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8 species of deciduous shrubs or trees native to eastern Asia with pinnate leaves and pea like flowers in dense branching racemes.

MAACKIA amurensisSummer2244
Amur Maackia18m  Zone: 3
A wonderful and very hardy small,round-headed tree with rich olive green pinnate leaves and attractive bronze coloured bark. The summer flowers are of special interest; white in 10-15cm stiff erect racemes. For loose, well-drained soil, preferably in sun.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $4.25   

As flowering trees, none can surpass the Magnolia. Attractive, bold-textured deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees native to Asia and America. The American species usually bloom after the leaves appear, somewhat diminishing the floral effect. Many of the Asian species bloom before the leaves and are among the showiest. Some also have beautiful and large seed pods in the fall. Most grow best with ample moisture, but well-drained conditions in full sun. Part shade is tolerated, but may reduce flowering. In the North, provide a sheltered site out of prevailing winds.

MAGNOLIA fraseri (Moist Packed) New Late Spring2259
Mountain Magnolia14m  Zone: 5
Native to the southeastern USA, a choice, small, rarely-offered species with warty, brown bark and large leaves, green above, glaucous blue-green below. Very showy large white flowers in late spring. Seed comes specimens growing in Zone 5 in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been moist-packed since harvest. Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A small genus of 3 woodland perennials.

MAIANTHEMUM racemosumSpring2269
False Solomon's Seal60cm  Zone: 3
(Smilacena racemosa) This is a wonderful shade plant native to North American woodlands. Graceful, arching light green foliage carries terminal panicles of creamy white flowers in spring followed by bright red berries in late summer. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   

MAIANTHEMUM stellatumSpring2270
Star-Flowered False Solomon's Seal15-20cm  Zone: 3
(Smilacena stellata) This species grows in moist woods and on the shores of sandy marshes or swamps. It has larger star-shaped white flowers in spring; leaves with a clasping stem and larger berries. Wild collected in Ontario.
20 seeds  $4.00   

This genus encompasses both orchard-type apples and strictly ornamental crabs. All are edible, but crabs have smaller fruit. Many species and a large number of cultivars, varying in flower color from white to deep pink and in fruit size and color from red to yellow to green to fruitless. Most gardeners select crabapples on the basis of the flowers. However, since almost all are attractive, it is more important to select on disease resistance and on fruit display, which can last through autumn and into winter. Native to North America, Europe and Asia, most are deciduous but some are shrublike. All Crabapples are edible and make delicious jelly.

MALUS sargentiiSpring2273
Sargent Crabapple3m  Zone: 4
A beautiful, small, mounded, densely branching and wide spreading shrub with fragrant flowers, red in bud, opening white. The showy fruit is bright red, beloved by birds. This is a wonderful small ornamental crabapple that cannot be overpraised.
Germination Instructions: 3 months cold conditioning, germinating abundantly thereafter.
20 seeds  $4.25   


MARRUBIUM vulgare New Summer3769
White Horehound25-45cm  Zone: 3
Native to Europe. Densely crinkled grey foliage covered in downy hairs. The flowers are white, borne in clusters on the upper part of the main stem. Horehound has been mentioned in conjunction with medicinal use dating at least back to the 1st century BC, where it appeared as a remedy for respiratory ailments.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.00   

A genus of 2 woodland perennials native to eastern North America.

MEDEOLA virginiana (Moist Packed)Early Summer2312
Indian Cucumber Root30-75cm  Zone: 4
Native from Ontario through the Maritimes and south into the USA, growing in moist woodlands. Several nodding, yellowish-green flowers emerge from the center of a whorl of 3 leaves at the top of a slender, unbranched stem. A dark bluish-purple berry follows. The root, which smells was used by native peoples as food. Seed wild collected in Ontario and Maine.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $5.00   

A genus of 2 woody-based twining vines with slender, tangled stems and inconspicuous flowers followed by grape-like clusters of beautiful crescent shaped fruits.

MENISPERMUM canadenseLate Spring to Early Summer2319
Canadian Moonseed3-5m  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America, growing in light shade in fertile, moist soil. Habitats include open deciduous woodlands, woodland borders, thickets, semi-shaded riverbanks, overgrown fence rows, and hedges. Moonseed climbs over adjacent shrubs, the lower branches of small trees, or fences. The beautiful, heart-shaped leaves are dark-green and shiny. 15cm panicles of whitish-green flowers are followed by drupes of round berries, turning from green to bluish-black, each containing a single (crescent-moon-shaped) seed. The fruits are poisonous, and can be mistaken for wild grapes. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.50   

150 species of annuals, perennials and shrubs native worldwide. "Mimulus" means "little mimic" referring to the grinning, open-mouthed flowers.

MIMULUS guttatusEntire Summer2331
Monkey Flower, Wild Lettuce60cm  Zone: 1
Native to north-western North America. A lush, loose, mat-forming (stoloniferous) plant with mid green leaves and bright-yellow flowers with red spotted throats. This species loves sopping, wet places, naturally growing at the water's edge or actually in the water, so is the perfect candidate pond side or in moist streams, quickly forming a dense, weed-smothering mat. Vigorous self-sower. Young leaves are used in salad.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100+ seeds  $3.25   

MIMULUS ringensAll Season2332
Allegheny Monkey Flower30-90cm  Zone: 3
Native to moist or wet places in eastern North America, lovely blue to purple flowers over a long period from summer to fall. Allow to naturalize in a spot where it will receive plenty of moisture, preferably in sun. Lovely. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $4.00   

A genus of two evergreen, trailing plants native to North America and Japan.

