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Lagenaria siceraria
Caveman's Club Gourd

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Qty $ 3.29 /packet

12 seeds
Maraka Gourd Caveman's Club
Dinosaur Gourd
Maranka Gourd


Big, whacky-looking club-shaped gourd can be used for crafts such as birdhouses and painted dinosaurs. Great for fall harvest displays, too. Gourds are 18" to 24" in length. Dark green with lighter green markings. For a straight neck, should be grown on a trellis.

125 days
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Lagerstroemia indica
Crape Myrtle



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

50 seeds
Lagerstroemia indica Clusters of white, pink, rose, red or purple flowers begin blooming in mid June and continue to September. New leaves are reddish bronze, changing to dark green. Fall color is yellow to orange to light red. Very attractive trunk with smooth gray or light brown bark that flakes off to reveal dramatic, smooth pinkish inner bark. Excellent flowering tree for bonsai. Natural height is quite variable, may be pruned to stay small or permitted to grow up to 25' or more. Many cultivars commonly in cultivation but seed-grown plants are unique. Called "Crape Myrtle" because the flowers resemble crepe paper in texture. Why the spelling is "crape" instead of "crepe" is a mystery. Native to China.

Zone 7-10

No export to Australia
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Lagurus ovatus
Hare's Tail Grass



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

50 seeds
Lagurus ovatus Ornamental Grass

Perfect for dried floral arrangements, Hare's Tail Grass is also a nice accent plant for the garden. Self-seeding annual clumps 12" - 18" in height with 2" fluffy seedheads. Sow directly May - June.

Annual (all zones)
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Leea coccinea
West Indian Holly



Qty $ 3.73 /packet

10 seeds
Leea coccinea One of the nicest foliage plants around. Not a true holly, but a very attractive evergreen shrub from Burma with glossy, serrated leaves of dark burgundy. Very suitable for pot cultures indoors and out. Flowers are an inflorescence of small red buds. Will flower very soon, sometimes at a height of only 12". Average height, around 5'. Minimum temperature, 35° F, sun or shade, allow to dry between waterings. Spectacular looking against a white wall.

Zone 10+
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Leonotis leonurus
Lion's Tail



Qty $ 2.74 /packet

10 seeds
Leonotis leonurus The Lion's Tail is a striking evergreen shrub, originating in Southern and Southeastern Africa. It grows to a height of 6 feet with a spread of 4 feet. The summer blossoms are orange, hooded tubular, and arranged in successive whorls up the stem. This plant will thrive outdoors in zones 9 - 10 and should be protected from hard frost. It prefers light to medium, well-drained soils in an open, sunny position. It needs little water when established and is very easy to grow.

The Lion's Tail has some traditional use as a smoking herb. The herb and flowers are dried and either used as a smoking herb, or extracted to make a resin which can be smoked. The Hottentot Tribes make a sticky extract which they smoke as a preferred intoxicant. The effects are said to be somewhat comparable to cannabis smoke.

Zone 9+
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Leontopodium alpinum
Edelweiss

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Qty $ 2.85 /packet

100 seeds
Leontopodium alpinum
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow
may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss,
Bless my homeland forever


[ From "The Sound of Music," 1965,
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein]

Dainty white wildflower of the European Alps, tufted blossoms appearing as patches of snow late spring to midsummer. Perennial has become an endangered species in the wild owing to overcollection. Excellent selection for rockeries or Alpine house.

Zone 3-9
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Lettuce, Leaf
Gourmet Salad Mix



Qty $ 2.96 /packet

250 seeds
Lettuce, Gourmet Mix

Fill your salad bowl

Delightful, tender blend of many leaf lettuce types and colors to keep your salad bowl filled all season. Fast growing, slow-bolting, perfect for your home garden. Continuous production.

30+ days

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Leucospermum cordifolium
Nodding Puncushion



Qty $ 3.84 /packet

8 seeds
Leucospermum cordifolium One of the finest South African flowering shrubs. Flower heads are 4" across with individual tube-shaped flowers curled like ribbons from which glossy "pins" emerge to cover this dome-shaped "pin cushion." The flowers range from pink to salmon to orange and the plant reaches a height of about 5'.

This evergreen woody perennial requires full sun and deep, well-drained acid soil. Avoid high humidity and wet soil. Germination can be assisted by soaking the seeds in a one percent hydrogen peroxide solution for 24 hours prior to sowing. Very limited supply.

