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A genus of 28 annual or perennial plants in the poppy family often with blue foliage and prickly stems and leaves. Most are natives of North America.

ARGEMONE mexicanaJune-August436
Devil's Fig; Golden Thistle60-100cm
This fast-growing annual is native to Florida, central America and the West Indies, growing on rocky, open ground. The thistle-like leaves are greyish-green; thickly veined with white and thorny along the outside edges. Bright yellow poppies in summer to fall.

Gerard, the herbalist, wrote that the name devil’s fig came from the fruit which, ‘doth much resemble a figge in shape and bignesse’, and goes on to add that if one were stuck in someone’s throat, ‘doubtless it would send him packing either to heaven or to hell’.
25 seeds  $3.00   

ARGEMONE ochroleuca439
Mexican Poppy1.2m
Above a spiny bluish, blotched white and wavy basal rosette large pale yellow to peachy flowers at the end of short branches in summer. An annual for a hot, dry spot.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $3.75   

ARGEMONE platycerasSummer-Fall438
A prickly plant with very large 10cm++ satiny white flowers loved by bees. Grow as a hardy annual.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.00   

ARGEMONE sanguinea437
Red Prickly Poppyto 120cm
This is an annual or short-lived perennial with a narrow range, native to Texas and Mexico, growing in prairies, plains, meadows, pastures, and roadsides. The whole plant is extremely spiny with large pink to deep purple-maroon flowers in spring to early summer.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $3.75   Sorry...Sold Out

A large genus of 300 perennials and shrubs native to the Tropics and S. America with slipper-like flowers.

CALCEOLARIA mexicanaSummer to Fall658
Slipper Flower30-60cm
Native to Mexico and Central America, a fast-growing annual to light up those open-shade areas. Bright yellow pouches borne over sticky foliage from summer to fall.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100+ seeds  $3.50   

A small genus of shrubby plants native to the tropical Americas that includes all peppers.

CAPSICUM annum (Black Pearl)737
Ornamental or Christmas Pepper45cm
Not the sort of seed we usually carry- but my interest in ornamental edibles got the better of me. This is a small upright and bushy plant with semi-glossy, deep purple-black leaves (starting out green when young and maturing to black with sun and warmth). The peppers are round, looking like shiny marbles, starting out black and maturing to dark red. They are edible--and FIERY hot. Plants grow well in heat, humidity and drought, and are virtually carefree. Nice in containers too.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A large and important genus with yellow daisylike flowers blooming in summer and autumn. Most are North American natives. Useful for their long flowering period and easy culture. Sun loving and drought resistant.

COREOPSIS tinctoriaSummer to Fall1042
Plains Coreopsis60cm
A long-blooming annual Coreopsis native to the Great Plains of North America, thriving in poor, dry soil in full sun. Bright yellow flowers with mahogany red centers over finely cut foliage. Mass plant for best effect. Great cut flower.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.00   

The common name refers to the shape of the flowers. Not widely grown, which is unfortunate, as their lovely foliage, blue flowers and hardiness make them an outstanding addition to the northern garden. Grow in well-drained soil in full sun.

DRACOCEPHALUM moldavicaSummer to Fall3771
Moldavian Dragonhead45-60cm
A Eurasian annual with beautifully fragrant, lemon-scented foliage and flowers, cultivated in India for its essential oils. Long-blooming blue flowers. Will reseed.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

A one-species genus.

ECHINOCYSTIS lobata New Late Summer1423
Cucumber Vine5m
The wild cucumber vine is an annual tendril climber native to North America. Frothy white flowers in summer to late summer followed by large prickly seed pods. Confine to the wilder parts of the garden where it will happily scramble up and over evergreens, disguise compost piles, or cover a fence. Will reliably self sow and perpetuate itself, once established.
10 seeds  $4.00   


ELEOCHARIS obtusa3752
Blunt Spikerush50cm  Zone: 3
Widely distributed across Canada, this is an annual spikesedge growing in wet areas such as riverbanks and moist forest floors. Green cylindrical stems hold rounded or oblong spikelet containing the flowers, each covered by an oval-shaped brown bract.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $3.75   

Large genus of annuals and perennials preferring a rich, moist, spot in sun or the shaded garden.

LOBELIA inflata New Summer2177
Indian tobacco30-60cm  Zone: 2/3
An annual wood-edge plant native to eastern North America. Spikes of small bluish-purple flowers over several weeks in mid-summer; followed by inflated seed pods. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: GA-3 recommended for easy, warm germination. Without it, cold treatment.
50 seeds  $4.00   


LOPHOSPERMUM erubescensSummer to Autumn2198
Climbing Gloxinia1.2-1.8m
(Asarina or Maurandya erubescens) This tender perennial, native to Mexico, is grown as an annual in the north. A strong climber with soft, velvety almost triangular leaves up to 15cm. Large, pink fox-glove-like flowers with white throats produced in summer into autumn. It clings to any support offered by twining its leaf stalks around them, or is happy to trail along the ground.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.75   

A genus of 47, predominantly annual, species. There are, however some magnificent tender perennials grown as annuals that ought to be tried by every Canadian gardener at least once. May self-sow where happy. Grows best in sun or shade in rich, moist soil. POISONOUS.

