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LEGUMINOSAE. Handsome East Asian deciduous trees related to Cladrastis, grown for their panicled white flowers. Very hardy.
—Maackia amurensis. (25) MAAC-3. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $27.50
White 1/3" flowers tinged slate blue in dense upright 4 - 8" particles in July and August. Small tree to 40 feet, with pinnate leaves. Manchuria. Zone 4. Very hardy and ideal for landscaping as it blooms when young. Try naturalizing it in the Northeast. Soak, nick hard, to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Maackia chinensis. (20) MAAC-6. Packet: $2.50
Fragrant white pea-like flowers in 6" spikes in late spring and summer. Broad-crowned tree to 30 feet or more, with dark green pinnate foliage, which is a silvery grey-green in spring. Central and western China. Zone 5. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
PROTEACEAE. Tropical nut-bearing trees.
—Macadamia tetraphylla. (5) MACA-23. Packet: $3.00
50 seed: $20.00 (plus $6.00 postage in the U.S., $11.00 to Canada, $15.50 to México, $17.00 everywhere else)
500 seed: $125.00 (plus $20.00 postage in the U.S.)
Fresh seed, stored refrigerated. Available January to May only.
'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.
COMPOSITAE. Ornamental annuals, perennials, and shrubs from western North America. Showy daisy-like flowers and often feathery foliage. Excellent in hot dry areas, good in the desert. Blooms for a long period and good for Gut flowers.
—Machaeranthera tortifolia. (50) MACH-28. Packet: $2.50
'MOJAVE ASTER'. Large light blue to violet blue or white 1 - 3" daisy-like flowers, solitary leafless Stems. Hardy bushy perennial to 2 1/2 feet with a woody crown. Desert slopes, California to Utah. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
CRUCIFERAE. Hardy annuals and perennials from the Mediterranean and Mideast, grown for their showy flowers. Easy in almost any soil, prefers full sun. Sow in early spring or fall, and thin to 3" apart.
—Malcomia maritima 'Choice Mix'. (1000) MALC-3X. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
'VIRGINIA STOCK'. Bright red, rose and white inch-wide 4-petaled flowers covering the plant. Hardy annual to 8 - 12". Mediterranean. Sown in large drifts they make a vivid display. Six weeks from sowing to bloom. Succession sowings are nice. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
MALVACEAE. 'MALLOW', 'CHEESES' (from the shape of the fruit). About 30 herbaceous species grown for their attractive flowers or for food (since 6000 BC). Very easily grown in most soils, full sun or light shade, and they may be sown where they are to flower. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks. Seed long-lived; they have been sprouted from 200 year old adobe bricks in California and México. Nicking may help.
—Malva moschata alba. (100) MALA-10A. Packet: $2.50
'WHITE MUSK MALLOW'. Lovely pure white. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. About half are hard.
—Malva moschata 'Appleblossom'. (50) MALA-10P. Packet: $2.50
Soft appleblossom-pink 2" wide flowers from June to September. Hardy perennial to 20", with deeply divided foliage. Europe. Zone 3. Germinates in 1 - 12 weeks.
—Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana. (100) MALA-22M. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.00, 10 grams: $20.00
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'ZEBRA MALLOW'. Clustered hollyhock-like flowers range from white to rosy purple, with dark purple veins, giving the petals a striped look. Hardy perennial often grown as an annual, to 3 - 4 feet. Blooms first year and from June to September in subsequent years. Europe. Zone 3. The flowers are edible and a nice addition to salads, and the young leaves are good in salads or boiled like greens. Nick seed, germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
CACTACEAE. Popular small globular cacti which are easy from seed and flower when young.
—Mammillaria bocasana. (25) MAMM-16. Packet: $2.50
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'SNOWBALL CACTUS'. White to pinkish flowers followed by brilliant red fruits. Forms clumps of 2" round bluish green ball cacti almost completely covered with spines and white hairs. Sierra de Bocas, México. Zone 8. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
LABIATAE. Bitter aromatic Eurasian perennials. Easy in poor, hot, dry soils and full sun. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks, best at very warm temperatures.