MITCHELLA repensJune to July2344
Partridgeberry10-30cm (Prostrate)  Zone: 3
Native to most of eastern North America and perhaps my favorite native groundcover. Patridgeberry grows in moist to dry woods and on rocky outcrops in neutral to acid soil and is a beautiful, delicate, creeping plant with shiny, opposite leaves having a distinctive central white vein. The prostrate stems to 30cm run along the ground in a vine like fashion, rooting at various points and often carpeting an area. Delicate and fragrant flowers are white to light pink, arranged in joined pairs at the end of the creeping stem. These two flowers become fused together to form a solitary, bright red berry, which will stay on the vine until after the blooms appear the following season. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.50   

About 12 species of annual and perennial plants with aromatic leaves and dense heads of flowers in white, red, mauve or purple. Very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in moisture-retentive soil in full sun or part shade.

MONARDA didymaSummer2351
Bee Balm, Oswego Tea90cm  Zone: 3
Aromatic leaves and dense clusters of red flowers. Butterfly and hummingbird plant. Magnificent when well-grown and an excellent plant for northern gardens.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

MONARDA didyma (Color Mix)Summer2352
90cm  Zone: 3
This is a color mix of Monarda---primarily purple and pink, but with a few seeds of the red species colour.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

MONARDA fistulosaSummer2353
Wild Bergamot60-100cm  Zone: 3
Native to North America ranging west into the prairies growing along woodland margins and in meadows on dry soil. Strongly fragrant leaves and pink to lilac flowers. This years seed was wild collected near Calgary, Alberta.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.50   

MONARDA fistulosa var. menthifolia New June-August3760
Mint-Leaved Bergamot30-80cm  Zone: 3
The beautifully aromatic western variant of the species is a shorter, less branched plant, often with a single flower head, the longest petioles seldom over 1 cm. Mauve flowers in summer.
Germination Instructions: Easy warm germinator.
20 seeds  $3.75   

MONARDA punctataSummer2355
Spotted Horsemint45-60cm  Zone: 3
Native to eastern North America, growing in the open spaces of fields, thin woods and on prairies, often in sandy soil. A herbaceous to semi-woody, branched perennial. It is often short-lived in gardens, but should re-seed to perpetuate itself. Small yellow, two-lipped flowers, spotted purple appear in the upper leaf axils and stem ends in tiered clusters, each cluster resting on a flamboyant palette of pink to lavender leafy bracts. The toothed, aromatic, oblong leaves may be used in teas. Long summer bloom period.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $3.75   

MONARDA species mixSummer2354
Bee Balm, Oswego Tea60cm  Zone: 3
A mix of Monarda didyma and it's cultivars as well as M. fistulosa and punctata. Great for naturalizing.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $4.00   


MONOTROPA hypopithysSummer to Fall2359
Pinesap10-35cm  Zone: 4
Native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, but generally scarce or rare, and is endangered in many areas. Unlike most plants, it does not contain chlorophyll; being myco-heterotroph, getting is food through parasitism upon fungi rather than photosynthesis. Thus it is capable of living in very dark conditions, such as the floor of a deep forest, because it does not need any sunlight. It grows with a single unbranched stem; all parts of the plant pale yellowish-white to reddish-tinged. The leaves are reduced to scales, which cover most of the stem. Flowers are pendulous, produced in a cluster at the apex of the stem. This is a plant for the collector, and not easy to propagate. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: The seeds of this plant apparently require a fungal associate to germinate-and it is suggested that you will need to spread the seed on a suitable forest site where pines exist (and the fungus would likely be present).

MONOTROPA unifloraLate Summer2360
Indian Pipe10-30cm  Zone: 1/2
Native to Asia, North America and northern South America; generally scarce or rare across it's range. Indian pipe, has no chlorophyll, so it cannot obtain energy from sunlight. Instead, it gets nutrients from organic matter in the soil. The stems are clothed with small scale-leaves and as its species name suggests, and unlike the related M. hypopitys, the stems bear only a single flower. Like most myco-heterotrophic plants, M. uniflora associates with a small range of fungal hosts and therefore it's propagation is challenging. Wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: The seeds of this plant apparently require a fungal associate to germinate-and it is suggested that you will need to spread the seed on a suitable forest site where pines exist (and the fungus would likely be present).

Evergreen or deciduous shrubs and trees. Alternate, simple leaves are aromatic. Inconspicuous flowers. Round, purplish or grey berries, with a waxy covering, appear in fall.

MYRICA galeEarly Summer2370
Sweet Gale, Bog Myrtle30-60cm  Zone: 2
Native to Europe and North America, growing in bogs and waterside. A small deciduous shrub with grey-green foliage, wonderfully aromatic when crushed. Small, white insignificant flowers are followed by nutlike catkins in fall. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: GA-3 recommended for germination.
30 seeds  $4.25   

MYRICA pensylvanicaSpring2371
Northern Bayberry1-3m  Zone: 2
Native to eastern North America, growing in coastal areas and to my mind, the shrub I most associate with Nova Scotia. This semi-evergreen species (mostly deciduous in the north) has an upright habit and can form colonies in the wild. The deep green, leathery foliage is lustrous and beautifully aromatic, when crushed. Insignificant flowers in spring are followed by ornamental, waxy gray-green fruits, ripening to a chalky blue, used to make bayberry candles. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.00   

One species is grown for its sweetly scented filigree foliage and lacy heads of white flowers

MYRRHIS odorata New Summer2372
Sweet Cicely150cm  Zone: 4
A sweetly-scented voluptuous perennial with delicate, pale-green, ferny foliage. Above it rise flat-topped umbels of white flowers followed by large dark-brown seeds.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $3.25   

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