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Ashwagandha* (Withania somnifera) potted plant, organic
Ashwagandha* (Withania somnifera) potted plant, organic

Herbaceous perennial native to India, E Africa and the Middle East. One of the core medicines of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is a handsome plant of the Solanacea and thrives in regular garden soil in the full sun. The dried roots are the part used. 

 

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Asphodel* (Asphodelus albus) potted plant, organic
Asphodel* (Asphodelus albus) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Rare, tuberous, Aloe-like herbaceous perennial native to the shores of the Mediterranean. Hardy to 10 degrees F, possibly colder. Slow-growing but tenaceous, the plant awakens early in the spring, sending forth multiple, long, pointed, succulent leaves followed by the upright flowering plume, about as tall as red hot pokers but colored white with candy striped markings. They are a show-stopper.

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Bittersweet, Nightshade* (Solanum dulcamara) potted plant organic
Bittersweet, Nightshade* (Solanum dulcamara) potted plant organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Nightshade, Bittersweet)  Herbaceous perennial vine native to Europe and Asia, hardy o -30 degrees F.  Commonly used in herbalism as an anti-herpes preparation.  Plant prefers sun to part shade and well-drained soils.  Not available to WA state.

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Bulbine natalensis* (Bulbine natalensis), potted plant, organic
Bulbine natalensis* (Bulbine natalensis), potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Ibhucu, Rooiwortel)  Aloe-like perennial succulent native to South Africa.  Protect from frost.  Excellent in potted culture, the plant is very kind to the touch, and the bright yellow flowers that express from time to time are very kind to the eye.  An ebullient plant, this is one of the finest horticultural specimens to grace the collection of the discriminating aloe officianado.

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Calamint, Showy* (Clinopodium grandiflorum)  potted plant, organic
Calamint, Showy* (Clinopodium grandiflorum) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Showy Calamint, Large-flowered Calamint)
Herbaceous perennial native to the Mediterranean. Compact plant gives a neat appearance in formal herb gardens (can trim to shape) and adapts fine to the more flowing lines of the more naturalistic garden. The entire herb is sweetly aromatic--really a step above common catnip--and has an antiseptic, diaphoretic and expectorant influence. Flowers large in comparison to the plant. 

 

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Cardinal Flower* (Lobelia cardinalis) potted plant, organic
Cardinal Flower* (Lobelia cardinalis) potted plant, organic

 Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Herbaceous perennial native to eastern, southern and central US. The bright scarlet flowers are a favorite sipping spot for hummingbirds. The plant prefers part shade to full sun and ever-moist soil, even thriving when partially immersed in water.  Cardinal flowers are one of the prettiest plants ever!

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Gardenia, Common* (Gardenia jasminoides) potted plant, organic
Gardenia, Common* (Gardenia jasminoides) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Cape Jasmine, Zhi-zi, Gardenia) Low-growing evergreen shrub native to and and hardy to 30 degrees F (-1.1 degrees C) .  Cultivated worldwide for its waxy, delightfully fragrant blossoms, Gardenia is best planted outdoors in the south and kept as a potted plant in the northern states. The flowers are used to flavor tea. 

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Gravel Root* (Eupatorium purpureum) potted plant, organic
Gravel Root* (Eupatorium purpureum) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Joe Pye Weed, Queen-of-the-Meadow) Towering herbaceous perennial native to the central, eastern and southern US. Purple-spotted stems to 9 feet bear wide, umbrella shaped flowers composed of purple-pink florets.

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Gumweed* (Grindelia) (Grindelia robusta), potted plant, organic
Gumweed* (Grindelia) (Grindelia robusta), potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Gumweed, Grindelia, Grindelia robusta) Herbaceous perennial native to the Western US.  Tough contender will thrive in standard garden conditions or even dry, waste places in the full sun. The flowers are protected by a white puddle of balsamic oleo-gum-resin (a showstopper) that is the responsible agent for grindelia's efficacy in treating asthma.