—Marrubium supinum. (100) MARR-8. Packet: $2.50
'SCALLOP-SHELL'. Rosy-red flowers in short spikes in summer. Hardy perennial to 10", with woolly crinkled leaves. Mediterranean. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Marrubium vulgare. (100) MARR-10. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $9.00
'HOREHOUND'. White-woolly hardy perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with small crinkled leaves and white flowers in whorls. W. Asia and Mediterranean. Zone 3. Aromatic and bitter. Called 'Seed of Horus' by the ancient Egyptians, it has a long medicinal history, and horehound candy is a popular cold remedy. It contains a powerful anti-viral compound. Used to brew ale.
MARSILEACEAE. Widely distributed aquatic ferns. Spores viable over 100 years.
—Marsilea vestita. (10 sporocarps) MARS-46. Packet: $3.00
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CLOVER FERN', 'WATER-CLOVER'. Fronds resemble a four-leaf clover, about an inch wide, on 4 - 8" stalks, floating when submerged. Hardy rhizomatous perennial of intermittently-dry wet areas. W. N. America and Peru. Zone 3. Needs a yearly dry period. "The wetlands dry and bake at very high temperatures during the summer... amazingly tough plants."—Brune. Nick sporocarp or cut in half and put on the surface of wet soil, and submerge until water just covers soil. Sporophyll emerges in an hour, and megaspores germinate in 6- 10 days, producing tiny grass-like planes less than 1/4" tall in about 2 weeks, and broader fronds in a month. Really neat! Ten sporocarps gives 200 plants.
COMPOSITAE. 'MAYWEED'. Hardy annuals and perennials with finely cut foliage and a profusion of attractive daisy-like flowers. Widespread. Easily grown in almost any soil, preferring full sun. Nice for edging or in drifts. Sow where they are to stand. Barely cover. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. Seed viable 2 - 3 years. Blooms about 16 weeks from seed.
—Matricaria Chamomilla. (=recutita) (1000) MATI-2. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $8.00, 1/4 Pound: $24.00
'GERMAN CHAMOMILE'. White inch-wide daisies with yellow disks. Hardy sweet-scented annual to 2 1/2 feet with finely divided ferny foliage. Europe, W. Asia. Zone 4. Very popular for a pleasant, relaxing bedtime tea. The volatile oil has been used as a solvent in applying platinum to glass. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
CRUCIFERAE. 'STOCKS'. Deliciously scented, easily grown annuals and perennials, cottage garden favorites. Splendid plants valued for their greyish foliage topped with dense showy spikes of clove-scented bloom. Excellent for cut flowers. Likes deep moist soil in sun or part shade. Lovely winter pot plant. Sow on the surface as light helps germination, which takes 1 - 2 weeks at cool temperatures. Seed half life is 7 - 10 years.
—Matthiola bicornis. (=longipetala) (500) MATH-10. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $18.00
'EVENING-SCENTED STOCK', 'PERFUME PLANT'. Lilac-pink 3/4" flowers are closed during the day and open in the evening to scent the air with a powerful perfume. Hardy annual to 20" with narrow leaves. Greece. "Wonderfully fragrant."—Sunset. Plant beneath the bedroom window.
PAPAVERACEAE. Hardy annuals, biennials and perennials grown for their large showy flowers, which are produced in profusion from June to September. Excellent in the border, rock, and wild garden. Most are hardy, and prefer a moist, partly shady position, but with well drained soil that will not get soggy in winter. Some require a cool moist summer, and planting these on the north side of a stone will help provide a cool root zone. Equal parts peat, leaf mold and sand a foot deep is recommended. Best grown from seed. The perennials are deep rooted and long-lived and should not be disturbed once established. The monocarpic (seeding only once) biennial and triennial species can sometimes be flowered for several years if the first flower-buds are cut out. Sow annuals early and plant out at the end of April. The biennials and perennials should be started in flats on the North side of the house or other cool, shaded place. These will benefit greatly from one week of cold treatment if sown in summer. Plant out in September where they are to grow. They are magnificent plants, and not as difficult to grow as many think, and their exquisite flowers and often striking foliage are worth the extra attention to their requirements needed in establishing them.
They germinate best with a one week prechill.
—Meconopsis betonicifolia. (100) MECO-2. Packet: $3.00
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $18.00
'BLUE POPPY'. Beautiful sky-blue 2 - 3" flowers in cymes. Hardy perennial to 6 feet, with 6" toothed leaves. China. Zone 6. Blooms the second year from seed sown in spring and planted out in August or September. Germinates in about 2 - 6 weeks, best with one week prechill.
