A Planetary Genome Pool Service
Plant Breeding for the Public Domain
Pacific Northwest Species Seeds
OG since '73
Alan and Linda Kapuler
Send your list of requests to Peace Seeds, 2385 SE Thompson St., Corvallis OR 97333-1919 USA, with a check or postal money order for the appropriate amount including $3, shipping and handling. For orders outside of the USA, please include 30% of cost of order for airmail postage and handling. We can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Peace Seedlings, a next generation seed company dedicated to public domain
organic plant breeding and the conservation of biodiversity with a remarkable offering of
Andean tubers that includes oca, mashua, maca, yacon and ulluco. We thank and appreciate
the continual hard work, perseverance and devotion of Dylana Kapuler and Mario DiBenedetto.
To Dominique Guillet of Kokopelli Seeds for supporting public domain plant breeding and a better world for everyone.
For a 15 minute video tour of our main greenhouse, google Kinship Garden.
For our new website see PeaceSeedsLive.com which contains many aspects of our
endeavor and its 4 decades long history.
Appreciation and Recognition
For a 2019 list send a SASE to 2385 SE Thompson St., Corvallis OR 97333 USA.
To Kusra Kapuler for assembling, organizing and developing our new website PeaceSeedsLive.com.
To James Lawson for PeaceSeeds.com.
To Hal Brown Sr., Hal Brown Jr., Tracy and Dan Lamblin for ongoing fundamental support.
To Judy Weiner, Windy River Farm for the Peace Seeds logo and for turning us on to
David Rains Wallace, a modern Charles Darwin.
To GRIN and seedfolk locally and worldwide.
To Sarangamat Gurusiddian Ph.D. for collaboration in the amino acid analyses.
To the Public Domain of Life that holds in trust biodiversity for everyone.
To Bob Dylan, Mark Knophler, Joan Baez and The Grateful Dead.
Thanks to all of you, the endeavor grows.
Of Life and Death
Some of our closest lifetime friends and collaborators passed away this past year.
We give thanks for their lives, their contributions to a healthy biodiverse world, their seedwork,
their genius and their inspiration.
To Ron McComb who helped many lives with light shows, Rolfing and transcendental experiences.
To Kent Whealy who founded the Seed Saver's Exchange and promoted the essential
importance of open pollinated seeds especially of heirloom vegetables and flowers.
To Anpetu Oihankesni founder of SourcePoint Seeds in Paeonia Colorado.
To Rod and Rachel Saunders, founders of Silverhills Seeds, Kenilworth Southern
Africa for their botanical genius, extraordinary seed collecting and creation of perhaps
the best species seed company on earth.
To James Alan Duke PhD who we affectionately call 'The Duke of Herbs' for having
left us a legacy of his Green Pharmacy and the myriad connections of human biochemistry
and mostly temperate zone herbs and food plants to promote our longevity and sustain our
long-term health. Some of his insights and attributions are now included in the following list.
A Short List of Needs
A Planetary Renaissance
A Socio-Political Renaissance
A Practical Conceptual Renaissance
A Polyfunctional Renaissance
A Evolutionary Renaissance
A Widespread Education about our Genes, Chromosomes, Cells, Organs, Bodies and the
microbes ie bacteria, archaea and viruses that created them.
Terms of Business
We are responsible that the seeds we supply are fertile and correctly labeled. We are glad to reimburse anyone dissatisfied to the cost of seeds and no more, or to re-supply given kinds. We are not responsible for the mis-use of the seeds or the plants that arise from them. Our seeds exceed state and federal germination requirements. We list the minimum number of seeds per packet. Frequently we pack more, depending on the harvest. Seeds from our breeding work and other staple crops are grown on our 3 acre organic garden aka Brown's Garden. A few kinds come from our home garden. The remainder are wildcrafted in the PNW.
