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2017 SUPPLEMENT - M - Z
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2017 Supplement Seedlist - M - Z
—Melaleuca cordata. (100) MELA-12. Packet: $2.50
'HEART-LEAF HONEY MYRTLE'. Purple-pink balls of feathery flowers. Attractive shrub to 3 - 10 feet, with heart-shaped leaves. W. Australia. Zone 8. Surface sow to germinate in 4 - 16 weeks.
—Melaleuca diosmatifolia. (500) MELA-16. Packet: $2.50
'ROSY PAPERBARK'. Pink-purple feathery flowers in clusters. Shrub to 3 - 9 feet, with narrow leaves. E. Australia. Zone 8. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
SAXIFRAGACEAE. Dainty North American and Asian perennials, Good in moist shady places.
—Mitella stauropetala. (500) MITE-22. Packet: $2.50
Tall spikes of dainty tiny white or purple flowers in late spring. Hardy perennial with rounded Heuchera-like leaves, often 'flushed purple. Pacific Northwest. Zone 4. Surface sow to germinate in 3 - 5 weeks.
—Mirabilis longiflora. (10) MIRA-14. Packet: $4.00 OUT OF STOCK
'SWEET FOUR O'CLOCK'. White flowers with a long 4 - 6" tube, red throat, and starry end. Bushy perennial to 3 feet, with 3 - 4" leaves. West Texas to México. The flowers are very fragrant in the evening. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
RUBIACEAE. Tropical trees and shrubs.
—Morinda citrifolia. (50) MORI-8. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'NONI', 'INDIAN MULBERRY'. Starry white 1/2" flowers in clusters, followed by knobby 2" fruits. Small fast-growing tree to 20 feet, with large shiny leaves. SE Asia and Pacific. Zone 10. Bears in 18 months, giving 8 - 17 pounds of fruit per month, year round. Fruits eaten cooked or juiced, and used medicinally as a panacea. Some evidence of anticancer activity. Young leaves eaten. Stands salt spray at seaside. Seed needs warmth to germinate in 6 - 12 months, clipping the tip of the wing helps.
—Nicotiana attenuata. (250) NICO-5. Packet: $2.50
'MOUNTAIN TOBACCO'. White inch-long flowers flushed pink outside. Night-blooming annual to 4 1/2 feet, with pointed 6" leaves. B.C. to N. Mexico. The leaves were smoked by many peoples in its area, including the Navajo, Hopi, Pima and Cauhilla. Graceful and ornamental. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Oenothera caespitosa var. longiflora. (50) OENO-12L. Packet: $2.50
Large white fragrant 4" flowers with a long tube, blooming directly from the low dense tuft of foliage. Hardy perennial to 6", with narrow leaves and odd warty pods. High desert of eastern California. Zone 6. Stands harsh conditions. Nice! Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
UMBELLIFERAE. 'SWEET-ROOT'. Slender perennials rising from fleshy roots. Small white flowers. They prefer moist shady places. Fine plants for woodlands. The thick aromatic roots have been used medicinally and for food. Closely related to Myrrhis. Interesting plants worth growing.
—Osmorhiza longistylis. (100) OSMO-28. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'ANISE ROOT'. Hardy, perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with attractive divided aromatic foliage and white flowers. E. N. America. The plant, especially the thick root, is strongly anise scented, and was eaten, used for flavoring and a tonic. Zone 4 or 5. Give seed a long prechill or sow in fall.
—Papaver Rhoeas 'Mother of Pearl'. PAPA-38MP. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $9.00
Pastel shades of mauve, pink, white, grey, and lilac, some edged or blended, with delicate traceries of darker veins. Originally developed by Sir Cedric Morris of Suffolk.
—Papaver s. 'Danebrog'. (1000) PAPA-43DB. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $6.00, 100 grams: $25.00
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'DANISH FLAG', 'DANISH CROSS'. This is the famous variety with large, single, pure brilliant scarlet 3 - 5" flowers with a pure white cross in the center, and with fringed-edged petals. Hardy annual to 2 1/2 - 5 feet. Absolutely one of the most stunning poppies, this is an antique variety over 100 years old. My favorite. Germinates in a week or two.