Zone 9+
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Licuala grandis
Ruffled Fan Palm



Qty $ 3.95 /packet

8 seeds
Licuala grandis A tropical understory palm known for its round, pleated fronds that measure 3-feet across. Rather slow growing to a height of about 6-8 feet but will stay under 5 feet in a container. Loves moist, shady areas and does very well in low-light situations indoors. Requires little maintenance but needs protection against frost, which can damage the foliage.

Zone 9b+
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Licuala ramsayi
Australian Fan Palm



Qty $ 4.17 /packet

10 seeds
Licuala ramsayi Leaves up to 7 feet wide!

This spectacular fan palm is one of the largest Licualas, reaching 50+ feet in height in the fan palm forests of Queensland. Huge, circular leaves up to 7 feet across like the leaves of a gigantic Pinwheel Palm. Licuala ramsayi should be grown in a sheltered location and away from direct sunlight. Slow growing but is just as attractive when young and well suited for indoor display. Needs plenty of water.

Zone 10+
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Licuala spinosa
Pinwheel Palm



Qty $ 4.83 /packet

10 seeds
Licuala spinosa Pinwheel Palm, also known as Mangrove Fan Palm, is one of the most robust species of Licuala. Native to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, this magnificent palm is easy to care for and probably the best of the Licualas for cold hardiness, withstanding freezing temperatures to about 25°F. Pinwheel Palm grows 12-15 feet in height. Its big, round, divided leaves can reach 3 feet across or more. Light shade to full sun, fast-growing, suited to subtropical and tropical areas. Makes a splendid and unusual indoor palm. Keep well watered. Germinate usually occurs in 3 - 8 weeks.

Zone 10+
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Ligustrum japonicum
Japanese Privet



Qty $ 3.07 /packet

50 seeds
Ligustrum japonicum A great hedge and topiary plant, Ligustrum have dark green, glossy leaves and bright white, open blossoms in the spring that have a fragrance similar to lilac. A very versatile, rugged plant that can tolerate poor conditions. Can grow to 12' in height or more but is usually kept trimmed shorter. Dense foliage makes an excellent, solid screeen or an outstanding bonsai.

Zone 8+
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Lilium superbum
Turk's Cap Lily



Qty $ 3.62 /packet

15 seeds

Lilium superbum

This beautiful giant, native to the Eastern U.S. is now threatened or endangered in many areas.  One of the largest of all lillies, it reaches 3-6 feet in height and produces multiple 4" blooms from July through September. Full to part sun, prefers moist and rich soil.  Growing from seed can require patience but is well worth it!

Zone 4-9a
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Limnanthes douglasii
Fried Eggs



Qty $ 2.74 /packet

35 seeds
Limnanthes douglasii Annual Wildflower perfect for edging along paved paths or in cool rockery crevices. Blooms 8 - 10 weeks after sowing, late June to September. Low growing, 6-10" in height. Prolific self-sower, good for naturalizing. Native from California to southern Oregon, Limnanthes also attracts bees.

Annual (all zones)
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Lithops spp.
Living Stones Assortment

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Qty $ 3.84 /packet

50 seeds
Lithops Living stone plants (Lithops species) are native to South Africa, where they grow among rocks or soil the same color as their two succulent leaves. Lithops are succulents (meaning they store water in their fleshy leaves) but are not related to cacti. Living stones are small plants, often only 1/2" to 1" in diameter. From Fall to Spring, the plants need NO WATER at all. And very little water is needed in the Summer. Too much water can kill the plants. Yellow or white flowers appear towards the end of the growing season. Generally grown as houseplants. The tiny seeds usually germinate in just 3 to 14 days.

Zone 9b+

No export to Australia
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Lobelia cardinalis
var 'Queen Victoria'
Cardinal Flower



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

50 seeds
Lobelia cardinalis The flower is perhaps the most brilliant red that you can find anywhere and can be easily
seen from 100 yards away. This is the much sought-after "Queen Victoria" variety, which has very attractive, deep maroon foliage. Grows to a height of about 3 feet and attracts hummingbirds from miles around. This plant loves water and does especially well at the edge of a pond or stream. Native to the Eastern U.S.

Zone 3-9
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Lunaria biennis
Money Plant



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

15 seeds

Lunaria biennis The fragrant flowers of the money plant are purple or white, appearing in clusters from April to June. Once the seed pods have matured and dried on the plant, the outer casing can be rubbed away to reveal white satin discs resembling silver coins. Money plant makes a fine addition to dried arrangements. Germinates in 10-20 days. Easily grown, tolerating poor soil, partial shade and drought. Hardy biennial, grows 24-36" tall.

