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100 species of summer to fall-flowering plants of great importance. Native from asiatic mountains to the Appalachians. The common name refers to the hooded, or helmet-shaped flowers, borne in erect racemes. Dark, delphinium-like leaves. For moist well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. All species are poisonous.

ACONITUM species -Small, White (Moist Packed) New Early Summer3779
45cm  Zone: 3
A floriferous, small species resembling A. lycoctonum ssp. vulparia except significantly smaller and blooming in early summer. Spikes of creamy flowers with yellowish tips.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been moist packed to preserve viability. Cold treatment required.
20+ seeds  $5.00   

Derives its common name from the very poisonous berries. Genus is comprised of 8 species of elegant perennials native to rich moist woods in the North Temperate zone with large compound leaves, small white flowers in racemes and showy, oval, glossy berries in the Fall. Baneberries are woodland species and do well in shady locations, particularly in moist, humus-rich soil.

ACTAEA rubra (Pink) New Late Spring to Summer113
45cm  Zone: 3
A beautiful pink clone of the species originally found in the wild in Nova Scotia.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

A large genus with upwards of 700 bulbous species native throughout the northern hemisphere. Many are beautiful ornamentals.


Many species of Allium requiring cold treatment can be sown in late summer to early fall, with pots kept outdoors until late fall to early winter. This short, superficial cold treatment is often enough to have seedlings sprouted before the onset of winter; which can then be brought indoors and grown on.

ALLIUM atropurpureum New Summer190
60cm  Zone: 3
Although beginning to show up from the Holland bulb trade, this very showy east European native is not yet widely available. Flowers are up-facing domes of a luscious wine-red, each individual bloom containing hundreds of tiny blossoms. The long-lasting flowers are beautiful in the border or in dried arrangements. Very limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.00   

ALLIUM caeruleum New Mid Summer188
30cm  Zone: 2
Native to bleak areas of Siberia. This is a showy small Allium with grass-thin foliage and globular flower umbels of deep sky blue with excerted stamens. Easily grown in a dry spot, or in ordinary soil with good drainage. Full sun.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   

ALLIUM carinatum ssp. pulchellum album New Mid summer189
30-45cm  Zone: 3
The beautiful pure white flowered form of the species. Open pollinated.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.00   

ALLIUM flavum tauricum mix New Summer216
15-20cm  Zone: 3/4
The well known Allium flavum is a yellow flowered species, but the lesser known Turkish variety tauricum has flowers that are tinged with other colors in a variety of pastel shades. This is a mix of various colours which we are happy to have back in our list.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.25   

ALLIUM flavum tauricum Pink New 3784
Selected from Allium flavum tauricum mix, this is a beautiful pink form.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

ALLIUM moly New Summer183
15cm  Zone: 3
Native of southern Europe. References to this species can be found in Homer's Odyssey as the "moly" who safeguarded Ulysses. Wide, flat leaves and starry golden yellow flowers in umbels. Quick to increase and will naturalize if happy. Flowers in one year from seed and will tolerate semi-shade. Very limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.00   

ALLIUM obliquum New Summer194
75cm  Zone: 3
The flowers of this rare species from Romania to northwestern China are an unusual shade of acid-yellow carried in a tight umbel on top of tall stems. Tolerates heavy soil and summer moisture. Full sun to light shade.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
25 seeds  $4.25   

ALLIUM paniculatum New July217
30cm  Zone: 3
Allium paniculatum is a variable species in terms of size with a range of flower color from white, pink, red, yellow and green. It flowers later than many Allium and is a joy to have in the July garden. Seed is from one of our taller beautiful light pink clones. Very limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.00   

ALLIUM victorialis New Summer218
Victory Onion, Alpine Leek30-50cm  Zone: 3
Native from Europe to Asia and a rarely grown Allium notable for it's shade tolerance. The wide foliage is wonderful even when not it bloom and the spherical heads of white flowers outstanding. Very limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out


