Seedlist Season!

Submitted by cohan on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 12:36

I hope I'm not forgetting an existing topic for this, if so, someone can combine them, please?

Here's the first updated list I've seen this year, Pavel Krivka


Submitted by Longma on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:39

That is a very special listing as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for posting it Cohan, cool

This reminded me to spend some more time browsing that list, I have not seen it before- I just started looking yesterday when I posted it, and a ways to go..


Here's another updated for the year:



Wow, lots and lots of wonderful seed offerings in that link, just look at the Gentiana species available.  I like how many of the offerings have a link to a great big photo, nice.

Submitted by cohan on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 14:07

In reply to by Mark McD

I like the way this second site is set up, but I don't like that they don't specify the age of the seed, as many of the other Czech seedlists do. I'd have to read the fineprint to see if all seed is from this year, but for most vendors it is not...

[quote=cohan] accepts PayPal ............--- huge plus!


Unlike NARGS which no longer does! Huge minus! frown


[Moderator note: the PayPal payment options was added back into the NARGS site]

Something different- new list from Gordon Summerfield- South African bulbs etc- here is a quote:

We have pleasure in attaching our latest catalogue.    For your interest we have some photos on a page on Face book –  Summerfield’s Indigenous Bulb & Seeds page).  Not all of the plants featured are in the 2013/2014 Catalogue this year, but are an example of some of the plants that we cultivate.   Should you have any particular interest, please contact us via email.


Not sure if I can attach a doc here, so if you are interested, just email me offlist and I will forward you the catalogue.

A few of the mouthwatering offerings from the seed lists...

From the Holubec list:

Cysticorydalis fedtschenkoana:

Eriophyton wallichii:

Lagochillus platyacanthus - look at this spiky beauty!

From the Alpine Seeds (Piatek) list:

Plantago nivalis:

Sedum sempervivoides:

I didn't even know some of these existed a short time ago but now I NEED them!  LOL!

What are you smitten by?

After a couple of grueling hours shovelling snow this morning (plus I shovelled 2 hours late last night, and my housemate shovelled 5 hours before I was up and out this morning!) I think I'e earned a couple of lazy hours poring over

I've looked at the Cysticorydalis before, and may even have had seed before.. I suppose the seed needs to be fresh like many Corys, though I've got occasional germination on some other not so fresh cory seed...

Woohoo! New Alplains list is ready!


Another South African List, Lifestyle Seeds, has posted updates also; you can also request to be on the email list for regular updates or on Facebook;

Josef Juracek's list 'Wild Seeds of Exquisite Alpines' is ready... I don't know if he has it online, the only link I have is for an old list, but if you want the new list, email me and I will forward...

Submitted by RickR on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 22:48

These all are great lists, but oh my, Ron, that last one! 

For me, the most tempting of all.

Thanks for that one, Ron- I think I've seen it before, but wasn't really on my radar.. (I was right, it was already in my

Very nice to see photos directly associated with many of the species- so important with species which are a)variable b)virtually unheard of...


Some very nice  Chinese species here of many Genera -

Nice to see the location data included. yes



Thanks Ron, I first saw this announced on Facebook, and even though I'm not in a seed acquisition mode, I succumbed to the temptation and made a modest order, I do hope I get seed of Iris barbatula (€10.00).  I really like how there are good sized photos of each ( a few photo links are mixed up, but by and large, having so many quality photo links is a great asset with this list).

Submitted by Longma on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 05:30

In reply to by Mark McD

Lets hope that all of the Lilium henrici are snapped up, and hopefully will be maintained in cultivation.

Mojmir Pavelka's list is now ready, you can email Mojmir directly-  -or email me and I will forward..

Submitted by Mark McD on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:43

In reply to by Mark McD

It took less than 2 weeks for the seed to arrive from , hallelujah!

Ordering and payment are done online, could not have been easier, still lots of good stuff left.

One of the items I received is Souliea vaginata, a pretty little ranunculid, does anyone know about its cultural needs?  Here's a link showing several photos:

Another one I got (but seed is out on that one now), is Halenia corniculata, I think of it as the "blue epimedium", a biennial in the Gentianaceae, so no relation to Epimedium whatsoever, except the flowers look just like epimedium, here's a nice photo from the site:

I wonder if this blue Chinese Halenia is actually H. elliptica, location (Yunnan) and color (blue) would indicate that species in Flora of China:


Congratulations Mark, looks like you got some choice seed there.

Integrity is the one word that sums up this site for me. Did you email Bjornar with your query as to the ID of the Halenia sp.?  I'm sure you'll get a quick and honest response, Looking at the F.O.C. it would seem to be H.elliptica, but ......? 

I wish that I ordered more (only did 6 seed packages), but with many varieties at 6 Euro or more, I was being conservative.  Many of the items are so different and rare, they are well worth the asking price, I had to use great restraint to not get more.  If there's a list next year, I will definitely plan on a bigger order.

I did pop off an email to Bjornar about the Halenia, happy the get it, whatever it's true identity.

Submitted by RickR on Sat, 12/14/2013 - 19:11

We've been imbibing all the wonderful pics all of you down under have been posting!


Can't say what all I've been busy with, but it's been less than a week since I finally got to ordering SRGC seed (!).  We had our Chapter seed packing days this past week, and I took 10 more selections back with me to do at home.

Submitted by cohan on Sat, 12/14/2013 - 21:49

I'm not yet sure what I will be ordering if anything- have to keep the budget under control, and I'm doing some trading that may net me  a sizeable pile of seed on top of things I collected myself this year- have to have time to sow them!!

I'll probably still be tempted to make a few small orders...

Submitted by externmed on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:59

Wonderful new functionality of NARGS seedlist.  I'm still using Windows XP and experienced multiple hang-ups with Firefox.  Google Chrome did not hang.  Thanks to all the donors, seed workers, and the computer people.

Maybe someday we could think of showing the state or country of the garden donors next to their number; but anyways, not at all detracting from an amazing step forward.

Charles Swanson MA USA

Submitted by externmed on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:24

Looking at seedlists it seems daunting to try to imagine what might be hardy, especially when thinking about such exotic places as Kazakhstan or west China; but I also have to wonder  how 10,000+ feet in Arizona or Montana translates to sea level in Massachusetts.

6,000 feet in my region is above tree line and is a collection of plants which are not going to do well (or generally grow at all) in my garden.

So looking at hardiness zone maps:


Plants from yellow and green zones might be thought to be potentially growable  ?  My zone is light green on left and light yellow on right.

I found that reality is much more complicated:


Oregon State Climate Eco Zone Map -- the 60 State zones of Oregon ecosystems (only a segment is shown)

Full map:

OK, so this seed came from which of these 60 eco (habitat) zones?  (None of which exist on the other side of the continent.)

OK folks.  I give up.  Please keep collecting and growing seed, and let me know if you find anything that might grow in my area.  ;-)

(I'll be thinking about buying seed from 3-6,000 feet in Utah.)

Hopefully some nice plants can evolve in gardens to become more adaptable.


Charles Swanson, Massachusetts, NE  USA







Yippee! NARGS seeds arrived today! Both mine and the allocation for FCHS; thanks again for all the help from the Admin team in getting it all going!

Way too hot to sow anything yet,



Didn't get a chance to sort through the seeds received until the weekend when I discovered the extra seeds contained with the FCHS allocation! Wow! really appreciated! Our Propagation group will have a field daysmiley