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2019 Supplement Seedlist - M - Z

MAGNOLIA (mag-NO-lee-a)
MAGNOLIACEAE. Well-known trees and shrubs grown for their spectacular flowers. They range from the Himalayas to Japan, and eastern North America to tropical America. Fine ornamentals, and fun to grow from seed - seed of hybrid types produce new forms. Sow seed on receipt or refrigerate, germinates best after three months of cold treatment. Seed shipped fresh and moist.
—Magnolia grandiflora 'Red Cone'. (20) MAGN-21. Packet: $2.50
Perishable, stored refrigerated.
'SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA'. Seed from an enormous old tree with dramatic brilliant red seed-cones. Large fragrant white flowers and 8" leaves. Zone 7.

—Mentha requienii. (100) MENT-17. Packet: $2.50
1/4 gram: $15.00, Gram: $30.00

'CORSICAN MINT'. Moss-like mat-forming perennial ground cover with tiny, powerfully mint-scented leaves. Lilac or pink flowers. Corsica and Sardinia. Zone 6. Best with constant moisture and part shade. Used to make crème-de-menthe. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks, best at under 75°F.

METASEQUOIA (me-ta-se-KOY-a)
TAXODIACEAE. A single species.
—Metasequoia glyptostroboides. (75) META-1. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $18.00 (about 3000 seed)

'DAWN REDWOOD'. Fast-growing deciduous tree to 160 feet, with trunk to 6 feet thick. Feathery pinnate foliage with orange and yellow fall color. China. Zone 5. Monoecious (separate male and female trees). First described from fossils and was thought to be extinct, living trees were discovered by Gan Duo, a forester. Considered critically-endangered in the wild, it is widely cultivated. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks warm. This lot 44%, tested 3/19.

CAMPANULACEAE. Robust Asian perennials.
—Michauxia tchihatchewii. (500) MICH-12. Packet: $2.50
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'CATHERINE WHEEL'. Large spikes of large nodding white flowers with narrow reflexed petals, in summer. Biennial or perennial to 4 - 6 feet. Turkey. Zone 7. Striking! Stands drought and poor clay soil. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.

NEMESIA (ne-MEE-see-a)
SCROPHULARIACEAE. Showy, easily grown tender annuals and perennials grown for their profusion of brilliant, two-lipped, tubular, spurred flowers. If started indoors in March and planted out in May 4 - 6" apart, they will smother themselves with bloom from June to September. Best in sunny, sheltered places; they do not like excessive heat. Blooms best in cool weather. Excellent for cut flowers or winter blooming pot plants. Good for bedding, borders, containers and bulb cover. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at cool temperatures. Seed half-life is 2 - 6 years.
—Nemesia Tetra Carnival Mixture. (1000) NEME-6C. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50, 25 grams: $28.00
Brilliant shades of red, pink, bronze, cream, lavender, orange and white. To 8". Makes a stunning display planted in masses, A rich mixture.

—Nicotiana benavidesii. (100) NICO-7. Packet: $7.00

Yellow-green tubular 1 1/2" flowers on a thick-stemmed perennial to 5 feet, with bright green heart-shaped leaves. From 7600 feet in dry forest near the Apurimac. Zone 10. "Young plants develop a distinct pachycaul stem. Should tolerate hot dry conditions well."—Kamm.
—Nicotiana cordifolia. (50) NICO-8. Packet: $6.00
'JUAN FERNANDEZ TOBACCO'. Dark purple-violet 1 1/2" tubular flowers on a thick-stemmed perennial to 3 - 6 feet, with leathery grey-green leaves. Critically-endangered endemic of Selkirk Island in the Juan Fernandez islands. Zone 9?
—Nicotiana otophora. (50) NICO-26. Packet: $4.50
'WILD TOBACCO'. Large wide-mouthed pink flowers on a large-leaved shrubby perennial to 5 - feet tall. Lower elevation eastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes. May be one of the parents of Tabacum.
—Nicotiana trigonophylla. (250) NICO-44B. Packet: $3.00
This lot grown from seed collected in Baja Calif.
'DESERT TOBACCO'. Creamy white 1/2 - 1" long trumpets in spikes. Vigorous annual from 8" to 3 feet tall. Desert washes from S. California to Texas. Smoked by the Hopi, Pima, Papago, Maricopa, Cocopa, Mojave, Yuma, and Cahuilla, who believed it one of the first plants created by the god Mukat.