—Passiflora gracilens BKO9426.2. (10) PASS-16. Packet: $4.00 OUT OF STOCK
Miniature passionflower with small, pink, inch-wide hanging flowers followed by small fruits with sweet tangy pulp. Small vines to 3 - 5 feet, with three-parted leaves. From 10,500 feet, Peruvian Andes. Zone 9. Germinates in 2 - 8 weeks warm. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
SCROPHULARIACEAE. Showy herbs with spikes of purple, red, or white tubular flowers and finely divided leaves. Easy from seed, may take 6 - 7 weeks to germinate at cool temperatures. Some may be root parasitic. Some are medicinal. Prefers moist soil and part shade.
—Pedicularis bracteosa. (100) PEDI-6. Packet: $2.50
'FERNLEAF'. Dense spikes of yellow 3/4" flowers tinged reddish, in summer. Hardy perennial to 3 feet, with fern-like leaves. NW N. America. Zone 5.
—Penstemon deustus. (1000) PENS-49. Packet: $2.50
'HOT-ROCK PENSTEMON'. Creamy 1/2" flowers in May to July. Hardy perennial to 1 - 2 feet, growing in hot, dry, rocky places. NW U.S. Zone 3. Attracts pollinators. Germinates in 1 - 8 weeks.
—Penstemon rupicola. (100) PENS-138. Packet: $2.50
'CLIFF PENSTEMON'. Scarlet pink 1 1/2" long flowers. Low prostrate grey to blue-green shrublet to 4". Washington. Zone 5. Prechill 8 weeks.
—Perideridia Gairdneri. (100) PERI-10. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $7.50
'YAIMPAH'. White flowers in dense umbels in Summer. Slender hardy perennial to 4 feet, with narrow aromatic leaves. W. U.S. Zone 4. The thick fragrant roots were eaten in great quantities by many tribes, and the seeds used for flavoring. Prechill seed 12 - 20 weeks, or sow in fall.
ERICACEAE. Low shrubs for moist, peaty soil.
—Pernettya prostrata BK08524.3. (250) PERN-19. Packet: $4.00
'MACHA-MACHA'. Nodding white-pink urn-shaped flowers followed by small blue-black berries. Dwarf evergreen creeping shrub to 6" tall. From 13,200 feet in the Peruvian Andes. Zone 8. Acidic soil. Berries sweet and edible, but not in excess, as the name means 'drunken'. Surface sow, germinates in 1 - 2 months or so. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
ARACEAE. Popular tropical American aroids, most vines or shrubs. Grown in the greenhouse or as long-lived house plants. Probably 500 species. Easy.
—Philodendron Selloum. (=Philodendron bipinnatifidum). (100) PHILO-76. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $12.00 (900 seed)
Huge, deeply-divided 3 foot dark green leaves on an upright shrub to 6 feet. S. Brazil. Juvenile leaves arrowhead-shaped, not divided. Stands some frost, probably down to 20°F, Zone 9. "The hardiest big-leafed Philodendron used outdoors."—Sunset. Easy from seed which germinates in 2 - 8 weeks.
UMBELLIFERAE. Herbs with white or yellow flowers in umbels, and feathery leaves. Best sown directly to not-too-rich soil. Germinates in 1 - 6 weeks.
—Pimpinella Anisum. (1000) PIM-1. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
'ANISE'. White flowers. A dainty annual to 1 1/2 - 2 feet, with feathery bright green leaves. Greece to Egypt. Grown for the popular seeds used as a condiment for bread, pastries and cheese, to flavor liqueurs, and medicinally. Known to the ancient Greeks, it is mentioned by Dioscorides, Theophrastus, and Pliny. The leaves may be used in salads. Medicinally the seeds and oil are used as estrogenic agents to promote milk secretion, regulate and promote menstruation, ease birth, and allay symptoms of menopause. A number of synthetic estrogens were originally modeled after the estrogenic compounds found in the oil. Anise still has merit in that it is non-carcinogenic, has low toxicity, and is gentle in action. Not to mention you don't need a prescription, and it is low cost. See: 'Fennel and Anise as Estrogenic Agents'. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1980) Vol. 2, pages 337 - 344.
