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8 species of deciduous shrubs or trees native to eastern Asia with pinnate leaves and pea like flowers in dense branching racemes.

MAACKIA amurensisSummer2244
Amur Maackia18m  Zone: 3
A wonderful and very hardy small,round-headed tree with rich olive green pinnate leaves and attractive bronze coloured bark. The summer flowers are of special interest; white in 10-15cm stiff erect racemes. For loose, well-drained soil, preferably in sun.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $4.25   


MACLURA pomifera New Early Summer2246
Osage Orange9-20m  Zone: 4
A picturesque, small tree, possessing strong form, texture, and character. Native to southeastern North America, growing in woods, fields, thickets and rich bottomlands. This species was historically planted as a field hedge, before barbed wire became available. It is a fast-growing, hardy, tolerant species with a round crown and short trunk. Bark is orange-brown, developing scaly ridges. The arching branches are covered with short thorns. Shiny, bright-green leaves. Very ornamental huge (15cm diameter) inedible fruits, resembling an orange ripen from green to yellow in fall, often weighing more than a kilogram. Osage-orange heartwood is the most decay-resistant of all North American timbers and is immune to termites.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

As flowering trees, none can surpass the Magnolia. Attractive, bold-textured deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees native to Asia and America. The American species usually bloom after the leaves appear, somewhat diminishing the floral effect. Many of the Asian species bloom before the leaves and are among the showiest. Some also have beautiful and large seed pods in the fall. Most grow best with ample moisture, but well-drained conditions in full sun. Part shade is tolerated, but may reduce flowering. In the North, provide a sheltered site out of prevailing winds.

MAGNOLIA acuminata (Moist Packed) New Spring2252
Cucumber or Mountain Magnolia16m  Zone: 4
The most widespread of the eight native magnolia species in North America. Its habit is pyramidal when young, developing a straight trunk and a rounded crown. Flowers are greenish-yellow borne at the ends of the branches appearing after the leaves start developing.

This is the hardiest of the North American species and ranges into southern Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Seeds have been moist packed since harvest. Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A small genus of 3 woodland perennials.

MAIANTHEMUM canadense New Spring2268
Canada May Flower5-15cm  Zone: 3
A beautiful little native woodland plant ranging from Newfoundland south into the USA. "Maianthemum" means May flower while "canadensis" refers to Canada. Flower clusters are erect, and white, blooming in spring. For a moist spot in the shade garden. Seed wild collected in Nova Scotia.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

MAIANTHEMUM racemosumSpring2269
False Solomon's Seal60cm  Zone: 3
(Smilacena racemosa) This is a wonderful shade plant native to North American woodlands. Graceful, arching light green foliage carries terminal panicles of creamy white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries in late summer. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   

MAIANTHEMUM stellatumSpring2270
Star-Flowered False Solomon's Seal15-20cm  Zone: 3
(Smilacena stellata) This species grows in moist woods and on the shores of sandy marshes or swamps. It has larger star-shaped white flowers in spring; leaves with a clasping stem and larger berries. Wild collected in Ontario.
20 seeds  $4.00   


MARRUBIUM vulgareSummer3769
White Horehound25-45cm  Zone: 3
Native to Europe. Densely crinkled grey foliage covered in downy hairs. The flowers are white, borne in clusters on the upper part of the main stem. Horehound has been mentioned in conjunction with medicinal use dating at least back to the 1st century BC, where it appeared as a remedy for respiratory ailments.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   

A genus of 2 woodland perennials native to eastern North America.

MEDEOLA virginiana (Moist Packed)Early Summer2312
Indian Cucumber Root30-75cm  Zone: 4
Native from Ontario through the Maritimes and south into the USA, growing in moist woodlands. Several nodding, yellowish-green flowers emerge from the center of a whorl of 3 leaves at the top of a slender, unbranched stem. A dark bluish-purple berry follows. The root, which smells was used by native peoples as food. Seed wild collected in Ontario and Maine.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A genus of 2 woody-based twining vines with slender, tangled stems and inconspicuous flowers followed by grape-like clusters of beautiful crescent shaped fruits.

MENISPERMUM canadense New Late Spring to Early Summer2319
Canadian Moonseed3-5m  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America, growing in light shade in fertile, moist soil. Habitats include open deciduous woodlands, woodland borders, thickets, semi-shaded riverbanks, overgrown fence rows, and hedges. Moonseed climbs over adjacent shrubs, the lower branches of small trees, or fences. The beautiful, heart-shaped leaves are dark-green and shiny. 15cm panicles of whitish-green flowers are followed by drupes of round berries, turning from green to bluish-black, each containing a single (crescent-moon-shaped) seed. The fruits are poisonous, and can be mistaken for wild grapes. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $4.25   

150 species of annuals, perennials and shrubs native worldwide. "Mimulus" means "little mimic" referring to the grinning, open-mouthed flowers.

