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LASERPITIUM latifoliumSummer2034
Broad-Leaved Sermountain60-150cm  Zone: 3
Native to much of Europe, ranging north to Finland and east to Russia, growing in light, dry open woods and rocky places in the mountains. Above erect, rigid, finely grooved stems, large compound umbels carry white flowers in summer.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $3.50   

Showy, quick-growing plants, perfectly adapted to trellises, fences or allowed to sprawl as a groundcover on a slope. Easy to grow in any garden soil, giving a good display year after year without attention.

LATHYRUS aureusSpring2042
Golden Pea45-60cm  Zone: 4
A desireable, handsome and unknown member of the non-climbing peas native to eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Turkey. Forms upright, bushy clumps of light green leaves in pairs above which are found the unusual coppery (dusky-orange) pea flowers. Any soil in sun or part shade.
Germination Instructions: Seed has an very hard coat, and sandpapering essential.
12 seeds  $4.25   

LATHYRUS latifolius albus2041
The lovely white form of this perennial species. Limited. Order early.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
12 seeds  $4.00   

LATHYRUS vernus Subtle Hints New Spring3758
I have not seen this variant available elsewhere---the same elegant spring bloomer in delicate pastels.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

Aromatic herb grown as an ornamental for its attractive bloom, handsome foliage and delightful fragrance. Full sun and well-drained soil.

LAVANDULA angustifoliaSummer2052
English Lavender30-60cm  Zone: 4
The classic English Lavender. Purplish-blue flower spikes are held above attractive blue-gray leaves on short, stiff stems. Forms a very dense mounds of aromatic foliage and the blooms will perfume an entire room when used as a cut flower. L. angustifolia is the hardiest of the lavenders. Full sun and well-drained soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   


LEONURUS cardiacaSummer2058
Motherwort60-150cm  Zone: 3
A member of the mint family native to Eurasia, widely introduced in North America with a very long history of use in traditional medicine. The dark-green leaves are oak-shaped and deeply lobed. The pale-pink to purple hairy flowers grow in whorls, alternating up the stem.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   

40 species of perennials and shrubs native to Asia, Australia and the eastern USA with bean-like foliage and small flowers arranged in racemes.

LESPEDEZA cyrtobotryaLate Summer2061
Leafy Lespedeza3m  Zone: 4
(Listed previously as L. bicolor). A Shrub native to Japan with an upright habit and trifoliate leaves. Flowers on current season's growth. Small rosy-purple flowers are borne in short racemes from the leaf axils of the uppermost 60cm of the stems. Best used in the border and treated as a herbaceous plant. For well drained soil, not overly fertile and full sun.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

25 species from Europe and Asia, largely reclassified Chrysanthemums, with daisy flowers, usually white. For full sun and ordinary garden soil.

LEUCANTHEMUM superbum 'Marconi'Mid-Summer2066
Shasta Daisyto 60cm  Zone: 4
This shasta daisy has large semi-double fresh white daisies in summer.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   


LEUZEA rhaponticaJuly-September2071
Giant Knapweed30-120cm
A lovely and rare species from the Alps of Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia and France growing on grassy slopes and in meadows. Above large green foliage, felty and white-gray underneath, strong, thick stems hold large pink to purple thistle-like flowers in late summer. Very limited.
12 seeds  $4.00   

20 species of alpine plants native to mountain meadows and cliffs of western North America and prized by rock gardeners.

LEWISIA nevadensis New Spring-Summer2075
Sierra Lewisia10cm  Zone: 3
Native to western North America. Nestled among thick, succulent leaves are bright white to pink flowers in spring to summer.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.00   

40 species of perennials native to North America with grassy, linear leaves and a dense, long-lasting spike of purple flower heads, opening from the top down. An exceptionally good cut flower and attractive to butterflies. Prefers sandy soil in full sun.

LIATRIS spicataLate Summer2083
Spike Gayfeather90cm  Zone: 3
The most commonly grown species. Rosy-purple flowers in long dense spikes. A butterfly plant.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.00   


LINDERA benzoin (Moist Packed) New Early Spring2160
Northern Spicebush1.8-3m  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America growing in moist spots in bottomlands, woods, ravines, valleys and along streams and at its northern limit in southern Ontario. A broad, rounded multi-stemmed shrub covered with clusters of small, fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, before the leaves emerge. The wonderfully aromatic light-green leaves turn a vivid deep yellow-gold in autumn. Birds feed on the small, brilliant red fruits formed on female plants.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been moist packed to preserve viability. Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $5.00   

The flaxes are dainty perennials, which give an airy feeling to the garden, especially if mass planted. Although some species tend to be short-lived, they pay their rent by flowering prolifically over a long period and re-seeding themselves. Drought-resistant and sun-loving.