After decades of writing seed lists and catalogs, this is the sixth time using the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group System, called APG. For a good introduction see P. Spears 2006 A Tour of the Flowering Plants, Missouri Botanical Garden Press or look on-line under APG. Peter Stevens discussion of current plant taxonomy in the APG/MOBOT website is difficult, excellent and inspiring. We encourage people to do a google image search for the species and cultivars that we offer and to look into Wikipedia on-line for more information about germinations, ecology and horticulture.
The Angiosperms= The Flowering Plants
Sagittaria latifolia Wapato, Katniss, Arrowhead
small turions are $3 each
A widespread aquatic food plant of north America, used by natives for untold centuries and of major importance in the pacific northwest where it also feeds ducks, geese, muskrats, nutria and beavers. Plants are attractive, to 3', with large arrow-shaped leaves and spikes of 1" white flowers, male and female on the same flowering spikes, sometimes sexes on different plants. Seeds are fresh collected from the plants we grow. Sow seeds on moist flats in spring, keep moist for several months, let dry out for several months during summer and then water in the fall when they will germinate.
Sam Thayer aptly says that although invisible to most the swamps that grow the turion=tuber growing Sagittarias provide the staff of life for foragers.
The tubers can be dropped in a shallow water (6-20 inches deep) pond or tub with several inches of soil on the bottom. After they grow roots, they will sink to the bottom, root in and make leaves, flower and eventually seeds. Supplies are limited.
Camas Hyacinth, major Maturity 2-5 years 50 seeds/$4.00
One of the major PNW Amerindian food plants. The common and widely distributed species with edible bulbs and attractive purple flowers. This was one of the major food plants of this bioregion prior to the Columbian exchange (see the books 1491 and 1493 by Charles Mann for a mind opening unveiling of life in the New World before and after Columbus). At one time, the Willamette Valley in springtime was a blue-purple blaze from the coast range to the Cascades as the camas was widespread and prolific. Camas was tended with care by the native peoples who harvested it. Now it is marginalized. Burbank, 85 years ago bred cultivars with large bulbs and a variety of flower colors including pinks, blues, pale yellows, to show that this is a multifaceted taxon with delicious bulbs and beautiful flowers. The fresh bulbs are an ivory white when harvested in the fall, getting up to hen's egg in size, about the same size as wapato. Camassia is biologically close to the agaves. Both are rich in inulins, polymers of fructose. Inulins are important food for microbes in our intestines. Chicories and yacon are also rich in inulins.
Camas Hyacinth, minor 25 seeds/$3.00
One of several species of camas used by the PNW natives as a primary vegetable food plant. Flowers are blue-purple, smaller than C. leichtlinii, as are the bulbs. Used for centuries, baked in pit ovens whence the bulbs which contain inulins caramelize into a delicious food,
In 1998, Gurusiddiah and Kapuler analyzed the juice of a camas bulb and found 15/20 amino acids used in protein synthesis in the juice. The highest amounts were, in descending order, arginine, cysteine, threonine, isoleucine, aspartic acid, tyrosine, serine and histidine. In comparison with other vegetables, the camas is unusually high in some of the rarer amino acids needed by our bodies for making proteins.
Camassia grex Backyard Mix 50 seeds/3.00
During the past decades we have been collecting Camassia leichtlinii and C. quamash and
growing them in our backyard. Generally these two species do not cross since C. quamash flowers
first and C. leichtlinii later. Some flowers are dark brilliant blue, some are pale sky blue, some are
pink while others are white. Most are C. leichtlinii. Since they grow in common ground, it is likely
that they are interbreeding....hence called a grex.
Allium ampeloprasum Babington Top Setting Leek 10 bulbils/5.00
Perennializing hardy heirloom with bulbils made on the top of inflorescences as in some garlic and onions. Supplies limited.
Allium tuberosum Garlic Chives 50/4.00
Hardy clump forming perennial to a foot or more tall with flat leaves that are good for many culinary purposes. Worth including in a perennial food garden for the temperate climate.
