2014 Seed List - Wild Collected

A choice selection of seeds collected in the Mediterranean region in 2014 with the focus on bulbous plants, especially crocus, fritillaria, colchicum, galanthus and cyclamen. A high degree of confidence is placed on the identification and provenance of all the items on offer and many of these will not be available elsewhere.

Please note that this seed catalogue is now closed, and remains here for reference only.

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Allium

Allium heldreichii

Deep pink, upward facing, long bell-shaped flowers in a dense cone-shape  umbel held on tall stems over neat coiling leaves. Highly ornamental species endemic to a few stations in Northern Greece.         

Late Spring Flowering                 

Mt Olimbos, Pieria, Greece 1200m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Anemone

Anemone blanda

Incomparable woodlander bearing open-faced mid-winter blooms in various shades of blue, occasionally white or bicoloured, over a filigree of dark green leaves.    

Winter to Early Spring Flowering                                                    

Mt Taygetos, Laconica, Greece. 800m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Anemone coronaria

Solitary, saucer-shaped flowers in early spring in shades of red, violet-blue, mauve and also white.  Archetypically a plant of the Greek countryside. The Metamorphosis of Ovid tells that the plant was created by the goddess Venus when she sprinkled nectar on the blood of her dead lover Adonis. Freshly collected wild seed.      

Poros, Argolida, Greece 300m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Anemone pavonina

Brilliant, eye-burning scarlet, saucer-shaped flowers with dark anthers often surrounded by a central white zone. The epitome of a Greek spring collected by us in the braided gullies of the Taygetos Mts.        

Spring Flowering      

Langada Pass, Laconica, Greece 700m.
$4.00
50+ seeds per packet

Arum

Arum creticum

Native to Crete and some of the adjacent islands, and arguably the best in the genus. Elegant, sweetly-scented, butter-yellow spathes surround a deeper coloured spadix and overtop clumps of bright-green sagittate leaves. Huge plants at this site. 

Spring Flowering

Picture by Scott Zona

 

Myriokefala, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 700m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Clematis

Clematis cirrhosa

A winter flowering evergreen climber producing showers of bell-shaped, fragrant, creamy-white flowers speckled red followed by fluffy, silvery seed heads. Its dark glossy leaves are finely cut and tinged to bronze in winter.

Winter Flowering

Sitia, Lasithi, Crete, Greece 400m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Clematis flammula

A characteristic woody climber of the Southern European limestones. Up to 5m. high with large panicles of many, small, fragrant, white flowers followed by silvery seed-heads.

Summer Flowering

Picture by Peganum from Henfield, England

Mt Menalon, Arcadia, Greece 500m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Colchicum

A large and diverse genus that includes autumn, winter and spring flowering species which are superficially similar to crocus in flower shape though restricted in colour from white to pink and rosier hues.  Not given the attention they deserve mainly because many garden hybrids have large flabby leaves.  This list includes some really splendid plants that won’t present this problem to the gardener.

Colchicum boissieri

Slender and elegant, rich pink flowers with contrasting yellow anthers before the leaves in autumn. Stoloniferous

Autumn Flowering

Katara Pass, Epirus, NW Greece 1150m.
$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Colchicum cupani

A widespread dainty autumn flowerer with pale pink to deep purple-pink funnel to star-shaped blooms, and purple-brown anthers. This population has larger flowers and may be a new species.

Autumn Flowering

Picture by Jeffrey Sciberras

Poros, Argolida, Greece 300m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Colchicum haynaldii

An  abundance of medium-sized, pale pink flowers with faint chequering.in autumn. Separated from C. turcicum by Karin Persson using differences in chequering, petal width and shape and leaf size.

Autumn Flowering

Tria Pigadia, Mt Vermion, Macedonia 1000m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Colchicum hungaricum

Diminutive, gem-like species bearing 2 to 3 pink or white goblets with dark anthers in late winter or early spring. Leaves linear to lanceolate and barely emerging at flowering.

Winter Flowering

Lake Aoos, Metsovo, Epirus, Greece 1000m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Colchicum turcicum

A rare wild collection of a seldom offered species. Similar to C. autumnale but readily distinguished from it by its glaucous, wavy leaves and deep crimson-purple flowers, up to 8, in late autumn.

Autumn Flowering

Drania, Thrace, Greece 700m.
$7.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Colchicum variegatum

Strikingly beautiful autumn-flowering species from western Turkey and the adjacent Agean islands. Solid heavily chequered flowers in rich reddish-purple and white with starkly contrasting black anthers followed by neat wavy ground-hugging grey-green leaves.    

Autumn Flowering          

Ambelos, Samos, Greece 1000m.
$7.00
5 seeds per packet

Crocus

A wonderfully diverse genus bearing their goblet or cup-shaped flowers from early autumn right through to spring in a mix of colours and patterns. Here in southern Australia they present no problems germinating and can be easily grown in the garden given sensible planting and soil conditions.

Crocus biflorus subsp. ? biflorus

The most easterly occurring population of what appears to be the Italian species Ruksans considers it a possible new species. Large, richly striped flowers in chestnut-brown on a yellowish or cream ground, some with black anthers.  