—Nigella damascena 'Red Pod'. (250) NIG-3RP. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50

Large white flowers followed by red seed pods, good in dried arrangements. Hardy annual to 2 feet, with lacy foliage. Very nice!

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.

CRUCIFERAE. Two species of Asian herbs.
—Orychophragmus violaceus. (300) ORYC-8. Packet: $2.50
'FEBRUARY ORCHID', 'CHINESE VIOLET CRESS'. Large violet 1 3/4" flowers in clusters, held above the foliage in spring. Annual or biennial to 1 - 2 feet. China. May winter over in Zone 7 or warmer. Grown in China for the leaves and flowers, eaten in salads or as a potherb. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.

PACHYPODIUM (pa-kee-POE-dee-um)
APOCYNACEAE. Remarkable caudex-forming succulents of Madagascar and Africa. Most are endangered but in cultivation. Grow like cacti in a warm greenhouse in sandy, gravelly, well-drained soil. Keep dry in winter. Another example of horticulturalists preserving by disseminating.
—Pachypodium brevicaule. (5) PACHP-5. Packet: $5.00
Bright yellow 1" flowers on a dwarf caudex to 1 - 3 feet across, with rosettes of dark green leaves. Madagascar. Zone 9. CITES Appendix II endangered species.

PANDANACEAE. Tropical trees somewhat resembling Yucca.
—Pandanus odoratissimus (=tectorius). (5) PANDA-43. Packet: $3.50
25 seed: $12.00 (Shipping weight 8 ounces)
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'HALA', 'SCREW PINE'. Striking picturesque tree to 20 feet, with narrow sword-like 3 - 5 foot long leaves, and stilt-roots from the trunk. Male flowers are deliciously fragrant, in 12" spikes, used for perfume and medicine. Female flowers in small balls, followed by orange-red fruits resembling pineapples. SE Asia and Polynesia. Zone 10. Leaves much used in Hawaii for thatching and plaiting after removing the small spines on the edges. Ripe fruits eaten raw or cooked, the flowers eaten, and the seeds have been eaten after preparation. Soak large seeds overnight then plant on their side and keep warm, germinates over a long period.

—Papaver orientale 'Haremstraum'. (200) PAPA-30H. Packet: $2.50

'HAREM'S DREAM'. Excellent formula mix of newer hybrids. Large flowers in shades of white, pink, salmon, orange, red, and mauve. Hardy perennial to 3 feet. Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.

—Phytolacca americana 'Silberstein'. (50) PHYO-4S. Packet: $2.50
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'VARIEGATED POKE'. Leaves have moderate to heavy white borders and/or flecking. Variable from seed, some plants with stable variegation, others put out some green shoots. Interesting. Give seed 8 - 12 weeks pre-chill to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks. Very nice!

—Pinus kesiya. (50) PINU-30. Packet: $2.50

'KHASI PINE' . To 100 feet, with slender 9" needles and 3" cones. SE Asia. Zone 9. Fast growing, good timber producer for warm regions. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
—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.

PLUMERIA (plu-MER-ee-a)
APOCYNACEAE. Small ornamental tropical trees.
—Plumeria rubra. (5) PLUME-7. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'FRANGIPANI'. Highly fragrant 2 - 4" wide white flowers with yellow centers, varying to rose. Rounded deciduous tree to 25 feet, with shiny, dark green leaves. México. The classic flower of Hawaiian leis. Zone 10. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.

POLLIA (PO-lee-a)
COMMELINACEAE. Attractive tropical plants.
—Pollia japonica. (50) POLL-13. Packet: $2.50
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'YABUMYOOGA'. Small white flowers in whorls at the ends of thin stalks, in August and September, followed by showy blue berries in fall. Hardy perennial to 1 - 3 feet, with shiny, ginger-like, lance-shaped leaves. Japan. Zone 4 - 5. Forms nice clumps.

—Poncirus trifoliata 'Large Fruited'. (20) PONC4L. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $8.00

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

PSEUDOCYDONIA (soo-do-si-DO-nee-a)
ROSACEAE. A single species.
—Pseudocydonia sinensis. (50) PSCY-4. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $12.00
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'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.

