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Annual Flowers


Most of the following are old fashioned self seeding varieties.

Niger Seed

Niger seed is native to Ethiopia and is now grown widely in India and Africa. It is an erect branched annual, around 2’ tall and equally wide, and covered with yellow daisy flowers. It is grown for its very small black seeds, which in North America are used to feed wild finches but can also yield an edible oil. My previous attempt to grow it was unsuccessful but this is an early cultivar and we had good results in 2019. I was unsure when to harvest the seed so I imagine that a lot of seed shelled out and I expect many volunteer plants this spring.

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Price(s): $4.00
Henbane

Henbane is a nightshade family member with attractive yellow flowers with purple spots and deep purple centres. The seed receptacles are also interesting in dried arrangements. The plant is poisonous like many nightshades.

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Price(s): $4.00
Sunflower – Music Box

(C) This is a dwarf branched sunflower with a range of colours in bronze, brown, mahogany, and creamy bicolours around dark centers.

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Price(s): $4.00
Gaura – Lindheimer’s

Lindheimer’s Gaura is perennial in its native Texas but not in most of Canada. This slender graceful plant, 2’—3′ tall, with a loose spike of tubular rosy-white flowers, blooms all summer and fall.

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Price(s): $4.00
Coreopsis – Plains

This seed was gathered from a wildflower mix.

A member of the aster family, it has yellow flowers with deep red centres on a plant to about 3′. This is a Great Plains wildflower, not the domesticated cultivar that we offered previously, which is shorter and with bi-coloured flowers.

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Price(s): $4.00
Sunflower – Original Sun

Original Sun (C) is the forebearer to all modern sunflower varieties, preceding domestication 4000 years ago. This ancient variety grows 10′ tall, with multiple branches of small flowers that produce tiny seeds. Needs support, particularly in windy gardens. The abundant, small flowers on long, delicate stems, make good cut flowers.

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Price(s): $4.00
Sweet Pea – Matucana

Matucana (C) is an Italian heirloom with highly scented, bi-coloured violet and deep maroon flowers on very tall plants. Said to be one of the first sweet peas introduced to Britain in 1700 by Sicilian Monk, Franciscus Cupani.

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Price(s): $4.00
Sweet Pea – Painted Lady

Painted Lady (C) is one of the original cultivars from the Cupani strain in cultivation since the 1730s. Growing 1.5-2m (5-6′) tall, it has exquisite, highly scented pink and white petals on long stems good for cutting.

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Price(s): $4.00
Cleome – Spider Flower

Cleome (C) is also called spider flower because of its narrow petals and long stamens. The 2-3′ plants have loose heads of white to dark pink flowers with a long flowering season. Self sows easily.

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Price(s): $4.00
Four O’Clocks – Marbles Mix

Four O’Clocks are a two foot high wonderfully bushy annual (in our climate anyway, perennial in warmer climates) flower. Plants covered in gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers (that tend to open in the late afternoon, hence the name), and bloom all summer long. This mixture has solid, striped, and spotted blooms in various colour combinations with pinks, whites, yellows, and oranges present. Lovely large black seeds are poisonous if ingested.

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Price(s): $4.00
Borage – White Flowered

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This sample is mainly white-flowered but may contain the occasional blue-flowered plant.

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Moroccan Toadflax

Moroccan Toadflax has 1/2” flowers in spikes looking like mini snap dragons. This selection has flower shades mostly in pinks and purples on plants up to 2’ tall with narrow leaves.

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Price(s): $4.00
Lavatera Mix

Lavatera Mix grows 2’ bushy plants with flowers in a range of colours from white to various shades of pink often with darker coloured veins.

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Price(s): $4.00
Ziar Poppy

This is a bread seed poppy that originates from Ziar, Slovakia. It has very light lavender flowers and large, round, seed pods with closed vents so the seed doesn’t fall out like other poppies, limiting the prolific self-seeding capabilities.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Datura – Trumpet Flower

Datura has large, lightly scented pure white trumpet flowers followed by spiny pods which split open when mature.

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Price(s): $4.00
Phacelia – Wild Heliotrope

Wild Heliotrope, a native of the western USA, grows 18″ — 24″ tall, has lavender-blue flowers and blooms freely throughout the summer and fall. Very attractive to bees and also used as a green manure crop.

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Price(s): $4.00
Lamarck Evening Primrose

Lamarck Evening Primrose is a tall vigorous self-seeding annual plant with large bright yellow 2″ flowers all summer long.

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Price(s): $4.00
Dicranostigma Leptopodum

Dicranostigma Leptopodum forms a large rosette of leaves divided almost to mid- rib. From the rosette rise 1½’ stems which are almost leafless and somewhat divided. The 1″ yellow flowers are almost identical to Aristocrat and are borne liberally most of the summer with some re-blooming in the fall.

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Price(s): $4.00
Salvia Roemeriana

Salvia roemeriana is a tender perennial but blooms beautifully in the first year so can be grown as an annual. Lovely scarlet red flowers on spikes blooming all summer long, plants 1′-2′ in height.

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Price(s): $4.00
Nigella – Blue Stars

Nigella ‘Blue Stars’ is a dainty annual a bit over a foot high covered with bright blue flowers all summer long. Seed pods are smaller and not as decorative as other nigellas.

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Price(s): $4.00
Hibiscus – Simply Love

Simply Love has open light yellow flowers with dark centres followed by interesting seed pods. Easy to grow from transplants and bloom all summer long with plants about 1 1/2’ tall and about as wide.

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Price(s): $4.00
Amaranth – Pygmy Torch

Pygmy Torch is a beautiful dwarf variety growing about 3 – 4′ tall. Brilliant red colour and size is perfect for smaller gardens or containers. Flower heads also dry nicely.

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Price(s): $4.00
Salpiglossis – Chilean Black

Salpiglossis is a 1′ — 2′ native of Chile and a member of the Solanum family. Chilean Black is a mixture of burgundy and dark purple flowers with dark veins. Blooms all summer and fall.

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Price(s): $4.00
Salpiglossis – Paisley Flower Mix

Salpiglossis is a 1′ — 2′ native of Chile and a member of the Solanum family. The Paisley Flower Mix (C) we are offering has large funnel-shaped flowers that may be yellow, violet, red or bluish, which are strikingly veined with purple. Blooms all summer and fall.

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Price(s): $4.00
Love-In-A-Mist

Nigella damascena or, Love-In-A-Mist grows about 1’ tall and has finely-divided leaves and light blue flowers. The large oval inflated seed pods are used in dried arrangements.

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Price(s): $4.00
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