ARCTOSTAPHYLOS uva ursi New Spring431
Kinnikinnick5-15cm  Zone: 2
A beautiful, evergreen mat-like shrub, growing on rocky outcrops and the floor of open woods. Small, leathery leaves and long, trailing stems with brownish-red peeling bark. Flowers are urn-shaped, pink to white followed by brilliant red, dry berries. A wonderful groundcover for a sunny, open space. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   

Natives of western North America and bulbous relatives of the lily. Occur naturally in rich meadows, wet in spring, dry in summer. Beautiful and highly underused garden plants. They produce grassy, lance-shaped foliage and long, erect flower stems bearing star-shaped flowers in blue, purple, white or cream. Tolerate some shade, but perform better in full sun and moist spring soil.

CAMASSIA scilloides New Early Spring672
Eastern Camas, Wild Hyacinth30-50cm  Zone: 5
Native to eastern North America, growing in open woods, meadows and prairie. Keeled, linear, grass-like foliage. Open spikes of 6-petalled violet-blue starry flowers in early spring. While it will endure deep shade, best in an open spot in the woodland garden; or in sun. Wild collected in Ohio.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.25   


With some exceptions, Clematis seed are not long lived, even in optimum storage. During early to late fall of each year, we revise our listings, removing all stock from the previous season, and slowly replacing it with fresh seed, as it becomes available.

As I know many of you wait for the Clematis each season, rest assured that the list will continue to grow from October through December, with the same process repeating itself each season. Check back regularly, or write to ask about future availability of particular species.

CLEMATIS ochroleuca New Early Summer936
Curly Heads30-45cm  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America, found along the Atlantic Coast from New York, southward to Georgia; growing in dry, rocky forests or on sandy grasslands. This rarely available bush Clematis is topped in late spring to early summer with hairy creamy-yellow to violet-blue urn-shaped flowers. Curly-headed seeds puffs follow. I am very grateful for this wild collection from North Carolina.
Germination Instructions: Germinates at an extended period at warm.
12 seeds  $4.50   

About 45 species of mostly deciduous shrubs or small trees, native to North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

CORNUS alternifolia (Moist Packed) New Early Summer1044
Pagoda Dogwood5-8m  Zone: 3
Native to eastern North America. The distinctive, tiered branching habit of Cornus alternifolia will add a touch of elegance to your garden. Pagoda dogwood is a suitable tree for small- to medium-sized gardens and is more disease resistant than many other dogwoods. It has lacy white flowers which ripen to bluish-black berries in mid summer. Vibrant fall color begins with burgundy hues that turn bright red with yellow toward the interior of the tree. Pagoda dogwood is attractive in woodland gardens; its low, wide form makes it ideal for screening as well. The winter garden reveals its attractive branching pattern. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $5.00   

CORNUS rugosa New Early Summer1053
Round -Leaved Dogwood3m  Zone: 3
Native to eastern North America growing on sandy, gravelly, or rocky slopes. An upright shrub with warty branches. Stems are first green, then turn purple. Broadly ovate, pointed leaves. Flat-topped clusters of creamy-white flowers bloom in early summer followed by pea-sized, light blue fruit maturing in late summer, which are usually quickly eaten by birds. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.00   

A genus of 100 carnivorous plants with a cosmopolitan distribution.

DROSERA rotundifolia New Summer1383
Round-Leaved Sundew15cm  Zone: 3
A small, insectivorous plant with a wide distribution. Most often grows in bogs, but also swamps, rotting logs, mossy crevices in rocks, or damp sand along stream, lake, or pond margins. Leaves are in a basal rosette, lying flat on ground; the upper surface covered with reddish, glandular hairs tipped with a sticky, secretion resembling a dewdrop that traps insects, hence its name. Small, white to pinkish flowers in a one-sided raceme, only opening in sunshine. For a wet, organic, acid soil low in nutriets. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
50 seeds  $4.25   


FRAGARIA vesca New Summer1588
Woodland Strawberry8-15cm  Zone: 5
Native throughout much of the northern hemisphere. Numerous, white flowers with yellow centers appear throughout summer over trifoliate, coarsely-toothed, green leaves. Flowers are followed by edible, bright red strawberries.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
25 seeds  $4.00   