RUBIACEAE. Small tropical trees.
—Psydrax odorata. (25) PSYD-14. Packet: $3.50
10 grams: $25.00 (About 350 seed)

'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 72% so far!

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: $3.00
'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. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks.

RHAMNACEAE. Handsome deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees valued for their attractive foliage. Good in shelterbelts and for wildlife food.
—californica ssp. tomentella. (25) RHAM-8T. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50

'CHAPARRAL COFFEEBERRY'. Attractive shrub to 6 feet or so, with 3" leaves and tiny flowers followed by small red berries that ripen black. California. Zone 7. Hums with bees when blooming, and the berries are a favorite of doves. Aged bark is used like cascara sagrada, the best digestive remedy I've used. Germinates best with 8 weeks prechill or GA-3, but some germinate without treatment.

—Ribes aureum. (100) RIBE-6. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50

'GOLDEN' or 'BUFFALO CURRANT'. Showy in bloom, with abundant small yellow flowers in clusters, often with a spicy odor, followed by small black or purple 1/4" fruits. Shrub to 3 - 8 feet, with 3-lobed 1 - 2" leaves. W U.S. Hardy to Zone 2. Blooms February to June. Refreshing tart fruits, much eaten by the Indians. Sow in fall or give cold.
—Ribes montigenum. (300) RIBE-30. Packet: $2.50
'MOUNTAIN GOOSEBERRY'. Low shrub to 2 1/2 feet, with inch-wide leaves and small flowers in July and August, followed by edible red berries. W. U.S. Zone 6. Hold pots several years.

—Robinia fertilis. (50) ROBI-8. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.50, Ounce: $14.00

'BRISTLY LOCUST'. Rosy pink flowers in June. Small shrub to 4 - 8 feet, with pinnate leaves. SE U.S. Zone 4. Suckers freely, good erosion control and soil builder. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.

ROMULEA (ro-mu-LEE-a)
IRIDACEAE. Crocus-like plants with narrow leaves and large, handsome, often brilliant flowers. Easy from seed - may reach flowering size in one year. Prefers moist soil, but any good loam will do. Named after Romulus. Variable.
—Romulea rosea. (10) ROMU-19. Packet: $2.50
'ONION GRASS'. Rosy to purplish-pink 6-petaled 1 1/2" flowers on short stems in spring. Tender bulb to 8", with grass-like leaves. South Africa. Zone 8. In Africa and Australia children eat the sweet unripe fruits, and some have sampled the bulbs, which are described as nutty with some bitterness. Good in coastal California, where it naturalizes in disturbed areas.

RUBIA (ROO-bee-a)
RUBIACEAE. Widespread herbs with small flowers and whorled leaves. Interesting plants.
—Rubia tinctorum. (25) RUBI-23. Packet: $3.50
'MADDER'. Yellow starry flowers followed by red berries that turn black. Hardy perennial to 4 feet, with narrow 4" whorled leaves. S. Europe. Zone 6. The roots are the source of a brick-red dye. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm.

—Salvia glutinosa. (25) SALV-28. Packet: $3.00
'JUPITER'S DISTAFF'. Pale yellow 1 1/2" flowers from July to September. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with 8" leaves. Eurasia. Zone 5. Has been used for flavoring. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks with light; sometimes very dormant, try cold or GA-3.
—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 2 weeks.

SCELETIUM (ske-LE-tee-um)
AIZOACEAE. South African succulents.
—Sceletium subvelutinum. (20) SCEL-21. Packet: $4.00
Large yellow to pale orange 1 1/3" flowers on a trailing succulent shrublet with flattened grey-green leaves, and forming a thick tuberous caudex. South Africa.

MALVACEAE. Widely distributed warm-region herbs and shrubs, grown for ornament, fiber and medicine.
—Sida acuta. (25) SIDA-4. Packet $3.50
Gram: $12.00

'MAHABAL', 'BROOM WEED'. Yellow flowers on a shrubby perennial to 5 feet, with narrow leaves. Pantropical. Highly valued in folk medicine as an aphrodisiac, for fever, headaches, infections, and liver problems.

