2015 Seed List

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

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Allium

Allium caesium

Allium caesium

One of a handful of true blue flowering onions. The intensity of colour varies from brilliant blue to pale blue with a darker stripe, these are borne in large dense umbels on tall stems in mid spring. From Turkestan and a rare offering.

Spring Flowering

$5.00
8 seeds per packet

Allium jesdianum

Large globes of long-lasting lilac-purple florets on tall stems. One of the finest of the large ball-headed alliums and one of the best new garden introductions. Originates from the hot dry lands of Afghanistan and Tadjikistan.

 

Spring Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Allium narcissiflorum

From "high up in the most awesome shelves of the limestone Alps of Piedmont," this is "the glory of its race" according to Farrer. Close clumps of fine foliage & 15cm. stems carrying umbels of erect (not drooping as in A insubricum) sugar-pink flowers.

Spring Flowering

$6.00
10 seeds per packet

Allium protensum

Each umbel  is a huge starburst of numerous pale-purple, green tinged blooms held on pedicels of unequal lengths. Added bonus of beautiful, broad blue-green leaves. A close relative to the well-known A. schubertii, differs in being more compact and is fully cold hardy. Native of Uzbekistan and a very rare offering.

Spring Flowering

$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Allium rosenbachianum

Large, bright purple spherical umbel on 60 cm stems with neat upright greenish leaves. These are tall, stately flowers that make an elegant architectural addition to the early summer garden. This is the first time we have been able to offer seed of this plant.

 

Spring Flowering

$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Allium schubertii

A rare and striking allium bearing a large, loosely spherical cluster of star-shaped florets in rose-pink as big as a soccer ball! Flower head has upwards to 200 florets, each on its own individual pedicel and these vary in length. The overall effect is like a frozen fireworks display.

Spring Flowering

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Allium siculum

Sicilian honey garlic

Tall accent plant for the border. Beautiful bell-shaped, nodding greenish-white flowers with maroon central stripe along each segment. Up to 30 flowers on stems over 1m.

Spring Flowering

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Bellevalia

Bellevalia dubia

Tall spires of loosely spaced bells in spring. The lower ones are a rich caramel hue and top half are the most brilliant ultramarine. This particularly good form is from Sicily and is bone hardy in our hot dry summers.
 
Spring Flowering
$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Bellevalia pycnantha

Tight heads of deep, inky-black, crumpled bells in loose clusters on medium tall stems. tidy leaves but big flower spikes and is one of the chunkiest of all of the species. Strangely and mysteriously beautiful.
 
Spring Flowering
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Bloomeria

Bloomeria crocea

Bloomeria crocea var. crocea

Goldenstar

Airy starbursts of up to 70 flowers on 30cm stems in late spring. Individual blooms are bright yellow with star-like petals, often with broad purple midribs in late spring. One for the collectors.

 

Late Spring / Early Summer Flowering

$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Brodiaea

Brodiaea californicum Pink Form

Cluster Lilies

Numerous stems of large, starry, pink flowers arranged in loose, upright umbels. Flower colour in this species ranges from white through to rich purple and this offering is the most uncommon shade. Beautiful, vigorous and long-flowering, this is a great statement plant for the late spring garden.

Late Spring to Early Summer Flowering

 

$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Calochortus

Calochortus albus

Calochortus albus var. albus

Fairy Lanterns

Several large, pendant, pearly-white fairy lanterns on 30cm stems in late spring. Easy in the garden especially in slightly shaded woodland.

Spring Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet
Calochortus albus var. rubellus

Calochortus albus var. rubellus

Pink Fairy Lantern

A fairy lantern that bears pendant, translucent, ruby-pink open-mouthed bells on 30 cm stems in late spring. This particularly fine population from San Luis Obispo Co. has produced plants that were awarded a PC in the UK in 1995.      

Spring Flowering

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet
Calochortus amoenus

Calochortus amoenus

Purple Fairy Lantern

An exquisite fairy lantern with purple-rose nodding flowers. Pink tinged, broadly winged seed pods are an extra bonus. Limited to the western foothills of the central & southern Sierra Nevada Mts., California. Rarely offered endemic but appears relatively easy to grow.

Spring Flowering

$5.00
10 seeds per packet
Calochortus clavatus subsp. clavatus

Calochortus clavatus subsp. clavatus

Prairie Tulips

Very large, deep bowl-shaped flowers that satiny, golden-yellow and zigzag lined red-brown inside with large red-purple anthers. Late flowering, billiant species which extends the season. Rare offering

 

Summer Flowering.

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet
Calochortus luteus

Calochortus luteus

Prairie Tulip

Large, upward facing, golden bowls marked inside with reddish-brown on tall stems. A gorgeous mariposa tulip from California, which has proven very easy in a sunny well-drained spot in the garden.

