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Mainly of interest to returning customers, this page shows only the new collections acquired during the 2017 season.

 

Agave neomexicana (Agavaceae) (30x45,Z7,P,C,2) ................................................... 80 seeds / $3.50 58266.27 (W) Otero Co., NM, 7000ft, 2134m. Superlative rosettes of glaucous gray.

 

Allium cratericola (Liliaceae) (3x9,Z5,P,C,3:8w) ......................................................... 60 seeds / $4.00 12740.17 (W) Lake Co., CA, 3475ft, 1059m. Dense umbels containing 30 to 40 pink, bell-shaped flowers atop a few narrow, channeled leaves. On exposed, W-facing serpentine slopes. May be challenging but this beautiful dwarf is worth the effort.   Photo

 

Allium fimbriatum v. fimbriatum (4x7,Z6,P,C,3:8w) ................................................. 100 seeds / $4.00 30457.17 (W) Riverside Co., CA, 4050ft, 1235m. Thousands of these tiny alliums popped out of the desert soil this spring after all of the rains. Unusual color for the genus, deep violet to purple, the petal tips often shading to blue.   Photo

 

Allium siskiyouense (5x9,Z5,P,C,3:8w) ....................................................................... 80 seeds / $4.00 76476.57 (W) Del Norte Co., CA, 4050ft, 1235m. Sessile umbels of deep rose-pink to magenta flowers over two narrow, falcate leaves. This endemic to northern California and southern Oregon is a dwarf version of A. falcifolium growing on high serpentine ridge crests.

 

Arabis lemmonii (Brassicaceae) (7x12,Z4,P,L,3:6w) ................................................... 90 seeds / $4.00 54258.17 (W) Park Co., WY, 10780ft, 3286m. (= Boechera lemmonii.) "The pink Draba." Rosettes of thin, spatulate leaves bear short sprays of pink flowers. On very steep, S-facing granite screes.   Photo

 

Asclepias asperula (Asclepiadaceae) (42x30,Z4,P,C,3:6w) ........................................ 50 seeds / $4.00 07670.27 (W) Cache Co., UT, 4800ft, 1463m. Large, broadly-lanceolate leaves are in opposite pairs on the many thick stems which support umbels of yellowish-green and deep purple flowers.   Photo

 

Asclepias californica (Asclepiadaceae) (16x30,Z7,P,CE,3:8w) .................................... 40 seeds / $5.00 12052.37 (W) Kern Co., CA, 5250ft, 1600m. One of the best milkweeds California has to offer. Plants are densely woolly with silvery-white hairs. Numerous stems sprout from a central rootstalk, arching gracefully over the ground. The flower clusters are also covered with wool, the hoods dark wine-red with that color continuing into the reflexed corollas almost half-way, then abruptly shading to yellowish-cream into the tips. In some populations, the hoods and corollas are all dark purple. Personally, I find this bicolor variation more attractive.    Photo

 

Asclepias cryptoceras (Asclepiadaceae) (10x16,Z4,P,SCE,4:6w) ....................................... 20 seeds / $5.00 12749.37 (W) Sanpete Co., UT, 5700ft, 1738m. Large, striking flowers of purplish-maroon coronas and reflexed cream petals in pendant cymes. Found on badlands of clay soil.   Photo

 

Aster alpigenus v. haydenii (Asteraceae) (6x7,Z3,P,C,1) ......................................... 60 seeds / $3.50 05475.37 (W) Big Horn Co., WY, 9800ft, 2990m. Very narrow, thready foliage from a central rootstalk. Striking deep lavender-blue daisies in mid-summer. Growing on fractured limestone rock.   Photo

 

Astragalus coccineus (Fabaceae) (9x9,Z7,P,SC,1) .................................................... 30 seeds / $5.00 12610.87 (W) Riverside Co., CA, 4000ft, 1220m. The same fabulous racemes of scarlet on dolomite outcroppings.   Photo

 

Camissonia brevipes (Onagraceae) (30x14,A,L,1) ................................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 10780.17 (W) San Bernadino Co., CA, 1650ft, 503m. Golden-yellow flowers over dark-green, brown-mottled leaves.   Photo

 

Castilleja rhexifolia (Scrophulariaceae) (30x20,Z3,P,RL,3:4w) ................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 74354.17 (W) Big Horn Co., WY, 9400ft, 2866m. Brilliant rosy-pink spikes cover alpine slopes.   Photo

 

Chaenactis suffrutescens (Asteraceae) (14x20,Z6,P,C,3:8w) ..................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 76851.17 (W) Trinity Co., CA, 2500ft, 762m. A most unusual Chaenactis with tufts of pinnatifid, silver-gray foliage and creamy, button flowers. Would make a great foliage plant for troughs.   Photo

 

Cryptantha abata (Boraginaceae) (8x20,Z5,P,L,3:6w) .................................................... 15 seeds / $4.00 01009.17 (W) White Pine Co., NV, 7200ft, 2195m. Low, bristly, gray mounds with white flower spikes which scarcely extend beyond the leaves. Grows mostly horizontally, in loam with limestone chips. Poor seed set this year, only a few packets available.   Photo

 

Dasylirion leiophyllum (Agavaceae) (110x110,Z7,P,C,1) ......................................... 90 seeds / $3.50 54249.27 (W) Eddy Co., NM, 4425ft, 1350m. Globular rosettes of green, narrow leaves with sharp, retrorse teeth. Huge spikes of thousands of cream florets packed in multiple spirals.