—Solanum acaule. (10) SOLN-7. Packet: $4.00

'APHARU', 'WILD POTATO'. Pale purple flowers followed by heart-shaped fruits that often bury themselves in the ground. Rosettes of dark green divided leaves, often less than 6" high. Forms small white tubers up to 1 1/2" in diameter, at the ends of long lavender stolons. Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, 8000 to 15,000 feet. Perhaps hardy to Zone 5 or 6. This tetraploid wild potato is used in breeding increased frost tolerance and disease and pest resistance into modern potatoes. Some lots slow to germinate, and may need cool temperatures or GA-3.
—Solanum aviculare. (50) SOLN-8. Packet: $2.50
'KANGAROO APPLE', 'KOONYANG', 'MAYAKITCH' (aboriginal names). Violet 1" flowers in clusters, followed by 1" yellow berries. Handsome shrub to 5 - 10 feet, with narrow, dark green, foot-long lobed leaves. Australia and N.Z. Zone 9. Often blooms the first year, and is a nice ornamental here in California. The leaves and stems are a rich source of the glycoalkaloid solasodine, used in the synthesis of steroids. The fully ripe fruits, after they have fallen, are said to be eaten raw, boiled or baked; if at all unripe they burn the mouth. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks warm.

STIPA (STEE-pa or STY-pa)
GRAMINEAE. 'FEATHER GRASS'. Attractive perennial grasses native of plains, savannas and steppes throughout the world. Grown for ornament, forage, and restoration, they include some of our finest native bunchgrasses, and are assets in any garden. Many kinds are best grown from aged seed, germination increasing after a year in storage. Two weeks cold may help germination of fresh seed. Most sprout in 5 - 30 days. Seed and plants long lived. Sow in spring or early fall. Smoke treatment may help germination.
—Stipa ichu BK08520.2. (50) STIP-32. Packet: $4.00
'ICHU', 'PERUVIAN FEATHER GRASS'. The classic bunch grass of the high Andes. Feathery silver spikes in summer and fall, above a fine-leaved perennial to 1 1/2 - 3 feet tall. Collected at 13,000 feet above the town of Taucca, Peru, but ranges from México to Argentina. Zone 7. Good in California.

—Tagetes multiflora?. (50) TAGE-16. Packet: $4.00

'HUACATAY', 'CHIQCHIPA'. Small orange marigolds from tubular red buds, in clusters on an annual or perennial to 1 - 2 feet. Attractive feathery leaves with a strong anise-like scent. From seed collected at 11,500 feet in Peru. Zone 9. Stands extremely dry conditions, and attracts pollinators and repels nematodes. A popular condiment in the Andes, and used as a digestive tea.
—Tagetes sp. BK14510.6. (25) TAGE-24. Packet: $4.00
Clusters of small bright yellow flowers on a rounded shrub to 3 - 5 feet, with dark green leaves, that are delightfully anise-mint scented. From seed collected at 12,000 feet near Cusco, Peru. Zone 8?

TAMARINDUS (ta-ma-RIN-dus)
LEGUMINOSAE. A single species.
—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.

SAXIFRAGACEAE. 'FRINGE CUP'. Pretty herbaceous perennials of Western America. Related to Mitella. Good in the rock garden, wild garden or border. Valued plants in Europe, neglected here. Germinates in a month at cool temperatures, with light. Gibberellic acid also gives excellent germination.
—Tellima grandiflora. (1000) TELL-20. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.50

'FALSE ALUM-ROOT', 'FRINGE CUPS'. Charming bell-shaped flowers open green, then turn pink or red, the petals finely divided and fringed. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with downy, roundish 4" leaves. California to Alaska. Likes moist shaded spots. "The petals are inconspicuous at a distance; but when closely examined, reveal a delicacy and beauty of form entirely unsuspected."—Parsons. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks, best in light.

THESPESIA (thes-PEE-zee-a)
MALVACEAE. Tropical trees and shrubs valued for their showy flowers. Good street tree in tropics.
—Thespesia populnea. (20) THES-16. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50

'PORTIA TREE'. Yellow bell-shaped 2 - 3" flowers with red or purple centers, changing to orange or purple in a day. Woody inch-wide pods. Small tree to 20 - 50 feet, with heart-shaped glossy leaves and thick, corrugated bark. Pantropical. Flowers most of the year. Hard, beautifully grained wood, said to smell of roses when freshly cut. Young leaves edible, flowers eaten raw, and the fruits preserved. Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.

