Updated on March 23, 2017

2017 FLOWERS AND ORNAMENTALS

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2017 FLOWERS

(41 Varieties to choose from)

Agrostema gilthago - Pink Windflower:  Plant in early Spring. Gets 3 to 4 feet tall with purple-pink flowers. Approximately 300 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $2.00

Asters:  We are still experimenting with proper isolation distances in flowers. This will be a mix of many types. You will be assured a gorgeous color display. Late summer blooming. Approximately 1,000 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Bachelor Button:  A very old flower that tends to naturalize in abandoned areas. Flowers are various colors. I remember as a child seeing them around old abandone houses in my arid area of Idaho where I lived. They can take a lot of stress. Pkt. $2.00

Chinese Lantern:  A perennial physalis. Gorgeous orange husks. Pkt. $2.00

Celosia - Pampus Plume:  Colorful spikes of flowers on short plants. Colors tend to be red, orange, and yellow. Pkt. $2.00

Cockscomb, Miles Old Fashioned:  Oma Miles sent us this old fashioned strain that doesn't produce huge seed heads like the modern ones. It is all shades of red and multi-branched. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Cosmos Sulfureous - Kenikura:  Petals are used in Indonesian cuisine for a food garnish. 3 foot tall plants have orange and yellow flowers. Approximately 250 seeds. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Four O'Clock:  A mixture of colors (some are striped), tall, bushy plants blooming late in the afternoon. These will attract all kinds of beautiful moths. Approximately 75 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $1.75

Foxy Foxglove:  Starts Blooming when as short as 18 inches. Flowers are in spikes covered with dangling, thimble shaped flowers. Plant is poisonous. Approximately 1,000 seeds/pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Golden Flax:  Typical flax, but seeds are milder for eating. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Hibiscus Sabdariffa:  (Rozella) Use calyxes for popular drink. Boil with sugar and ginger and drink. The "zing" in a popular tea. Pkt. $2.00

Himalayan Celosia:  Pretty, variegated, edible leaves (usually lightly steamed). Single crest red flowers on 2 to 3 foot plants. Approximately 500 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.75

Hollyhock:  A colorful old fashioned flower growing 6 to 7 feet tall. An abundance of flower stalks in shades of pink, red, cream, white and black. Approximately 100 seeds. Pkt. $1.50

Hollyhock, Black:  Pure blackish purple, beautiful. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 pkt.)

Love In A Puff:  A unique vining annual from Oma Miles. Plants look vigorous but scrawny with tiny white flowers that eventually turn into air-filled seed pods which contain 1 to 2 round, small sweet pea sized seeds. Seeds are stuck together in a heart shape. (15 seeds) Pkt. $3.00

Lychnis Lipstick:  Also known as Maltese Cross. Hardy perennial native to Russia. Plants are 3 to 4 feet tall, bright, scarlet red, 3 to 4 inch diameter heads. Does well in full sun or partial shade. Approximately 1,000 seeds per pkt. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Marigold, Crackerjack:  Mix of orange and yellow. 2 to 3 feet tall, bushy. Approximately 300 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.25

Marigold, Petite Mix:  Small, dwarf plants. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.25

Melanapodium:  2 feet tall, little yellow zinnia-like flower, great border plant. Beautiful and tough. Approximately 450 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Morning Glory, Giant Mix:  A mix of many colors. Pkt. $2.00

Morning Glory, Grandpa Otts:  The heirloom that started Seed Savers Exchange. Deep purple flowers with a bright rose pink star center. Pkt. $2.00

Moss Rose (aka Portulaca):  My mother used to plant this in the rocks in front of our house when I was a child, and in that thin layer of dust I can remember seeing the plants grow and produce colorful flowers. They grow well in the sandy soil we have here. Seeds are very fine and should be started indoors and transplanted. Approximately 300 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.25

Nasturtium, Alaska Mixed:  Shorter plants, flowers of gold, orange, and salmon. Flowers and leaves can both be used in salads. Pkt. $2.25

Nasturtium, Dwarf Jewel Mixed:  Brilliant colored flowers that grow above the foliage. Pkt. $2.25

Nasturtium, Empress of India:  Brilliant scarlet flowers. 12 to 14 inches tall, flowers and leaves can be eaten in salads. Pkt. $2.25