—Pinus parviflora. (10) PINU-54. Packet: $3.00
'JAPANESE WHITE PINE'. Bluish green 2" needles and 3" red-brown cones. Slow-growing tree to 50 feet, with round crown. Japan. Zone 4 or 5. Prized for bonsai. Prechill seed 3 months.
—Poncirus trifoliata 'Large Fruited'. (20) PONC4L. Packet: $2.50
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
A variety with large fruits to 3 - 4" wide.
—Pulsatilla vulgaris Mixed Blues. (75) PULS-46BX. Packet: $2.50
Mixed shades of blue. Zone 5. Germinates in 2 - 6 weeks.
—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Peari Bells'. (20) PULS-46B. Packet: $2.50
Large soft pink bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Red Bells'. (20) PULS-46R. Packet: $2.50
Large deep red bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
—Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Violet Bells'. (20) PULS-46V. Packet: $2.50
Large dark violet bells. Zone 5. Germinates in 3 - 8 weeks.
LEGUMINOSAE. Colorful, free-flowering Australian evergreen shrubs, good in California or greenhouse.
—Pultenaea blakelyi. (50) PULT-8. Packet: $2.50
'BLAKELY'S RUSH PEA'. Yellow flowers with red centers. Shrub to 3 - 10 feet, with narrow leaves. SE Australia. Zone 9. Nick or hot water to germinate in 3 - 12 weeks.
—Pultenaea microphylla. (50) PULT-52. Packet: $2.50
Abundant red and yellow flowers on a shrub to 3 feet, often trailing, with tiny leaves. E. Australia. Zone 7 or 8. Nick or hot water to germinate in 3 - 12 weeks.
—Puya herzogii BK10511.5. (20) PUYA-7. Packet: $4.00
Yellow-green flowers with bright orange pollen, in a dense cluster on a club-like stalk to 6 - 8 feet. Large 3 foot rosettes of sword-shaped grey leaves. Bolivian endemic, collected at 13,300 feet in Cochabamba. Zone 7. Surface sow, germinates in 2 - 10 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
"...in the Amphipoda, an order low in the scale, the males and females recognise each other, (as individuals) and are mutually attached."—Darwin.
OROBANCHACEAE. North Hemisphere hemi-parasites.
—Rhinanthus minor. (25) RHIN-28. Packet: $2.50
YELLOW RATTLE'. Yellow hooded flowers in spikes in summer, followed by inflated rattling pods. Hardy annual to 20". N. Hemisphere grasslands, where it increases diversity. Plant among grasses as they are its host. Prechill 12 weeks or sow in fall.
RIBES (RI-beez or REE-bays)
GROSSULARIACEAE. Temperate region shrubs grown for their edible fruits or beautiful bloom. Good wildlife food and habitat. Sow in fall or give 3 - 4 months cold treatment, with several cycles of warm and cold may help. Seed long lived, giving high germination for 13 - 17 years of room-temperature storage.
—Ribes sanguineum. (50) RIBE-51. Packet: $2.50
'RED FLOWERED CURRANT'. Red flowers in clusters followed by bluish black edible fruits. To 12 feet. B.C. to California. Zone 6. Give 3 - 4 months cold to germinate in 8 weeks or so.
—Rosa moschata. (20) ROSE-99. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
'HIMALAYAN MUSK ROSE'. Creamy white 1 1/2 - 2" musk-scented flowers in large corymbs in April and May. Large deciduous climber. Himalayas to 4000 to 8000 feet. Zone 6.
—Sabal minor. (25) SABA-16. Packet: $2.50
This lot from Texas.
