J. L. HUDSON,
2017 SEEDLIST - Si - Sz
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MALVACEAE. Annual and perennial herbs resembling miniature hollyhocks. Good in the border, and best in well-drained sandy loam and full sun.
—Sidalcea malviflora 'Purpetta'. (50) SIDL-16P. Packet: $2.50
Large purple-red miniature hollyhocks with white throats, in dense spikes produced over a long period from July to September. Hardy perennial to 3 - 4 feet, with attractive divided foliage. Zone 5. Good for cutting. Germinates irregularly over 2 - 8 weeks.
—Sidalcea malviflora 'Rosaly'. (50) SIDL-16R. Packet: $2.50
Beautiful soft pink miniature hollyhocks with fringed petals, in dense spikes, July to September. Hardy perennial to 4 feet, with attractive divided foliage. Zone 5. Good for cutting. Germinates irregularly over a long period. Prechill may help.
LABIATAE. Ornamental herbs and shrubs.
NEW—Sideritis syriaca. (25) SIDE-76. Packet: $2.50
'GREEK MOUNTAIN TEA'. Yellow 1/2" flowers in spikes. Perennial to 10 - 20", with 2" white-woolly leaves. Crete. Zone 6. Brewed into a golden-colored aromatic tea. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
CARYOPHYLLACEAE. Five hundred species of North Hemisphere annuals, biennials and perennials with showy flowers produced in profusion. Easily grown and valued in the border or rockery. Best in full sun and sandy soil, and even the annuals can be sown in fall for earlier bloom. Most kinds germinate in 8 - 23 days and flower quickly. They have extrafloral nectaries.
—Silene capensis. (75) SILE-6. Packet: $2.50
1/4 gram: $7.50, Gram: $21.00
'XHOSA DREAM PLANT', KWAQUELA', 'MOLOKOLOKO'. 'White to pink five-petaled flowers. Perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with 1 - 3" leaves. South Africa. Moist sandy soil. The root is said to be used by the Xhosa to induce vivid dreams. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks, best with 2000ppm KNO3 (potassium nitrate).
COMPOSITAE. Tall perennials grown for their large, sunflower-like blooms. Long lived and good in most soils, especially heavy ones. Full sun and easily grown. Stately plants for the back border or prairie and wild gardens.
—Silphium perfoliatum. (25) SILP-19. Packet: $2.50
'CUP PLANT'. Large yellow 3" wide daisies in clusters from July to September. Hardy perennial to 8 feet, with large, foot-long leaves forming a cup around the stem. S. Dakota to Mississippi. Zone 3. Good to naturalize in rich moist soil, sun or part shade. The thick rootstock is medicinal, considered to be a general restorative. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks warm, often improved by a prechill or GA-3.
GESNERIACEAE. Tropical American herbs & shrubs.
NEW—Sinningia tubiflora Dwarf. (250) SINN-80. Packet: $2.50
Fragrant tubular white 3" flowers. Half-hardy perennial from potato-like tubers. Southern South America. Zone 7. Blooms best crowded in shallow pots. Keep dry from October to April. Surface sow, germinates in a week.
CAMPANULACEAE. Tropical American shrubs.
—Siphocampylus aff. tupiformis BK10509.11. (500) SIPH-AT. Packet: $3.50
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'K'AU SILLU'. Very showy tubular orange and yellow flowers in clusters on a perennial plant resembling Lobelia Tupa, to 2 - 3 feet. Collected at 10,000 feet in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by Ben Kamm. Sow on the surface, germinates in 2 - 6 weeks. Aged seed best—2 - 3 year old seed is best. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
NEW—Siphocampylos tupaeformis BK09428.1. (500) SIPH-86. Packet: $4.00
'COCHAYA', 'PISHQU SHOQUNAN'. Tubular tricolor yellow, orange, and red flowers in large clusters. Perennial to 3 - 5 feet, with lanceolate leaves. Near Cusco, Peru, at 11,000 feet. Attracts hummingbirds. Planted alongside San Pedro as a 'guardian'. Zone 8. Regrows after frost. Surface sow to germinate in 2 - 6 weeks.
