L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN,
BOX 337, LA
2017 SEEDLIST - Ta - To
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TAGETES (TAG-e-teez or ta-JEE-teez)
COMPOSITAE. 'MARIGOLDS'. Well-known annuals and perennials grown for their showy flowers, attractive foliage, for flavoring and medicine, or nematode and weed control. Easily grown in ordinary well-drained soil and full sun. Keep flowers picked to keep bushy and prolong bloom. Sow where they are to stand or early indoors in pots. Germinates in about a week, some of the species taking up to 6 weeks.
NEW—Tagetes filifolia. (100) TAGE-9. Packet: $2.50
'IRISH LACE'. Neat 6" mounds of bright emerald-green finely divided thread-like foliage with a pleasant sweet anise scent. Tiny white flowers in late summer and fall. México. Useful as edging. Self-sows. Used as flavoring. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Tagetes lucida. (250) TAGE-12. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
5 grams: $12.00
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'PERICON', 'MEXICAN TARRAGON', 'SWEET MARIGOLD'. Abundant small yellow flowers on a tender perennial to 2 1/2 feet. México. Zone 9. Easily grown. The leaves and flowers are sweet and used as a tarragon substitute and for tea, and they are smoked by the Huichol. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
NEW—Tagetes micrantha BK101106.11. (25) TAGE-14. Packet: $3.50
'ANIS'. Tiny yellow flowers on a small annual to 2 - 12", with lacy foliage. High mountains of southern Baja. The whole plant has a sweet anise scent and flavor. Used for tea. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
PORTULACEAE. 'FAME FLOWER'. Small annuals and perennials with delicate flowers. Good in rock gardens, borders and as foliage plants. Most stand heat and drought. Most germinate readily in 6 - 20 days, though some may take up to 140 days.
—Talinum paniculatum. (=patens) (200) TALI-50. Packet: $2.50
'JEWELS OF OPAR'. Dainty pink five-petaled 1/2" flowers in airy 10" panicles. Half hardy perennial to 2 feet, with 3" somewhat succulent leaves, growing from a tuberous root. SE U.S. Best in sandy, well-drained soil. Leaves edible. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
"Sooner or later you're gonna hafta face up to them... the fact is, you know too much already... you're no ignoramus... you know what they're doing all over the world is terribly, terribly wrong!"—R. Crumb.
COMPOSITAE. Aromatic annuals and perennials grown for ornament, seasoning and medicine. Easy in most soils. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks and seed is viable 3 years.
—Tanacetum coccineum: See Chrysanthemum coccineum.
—Tanacetum Parthenium: See Chrysanthemum Parthenium.
—Tanacetum Parthenium aureum: See Chrysanthemum Parthenium aureum.
—Tanacetum vulgare. (1000) TANA-8. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO MONTANA.
'TANSY', 'GOLD-BUTTONS'. Bright yellow 1/4 - 1/2" rayless disk-flowers in dense, flat-topped clusters from July to September. Hardy aromatic perennial to 3 - 5 feet, with dark green ferny foliage. Europe. Zone 4. The bitter, aromatic leaves are used in sausages, puddings and omelets, 'apple-tansy', and as a spring tonic. Many medicinal uses. Tales of toxicity stem from overdoses of concentrated extracts, not the ordinary use of the fresh leaves in cooking. Was used to brew ale, repel flies and make a green dye.
"The only possible alternative to being either the oppressed or the oppressor is voluntary cooperation..."—Errico Malatesta.
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
'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.
CHENOPODIACEAE. A single species.
—Teloxys aristata 'Sea Foam'. (500) TELX-1. Packet: $2.50
Interesting hardy annual to 10", with moss-like, intricately-branched green foliage, and tiny flowers that turn reddish, giving the whole plant a red glow. Central Asian deserts. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LABIATAE. Ornamental summer-blooming perennials and tiny shrubs grown in the border and rock garden. Many are aromatic and medicinal. Tough plants, standing poor, rocky soil and drought.
—Teucrium Chamaedrys. (50) TEUC-10. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Gram: $6.00 OUT OF STOCK
'GERMANDER'. Showy rosy pink 3/4" flowers in loose spikes on a hardy compact rhizomatous shrublet to 1 foot tall, With 3/4" leaves. Europe. Zone 4. Attracts bees. The flowers have been likened to miniature orchids. Medicinal. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
NEW—Teucrium hyrcanicum. (250) TEUC-15. Packet: $2.50
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Showy dense 4 - 12" spikes of red-purple flowers in summer. Hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with downy green leaves. W. Asia. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 week.
—Teucrium Marum. (250) TEUC-16. Packet: $2.50
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CAT THYME'. Aromatic shrublet to 18", with large, purplish-pink 1 - 3" flowers and tiny fragrant leaves. Mediterranean. Zone 9. Strongly attracts cats. My barn cats go crazy for this and pester me when I'm filling packets. Give GA-3 to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
RANUNCULACEAE. 'MEADOW RUE'. Charming hardy perennials with graceful feathery panicles of flowers and ferny leaves. Good in the border, massed in the wild garden and woodland. Good cut flowers. Easily grown under garden conditions ranging from well-drained loamy soil to low wet areas, full sun or part shade. Protect from wind. Most kinds germinate in 2 - 9 weeks at cool temperatures. Some like 2 months cold, most do best if treated with 500ppm gibberellic acid.
