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HAEMODORACEAE. Unusual Australian plants with red to black flowers in airy clusters above grass-like leaves. Stem and roots blood red. Related to Anigozanthos. Leaves die back when dormant. Seed often germinates best at cool temps. Smoke treatment may help germination.
NEW—Haemodorum simplex. (25) HAEM-20. Packet: $3.00
Striking black flowers in clusters in spring. Bulbous perennial to 8 - 24" tall. W. Australia. Germinates in 6 - 8 weeks or so at cool temperatures.
PROTEACEAE. 'PINCUSHION TREE'. Striking evergreen Australian shrubs related to Grevillea, Banksia, and Protea. Noted for their exceedingly diverse foliage and interesting flowers. Good outdoors in California and the South, standing seacoast exposure. Tough, drought resistant and standing several degrees of frost. Sow seed in winter or early spring in sandy soil. Seed viable 5 - 10 years or more. Smoke treatment may help germination.
NEW—Hakea bucculenta. (10) HAKE-8. Packet: $2.50
'RED POKERS'. Bright red flowers in dense 6" spikes in spring. Shrub to 3 - 15 feet, with narrow 8" leaves. W. Australia. Zone 9. Rub wings off seed to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks warm.
NEW—Hakea multilineata. (10) HAKE-58. Packet: $2.50
'GRASS-LEAF HAKEA'. Bright pink flowers in dense clusters. Shrub or small tree to 5 - 20 feet, with narrow 3 - 8" leaves. W. Australia. Zone 9. Germinates in 4 - 8 weeks cool. Rub wings off seed.
NEW—Hakea orthorrhyncha. (10) HAKE-62. Packet: $2.50
'BIRD BEAK HAKEA'. Bright red flowers in spring, followed by beaked pods. Shrub to 3 - 9 feet, with narrow grass-like leaves. W. Australia. Zone 9. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks or so.
HALORAGIDACEAE. Southern hemisphere plants.
—Haloragis masatierrana. (10) HALO-16. Packet: $4.50
1/4 gram: $10.00, Gram: $30.00
Small shrub with attractive serrated leaves and small reddish flowers followed by berries. Endemic to Isla Robinson Crusoe off of Chile. Zone 9. Best in mild coastal climates. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks and GA-3 helps. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
LEGUMINOSAE. Ornamental hardy perennials and shrubs, with showy flowers and feathery leaves.
—Hedysarum tauricum. (25) HEDS-80. Packet: $3.00
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'KOPEECHNIK KRYMSI'. Spikes of large purple flowers, June to September. Hardy perennial to 1 foot, with attractive pinnate foliage. Black Sea region. Zone 5. Remove husk, hot water soak, then nick hard to germinate in 3 - 8 weeks.
"Busy, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with me, and drink as I."—William Oldys, On a Fly Drinking out of a Cup of Ale, (1696 - 1761).
COMPOSITAE. Hardy American annual and perennial herbs grown in the border and wild garden for their interesting and attractive summer and fall bloom. Best in rich soil and full sun. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Sow in spring, and the perennials up to July. Seed viable 3 - 4 years.
—Helenium autumnale 'Red and Gold Hybrids'. (500) HELE-2R. Packet: $2.50
Brilliant attractive daisies, about 2" wide, in various shades of scarlet, orange, yellow and mahogany. Makes a nice display in late summer and early fall. Hardy perennial to 2 - 5 feet with winged stems and narrow 6" leaves. N. America. Zone 3. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
COMPOSITAE. 'SUNFLOWER'. Large hardy annuals and perennials grown for their large showy flowers. Excellent in the back border, and are ideal for bird and wildlife food. The flowers of various species range from 1 - 12" or more across, and in height from 1 to 20 feet. Easily grown in most soils. Plant outside as early as possible to miss heavy frosts, to germinate in about 1 - 3 weeks. For early flowers, start indoors as early as February or March, to germinate in about 10 days at 60 - 65°F. Plant out in April or May. Heat and drought resistant. Best planted in masses in large gardens where "their magnificent flowers... assume an air of regal splendor."—Booth.
