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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Fritillaria

Currently the celebrity genus amongst dwarf bulb enthusiasts at present and this is probably because so many species have been brought into cultivation recently. These are fascinating plants with much to teach to the enthusiast on the art of growing, enjoying and understanding wild species.

Fritillaria acmopetala

Round-shouldered, elegantly waisted bells, usually in yellow-green with brown central shading, shiny green interior. A lovely thing, about 40cm. high, and one of the easiest in the open garden.

Spring Flowering                                   

ex Nur Dag, Hatay, Turkey 1200m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria argolica

Handsome species bearing 1 or 2 large bells in garnet red and caramel, which are stippled or striped green and gold. Early flowerer with tall stems and greyish green leaves.  For further discussion see http://hillviewrareplants.com.au/ramblings/hydra-fritillaries-and-the-monk

Spring Flowering

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

Fritillaria bithynica

Under Castanea in leaf-soil on mica-schist. Glaucous, yellow-green bells, yellower inside. Beautifully winged capsules in pink, green and white. The island races of Samos & Chios are little-known.    

Spring Flowering                               

Mt Ambelos, Greece, Samos. 700m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria carica

Essentially a Turkish native finding a home in some of the adjacent Greek Islands. Occupies higher, more exposed areas on the same mountain as F. bithynica.  This robust population is little known in cultivation and bears clear yellow bells and dark nectaries. 

Winter and Spring Flowering   

Mt. Ambelos, Samos, Greece 1000m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria davisii

Another Greek endemic found only on the very end of the middle ‘prong’ of the southern Peleponnese.  Deep chocolate bells, sometimes with a soft darker chequering over bright green shiny leaves. Taller, more robust population than those further down the Mani at Porto Kagio.

Winter and Spring Flowering

Kalou, Laconia, Greece 100m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria ehrhartii

Bloomy, yellow-tipped, grape-black bells that glow to ruby in the spring light. A native to a few sites in southern Euboea and the Cyclades and rarely offered as authentic wild seed.   

Winter and Spring Flowering                                           

East of Karystos, Evia, Greece 100m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Fritillaria epirotica

Fat, purple-brown bells, lightly tessellated with yellow-green held almost prostrate between thick, twisted, grey-green leaves. Elongates its stem as pinkish-grey seed head develops. Wild seed rarely offered.    

Spring Flowering

Metsovo, Epirus, NW Greece 1500m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria graeca subsp. thessala

A robust species bearing elegant, greeny-yellow bells striped and faintly chequered in terracotta red, on tall stems. Larger than the type and a much easier and more useful plant in the garden. 

Spring Flowering                         

Bourazani, Konista, Greece 700m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria lusitanica

The variable fritillaries of the Iberian peninsula are all currently  unsatisfactorily 'lumped' under this name. These are around 30cm high with wide bells, flaring at their mouths, in shades of brown with central, yellow-green stripes down each segment. 

Spring Flowering                            

ex Alan Edwards coll. Sierra de Cazorla, Jaen, Spain
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Fritillaria messanensis subsp. messanensis

The classic form of this species with its upper leaves in a whorl of 3 above nodding bells, variably chequered purple-brown on a smoky blue-green ground. Rarely seen in the Peloponnese and known from only a handful of stations.

Spring Flowering

Stavropigio, Messinia, Greece 500m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Fritillaria messanensis subsp. sphaciotica

Kamari classifies the Cretan race as a separate subspecies. It is more slender than the type with longer leaves that are shaded, along with the stems, purplish green.     

Spring Flowering                  

Kedros, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1000m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria obliqua

A rare endemic now confined to a few stations around Athens. This offering originates from a genuine mainland collection. Similar to F. tuntasia but differs in its fewer flowers and the arrangement of its leaves. Grape-black, bloomy bells and glaucous grey leaves.

Spring Flowering

Marathon, Attiki-Pireas, Greece 100m.
$8.00
10 seeds per packet

Fritillaria pelinaea

Rarest of the yellow-flowering Greek species and only described in 1979. Clear yellow bells are held on strong stems, broadly ovate lower leaves in glaucous green, somewhat fleshy and opposite. Rarely offered and a chance to obtain authentic seed. 

Spring Flowering                    

Mt Pelineo, Chios, Greece 700m.
$6.00
5 seeds per packet

Fritillaria pontica

Widespread throughout Thrace and northern Turkey this species produces big, fat bells in apple green, tinged with terra cotta to pink at the tips.  Rewarding species for the novice and very useful in the open garden.     

Spring Flowering

ex Dadia, Thrace, NE Greece 500.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Fritillaria sibthorpiana enginiana

Differs from the type in having 4 leaves (rather than 2) and dull yellow to greenish yellow flowers. Described in 1995 from ranges inland from the Marmaris Peninsula. Visited the locus classicus in 1999 and found it completely destroyed by forestry operations.     