HOUSTONIA caerulea New Spring through Summer1862
Bluets, Quaker Ladies3-12cm  Zone: 3
I've always loved this tiny, spring blooming wildflower; but, until now, have never lived in an area where is is native. Although this is not an uncommon plant in North America; seed is rarely offered, likely because it is a pain to collect. Small tufts of wiry foliage are topped by blue to white four-petalled flowers. In Nova Scotia they are happily naturalized on sun-baked slopes adjacent to highways. They will also grow in moister sites; full sun to light shade. Once established in the garden, allow them to self-sow and naturalize. Seed wild collected in Nova Scotia. Very limited. Order early.

I worked diligently to establish this in my old (alkaline) Ontario garden---and always failed. Here in Nova Scotia it has been beyond easy. Although usually recommended for neutral to acid soil---my sense is that you will have a difficult time keeping it unless you have decidedly acid soil.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.25   

HOUSTONIA longifolia New Late spring to mid-summer3776
Long-Leaved Bluet10-25cm
Native from Alberta east through Quebec, growing in poor, dry, often sandy, alkaline soil. Above a small rosette of basal foliage, clusters of pretty 4-petalled flowers over a long period. Well suited for the rock garden in full sun and sparse conditions; where it will happily self-sow.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30+ seeds  $4.25   

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 ochroleucus New Late spring to mid-summer2051
Pale Vetchling30-90cm  Zone: 4
Native to North America, growing in part sun in woodlands, sandy bluffs, wooded slopes, the slopes of rocky ravines, and riverbanks. Growth habit is semi-erect to erect with tendrils at the tip of the compound leaves. Showy cream to white flowers. This is a pretty addition to the open woodland garden. Wild collected in Ontario. Very limited quantities.
12 seeds  $4.25   Sorry...Sold Out

LATHYRUS vernus New Early Spring2039
Spring Vetchling30cm  Zone: 4
Native from Europe to western Siberia. A low, dense non-climbing and bushy species with rose-violet flowers in Spring. A very lovely and valuable spring bloomer for shady sites under trees and shrubs. Very limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Seed requires sandpapering.
15 seeds  $4.00   

LATHYRUS vernus 'alboroseus' New 2040
This choice form of the beautiful spring vetchling has rose-white flowers. A beauty. Very limited this year.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed essential.
15 seeds  $4.25   

LATHYRUS vernus ssp. flaccidus New Spring2045
30cm  Zone: 4
This is the handsome and refined variant with distinctive, narrow, cascading foliage, coming true from seed. It has the same magenta-purple flowers of the species.
Germination Instructions: Sandpapering of seed recommended.
15 seeds  $4.25   

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 canadensis New Early Spring2189
Canada Fly Honeysuckle1.5m  Zone: 3
A loosely-branched, erect shrub native to eastern North America with reddish-gray bark, peeling and shredding on older stems. Foliage is pale-green. The drooping, funnel-shaped, whitish-yellow flowers appear in early spring, followed by fascinating, paired, red berries, hanging on long stalks. Seed wild collected in Ontario. Only a few packs this year.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

LONICERA hirsuta New June-July2187
Hairy Honeysuckle2-3m  Zone: 2
Native to north-central North America. This is one of the two climbing honeysuckles native to Ontario. Here it occurs as far north as the mouth of the Moose River, James Bay. A climbing loosely-branched deciduous vine growing in mixed forest, forest openings and along shorelines. The beautiful flowers are yellow or orange occurring in a whorled cluster on the uppermost leaves. These are followed by orange to red berries. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.25   

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.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

About 30 species of plants indigenous to the northern hemisphere, usually in woodlands, with erect, nodding stems and parallel-veined leaves carrying pendulous white, cream or green coloured flowers in the leaf axils. These are handsome shade-loving perennials for a moisture retentive site. The rhizome is jointed and when the leaf stalk breaks away from it, it leaves a distinctive scar said to resemble the official seal of King Solomon.

