Packets from this list are $4.00 each. Zones stated correspond to USDA climate zones. Packet size is at least 50 seeds, unless otherwise specified.

Anigozanthos flavidus – Australia. Erect iris-like clumps of leaves to 30″; dark stems to 5’+ bear fuzzy burnt orange flowers on this selection of kangaroo paw. Seedlings may be variable, but there are no other colors nearby. Z9

Beschorneria yuccoides –  Mexico. Statuesque perennial is like a yucca, but with soft leaves and no spines. Wide blue-gray leaves form rosette to 3′; showy rose pink fl. spike has narrow green/pink flowers.  Z9 30 seeds

Clarkia tenella – lavender purple  — The South American clarkias seem to be longer blooming than our gorgeous California species. This upright annual displays silky lavender purple flowers for months.

Clarkia tenella maroon flower – South America. Annual. Most likely a subspecies of tenella. Small, bright maroon flowers are abundant on low, spreading plants. Long bloom.

Cypella coelestis – Mexico. Upright pleated leaves form clumps; these produce open, Tigridia-like flowers in succession for many months in summer. Flowers are pale blue with yellow markings. Forms bulbs, deciduous. Z9

Cypella coelestis

Cypella colestis

Dahlia coccinea hybrids – orange and gold – Mexico. Masses of single, bright orange to gold flowers are carried on bushy plants that can reach 6′ from late spring through fall. Bloom within three months of sowing.

Echium wildpretii – Canary Islands. The biennial tower of jewels makes those massive columns of rose pink flowers in its second year. First year is a robust rosette of narrow gray leaves. Can reseed. 30 seeds

Freesia corymbosa – South Africa. Later to bloom than other freesia species, this species carries long arching spikes of warm soft yellow flowers with a peppery scent in late spring. 30 seeds

Gladiolus flanaganii

Gladiolus flanaganii – The famous (infamous?) suicide glad produces 2″, rich blood red flowers with white linear markings in the throat on arching spikes above green foliage. It is so named because it is usually seen from a distance in inaccessible locations midway along steep waterfalls and cliffs high in the Drakensberg of Eastern S. Africa. Summer growing. Needs good air circulation and consistent watering for best flowering. Easy to germinate and grow. Z8 30 seeds

Lepechinia hastata – Mexico. Large, arrow-shaped gray leaves are held on stiffly upright stems, red purple flowers in terminal spikes are showy in summer and fall. Grows 4-6′ high. Adaptable. Z8

Lessertia montana

Lessertia montana

Lessertia montana – South Africa. 3′ shrub with fine, gray divided leaves produces clusters of bright red “parrot’s beak” flowers in spring and summer. These mature to inflated shiny rose pink bladder-like fruits. Z9, at least.

Melianthus major – South Africa. Grown primarily for its large lush, blue gray foliage, the tall spikes of maroon flowers in spring are an added bonus. Z9 30 seeds

Mirabilis longiflora

Mirabilis longiflora

Mirabilis longiflora – Texas, Mexico. Long stems have clusters of white flowers at their tips. The effect is very airy, as the flower tubes are 5″ long, and the exotically scented, rose-centered white flowers open only at night, and all point in different directions. Not for the meticulously manicured garden, but well worth growing! Perennial. Z8 30 seeds

Mirabilis viscosa – Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru. Vase shaped perennial to 30″ has firm textured medium green, heart shaped leaves and bright fuchsia pink 1″ flowers followed by tan “seed parachutes”. Z8

Nicotiana mutabilis – Brazil. Properly named as a species in 2002, this remarkable plant is a beauty. Stems to 3-5′ carry many pendant flowers. These open pure white, age to pale pink, then to rose pink. Perennial in Z9. 100+ seeds

Nicotiana ‘Priscilla’ – Seed strain from a local garden displays huge white flowers in the usual fashion. Greenish buds open to lightly fragrant starry white flowers with faces almost 3″ across; tubes are 2″ long. 4-5′ tall.

Petromarula pinnata – Crete. Low pinnate leaves form substantial glossy green clump. Dense columns to 2′ of starry lavender blue flowers extend over the leaves in spring and summer. Flowering goes on for months. Z8 100+seed

Puya alpestris – Chile. Stiff rosettes with hooked spines form dense clumps; stout flower stems rise to 5’+ and produce short branches with incredible silky, deep blue green flowers with bright orange anthers in late spring and summer. Plants can be slow to bloom, but the flower color is worth the wait. Z8

Sideritis cypria – Lamiaceae, Cyprus.  Relatively large firm textured leaves are a soft, luminous gray-white, and this species forms a domed mound to 12″. Striking chartreuse flower spikes rise to 30″ and carry the usual pale yellow flowers.  Z8?

Solanum pyracanthum – Madagascar. Brownish leaves have prominent bright orange spines on their midribs, stems are covered with orange fuzz and violet flowers are in typical Solanum clusters. Great when backlit. Z10 30 seeds

Tigridia chiapensis –Mexico. Diminutive bulb from wet meadows blooms in summer on 8-12″ stems. Pure white flowers have yellow centers and clean brown dashes near the central zone; a colony makes quite a show. Z8? 50 seeds

Tigridia pavonia -white fl. – Mexico. The typical huge bowl-shaped summer flowers are pure white in this seed strain, with a yellowish flush in the center, but none of the usual markings. Probably ‘Alba Immaculata’. Z9

Tigridia vanhouttei – Mexico. Clusters of flowers appear for a long period in summer. Outer petals are pale yellow with purple streaks, creamy inner cupped petals have perfect painted purple veins leading to deep purple center. Z8

Wattakaka (Dregea) sinensis – China. This climbing milkweed displays rounded heads of fragrant starry whitish-pink flowers in summer. Deciduous in winter. Leaves usually variegated in this seed strain. Z9 or less 30 seed