NICOTIANA alata 'Whisper Rose Shades'2400
Tall, fragrant plants for the back of the border, with silver- green foliage and a blend of rose-coloured or white flowers.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.00   

NICOTIANA Daylight SensationAll Season2399
Large, sweetly scented flowers on tall stems bloom all day long in shades of lavender, purple, rose and white.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.00   

NICOTIANA langsdorfiiSummer to Fall2392
Has been awarded the prestigious AGM, by the Royal Horticultural Society in Britain. A tender perennial with exquisite, unusual flowers. Lance-shaped leaves and drooping, bell-shaped lime green flowers. Easy to cultivate with a long flowering period. Reliably returns from self-sowing each year.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.25   

NICOTIANA sylvestrisSummer to Fall2394
An aristocrat among the flowering tobaccos, and a spectacular plant too rarely seen in gardens. Makes a dramatic statement and is worth finding the room to accommodate it even in a small space. Gorgeous, large leaves and its crowning glory: racemes of pendulous, deliciously fragrant, white flowers. Self-sows to perpetuate..
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
200 seeds  $3.25   

50 species of annuals and perennials native to North America, Asia, Aurope, Australia and south Africa.

PAPAVER rhoeas Nikki's mixSummer2544
Corn Poppy 60-90cm
My friend Nikki is one of my oldest seed customers in the Maritimes and her garden is not only reminiscent of my former garden in Ontario in terms of the species that grow there, but also the health and exuberance of her plantings. Over the years, her corn poppies have turned into a large drift exhibiting wonderful variation. There are doubles, edged-in-white forms, scalloped-petals, pinks etc. This has been collected indiscriminately, so hopefully you will get a good selection.
Germination Instructions: Easy warm germinator. Best direct sown.
200+ seeds  $3.00   

PAPAVER somniferum (Pink-Double)Summer2523
Opium Poppy30-150cm
A beautiful double pink strain of opium poppy. Open pollinated.
Germination Instructions: Best sown direct where they are to grow.
50 seeds  $3.25   

PAPAVER somniferum (Lavender)Summer2532
The opium poppy in a lovely lavender. Open pollinated.
Germination Instructions: Direct sowing recommended.
100 seeds  $3.50   

PAPAVER somniferum (Red)Summer2524
Opium Poppy30-150cm/1-5'
Deep true red with a dark central blotch. Open pollinated.
Germination Instructions: Best direct sown where it is to grow.
100+ seeds  $3.00   


PENNISETUM glaucum ex Purple MajestySummer2572
Ornamental Purple Millet150cm
AAS All-American Selection and Gold Medal winner for 2003 awarded for exceptional garden performance. This showy annual features purple leaves and flowers. Its long, narrow seedhead has attractive bristles good for floral arrangements. For a well-drained, sunny site. Looks wonderful in containers. Young plants are green. The stem and mid-rib of the foliage first turn purple after about eight leaves have developed. The foliage will turn dark purple when plants are moved from the greenhouse outside into full sun.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator. Start seed indoors about 8 weeks before planting out.
20 seeds  $3.50   Sorry...Sold Out


PETUNIA exsertaSummer2626
A rare member of the genus Petunia, endemic to southern Brazil. First described in 1987, only fourteen plants were found in the wild during an expedition in 2007, found growing only in shaded cracks on sandstone towers. It is the only Petunia species that is naturally pollinated by hummingbirds, and the only red flowered Petunia species.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator
30 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A large genus of over 500 plants with keeled flowers in terminal racemes.

POLYGALA sanguinea New Summer to Fall3833
Blood Milkwortto 40cm  Zone: 4
An annual species with a wide distribution in eastern North America often found in acid, sandy soil. Spikes of purplish-pink to white flowers. Maintains by self-sowing. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $3.75   


PSEUDOGNAPHALIUM obtusifolium New July-October3806
Sweet Everlasting60-90cm
A native annual, widespread throughout North America, growing in old fields, woodland edges and poor sandy soils, being well-adapted to disturbed sites. The clusters of small, white or pale yellow rayless flowers are a popular component of dried flower arrangements forming a tightly packed, rounded-cylindrical structure that is arranged in a sparse, branched cluster atop the terminal shoot. It would also be a wonderful addition to meadow planting, where it can be allowed to self sow.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50+ seeds  $4.00   

Large genus of plants and members of the Pink family. Silenes are grown in the rock garden, border or woodland garden. Wilder in "The Glamorous Silenes" states "there is about them a magic enchantment, an alluring beauty and charm." Grow them in well-drained, moist soil in full sun to partial shade.

SILENE armeriaAll Season3276
Sweet-William Catchfly30-45cm
A native of central and southern Europe, cultivated for centuries there and earlier than 1804 in North America. A showy annual with bluish-green foliage and dense clustered heads of hot pink flowers. It really is a pretty thing romping around the garden. When established it will sow itself freely with fine effect.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.25   


SPILANTHES oleraceaSummer to Early Fall3352
Toothache Plant30-35cm
This unusual tender perennial (Zone 10?)is a member of the Compositae family native to the tropics of Africa and South America and grown as an annual in the north. Above edible bronze-coloured foliage, eye-catching golden yellow flowers with deep burgundy-red eyes on long, pendulous stems. Wonderful in containers.
The leaves and flowers have a taste and properties similar to coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). It stimulates the flow of saliva which cleanses the mouth, tones the gums, and enhances immune function. It is called the toothache plant because when you chew on the leaves or flowers it produces a numbing effect.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.50   

The mostly biennial mulleins are conspicuously and unaccountably neglected by North American gardeners. Perhaps we are too used to the common mullein of Canadian roadsides that we are unwilling to look at the considerable virtues of this genus.

VERBASCUM levanticumEarly Summer3616
A rarely-seen slender species native to Turkey, Israel and Lebanon. Purple-centered yellow flowers in early summer.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

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