POLYGONATUM verticillatum New Spring2788
Whorled Solomon's Seal60-120cm  Zone: 4
Widely distributed in Europe, but rarely seen in North America, this is a tall, erect species with narrow, lance-shaped leaves arranged in a whorl around the stem. The cream-colored bells are edged in green, followed by unusual (for the genus) red berries, lining the stem. A very architectual plant for the woodland garden, with a bamboo-like presence, which will adapt even to dry shade.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
15 seeds  $4.50   

A large genus of over 400 species native throughout the northern hemisphere.

There is no better reference and visual guide to the genus Primula than that of our own Canadian, Pamela Eveleigh of Calgary, Alberta. Do visit, learn and drool over the fantastic photo gallery.

PRIMULA denticulata New Mid Spring2864
Drumstick or Himalayan Primrose15-30cm  Zone: 3
The Drumstick Primrose is found growing wild in moist alpine regions from Afghanistan to China. One of the earliest primula to bloom in the garden. Leaves and flowers appear at the same time. Spherical lilac flowers on sturdy stems. For the woodland garden in part shade.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   

A genus of 150 mainly deciduous shrubs, often thorny.

RIBES hudsonianum New 3785
Northern Black Currant2m  Zone: 1/2
Native from Quebec through western Canada, ranging into the far north growing in moist wooded areas, such as mountain streambanks and in swamp thickets. Erect spikes of white flowers turn into black berries. Wild collected in Alberta.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.00   

RIBES triste New June-July3787
Northern Redcurrant50cm  Zone: 1/2
Native throughout all of Canada growing in wet rocky woods, swamps and on cliffs. Purplish flowers in summer are followed by bright red, hairless berries. Wild collected in Alberta.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   

A monospecific genus. A herbaceous perennial found in North American woodlands in fertile, moist soils.

SANGUINARIA canadensis (Moist Packed) New Spring3146
Bloodroot15-25cm  Zone: 3
The lovely bloodroot. There is nothing quite like the pure simplicity of the single stark white anemone-like flowers appearing early in spring, the leaves just emerging and uncurling underneath. Give it a rich, moist shady spot. Gorgeous combined with Hosta, ferns and Asarum.
Germination Instructions: Seed is moist-packed to preserve viability.
30 seeds  $5.00   

A large genus of 300-370 species, including many natural hybrids and geographic varieties. Most garden sorts are small-leaved, hard and crusty, or moss-like, soft cushion and rosette-forming; also herbaceous, small perennials. Flowers are usually solitary, clustered or in floriferous panicles, racemes or cymes. Primarily mountain plants, so very tolerant of harsh winter conditions. The arctic species survive nearly to the permanent snow fields, others also thrive under high alpine conditions. Primary distribution is the cool temperate northern hemisphere.

SAXIFRAGA paniculata New Early Summer3171
15cm  Zone: 1
An arctic and alpine species widespread throughout Europe and North America. Leaves are fleshy, gray-green, forming hard, prostrate mats. Erect stems carry white flowers in early summer. Easy to cultivate and will form a sizable carpet of crowded rosettes quickly. Full sun to light shade.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
100 seeds  $4.00   

Large genus of plants and members of the Pink family. Silenes are grown in the rock garden, border or woodland garden. Wilder in "The Glamorous Silenes" states "there is about them a magic enchantment, an alluring beauty and charm." Grow them in well-drained, moist soil in full sun to partial shade.

SILENE suecica var. alpina New Early Summer3777
Alpine Catchfly5-10cm  Zone: 2
Native to the mountains of Norway and Sweden; sometimes near the coasts and also in the Alp, Pyrenees, Greenland and North America. Above a basal rosette of linear foliage, stalks carry umbels of bright pink flowers. Our plants are sweet, tiny specimens suited for the rock garden in full sun.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   Sorry...Sold Out

A genus of about 100 species of widely distributed plants. Elegant and stately, with feathery panicles of flowers and ferny foliage. Easily grown under garden conditions ranging from well-drained loamy soil to low wet areas. For full sun or part shade.

