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About 33 species of perennials and shrubs distributed in Asia, Europe and northwestern North America. Compound or laciniate foliage and large bowl-shaped flowers in spring and early summer. Very few species Paeonia are found in North American gardens, except Paeonia officinalis and its many hybrids. These beautiful plants can become the treasures of your garde

It is always a good idea to sow Paeonia seed as early as possible from the freshest possible seed. See all our other paeonia listings from this seasons fresh harvest under the general paeonia category.

PAEONIA obovata (Moist Packed)Summer2490
60cm  Zone: 3
A very choice species peony native to the mountains of China. Flowers a wonderful deep rosey-purple-red.
Germination Instructions: Seed germinates after a long period of warm and must then receive cold treatment before the emergence of the first leaf.
10 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

PAEONIA officinalis ssp. villosa (Moist Packed) New Summer2504
60cm  Zone: 4
This subspecies is native to France and Italy, growing in rocky places and thickets. The foliage is deeply cut, green and smooth above, paler and hairy underneath. Rich pink flowers in summer. Very limited.
10 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

PAEONIA peregrina (Moist Packed) New Summer2493
50cm  Zone: 5
Native to southern Europe, the Barkans and Turkey; first introduced into cultivation in 1583, and once known as the "red peony of Constantinople". A beautiful late-blooming species, with waxy, cup-shaped flowers of the purest red sporting a center of golden stamens. Attractive, deeply-cut, glossy foliage taking on red and yellow tones in the autumn. Much used historically in peony breeding. For sun to part shade in deep, fertile soil. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: Seed germinates after a long period of warm, then requiring cold treatment for first leaf emergence.
7 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A small genus of perennials with tuberous roots native to North America and Asia. Two species are native to north eastern North America. Roots of the native Chinese species (Panax ginseng) have been used medicinally in China for centuries. As demand for ginseng roots in China began to exceed supply, export of this American species to China began to occur. American ginseng has unfortunately become endangered or extinct in the wild due to over-harvesting of its roots. American ginseng is now sometimes commercially grown for export.

PANAX quinquefolius (Moist Packed)Early Summer2511
American Ginseng30-45cm  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America growing in fertile, damp well-drained soils in woods. The insignificant mildly-fragrant yellowish-green flowers appear in early summer over compound leaves. These are followed by red berries in late summer.

In 1988, ginseng was officially listed as "threatened" in Canada.

Our seed comes from garden grown plants and is in very limited quantities. Order early.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been moist packed since collection and requires cold treatment.
12 seeds  $6.00   Sorry...Sold Out

Over 600 species found worldwide. In North America these were a major constituent of the tallgrass prairie. The varied forms and the beauty of these native grasses, long a staple of the German nursery trade, have taken longer to become appreciated in North America.

PANICUM virgatumAutumn2514
Switch Grass120-240cm  Zone: 3
One of North America's contributions to the international hit list of ornamental grasses. Grey-blue leaves and feathery masses of green to pink flowers. An excellent warm-season grass, coloring beautifully in the fall. Extremely versatile and will tolerate a wide range of soils and climatic conditions. Because it holds its dormant form, will remain standing throughout winter and makes a great effect in the snow. Wonderful alone or massed. Flowers and foliage good dried.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

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

PAPAVER alpinum color mixSpring to Summer2515
30cm  Zone: 3
Tufts of compact silvery filigree foliage with large silky white, yellow and orange yellow-centered poppies in early spring continuing in bloom through summer, and often re-blooming in the fall.
Photograph: Cohan Fulford
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.75   Sorry...Sold Out

PAPAVER ex TajikistanSummer2543
30cm  Zone: 4
A small species originally collected in Tajikistan. Single petalled, yellow-centered poppies.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50+ seeds  $3.00   

PAPAVER orientaleLate Spring to Early Summer2542
75cm  Zone: 3
Native to central and western Asia, this is one of the few perennial poppies, much hybridized into colour forms since the later 19th century. Large, satiny orange-red flowers (the original species colour) over a clump of hairy leaves, which disappear by late summer, re-emerging in fall.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.00   