Clivia miniata hybrids Clivias $2/seed, minimum order 5 seeds
About a decade ago I purchased several Clivia seeds from Silverhills Seeds in Southern Africa, grew them up to flowering and then ordered 125 seeds from which more than 80 have now flowered. The crosses were of many kinds. Since C. miniata has both orange and creamy yellow flowers, both of these were used in the crosses as were several other species Clivia caulescens, Clivia gardenii and maybe C. nobilis. These are spectacular flowers with impressive variation in flower color,, shape and cluster. It takes 3-5 years from seed to flower. Clivias prefer part to deep shade, cool non freezing weather and good, organic garden soil.
Asparagus densifolius 10/4.00
Perennial with thick plumose foliage of distinctive character to 3' and rather cold tolerant, even frozen it is sometimes come up from the crown.
Asparagaceae subfamily Nolinoideae
Ruscus aculeatus Knee Holly/Butcher's Broom 7/5.00
Perennial shrub to 2 feet with sharp pointed leaf-like structures and red berries. Is known to increase circulation and is an herbal for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Ornithogalum sandersiae Giant Chincherinechee 20/3.50
South African perennial herb with starry white flowers on 4-5' spike. Good for cut flowers. The common name comes from the sound of the spikes with dry pods rubbing together (cf. Wikipedia). Will not withstand freezing conditions.
Dioscorea batatas Jinengo 5/6.00
Temperate vine that develops 2-3' or longer starchy edible roots, sometimes wrist sized and taking several years. On the vines, small aerial edible bulbils develop which drop to the ground and produce new plants. We supply vegetative seeds. An alternative name is Mountain Yam and this is a true yam, a dioscorea rather than a sweet potato which is a tuberous rooted morning glory with which it is frequently confused. One of our customers instructed us that these aerial seeds grow male plants.
Dendrobium kingianum Pink Rock Orchid one 6-8" keiki/$10
During the 1950's my father and I exhibited orchids in the International Flower Show in the NY Coliseum. In the process I made the acquaintance of G. Hermon Slade from Vanuatu, New South Wales in the south sea islands where he had an extensive orchid collection. He later sent me a plant of this Australian species that is that sole relic of my childhood collection, more than 50 years on. My father kept it alive until the mid 1990's. It is doing better now than in previous decades growing in our cool, shady greenhouse where it is kept dry during the winter to induce flowering.
Zea mays Double Red Sweet Corn see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Intense purple seeds from anthocyanin pigments similar to the ones found in blueberries. Excellent fresh and makes an extraordinary corn bread both in taste and color. Plants 5-7', 1-2 ears/stalk. Dark purple stalks and leaves. This is the best selection since we began working with high anthocyanin sweet corns more than 15 years ago. A unique addition to the public domain and
provides a parent for many new sweet corns that contain anti-oxidant pigments.
Zea mays True Gold Sweet Corn see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
In 1955 three acres of Golden Jubilee Sweet Corn gave me food and shelter. One of the best corns bred in the USA, we offer the open pollinated selection from the original hybrid. Plants 6-8' tall, green, cobs with yellow-orange seeds high in zea-xanthin, one of the three pigments that protect our eyes. A great sweet corn.
The following tale comes from the request of Botanical Interests, a Colorado Seed Company, to relate when we first began converting the F1 hybrid Golden Jublilee Sweet Corn to open pollinated True Gold Sweet Corn.
When I was about 13 years old, my parents had renovated a large chicken coop for a summer residence a couple of hours north of Brooklyn, where we lived. On the road to this place near Washingtonville NY, there was Mr Wester who grew the three acres of sweet corn that he called Golden Jubillee along with an acre of strawberries. When we stopped to get some of his delicious yellow sweet corn, I would run out into the corn patch and disappear among the rows. It was the first sense of freedom that I knew.
Some decades later when I was living in Southern Oregon near the Applegate River, I became friends with an aging farmer who grew several acres of Golden Jubillee. He would give me a burlap sack to fill with ears and charge me a dollar.
I began saving seeds from his corn in about 1978 growing it for at least 5 years before offering it in one of the first Peace Seeds annual lists. Since it was no longer an F1 hybrid but an open pollinated line, I had to change the name and True Gold is both true and appropriate. It remains to be one of finest sweet corns bred in the USA.