Zone 2-9.
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Lytocaryum weddellianum
Miniature Coconut Palm

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Qty $ 4.48 /packet

5 seeds
Lytocaryum weddellianum This small palm originates from high altitudes in Brazil's Coastal Cloud Forest. Now rare in the wild due to forest destruction that is eating up the tiny remaining areas where it clings to life. It is not the easiest of palms to cultivate but certainly unsurpassed for its beautiful, finely pinnate, arching leaves. Lytocaryum is suited to a wide range of climates from cool temperate to cool tropical and will tolerate light frosts. It grows best in a humus rich, acidic soil. Seeds are easy to germinate.

Zone 9b+
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Mahonia aquifolium
Oregon Grape



Qty $ 3.07 /packet

35 seeds
Mahonia aquifolium Oregon Grape, which is one of the most cold resistant of the broad-leaved evergreens, has leaves that look like holly leaves and fruit that looks like grapes, but it is related to neither. The feather-shaped leaves, composed of tough, leathery, spiny-edged leaflets, turn an attractive bronze in cold weather. In the spring, the plants bear short clusters of bright yellow flowers at the tops of their stems. The flowers are followed by bluish black edible berries, which can be made into a delicious jelly.

Oregon Grapes are excellent for use near foundations and in shrub borders. Oregon Grape usually grows about 2 to 3 feet tall in three to four years. Oregon Grapes prefer light shade and moist soil but will also grow in the sun except in very hot, dry areas. Oregon Grapes are rarely bothered by pests but should be planted in a sheltered place in northern areas to prevent winter winds from dehydrating foliage. May be easily pruned in early spring to control size. An outstanding, versatile ornamental.

Zone 5+
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Malva sylvestris Zebrina
Striped Malva



Qty $ 2.85 /packet

35 seeds
Malva sylvestris Zebrina Malva sylvestris Zebrina is an all-around outstanding perennial. Flowers all summer. Blooms are pinkish-white with purple-black center markings. Simply fabulous! 3 - 6 feet in height, full sun or part shade, adapts to most soils. Puts on a wonderful display its first year from seed.

Zone 5-9
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Meconopsis betonicifolia
Himalayan Blue Poppy

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Qty $ 3.62 /packet

35 seeds
Meconopsis betonicifolia The famous Himalayan Blue Poppy is best grown in climates having cool, rainy summers, such as the Pacific Northwest and coastal California. Will probably succeed anywhere Rhododendrons can be grown, which have similar needs. Plant in shade or partial sun in moist but well-draining soil, rich in organic matter. The addition of peat, bark or pine needles will help increase soil acidity, which produces good blue color. Grows 2-4 feet in height and the stems each produce several 3-4 inch flowers in early summer.

Zone 7-9
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Mentha x piperita
Peppermint



Qty $ 2.96 /packet

100 seeds
Mentha x piperita Refreshing scent

This is the true peppermint used to flavor candy and drinks. Strong, minty scent. The herb grows 2 to 3 feet in height. Spikes of lavender flowers appear in mid-summer. Plant in moist, fertile soil in light shade. Fast-spreading, may become invasive if not controlled.

Zone 5-9
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Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Dawn Redwood



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

50 seeds
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was unknown until about 60 years ago, when it was discovered in the form of fossils collected by paleobotanists. At the time, the tree was thought to have been extinct for perhaps a million years. One year later, Dawn Redwood was discovered alive and well in the remote village of Motao-chi in the Chinese province of Szechwan. A Boston arboretum sent a special expedition to the area. The seeds collected were shared with other botanical gardens around the world, and this deciduous conifer is now widely available.

Mature trees in China are broadly conical and grow about 100 feet tall from thick buttressed roots. Presumably they will eventually attain a similar size in the U.S. and elsewhere--young plants grow 3 feet or more a year. On a large lawn, they can attract attention not only for their history but for their foliage. Soft, bright green needles, about 3/4 inch long, appear in early spring, then turn pinkish brown before falling in the autumn. Brown cones 3/4 inch long ripen each year.

Zone 4b-8

No export to Australia
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Michelia champaca
JOY Perfume Tree

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Qty $ 3.84 /packet

15 seeds
Michelia champaca INTENSE FRAGRANCE

The sweet scent of Michelia champaca can easily be enjoyed from hundreds of feet away. The oil of the Michelia is the essence of some of the world's most expensive perfumes including JOY, by Jean Patou and J'adore, by Christian Dior. Michelia champaca is a tropical evergreen native to India and Indonesia. The aromatic orange blooms appear nearly all year round. Grows to the size of a large shrub or small tree, 15'+ in height. Strictly tropical, zone 10-11 or warm greenhouse.

