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ILEX(HOLLY)Family: AQUIFOLIACEAE
Native to temperate and tropical regions of North and South America and Asia. Genus ranges from small shrubs to large trees. Grown for their foliage and showy fruits. Most have beautiful glossy green and alternate leaves sporting sharp spines. For sun or shade.

ILEX verticillataJune1902
Winterberry2m  Zone: 4
Native to humid or wet North American lowlands and borders of deciduous forests and the most widespread of the native hollies. Glabrous, moderately glossy leaves. This deciduous shrub bears insignificant yellow flowers in June which develop into outstanding and showy red fruits, remaining on the branches into winter. In Ottawa, they stay red until Christmas. Both male and female plants required for fruit set. Excellent massed, especially near water and large ponds. Can be grown directly in water, but does equally well in ordinary garden situations. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Requires cold treatment.
30 seeds  $4.00   

ILLIAMNA(WILD HOLLYHOCK)Family: MALVACEAE
7 perennials or subshrubs native to North America with an erect, bushy habit, palmate leaves and flowers in spikes or racemes.

ILLIAMNA remotaAll Summer1907
150cm  Zone: 4
This is a rare and splendid species native to Illinois with an extremely long flowering period. Densely hairy stems and large, deeply lobed greyish-green leaves. This handsome plant bears all summer tall spires adorned with an abundance of delicate, but distinctive rose-mauve flowers. Relatively new to cultivation and highly recommended.
Germination Instructions: Seed requires sandpapering.
30 seeds  $4.00   

ILLIAMNA rivularisAll Summer1906
Mountain Hollyhock120cm  Zone: 4
This native of western North America, from California to BC, is very lovely and garden worthy. The plant has a bush-like habit and very lovely pink saucer-shaped flowers over a long period in summer to fall. Notwithstanding its common name, the flowers, at least to my eye, resemble small pink single roses, more than hollyhocks. Interesting maple leaf foliage. Full sun to light shade. Thank you to Jesse Ritz, who wild collected this for us in the BC interior, at the most northern part of its range.
20 seeds  $4.25   

INULAFamily: COMPOSITAE
A large genus of daisies, native to Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Easily cultivated, low maintenance plant for the sunny border and cutting garden. Large yellow daisy-like flower heads, solitary, or in clusters, often with wonderful, shaggy ray flowers brighten the garden throughout the summer. Moist soil and full sun.

INULA helenium New Summer to Fall1920
Elecampane120-180cm  Zone: 3
Native of Eurasia and naturalized in eastern North America. They are magnificent in flower, with 4" wide yellow flowers on very tall stems. Allow plenty of elbow room.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

IPOMOEA

IPOMOEA quamoclit New Early Summer to Fall3739
Cypress Vine6m
An annual twining vine from the tropical Americas. Tubular scarlet red flowers very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies over ferny foliage.

Photograph: Mike Bensalem
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
12 seeds  $3.00   

IPOMOPSISFamily: POLEMONIACEAE
24 species of perennials and biennials mostly native to North America.

IPOMOPSIS rubraSummer to Late Summer1932
Standing Cypress90-180cm  Zone: 4
Normally grown as a biennial, which perpetuates through self-sowing. Coral-red to salmon trumpets are spotted red and yellow inside, in a long, dense spike, a serious hummingbird attractor. Foliage is wonderful; soft, feathery and twirled. It is impossible to pass the plant without touching. We like to grow this tallish plant at the front of the border for its vertical affect, and also because it is light, airy, and skinny. One should plant a half dozen closely for an incredible show!
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $4.25   

IRIS(IRIS)Family: IRIDACEAE
A large genus of about 300 species widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, inhabiting a broad range of environments from boggy swamps to dry meadows.

IRIS foetidissimaLate Spring to Early Summer1978
Coral Iris90cm  Zone: 5
Native to southwestern Europe and northern Africa, an evergreen iris with long, dark sword-like leaves providing good structure in the garden. Dusky purple and lilac beardless flowers with dark veins appear in late spring to early summer followed in autumn by very ornamental, bright orange seed, which persist on the plant for nearly a month. Best in dappled shade.
Photograph: The Species Iris Group Of North America
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment recommended.
10 seeds  $4.00   

IRIS gramineaEarly Summer1939
Plum-Scented Iris25-45cm  Zone: 3
A variable iris native from Spain to Russia and throughout the Caucasus. Dark-green, erect grassy foliage in dense clumps. The violet-purple blooms are scented like plums and are lovely as cut flowers. The flowers in bloom encircle the foliage at about half-height, a most elegant habit.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.25   

IRIS setosa ssp. canadensisSummer1948
Dwarf Beach Head Iris15-30cm  Zone: 1
Native to coastal areas of north eastern North America. This dwarf form has beautiful lavender blue flowers, the falls with a basal white spot.
20 seeds  $4.25   

IRIS sibirica Early Summer1949
Siberian Iris60-120cm  Zone: 2
Elegant clumps of foliage, attractive throughout the season and deep blue flowers bloom atop hollow, sparsely branched stems. A fine border plants; combining well with other perennials and shrubs. As long as their moisture requirements are met, they will bloom in a wide range of conditions. Tough, reliable plants and generally free of pests and diseases.
Germination Instructions: Germinates over a longish period at warm.
20 seeds  $3.50   

IRIS sibirica (ex Mongolia)1982
1m  Zone: 2/3
This wrongly-named seed from one of Halda's Mongolian collection turned out to be this instead.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $3.50   

IRIS spuriaSummer1950
Butterfly Iris60-120cm  Zone: 3
Native to central Europe to the Near East this is a statuesque iris similar to the siberian, but taller, with broader leaves and larger, beardless blue-purple flowers, which are excellent for arrangements. This elegant species iris is a wonderful choice for the back of the border.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.00   

IRIS tectorumEarly Summer1952
Japanese Roof Iris45cm  Zone: 4
Inherited its common name because traditionally grown on thatched roofs in Japan. However, origin is most likely China. We are extremely fond of this Iris as it appears to thrive in our difficult garden even during demanding summers in much less than ideal spots. The foliage is superb; lime green and swordlike, beautiful in every season. Flat, rich purple-blue flowers face the sky, the falls mottled a deeper purple with jagged white crests.
Germination Instructions: Long, slow germination at warm.
15 seeds  $4.00   

IRIS versicolorSummer1954
Blue Flag Iris30-90cm  Zone: 2
Native to North America growing in moist meadows, marshes, and along streambanks and shores and the provincial flower of Quebec. Blue to purple flowers above erect foliage. Wild collected in Ontario.
20 seeds  $3.50   

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