'DWARF PALMETTO'. Small fan palm to 9 feet with blue-green, 4 foot wide leaves. Small white flowers and black fruits. SE U.S. One of the hardiest of all palms, standing to minus 10°F, Zone 5. If fans winter-kill, new growth may still sprout in spring. In cold climates, grow in tubs the first few years, then plant out in a sheltered spot, such as by a south-facing wall. GA-3 at 100ppm helps, germinates in 1 - 4 months or more. A 4 week prechill may help. Aged seed (1 - 2 years) is best.
—Sabal minor 'McCurtain County'. (20) SABA-16M. Packet: $2.50
From native stands in McCurtain County in SE Oklahoma, this strain has survived and regenerated from minus 24°F in Kansas tests.
—Salvia candidissima. (10) SALV-15. Packet: $3.75
'TURKISH SAGE'. Creamy white flowers in large candelabras above aromatic downy white leaves. Turkey. Zone 7. Stands drought, needs good drainage. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
ARISTOLOCHIACEAE. A single species.
—Saruma henryi. (20) SARU-4. Packet: $2.50
Bright yellow flowers on a hardy perennial to 16", with fuzzy heart-shaped leaves. China. Long bloom period. Zone 4. Endangered in the wild. Needs warm/cold/warm cycles. Hold pots several years.
AIZOACEAE. South African succulents.
—Sceletium tortuosum. (25) SCEL-23. Packet: $4.00
'KOUGOED', 'KANNA'. White flowers on a sprawling succulent with thick leaves. South Africa. The plant is bruised and fermented then dried and chewed or smoked as a relaxant. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
SCHISANDRA: See Reserved Access page.
LEGUMINOSAE. Showy African trees with red flowers and handsome pinnate foliage. Good in the greenhouse or outdoors in California and the South.
—Schotia afra. (5) SCHO-3. Packet: $3.50
'BOER BEAN'. Showy red flowers in clusters. Small gnarled evergreen tree to 20 feet. South Africa. Zone 9. Edible seeds taste like chestnuts. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Sedum 'Purple Emperor'. (1000) SEDM-PE. Packet: $2.50
Deep purple foliage and dusky rose flowers in summer. Hardy perennial to 16". Foliage gets darker as the season progresses. Has a low percentage of filled seed. Germinates in a week or two.
—Sinningia sellovii. (100) SINN-76. Packet: $3.00
Orange to pink pendant flowers in arching spikes to 3 feet. Forms a caudex to 6" across, with furry bright green leaves. Argentina and Brazil. Zone 7. Attracts hummingbirds. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Sisyrinchium californicum. (100) SISY-6. Packet: $2.50
'YELLOW-EYED GRASS'. Yellow inch-wide flowers in late spring and summer. Clump-forming Iris-like plant to 6 - 24". Moist meadows, California to Oregon. Germinates in 2 - 4 weeks and up. Zone 8. "A good garden subject."—Hortus Third.
—Sisyrinchium inflatum. (50) SISY-12. Packet: $2.50
Bright pinkish purple nodding 3/4" flowers with lighter centers, on a dainty plant to 6 - 15" tall, with narrow, grass-like 2 - 3" leaves. Washington. Zone 5.
UMBELLIFERAE. Hardy Old World biennial herbs with handsome divided foliage and yellow flowers.
—Smyrnium Olusatrum. (50) SMYR-18. Packet: $2.50
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'ALEXANDERS', 'BLACK LOVAGE'. Stout biennial or perennial to 4 feet, with large glossy bright green divided leaves. Yellow flowers in 4" umbels, followed by black 1/4" fruits. Mediterranean. An ancient vegetable, it is mentioned by Theophrastus (322 BCE), was cultivated by Charlemagne (800 CE), reached the height of its popularity around 1550 to 1650, and had almost disappeared by the late 1800s, being displaced by celery. The young shoots and stalks were blanched and eaten, and have a celery-like flavor, but more pungent, and were used to flavor soups and stews. The sliced root was eaten raw in salads. Unopened flower clusters eaten. Germinates best in summer, seed sown in August germinates in 2 weeks. Fresh seed needs cold treatment. Hardy to Zone 5. Seedlings thinned out can be eaten. A forgotten plant. Germination is greatly increased by rubbing the black husks off the seed to germinate in 3 - 6 weeks without cold treatment.
