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A small genus of summer-flowering perennials native to North America that bear large daisylike rose, purple and yellow flowers with cone-shaped centers.

ECHINACEA Pow Wow (White) New Summer to Frost1412
50-60cm  Zone: 3
A seed selection producing wide, overlapping, reflexed white petals on a compact plant flowering from early summer to frost on well-branched plants, each producing more flowers. Will bloom first year if started early.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.75   

ECHINACEA purpureaSummer-Fall1405
Purple Coneflower60-150cm  Zone: 3
Sturdy stems support huge pinkish-purple flowers with drooping rays protruding from raised disks. Butterfly plant. It is a very easy, low maintenance plant that should be in every garden. Blooms for almost 9 weeks in late summer!
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

A genus of 40 plants native to Europe, western Asia, Africa and the Canary Islands.

ECHIUM russicum (Dwarf Form) New Summer1432
10-15cm  Zone: 2
(Formerly listed as Echium amoenum). This striking plant forms a rosette of coarsely hairy leaves from which emerge thick flower spikes clothed in a myriad of burgundy-red blooms. For full sun and ordinary soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $4.25   


ELEAGNUS multiflora (Moist Packed) New Mid Spring1443
Gumi, Cherry Silverberry2-8m  Zone: 4
Native to China, Korea and Japan. A deciduous shrub or small tree with a vase-like shape becoming smothered with small, fragrant yellowish-white flowers in spring. These turn into edible, extremely showy red berries.

Largely unknown in North America in the edible landscape; this fast-growing species can be pruned to form a dense hedge and could be cultivated on a commercial scale. Not invasive like many in the genus.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $5.00   


ELEOCHARIS obtusa New 3752
Blunt Spikerush50cm  Zone: 3
Widely distributed across Canada, this is an annual spikesedge growing in wet areas such as riverbanks and moist forest floors. Green cylindrical stems hold rounded or oblong spikelet containing the flowers, each covered by an oval-shaped brown bract.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $3.75   

About 30 deciduous, often bristly or prickly shrubs or trees native to Asia with flowers in umbels and black fruits in drupes. Formerly Acanthopanax.

ELEUTHEROCOCCUS sessiliflorusEarly Summer1446
2m or taller  Zone: 4
Native to northeast Asia, an arching shrub with corky stems. Elegant three or five-foliate leaves, doubly serrate and sparsely hairy below. The inflorescences are rounded crowded umbels of dark purple flowers, followed by an abundance of inky-black globose fruit.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

A genus of 38 shrubs, annuals and perennials native to Asia and Africa with flowers in dense panicles.

ELSHOLTZIA stauntoniiLate Fall1449
60cm  Zone: 4
Native to China, a little-known semi-woody and branched subshrub flowering reliably late in the season (September-October) carrying panicles of pink flowers at the end of the stems. Blooms on new wood, so can be cut down entirely each spring and will reach flowering size that same season, not unlike Buddleja. Foliage is wonderfully fragrant. May flower first season.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $4.25   

About 150 species of annual and perennial grasses with flat leaf blades and bristly flowers. Valuable for their blue foliage.

ELYMUS ripariusJuly-September1456
Riverbank Wild Rye120cm
Native to eastern North America, a cool season grass for shade or part shade and particularly good for erosion control in moist areas. The dark green foliage grows actively early in the season. Moderate seeding will help in further establishment. Limited.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $3.75   


ERANTHIS hyemalis (Moist Packed)Very Early Spring1471
Winter Aconite12cm  Zone: 3
A very hardy species native to southern Europe. It emerges very early, about the same time as Galanthus. The cup-shaped, upward-facing, bright yellow flowers are subtended by a collar of leaf-like bracts. A true harbinger of spring, these rugged plants often send their shoots up through snow. Lobed, basal, green leaves emerge after the flowers.
Germination Instructions: Germinates in a warm-cold-warm pattern. Has been moist packed since harvest as an aid to germination.
25 seeds  $4.75   

A large genus of low much-branched woody evergreens ranging from prostrate subshrubs to trees native to South Africa, the Mediterranean and northern Europe. They have small, narrow leaves arranged in whorls. Also known as "heaths".

We are grateful to Jill Covill of Bunchberry Nursery in Upper Clements, Nova Scotia for allowing us to collect seed from her wonderful collection.

ERICA spiculifoliaEarly Summer1478
Spike Heath10-15cm  Zone: 4/5?
Formerly Bruckenthalia spiculifolia. Native to the Balkans. A compact evergreen shrub with dark green, needle-like foliage and pink flowers held above the plants in short compact spikes. An early season bloomer sometimes reblooming in fall. Perhaps the hardiest of the heaths. Needs good drainage,sun and acid soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50+ seeds  $4.25   

A small genus of 20 grass-like plants bearing soft tufts of cotton-like flowers in summer.

ERIOPHORUM virginicumSummer1491
Tawny Cotton-Grass60-120cm  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America; and a lovely sight in the wild, inhabiting wet meadows and bogs. It is a tufted plant with fibrous roots, and usually the last species to bloom in our area. The densely wooly cotton balls are a unique light-reddish-brown. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.00   

Sadly neglected by North American gardeners, the long-flowering sea-hollies bear round flower heads of blue, green or white surrounded by a decorative, shiny bract. They thrive in full sun and poor soil and are excellent cut or dried.

ERYNGIUM amethystinum New July-Frost1503
Amethyst Sea Holly60cm  Zone: 3/4
Native to the Balkan peninsula and Aegean region. The true species is rather elusive in cultivation. A very beautiful plant, with long, pointed bracts surrounding the deep amethyst-blue flowers; forming a bushy, branching low clump. We grow a particularly good form with very intense colouring. This has become our favorite Sea Holly because of its compact size, hardiness, and very, very long season of bloom, as it slowly turns from green to grey to deep blue.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.25   

ERYNGIUM giganteumMid Summer1498
Giant Sea Holly90cm  Zone: 3
Extraordinary sea holly with strong stems and silvery blue foliage. Large flower heads with a spectacular frill of dramatic, silvery-blue bracts. Short-lived perennial, treated as a biennial. Will perpetuate through self-sowing.

Photograph: Kurt Stueber
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $3.50   

A genus of 80 annual or perennial plants, often woody-based with narrow leaves and often fragrant flowers in corymbs.

ERYSIMUM pieninicumJune-July1512
Pieniny wallflower30-100cm  Zone: 4
A biennial endemic to Poland, where it is a red-listed, protected species. Yellow flowers top grey-green, hairy foliage.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

An American genus, the best species of which are wonderful garden subjects. They form large bushy plants with flower heads in purple, rose or white, grouped into corymbs.

EUPATORIUM rugosumFall1554
White Snakeroot60-120cm  Zone: 3
Slender, branching stems clothed in toothed leaves with brilliant white flower heads grouped into flat-topped corymbs. Appreciated in the late summer garden, when whites are rare. The most attractive and widely-grown of several white-flowered Eupatoriums. Will flower the first season. Wild collected in Rideau Township, Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50+ seeds  $3.50   

4 deciduous and showy shrubs from China. Very early to leaf out in spring. The expanding flower bud looks like a pearl, therefore the common name. Full sun in ordinary soil. Can stand an amazing level of drought and neglect.

EXOCHORDA macrantha ex 'The Bride'Spring1564
90-120cm  Zone: 4
A shrub of great beauty producing racemes of flowers from every bud on the previous year's growth. 'The Bride' is a particularly compact and bushy shrub. Even if you end up with a taller plant, you will still have an outstanding addition to the garden.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $4.25   

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