 

Spring Flowering

 

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet
Calochortus obispoensis

Calochortus obispoensis

Cat's Ear

Really unlike anything else in the genus. Many small starry flowers on multi-branching 30cm stems. The blooms are feathery and have purple-tipped, yellow segments.

 

Spring Flowering

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Calochortus superbus

Prairie Tulips
Classic mariposa from Mariposa County. Large, glistening white flowers with purple brown blotches and basal markings on tall stems.
$4.00
10 seeds per packet
Calochortus umpquaensis

Calochortus umpquaensis

Prairie Tulips

Large, dramatic, creamy-white flowers blotched maroon-black at the centre. Elegant, blue-green leaves and pendant, winged seed capsules. A classy endemic from Oregon. Crème de la crème!

 

Spring Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Clematis

Clematis tangutica

The Golden Clematis

A vigorous, climbing vine bearing intensely golden-yellow, bell-shaped flowers of great substance throughout late summer, followed by the feathery tufted seed heads. Useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth can be removed each spring to a few pairs of buds near ground level. Native of northern China.

Late Summer Flowering

$3.00
25+ seeds per packet

Colchicum

Colchicum kesselringii

A rare chance for some fresh home-grown seed of one the most distinct and desirable dwarf spring-flowering species. Chalice-shaped, white flowers appear with emerging narrow leaves, each segment striped on the exterior with bronze-purple.

Spring Flowering

Ex Tovil-Dora Range, Tajikistan. 1400m
$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Crocus

Crocus adanensis

Typically pale lilac-blue with a white throat and a scarlet, trfid stigma. The outer petals can be silvery or buff with violet lining at the base. Found only in Adana Province in Southern Turkey, where it grows in open woodland or scrub in a small area NE of Duzice. A very rare offering and only a few packets.

Spring Flowering 

$5.00
5 seeds per packet

Crocus cyprius

Little-known member of the Biflori Series found only from high up in the western Troodos Mountains. Flowers from pale to deep lilac-blue, usually in the form of a thumbprint, with white inner petals and brilliant red-orange stigmas. Very rare offering.

Winter Flowering

$6.00
5 seeds

Crocus gilanicus

Confined to a very small area in the Talysh mountains of Iran this is one of the rarest of crocus. Autumn flowers, similar to Crocus kotschyanus but these are flushed pale pinkish-purple at the tips and often veined with purple. A rare offering and only a few packets available.

Autumn Flowering

$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Crocus imperatii

Inconspicuous buds open to reveal one of the most dramatic spring flowering crocus. Outer petals are buff with various degrees of striping and the inner ones are a sumptuously rich purple. Large flowered, garden-proven species from Italy.

Winter Flowering

$4.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus longiflorus

With its rich, sweet honey scent, large, darkly veined lilac-purple flowers and brilliant orange-red, lolling stigma this is one of the best autumn species. Image supplied by Ian Young.
 
Autumn Flowering
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Crocus napolitanus

Italian Meadow Saffron

Large, deep bluish-purple, goblet-shaped flowers, early in the spring, with darker tips to the petals. This is the Italian mountains representative of the Crocus vernus complex and very rare in cultivation.

Spring Flowering

$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Crocus paschei

Waisted, lilac-blue flowers, silvery or buff outside, with white zones above their yellow throats & trifid, orange-red stigmas, in spring. Similar to both C. adanensis and C. antalyensis. Ex the type-collection, HKEP 90-34, the location of which has been kept a secret. Very rare offering and only a few packets available.

Spring Flowering

$5.00
5 seeds per packet

Crocus veluchensis

 Large, pale to deep lilac-blue flowers, often with darker tips, but without the yellow throat of its close relative, C. sieberi ssp sublimis. Likes it cool and not too dry to do well. Ex Pela, Greece

Spring Flowering

$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Cyclamen

Cyclamen africanum

Cyclamen africanum

This species is very similar to C. hederifolium but with larger, coarser leaves and larger, vertically ascending flowers in autumn. Needs some protection in cold areas. True stock grown in isolation. Rarely offered

Autumn Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen balearicum

An uncommon species found scatered across the Balearic Isles and in a few isolated stations in Mediterranean France. Beautifully marbled, silver-clouded, heart-shaped leaves with beetroot red undersides. Faintly veined, sweetly fragrant, pure white flowers in spring. Naturally small tubers. Dislikes strong sunlight.

Spring Flowering

$7.00
10 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum Dark Pink Flowers/Dark Leaves

New vigorous strain released by us with dark leaves and flowers. Most have semi-double flowers, which flatten out rather than reflex making them look like Mexican sombreros!

Winter Flowering.

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum forma albissimum

A very recently discovered pure white flowering form lacking the dark basal blotch of all the other previous introductions. Round, unmarked, dark green leaves and large flowers. From Israel and the Golan Heights.

Winter Flowering

$6.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum Mixed Forms

The very best of the winter flowerers with its chubby pink or white flowers lighting up the bleakest day. Never fails to bring cheer to the season and great with snowdrops, early bluebells, daffodils and hellebores. Good in containers, in the rock garden or as woodland drifts. Long flowering period and will self sow.