 

Dasylirion wheeleri (Agavaceae) (110x110,Z7,P,C,1) ................................................ 90 seeds / $3.50 92355.27 (W) Grant Co., NM, 6800ft, 2073m. Globular rosettes of narrow leaves covered with a bluish bloom, the sharp teeth forward-pointing and the tips frequently twist. Huge spikes of thousands of cream florets packed in multiple spirals, similar to D. leiophyllum.

 

Delphinium leucophaeum (Ranunculaceae) (35x15,Z6,P,L,3:8w) .............................. 30 seeds / $4.00 54284.37 (W) Benton Co., OR, 660ft, 201m. Beautiful flowers of creamy white surrounding a soft blue bee. Only very short hairs on the stems and flowering parts (see D. pavonaceum in Archives.)   Photo

 

Douglasia montana (Primulaceae) (1x12,Z3,P,L,4:8w) .............................................. 50 seeds / $6.00 56688.57 (W) Big Horn Co., WY, 9715ft, 2962m. Flat cushions of needle-like gray leaves studded with bright pink Phlox-like flowers. On limestone rubble. Photo

 

Draba ventosa (Brassicaceae) (3x12,Z3,P,L,3:6w) .................................................... 90 seeds / $4.00 90288.17 (W) Park Co., WY, 10450ft, 3186m. Furry gray-green buns blanket themselves with nearly sessile yellow flowers. Perhaps the best American Draba.   Photo

 

Echinocereus triglochidiatus f. inermis (Cactaceae) (10x25,Z4,P,GL,4:4w) ............ 70 seeds / $3.50 78749.17 (W) Mesa Co., CO, 6500ft, 1980m. A highly variable and fascinating population consisting of about 25% densely-spined, 50% sparsely-spined and 25% spineless forms. This seed was collected only from plants with little or no spination. Flowers the usual brilliant red.   Photo

 

Enceliopsis argophylla (Asteraceae) (50x35,Z7,P,C,1) .............................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 11433.17 (W) Clark Co., NV, 2050ft, 625m. Stout, thick caudices of large silver leaves with many yellow daisies held high on stiff scapes. Growing on ancient volcanic ash deposits.

 

Eremalche rotundifolia (Malvaceae) (18x12,A,SC,1) ................................................. 40 seeds / $3.50 74718.27 (W) Imperial Co., CA, 760ft, 232m. A pretty desert annual with round lilac flowers, each of the 5 petals emblazoned with a prominent magenta blotch. Dark green, bristly, scalloped leaves.   Photo

 

Erigeron rydbergii (Asteraceae) (4x5,Z3,P,L,3:6w) ..................................................... 80 seeds / $4.00 74965.17 (W) Park Co., WY, 10300ft, 3140m. Tufts of narrowly-oblanceolate leaves bear lavender-violet daisies. On windy, exposed alpine ridges. Photo

 

Eriogonum shockleyi (Polygonaceae) (4x20,Z5,P,L,3:8w) .......................................... 30 seeds / $4.00 76360.17 (W) San Juan Co., UT, 5500ft, 1677m. Tight, silver-blue cushions studded with sessile poms aging to pink, tan and rust tones.   Photo

 

Eriogonum villiflorum (Polygonaceae) (1x8,Z5,P,C,3:6w) ......................................... 18 seeds / $5.00 90494.27 (W) White Pine Co., NV, 7200ft, 2195m. Tufts like a russet Eritrichium howardii with small procumbent flower clusters splayed around each tuft. In loam with limestone chips. Limited quantities. One of the dwarfest and strangest Eriogonums.

 

Erythrina flabelliformis (Fabaceae) (90x40,Z7,P,SC,1) .............................................. 15 seeds / $5.00 70830.17 (W) Santa Cruz Co., AZ, 5000ft, 1524m. Small bushes with Poplar-like leaves in threes along spiny stems. Terminal racemes of bright red flowers are followed by long, Sophora-like pods containing red, orange or peach-colored seeds.

