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2019 SEEDLIST - NEW ARRIVALS
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NEW ARRIVALS
AKEBIA (a-KEE-bee-a)
LARDIZABALACEAE. East Asian twining shrubs grown for their attractive foliage and peculiar flowers and fruit. Best in sun and well-drained soil. Germinates readily after 1 month cold treatment.
—Akebia quinata. (10) AKEB-5. Packet: $4.00 OUT OF STOCK
These are sprouting seeds, shipped in a small petri dish. Akebia quinata.JPG (78200 bytes)
I don't know how well these will ship - this is just an experiment. If they don't make it through the mails, I'll refund.

'CHOCOLATE VINE', 'FIVE-LEAF'. Odd rosy purple (male) or purple brown (female), three petaled, 1/4 - 1 1/2" very sweetly fragrant flowers in pendant clusters in April and May. Peculiar sausage shaped dark purple 3 - 5" edible fruits with sweetish yellow green pulp. Twining shrub to 15 - 20 feet, with handsome 5-parted foliage. NE Asia. Zone 4 or 5. The leaves are used for tea in Japan. "Very graceful and desirable."—A. Rehder.

ANACARDIUM (an-a-kar-dee-um)
ANACARDIACEAE. Tropical trees and shrubs of the Americas.
—Anacardium occidentale. (5) ANAC-4. Packet: $2.50
25 seed: $10.00 (Shipping weight 4 ounces) BULK OUT OF STOCK - Packets are available

'CASHEW'. Small evergreen tree to 40 feet, bearing small 3" edible fruits with the cashew nut at the bottom. Handsome 8" leaves. Tropical America. Zone 10. Likes a dry season and well-drained soil. Soak seeds overnight and plant on their side, keep warm, germinates in 2 - 4 weeks. Seed shell causes rash if broken, but safe to handle when whole.

MOMORDICA (mo-MOR-di-ka)
CUCURBITACEAE. Tendril climbing vines grown for their attractive fruits. Quick growing, preferring warm moist soil and a long season. Start early indoors in the North, and treat like cucumbers. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures. Seed viable 3 -4 years.
—Momordica grosvenori. (10) MOMO-28. Packet: $3.50
'LUO HAN GUO'. Climber to 15 - 20 feet, with heart shaped leaves and yellow flowers followed by 2 - 3" fruits. Forms a caudex. S. China. Zone 10. Dioecious, so both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. The fruits are intensely sweet and used in Chinese medicine for lung complaints and longevity aid. Research has found anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-viral properties. Soak seed several days to germinate in 3 - 6 weeks warm.

ZEA (ZAY-a or ZEE-a)
GRAMINEAE. Corn and teosinte. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Zea mexicana. (20) ZEA-1. Packet: $2.50
'TEOSINTE'. Annual to 10 feet, with 1 - 2" wide leaves, and a tiny 'ear' only 2 - 3" long. México. A wild ancestor of corn, and its closest relative. The 'ear' consists of two rows of kernels back to back and has the power to disperse its seed, a trait which corn has lost. For at least 3000 years teosinte has crossed with cultivated maize, resulting in a great genetic diversity which is drawn upon to produce improved varieties. This genetic diversity is greater than could be produced by 100 years of artificially-induced mutations. Ironically, the introduction of modern agricultural methods and hybrid corn varieties to these last areas of teosinte's occurrence is rapidly driving it into extinction. If we lose this ancestral genetic base, we will no longer be assured of corn's continued development.