 For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/crocus-biflorus-on-rhodes

Winter Flowering

Profitis Ilias, Rodos, Greece. 500m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus biflorus subsp. alexandrii

Currently only known in Greece from this site close to the Bulgarian border. At its best, large, rich violet-blue flowers with snow white inner petals and yellow anthers. Lovely spring flowering race and a rare chance to obtain some authentic wild seed.

Winter Flowering

Mt Falakron, N of Drama, Macedonia, Greece 1100m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus biflorus subsp. melantherus

An endemic race confined to the central and north of the Peleponnese and only one of two autumn flowering species in this group.  Upright goblets always white with variable exterior markings and along with C. biflorus ssp crewii has striking dark maroon anthers.

Autum Flowering

Mantherya, Peleponnese, Greece. 800m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus biflorus subsp. nubigena

Essentially a plant of Western Turkey but occurs on a handful of adjacent Greek islands where it is rare. Lilac-blue spring flowers striped and feathered on the outside with purple. Striking black anthers contrasting dramatically with a yellow throat and orange-yellow stigma.

Winter Flowering

Mt Ambelos, Samos, Greece 800m.
$6.00
8 seeds per packet

Crocus biflorus subsp. pulchricolor

1200m. Rich, violet-blue, yellow-throated spring flowering race native to the damp meadows of the NW corner of Turkey. Large flowers and a tough constitution.

Winter Flowering                                                    

Ulu Dag, Bursa, Turkey 1200m.
$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus cancellatus subsp. mazziaricus

Autumn flowering species with large, highly ornamental blooms dramatically striped and stippled with darker veins and with a dark tube. Widely distributed and highly variable in colour they are always white here in the Pelopponese.

Autumn Flowering

Poros, Argolida, Greece 300m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus cancellatus subsp. mazziaricus

Island race of this widespread subspecies bearing wide, chaliced-shaped,  narrowly waisted flowers in both white and lilac forms with yellow anthers.

Autumn Flowering

Nunnery of Engelistrias, Mt Kirkis, Samos 600m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus cartwrightianus

Spectacular autumn flowers, some in white, others lilac, darkly veined, often with a purple throat and always with massive scarlet styles. Native to southern Attica and the Cyclades in Greece.

Autumn Flowering

Serifos, Cyclades, Greece. 50m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus chrysanthus

A widely distributed species from Albania, the Balkans into central Turkey and here it grows around beech and hazelnut woods in short turf.  Beautiful, bright yellow flowers with large thickly textured segments in late winter.   For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/winters-golden-stars

Winter Flowering

Vikos Gorge, Epirus, Greece 1250m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus chrysanthus

A more easterly population growing near or on serpentine in short turf a “stone’s throw” from populations of Fritillaria epirotica. Same beautiful, bright yellow flowers in late winter.

Winter Flowering

Katara Pass, Metsovo, Epirus, Greece 1200m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus cvijicii

A very local, high altitude species, from the mountains conjoining Greece, Albania and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Large, scented spring flowers in chrome-yellow to orange yellow.  

For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/winters-golden-stars

Winter Flowering

Tria Pigardia, Mt. Vermion, Macedonia 1400m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus fleischeri

Dainty translucent white flowers with brilliant, feathery, scarlet styles in early spring.  Rarely collected island race. Fertile seed very rarely offered.

Winter Flowering

Nea Moni, Chios, Greece 715m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus goulimyi

A first class species bearing elegant lavender flowers on long tubes in autumn. Prolific grower when conditions suit but must have a dry in dormancy. Excellent for naturalising.           

Autumn Flowering                                                                         

Areopolis, Laconia, Greece 300m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus goulimyi var. leucantha

Newly discovered in the Malia Peninsula, this plant has consistently white to very pale lilac autumn flowers that  are much daintier than the type.  A rarely offered collection from the locus classicus.

Autumn Flowering

Foutia, Laconia, Greece, 500m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus hadriaticus

Another striking autumn flowering Greek species found growing alongside C. bif. melantherus here in Virgil’s Ancient Paradise. Glistening white with a hint of deep yellow in the throat and erect scarlet styles. 

Autumn Flowering

Mantherya, Peleponnese, Greece. 800m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus hadriaticus

An unusual collection from the tail end of the Parnon Range. Could be the subspecies parnonicus or an intergrade with the type.

Autumn Flowering

Mt. Kourkoula, Laconia, Greece 1100m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus hadriaticus var. parnonicus

A localized form from the Parnon Range and the Malea Peninsula. Very vigorous variety bearing large, lilac flowers, without a yellow throat in early autumn. Long, deep green leaves with a distinct white stripe. An uncommon plant rarely, if ever, offered for sale.                                                                           

Agios Fokas, Laconia, Greece 50m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds

Crocus laevigatus

Late autumn to winter flower only found in a few stations on mainland Greece and some of its islands.  Variable in flower size, shape and colouring over its range.  These have large white to lilac flowers boldly stripped metallic purple externally. 