PAPAVER pilosumAll Season2520
60cm  Zone: 4
Native to the Olympus mountains. Branched flower stems bear salmony-orange single flowers from late spring through summer. Flowers first year. This may be known under various names, including P. atlanticum and P. lateritium. We are not absolutely certain we have the right name.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.25   

PAPAVER popoviiSummer3733
12-45cm  Zone: 1
A narrow local endemic of the Baikal region of Russia growing on wet cliffs, coastal gravels and beach ridges. Orange flowers over pinnate, hairy foliage.
Photograph: Cohan Fulford
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.75   

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   


PARNASSIA glauca New Late Summer2552
Fen Grass Of Parnassus15-40cm  Zone: 3
Native to the north-eastern North America growing in moist places next to lakes, bogs, wet meadows and fens. Grass of Parnassus has beautiful white flowers delicately striped with green veins that sit atop long, slender, stalks. The plant has a rosette of shiny, broad long-stalked basal leaves. While its white blooms are reminiscent of spring flowers, it blooms in late summer and fall. It is an uncommon wildflower across its range, and faces many threats, the greatest being loss of habitat. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.25   

15 to 20 species of perennials from Asia and the Himalayas similar to Valeriana with flowers in cymes or panicles. All species thrive on loamy, humusy soil. Many are notorious for their very long flowering periods.

PATRINIA heterophylla New July-September2562
Native to China, a little known and variable species growing on grassy slopes, in open woods and on roadsides in the mountains. Golden yellow flowers in umbels over a long period. The foliage colors beautiful rusty red hues. Perfect at the edge of a woodland garden.

Photograph: Henrik Zutterland
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

PATRINIA scabiosifolia New Late Summer to Late Fall2559
to 180cm  Zone: 4
From Japan, China and Siberia, growing in sunny, grassy areas on hills and mountains and introduced into gardens by the US National Arboretum. Oblong, deeply toothed leaves and strong, tall stems carry many flowered cymes in clear yellow. This is a wonderful addition to the late summer and fall gardens, flowering over an extremely long period.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   

A genus of 17 deciduous trees native to east Asia with large, dramatic leaves and foxglove-like flowers in terminal panicles.

PAULOWNIA tomentosaSpring2563
9-10m  Zone: 6
The Foxglove Tree is well known for its showy groups of fragrant, pale violet or rich purple foxglove-like flowers that appear in spring, before the leaves emerge. The tree is symbolically connected to the Phoenix because of its ability to entirely regenerate from the root, even if lost to fire or other catastrophe. Because of this ability and the fact that the leaves are large and dramatic, gardeners can stool the plant and use it as a very dramatic accent in the garden. This we do here, even though the tree is not hardy for us, and the effect is wonderful. All growth is cut to the ground in spring and kept to a single shoot. This will be a "pseudo-trunk' a bamboo-like stem reaching 10-12' in a season, bearing the huge, handsome leaves (up to 3' across). Photograph:Leslie Mehrhoff
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   


PELLAEA atropurpurea New 3812
Purple Cliffbrake20cm
Native to North and Central America, growing in crevices of dry limestone cliffs, rocky slopes, crevices in alvars and mortared walls. It is a beautiful small species with reddish-purple, bristly stems and incurved leaflet edges. Requires some effort in correct placement in the (rock) garden. Wild collected in Ontario. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: Apogamy, or the ability to reproduce non-sexually, is common among rock ferns in the Pteridaceae. The spores, therefore, are germinated as you would seed. Easy, warm germinator.
 $4.75   Sorry...Sold Out

2 species of rhizomatous perennials with wonderful foliage native to the mountains of Japan and suitable for moist, humus-rich soil in shade.

PELTOBOYKINIA watanabei New Early Summer2569
30- 60cm  Zone: 4
From Japan, this is a woodland plant in the Saxifrage family, grown primarily for its very elegant foliage. Sprays of white flowers in summer. Spreads gently to form a wonderful groundcover in shade.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out


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

PENNISETUM macrourum2573
African Feather Grass1.8m
A tussock forming grass, native to South Africa, will pale green narrow leaves and a silvery underside, turning yellow in autumn. Long, slender, cylindrical, softly bristly, cat-tail-like flower panicles in summer to early autumn. These start off a pale white and gradually turn to a yellow straw colour. If you live in a cold area, grow in large pots and move into a cool greenhouse over the winter months. Limited quantity.