LINUM perenneAll Season2163
Perennial or Blue Flax30-60cm  Zone: 2
Delicate and wiry arching stems with lovely and airy bluish-green foliage. Large sky blue flowers, which open on sunny days, usually closing by afternoon. Heat tolerant. Flowers almost continuously the entire gardening season.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   

Large genus of annuals and perennials preferring a rich, moist, spot in sun or the shaded garden.

LOBELIA cardinalisLate Summer2169
Cardinal Flower90-120cm  Zone: 2
Native to eastern and central North America. Reddish-purple stems and bright scarlet flowers in dense spikes. Although hardy to Zone 2, this plant will succumb if not provided sufficient moisture. Requires rich, damp soil in sun or part shade. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: GA-3 recommended for germination.
200+ seeds  $4.25   

LOBELIA dortmanna New Late Summer3747
Water Lobelia70-200cm  Zone: 1
Native throughout Canada,growing in shallow water on sandy, peaty or rocky lakeshores, in pools, and in some kinds of wetlands. Above (usually submerged) linear leaves, erect racemes held above the water carry white, pink or blue flowers.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator
50+ seeds  $4.25   

LOBELIA kalmiiMid to Late Summer2174
Brook, Kalm's Lobelia10-30cm  Zone: 2
A dainty small Lobelia which is an obligatory wetland species. This means it is only found in calcareous (limestone) swamps, fens, boggy meadows, pastures, and wet rock ledges by waterfalls. Its range extends throughout Canada, south to New Jersey and west to Iowa. The plant is delicate throughout; from its slender branching stems, tiny narrow leaves and beautiful small flowers. These are usually a rich pastel purple-blue. The blooms are white throated, attached to the stem by a long stalk, and arranged in loose racemes. Perfect for naturalizing in a damp to wet site. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Requires GA-3 for germination.
500 seeds  $4.25   

LOBELIA siphiliticaLate Summer2171
Great Blue Lobelia45cm  Zone: 4
Native of the eastern USA, its common name refers to the plant's supposed power to cure syphilis. A stately plant, with gorgeous clear blue flowers.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100+ seeds  $3.50   

LOBELIA siphilitica 'alba' New Late Summer2173
60cm  Zone: 4
The lovely white flowered form of Blue Lobelia.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
200 seeds  $3.75   

A large genus of over 150 species and many more hybrids. Usually deciduous erect, or climbing shrubs, widespread in the northern hemisphere with opposite leaves and small, but showy flowers and berries in the fall. Of easy culture and free of serious insects and diseases.

LONICERA dioica (Red Form) New 2193
Although most forms of this species are yellow to orange flowered, our clone (grown originally from wild collected seed) is a beautiful distinct maroon-red, with prominent yellow stamens.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   

LONICERA villosa New Late Spring3724
Mountain Fly Honeysuckle1.5m  Zone: 2/3
A deciduous shrub native to central and eastern Canada growing on rocky barrens or in bogs. Pretty funnel-shaped, pale yellow to creamy white paired flowers in late spring followed by edible, oblong blue-black berries.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment recommended.
20 seeds  $4.25   


LOPHOSPERMUM erubescensSummer to Autumn2198
Climbing Gloxinia1.2-1.8m
(Asarina or Maurandya erubescens) This tender perennial, native to Mexico, is grown as an annual in the north. A strong climber with soft, velvety almost triangular leaves up to 15cm. Large, pink fox-glove-like flowers with white throats produced in summer into autumn. It clings to any support offered by twining its leaf stalks around them, or is happy to trail along the ground.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.75   

A large genus of 300 annual, perennial and shrubby plants. Many are native North Americans but few are cultivated in gardens. The well known border Lupins provide dramatic color to the garden. Pea-like flowers, borne on spikes on top of palm-like leaves. Will rebloom in fall if flower stalks are cut back after flowering. Able to restore fertility to soil by means of nitrogen-fixing nodules. For sun or part shade. All parts of plant are poisonous.

