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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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Locoweed – Yellow

Yellow Locoweed (probably Oxytropis campestris or perhaps Oxytropis sericea) is a grey-green native legume with upright spikes of creamy yellow flowers in early summer. Can cause selenium poisoning if eaten by livestock. For best germination, scarify seed or seed outdoors in fall.

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Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover is a prairie species forming clumps of upright stems 1’—2′ tall. The small purple flowers are tightly bunched on a spike, starting to bloom at the bottom and working their way up. For best germination, scarify seeds or perhaps seed outdoors in fall.

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Fleabane Daisy

This Fleabane (either Erigeron glabellis or Erigeron philadelphicus) grows in large numbers in our ditches. It grows about 1′ tall and has an aster-like flower, pink with a yellow centre, at the end of each stem.

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Milkweed – Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed normally grows in wetlands in Missouri but seems quite happy in Saskatchewan gardens. The much-branched plants grow 3’—4′ tall with narrow leaves and flowers in tight umbels at the ends of the stems. Flowers are usually pink but this is a mix of pink- and white-flowered cultivars. The pods are attractive and split to release seeds which are carried away by the wind. All milkweeds provide food for Monarch butterflies.

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Yarrow – Common

Common Yarrow is an erect clump-forming plant about 1’—2′ tall with feathery leaves and white or pink flowers in flat-topped heads. It is native to the plains of North America and Eurasia.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Express

Express is said to be the fastest maturing variety available and produces an excellent yield on approx. 1m tall plants. Light coloured medium to large seeds apparently freeze well as they do not discolour. This variety has received a British RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Award of Garden Merit.

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Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Albina

This variety came to us from Spain. It is said to be best as a fresh baby fava, with sweet and tender seeds. Plants are relatively short, about 1m in height, 4-6 medium sized seeds per pod.

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Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Belgian Red-Flowered

Belgian Red-Flowered has red flowers and bright green seeds, small to medium in size. This sample came to us from Peter Bauwens of “De Nieuwe Tuin”. Heads up, website is in Dutch, but browse anyway and check out their amazing photographs!

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Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Petite Lac-St-Jean

The earliest French settlers brought broad beans with them to Quebec. They are still popular in the Northern regions like Lac St. Jean and Charlevoix where it is too cool to grow common beans easily. They are traditionally used to make fresh broad bean soup. The small to medium seeds are in pods containing 1-4 seeds. Find an interesting Seeds of Diversity Quebec fava article and recipe for traditional soup here!

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Ianto’s Return

A selection made from favas collected by Ianto Evans, the breeder of Aprovecho Select, to develop a fall-seeded (cold tolerant) fresh eating broad bean for the West Coast and other mild winter areas. The medium to large seeds are in pods with 1-4 seeds/pod. The seeds range from blond to mauve to purple with most in the mauve/purple range.

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Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Gete-Okosomin

What a beautiful squash! We had a small patch of these in 2018 that produced a couple dozen fruits, and we are now blessed with an abundant seed supply of these massive squash. All summer long these had my attention, as the vines got quite big, then as the small pale yellow elongated babies started to appear, and then as those babies kept growing and growing! Our fruits ranged from about 2 to 3 feet in length and weighed from about 8 to 25lbs. We had many fruits weighing 24lbs, and the remainder weighing between 10 and 15. Make sure you have plenty of mouths to feed for one of these squash. Or, prepare it the traditional way and dry the squash to preserve it. The squash flesh is thick and brilliant orange. This variety comes from the Miami Nation (territory that is now identified as Indiana, southwest Michigan, and western Ohio) and has been grown by their people throughout the past 5000 years. The current name for this squash comes from an Indigenous language and means “really cool old squash”!

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Packet Size(s): 15 seeds
Wood Poppy

Wood Poppy has light green foliage and open bright yellow flowers borne over a long season. This short lived self-seeding perennial likes moist ground in semi-shade but will tolerate full sun.

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Physochlania Orientalis

Physochlania Orientalis is a low growing tuberous perennial in the nightshade family. It shows signs of growth in the second half of April and is in full bloom around May 1. For about two weeks the plants are covered with clusters of 1 cm purple-blue trumpet flowers. Used medicinally in Asia much like henbane. Germination takes place over several months.

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Inula Hirta

Inula Hirta is a small (30 cm- 45 cm) inula with golden yellow flowers. As it has a gently creeping rootstock it can be used as a well-behaved ground cover.

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Alumroot

Alumroot has coarse rounded basal leaves with small purplish flowers near the top of 30 cm flowering stalks. Wild gathered.

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Columbine – Western

Looks like Western Columbine. The clumps are robust, topped by bicoloured flowers – red on the outer parts and yellow in the centre. Jim harvested the seed in his son’s yard in Manitoba.

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Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s Mantle has large velvety pleated green leaves that hold drops of dew, and clusters of small chartreuse flowers. Seed is slow to germinate.

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