LABIATAE. Tropical East Hemisphere plants.
—Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Palisandra Black'. (50) SOLE-20B. Packet: $2.50
Tenth gram: $7.50
'BLACK COLEUS'. Velvety purple-black 6" leaves, the darkest! Light blue flowers in slender spikes. Zone 10. Sow an the surface to germinate in a week.
CACTACEAE. Columnar Mexican cacti.
—Stenocereus queretaroensis. (25) STENO-20. Packet: $3.00
' PITAYO'. Sweet-scented white flowers followed by sweet edible fruits. Branched columnar cactus to 20 feet, with 5 or 6 ribs. Central México Zone 9 or 10. Widely grown for the edible fruits. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
—Stenocereus stellatus. (25) STENO-22. Packet: $3.00
'XOCONOCHTLI', 'PITAYO'. Pale rose night-blooming flowers followed by 1 - 2" edible fruit. Branched columnar cactus with 8 - 12 ribs. South central México. Zone 9 or 10. Widely grown for the fruits which have been selected for various flavors and colors. Needs warmth to germinate. For more seeds and plants grown by plant-explorer Ben Kamm, including many Andean rarities, see his website at www.sacredsucculents.com
COMPOSITAE. From the warm Americas.
—Stevia rebaudiana. (30) STEV-21. Packet: $4.00
'SWEET LEAF'. Small shrub with tiny white flowers and narrow leaves. Paraguay. The dried leaves are used as a no-calorie sweetener. Surprisingly hardy, standing some freezes and renewing from the base. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
OLEACEAE. Showy deciduous Eurasian flowering shrubs and small trees.
—Syringa reticulata. (50) SYRI-22. Packet: $2.50
'JAPANESE TREE LILAC'. Creamy white musk-scented flowers in foot long clusters in summer. Small tree to 30 feet, with 5" leaves. N. Japan. Zone 4. Germinates in 4 - 12 weeks.
THUJOPSIS ( thu-JOP-sis)
CUPRESSACEAE. A single species.
—Thujopsis dolabrata. (100) THUO-4. Packet: $2.50
'HIBA CEDAR'. Slow-growing conif er with bright glossy green scale-like leaves and small cones. Reddish brown peeling bark. Japan. Zone 5. Sow an the surface, some germinate readily, but hold pots.
—Verbascum blattaria var. albiflorum. (1000) VERS-5A. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
'WHITE MOTH MULLEIN'. Creamy-white inch wide five-petalled flowers in many open 1 - 2 foot spikes to 5 feet tall. Hardy biennial with broadly toothed leaves. Eunasia. Likes well-drained soil. Makes long lasting cut flowers. Good bee plant, and moths visit the flowers. Named 'Blattaria' because it is said to repel cockroaches (Blatta). "Very showy plant."—I. Grabo. Zone 5. Germinates in 2 weeks, but some lots dormant.
—Vitex Agnus-castus. (100) VITE-1. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $25.00
'CHASTE TREE', 'MONK'S PEPPER'. Fragrant lilac flowers in dense 5 - 7" spikes at the branch-tips, from July to September. Strongly aromatic shrub or small tree to 10 - 25 feet, with divided leaves, dark green above and greyish below. Mediterranean region. Hardy to Zone 6. Cultivated since at least 1570. Branches used in basket-work. The seeds were used as a pepper substitute by monks, as they were said to lessen sexual desire. Give GA-3 or 6 weeks cold to germinate in 1 - 3 weeks.
—Zinnia elegans 'Purple Prince'. (100) ZIN-4P. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
Large bright rosy purple double dahlia-type flowers. Half hardy annual.
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