IRIDACEAE. 'BLUE-EYED GRASS'. Small American grass-like perennials with blue or yellow flowers. They make nice colonies in open moist places. Easy in any soil. Good in pots.
NEW—Sisyrinchium angustifolium. (100) SISY-3. Packet: $4.00
'BLUE-EYED GRASS'. Blue 1/2" flowers on winged stems. Deep green grass-like leaves. Hardy short-lived perennial, reseeding itself. Reaches 2 feet in good moist soil, but will grow in dry shade, reaching only 4 - 6". E. N. America. Used medicinally.
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SOLANACEAE. A huge genus of 1400 species, from annuals to trees. Includes important foods (potato, eggplant, etc.), medicines, industrial crops and many ornamentals. Generally easy from seed, germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. Sow hardy types where they are to stand, and tender types early indoors. They are wonderful plants, many very ornamental, but surprisingly little grown. Buy 'em or lose 'em!
Nice collection of photos of Solanum species.
—Solanum atropurpureum. (100) SOLN-6. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $7.00, 5 grams: $20.00
Striking ornamental with purple spines up to an inch long covering the entire plant. Tomato-like flowers followed by inch-wide round yellow-orange fruits. To 6 feet, with lobed leaves. Grow as an annual. "I grew a gnarly Solanum atropurpureum from you. It grew six feet high, was completely covered with very respectable thorns, and had a baleful purple cast to the whole thing. I called it 'Malevolence'. Thank you."—Kaminsky. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
—Solanum X Burbankii. (100) SOLN-9. Packet: $2.00
Gram: $5.00, 10 grams: $20.00
'WONDERBERRY', 'MSOBA'. Deep blue 1/4" fruits with white bloom are sweet and edible, used for tarts, jams, etc. Compact annual to 2 feet. Caused a great controversy when introduced by Luther Burbank. Delicious and productive. Sow on the surface, seed needs light or GA-3 to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks.
NEW—Solanum Dulcamara. (100) SOLN-12. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
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'BITTERSWEET'. Violet five-petaled, yellow-stamened 1/2" flowers spotted green, followed by ornamental clusters of oval red berries. Woody climbing shrub to 15 feet. Eurasia, N. America. The dried stems were once widely used in medicine, and the roots and shoots used medicinally in China. Used for rheumatism, skin ailments and alterative. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks, best with GA-3.
—Solanum galapagense. (100) SOLN-20. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $15.00
'GALAPAGOS TOMATO'. Endemic, salt-tolerant wild tomato with tasty orange-red fruits. Cultivated material has probably had some crossing with garden varieties. Germinates in a week or so.
—Solanum integrifolium. (100) SOLN-30. Packet: $2.50
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'RUFFLED RED EGGPLANT', TOMATO-EGGPLANT', or 'HMONG EGGPLANT'. Orange-red 1 - 3" ribbed fruits valued fresh or dried in flower arranging. Spiny annual to 8 feet. Tropics. Used in SE Asian cooking. Sometimes called 'mini-pumpkins' in the flower-trade. Germinates readily in 2 - 3 weeks warm.
SOPHORA (so-FOR-a or SOF-or-a)
LEGUMINOSAE. Wide-ranging and showy ornamental mostly woody plants with clustered pea-like flowers and handsome pinnate foliage. Best in well-drained soil, and most stand drought well.
—Sophora secundiflora. (10) SOPH-6. Packet: $3.00
1/4 Pound: $16.00 (about 140 seed), Pound: $28.00
'MESCAL BEAN', 'TEXAS MOUNTAIN LAUREL', 'FRIJOLITO'. Beautiful fragrant violet-blue inch-long flowers in dense 3" clusters covering the plant in spring. Handsome evergreen shrub to 4 - 6 feet, rarely a tree to 40 feet, with shining dark green pinnate foliage. Silvery grey 1 - 8" pods with bright red seeds. Texas to New Mexico. Can stand a good freeze—Zone 8. Well-drained soil. The poisonous seeds are used as beads and ceremonially by Plains Indians, and are powdered for insecticide. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 4 weeks or so.