Zone 10+
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Mimosa pudica
Sensitive Plant

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Qty $ 2.96 /packet

40 seeds
Mimosa pudica Popular novelty plant dramatically folds up its leaves when stimulated by touch, heat or wind. Sensitive Plant is fascinating for kids (and grown-up kids, too). Usually grown as an annual. Grows to about 12" in height. Take care not to disturb its roots. Native to Brazil but now naturalized throughout the tropics worldwide.

Zone 9-10
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Mimulus cardinalis
Red Monkey Flower



Qty $ 2.74 /packet

50 seeds
Mimulus cardinalis Native Wetland Wildflower

Mimulus (Monkey Flower) is an excellent choice for the water's edge and other moist locations. It will grow right in water as long as the crown is above the waterline. This perennial blooms April - October.

Zone 7-9
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Mimulus hybridus
Monkey Flower
Calypso Mix



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

50 seeds
Mimulus hybridus 'Calypso' F1 Hybrid

Speckled hybrid Mimulus species -- commonly called "Monkey Flower". Thrives in part shade and moist soils, grows 6" to 12" in height. Often treated as an annual, but may be grown as a perennial in sheltered locations. Vibrant colors to brighten almost any garden bed or patio. Deer resistant, too!

Zone 6-9 or Annual (all zones)
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Moluccella laevis
Bells of Ireland



Qty $ 3.07 /packet

50 seeds
Moluccella laevis Green Garden Annual

Bells of Ireland is a lightly scented plant that grows 24 to 36 inches tall. The 1- to 2-inch, white-veined green bells that cling closely to stems are not really flowers but enlarged calyxes--the outer leaves that appear at the base of most flowers. The true flowers, tiny, fragrant and white, are deep within the bells. The popular names alluding to Ireland have been applied to this plant only because of the green color of the bells, not because the plant comes from Ireland; it is native to the eastern Mediterranean region.

Bells-of-Ireland makes interesting and long-lasting cut flowers, and have additional value as dried flowers for winter arrangements. Dry them in a cool, dark, airy location and pick the sparse prickly-textured leaves off the stems so that the bells become more conspicuous. Whether you plan to use them in fresh or dried arrangements, the best time to cut is when the flowers are well-formed. Prefers a sunny location.

Annual (all zones)
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Monstera deliciosa
Splitleaf Philodendron



Qty $ 3.73 /packet

10 seeds
Monstera deliciosa The splitleaf Philodendron hardly needs any introduction. Also called "Swiss Cheese Plant," this tropical, woody vine is a long-time favorite houseplant throughout the world. The glossy green leaves, which can reach 3 feet in length, develop dramatic "splits" and holes when mature. Native to Central America, the splitleaf (or cutleaf) Philodendron is epiphytic, meaning it depends on trees or other plants for climbing support. Thus, it needs a pole of some sort upon which to climb. The seedlings, upon germination, will grow in the direction of the darkest area (not just merely away from light) until they encounter the base of a tree to grow on. They will then begin to climb toward the light which is generally up into the canopy of the tree upon which it is growing.

Can reach 150 feet long in nature, but can easily be kept contained by periodic trimming. While all parts of the plant are toxic (if consumed in large quantities), the fruit is actually edible and tastes similar to banana. However, fruits seldom appear when grown as a houseplant. Easily grown, needs plenty of fertilizer and lots of light (but not direct sun) for the leaves to "split."

Zone 10+
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Moringa oleifera
Horseradish Tree
Drumstick Tree




Qty $ 3.62 /packet

15 seeds
Moringa oleifera Also known as the Drumstick or Horseradish Tree, Moringa oleifera is one of the world's most useful plants. Native to India, it is cultivated for its leaves, fruits, flowers and roots for a variety of medicinal and nutritional purposes and also grown as an ornamental. Its seeds are used for water purification. According to the Trees for Life organization, gram for gram, Moringa leaves "contain 7 times the vitamin C in oranges plus 4 times the calcium in milk plus 4 times the vitamin A in carrots plus 2 times the protein in the milk plus 3 times the potassium in bananas." Moringa leaves "could practically wipe out malnutrition on our planet." A mature tree can tolerate only very mild frosts. Highly drought resistant. Up to 35 feet in height.