 

Erythronium citrinum v. roderickii (Liliaceae) (16x15,Z6,P,L,3:16w) ..................... 30 seeds / $5.00 12519.17 (W) Trinity Co., CA, 3936ft, 1200m. Flowers cream to pale lavender with a yellow throat and maroon anthers over colorful, deeply-mottled leaves. Growing here on shaded serpentine slopes at the type locality in the Scott Mtns.Photo1   Photo2

 

Erythronium elegans (Liliaceae) (16x16,Z6,P,L,3:16w) .............................................. 40 seeds / $6.00 25429.17 (W) Tillamook Co., OR, 3150ft, 960m. Beautiful pendant white flowers with yellow-spotted bases and yellow anthers are often blushed pink. Unmottled leaves. Initially thought to be a hybrid between E. revolutum and E. montanum. On NE-facing ridge crests and partly-shaded woodland areas.Photo1   Photo2

 

Erythronium howellii (Liliaceae) (14x15,Z6,P,L,3:16w) ............................................. 30 seeds / $5.00 35733.47 (W) Josephine Co., OR, 3100ft, 945m. Very similar to E. citrinum and doubtfully distinct from it, the only difference being the basal appendages on the petals are absent. N-facing serpentine slopes under scrub in a coniferous woodland.

 

Erythronium klamathense (Liliaceae) (11x10,Z5,P,L,3:16w) ................................... 100 seeds / $5.00 52544.27 (W) Siskiyou Co., CA, 5800ft, 1768m. Cream flowers shading to yellow near the base, the whole aging pale pink. These dwarf plants with unmottled green leaves prefer the N-facing side of serpentine outcrops and ravines. Photo

 

Erythronium oregonum ssp. oregonum (15x15,Z6,P,L,3:16w) .............................. 100 seeds / $6.00 67426.47 (W) Douglas Co., OR, 4800ft, 1465m. Pendant white flowers with long, dangling, yellow anthers, basally marked greenish-yellow, mature to pink over brown-mottled leaves. East-facing slopes of volcanic mountains in the Old Cascades. Photo

 

Erythronium revolutum (20x16,Z6,P,L,3:16w) ............................................................. 40 seeds / $6.00 74330.37 (W) Clatsop Co., OR, 2900ft, 884m. Bright pink tepals and bright yellow anthers over lightly-mottled leaves. On N-facing, heavily-forested mountain slopes.Photo

 

Eschscholzia mexicana (Papaveraceae) (10x12,A,L,1) .............................................. 100 seeds / $3.00 56334.27 (W) Luna Co., NM, 4450ft, 1357m. A ubiquitous little annual, seen throughout the Chihuahuan Desert early in the spring. Besides the usual yellow form, this population includes some nice cream-colored individuals. Cute but fast, dead-heading prolongs bloom.Photo

 

Ferocactus wislizenii (Cactaceae) (90x24,Z8,P,GL,2) ................................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 92526.27 (W) Santa Cruz Co., AZ, 5000ft, 1524m. Massive, tall barrels with heavy spines and hooked centrals. Large yellow flowers in rings around the apex.

 

Fritillaria affinis (Liliaceae) (55x12,Z6,P,C,3:12w) ....................................................... 40 seeds / $5.00 08030.17 (W) Napa Co., CA, 2665ft, 813m. Pendant bells several per stalk, the base color yellowish-green, minutely speckled with purple on the outer edges of the petals and more densely speckled with blackish-purple near the throat area, creating triangular, tongue-like splotches.Photo

 

Fritillaria pluriflora (12x12,Z6,P,C,3:12w) .................................................................... 30 seeds / $6.00 70553.27 (W) Lake Co., CA, 2225ft, 678m. Startling pink-violet, bell-shaped flowers are lofted horizontally, several per stem, over basal clusters of elliptical leaves. Serpentine soils.

 

Fritillaria recurva (Sierra form) (Liliaceae) (60x18,Z6,P,C,4:12w) ............................. 40 seeds / $6.00 74262.47 (W) Shasta Co., CA, 4000ft, 1220m. From whorled basal leaves sprout racemes bearing beautiful pendant scarlet bells, minutely checkered yellow. Found in the partial shade of pine forests. I'm calling this the Sierran form with larger flowers compared to the Mt. St. Helena form. Photo

 

Fritillaria recurva (Helena form) (40x12,Z6,P,C,4:12w) ............................................ 50 seeds / $5.00 74262.57 (W) Napa Co., CA, 1530ft, 467m. A dwarfer form here on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena with the same bright red flowers as the Sierran forms.

 

Fritillaria recurva (lava plains) (18x8,Z6,P,C,4:12w) .................................................. 40 seeds / $5.00 74262.67 (W) Shasta Co., CA, 4150ft, 1265m. ID a bit uncertain, may be F. atropurpurea, but most likely F. recurva. Even dwarfer than the Mt. St. Helena population but here the few plants I found on rolling lava plains may only be drought paupertized.