Autumn to Winter Flowering

 

Karystos, Evia, Greece. 50m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus niveus

Huge autumnal chalices in either pure white, lilac or bicoloured with a golden yellow throat. An exceptional species making large corms and a good increaser. Uncharacteristically high altitude collection for a species commonly found in the Mani at much lower levels.

Autumn Flowering

Kosmas, Laconia, Greece 800m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus olivieri subsp. balansae

Bright orange-yellow spring flowers are attractively striped or suffused purplish brown on the outside.  Rarely collected so this is a great opportunity for authentic seed.

Winter Flowering

Mt Ambelos Samos, Greece. 1000m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus olivieri subsp. balansae

Same species different island.  Bright orange-yellow spring flowers are attractively striped or suffused purplish brown on the outside.  For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/winters-golden-stars

Winter Flowering

Nea Moni, Chios Greece 715m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus olivieri subsp. olivieri

Widespread spring-flowering type species found in scattered populations below 1500 metres right across the Balkans, Greece and northern Turkey.  Large, bright orange flowers devoid of external markings, open radar dish flat to the sun.  For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/winters-golden-stars

Winter Flowering

Mt Menalon, Arcadia, Greece 700m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus oreocreticus

Rare species only found in the central mountains of Crete. Earlier seed collections have produced mid-lilac to purple autumn flowers, darkly veined on silvery to buff exteriors with scarlet styles.

Autumn Flowering

Mt Psilorits, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1250m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus pallasii subsp. pallasii

Large, pale lilac, sometime almost white, flowers with bright red styles.  Found growing in cracks on flat limestone slabs with iris, fritillaria and Colchicum variegatum.  Will need a dry summer rest.   

Autumn Flowering                                                                          

Mt Ambelos Samos, Greece 1000m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus pallasii var. homeri

Name given to this island race with its dark throat and heavily striped petals. Rare chance for some authentic seed of this little known treasure.

Nea Moni, Chios Greece 715m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus robertianus

Very large pale to deeper lilac-blue flowers with a frilly, orange style. Found only in scattered colonies throughout the Pindos Range and rarely offered. One of the best of the autumnal species.

Autumn Flowering

Efpalio, Dorida, Greece 600m.
$7.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus sieberi subsp. atticus

Type race from the locus classicus rarely collected and thus barely in cultivation.  Restricted primarily to the mountains around Athens it has coarsely netted corms, broad leaves and wholly lilac-blue or violet spring flowers with a yellow throat.    

Winter Flowering

Pendelikon, Attiki-Pireas, Greece 800m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus sieberi subsp. nivalis

Mathew has given subspecies rank to this race growing at higher levels in the Taygetos Mountains. He distinguishes between this and the closely proximate subsp sublimis on the basis of a smooth throat and slight differences in the tunic.  It is the perhaps the largest flowered, consistently darkest and easiest to grow of all the tribe.

Winter Flowering                                         

Mt Taygetos, Laconia, Greece 1000m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus sieberi subsp. sieberi

Beautiful type race, endemic to Crete and rarely seen in gardens. Flowers in spring, white ground variably stippled with purple brush-marks on exterior, orange or deep yellow throat.    

Winter Flowering      

Kallergi Refuge, Omalos, Crete, Greece 1300m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis

Found here in bracken and turf lower down the mountain. Lilac blue flowers with yellow throats in early spring.  The race from most of mainland Greece and much easier than the Cretan type-race.    

Winter Flowering                                                                             

Mt Kajmatchalan, Pela, Greece 1200m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen

Cyclamen crassifolium

A recently described species from the eastern parts of the Peloponnese, the Ionian islands and some of the Aegean islands. Very close to C. confusum with its larger, thicker, fleshy leaves and dark-coloured, scented flowers. Rare offering

Autumn Flowering                                                                            

Pylos, Messenia, Greece. 20m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Cyclamen graecum

Variable and wide-ranging species bearing a succession of shell pink to rosy-pink chubby flowers over a long period in autumn. Here’s a chance to get some wild-provenance seed.    

Autumn Flowering                                                               

Poros, Argolida, Greece 50m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen graecum

Collected just below the old fort almost at sea level. An alternative selection from the opposite end of this species’ range in the Peloponnese.      

Autumn Flowering

Pylos, Messenia, Greece 20m.
$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Dracunculus

Dracunculus vulgaris var. creticus

This is a unique collection of one of the “Holy Grails” of the bulb world. Huge flowers can be wholly white, yellowish-cream or mottled with pink and purple and the spadix can be yellow or black. Stout, mottled stems and pedate, kidney-shaped leaves. For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/scents-and-sensibilities-the-...

Spring Flowering

 

Kamares, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1100m.
$7.00
5 seeds per packet

Euphorbia

Euphorbia segieriana subsp. niciciana

A stunning semi-evergreen perennial spurge, making a spherical bush of radial mahogany stems clothed in whorls of  narrow grey-green leaves and carrying large, flattish umbels of tiny lime-green flowers for months through spring and summer. 

Spring and Summer Flowering

 

Nevrokopi, Macedonia, Greece 500m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

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