—Helianthus annuus 'Autumn Beauty'. (100) HELA-6AB. Packet: $1.50
Many 6" flowers in shades of yellow, bronze and mahogany red, with a darker zone. Branching habit to 7 feet. An interesting mixture. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Helianthus annuus 'Velvet Queen'. (200) HELA-6VQ. Packet: $2.00
Rusty-red 5" flowers on plants to 5 - 6 feet. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Helianthus Maximiliani. (100) HELA-30. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $20.00
'MAXIMILIAN SUNFLOWER'. Yellow 3" sunflowers from July to October on a hardy perennial to 2 - 10 feet tall. Narrow, foot-long leaves. Plains, Manitoba to Texas. Zone 4. The thick tubers were eaten by the Sioux and other peoples. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
COMPOSITAE. 'SUN GLORY'. Showy sunflower-like hardy perennials valued for their large summer bloom in the border. Makes good cut flowers. Sow seed from early spring up to August, to germinate in 10 - 15 days. Blooms the first year if started early.
NEW—Heliopsis scabra 'Burning Hearts'. (15) HELO-24B. Packet: $4.00
Large golden 4" flowers with vivid red centers, July to frost. Hardy perennial to 4 feet, with deep purple leaves and black stems. Zone 3. Good cut flower and blooms the first year. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Heliopsis scabra 'Summer Nights'. (25) HELO-24N. Packet: $4.00
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $20.00
An outstanding variety with golden 4" flowers with orange-red centers, July to frost. Hardy perennial to 4 feet , with red stems and purplish-red foliage. Zone 3. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks warm.
—Heliopsis scabra 'Summer Sun'. (50) HELO-24S. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
Bright golden yellow double and semi-double 4" flowers borne in profusion on long, strong stems from July to September. Hardy perennial to 5 feet. E. U.S. Excellent for cut flowers. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
RANUNCULACEAE. 'HELLEBORE'. Attractive long-lived hardy perennials valued for their very early bloom (some in late winter), and handsome foliage. Best in part shade and moist soil, admirably suited to planting under trees and in shrubbery. They make excellent cut flowers and are easily forced. Seed germinates best if given 2 periods of cold treatment, otherwise they may hold over 2 winters. Sow in fall or give 30 - 60 days cold, then 60 days warm, then 30 - 60 days cold, to germinate in 30 - 60 days. Freezing once in each cold period may help. Space 12". Good results have been obtained by starting at warm temperatures for 1 - 3 months, then move to cold, for germination at cold temperatures.
NEW—Helleborus foetidus. (50) HELB-6. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'BEAR'S FOOT'. Nodding bell-shaped pale green 1/2 - 1 1/4" wide flowers, often edged or tipped reddish or purple. Hardy evergreen perennial to 1 1/2 feet, with leathery, dark green, divided leaves. S. and W. Europe. Zone 5. Blooms February to April. Choice. Give seed 6 - 12 weeks warm, then cold treatment. Best sown in fall. Hold pots 2 years.
—Helleborus niger. (25) HELB-10. Packet: $2.50
'CHRISTMAS ROSE'. Very large white flushed pinkish 2 - 4" saucer-shaped flowers bloom very early, December to April. Elegant hardy perennial to 1 1/2 feet, with dark green divided leaves. Europe. Zone 3. Best in cold-winter climates. The poisonous root was used medicinally and was once used to bless cattle as protection from evil spirits, and was used by sorcerers of legend to become invisible.
NEW—Helleborus orientalis 'New Hybrids'. (10) HELB-19N. Packet: $4.00
Large flowers in yellow, pink, white, red, and purple, with some spotted, striped, and semi-double types. Zone 3. Needs warm/cold/warm cycles.
NEW—Helleborus purpurascens. (25) HELB-20. Packet: $4.00
Greenish purple to bluish 3" wide flowers, purple-violet outside, with dark veins, in winter and spring. Hardy perennial to 16", with deeply lobed leaves. Hungary. Zone 4. Good in humusy soil. Forms mats. Needs warm/cold/warm cycles.