Photograph: David Fenwick
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

With one exception, this 250 member genus is North American. Includes some of our most beautiful flowers, grown for their showy spring and summer tubular blooms. Drought resistant and are best in sharply-draining soil and full sun. For more: The American Penstemon Society, 1569 South Holland Court, Lakewood, CO 80232 USA. Penstemons, Robert Nold, Timber Press, 1999 Northwest Penstemons, Dee Strickler, Flower Press, 1997


PENSTEMON digitalisEarly Summer2576
90cm  Zone: 2
A tall Penstemon native to eastern USA, widely introduced in eastern Canada. Spikes of bell-shaped, white flowers, often flushed pink with reddish stems. This penstemon is easier to grow in hot and humid summers than its western relatives. A rich soil may give plants up to 1.5m. Will grow in woodland.
Germination Instructions: Cold or GA-3 recommended.
100 seeds  $3.50   

PENSTEMON hirsutusAll Summer2579
1m  Zone: 3
Purplish to pink-violet or white flowers on a tall eastern penstemon for the border. Foliage reddens nicely. Will grow happily in heavy clay soil or better, if you've got it. Flowers over a long period. Full sun preferred. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.50   

PENSTEMON hirsutus pygmaeusEarly Summer to Fall2580
I like this dwarf form of the species. Grown en masse, it has a wonderful, almost luminescent effect at a distance when in full flower. Violet-pink flowers on short stems close to the foliage almost the entire gardening season. A small percentage may grow up to be the taller species type. Flowers sparsely first year from seed. Foliage colors red.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.75   

PENSTEMON mensarumSum,mer2606
Tiger of Grand Mesa Beardtongue60cm  Zone: 4
An uncommon penstemon indigenous to Colorado. The elongated, slender stalk holds impressive cobalt blue to blue-tinged-purple flowers in whorls. A beautiful species for a not-too-dry rock garden.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   

PENSTEMON procerusSummer2584
Slender Beardtongue30-45cm  Zone: 3
This easy-to-please, pretty, small species carries whorls of lilac to purple-blue to flowers on slender stems, which have been described as "stalks of blue flowers tiered like the roofs of a slender pagoda." This I collected in the SW Alberta Rockies, growing on steep mountain slopes.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $4.00   

PENSTEMON strictusLate Spring2605
Rocky Mountain Penstemon60-90cm  Zone: 3
Native to south-western North America. Tall, showy spikes of intense deep blue-purple flowers last for over a month in late spring. Quite striking when in bloom. Spreads via stolons so it will form large clumps, in time. Makes a wonderful cut flower.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   

7 Asian species with dissected fragrant foliage and flowers in whorls.

PEROVSKIA atriplicifoliaSummer to Fall2618
Russian Sage1m  Zone: 3
Native to western Pakistan and a very hardy perennial for full sun and well-drained soil. The entire length of the stem becomes clothed in aromatic soft, furry lavender blue flowers over a long period from summer to early fall. Sun loving and drought resistant.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   


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


PHEGOPTERIS hexagonoptera New 3811
Broad Beech Fern45-60cm
A forest fern of the eastern USA and Ontario, where it is at its northern limit. It has a creeping rootstock and excellent as a groundcover in the woodland garden. Urn-shaped, with broad, arching, triangular, medium green fronds. Spore wild collected in Ontario. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: Spore instructions will be sent.
 $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

These attractive deciduous shrubs of North America and Asia are members of the Rose Family. Shreddy bark and alternate leaves. Small white or pinkish flowers occur in profuse clusters in spring. Tolerate dry soil, sun or shade.