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Horehound, Black* (Ballota nigra), potted plant, organic
Horehound, Black* (Ballota nigra), potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Black Horehound) Herbaceous perennial flowering 2 to 3 feet tall, native to the Mediterranean basin and hardy to 10 degrees F.  Black Horehound is a prettily flowered, dark foliaged specimen plant, quite unusual in the trade and rarely met with in gardens. A lovely rarity for the medicinal herb aficionado.  The more I work with it, the more it seems to resemble woundwort (Stachys spp.) 

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Huernia* (Huernia keniensis) potted plant, organic
Huernia* (Huernia keniensis) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 Succulent perennial herb native to Kenya.  Protect from frost.  Makes an excellent miniature houseplant that loves a bright windowsill, requires little by way of watering or primping, and awards the grower with dark red flowers that jump up unexpectedly from the base of the plant.  Looks like a cactus, actually is a milkweed.  Forgiving to the touch, no spines.

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Ju-hua, Autumn Flowering* (Chrysanthemum morifolium) potted plant, organic
Ju-hua, Autumn Flowering* (Chrysanthemum morifolium) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Autumn Chrysanthemum,Huangshan gongju) Herbaceous perennial native to China, an ancient cultigen that cannot be propagated by seed.  Hardy to -20 degrees F.  This is a choice cultivar with small, fall to early winter blossoming flowers of yellow and cream.  Strong flavor, taste sweet, a superior flower for making Chrysanthemum tea.

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Milkweed, Showy* (Asclepias speciosa) potted plant, organic
Milkweed, Showy* (Asclepias speciosa) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015   (Showy Milkweed)  Excellent choice for medicinal gardens in the western states, to which this full-sun milkweed is native. Deeply perfumed flowers are a bigtime butterfly attractor and well worth a garden pathside sniff.

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Mugwort, Western* (Artemisia ludoviciana) potted plant, organic
Mugwort, Western* (Artemisia ludoviciana) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015   (White Sagebrush)  Patch-forming herbaceous perennial native to western and central US.  The softly silvery-white leaves are friendly to the touch and give forth an attractive aroma.  This plant is a wonderful landscape choice and is self-sufficient once established.

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Pyrethrum, Dalmatian* (Pyrethrum cinerariaefolium), potted plant, organic
Pyrethrum, Dalmatian* (Pyrethrum cinerariaefolium), potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (True Pyrethrum, Pyrethrum Daisy, Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium = Tanacetum cinerariifolium)  Perennial, flowering in the second year and thereafter, native to western Asia and Iran, hardy to -40 degrees F.  This is the wild form of the plant.  Flowers white with yellow centers.  The buds are dried and ground into insect powder, often used against fleas. 

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Rupturewort* (Herniaria glabra), potted plant, organic
Rupturewort* (Herniaria glabra), potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015   (Green Carpet) Evergreen perennial carpet-forming creeper to 1/2 inch tall, hardy to - 20 degrees F.  Native to Southern Europe.  Pillow-soft, not picky about soil (actually likes to grow in gravel) and gently coumarin-scented.  A really good choice for herbal walkways, rock gardens, living sculptures.

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Saffron, Holy* (Crocus sativus) Potted Plant, organic
Saffron, Holy* (Crocus sativus) Potted Plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Holy Saffron Plant) Bulbous perennial cultigen, derived from wild plants originating in Crete, hardy to 14 degrees F.  Saffron is a fall plant--it goes summer dormant and emerges in the fall and flowers at that time.  Saffron prefers part shade and mesic soils.  Source of the enticeingly delicious spice "Saffron."

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Spiderwort, Western* (Tradescantia occidentalis) potted plant, organic
Spiderwort, Western* (Tradescantia occidentalis) potted plant, organic

 

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Disheveled monocot to 18 inches, hardy to 5° F.  Native to Central US .  Bears conspicuous terminal clusters of purple flowers above thin, iris-like leaves.  Stamens, normally colored purple, are sensitive to ionizing radiation and turn pink in the presence of nuclear fallout. 

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Spilanthes, Official* (Acmella oleracea) potted plant, organic
Spilanthes, Official* (Acmella oleracea) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015   (Toothache Plant, Para Cress, Buzz Buttons)  Annual.  120 days to maturity.  Ancient, distinctively beautiful and highly entertaining plant. 

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