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LAMIUM(Dead Nettle)Family: LABIATAE
A genus of 50, mainly creeping, stoloniferous plants native to the Mediterranean with opposite ovate to kidney-shaped leaves and lipped flowers in whorls.

LAMIUM orvala New Spring to Summer2025
45-60cm  Zone: 4
An outstanding, elegant clump-forming species native to central Europe. Strong upright growth with clean, dark green foliage. Conspicuous whorls of rose-pink hooded flowers line the stems over a long period spring to summer. Very lovely in the woodland garden in moisture retentive soil.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

Showy, quick-growing plants, perfectly adapted to trellises, fences or allowed to sprawl as a groundcover on a slope. Easy to grow in any garden soil, giving a good display year after year without attention.

LATHYRUS aureusSpring2042
Golden Pea45-60cm  Zone: 4
A desireable, handsome and unknown member of the non-climbing peas native to eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Turkey. Forms upright, bushy clumps of light green leaves in pairs above which are found the unusual coppery (dusky-orange) pea flowers. Any soil in sun or part shade.
Germination Instructions: Seed has an very hard coat, and sandpapering essential.
12 seeds  $4.25   

LATHYRUS japonicus ssp. maritimus New Summer2038
Beach or Sand Pea45cm  Zone: 2
Native to the coasts of eastern and western North America, western Europe and the Baltic, growing on maritime shores, where it binds the sand. A non-climbing sweet pea with thick, glaucous, blue foliage and racemes of showy, bright purple flowers, the wings and keel paler coloured. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Seed requires sandpapering.
12 seeds  $3.50   Sorry...Sold Out

LATHYRUS latifolius albus2041
The lovely white form of this perennial species. Limited. Order early.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
12 seeds  $4.00   

LATHYRUS linifolius New May-June3805
Heath Pea15-30cm  Zone: 2
Native to Europe and Asia growing in grassy places, broad-leaved woodland, forest margins, hedgerows and on banks. Resembles Lathyrus vernus but the latter's stems are wingless and leaves are more ovate and lightly veined. Flowers are crimson-purple fading to blue or green. Wild collected in Norway.
12 seeds  $4.25   

LATHYRUS palustris New Summer2048
Marsh Vetchling30-90cm  Zone: 2
Native to North America, Europe and Asia, a rhizomateous species growing on wet meadows, stream banks and boggy or swampy places and climbing by coiled tendrils. Linear foliage is topped by lateral racemes of reddish-purple flowers in summer, drying blue to blue-violet. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
15 seeds  $3.50   

LATHYRUS vernus ssp. flaccidus New Spring2045
30cm  Zone: 4
This is the handsome and refined variant with distinctive, narrow, cascading foliage, coming true from seed. It has the same magenta-purple flowers of the species.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
15 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

LATHYRUS vernus Subtle HintsSpring3758
I have not seen this variant available elsewhere---the same elegant spring bloomer in delicate pastels.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

Aromatic herb grown as an ornamental for its attractive bloom, handsome foliage and delightful fragrance. Full sun and well-drained soil.

LAVANDULA angustifoliaSummer2052
English Lavender30-60cm  Zone: 4
The classic English Lavender. Purplish-blue flower spikes are held above attractive blue-gray leaves on short, stiff stems. Forms a very dense mounds of aromatic foliage and the blooms will perfume an entire room when used as a cut flower. L. angustifolia is the hardiest of the lavenders. Full sun and well-drained soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   


LEONURUS cardiacaSummer2058
Motherwort60-150cm  Zone: 3
A member of the mint family native to Eurasia, widely introduced in North America with a very long history of use in traditional medicine. The dark-green leaves are oak-shaped and deeply lobed. The pale-pink to purple hairy flowers grow in whorls, alternating up the stem.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   Sorry...Sold Out

40 species of perennials and shrubs native to Asia, Australia and the eastern USA with bean-like foliage and small flowers arranged in racemes.

LESPEDEZA cyrtobotryaLate Summer2061
Leafy Lespedeza3m  Zone: 4
(Listed previously as L. bicolor). A Shrub native to Japan with an upright habit and trifoliate leaves. Flowers on current season's growth. Small rosy-purple flowers are borne in short racemes from the leaf axils of the uppermost 60cm of the stems. Best used in the border and treated as a herbaceous plant. For well drained soil, not overly fertile and full sun.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

25 species from Europe and Asia, largely reclassified Chrysanthemums, with daisy flowers, usually white. For full sun and ordinary garden soil.

LEUCANTHEMUM superbum 'Marconi'Mid-Summer2066
Shasta Daisyto 60cm  Zone: 4
This shasta daisy has large semi-double fresh white daisies in summer.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

20 species of alpine plants native to mountain meadows and cliffs of western North America and prized by rock gardeners.

LEWISIA nevadensisSpring-Summer2075
Sierra Lewisia10cm  Zone: 3
Native to western North America. Nestled among thick, succulent leaves are bright white to pink flowers in spring to summer.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

40 species of perennials native to North America with grassy, linear leaves and a dense, long-lasting spike of purple flower heads, opening from the top down. An exceptionally good cut flower and attractive to butterflies. Prefers sandy soil in full sun.