PHYSOCARPUS opulifoliusSpring2653
3m  Zone: 3
Arching shrub native to eastern North America with three-lobed leaves and white flowers with reddish anthers in dense clusters. Bark on older branches peels off in vertical strips. The seed heads remain on the shrub far into winter. Leaves turn red in autumn. Undemanding shrub that have many uses in the garden from specimen to hedge. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Long, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.75   

PHYSOCARPUS opulifolius (Purple Leaf Form)2655
This form has deep maroon foliage. About 25-50% will come true. Select the deepest colours.
Germination Instructions: Long, warm germinator.
25 seeds  $4.00   

40 species of alpine plants native to Europe and Asia in the bellflower family. Flowers in terminal heads or elongated spikes, usually blue, purple or white. Long carrot-like taproot. Sun or part shade in good, well-drained soil.

PHYTEUMA scheuchzeriSpring2665
Horned Rampion20-60cm  Zone: 4
Native to the mountains of Europe, with lanceolate deep green foliage and spiky violet-blue flowers. Best in light shade.

Photograph: Cal Photos
Germination Instructions: Easy warm germinator.
50 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A genus of 25 species of striking foliage plants with massive, fleshy roots native to North America and Asia. Stems are often brightly colored. Leaves large, alternate and simple. Flowers in racemes, followed by showy berries. The fruits, usually juicy and dark red to black were once used for coloring red wine and candies. While fruit juices are edible, mature stems and leaves, seeds, and especially the massive root system are extremely poisonous. For any soil, in sun to part shade.

PHYTOLACCA americanaSummer2666
Pokeweed1-4m  Zone: 4
Native to North America, from New England to Quebec. A dramatic large specimen plant. Bold leaves, up to 30cm and dark maroon stems. Flowers hermaphroditic, white or pinkish. Produces clusters of showy purple berries in fall, turning black which look like shiny pearls, beloved by birds. The overall effect of the plant at the fruiting stage is wonderful, with the reddish stems contrasing beautifully with the berry clusters. Limited this year.
30 seeds  $4.00   

PHYTOLACCA americana 'Silberstein'2667
Variegated American Pokeweed
I quote Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials "'s the American Pokeweed, dressed to kill, with creamy leaves speckled and flecked in green, in delightful contrast to the reddish stems - a truly amazing variegated plant, and VERY good-looking." Makes a wonderful specimen in the garden. For sun or semi-shade.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment recommended.
25 seeds  $4.50   

A genus of 150 annuals or perennials native to Eurasia and northern Africa with flowers in compound umbels.

PIMPINELLA rhodantha New 3796
1m  Zone: 3
Native to the Transcaucasus, Turkey and Iran and originally wild collected in Georgia, in the Caucasus. It is one of the best Pimpinella, truly perennial and very hardy. Heads of rich pink flowers. For full sun and ordinary soil. Very rare in commerce.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20+ seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

A genus of one species with a number of varieties and cultivars native to eastern Asia. Related to Campanula by its bell-shaped flowers; differing in that the flower buds are inflated and balloon-like before opening. Showy, hardy, long-lived perennial for well-drained, ordinary soil in sun.

PLATYCODON grandiflorumSummer2758
60-90cm  Zone: 3
Erect stems with grey-green leaves, the balloon-bud opens into a large blue, five-lobed pointed bell-shaped flower.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.25   

PLATYCODON grandiflorum (Pink)2761
As above, but light pink.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.50   

A small genus from China, North America and the Himalayas. Unique rhizomous shade-loving plants with large, decorative leaves, anemone-like flowers and very conspicuous, large fleshy fruits in summer.

PODOPHYLLUM hexandrumSpring2767
75cm  Zone: 4
From the Himalayas, growing in open forests. Large leaves, the new growth spectacularly mottled bronze-red, followed by pink or white anemone-like flowers. The fruits reach the size of a hen's egg, soft, squishy and bright coral red. Intolerant of drought or hot summers. A cool, moist position in shade. This Podophyllum does extremely well in our gardens, better, in fact that our native May Apple. Highly recommended.
15 seeds  $4.50   

PODOPHYLLUM hexandrum (White)2770
A special pure white form of P. hexandrum, originally of Pakistani provenance. Comes true.
20 seeds  $4.50   

About 30 species of annual and perennial plants native to North and South America, Europe and Asia. Jacob’s Ladder derives its name from the arrangement of its leaves; like rungs of a ladder in pairs. Flowers in blue, pink, white or yellow are loosely clustered and bloom over a long period. The finely-divided foliage is a pleasant addition to the garden. Part shade in cool, moist conditions.