Winter Flowering

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum Silver Leaf

A stunning selection guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning gardener. Bone hardy, large pink flowers in winter and silvery pewter leaves, some with a deep green edge or central “Xmas tree” markings.

 

Winter Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum Silver Leaf Maurice Dryden Strain

White flowering forms of C. coum are very rare in the wild and this Silver Leaf strain was developed from a single plant selected from a batch of nursery-grown seedlings raised by the late Kath Dryden and subsequently named for her husband.  Crème de la Crème! 

Winter Flowering

$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum Silver Leaf Red Robin Strain

A superb selection with wonderful contrasting dark glowing pink flowers over silver leaves with a faint green ribbon on the perimeter. Derived from Kath Dryden's gift of seed back in the 1990s and a much valued treasure.

Winter Flowering

$5.00
10 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum subsp. caucasicum

The most eastern variant of C. coum and a most distinct race. Originally sent from Moscow Botanic Garden and labelled from Abschasica. Overall, these plants throw larger pointier flowers and have heart shaped, boldly patterned leaves.

Winter Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet
Cyclamen coum White Flowers/Dark Leaves

Cyclamen coum White Flowers/Dark Leaves

Snowy-white flowers with a dark pink “nose” hover on tall stems over luminously dark green, circular leaves. A perfect foil for a winter’s day lighting up dark corners and dull spirits.
 
Winter Flowering
$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen coum White Flowers/Marked Leaves

A great new strain bearing chubby, snowy-white flowers with the typical pink nose. These are born over stippled and variously marked orbicular leaves. A wonderful tribe of winter flowers brightening up many a dark corner.

Winter Flowering

$5.00
10-15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen crassifolium Poros

A recently described species found in various stations within Greece. These are from original material collected on the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf. A few only.

Autumn Flowering

$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Cyclamen creticum

A rare species from Crete and the neighbouring island of Karpathos. Purple-backed, heart-shaped leaves are clouded and netted in diffuse patterns of silver and pewter. Bears elegant, snow-white flowers with a twist on tall stems similar to C. balearicum, but of a better substance and shape. Some have a subtle infusion of pink. Naturally small tubers need to be planted away from direct sunlight.

Spring Flowering

$4.00
5 seeds per packet

Cyclamen graecum Album

From the pure white form derived from an original plant selected in the wild by E.& R. Franke. A very beautiful and vigorous variant.

$6.00
5 seeds per packet

Cyclamen graecum Silver Leaf Strain

This species provides an infinitely variable range of leaf forms and patterns. These plants vary from an overall wash of pewter or silver to a strongly silver large central pattern. No two plants are the same! A rare offering in Australia. Few Only

Autumn Flowering

$4.00
5 seeds per packet
Cyclamen hederifolium leaves

Cyclamen hederifolium

An outstanding species, the ivy-leaf cyclamen is very robust and hardy and can adapt to a range of conditions. Large white or pink flowers on tall stems non-stop throughout late summer and autumn. Its beautifully marked leaves make a great ground cover for the rest of the year. Great starter plant for the novice seed raiser.

 

Autumn Flowering

$4.00
15 to 20 seeds per packet

Cyclamen hederifolium Bowles Apollo Strain

This strain originated in the garden of EA Bowles who selected a few plants because of their double silver shield, one within the other. Over the years some variation has crept in, so that the flowers can be either pink or white and the shield make be dark with a silver edge. Most of the offspring will have the double shield but some roguing out may be necessary. Overall the leaves are on the silvery spectrum and very lovely.

Autumn Flowering
 

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen hederifolium Long Leaf Form

Extra long leaves provide an additional architectural quality to this variety. Looks like a miniature version of the shells of the Fingernail Clam! Another great strain from this wonderful species.

Autumn Flowering

$4.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet
Cyclamen hederifolium Lysander

Cyclamen hederifolium Lysander Strain

Derived from the original material collected in the Taygetos Mountains, in the Peloponnese, close to Sparta, and named for a Greek Hero from the ancient city. Deeply serrated, silvery leaves picked out in darker shades which futher accentuates this pattern. Flowers can be pink or white. First time offered in Australia. Few Only.

Autumn Flowering

$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen hederifolium Silver Leaf Strain

An especially fine strain with broad arrow-head shaped leaves washed in silvery pewter, some faintly marked in sage green. A lovely foil to early flowering crocus, like C. goulimyi and C. niveus.

Autumn Flowering
$5.00
10 to 15 seeds per packet

Cyclamen hederifolium Silver/Long Leaf

In this strain the silvery leaves are an extra long arrow shape and distinct from the "normal" silver leaf strain also on offer. Great chance to obtain something a little special. Few Only.

Autumn Flowering
 

$4.00
5 seeds per packet

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