Spring Flowering            

ex JCA 502.820 NE of Marmaris, Mugla, Turkey 1450m.
$5.00
5 seeds per packet

Galanthus

Galanthus reginae-olgae

A beautiful little snowdrop flowering quite early in autumn usually before the leaves appear. Grows here under plane trees in amongst sheets of Cyclamen rhodium ssp peleponnesiacum.      

Autumn Flowering                

Lagada Pass, Lakonia, Greece 700m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. vernalis

This is a predominantly Greek, midwinter snowdrop, flowering in the wild from October into spring. A rare offering growing here under hazelnuts and beech in the “stone forests” along the Vikos Gorge.       

Spring Flowering

 

Monodendron, Zagori, Greece 1100m.
$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Gladiolus

Gladiolus italicus

Up to 15 pinkish-purple flowers on 1 metre stems over clumps of neat sword-like leaves. Vernally moist sites drying out during summer. Delightful garden plant.     

Spring Flowering      

Picture by Lucarelli at Livorno                                                                                            

Kamares, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1100m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Helleborus

Helleborus cyclophyllus

The “Greek Hellebore” whose locus classicus is Mt Olympus. This is authentic, fresh seed from a wild collection made by us further west in the Zagori region. Clusters of big, clear-green flowers and lovely silvery-haired, emerging foliage during the winter.   

Winter to Spring Flowering

Picture by Peter Billinghurst, Mount Parnassos.                                          

Monodendron, Zagori, Greece 1100m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Helleborus vesicarius

The green, bell-shaped flowers are shaded purplish to chocolate brown on the outside and produced in late winter to early spring. These are followed spectacular highly inflated fruiting capsules which are the most showy feature of the plant. Seed germinates irregularly and the cucumber-like seedlings usually go dormant without producing true leaves. This first-year, dormant roots can be lost through over-drying & this is the most critical period. A challenge but a rare opportunity to obtain fresh wild seed.      

Winter to Spring Flowering

Picture by Tom Mitchell             

Hills between Gaziantep & Sakcagoz, Gaziantep, Turkey c. 1000m. Tom Mitchell coll.
$5.00
8 seeds per packet

Hermodactylus

Hermodactylus tuberosus

Irresistible, green and velvety-black iris of the Mediterranean. Fragrant tuberous-rooted, summer-dormant species bearing its quietly exotic, fragrant blooms in winter. Easy in the garden and an excellent cut flower.

Winter and Spring Flowering.

Poros, Argolida, Greece 100m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Iris

Iris sari

A robust Turkish endemic is widely distributed but is restricted to very local populations. Some find it one of the easier members of this difficult Oncocylus section to cultivate. Both standards & falls are veined with deep maroon on a straw-yellow ground. A large signal-patch of velvety maroon-black stains the falls below the cream to deep yellow beard of dense, short hairs. A beautiful species and worth every effort.    

Spring Flowering

Picture by C T Johansson

W of Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey 800m. Tom Mitchell coll.
$7.00
5 seeds per packet

Iris unguicularis var. creticus

Densely tufted evergreen species to 30 cm tall, with long, tapering, deep-green leaves. Richly coloured, scented, winter flowers in purple or violet-blue variably stippled and splashed with white and egg-yolk yellow on falls.   

Winter Flowering                                                             

Kedros, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1000m.
$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Lunaria

Lunaria rediviva

Perennial Honesty is an exceptionally beautiful plant. It has a simple grace with tall stems clothed in fresh green, heart-shaped leaves. Its cross-shaped flowers are pale lavender and sweetly scented. These are followed by elliptical, silvery seed-heads.       

Spring Flowering                                     

Ioannina Island, Ioannina, Greece 470m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Muscari

Muscari botryoides

Bright blue showy clusters of nodding spherical or urn-shaped flowers arranged in a conical florescence on upright flower stems. Neat strap-like basal leaves. Sheets of these growing about this medieval monastery that clings to the cliff of Vikos Gorge.

Spring Flowering

Moni Paraskevi, Epirus, Greece 900m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Muscari comosum

Wild collection of the Tasselled Grape Hyacinth, a large and beautiful Mediterranean species bearing sterile bluish-violet flowers with fringed corollas which form a tuft above the fertile ones. A must for beginners!         

Spring Flowering                 

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

Ornithogalum

Ornithogalum exscapum

A dwarf, Mediterranean species with almost stemless inflorescences of white flowers, striped with green on the backs of the segments, sitting on the ground.