Zone 9+
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Musa acuminata zebrina
Blood Banana



Qty $ 3.95 /packet

10 seeds
Musa acuminata zebrina Blood Banana is a spectacular plant native to India and Indonesia. While it can produce bunches of small, sweet bananas, Blood Banana is often grown just for its colorful, dramatic leaves. Its large, oblong leaves are purplish on the underside and mottled with wine-red and bronze blotches on top. Can reach about 6-9 feet in height, best grown in filtered sunlight. Not cold hardy, Blood Banana makes a great container plant, which can be taken outdoors for the summer and brought indoors for the winter months in temperate climates.

Zone 10+

No export to Australia
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Musa balbisiana
Sweet Wild Banana



Qty $ 3.73 /packet

10 seeds
Musa balbisiana Musa balbisiana is a progenitor of the modern commercial banana. Vigorous and highly disease-resistant, it grows very tall, up to 20 feet and forms large clumps of lush foliage. Great for backyard jungle landscapes, its huge, colorful inflorescense is breathtaking. The fruits are bluish green and are attractive to birds and bats -- rather too starchy and seedy for human consumption. Hardy at least to zone 9 but may be grown in cooler climates with winter protection or in containers.

Zone 9+

No export to Australia
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Musa coccinea
Red Dwarf Banana



Qty $ 3.95 /packet

10 seeds
Musa coccinea Stunning, scarlet red inflorescence will last for months and is the showiest of all dwarf bananas. Slender, bright green leaves and clustering habit, small, orange-red fruit. Grows 5 - 7 feet in height, about 10 months to bloom. Most extraordinary!

Zone 9+

No export to Australia
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Musa ornata
Lavender Banana



Qty $ 3.29 /packet

10 seeds
Musa ornata A stunning ornamental banana species native to Bangladesh and Burma, 'Lavender Beauty' produces large, lavender-pink blooms which open up as the flower matures. Strictly tropical, easily damaged by frost. Grows to 9 or 10 feet in height, blooms appear year-round. Fruit is rather small and inedible but attractive. Full sun to part shade — easy to cultivate!

Zone 10+

No export to Australia
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Musa sikkimensis
Himalayan Banana



Qty $ 4.17 /packet

8 seeds
Musa sikkimensis Cold Hardy

Few plants can add a more exotic, tropical appearance to your garden. This hardy banana from India was just introduced to cultivation in 1998. Though its precise cold tolerance is still unknown, it is believed that the species should be suitable for zones 7 and up. Care is similar to the hardy Musa basjoo banana. Quickly grows 15 to 18 feet in height.

Zone 7(?)+

No export to Australia
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Musa velutina
Velvet Pink Banana



Qty $ 3.62 /packet

12 seeds
Musa velutina An exquisite, dwarf species with bright green leaves and showy blossoms, followed by hands of small pink bananas. The flowers are pink to orange and the very ornamental fruits, dwarf bananas, are a bright, velvety pink and last for months at a time. They are edible and quite sweet, but also full of seeds. This species is very cold tolerant and will survive even frosty winters outside if heavily mulched. Alternatively it makes an excellent indoor plant and is one of the few bananas that will actually flower and fruit in the house. Place in a semi-sunny location. Keep evenly moist. Requires above average humidity. Grows to about 4' in height.

Zone 10+

No export to Australia
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Musella lasiocarpa
Chinese Dwarf Banana



Qty $ 4.39 /packet

5 seeds
Musella lasiocarpa World's Rarest Banana

Musella lasiocarpa is a rare banana relative that comes from high altitudes (to 9200 ft) in the Yunnan province in China. Local names for the plant translate as 'yellow lotus emerge from the earth' or 'yellow lotus of the earth mother'. Botanists with a working knowledge of Yunnan and Musella think that it may be extinct in the wild and maintained only in cultivation by farmers in Yunnan and Sichuan.

The plant produces a large 6" artichoke like flower with brilliant deep yellow bracts that is dramatic and sunburst shape and lasts for several months. Cold hardy to zone 7b. Grows 4 to 5 feet tall in full sun to partial shade. Feed and water generously. The seed requires cool stratification (5° C) but then germinates easily (usually 6 - 8 wks), and subsequent seedling growth is as you might expect, very fast. The Musella lasiocarpa is very uncommon and makes a great conversation piece wherever it is seen.

Zone 7b+

No export to Australia
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Myosotis sylvatica
Forget Me Not
Mon Amie Blue




Qty $ 3.51 /packet

35 seeds
Myosotis Mon Amie Blue

Only 12 weeks to bloom

Large blooms cover compact, mounded 6-8" plants. Flowers first year. Sun to shade, especially suited for cooler conditions. Easy to grow and virtually carefree.

Zone 6a-8b

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