L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN,
BOX 337, LA
2020 SEEDLIST - Ta - To
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TAGETES (TAG-e-teez or ta-JEE-teez)
COMPOSITAE. 'MARIGOLDS'. Well-known annuals and perennials grown for their showy flowers, attractive foliage, for flavoring and medicine, or nematode and weed control. Easily grown in ordinary well-drained soil and full sun. Keep flowers picked to keep bushy and prolong bloom. Sow where they are to stand or early indoors in pots. Germinates in about a week, some of the species taking up to 6 weeks.
—Tagetes filifolia. (100) TAGE-9. Packet: $2.50
'IRISH LACE'. Neat 6" mounds of bright emerald-green finely divided thread-like foliage with a pleasant sweet anise scent. Tiny white flowers in late summer and fall. México. Useful as edging. Self-sows. Used as flavoring. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
NEW—Tagetes multiflora?. (50) TAGE-16. Packet: $4.00 OUT OF STOCK
'HUACATAY', 'CHIQCHIPA'. Small orange marigolds from tubular red buds, in clusters on an annual or perennial to 1 - 2 feet. Attractive feathery leaves with a strong anise-like scent. From seed collected at 11,500 feet in Peru. Zone 9. Stands extremely dry conditions, and attracts pollinators and repels nematodes. A popular condiment in the Andes, and used as a digestive tea. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
NEW—Tagetes sp. BK14510.6. (25) TAGE-24. Packet: $4.00
Clusters of small bright yellow flowers on a rounded shrub to 3 - 5 feet, with dark green leaves, that are delightfully anise-mint scented. From seed collected at 12,000 feet near Cusco, Peru. Zone 8? Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
PORTULACEAE. 'FAME FLOWER'. Small annuals and perennials with delicate flowers. Good in rock gardens, borders and as foliage plants. Most stand heat and drought. Most germinate readily in 6 - 20 days, though some may take up to 140 days.
—Talinum paniculatum. (=patens) (200) TALI-50. Packet: $2.50
'JEWELS OF OPAR'. Dainty pink five-petaled 1/2" flowers in airy 10" panicles. Half hardy perennial to 2 feet, with 3" somewhat succulent leaves, growing from a tuberous root. SE U.S. Best in sandy, well-drained soil. Leaves edible. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
"Sooner or later you're gonna hafta face up to them... the fact is, you know too much already... you're no ignoramus... you know what they're doing all over the world is terribly, terribly wrong!"—R. Crumb.
LEGUMINOSAE. A single species. Zone 9.
NEW—Tamarindus indica. (10) TAMA-1. Packet: $2.50
'TAMARIND'. Evergreen tropical tree with feathery pinnate foliage, and racemes of pale yellow flowers. Fast growing to 80 feet; slow if kept on the dry side. Good bee plant. The thick, 8" long pods are eaten throughout the tropics. They have a wonderful tart sweet flavor that blends with other fruits more subtly than lemon juice, The pods. are soaked in water an hour or two, when the husk and seeds can be easily removed. The pulp is then beaten smooth and added to fresh or cooking fruit. Superb with bland dried fruit like figs or pears. The pulp puree is a fine drink in water, with just a little sweetening added, as it is high in both natural sugar and acid. With longer soaking, the water becomes a refreshing drink, and the pulp becomes mild enough to use in applesauce cake, or as filling. Can be thickened with corn starch for a dessert sauce. Soak seed, nick hard ones, germinates in 2 - 4 weeks.
COMPOSITAE. Aromatic annuals and perennials grown for ornament, seasoning and medicine. Easy in most soils. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks and seed is viable 3 years.
—Tanacetum Parthenium: See Chrysanthemum Parthenium.
—Tanacetum vulgare. (1000) TANA-8. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO MONTANA.