LILIACEAE. 'DAYLILY'. Hardy, free-flowering tuberous rooted Eurasian perennials prized for their showy bloom. Easily grown, pest free, thriving with neglect. Almost any soil, full sun or part shade. Easy to naturalize. forming large clumps. Mixed types germinate at 70°F, with further germination if unsprouted seeds are moved to 40°F.
—Hemerocallis Fine Mixed. (25) HEME-FX. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00, Ounce: $30.00
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'DAYLILY'. Seed from a fine collection from the full spectrum of day lilies—colors from yellow and orange through red, purple and pink to near white. Flower sizes from miniature to 6", and many ruffled and a few spider types. Includes named types like Stella De Oro and Catherine Woodbury, and a full range of heights and bloom times. Excellent. Zone 4. Easy but irregular from seed, most germinating in 1 - 8 weeks warm, but some lots need a 4 week prechill.
LABIATAE. Western Australian plants.
NEW—Hemiandra pungens. (25) HEMI-19. Packet: $2.50
'SNAKEBUSH'. Showy pink to mauve flowers with dark spots. Sprawling evergreen shrublet to 3 feet across, with narrow leaves. SW Australia. Zone 8. Needs good drainage. Give GA-3 to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.
"Moral indignation is envy with a halo."—H. G. Wells.
UMBELLIFERAE. Bold perennials or biennials, some gigantic, with cartwheel-sized umbels. Good specimen plants for moist soil in full sun or shade.
—Heracleum lanatum. (=maximum) (100) HERA-3. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 pound: $12.00
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'COW PARSNIP', 'MUN-SHOK' (Yuki name). White flowers in large umbels to a foot or so across, February to June. Hardy perennial to 3 - 10 feet, with bold 20" lobed leaves. N. America and Eurasia. Zone 3. Widely used by Indians for medicine and food, the tender young leaf and flower stalks eaten peeled. The roots are a valuable medicine. Give 4 - 6 weeks cold to germinate in 4 - 8 weeks.
LILIACEAE or AGAVACEAE. Several stemless plants resembling Yucca. Narrow leaves from a bulbous base. Long flower-spikes. Easily grown; treat like Agave or Yucca. Excellent for desert areas.
—Hesperaloe parviflora. (10) HESO-19. Packet: $2.50
100 seed: $7.50
Photo Whole Plant Flower-Stalk
'RED YUCCA'. Bright dark to light red inch-long flowers on red stems to 6 feet tall, May to July. Inch wide, gracefully arching reddish green leaves to 4 feet long, the edges with conspicuous threadlike frayed edges. S.W. Texas. Hardy to 0°F (Zone 7). Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
CRUCIFERAE. Hardy Eurasian biennials and perennials grown for their bright, often fragrant flowers.
—Hesperis matronalis Mix. (100) HESP-6X. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
'SWEET ROCKET', 'DAME'S VIOLET', 'DAMMASK VIOLET'. Very sweet scented, showy purple-violet or white flowers in large pyramidal clusters from June to August. Hardy biennial or perennial to 3 feet. Eurasia. Zone 3. Space 18". Good cut flower; a few mixed in a bouquet will scent a room. Full sun or part shade. An old-fashioned cottage garden favorite. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
COMPOSITAE. Native American daisies.
NEW—Heterotheca grandiflora. (100) HETH-10. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 pound: $20.00
'TELEGRAPH WEED', 'CAMPHOR WEED'. Bright yellow inch-wide daisies on an annual or biennial to 6 feet, with a strong camphor scent. California. Zone 8. Attracts butterflies and pollinators. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks cool.
SAXIFRAGACEAE. 'ALUM ROOT'. Popular native North American wildflowers. Airy clusters of dainty flowers held above clumps of broad, heart-shaped, lobed leaves. Though mostly inhabiting rocky cliffs, streambanks, and mountains, they thrive in full sun or part shade in ordinary moist garden soil. Good for cutting and florist work. Sow on surface in late fall to early spring. Germinates in 1 - 10 weeks at cool temperatures. Seed half-life 3 years.