Old Fashioned Petunia:  Beautiful and fragrant, mostly purple and white, rapid grower. Approximately 80 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Oodham Devils Claw:  Super long spines, some are up to 12 inches long. Plants are colorful and their stickiness traps some insects. Dried seed pods are nice for crafting. This plant can take over where you plant it, but it is easy to remove the young plants as they come up if you don't want them. Approximately 35 seeds per pkt. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Poppy, California:  A nice, colorful poppy native to drier regions. Approximately 1,400 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.00

Poppy, Lauren's Grape:  An unbelievably gorgeous grape purple poppy. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Poppy, Mixed:  A colorful mix of Shirley-type poppies. Approximately 3,000 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Poppy, Peach:  Pastel colored poppy. Approximately 3,000 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea):  Nice purple-pink flowers. A good native plant. Approximately 300 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.75

Purple Devil:  90 days.  (Solanum atropurpurean) We obtained this with the name "Five Minute Plant" from Mayo Underwood. I can easily see why she named it that. You can easily spend five minutes marveling at the spines located everywhere. Long season to fruit, but makes a wonderful pot plant and conversation piece. Plant looks waxy and has a purple cast. Fruits are golden yellow and hang in clusters among the thorns. Nothing edible on this plant. It is purely ornamental. Makes an excellent hedge plant to keep anything out. It makes barbed wire look tame by comparison. Plants get up to five feet tall. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Round Leaf Safflower:  No thorns, seed used for bird seed. Cut when leaves are still green and heads are just starting to open for dried floral arrangements. Beautiful plants, insect tolerant. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Scarlet Cypress Vine:  Delicate, fine-cut foliage with small red, trumpet-like flowers. Beautiful fence cover. Very prolific. Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Snapdragons:  A mixture of types, though most will be tall. A complete range of colors. Approximately 500 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.25

Splash Nicandra:  (aka Shoo Fly Plant) 4 ft. tall plants with variegated leaves that are loaded with beautiful, blue flowers followed by ground cherry-like husks with inedible fruit in them. Approximately 580 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Stocks, Dwarf Mix:  Old time flower with grey green foliage. Soft colored flower spikes on 1 foot plants. Pkt. $2.00

Sweet Pea, Old Fashioned Mixed:  Colorful and fragrant, plant early for the best results. Approximately 40 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00

Sweet Pea, Royal Mix:  Nice colorful mix of flowers on climbing plants. Approximately 40 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00

Sweet William:  A colorful dianthus that is a biennial. Plant one season, they flower the next. They are gorgeous in May and June and are loaded with pink, red and white flowers. They reseed themselves very well. Approximately 500 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.25

Zebrina Hollyhock:  A different species than regular hollyhock. The plants average 4 to 5 feet tall and are loaded the entire season (even after frost) with small purplish flowers that are striped. Truly a remarkable plant. As Fall progresses, it is the brightest spot on the farm. Flower production and color get more intense as the other plants die. I call it my anti-depression flower. As everything else dies from frost it keeps blooming even when night time temperatures drop into the teens. Approximately 450 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed


2017 ZINNIA

(18 Varieties to choose from)

Notes:  Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers and they do well here in Iowa. I hope to continue to add to the varieties we offer. Zinnia packets vary from 25 seeds on hard to produce varieties to several hundred on others. I goofed and didn't get many of the Zinnias planted until it was too late so the Benary's series will be in short supply this season, sorry!

Benary's Giant Coral:  Tall, bushy plants, very large coral colored flowers. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Benary's Giant Orange:  Tall, bushy plants, very large orange colored flowers. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Benary's Giant Pink:  Large pink, very uniform. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Benary's Giant Purple:  Tall, bushy plants, very large purple colored flowers. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Benary's Giant Red:  Tall, bushy plants, very large red colored flowers. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Benary's Giant Wine:  Tall, bushy plants very large deep magenta red purple. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Benary's Giant Yellow:  Tall, bushy plants, very large yellow colored flowers. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Canary Bird:  Bright yellow, tall, bushy plants. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Daffodil: Bright yellow. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Enchantress:  3 foot tall plants, deep rose pink colored flowers. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Large Mixed:  A colorful mix of large flowering types, some will be striped. Approximately 150 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Lavender Queen:  Pale, soft lavender, tall bushy plants. Approximately 25 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Orange King:  Bright orange. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Oriole:  Deep orange. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Polar Bear:  Pure white. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Red-Blue Spectrum:  A gorgeous multi-shaded zinnia with red and purple tones. Approximately 50 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Royal Purple:  Darker purple. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Scarlet King:  Bright, fiery red. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00

Small Mixed:  Small pompon types. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $1.50

Violet Queen:  Medium purple. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

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2017 SUNFLOWER

Sunflower culture:  These can be used for both garden decoration and seed. Some are better suited for one purpose than the other. We struggle to compete with the birds for the seeds. Large patches tend to give us very small seed return as the birds get most of them prior to the heads being totally mature.