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 ambigua. (500) SPHA-4. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.50, Ounce: $14.00
'DESERT GLOBEMALLOW'. Bright orange-red 1 - 2 1/2" flowers in clusters, with conspicuous yellow stamens. March to June. Perennial to 3 feet, with greyish three-lobed 1 - 2 1/2" leaves. Utah to southern California. Spectacular and drought resistant, hardy to at least Zone 4. Nick seed or give hot water treatment to germinate in 2 - 3 weeks warm.
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LABIATAE. Widespread perennials and annuals adapted to varied conditions, from dry to wet. Tubular, often hooded flowers in whorls, and often aromatic foliage. Some are medicinal.
—Stachys officinalis. (=Betonica) (100) STAC-14. Packet: $2.50
'WOOD BETONY'. Very rich purple 1/2" flowers in dense whorls and spikes. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with 3 - 6" leaves. Europe, Middle East. Zone 4. Good ornamental, formerly much cultivated for medicinal use. Highly regarded for many ailments, and believed effective against 'devils and despair'. The tea is a fine beverage and was formerly valued against persistent headaches. "Sell your coat and buy Betony."—Italian proverb. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
CRUCIFERAE. Western North American annuals and perennials grown for their showy flowers. Drought resistant, good in the desert.
—Stanleya pinnata. (200) STAN-12. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.50
'DESERT PLUME', 'PRINCE'S PLUME', 'INDIAN CABBAGE', 'KWI:'VI' (Hopi name meaning 'proud'). Deep golden yellow inch-wide flowers in dense 6 - 24" racemes in May to July. Hardy shrubby perennial to 2 - 5 feet, with 2 - 8" pinnately divided leaves. California to South Dakota. The young leaves and stems are eaten boiled, and the seeds parched and ground for mush. Eight weeks cold gives good germination in 1 - 2 weeks. Gives high germination in 1 week with GA-3.
ASCLEPIADACEAE. Tropical climbers and shrubs grown for their beautiful flowers. Popular in the greenhouse and outdoors in the South. Feed while growing. Germinates in 2 - 13 weeks, warm.
—Stephanotis floribunda. (10) STEP-9. Packet: $3.00
25 grams: $25.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available
'MADAGASCAR JASMINE'. Very sweetly scented 1 - 2" waxy white trumpet shaped flowers in long-lasting clusters from April to October. Twining evergreen climber to 10 - 15 feet, with glossy dark green leaves. Madagascar. Zone 10. A popular greenhouse plant. The flowers are traditionally used in wedding bouquets. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks, some up to 16.
LEGUMINOSAE. Attractive twiners and trailers. Related to Phaseolus and Vigna.
NEW—Strophostyles umbellata. (25) STRS-24. Packet: $2.50
'PINK WILD BEAN'. Pink 3/4" flowers fading to tan or orange, followed by 2" pods. Hardy perennial vine, blooming heavily in late August and September. E. U.S. Zone 6. Fairly drought-tolerant. Lightly nick seed to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
CAMPANULACEAE. Lovely and hardy Eurasian perennials and biennials with white or violet bell-shaped nodding flowers. Grow like Campanula. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at warm temperatures.
—Symphyandra pendula. (1000) SYMA-19. Packet: $2.50
Large, nodding, creamy 1 1/2" bells from May to August. Hardy perennial to 2 feet, with downy, heart-shaped to narrow leaves. Caucasus. Zone 6. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Symphyandra zangezura. (2000) SYMA-29. Packet: $2.50
Abundant, nodding, bright violet-blue bells on slender stems, June to August. Hardy perennial or biennial to 10", with geranium-like leaves. Caucasus. Zone 6. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.