LIATRIS spicataLate Summer2083
Spike Gayfeather90cm  Zone: 3
The most commonly grown species. Rosy-purple flowers in long dense spikes. A butterfly plant.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.00   

Of the recorded species belonging to this genus, most are native to three areas of the world: Europe, Asia and North America. Their culture depends in large part on their origin. Few can resist lilies in their garden for their magnificent flowers and ease of culture. Of the many ways of propagating lilies, seed is perhaps the best (if slowest) method of increase. Larger quantities may be raised in this way and unlike other methods of propagation, viral or fungal diseases that often affect lilies are not passed on.

Of the more than 90 species of lilies in the world, about half occur in China and Japan. Almost a third of the world total occur in the three provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Xizang (Tibet) in China. This region is considered to be the major world center of distribution of the genus Lilium.

LILIUM martagon colour mix New 2116
Martagon Lily
Various forms and colours of Martagon Lily in a mix.

Photograph: SRGC
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

LILIUM philadelphicum (Ontario) New June2110
Wood Lily20-60cm  Zone: 2
Native to the eastern part of the Canadian prairie into Ontario. These showy erect plants have linear leaves in whorls and beautiful erect bell-shaped flowers. The segments narrow abruptly to a clawlike base. Flower colour can range from pale lemon yellow through all the orange and red shades to dark blood red, with or without spotting. For well drained, sandy loam. Wild collected in Ontario. Very limited this season.
Germination Instructions: Easy warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out


LINDERA benzoin (Moist Packed) New Early Spring2160
Northern Spicebush1.8-3m  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America growing in moist spots in bottomlands, woods, ravines, valleys and along streams and at its northern limit in southern Ontario. A broad, rounded multi-stemmed shrub covered with clusters of small, fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, before the leaves emerge. The wonderfully aromatic light-green leaves turn a vivid deep yellow-gold in autumn. Birds feed on the small, brilliant red fruits formed on female plants. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been moist packed to preserve viability. Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out


LINNAEA borealis New Early Spring2161
Twinflower8cm  Zone: 2
One of our most beautiful native species, with a circumboreal distribution. This is a creeping, evergreen sub-shrub with tiny leaves hugging the ground. Fragrant bell-like pink flowers in pairs in early spring. Seed wild collected in Ontario. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.50   Sorry...Sold Out

The flaxes are dainty perennials, which give an airy feeling to the garden, especially if mass planted. Although some species tend to be short-lived, they pay their rent by flowering prolifically over a long period and re-seeding themselves. Drought-resistant and sun-loving.

LINUM perenneAll Season2163
Perennial or Blue Flax30-60cm  Zone: 2
Delicate and wiry arching stems with lovely and airy bluish-green foliage. Large sky blue flowers, which open on sunny days, usually closing by afternoon. Heat tolerant. Flowers almost continuously the entire gardening season.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   

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

LOBELIA cardinalisLate Summer2169
Cardinal Flower90-120cm  Zone: 2
Native to eastern and central North America. Reddish-purple stems and bright scarlet flowers in dense spikes. Although hardy to Zone 2, this plant will succumb if not provided sufficient moisture. Requires rich, damp soil in sun or part shade. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: GA-3 recommended for germination.
200+ seeds  $4.25   

LOBELIA dortmannaLate Summer3747
Water Lobelia70-200cm  Zone: 1
Native throughout Canada,growing in shallow water on sandy, peaty or rocky lakeshores, in pools, and in some kinds of wetlands. Above (usually submerged) linear leaves, erect racemes held above the water carry white, pink or blue flowers. Only a few packs.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator
50+ seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

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   

LOBELIA kalmiiMid to Late Summer2174
Brook, Kalm's Lobelia10-30cm  Zone: 2
A dainty small Lobelia which is an obligatory wetland species. This means it is only found in calcareous (limestone) swamps, fens, boggy meadows, pastures, and wet rock ledges by waterfalls. Its range extends throughout Canada, south to New Jersey and west to Iowa. The plant is delicate throughout; from its slender branching stems, tiny narrow leaves and beautiful small flowers. These are usually a rich pastel purple-blue. The blooms are white throated, attached to the stem by a long stalk, and arranged in loose racemes. Perfect for naturalizing in a damp to wet site. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Requires GA-3 for germination.
500 seeds  $4.25   

LOBELIA siphiliticaLate Summer2171
Great Blue Lobelia45cm  Zone: 4
Native of the eastern USA, its common name refers to the plant's supposed power to cure syphilis. A stately plant, with gorgeous clear blue flowers.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
200+ seeds  $3.50   

LOBELIA siphilitica 'alba'Late Summer2173
60cm  Zone: 4
The lovely white flowered form of Blue Lobelia.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
200 seeds  $3.75   

A large genus of over 150 species and many more hybrids. Usually deciduous erect, or climbing shrubs, widespread in the northern hemisphere with opposite leaves and small, but showy flowers and berries in the fall. Of easy culture and free of serious insects and diseases.