2017 SEED SUNFLOWERS:

Unless stated otherwise packets will contain around 100 seeds.

Arikara:  85 days.  6 to 8 feet tall, sometimes multi-headed. Seeds seem to come in an array of colors. Some heads get quite large. Approximately 100 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Early Russian:  Quick maturing. Shorter, faster maturing version of Grey Striped Mammoth. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Grey Striped Mammoth:  About 10 feet tall, big 12 inch heads, yellow petals, good bird feed. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Hopi Dye Sunflower:  100 days.  Short, 4 to 5 foot tall plants producing small seed heads which contain deep purple to blackish colored seeds. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Skyscraper:  Very tall (to 12 foot), huge heads for seed production. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Tarahumara White:  110 days.  A tall (10 feet) seed type sunflower with pale orange-yellow petals and white seeds. Approximately 75 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Titan:  90 days.  Huge heads, strong stalks. We only saved seeds from heads 15 inches in diameter or larger. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

2017 ORNAMENTAL SUNFLOWERS:

Unless stated otherwise packets will contain around 50 seeds. Birds love these.

Evening Sun:  85 days.  Beautiful reddish bronze colored single flowers. Gorgeous cut flowers. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Italian White:  70 days.  Six foot plants are multi-branched, flowers average 4 inches across with creamy white petals. Pkt. $3.00

Lemonhead:  100 days.  I embarked on a sunflower breeding project 15 years ago and prior to our family dog's arrival, sunflowers were always destroyed by skunks eating the grubs at their roots. I persisted with limited return crossing some wild Polish lemon yellow sunflowers with orange ones and offer this for trial. The flowers are a mix of single and double and are over 95% a bright lemon yellow. Flowers range up to 8" across, plants 8 foot tall. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Multiflora Single Yellow:  90 days.  7 to 9 foot tall plants with many single yellow flower heads. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Red Sun:  85 days.  A very attractive selection of Evening Sun that is mostly red shades. Birds love it and they are gorgeous ornamentals. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Sungold Sunflower:  4 to 5 foot plants with large double yellow flowers. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Velvet Queen:  About 7 foot tall, dark mahogany petals, good bird food. Pkt. $2.00

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2017 CANNAS

Canna culture:  Cannas thrive in our sandy soil. We plant one section every 12 to 15 inches and by Fall they have totally closed in. The hummingbirds love the flowers. The one problem we have is they produce such large roots they are about 3 to 4 times the size of the root sections commonly sold.

Mixed Type:  With all we have going on we decided to just send out mixtures of the leaf color types and nearly all of these have red flowers. 3 roots for $8.00; 6 roots for $12.00; 12 roots for $20.00

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2017 COTTON

(8 varieties to choose from)

It is best for Northern gardeners to treat this like peppers by starting them inside and transplanting them in the garden. I keep the later season types in flower pots in front of buildings for decoration. They make a showy plant both in flowers and foliage. Then when bolls pop open they are quite colorful. Believe it or not we had beautiful looking transplants in our plots this year and the rabbits would not leave them alone. I don't th;ink they were eating them but they kept nibbling and we got no seed production this year. We are thankful to our friends, Pam and Edmund Brown, for getting some new ones to list.

Buranda:  135 days.  A white boll type. Good tolerance to insects and drought. Pkt. (25 seeds) $3.00

Butternut Brown:  130 days.  Very large, fluffy bolls, almost a khaki color. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Mississippi Brown:  135 days.  Very late. Deeply lobed leaves with bolls that open to light tan to pale brown. Pkt. (25 seeds) $3.00

Red Foliated White:  130 days.  A very attractive plant that has reddish stems and leaves and easily gets 3 feet tall here. Cotton is white in color. Pkt. @25 seeds) $3.00

Seamist Green:  130 days.  Lint is off-green in color, bolls do not open up big, not a fluffy type. 25 seeds/Pkt. - Pkt. $3.00

Egyptian Green:  115 days.  Beautiful flowers on 3 to 4 foot tall plants followed by bolls that produce pale green cotton. 25 seeds/Pkt. - Pkt. $3.50; 3 Pkts. $9.00

Snow White:  130 days.  Pure white. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Tan:  115 days.  4 foot plants with tan to brown shaded cotton bolls. Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.00; 3 Pkts. $5.00


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