'TANSY', 'GOLD-BUTTONS'. Bright yellow 1/4 - 1/2" rayless disk-flowers in dense, flat-topped clusters from July to September. Hardy aromatic perennial to 3 - 5 feet, with dark green ferny foliage. Europe. Zone 4. The bitter, aromatic leaves are used in sausages, puddings and omelets, 'apple-tansy', and as a spring tonic. Many medicinal uses. Tales of toxicity stem from overdoses of concentrated extracts, not the ordinary use of the fresh leaves in cooking. Was used to brew ale, repel flies and make a green dye.
SAXIFRAGACEAE. 'FRINGE CUP'. Pretty herbaceous perennials of Western America. Related to Mitella. Good in the rock garden, wild garden or border. Valued plants in Europe, neglected here. Germinates in a month at cool temperatures, with light. Gibberellic acid also gives excellent germination.
NEW—Tellima grandiflora. (1000) TELL-20. Packet: $2.50
'FALSE ALUM-ROOT', 'FRINGE CUPS'. Charming bell-shaped flowers open green, then turn pink or red, the petals finely divided and fringed. Hardy perennial to 2 - 3 feet, with downy, roundish 4" leaves. California to Alaska. Likes moist shaded spots. "The petals are inconspicuous at a distance; but when closely examined, reveal a delicacy and beauty of form entirely unsuspected."—Parsons. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks, best in light.
CHENOPODIACEAE. A single species.
—Teloxys aristata 'Sea Foam'. (500) TELX-1. Packet: $2.50
Interesting hardy annual to 10", with moss-like, intricately-branched green foliage, and tiny flowers that turn reddish, giving the whole plant a red glow. Central Asian deserts. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
LABIATAE. Ornamental summer-blooming perennials and tiny shrubs grown in the border and rock garden. Many are aromatic and medicinal. Tough plants, standing poor, rocky soil and drought.
—Teucrium Chamaedrys. (50) TEUC-10. Packet: $2.50
'GERMANDER'. Showy rosy pink 3/4" flowers in loose spikes on a hardy compact rhizomatous shrublet to 1 foot tall, With 3/4" leaves. Europe. Zone 4. Attracts bees. The flowers have been likened to miniature orchids. Medicinal. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks.
—Teucrium hyrcanicum. (250) TEUC-15. Packet: $2.50
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Showy dense 4 - 12" spikes of red-purple flowers in summer. Hardy perennial to 2 1/2 feet, with downy green leaves. W. Asia. Zone 5. Germinates in 1 week.
—Teucrium Marum. (250) TEUC-16. Packet: $2.50
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CAT THYME'. Aromatic shrublet to 18", with large, purplish-pink 1 - 3" flowers and tiny fragrant leaves. Mediterranean. Zone 9. Strongly attracts cats. My barn cats go crazy for this and pester me when I'm filling packets. Give GA-3 to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.
"Every living object has individuality."—L. H. Bailey.
MALVACEAE. Tropical trees and shrubs valued for their showy flowers. Good street tree in tropics.
NEW—Thespesia populnea. (20) THES-16. Packet: $2.50
'PORTIA TREE'. Yellow bell-shaped 2 - 3" flowers with red or purple centers, changing to orange or purple in a day. Woody inch-wide pods. Small tree to 20 - 50 feet, with heart-shaped glossy leaves and thick, corrugated bark. Pantropical. Flowers most of the year. Hard, beautifully grained wood, said to smell of roses when freshly cut. Young leaves edible, flowers eaten raw, and the fruits preserved. Zone 10. Nick seed to germinate in 2 - 4 weeks.
ACANTHACEAE. Tender climbers or shrubs, with showy, funnel-shaped flowers. Best in rich moist soil and a warm sheltered spot, or in the greenhouse. Start seed early for early bloom.
—Thunbergia alata. (100) THUN-1. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $19.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
'BLACK-EYED SUSAN'. Bright orange and yellow 2" flowers with dark throats. Tender perennial vine with triangular leaves. Tropical Africa. Vigorous and fast growing. The leaves are eaten in the Congo. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."—A. France.
LABIATAE. Several low aromatic shrubs.