 

Garrya wrightii (Garryaceae) (180x130,Z6,P,C,3:12w) .............................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 92750.17 (W) Cochise Co., AZ, 5650ft, 1723m. Light, greenish-gray, evergreen, leathery leaves on shrubs which can easily exceed a person's height. Attractive pendant clusters of dark purplish-blue, almost black, berries.

 

Gentiana calycosa (Gentianaceae) (7x12,Z3,P,L,3:8w) ................................................. 100 seeds / $4.00 13056.27 (W) Uintah Co., UT, 11000ft, 3354m. A decumbent, creeping form with ovate leaves and deep-blue flowers with a creamy, speckled throat. On vernally moist alpine tundra at timberline.Photo

 

Hesperocallis undulata (Liliaceae) (45x26,Z9,P,EC,2) ................................................. 70 seeds / $4.00 92815.37 (W) San Bernadino Co., CA, 1800ft, 550m. With sufficient rainfall, racemes bearing numerous silvery-white, 6-petalled flowers pop out of the sand dunes of its native habitat by the thousands. By early summer, the bluish, undulate, basal foliage dies back, leaving a few capsules containing flat black seeds on the dry stalks.   Photo

 

Hyptis emoryi (Lamiaceae) (120x120,Z8,P,L,2) ......................................................... 100 seeds / $4.00 25674.17 (W) San Diego Co., CA, 1780ft, 543m. Attractive, silvery-looking bushes on account of the soft, fine hairs covering the toothed leaves. Covered with spikes of small silvery-blue flowers after periods of rain, usually in the spring. Whole plant emits a resinous-lavender odor.

 

Langloisia setosissima (Polemoniaceae) (3x12,A,L,2) ................................................ 100 seeds / $3.50 76378.17 (W) San Diego Co., CA, 1250ft, 381m. Trumpet-shaped, pink-lavender flowers cover bristly tufts spreading horizontally across desert stone pavement.

 

Leucophyllum frutescens (Scrophulariaceae) (150x120,Z7,P,L,1) ............................ 100 seeds / $3.50 30758.17 (W) Doña Ana Co., NM, 4400ft, 1340m. Eye-catching, silver-gray bushes are nearly everblooming and are especially colorful after rains. The Penstemon-like blossoms are violet with white throats and gold speckles. Used extensively in Chihuahuan Desert landscaping.

 

Lewisia columbiana ssp. rupicola (Portulacaceae) (10x10,Z5,P,L,3:8w) .................. 40 seeds / $4.00 12752.27 (W) Clatsop Co., OR, 2800ft, 854m. The deep rose-claret-flowered form.

 

Lewisia rediviva (Mariposa form) (4x10,Z6,P,L,3:8w) ........................................... 100 seeds / $5.00 74316.87 (W) Mariposa Co., CA, 2100ft, 640m. Unusual form of dense tufts of slender leaves with a tendency to curl somewhat. Prolific, sumptuous pink flowers.Photo

 

Lomatium mohavense (Apiaceae) (10x10,Z6,P,RC,4:8w) ......................................... 40 seeds / $4.00 56735.17 (W) San Bernadino Co., CA, 6150ft, 1875m. Hairy, dissected foliage sports short-stemmed umbels of blackish flowers.Photo

 

Maihuenia poeppigii (Cactaceae) (6x60,Z6,P,GL,4:6w) ............................................. 40 seeds / $4.00 70638.07 Prickly mats with white spines and small finger-like, terete leaves. Yellow flowers appear in summer and are followed by egg-like capsules. Expertly cultivated by one of my customers in Utah.

 

Mentzelia involucrata (Loasaceae) (9x15,A,L,1) .................................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 56890.17 (W) San Diego Co., CA, 1300ft, 396m. Squat desert annuals with bristly leaves and large, pearly flowers of ghostly beauty. The flowers are delicately veined orangish-brown and the leaves are scarcely toothed.Photo

 

Mentzelia jonesii (12x12,A,L,1) ............................................................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 50768.17 (W) Kern Co., CA, 2850ft, 870m. Scores of bright golden-yellow flowers on this unusual desert annual.Photo

 

Mentzelia tricuspis (10x20,A,L,1) .............................................................................. 80 seeds / $3.50 78765.17 (W) Clark Co., NV, 1700ft, 518m. Similar to M. involucrata, although flowers that are just opening have a definite yellow throat which fades to snow white as the flower ages. The leaves also tend to be more deeply toothed than M. involucrata.Photo

 

Mohavea confertiflora (Scrophulariaceae) (12x8,A,RL,2) ........................................ 100 seeds / $3.50 12768.77 (W) Yuma Co., AZ, 2150ft, 656m. "Ghost Flower." Lovely desert annuals of tufts with velvety, lance-shaped leaves and pale, creamy-yellow flowers liberally flecked with maroon spots.Photo

 

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