Spring Flowering                                                                     

Mt Timfi, Ioannina, Greece 800m.
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Ornithogalum narbonense

Clusters of  upwards of 25 star-shaped, milky white flowers held in a pyramidal raceme in spring. Erect stems to 50cm clothed in lance-shaped leaves. Good as an accent plant or a cut flower.      

Spring Flowering                         

Kamari, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 800m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Pancratium

Pancratium maritimum

This is the legendary Sea Daffodil a bulbous species native to both sides of the Mediterranean region. Brilliant white, trumpet-like flowers in an umbel in the autumn over strappy, glaucous leaves. Can be grown in ordinary garden soil if kept slightly moist.         

Spring Flowering          

Picture by Stemonitis       

Stavros, Chania, Crete, Greece 20m.
$4.00
6 seeds per packet

Primula

Primula vulgaris

True wild species found growing on vertical moist rocks in muted light these plants form huge rosettes of crinkly, mid-green leaves and bears dense sprays of large lemon-yellow flowers with bright orange throats.

Winter to Spring Flowering

 

Langada Pass, Lakonia, Peloponnese, Greece 700m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Primula vulgaris

Another wild collection from much further north near the Albanian border, growing in wet soaks under beech. Lovely robust plants.

Winter to Spring Flowering

Mt Timfi, Ioannina, Greece 800m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Ranunculus

Ranunculus asiaticus Pink Forms

Known as the Turban Buttercup or Persian Buttercup. Popular ornamental plant with many forms in cultivation. In the wild it is occurs variably in yellow, red and white, or sometimes pink. Here is a chance to grow some wild fresh seed.

Spring Flowering

Plakias Bay, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 100m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Ranunculus asiaticus White Forms

The classic white form not as readily seen in cultivation. Cup-shaped flowers with sparkling white overlapping petals and a dramatically contrasting black central boss. On Crete this species seems to occur in uniformly discrete colour forms except for some populations where white and pink mingle.

Spring Flowering

 

Imbros Gorge, Imbros, Crete, Greece 600m.
$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Romulea

Romulea bulbocodium

A widespread, extremely variable, Mediterranean species. Grassy leaves & big rich-violet crocus-like flowers with yellow throats held on short wiry stems in spring.  Beautiful addition to the rock garden or if grown in pots.

Winter Flowering

Picture by Antonio, Mijas, Spain.

Anogia, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1000m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Salvia

Salvia fruticosa

Open, upright, silver-green bush to 60cm from which arise whorls of pinkish-lavender flowers on tall stems. Perennial sub-shrub long valued for its beauty as well as its medicinal and culinary uses.    

Spring to Summer Flowering                        

Kardamili Gorge, Messenia, Greece 250m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Salvia pomifera

Dense whorls of large pale blue to lilac blue flowers with with papery, fuchsia-coloured bracts throughout spring. A branching, shrubby plant bearing very aromatic, silvery-green leaves and chubby reddish green galls. The creme de la creme Mediterranean species.        

Spring to Summer Flowering

Picture shows flowers minus their stunning bracts.                                             

 

Agios Fokas, Lakonia, Peloponnese, Greece. 20m
$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Salvia verbenaca

Fabulous form of the commonly known Wild Clary Sage or Vervain, producing many whorls of milky-blue to bluish-purple flowers on tall spikes that rise above neatly crimped, spatula-shaped leaves.       

Spring to Summer Flowering                           

Dadia, Thrace, Eastern Greece 600m.
$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Scabiosa

Scabiosa hymettia

Large hummocks of soft silvery leaves, studded with large, pale-blue to blue-violet flowers on slender stems throughout spring and summer. Rare and choice Greek perennial.      

All Year Round         

Mt. Kourkoula, Laconia, Greece 700m.
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Scilla

Scilla bifolia

Small very early flowering spring race with vivid, almost crystalline blue, pink or white blooms with navy blue anthers on short spikes.    

Winter Flowering      

Kajmatchalan, Pela, Greece 1700m.
$3.00
10 seeds per packet

Smyrnium

Smyrnium perfoliatum

Clouds of airy, green-gold, thistledown flowers held above flat, shield-shaped leaves which decrease in size as they climb the angular flower stem. These are a fresh acid green, pinkish on their edges. A flower arranger’s dream and a must for a woodland or border.        

Spring to Summer Flowering    

 

Kedros, Rethymno, Crete, Greece 1000m.
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Tulipa

Tulipa cretica

Beautiful Cretan endemic bearing exquisite pale to rose pink cup shaped flowers on 15cm stems very early in the season. Leaves coiled and prostrate. This low altitude collection should present no problems.

Winter Flowering

Picture by by Leif Stridvall

Chorafakia, Chania, Crete, Greece 100m.
$4.00
25+ seeds per packet

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