IRIDACEAE. American warm-region bulbs.
—Tigridia chiapensis. (10) TIGR-8. Packet: $4.00
White, three-petalled 2" flowers with yellow centers and maroon blotches, in summer. Diminutive bulb with pleated grass-like leaves 6 - 10" tall. Moist meadows of Chiapas, México, up to 9000 feet. Zone 8. Keep dry during winter dormancy.

TRICHOCEREUS (trik-o-SEER-ee-us)
CACTACEAE. Tree-like to prostrate columnar cacti valued for their large, showy, night-blooming flowers. Fast growing and easy from seed, they take rich soil and plenty of water in the growing season, making them ideal cacti for beginners. Several of them will stand considerable frost, probably down to 10°F. Sow on the surface of a sandy, well-drained mix. Gibberellic acid may double germination.
—Trichocereus bertramianus. (25) TRCH-5. Packet: $3.50
Creamy white 4" flowers on a columnar cactus to 4 - 8 feet, with fat stems with 20 or so ribs, and dense 4" spines. Bolivia. Zone 9.
—Trichocereus Bridgesii X 'Kimura's Giant'. (10) TRCH-6K. Packet: $2.50
—Trichocereus 'Kimura's Giant' X Bridgesii. (25) TRCH-20B. Packet: $4.00

Kimura's Giant is a thick-stemmed cactus with columns 8" thick or more, with short 1/2" spines and white flowers. Reciprocal crosses with T. Bridgesii.
—Trichocereus Pachanoi. (25) TRCH-34. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $40.00 (about 1250 seed)
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'SAN PEDRO'. Dark green 6 - 8-ribbed columns to 10 - 20 feet tall, generally with only short, tiny spines, but sometimes spines up to 3/4" long. Showy fragrant white 9" flowers bloom at night. Ecuador and north Peru, to 9000 feet. Hardy to at least 15°F. Good live fence in California. Good understock for grafting. Pronounced as four syllables: pa-CHA-no-ee, as it was named after A. Pachano.
—Trichocereus pallarensis X Pachanoi OST90641. (25) TRCH-36P. Packet: $3.50
T. pallarensis is a rare columnar cactus similar to Pachanoi, with somewhat longer spines.

—Trillium petiolatum. (25) TRIL-20. Packet: $2.50

Maroon or purple 2" flowers in spring. Low perennial to 6" or so, with round 5" 'leaves. Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Zone 5. Sow in a pot and hold several years, or try warm/cold/warm plus GA-3.

—laxa Wild. (20) TRIT-26W. Packet: $3.50

'GRASS NUT', 'WALLY BASKET'. Lavender 1 - 2" funnel-shaped flowers in open clusters in early summer, above a clump of narrow, grass-like leaves. Half-hardy bulb to 2 feet. California grasslands and open woods. Zone 7. Rest dry in summer. The bulbs were an important food of California Indians, eaten raw or cooked, and the flowers may be added to salads. Sweet nutty flavor. Seed originally from what may be a relict Pomo 'garden'. Germinates in 3 - 16 weeks at cold temperatures. Blooms in 3 - 4 years from seed.

—Tropaeolum peregrinum. (25) TROP-7. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $9.00

'CANARY BIRD FLOWER'. Delicate, bright canary-yellow flowers, with curiously fringed upper petals, and narrow lower petals. Five-lobed, light green leaves. Graceful hardy annual vine. A lovely, fast-growing screen, fence cover, etc. Produces a vivid display of the feathery yellow flowers in summer. Reaches 10 - 15 feet. Best in moist soil and light shade. Zone 9. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.

URTICA (UR-ti-ka)
URTICACEAE. Widespread genus of valuable perennials and annuals with stinging hairs. Easily grown in rich moist soil in sun or part shade.
—Urtica atrovirens ssp. Bianorii. (50) URTI-1B. Packet: $4.00
'MALLORCA NETTLE'. Low perennial with unusual attractive leaves with deeply toothed margins and inflated spots on the surface. Striking! Endemic to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Zone 7.

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.

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