—Meconopsis betonicifolia var. alba. (100) MECO-2A. Packet: $3.00
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $18.00
Large pure white 3" flowers. Hardy perennial. Call it the "white blue poppy" if you like. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks, best with one week prechill.
—Meconopsis betonicifolia 'Hensol Violet'. (100) MECO-2V. Packet: $3.00
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $18.00
Lovely lilac-rose 2 - 3" flowers, May to July. Hardy perennial to 2 feet. Zone 6. A splendid variety. Germinates in about 2 - 6 weeks, best with one week prechill.
—Meconopsis X Sheldonii 'Lingholm'. (100) MECO-21L. Packet: $3.00
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $18.00
Beautiful clear rich blue 1 1/4" flowers in May to July. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with bristly 6 - 10" leaves. Zone 5. (M. betonicifolia X grandis) Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks, best with one week prechill.
MYRTACEAE. Many Australian evergreen shrubs and small trees, grown for their showy, bottle-brush like flowers. Most stand salt, heat, wind, poor soil, drought and smog. The 'honey myrtles' have the showiest flowers and the 'paper-barks' have attractive layered bark. The larger species are excellent in California and warm regions for hedges, screens and windbreaks or shade trees, often being breathtaking masses of color when in bloom. The smaller species are excellent as specimen plants and in cold regions are grown in tubs in the cool greenhouse. Close up the flowers of some are of exquisite beauty. They germinate in 1 to 7 weeks, cold or smoke often helps.
NEW—Melaleuca alternifolia. (500) MELA-4. Packet: $2.50
'OIL TEA-TREE', 'PAPERBARK'. Small Australian tree grown for the production of the famous antiseptic 'Tea-Tree Oil' distilled from the leaves. White flowers, papery bark, narrow leaves, to 25 feet. Zone 9. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
MELIACEAE. Handsome Asian and Australian trees and shrubs grown in California and the South. GA-3 helps germination.
—Melia Azedarach. (10) MELIA-3. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00
'CHINABERRY', 'PERSIAN LILAC', 'BEAD TREE'. Fragrant lilac flowers with purple-black centers, in loose clusters in early summer, followed by round yellow 1/2 - 3/4" fruits which persist after the leaves have fallen. Fast-growing spreading-crowned tree to 30 - 50 feet, with handsome 3 foot long bipinnate leaves. Asia. Hardy to Zone 7. Valuable shade tree for warm regions. Wood hard, durable and used in cabinet making. Seeds made into rosaries, and fruits attract birds. Seeds germinate easily in 1 - 3 months at warm temperatures. All parts medicinal. Closely related to the famous Neem tree, it has insecticidal properties and needs more research to determine the similarities.
LABIATAE. 'BALM'. Perennial herbs from Europe and Asia. Name comes from the Greek for 'bee', as bees are attracted to the plants. Sow after all danger of frost is past. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Melissa officinalis. (250) MELS-1. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $10.00
'LEMON BALM'. Strongly lemon-scented hardy perennial herb to 2 - 3 feet, forming large bushes in favorable climates. Zone 3. A good bee plant. The leaves are used in making potpourri, perfumes and tea. Use fresh or dry for tea and seasoning. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Melissa officinalis Gold Leaf. (50) MELS-1G. Packet: $3.00 OUT OF STOCK
'GOLDEN LEMON BALM'. Striking golden and green foliage in spring, changing to light green. Golden color best in part shade. Germinates in 1 week.
CACTACEAE. Round cacti with a prominent cephalium which develops on mature specimens.
NEW—Melocactus violaceus. (25) MELO-46. Packet: $2.50
'CABECA de FRADE'. Pink flowers from a woolly 2" cephalium atop a globular cactus to 6" wide, with 3/4" spines. Brazil. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
CUCURBITACEAE. Annual and perennial tendril-climbing vines grown for ornament. Start early indoors, germinates in about 5 - 10 days. Easy.
—Melothria scabra. (25) MELO-40. Packet: $2.50
Egg shaped inch-long green and white striped or mottled fruits resembling tiny watermelons. Fast-growing annual with lobed leaves. México. Fruits are "...tasty and crunchy, used in salads or stir-fry."—Lacherez. They are pickled in México. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—pallidinervia: See Zehneria.
LABIATAE. 'MINT'. Easily grown tender perennial herbs grown for seasoning, medicine, aromatic oil and ornament. Sow seed in any good moist garden soil in spring. They spread by runners.