—Heuchera americana 'Dale's Strain'. (100) HEU-4D. Packet: $2.50
Beautiful foliage, the 2 - 3" lobed leaves marbled purple and white, edged with green. Tiny creamy flowers in airy panicles, June to September. Hardy perennial to 2 feet, very variable in coloring. E. N. America. Zone 4. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks or so. Best with light and KNO3.
—Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple'. (100) HEU-15P. Packet: $2.50
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $18.00
Shiny purple-red to bronze foliage topped by long sprays of creamy flowers. Hardy perennial to 2 feet. Zone 3. Good pot plant and nice foliage in the border. Rogue out green seedlings. Offered in the trade as both americana and micrantha. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Heuchera 'Newest O.P. Hybrids'. (100) HEU-NH. Packet: $2.50
Produces many varied forms with foliage from green to bronze, marbled silvery to red veined, smooth to lobed margins, and flowers from white to red. Hardy perennial to 8 - 20", blooms June to September. Zone 3. Nice! (americana X micrantha) Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Heuchera sanguinea Firefly. (100) HEU-20F. Packet: $2.50
1/4 gram: $7.50
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'CORAL BELLS'. Dark scarlet, nodding, bell-shaped 1/2" flowers in open clusters, on delicate stems to 2 feet, May to July. Hardy perennial with rosettes of roundish scalloped leaves. SW U.S. Zone 3. This is an improved deep scarlet strain. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
MALVACEAE. 'ROSE MALLOW'. Warm region herbs, shrubs and trees with showy flowers in many colors, and a long season of bloom. Best in deep, rich, moist soil and full sun. Many of the herbaceous kinds are hardy in the North if mulched, and others good greenhouse tub plants, or the roots lifted in fall and stored in a cellar. Some can be flowered indoors in winter in a 6" pot. Germinates readily in 1 - 10 weeks warm, and light nicking or hot water soak may help. Various kinds are grown for food, fiber, seed oil, and even some for timber.
—Hibiscus coccineus. (40) HIBS-9. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.50
'RED STAR OF TEXAS'. Large red 6" flowers on a bushy plant to 8 feet. Shorter and more floriferous if pinched back. S. U.S. Hardy to about Philadelphia. Roots may be stored over winter in a cellar. Pick pods to extend bloom. Soak seed 2 hours. Attracts hummingbirds. Hot water soak to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Hibiscus Moscheutos Mixed. (50) HIBS-30X. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.50, Ounce: $18.00
Huge 8 - 10" flowers range from pink to dark rose to white. Bushy perennial to 5 feet, with large, maple-like leaves. Zone 4. A 'Southern Belle' type. Choice and easy. Nick or use hot water to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
NEW—Hibiscus Sabdariffa. (25) HIBS-37. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $10.00
'ROSELLE', 'JAMAICA SORREL'. Yellow or pink 2" flowers. Annual or perennial to 4 - 7 feet, with 3-lobed leaves. Mainly grown for the succulent red calyx, which is made into tart sauces, jellies and cooling drinks, having a cranberry-like flavor. The leaves and young shoots may be eaten raw in salads, or cooked, having a rhubarb-like flavor. Seeds eaten toasted, and the plant may have originally been domesticated in Africa for the seeds. The stem-bark yields a fine, silky jute-like fiber. Best in deep soil. Hot water treatment to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Hibiscus syriacus. (50) HIBS-41. Packet: $2.50
1/2 Ounce: $7.50
'ROSE-OF-SHARON', 'SHRUB-ALTHAEA'. Pink-lavender 4 - 5" wide flowers with dark crimson centers, July to September. Hardy shrub to 6 - 12 feet, with three-lobed leaves. E. Asia. Zone 5. Blooms 3 - 5 years from seed, and can live for many decades. Easy in any soil. The flowers and leaves are used for tea in China, and are eaten when young. Bark and root medicinal. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
GRAMINEAE. Fragrant perennial grasses of both hemispheres. Easily grown in moist places. The name is from Greek; hieros - sacred, and chlöe - grass.