LUPINUS perennisSummer2209
60-90cm  Zone: 2
The form of Lupinus perennis naturalized throughout Ontario (likely a natural cross with L. polyphyllus). Primarily blue, sometimes pink or white flowers in summer. Collected in Quebec.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
30 seeds  $3.00   

About 80 species of widely distributed, cool-season tufted plants with green or white flowers and flat, often arching green leaves. Grow in well-drained soil in a shady site.

LUZULA acuminata New Spring3729
Hairy Woodrush5cm  Zone: 3
A diminutive rush relative native from Alberta east through the maritimes in Canada growing in loose sod-like clumps. The plant has narrow, shiny leaves with soft silvery hairs. Small yellow, green or brown florets appear in spring followed by brown seed capsules. Plants thrive in open woodlands with dappled shade and moist soil. Only a few packs.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

Summer-flowering, old-fashioned favorites, valued in the border and wild garden for their brilliant and profuse display of flowers. Native to the northern hemisphere, some arctic. Tolerant of cold and adverse soils.

LYCHNIS alpinaSpring2230
Alpine Catchfly15cm  Zone: 3/4
Native to Europe with the subspecies americana native to maritime and far-northern Canada. A small, tufted perennial with lance-shaped foliage topped by cymes of bright pink flowers in spring. A pretty and easy plant for the rock garden in full sun and well-drained soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

LYCHNIS arkwrightiiSummer2227
Arkwright's Campion30cm  Zone: 3
Brilliant, eye-catching scarlet flowers. New growth flushed maroon. Sun or light shade. Blooms first year from seed.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.50   

LYCHNIS chalcedonicaSummer2215
Maltese Cross90cm  Zone: 2
Native of eastern Russia. Bears cross-shaped, intense scarlet flowers in dense clusters. The toughest and most persistent species in the genus. An outstanding plant for a sunny or partially shaded location in moist, well-drained soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

LYCHNIS coronariaSummer2218
Rose Campion45cm  Zone: 2
Large luminous cerise flowers borne on stems held high above basal rosettes of silvery, woolly leaves. A short-lived perennial or biennial that perpetuates itself by self sowing. Does well in dry, poor soils.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.25   

LYCHNIS coronaria alba2219
As above, but pure white.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.50   

LYCHNIS viscariaEarly Summer2223
German Catchfly45cm  Zone: 3
Grass-like tufts and long stems bearing clusters of purplish-pink flowers. Long blooming. Drought tolerant and easy. Seed wild collected in Finland.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.00   

About 165 species of annual and perennial plants well adapted to the northern garden. Opposite, whorled leaves and flowers borne in dense or open spikes. Not to be confused with "Purple Loosestrife" which is actually Lythrum. For damp soil in sun or part shade.

LYSIMACHIA ciliataSummer to Early Fall2243
Fringed Loosestrife30-90cm  Zone: 2
The species is native throughout much of North America, growing in low woods, wet prairies, along streams, around ponds and damp thickets. Plant has an upright, delicate, branching habit. This plant gets it name from its bright yellow fringed or toothed petals and the fringe at the base of its leafstalks. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment recommended.
50 seeds  $4.00   

LYSIMACHIA minoricensisSummer2242
Endemic to Minorca in the Balearic Islands, this species was only known from a single location (Barranc de Sa Vall), where it disappeared between 1926 and 1950. Now entirely extinct in the wild and only found in cultivation and seedbanks. Attempts to re-introduce the species into its native habitat have been undertaken since 1959 but have been unsuccessful. Largely grown for its striking variegated foliage, small yellowish-green flowers appear in summer. This is a biennial which should self-sow to perpetuate; although it is likely a good idea to collect some of the seed to give to friends and seed exchanges in an attempt to keep it in cultivation. Likes a cool, shady spot.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   

LYSIMACHIA terrestrisSummer to Fall2239
Swamp Candles30-90cm  Zone: 4
With the poetic and apt name, Swamp Candles, this is a native to eastern Canada, and the northern USA, growing in marshes, moist thickets and on grassy shores. Flowers are starlike and yellow, with a circle of red spots on the petals, clustered on a tall, slender spike. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
30 seeds  $4.25   

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