NEW—Thalictrum flavum 'Illuminator'. (100) THAL-16L. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'YELLOW MEADOW RUE'. Young foliage golden yellow, and yellow fluffy flowers. Hardy perennial to 4 - 5 feet. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 4 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Easily grown drought resistant hardy perennials with lupine-like flowers. Good in full sun in the border. Nick and soak seed.
NEW—Thermopsis villosa. (25) THER-25. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'CAROLINA LUPIN', 'AARON'S ROD' Yellow lupin-like flowers in spikes, spring and summer, followed by silky pods. Stout perennial to 3 - 5 feet, with blue-green leaves. SE U.S. Zone 6. Nick seed to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
"Every living object has individuality."—L. H. Bailey.
ACANTHACEAE. Tender climbers or shrubs, with showy, funnel-shaped flowers. Best in rich moist soil and a warm sheltered spot, or in the greenhouse. Start seed early for early bloom.
—Thunbergia alata. (100) THUN-1. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $19.00
'BLACK-EYED SUSAN'. Bright orange and yellow 2" flowers with dark throats. Tender perennial vine with triangular leaves. Tropical Africa. Vigorous anti fast growing. The leaves are eaten in the Congo. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."—A. France.
LABIATAE. Several low aromatic shrubs.
NEW—Thymbra spicata. (50) THYB-12. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $10.00
'ZA'ATAR HOMMAR', 'SPIKED THYME'. Dark pink 1/2" flowers in 4" spikes in spring and summer. Small shrub to 1 foot, with narrow inch-long leaves. Greece to Israel. Zone 8. Likes full sun and dry areas. Has a delicious oregano/thyme flavor, and is used in making za'atar, an essential Middle Eastern condiment. Young shoots added to herb cheese in Turkey. Medicinal, reduces cholesterol and is liver-protecting. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
Article on the cholesterol-reducer, antioxidant and liver protective effects:
THYMUS (TI-mus or THY-mus)
LABIATAE. 'THYME'. Aromatic tiny shrubs or perennials, several hundred Eurasian species. Good in the rock garden, for edging, groundcover and fragrance. Easily grown in full sun and well-drained soil, doing well in dry, rocky places. The classification of the cultivated kinds is totally confused. Germinates in 5 - 87 days at cool to warm temperatures. Seed viable 2 - 7 years.
NEW—Thymus capitatus. (500) THYM-6. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Gram: $7.50 OUT OF STOCK
'ZA'ATAR FARSI'. Strongly aromatic perennial with compact heads of pink flowers. Mediterranean. Zone 7. Said to be the strongest thyme, much used in cookery. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Thymus Mastichina. (125) THYM-16. Packet: $3.00
'MASTIC THYME', 'SPANISH MARJORAM'. Aromatic shrublet to 6 - 12", with round heads of tiny white flowers and small green leaves. Spain and Portugal. Zone 6. Used for seasoning.
—Thymus Serpyllum. (1000) THYM-23. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $6.00, Ounce: $12.00
'CREEPING THYME', 'MOTHER-OF-THYME', 'SERPOLET'. Creeping evergreen with fragrant 1/4" dark green leaves and purple flowers produced abundantly in July and August. Eurasia. Zone 4. Good ground cover in the rock garden or between paving stones. Much loved by bees. Used in cookery. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Thymus vulgaris 'German Winter'. (1000) THYM-24W. Packet: $2.00
1/4 Ounce: $6.00, Ounce: $12.00
Broad-leaved variety which can stand frost.
'GARDEN THYME'. Tiny lilac or purplish flowers on a small shrublet to 6 - 15" tall. Western Mediterranean. Zone 7. A popular culinary herb and much valued for edging. Excellent in soups, stews, sausages stuffings, herb vinegars, baked goods, etc. Good honey plant. Valued since ancient times as a powerful medicine, it is mentioned by Pliny, Virgil and others. Thymol, from the oil, is antiseptic and a powerful miticide. Crushed thyme sprinkled in beehives kills varroa mites, and soaked in olive oil is the best remedy for ear mites in pets; superior to commercial remedies. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
SAXIFRAGACEAE. 'FOAM FLOWER', 'FALSE MITREWORT'. Small woodland perennials grown for their brilliant autumn colors. Good in rock and wild gardens in shady spots. Some are medicinal.
—Tiarella polyphylla 'Filigran'. (100) TIAR-19F. Packet: $2.50
Beautiful rounded, scalloped, silver green leaves on a mat-forming perennial to 1/2" high, with small flowers on stems to 6". Asia. Zone 6. Good in the shade. A particularly nice miniature species. Give 6 - 8 weeks cold for best germination.
"The earth belongs to the living, not the dead."—Thomas Jefferson.
COMPOSITAE. 'MEXICAN SUNFLOWER'. Showy robust tender annuals and perennials from tropical America, grown for their large, sunflower-like flowers. Good in the greenhouse and in the back border in California and the South. Heat and drought resistant, but needs good drainage. Good in poor soil and full sun. Best sown indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. Space 24".
—Tithonia speciosa 'Goldfinger'. (25) TITH-22G. Packet: $2.00
10 grams: $5.00, 25 grams: $9.00
Vivid orange-scarlet 3" flowers from mid-summer to frost. Dwarf to 2 - 3 feet. Compact and floriferous.
—Tithonia speciosa 'Torch'. (50) TITH-22T. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00
'MEXICAN SUNFLOWER'. Brilliant orange 3 - 4" wide flowers on tall, vigorous plants to 4 feet. Large, bold, often 3-lobed velvety leaves. Central America. Blooms July to frost, excellent for cutting. Drought resistant, good in desert gardens.