True Gold was released in 1983 as far as I recall. So True Gold is at least 35 years old as an open pollinated line.Zingiberales
Thalia dealbata Water Canna 5 seeds/4.00
Attractive and hardy water plant to 6' with panicles of small purple flowers. Seeds are similar to and feel like those of Canna indica.
Schisandra chinensis Five Flavor Berry 8 seeds/ 5.00
Perennial vine that is one of the primary herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Seeds come from Eastern Prince cultivar which is self fertile. The seedlings revert to separate male and female plants.
Apiales- close cousins of ginseng and the daisies.
Angelica hendersonii Henderson's Angelica 25/5.00
A hardy perennial pacific coast native species to 4' tall with white flowers and thick leaves.
Angelica lucida Sea- watch Angelica 25/5.00
Hardy perennial native to coastal species to 4' with white flowers and attractive character.
Foeniculum vulgare Yellow Flower Fennel 50/ 3.50
Hardy perennial that makes large clumps, 6-10' tall, of ferny foliage and licorice fragrant seeds.
Heracleum lanatum Cow Parsnip or Indian Celery 10/4.00
Widespread hardy umbel of cold climates. Also called Heracleum maximum. Big plants.
Ligusticum mutellinum South Siberian Umbel 25/5.00
Hardy umbel to 3'. Original seeds from Safanov in 1994. Growing in our garden for decades.
Levisticum officinale Lovage 30/3.50
Hardy European perennial herb. Strong intense aromatic flavor.
We have been collecting small amounts of seeds of the desert parsleys, genus Lomatium, mostly from north central Oregon to southern Washington. This endemic genus with 60-80 species native to the Pacific Northwest having a range from northern California to southern British Columbia and extending eastward from the high desert plains to the Rockies has many species used by local native people for food, medicine and survival. Areas that are now occupied by Hanford, WA were once food and species rich making it possible for a person, usually a woman, to gather 60 pounds of edible roots a day. Some species were dried in the sun, pounded into flour and baked into breads. Names like breadroot or biscuitroot were applied to several species. These are not easy to identify though the seeds of each species we have seen thus far are uniquely distinctive. Seeds of Lomatiums have germinated well for us if planted from late November to March so they receive the cycles of rain, cold, frost, mist, sun…
Growing up larger plants is more difficult. Some species have very long primary taproots that makes transplanting difficult. Soils too are an important factor and good drainage is essential. We use a mixture of basalt scree, pebbles, sand, compost in an ongoing work dedicated to growing these rare, beautiful, and disappearing species.
Lomatium dissectum Fern Leaf Desert Parsley 15/5.00
Well respected medicinal plant with powerful and bitter roots that come from slow growing large rooted perennials. From the Siskiyou's to the Cascades and in the Gorge, these umbels have yellow, sometimes pale yellow to purple flowers. Root juice contains asparagine and proline in significant amounts.
Lomatium grayi Gray's Lomatium 15/5.00
Our original seed supply came from plants growing on basalt cliffs overlooking the
PNW Columbia River Gorge. The ones we offer come from plants grown in one of our organic
gardens. We plant them in late fall in pots whose soil is predominantly sand and then several
years later transplant the young plants into a sand/gravel bed. When I did this with a foot tall plant,
a piece of the root was coming out the bottom of the gallon pot and it broke off. I rinsed it off
and ate it raw. It was delicious, better than any parsnip or carrot that we have grown.
Lomatium nudicaule Pestle Parsnip 15/5.00
Eaten as spring greens and winter roots, these small herbs are endemic to the PNW and used by generations of local native peoples for their nutrition and medicine. The seeds were carried and distributed by medicine folk and healers with stories that they were used for bacterial infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis and virus infections like influenza. Ryan Drum considers these seeds an effective and worthwhile replacement for Lomatium dissectum roots. His on-line discussion of this plant also known as the Indian Consumption Plant is most excellent.