—Mentha X piperita. (1500) MENT-12. Packet: $2.50
'PEPPERMINT'. Purple flowers and purple-tinged leaves. To 2 - 3 feet. Likes moist places. Zone 2. The most-used mint, Oil of Peppermint is found in a great range of preparations from toothpaste to candy. Excellent remedy for nausea fever and rheumatism. Varies greatly from seed. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.
—Mentha Pulegium. (500) MENT-13. Packet: $2.50
'PENNYROYAL'. Spikes of lavender flowers on a sprawling, small-leaved herb. Spreads well in moist areas. Zone 7. The pungent leaves are a good insect repellant, and are medicinal. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Mentha requienii. (100) MENT-17. Packet: $2.50
1/4 gram: $10.00, Gram: $20.00
'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.
LOASACEAE. N. and S. American plants grown for their showy flowers. Easy in light rich soil in sunny spots. Good in the border, wild garden, or pots, blooming June to October. Sow 1/8" deep outdoors in March and April, or in fall in warm regions. They bloom in about 10 weeks.
—Mentzelia decapetala. (100) MENZ-2. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'GIANT EVENING STAR'. Huge cream to yellow 4 - 5" ten-petaled, sweet-scented flowers open at night, up to 40 - 50 blooms per plant. Very hardy biennial or perennial to 2 - 4 feet, with lobed, lance-shaped leaves. Dry rocky soil, plains and foothills, Alberta to Iowa and México. Zone 3. Give seed 4 weeks cold to germinate in 4 weeks or so.
CONVOLVULACEAE. Twiners with bell or funnel-shaped morning glory-like flowers and divided or entire leaves. Mostly tropical, they are valued for their fast growth, attractive foliage, and some for ornamental pods or edible tubers. Easily grown in ordinary soil, the roots of the perennials can be stored over winter like Dahlias.
—Merremia sibirica. (10) MERR-3. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $15.00
Pale pink 3/4" flowers on a vigorous vine to 20 feet. Long, heart-shaped leaves, 2 1/2" wide and 4 1/2" long, turning red in autumn. Reddish stems. Grown from seed from Beijing, China. Hardy annual. Nick seed to germinate in a week. Blooms in 3 months. "It is certainly a profuse bloomer. I had three plants on a trellis, and it was not uncommon to see up to a hundred flowers each morning!"—E. Kniola.
CACTACEAE. Columnar Brazilian cacti.
NEW—Micranthocereus auriazureus. (25) MICR-4. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Clumps of bluish-green 4 foot columns densely covered with yellow spines. Nocturnal inch-long lilac-pink flowers in Summer. Brazil. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Micranthocereus polyanthus. (25) MICR-19. Packet: $2.50
Dense clusters of red flowers at the tips of slender, many-ribbed columns to 4 feet tall. Dense yellow spines. Brazil. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks with GA-3.
LEGUMINOSAE. Warm region herbs, shrubs and trees grown for their showy, puff-like flowers and attractive feathery foliage. They make lovely specimens in the greenhouse or outdoors in California and the South. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures. Grow like Acacia.
—Mimosa pudica. (50) MIMO-7. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $6.00, Ounce: $12.00
'SENSITIVE PLANT'. Lavender puff-like flowers and feathery pinnate foliage which closes quickly at a touch. Shrub to 3 feet. Tropical America. Easily grown as an annual. Movement best at warm temperatures. Pop seed out of husk, nick, germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
"Sometimes, there are no answers."—J.L.H.
MINA (MEE-na or MY-na)
CONVOLVULACEAE. A single species. Easily grown.
—Mina lobata 'Exotic Love'. (=Ipomoea lobata) (10) MINA-1EL. Packet: $3.00
10 grams: $12.00, 25 grams: $20.00 (about 50 seed per gram)
Unusual rich crimson 3/4" flower buds fading through orange to yellow, in curved, one-sided spikes. Each spike may have up to 12 flowers in various stages of development, producing a striking effect. Strong climbing vine to 15 - 20 feet, with 3-lobed leaves. México. Good in pots and hanging baskets. "It is a very free bloomer, and deservedly popular."—H. D. House. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
NYCTAGINACEAE. Showy tuberous-rooted perennials from the warm regions of the Americas, grown as annuals in the North. The name means 'admirable'. Best in a sunny spot. Easy from seed. They are wonderful old-fashioned favorites. In cold climates the roots may be dug and wintered like dahlias.