POLEMONIUM caeruleumEarly Summer2773
60cm  Zone: 2
Native to Europe growing in damp grasslands, woodlands, meadows and rocky areas. Above attractive, ferny foliage purplish-blue flowers with yellow stamens.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

POLEMONIUM caeruleum 'album'2774
The lovely white form of Jacob's Ladder.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

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

POLYGALA paucifolia New Spring2781
Gaywings, Fringed Polygala7-15cm  Zone: 3
One of our most breathtakingly beautiful native woodland wildflowers usually growing in coniferous forests. The deep-pink to purple, orchid-like blooms have two flaring wings, which are actually lateral sepals. The true petals are fused to form a tube, with the lower one tipped with a brushy fringe. The leaves are evergreen and egg shaped. A gem! Seed wild collected in the Ozarks. Only a few packs.

Everything about this beautiful plant is challenging: not easy to establish in cultivation; difficult to find in the wild; a pain to collect and clean the seed. If you manage to get it established; cherish it!!!!
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

POLYGALA polygama New Summer2782
Racemed Milkwort10-30cm  Zone: 3
Growing in sandy woods and clearings of eastern North America. The small, pinkish-purple flowers are produced in racemes in summer over narrow, alternate leaves. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

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   

About 30 species of plants indigenous to the northern hemisphere, usually in woodlands, with erect, nodding stems and parallel-veined leaves carrying pendulous white, cream or green coloured flowers in the leaf axils. These are handsome shade-loving perennials for a moisture retentive site. The rhizome is jointed and when the leaf stalk breaks away from it, it leaves a distinctive scar said to resemble the official seal of King Solomon.

POLYGONATUM biflorum (Giant Form)2799
Seed of the giant form of P. biflorum, reaching heights of 2 meters.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

POLYGONATUM prattiiSpring2802
Dwarf Chinese Solomon's Seal10-18cm
Native to forests, thickets, and grassy slopes in mountainous areas of western Sichuan and northwestern Yunnan provinces, occuring at elevations of 8,200 to 10,800 feet. This dwarf species spreads slowly to create a colony of arching stems. Soon after growth starts in spring, tiny, pinkish-purple, pendulous flowers appear, delicately attached at the leaf axils. These turn into brilliant crimson red berries, which contrast nicely with the golden fall foliage.
20 seeds  $4.50   

POLYGONATUM pubescensSpring2783
Downy Solomon's Seal60cm  Zone: 4
This is a native of eastern North America and the only species found in my area; growing in dry to moist woods and thickets. Flowers are greenish-white and bell-shaped hanging in clusters of one to three from the underside of the graceful, arching stems. The underside of the veins of the leaves is slightly hairy. Wild collected in Ontario. Limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   

POLYGONATUM verticillatum New Spring2788
Whorled Solomon's Seal60-120cm  Zone: 4
Widely distributed in Europe, but rarely seen in North America, this is a tall, erect species with narrow, lance-shaped leaves arranged in a whorl around the stem. The cream-colored bells are edged in green, followed by unusual (for the genus) red berries, lining the stem. A very architectual plant for the woodland garden, with a bamboo-like presence, which will adapt even to dry shade.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $4.25   

A large genus of 135 species found principally in the North Temperate region. The common name refers to the margins of the fronds, which resemble in a small way the spine-like protuberances on Holly leaves. Found in moist woods or among rocks; a few species are found in crevices or on ledges of cliffs.

POLYSTICHUM acrostichoides2807
Christmas Fern30-75cm  Zone: 3
One of the first ferns to send up fiddleheads in the spring. Covered with scruffy brown scales, they arise from the clump of last year's fronds flattened by winter's snow. The glossy, dark green leaves are more erect in summer, growing in dense, asymmetrical clumps. This is one of the best ferns for the woodland garden. It has elegant evergreen fronds, a neat pattern of growth, and is tolerant of deep shade; combining well with woodland shrubs and herbaceous perennials. If planted thickly, will serve as an attractive evergreen ground cover. Spores wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Fern spore germination instructions will be provided.