LONICERA hirsuta New June-July2187
Hairy Honeysuckle2-3m  Zone: 2
Native to north-central North America. This is one of the two climbing honeysuckles native to Ontario. Here it occurs as far north as the mouth of the Moose River, James Bay. A climbing loosely-branched deciduous vine growing in mixed forest, forest openings and along shorelines. The beautiful flowers are yellow or orange occurring in a whorled cluster on the uppermost leaves. These are followed by orange to red berries. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

LONICERA villosa New Late Spring3724
Mountain Fly Honeysuckle1.5m  Zone: 2/3
A deciduous shrub native to central and eastern Canada growing on rocky barrens or in bogs. Pretty funnel-shaped, pale yellow to creamy white paired flowers in late spring followed by edible, oblong blue-black berries.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment recommended.
30 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out


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 large genus of 300 annual, perennial and shrubby plants. Many are native North Americans but few are cultivated in gardens. The well known border Lupins provide dramatic color to the garden. Pea-like flowers, borne on spikes on top of palm-like leaves. Will rebloom in fall if flower stalks are cut back after flowering. Able to restore fertility to soil by means of nitrogen-fixing nodules. For sun or part shade. All parts of plant are poisonous.

LUPINUS perennis (naturalized form)Summer2209
60-90cm  Zone: 2
The form of Lupinus perennis naturalized throughout Ontario (likely a natural cross with L. polyphyllus). Primarily blue, sometimes pink or white flowers in summer. Collected in Quebec.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
30 seeds  $3.00   

About 80 species of widely distributed, cool-season tufted plants with green or white flowers and flat, often arching green leaves. Grow in well-drained soil in a shady site.

LUZULA acuminata New Spring3729
Hairy Woodrush5cm  Zone: 3
A diminutive rush relative native from Alberta east through the maritimes in Canada growing in loose sod-like clumps. The plant has narrow, shiny leaves with soft silvery hairs. Small yellow, green or brown florets appear in spring followed by brown seed capsules. Plants thrive in open woodlands with dappled shade and moist soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

Summer-flowering, old-fashioned favorites, valued in the border and wild garden for their brilliant and profuse display of flowers. Native to the northern hemisphere, some arctic. Tolerant of cold and adverse soils.

LYCHNIS alpinaSpring2230
Alpine Catchfly15cm  Zone: 3/4
Native to Europe with the subspecies americana native to maritime and far-northern Canada. A small, tufted perennial with lance-shaped foliage topped by cymes of bright pink flowers in spring. A pretty and easy plant for the rock garden in full sun and well-drained soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

LYCHNIS arkwrightiiSummer2227
Arkwright's Campion30cm  Zone: 3
Brilliant, eye-catching scarlet flowers. New growth flushed maroon. Sun or light shade. Blooms first year from seed.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.50   

LYCHNIS chalcedonicaSummer2215
Maltese Cross90cm  Zone: 2
Native of eastern Russia. Bears cross-shaped, intense scarlet flowers in dense clusters. The toughest and most persistent species in the genus. An outstanding plant for a sunny or partially shaded location in moist, well-drained soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

LYCHNIS coronariaSummer2218
Rose Campion45cm  Zone: 2
Large luminous cerise flowers borne on stems held high above basal rosettes of silvery, woolly leaves. A short-lived perennial or biennial that perpetuates itself by self sowing. Does well in dry, poor soils.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.25   

LYCHNIS coronaria alba2219
As above, but pure white.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.50   

LYCHNIS viscariaEarly Summer2223
German Catchfly45cm  Zone: 3
Grass-like tufts and long stems bearing clusters of purplish-pink flowers. Long blooming. Drought tolerant and easy. Seed wild collected in Finland.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.00   

About 165 species of annual and perennial plants well adapted to the northern garden. Opposite, whorled leaves and flowers borne in dense or open spikes. Not to be confused with "Purple Loosestrife" which is actually Lythrum. For damp soil in sun or part shade.

LYSIMACHIA ciliataSummer to Early Fall2243
Fringed Loosestrife30-90cm  Zone: 2
The species is native throughout much of North America, growing in low woods, wet prairies, along streams, around ponds and damp thickets. Plant has an upright, delicate, branching habit. This plant gets it name from its bright yellow fringed or toothed petals and the fringe at the base of its leafstalks. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment recommended.
50 seeds  $4.00   

LYSIMACHIA minoricensisSummer2242
Endemic to Minorca in the Balearic Islands, this species was only known from a single location (Barranc de Sa Vall), where it disappeared between 1926 and 1950. Now entirely extinct in the wild and only found in cultivation and seedbanks. Attempts to re-introduce the species into its native habitat have been undertaken since 1959 but have been unsuccessful. Largely grown for its striking variegated foliage, small yellowish-green flowers appear in summer. This is a biennial which should self-sow to perpetuate; although it is likely a good idea to collect some of the seed to give to friends and seed exchanges in an attempt to keep it in cultivation. Likes a cool, shady spot.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   

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