MIMULUS guttatusEntire Summer2331
Monkey Flower, Wild Lettuce60cm  Zone: 1
Native to north-western North America. A lush, loose, mat-forming (stoloniferous) plant with mid green leaves and bright-yellow flowers with red spotted throats. This species loves sopping, wet places, naturally growing at the water's edge or actually in the water, so is the perfect candidate pond side or in moist streams, quickly forming a dense, weed-smothering mat. Vigorous self-sower. Young leaves are used in salad.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100+ seeds  $3.25   

MIMULUS ringensAll Season2332
Allegheny Monkey Flower30-90cm  Zone: 3
Native to moist or wet places in eastern North America, lovely blue to purple flowers over a long period from summer to fall. Allow to naturalize in a spot where it will receive plenty of moisture, preferably in sun. Lovely. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $4.00   

A genus of two evergreen, trailing plants native to North America and Japan.

MITCHELLA repensJune to July2344
Partridgeberry10-30cm (Prostrate)  Zone: 3
Native to most of eastern North America and perhaps my favorite native groundcover. Patridgeberry grows in moist to dry woods and on rocky outcrops in neutral to acid soil and is a beautiful, delicate, creeping plant with shiny, opposite leaves having a distinctive central white vein. The prostrate stems to 30cm run along the ground in a vine like fashion, rooting at various points and often carpeting an area. Delicate and fragrant flowers are white to light pink, arranged in joined pairs at the end of the creeping stem. These two flowers become fused together to form a solitary, bright red berry, which will stay on the vine until after the blooms appear the following season. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.50   

About 12 species of annual and perennial plants with aromatic leaves and dense heads of flowers in white, red, mauve or purple. Very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in moisture-retentive soil in full sun or part shade.

MONARDA fistulosaSummer2353
Wild Bergamot60-100cm  Zone: 3
Native to North America ranging west into the prairies growing along woodland margins and in meadows on dry soil. Strongly fragrant leaves and pink to lilac flowers. This years seed was wild collected near Calgary, Alberta.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.50   

MONARDA fistulosa var. menthifoliaJune-August3760
Mint-Leaved Bergamot30-80cm  Zone: 3
The beautifully aromatic western variant of the species is a shorter, less branched plant, often with a single flower head, the longest petioles seldom over 1 cm. Mauve flowers in summer.
Germination Instructions: Easy warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.75   

MONARDA punctataSummer2355
Spotted Horsemint45-60cm  Zone: 3
Native to eastern North America, growing in the open spaces of fields, thin woods and on prairies, often in sandy soil. A herbaceous to semi-woody, branched perennial. It is often short-lived in gardens, but should re-seed to perpetuate itself. Small yellow, two-lipped flowers, spotted purple appear in the upper leaf axils and stem ends in tiered clusters, each cluster resting on a flamboyant palette of pink to lavender leafy bracts. The toothed, aromatic, oblong leaves may be used in teas. Long summer bloom period.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.75   

MONARDA species mixSummer2354
Bee Balm, Oswego Tea60cm  Zone: 3
A mix of Monarda didyma and it's cultivars as well as M. fistulosa and punctata. Great for naturalizing.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out


MONOTROPA hypopithysSummer to Fall2359
Pinesap10-35cm  Zone: 4
Native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, but generally scarce or rare, and is endangered in many areas. Unlike most plants, it does not contain chlorophyll; being myco-heterotroph, getting is food through parasitism upon fungi rather than photosynthesis. Thus it is capable of living in very dark conditions, such as the floor of a deep forest, because it does not need any sunlight. It grows with a single unbranched stem; all parts of the plant pale yellowish-white to reddish-tinged. The leaves are reduced to scales, which cover most of the stem. Flowers are pendulous, produced in a cluster at the apex of the stem. This is a plant for the collector, and not easy to propagate. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: The seeds of this plant apparently require a fungal associate to germinate-and it is suggested that you will need to spread the seed on a suitable forest site where pines exist (and the fungus would likely be present).

MONOTROPA unifloraLate Summer2360
Indian Pipe10-30cm  Zone: 1/2
Native to Asia, North America and northern South America; generally scarce or rare across it's range. Indian pipe, has no chlorophyll, so it cannot obtain energy from sunlight. Instead, it gets nutrients from organic matter in the soil. The stems are clothed with small scale-leaves and as its species name suggests, and unlike the related M. hypopitys, the stems bear only a single flower. Like most myco-heterotrophic plants, M. uniflora associates with a small range of fungal hosts and therefore it's propagation is challenging. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: The seeds of this plant apparently require a fungal associate to germinate-and it is suggested that you will need to spread the seed on a suitable forest site where pines exist (and the fungus would likely be present).

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