."—L. Martinez, California.
ANNONACEAE. Tropical African trees and shrubs.
—Monodora Myristica. (5) MONO-16. Packet: $5.00
25 seed: $15.00
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'CALABASH NUTMEG', 'AFRICAN NUTMEG'. Spectacular rare tree. Amazing fragrant flowers that dangle from the tree on 8" peduncles. Each has three large 4" wings that are red netted creamy yellow, around a globe-shaped cream center. Softball-sized fruits with nutmeg-scented pulp. Tree to 20 - 100 feet, with drooping 20" leaves. W. Africa. Zone 10. The seeds have a nutmeg flavor, and are used as a spice and medicinally. Germinates in about 2 months warm. Contrary to internet myth, the seed is viable for over a year stored dry.
—Passiflora laurifolia. (20) PASS-20. Packet: $2.50
'YELLOW GRANADILLA', 'JAMAICA HONEYSUCKLE'. Extremely fragrant purple-red 2 - 3" flowers banded with blue, purple, and rose. Orange-yellow 3" fruits filled with sweet-tart fragrant pulp. Vigorous vine in 30 feet, with oval 4" leaves. Tropical America. Zone 8. Seeds used as a sedative. Germinates in 2 - 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.
—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.
SILYBUM (SI-lee-bum or si-LEE-bum)
COMPOSITAE. 'MILK THISTLE'. Striking plants. Sow in fall or spring where they are to grow and thin to 2 feet apart. Sprouts in 1 - 3 weeks. An interesting note: fresh seed will not germinate at warm temperatures, only sprouting at cool temperatures; but after 5 months dry storage (after-ripening) they will germinate well at warm temperatures.
—Silybum Marianum. (200) SILY-3. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $5.00, 1/4 pound: $10.00
'ST. MARY'S MILK THISTLE'. Bold and striking rosettes of large glossy, dark green, spiny leaves streaked and marbled with white, followed by 2" wide rose-purple, faintly scented flower-heads on 4 - 6 foot stalks, each head with dramatic reflexed spines. Mediterranean region. Zone 4. Old tradition holds that milk of the Virgin Mary fell upon the plant, causing the white marbling of the leaves. Flowers much visited by bees; later, birds love the seeds. California ranchers claim it loosens hard, compacted soil, and make their own 'clod-buster' from chopped plants soaked in 55 gallon drums of water. Formerly much used as food; the young leaves in salads or boiled, (I've never tried this myself, the spines scare me!) the peeled stalks, the roots like salsify, the young heads eaten like artichokes after cutting off the spines. Was thought to increase milk in nursing women. Since ancient times the seeds have been used as liver medicine, and recently their powerful liver-protective properties have found much use in modern medicine. Experiments have shown it capable of preventing death in dogs from fatal doses of Destroying-Angel mushroom toxins.
—Valeriana ferax BK 151018.10. (25) VAL-8. Packet: $3.75
'DORLADO', 'SIERRAS VALERIAN'. Impressive dense spikes of tiny white-pink flowers to 7 feet tall in early spring. Large biennial or perennial with rosettes of foot-long pinnate leaves. Rare endemic of Los Gigantes, Sierras Grandes, Cordoba, Argentina, at 7000 feet elevation, possibly hardy to Zone 7. Strong valerian scent, used like European valerian as a sedative. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Bean Adzuki. (50) VBEA-AD. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $5.00, 1/4 lb: $10.00
Phaseolus angularis. Small dark red beans eaten as dry beans or snap beans. High in protein. The tender young pods are eaten like snow peas, and the dry beans are often used for sprouting. "One of my favorite dry beans."—L. Martinez, California.
—Oats Penuda Hulless. (300) VOAT-PH. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $5.00, 1/4 pound: $12.00
Avena sativa. The grower says "Got seed 30 years ago, getting rare, the one old man grower in the U.S. died years ago. A challenge to thresh as all is done by hand, but no hull so good homestead project for the dedicated." Oats have 15% protein and grow well in cool moist conditions. Great high protein feed for chickens, horses, goats, etc. An excellent addition to the sustainable homestead. Save your seed and keep this old variety going!
—Spinach Malabar. (25) VSPI-M. Packet: $2.50
Basella alba. Large, fast-growing tender perennial vine to 30 feet from southeast Asia, with succulent heart-shaped leaves with a mild flavor. Grown throughout the tropics, likes heat and moisture; a good hot weather spinach substitute. Grow as an annual in temperate regions, it can produce a crop in 70 days. Excellent eaten raw in salads, or used to thicken soups. Don't overcook. Can be picked often. Rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, soluble fiber, and calcium.
—Squash Black Forest Kabocha. (20) VSQU-BFK. Packet: $2.50
Cucurbita maxima. A small variety of the Japanese pumpkin, giving round 2 - 4 lb squash with dark green skin and orange flesh. Rich nut-like flavor with a touch of sweetness, perfect for roasting, stuffing, soup, or tempura. The thin skin can be eaten when young, and makes a nice topping when peeled, diced, and fried crisp. The grower writes "Very early to set female blossoms, and as this is March I still have 9 so a reasonable keeper."
—Tomato Vintage Wine. (100) VTOM-VNW. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $12.00
Unusual deep pink tomatoes with gold stripes, medium to large size, thick and meaty. Good sweet flavor, great for sandwiches or pizza. Bred from one of Tom Wagner's Brandy Stripe lines, introduced in 1988 by K. Sahin in the Netherlands. Potato-leaf type, indeterminate. Does best with a long hot season.
—Watermelon Golden Midget. (30) VWAT-GM. Packet: $2.50
Unique beautiful little 3 pound melons, turning deep golden yellow when ripe. Striking dark pink flesh, sweet and flavorful. Developed by Elwyn Meader at the University of New Hampshire in 1959. Matures in about 70 days from transplanting, good in short-season areas.