THALICTRUM thalictroides (Moist Packed) New Late spring3781
Rue Anemone10-30cm
Formerly known as Anemonopsis thalictroides, this is a small, beautiful, long blooming woodland ephemeral, native to only Ontario in Canada. White to pinkish-lilac flowers in late spring. Plants go dormant once the heat of summer arrives. Very limited. Order early.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.50   


THELYPTERIS palustris New 3466
Marsh Fern60-90cm  Zone: 3
A widely distributed wetland fern growing in swamps, bogs, wet meadows, wet woods, and marshes, also along riverbanks and roadside ditches. Each frond arises individually from a creeping rhizome without forming clumps. The fronds are light green, finely-cut and lacey.
Germination Instructions: Fern spore germination instructions will be provided.

This genus includes 30-50 species primarily distributed in Asia and North America. Mostly spring blooming and, with a few exceptions, deciduous woodland plants. They have underground rhizomes; some species develop a many-stemmed clump, others a dense colony. Whorls of foliage and solitary flowers in white, yellow, green, brown, rose or purple, occasionally bicoloured. After flowering, a fleshy berry is formed. Most species are long lived ornamentals. For optimum growth give them a deep, moist soil in bright, half or fully shaded conditions. They will, however grow in less than ideal conditions.

TRILLIUM cuneatum (Moist Packed) New 3522
30cm  Zone: 4
Native to the eastern USA growing on upland slopes and in woods. This is a beautiful sessile trillium. Mottled grey-green foliage and maroon flowers. Only a few packs. Order early.
Germination Instructions: Seed is moist packed to preserve viability. Cold required.
12 seeds  $5.00   

TRILLIUM grandiflorum (Moist Packed) New Spring3515
White Wake Robin45cm  Zone: 3
The provincial flower of Ontario and native to eastern North America. This is perhaps the best of the genus and the most widely known Trillium. A gracious, easy to grow beauty with large white flowers, pink after pollination. According to Farrer: "A plant unsurpassable anywhere for heartiness of habit, charm of manner and refulgent purity of bloom." Seed wild collected in Ontario.

Please note that this is a limited-in-time listing as this species normally germinates in mid to late October the same year it was collected when the seed is immediately moist packed.
20 seeds  $5.00   

TRILLIUM luteum (Moist Packed) New Summer3517
Yellow Wake Robin30cm  Zone: 3
The citrous-scented late-blooming Yellow Trillium has pale-green and yellow leaf-mottling on the whorled foliage. Yellow, strongly-upright flower petals in the center of the foliage. Native to rich woods of the American southeast but perfectly hardy to -40C. Very limited quantities. Order early.
Germination Instructions: Seed is ephemeral and sent out freshly collected and moist packed.
12 seeds  $5.00   


TRIOSTEUM aurantiacum- Red Fruit (Moist Packed) New 3527
The normal orange-yellow fruits are in this case, red. We are very grateful to be able to offer the seed of this variant again, sent to us from a wild Ohio collection by friend James Cheshire, who was also the photographer. Comes true.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $5.00   

The genus Vaccinium includes upwards of 450 species which occur in cool temperate regions and mountains of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Many are deciduous or evergreen shrubs with edible fruits including blueberries, buckberries, huckleberries, farkleberry, cranberry, whortleberry, crowberry, and bilberry.

VACCINIUM oxycoccos New Early Summer3575
Bog CranberryCreeping  Zone: 2/3
"In the valley and low land close by the river and facing the sun are plenty of cranberries, one can gather those of the last year and those of this year upon the same shrub." (Journal of Alexander Mackenzie July 18, 1798).

A small, evergreen subshrub native to northern North America, Europe and Asia growing in fens and bogs. Its slender stems are prostrate and root at the nodes along the ground. Leaves are lance-shaped and leathery. The beautiful pink to red flowers are like miniature shooting stars. Fruit is a red, juicy berry; often persisting through winter. The tart berries are closely related to V. macrocarpon (Large Cranberry) and have a very good flavor. They are used to make jams, jellies and sauces. Commercial cultivation of Small Cranberry is not as widespread in North America as it is in Europe and Russia. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
25 seeds  $4.25   

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