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Flowers and Decorative Plants


Flowers are important not only for aesthetics, but to provide a diverse smorgasbord that encourages pollinators in your garden! It is somewhat arbitrary to divide flowers into annuals and perennials as many which are perennials in their native habitats are annuals here as they will not survive our cold winters. We have put biennials with perennials. Many flowers also have edible parts (flowers, leaves, seeds) and others are considered traditional medicinal plants.

Mauve-Flowered Poppy

This variety has mauve flowers and grey-blue seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Mary’s Poppy

Mary’s Poppy has predominately mauve flowers with a few pinks. Seed capsules are elongated in shape. The valves remain closed when mature.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Persian (White-Flowered) Poppy

The Persian (White-Flowered) poppy has white seeds and they are used just like the grey seeds in poppy seed cake or on rolls.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Petunia – Kentucky Old Fashioned

Kentucky Old Fashioned is an early example of petunia breeding work. It has been grown by a Kentucky family for over 100 years. It self seeds here but you will get earlier flowers if you start as a bedding plant. Mixture of purple, pink, and white fragrant flowers, including bi-colours, on sprawling plants blooming until frost.

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Price(s): $3.00
Petunia – Alderman

Alderman has deep violet-blue or purple flowers which are sweetly scented. A compact annual growing 1’-2’ tall.

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Price(s): $3.00
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): $3.00
Salpiglossis – Paisley Flower Mix

Salpiglossis is a 1′ — 2′ native of Chile and a member of the Solanum family. The Paisley Flower Mix 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): $3.00
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): $3.00
Salvia – Texas Sage

Texas Sage (C) grows 2’-3’ tall and is a perennial in its native southern US and Mexico. Has tall spikes of brilliant red blossoms which are very attractive to hummingbirds.

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Price(s): $3.00
St. Mary’s Milk Thistle

St. Mary’s Milk Thistle has striking rosettes of large glossy, dark green, spiny leaves streaked and marbled with white, followed by 2” wide rose-purple faintly scented flower heads on 4-6’ stalks. Very attractive to bees and birds who love the seeds. Seed is both edible and has medicinal properties. Direct Seed.

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Price(s): $3.00
Spilanthes – Toothache Plant

Toothache plant is a sprawling plant growing about a foot tall with red and yellow petalless flowers. Leaves may be put in salads in small quantities and are often used to numb toothaches (by biting on some leaves or a flower).

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Price(s): $3.00
Signet Marigold – Lemon Gem

Signet Marigold produces a low mound of lacy foliage covered by hundreds of small single flowers. Lemon Gem has lemon-yellow flowers and the whole plant is lemon scented. The flowers are a lovely addition to salads. Blooms from early summer to frost. Direct seed or start as bedding plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Signet Marigold – Gem Mix

Signet Marigolds produce a low mound of lacy foliage covered by hundreds of small single flowers. The whole plant is scented and the flowers are a lovely addition to salads. Blooms from early summer to frost. Direct seed or start as bedding plants. Gem Mix includes flowers in a wide range of yellows and browns.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $3.00
Nasturtium – Alaska Mix

Nasturtium, a Peruvian native, has been grown in gardens for a very long time. The shield-shaped leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled. The original nasturtiums were long trailing plants but we are offering two compact varieties. Alaska Mix has variegated foliage marked with creamy white and flowers in a range of reds, oranges, and yellows.

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Price(s): $3.00
Nasturtium – Empress of India

Nasturtium, a Peruvian native, has been grown in gardens for a very long time. The shield-shaped leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled. The original nasturtiums were long trailing plants but we are offering two compact varieties. Empress of India has dark bluish-green foliage with flowers of an intense crimson-scarlet and dates back to the late 1800’s.

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Price(s): $3.00
Pansy – Johnny-Jump-Up

Johnny-Jump-Up is a very small flowered semi-wild pansy. It is an annual or short lived perennial that self-seeds easily. Its cheerful purple, yellow, and white flowers are among the first to appear in the spring and may bloom off and on until frost.

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Price(s): $3.00
Zinnia – Aztec Sunset

Aztec Sunset is under 1′ tall with double flowers in a wide range of colours from yellow and orange to pink and coffee-brown with many bi-colours.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $3.00
Dragon’s Claw Millet

Dragon’s Claw Millet or Finger Millet is a 2’-3’ annual with heads resembling a dragon’s foot. Very decorative but mostly grown as a food crop (millet), especially in Africa and Asia.

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Price(s): $3.00
Blonde Teff

Teff is the basic cereal grain of Ethiopia. The tiny seeds are produced in very loose panicles on slender grass-like plants. Somewhat late maturing here. We are just beginning to grow Teff so have limited information on the two varieties we offer but apparently the brown seeded is the earlier of the two. The colour refers to the seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Brown Teff

Teff is the basic cereal grain of Ethiopia. The tiny seeds are produced in very loose panicles on slender grass-like plants. Somewhat late maturing here. We are just beginning to grow Teff so have limited information on the two varieties we offer but apparently the brown seeded is the earlier of the two. The colour refers to the seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Purple Millet

Purple Millet has deep purple foliage looking like a small corn plant (to about 4’). There are three or more dense purple seed spikes, up to 1’ long, per plant. Young plants are green and full sun develops the best colour.

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Price(s): $3.00
Yarrow – Cloth of Gold

This fern-leaf yarrow, around 3′ tall, is the tallest of the yarrows. The flat-topped golden-yellow flower heads are very large and dry easily. Cold stratify.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2018

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Price(s): $3.00
Red Hollyhock

Red Hollyhock is a tall biennial or perennial with deep burgundy red flowers that likes growing against a wall where it can have some support.

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Price(s): $3.00
Altai Onion

Altai Onion is thought to be the wild ancestor of perennial bunching onions (Allium fistulosum). It forms handsome clumps larger than the cultivated species, with large yellowish-white spherical flower heads.

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Price(s): $3.00
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