—Thymbra spicata. (50) THYB-12. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $10.00
'ZA'ATAR HOMMAR', 'SPIKED THYME'. Dark pink 1/2" flowers in 4" spikes in spring and summer. Small shrub to 1 foot, with narrow inch-long leaves. Greece to Israel. Zone 8. Likes full sun and dry areas. Has a delicious oregano/thyme flavor, and is used in making za'atar, an essential Middle Eastern condiment. Young shoots added to herb cheese in Turkey. Medicinal, reduces cholesterol and is liver-protecting. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks warm.
Article on the cholesterol-reducer, antioxidant and liver protective effects:
THYMUS (TI-mus or THY-mus)
LABIATAE. 'THYME'. Aromatic tiny shrubs or perennials, several hundred Eurasian species. Good in the rock garden, for edging, groundcover and fragrance. Easily grown in full sun and well-drained soil, doing well in dry, rocky places. The classification of the cultivated kinds is totally confused. Germinates in 5 - 87 days at cool to warm temperatures. Seed viable 2 - 7 years.
—Thymus Mastichina. (125) THYM-16. Packet: $3.00
'MASTIC THYME', 'SPANISH MARJORAM'. Aromatic shrublet to 6 - 12", with round heads of tiny white flowers and small green leaves. Spain and Portugal. Zone 6. Used for seasoning.
—Thymus pulegioides. (500) THYM-20. Packet: $2.50
'MOTHER OF THYME'. Tiny mauve 1/4" flowers in heads on a hardy fragrant dwarf shrublet to 4 - 14" tall, with tiny leaves. Europe. Zone 4. Attracts bees and makes a nice ground cover. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Thymus Serpyllum. (1000) THYM-23. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $6.00, Ounce: $12.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
'CREEPING THYME', 'MOTHER-OF-THYME', 'SERPOLET'. Creeping evergreen with fragrant 1/4" dark green leaves and purple flowers produced abundantly in July and August. Eurasia. Zone 4. Good ground cover in the rock garden or between paving stones. Much loved by bees. Used in cookery. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
—Thymus vulgaris 'German Winter'. (1000) THYM-24W. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $6.00, Ounce: $12.00
Broad-leaved variety which can stand frost.
'GARDEN THYME'. Tiny lilac or purplish flowers on a small shrublet to 6 - 15" tall. Western Mediterranean. Zone 7. A popular culinary herb and much valued for edging. Excellent in soups, stews, sausages stuffings, herb vinegars, baked goods, etc. Good honey plant. Valued since ancient times as a powerful medicine, it is mentioned by Pliny, Virgil and others. Thymol, from the oil, is antiseptic and a powerful miticide. Crushed thyme sprinkled in beehives kills varroa mites, and soaked in olive oil is the best remedy for ear mites in pets; superior to commercial remedies. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks.
"The earth belongs to the living, not the dead."—Thomas Jefferson.
IRIDACEAE. American warm-region bulbs.
NEW—Tigridia chiapensis. (10) TIGR-8. Packet: $4.00
White, three-petalled 2" flowers with yellow centers and maroon blotches, in summer. Diminutive bulb with pleated grass-like leaves 6 - 10" tall. Moist meadows of Chiapas, México, up to 9000 feet. Zone 8. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
COMPOSITAE. 'MEXICAN SUNFLOWER'. Showy robust tender annuals and perennials from tropical America, grown for their large, sunflower-like flowers. Good in the greenhouse and in the back border in California and the South. Heat and drought resistant, but needs good drainage. Good in poor soil and full sun. Best sown indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost. Germinates in 1 - 2 weeks. Space 24".
—Tithonia speciosa 'Torch'. (50) TITH-22T. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00
'MEXICAN SUNFLOWER'. Brilliant orange 3 - 4" wide flowers on tall, vigorous plants to 4 feet. Large, bold, often 3-lobed velvety leaves. Central America. Blooms July to frost, excellent for cutting. Drought resistant, good in desert gardens.