POLYSTICHUM setiferum New 3815
Soft Shield Fern60-90cm  Zone: 5
Native to Europe, A tufted, dense evergreen to semi-evergreen fern with lance-shaped, bi-pinnate, medium green fronds that grow in shuttlecock form. Stalks and most midribs are covered with attractive cinnamon-brown scales. In spring the new emerging fronds have a metallic copper tint. Tolerant of dry conditions.
Germination Instructions: Spore Instructions will be sent.

Large group of perennials, herbs and shrubs comprising 500 species, found throughout the northern temperate and frigid zones. Strawberry shaped leaves and elegant, 5-petalled rose-like flowers in white, pink, yellow, orange or red.
Potentillas need as much sun as you can give them and do best in poor, well-drained soils. In fact some seem happiest when baked and starved – too rich a soil they become very leggy with few flowers.

POTENTILLA fragiformisSummer2823
30cm  Zone: 4
Yes, yes, we know that P. fragiformis has ceased to exist as a valid species; having been swallowed up by P. megalantha. So, why are we listing it? According to the Flora Russica, these are still two distinct species; fragiformis being native to coastal areas of Chukotka and Kamchatka, Russia (and recently discovered in Alaska, to be added to their AKNHP list of rare plants for the state). Our seed comes from plants originally grown from wild collected Kamtchatka seed. Leaves are smaller and narrower than P. megalantha. The bright yellow flowers are also smaller, but more plentiful. The two also do not seem to hybridize. And that's the answer to the question.
Photo by Trond Steen: Used with permission.
20 seeds  $4.00   

POTENTILLA hippeanaJune2827
Woolly Cinquefoil45cm  Zone: 2
Native to western North America, growing in dry grassland and prairie. Pretty silvery, hairy foliage is topped by wiry stems carrying yellow flowers in summer. Wild collected near Calgary, Alberta.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.50   

POTENTILLA nepalensis "Miss Wilmot"Summer2818
40-60cm  Zone: 4
Clump forming perennial with mounds of strawberry-like foliage. Rosy pink flowers with a darker center in summer.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

POTENTILLA neumanniana nanaSpring to Early Summer2828
Alpine Cinquefoil5-10cm
(Formerly Potentilla verna Nana) A prostrate, mat-forming plant, nice for growing between flagstones or in the rock garden, eventually forming a dense ground cover. Buttery yellow flowers nestle among the small evergreen leaves in late spring, sometimes reblooming in early autumn.

Photograph: Missouri Botanic Garden
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.75   

POTENTILLA thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet'Summer2816
75cm  Zone: 3
The species is native of Arizona and New Mexico but is perfectly hardy in Zone 3. The blooms look like velvety, miniature roses of a rich, raspberry-red, with a deep-red, almost black center radiating out into each flower petal.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.75   

POTENTILLA uniflora New 3788
One-flowered Cinquefoil5-15cm  Zone: 1/2
Native to western North America and Siberia, growing on rocky and gravelly alpine slopes. Above woolly, hairy foliage, yellow flowers in summer. A very hardy sweet small species for the rock garden in full sun. Limited quantity.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A large genus of over 400 species native throughout the northern hemisphere.

There is no better reference and visual guide to the genus Primula than that of our own Canadian, Pamela Eveleigh of Calgary, Alberta. Do visit, learn and drool over the fantastic photo gallery.

PRIMULA auricula New Spring2852
10cm  Zone: 3
From seed originally wild collected in the Alps (Dobratsch). Foliage is grey, fleshy, almost leathery. Flowers a beautiful clear yellow. Extremely lovely in early spring and may rebloom in fall. Best in full sun. Only a few packs.
Germination Instructions: Cold or GA-3 and warm.
20 seeds  $4.50   Sorry...Sold Out

PRIMULA denticulata New Mid Spring2864
Drumstick or Himalayan Primrose15-30cm  Zone: 3
The Drumstick Primrose is found growing wild in moist alpine regions from Afghanistan to China. One of the earliest primula to bloom in the garden. Leaves and flowers appear at the same time. Spherical lilac flowers on sturdy stems. For the woodland garden in part shade.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   