—Hierochlöe odorata. (Hierochloe odorata). (25) HIEC-18. Packet: $3.00
'SWEET GRASS', 'HOLY GRASS'. Sweetly vanilla/coumarin scented grass to 1 - 2 feet, with graceful brownish panicles in June and July. North temperate regions from Europe, through N. Asia and N. America. Zone 3. This is the source of the well-known sweetgrass braids used as sacred incense by N. American Indians. It is not well known that it was also sacred to early European peoples, and is still used to strew in churches on festival days. Used for flavoring in tropical Asia. Perhaps we can all use this grass to help us remember our common humanity. Germinates in 2 weeks to 6 months, but KNO3 or 100ppm GA-3 speeds this to 2 - 4 weeks or so. We supply rubbed seed. (The name Hierochloe odorata is repeated above so that the search engines can find it - they don't seem to do well with the "Ö")
"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern."—Lord Acton, 1881.
LEGUMINOSAE. Australian evergreen shrubs with masses of intensely blue or purple flowers. Good in California or well-drained soil in the greenhouse.
NEW—Hovea elliptica. (20) HOVE-8. Packet: $2.50
'KARRI BLUE BUSH'. Intensely purple-blue flowers in clusters in spring. Shrub to 6 - 10 feet, with shiny dark green 3" oval leaves and rusty shoots. W. Australia. Nick seed to germinate in 4 - 14 weeks cool.
NEW—Hovea pungens. (10) HOVE-19. Packet: $2.50
DEVIL'S PINS'. Showy blue-purple flowers on a shrub to 1 - 6 feet, with needle-like leaves. W. Australia. Zone 9. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks cool.
CANNABIDACEAE. Two species of twining dioecious vines, of easy cultivation. To save your own seed, plant several, to be sure of having both sexes.
—Humulus japonicus 'Variegatus'. (20) HUMU-3V. Packet: $5.00
'VARIEGATED JAPANESE HOPS.' Leaves are attractively streaked with white. Fast growing perennial vine. Japan. Choice! Prechill seed 2 weeks to germinate in 1 week.
—Humulus Lupulus. (50) HUMU-6. Packet: $2.50 EU ORGANIC SEED
5 grams: $35.00, 10 grams: $65.00
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'HOPS'. Hardy dioecious perennial twiner to 20 feet, with handsome 3-lobed leaves and rounded cone-like spikes which form the bitter 'hops' used to flavor beer and increase its intoxicating effects. Young shoots eaten like asparagus. North temperate regions. Zone 4. Prechill 6 - 8 weeks to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks.
HYDROPHYLLACEAE. North American plants.
NEW—Hydrophyllum capitatum. (50) HYDP-6. Packet: $2.50
'CATS BREECHES'. Small purple or white flowers in dense balls in late spring. Hardy perennial to 18", with feathery grey fuzzy basal leaves. W. N. America. Zone 5. Germinates at cool to cold temperatures.
LABIATAE. Aromatic perennials from the Mediterranean to central Asia. Most germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Hyssopus officinalis. (250) HYSS-1. Packet: $2.50
'HYSSOP'. Dark blue 1/2" flowers in dense 5" spikes in summer and fall. Hardy aromatic perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with small, narrow, dark green 1 - 2" leaves. S. Europe. Zone 3. Blooms profusely. Best in warm, alkaline soil. Good bee plant, producing fine honey. A popular herb, used for tea, soups, potpourri, and medicinally against rheumatism. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Hyssopus officinalis 'Tricolor Mix'. (100) HYSS-1TX. Packet: $2.50
'TRICOLOR HYSSOP'. Blue, pink, and white-flowered forms mixed. Blooms June to August, making a nice display. Hardy perennial to 18". Zone 3.
GRAMINEAE. Striking ornamental perennial grasses. Nine species ranging from New Zealand and Asia to North America. Best in moist, woodsy, shady places.
NEW—Hystrix californica. (50) HYST-4. Packet: $2.50
'CALIFORNIA BOTTLE-BRUSH GRASS'. A stately perennial grass to 6 feet, with large nodding bottle-brush-like spikes, and wide, strap-like leaves. Rare endemic to central coastal California. Zone 9. Good in part shade or full sun. Germinates in 2 weeks. My favorite local grass.