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
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
Dahlia coccinea hybrids – shades of orange – Mexico. Masses of single, bright orange flowers in many shades are carried on bushy plants that can reach 6′ from late spring through fall. Bloom within three months of sowing.
Dahlia coccinea hybrids – mixed colors – Mix includes a larger range of colors than the preceding offering. Parents had white, gold, magenta and red. Masses of flowers their first year.
Dierama pulcherrimum –red purple – South Africa. This evergreen corm holds long dangling wands of dark reddish purple bell-like flowers in summer. Original seed from Slieve Donard strain. Z7
Digitalis dubia – Spain. Sugar pink flowers on this very dwarf foxglove are a nice complement to the furry gray leaves. A good plant for containers, goes completely dormant in winter. To 12″.
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
Ferula communis glauca – Mediterranean. Tall gray flower stems have a purplish cast, and rounded heads of flowers are golden rather than clear yellow on this subspecies. The typical lacy leaves are smooth and silvery gray. They rise gracefully in fall, and are striking to watch as they emerge. Z8 30 seeds
Ferula sp. – Mediterranean. This may be F. assa-foetida, but is also generally known as F. communis ‘Gigantea’. Ferny leaves form a substantial 18″ mound of arching, lacy foliage. Flower stalks rise to 6′ in early spring and carry dense globes of yellow flowers. Will die down in summer dry climates and reappear with fall rains. Z8? 30 seeds
Freesia alba – South Africa. Easy from seed, this bulb (actually a corm) grows in winter/spring and is dormant in summer. Late spring flowers are clear white with a purplish flush on the backs of the petals. Very nicely fragrant too.
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
Freesia viridis – Southern Africa. Long tubed, very green flowers in a curved spike on this unusual corm. Fl tubes turn rosy as blooms mature. Not particularly showy, but very interesting. Easy.
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
Heliophila coronopifolia – South Africa. This showy annual makes many thin spikes with clear blue round flowers for a long season, spring and summer. Easy, rewarding and just pretty. 100 seeds
Lavandula viridis – Spain, Portugal. Aromatic light green leaves stay dense on a 3′ rounded shrub; green flags perch on top of the inflorescence. An adaptable, easy shrub. Z9
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 – 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.
Melanoselinum decipiens – Madeira. Lush monocarpic perennial makes a strong trunk to 6′ to bear its large, tropical-looking leaves. Dense umbels of cream to palest pink fls. cover the leaves in the blooming year. Can take drought in shade. Z9
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 – 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 glutinosa – Peru, Ecuador, Galapogos Islands. Very distinctive and pretty dusky rose flowers have more open throats than the typical nicotiana. Flower stems reach to 4′. Probably perennial in mild climates. 100+ seeds
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
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