PRIMULA japonica (Miller's Crimson)2841
The magenta-red form of the Japanese Primrose. Very lovely.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $4.25   

PRIMULA laurentianaLate Spring2843
10-20cm  Zone: 3
"Laurentiana" (from the St. Lawrence). Occurs in maritime eastern Canada and into the USA, ranging from calcareous cliffs and ledges, stony hillsides, to freshwater marsh areas. A farinose species with lilac to pinkish-purple flowers with an orange-yellow eye, fading to orange, and a yellow tube. Seed wild collected in Ontario. Only a few packs this year.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

PRIMULA veris (Red Form) New Spring2896
15cm  Zone: 2
A beautiful red form of this spring harbinger. This was naturalized on the lawn of my new property in Nova Scotia when I first moved here. Considering the low percentages of the species yellow to the red (or orange)plants, it comes largely true from seed. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: GA-3 or cold treatment
20+ seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out


PRUNELLA laciniataSpring to Summer2901
Cut-Leaf Self Heal15-20cm  Zone: 3/4
Native to central and southern Europe, western Asia and North Africa, growing in grasslands. A low-growing, creeping species with toothed foliage sending up an abundance of white flower spikes, beginning in spring. If dead-headed, can be kept blooming most of the season.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20+ seeds  $3.50   

PRUNELLA vulgaris albaSummer2902
Native to Europe, but widely naturalized. Above lance-shaped, serrated foliage, clusters of lipped, tubular flowers, in this variant, white. Edible: the young leaves and stems can be eaten raw in salads; the whole plant can be boiled and eaten as a potherb; and the aerial parts of the plant can be powdered and brewed in a cold infusion to make a tasty beverage.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.25   

430 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees with often fragrant and showy flowers in clusters or racemes. Fruit is often, though not always, something to eat.

PRUNUS americanaEarly Spring2908
American Plum3-10m  Zone: 2
A widespread small native tree that will form dense thickets ideal for windbreak. Showy white flowers in the spring appearing before the leaves and followed by small yellow-red plums in early fall. Wild plum is an important habitat tree for a variety of birds and mammals that eat its fruit or browse its twigs and leaves. The fruit can be made into preserves, jam or jelly. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $3.75   Sorry...Sold Out

PRUNUS nigraLate Spring2914
Canada Plum9m  Zone: 2
Native to eastern North America, a deciduous shrub or small tree with a low-branched, dense crown. Showy, fragrant white flowers early in the season are followed by delicious, reddish-purple plums, maturing in late summer. Seed wild collected in Ontario. Very limited.

Pure wild plums, Prunus nigra and P. americana, are by far the best polinizers for hybrid plums.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
8 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

PRUNUS pumila Early Summer2911
Sand or Susquehanna Cherry45-90cm  Zone: 3
Native to north-eastern North America this is a low-growing, trailing, multi-branched shrub growing on dunes, gravelly beaches, alvars and rocky slopes. It is identifiable by its low, spreading profile, stout branches, and leathery, sharply pointed leaves. In the variety susquehanae (sometimes recognized as a distinct species) the branches are erect to ascending. White five-parted flowers in early summer followed by purple-black cherries in late summer. Although it can grow to 2m, it's average size is 45cm. Sand Cherry is one of the early plants to colonize sand dunes and is an important food for birds and other animals who make dunes their habitat. This consistently heavy-fruiting cherry makes excellent preserves and will provide you with more pounds of fruit earlier than most other small fruit. Seed wild collected in northern Ontario. Limited.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required
15 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

PRUNUS tomentosaSpring2903
Nanking Cherry1.8-3m  Zone: 2
I was first introduced to Nanking Cherry by Hugh Skinner in 1998? as we tasted our way along a long hedge of them in Zone 2 Manitoba. And as I ate the delicious small fruit, I put each pit in the pocket of my coat, determined to grow them once I got home. Nanking Cherry is a compact shrub, native to northern China and Japan, which can also be grown as a small tree. It has beautiful pinkish-white flowers in spring. The dark green leaves break dormancy early, are retained even in drought and are slow to drop after the first killing frost. Fruit is a small, short-stemmed red cherry with a wonderful sweet taste. Its hardiness, rapid growth, dense, compact form, and excellent retention of leaves makes this species a desirable shrub for the northern garden.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

A genus of 2 species of perennials formerly classified as Corydalis.