—Mirabilis Jalapa Mixed. (50) MIRA-6. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
'FOUR-O'CLOCK', 'MARVEL-OF-PERU'. Fragrant, trumpet-shaped 1 - 2" flowers in bright shades of red, magenta, pink, yellow, and white, sometimes striped and blotched. Showy, profusely-blooming tender perennial to 3 feet, with deep green 2 - 6" leaves, forming an attractive mound of bloom. Tropical America. Long tuberous roots may reach 40 pounds in warm climates. Grow as an annual in the North, or lift tubers like dahlias. The fragrance is said to drive away mosquitoes, and the flowers are used as food coloring in China. An old-fashioned favorite, cultivated since 1596. 'Jalapa' is a Mexican town, pronounced ha-LA-pa. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Mirabilis Jalapa White. (50) MIRA-6W. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
—Mirabilis Jalapa Marbles Yellow-Red. (25) MIRA-6YR. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $8.00, 100 grams: $26.00
Large flowers splashed, mottled, and speckled red and yellow. Choice!
—Mirabilis Jalapa 'California Wild Magenta'. (25) MIRA-6C. Packet: $2.00
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Clear magenta flowers abundantly produced on a bushy tender perennial to 3 feet. This type is found growing wild in waste places in California. One of the first plants I grew as a boy, after nearly 50 years they still come up in my mom's garden, where I collected this seed. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Mirabilis multiflora. (15) MIRA-16. Packet: $2.50
'DESERT FOUR O'CLOCK', 'SO:'KSI' (Hopi name). Deep rose 2" long trumpet-shaped flowers abundantly produced on a grey-green perennial to 6 feet across, with triangular leaves and a large thick root. SW U.S. Hopi medicine-men chew the root to help diagnosis of patients. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LABIATAE. Aromatic perennial and annual herbs, some with showy scarlet or purple blooms. Good in masses in a sunny border. Easy culture, will thrive in any good soil. Divide in spring; plants disturbed in fall often die in winter. Sow on the surface, germinates in 1 - 4 weeks. Cool temperatures help some.
—Monarda citriodora. (1000) MOND-2. Packet $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $18.00
'LEMON BEE BALM'. Purple or yellow showy flowers. Annual or perennial to 32". Zone 5. Highly lemon-scented. The mature seedheads are attractive dried.
—Monarda didyma 'Panorama'. (100) MOND-3X. Packet: $3.00 OUT OF STOCK
'BERGAMOT', 'BEE BALM', 'OSWEGO TEA'. Highly aromatic herb with showy scarlet, purple or pink flowers in starry whorls. To 2 feet. Zone 4. The fragrant leaves are used alone as a tea, or are mixed with black tea as flavoring. Excellent bee plant. Stunning when flowering. Likes moist soil.
—Monarda fistulosa. (1000) MOND-9. Packet: $2.50
'WILD BERGAMOT'. Lilac 1 1/2" flowers in clusters with colored bracts. Hardy perennial to 2 - 5 feet, with 4" leaves. N. America. Zone 4. The strongly fragrant leaves were used when cooking meat, and were chewed by the Indians. They make a pleasant aromatic tea. The volatile oil is over 50% carvacrol. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks, with stragglers to 5 months.
NEW—Monarda punctata. (500) MOND-15. Packet: $2.50
'SPOTTED BEEBALM'. Inch-long yellow flowers spotted with purple, in dense wheel-like whorls, surrounded by purple-pink bracts. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with narrow 3" leaves. E. U.S. Zone 4. The dried seedheads are attractive. A strongly aromatic and flavorful herb with a thyme-like scent. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
PORTULACACEAE. Widespread small annuals or perennials with small flowers.
—Montia perfoliata. (=Claytonia perfoliata). (100) MONT-10. Packet: $2.50
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'MINER'S LETTUCE'. Bright green annual to 6 - 12", noted for the unusual cup-like leaf below the spike of small white flowers. Young leaves narrow, broadening as the plant matures. W N. America. Shady places. Excellent in salads, called 'miner's lettuce' as it was eaten by the gold rush miners. It is one of the first wild plants we learned to eat as kids growing up in California. Can be grown as a cut-and-come-again greens. Germinates best with light and cool temperatures, or GA-3.