PSEUDOFUMARIA alba (Moist Packed) New All Season2923
Native to rocky woods of southeastern Europe. A delicate, beautiful, very long-blooming species with soft, blue-green foliage and creamy white flowers with green lips and yellow throats flowering from spring to hard frost.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been moist packed to preserve viability. Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $5.00   


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   

11 shrubs and small trees native to North America with musky, aromatic bark. Panicles of white or greenish flowers and decorative, interesting seed pods, suitable for drying. Will grow well even in dry, poor soils, although preferring moisture. Tolerates polluted city conditions.

PTELEA trifoliataSpring2927
6m  Zone: 4
Native to the eastern USA and into Canada. Undemanding, sparsely branched small understory tree. Greenish-white fragrant flowers in late spring. Outstanding papery fruits maturing in September and staying on the branches until late winter. Bark gives off a bitter smell like hops, thought to repel wild animals.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

PTELEA trifoliata 'aurea'Spring2928
6m  Zone: 4
This is the yellow-foliaged variety of Hop Tree, coming true from seed. The contrast between between the reddish-brown twigs and the golden leaves is quite wonderful! Open pollinated.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.25   


PTEROSTYRAX hispida New Early Summer2934
Fragrant Epaulette Tree9m  Zone: 4
Native to Japan, a small to medium deciduous tree with large, oblong leaves and a spreading, open, airy crown. Beautiful, fragrant flowers are held in bold, drooping clusters, up to 25cm long in late spring to early summer. . Individual flowers are born horizontally,looking like epaulettes on a military uniform. Rather inexplicably rare in commerce.
Germination Instructions: Germination is dramatically stimulated by GA-3, with germination at warm. Otherwise, cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

A small genus of aromatic mint-scented plants native to eastern North America.

PYCNANTHEMUM virginianumSummer to Late Summer2959
Virginia Mountain Mint60-90cm  Zone: 3
The genus name Pynanthemum is from the Greek "puknos" and "anthemon" meaning “dense flower” referring to the crowded flower clusters. This member of the mint family is native to eastern North America, growing in dry as well as moist prairie. A drought-tolerant, aromatic plant with very narrow, lance-shaped foliage. Profuse flat-topped clusters of white to pale lavender flowers with purple spots bloom over an extended period in mid to late summer. The flowers are surrounded by showy white bracts. All parts of the plant emit a beautiful, minty aroma. The leaves have been used in tea. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $4.00   

PYROLA(Wintergreen, Shinleaf)Family: PYROLACEAE
A genus of 15 rhizomatous, glabrous perennials native to North Temperate regions with basal clusters of leaves and nodding, waxy flowers in loose racemes.

PYROLA ellipticaSummer2965
Shinleaf15-20cm  Zone: 2
Native to bogs, fens, swamps and woods with a circumboreal distribution; preferring moist upland forests. Above elliptic leaves, delicate, waxy, nodding greenish-white flowers. A small gem. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: There is no known method for germinating this species in an artificial setting. It is believed that a natural fungi found in its environment is required for sprouting. In the wild, this species grows in well-drained, dry woodlands, in acid conditions, wit
200 seeds  $4.25   

PYROLA rotundifoliaSummer2964
Round-Leaved Wintergreen15-30cm  Zone: 4
It has been years since I have been able to offer this species. Native to North America, Europe and northern Asia; distributed across Canada and southwards into the USA. Grows in wet woods and boggy areas. A delicate plant with shiny, rounded leaves in a basal rosette. Flowers are in a spike; white, open-faced and nodding with a long and curved pistil. Seed wild collected in Ontario. Very limited.
Germination Instructions: There is no known method for germinating this species in an artificial setting. It is believed that a natural fungi found in its environment is required for sprouting. In the wild, this species grows in well-drained, dry woodlands, in acid conditions, wit
200 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

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