MORINGACEAE. Interesting and useful tropical trees of semi-arid regions of Asia and Africa. Easily grown in warm areas of the U.S. or in the greenhouse. Easy from seed.
—Moringa pterygosperma. (=Moringa oleifera) (10) MORG-16. Packet: $2.50
'HORSERADISH TREE', 'SAJAN'. Clustered, inch-wide, fragrant, oddly-shaped flowers followed by 12 - 18" pods. Tripinnate leaves. India. Valuable multi-use tree. Leaves eaten boiled or fried, and are especially rich in the sulfur-bearing amino acids methionine and cystine, which balance bean protein, and in vitamin A; planted to prevent deficiency-blindness. Young pods called 'drumsticks', eaten cooked or pickled. Seeds yield a fine edible oil (ben oil), also used by watchmakers. The roots have a horseradish flavor and are used as a condiment. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
MORACEAE. Wide-ranging deciduous trees grown for their delicious blackberry-like fruits.
—Morus nigra. (100) MORU-16. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50, 25 grams: $12.50
'BLACK MULBERRY'. Sweet, juicy purple-black berries to 1" long. Hardy deciduous tree to 30 feet, with broad 8" leaves. West-central Asia. Zone 5. The berries are good fresh or dried, and the leaves are used to feed silkworms. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. KNO3 helps some lots.
"Coercion is the least efficient means of obtaining order."—U. K. LeGuin.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy tropical vines grown for ornament, soil building and cattle forage. Some are among the most brilliant and dramatic of the world's plants. Frost tender, good in the far South and in the greenhouse, some blooming and maturing seed as far north as Maryland and Kansas. Easy from seed in most soils, sprouts quickly. Some are bat-pollinated.
—Mucuna sempervirens. (5) MUCU-76. Packet: $5.00
'SEA BEAN', 'TOBI-KAZURA' (Japanese name meaning 'flying vine'). Purple-black to red-yellow 3" waxy flowers in 8" clusters in spring, followed by 12" pods. Large evergreen tropical climber to 40 feet, with trifoliate 5" leaves. China. Zone 10. Nick and soak seed to germinate in 1 - 2 months.
MYRICACEAE. 'WAX MYRTLE'. Ornamental shrubs and small trees with nitrogen fixing bacteria. Grown for ornament, fruits, fragrant wax and medicine. Good soil builders in sandy sterile areas. Seed of temperate-zone kinds germinate after 3 months cold treatment. GA-3 at 500ppm helps the germination of de-waxed seed.
—Myrica californica. (25) MYRI-6. Packet: $2.50
'CALIFORNIA BAYBERRY'. Glossy dark green leaves on an evergreen shrub or small tree to 10 - 30 feet, with deep purple waxy berries. Coastal western U.S. Zone 7. "One of the best-looking native plants."—Sunset. Rub wax off seed to germinate in 3 - 7 months. A prechill and GA-3 also help.
MYRRHIS (MIR-is )
UMBELLIFERAE. A single species.
—Myrrhis odorata. (25) MYRR-1. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $20.00
'SWEET CICELY', 'MYRRH'. Sweet-scented, lacy, fern-like foliage and large umbels of white flowers on 2 - 3 foot stems. Europe. Zone 4. The fragrant foliage has a sweet taste and is used as a potherb, in salads, to flavor vinegar, etc. "The leaves taste as if sugar had been sprinkled over them."—Grieve. The roots are eaten in salads or boiled. The chopped green seeds are eaten as flavoring. Plant out 2 feet apart. Will produce for many years. Seed best sown in fall to germinate in spring. If sown in spring, give at least 2 - 4 months cold treatment, and best to freeze a few times during this. Will then germinate in 1 - 3 months. It is absolutely a myth that the seed is only viable a few weeks; it just goes into deep dormancy if not sown right off the plant. I've had high germination from seed one and two years old, and D. Downs reports 3 years.
CACTACEAE. Mexican columnar cacti.
NEW—Myrtillocactus geometrizans. (25) MYRT-7. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'BLUE CANDLE', 'PADRE NUESTRO'. Columnar tree-like cactus to 13 feet, with a rounded crown of blue-green, short-spined, 3 - 4" thick arms. Creamy white inch-wide flowers in early summer, followed by blue-purple edible berries called 'garambulo', and much loved in México, fresh or dried. Zone 9. Stands moisture. Use GA-3 to germinate in 1 - 4 weeks.