Lomatium utriculatum Spring Gold 10/4.00
Hardy perennial to 1' with spikes of yellow flowers that bloom for months during springtime. Young leaves and roots were used for food and medicine by the west coast natives. Found from California to British Columbia.
Myrrhis odorata Sweet Cicely 20/4.00
Hardy perennial European herb with tasty immature 1/2" licorice tasting fruits that become fluted conical seeds. Attractive ferny foliage.
Oenanthe pimpinelloides European Water Parsley 20/4.00
My sincere apologies for having provided these seeds during the past years under the name of Bunium bulbocastaneum, the Earth Chestnut. I received the seeds from a botanical garden in France under the name of Bunium bulbocastaneum. The plants are reported to make edible roots but mostly they are aggressive ground covers with attractive foliage. Since other members of the genus Oenanthe are toxic, it is wise to be careful in eating this plant. I have eaten small amounts of the leaves with no negative effects. By searching with Google as well as finding a comment in the 2016 Seed Savers Exchange by Greta Loeffelbein suggesting that the plant was actually Conopodium majus only recently was there a Wikipedia entry that looks to have solved the appropriate identification. By examining the photos under image for these three possibilities, only one really works which is Oenanthe pimpinelloides. I will gladly reimburse anyone who received these mis-identified seeds. Bunium bulbocastaneum is also known as black cumin as is Nigella sativa. Both seeds are used as aculinary spices. The seeds for O. pimpinelloides are not fragrant and their shape is different.
This Oenanthe species makes an excellent hardy perennial ground cover that dominates
grasses and can be mowed to make a green path.
Pastinaca sativa Hollow Crown Parsnip 50/3.50
Excellent European Heirloom; long roots, large crowns, excellent flavor.
Petroselinum crispum Turkish Parsley 100/3.00
Selected from heirloom land races collected for the USDA and adapted to our yard during a decade of acclimatization and selection. Distinctive aroma and flat, thin leaves.
Smyrnium olusatrum Alexander's Salad Greens 25/3.00 1 oz/$15
Another tale of adaptation, selection and weediness: it took awhile for this European species to germinate and adapt to our shady, moist, PNW valley yard. Then a few years ago some nice large green plants flourished in January to March before much else was really thriving. The next year, 1/4 of the yard was occupied by Alexander's. Turns out that the compost pile needs fresh green during the late winter and early spring. Alexander's is a prime ally for compost making, fertility enhancement and tasty spring greens for soup and salad.
Aralia californica Elk Clover 20/4.00
Established in our yard as a perennial grown from seed, now 9 years later it has provided an abundant seed crop. Plants are 5-6' tall, sprawling, attractive with clusters of small white flowers and purple berries that are considered by some to be an adaptogen. Stratify for several months at 40F under moist conditions for germination. Likes moist and shady conditions.
Asteraceae- largest family of dicots, 14-16 tribes, the golden daisies of the sun.
Arctium lappa Takinogawa Burdock, Gobo 40/4.00
A staple of the macrobiotic and vegan diets. Long roots work their way into clay soils bringing up minerals and breaking thru hardpans. The roots can get bigger than one's wrist. They contribute a unique flavor to soups and stir fries and have nutritional/biochemical traits in common with milk thistle and globe artichoke. Free pre-protein amino acids in descending order of abundance in root juice are: glutamic+asparagine, arginine, proline, glutamine, isoleucine and phenylalanine.
Chicorium intybus Large Leaf Chicory Grex Mix 50/$300
From a mixture of Chicories, this is a unique selection with large, broad leaves.
Cotula coronopifolia Brass Buttons 25/4.00
A pacific coast wildflower originally from southern Africa. Hardy and attractive.
Cynara cardunculus Globe Artichoke 15/4.00
A venerable foodplant for the edible parts of it's immature flowerbuds. Seeds were collected from winter survivors. About half the time these plants overwinter and then we get a fine harvest. Deep freezes below 20 degrees F kill the plants.
Helianthus annuus x H. argophyllus China Cat Sunflower Mix 20/5.00
From crosses of regular sunflowers with the Silverleaf Sunflower arise new combinations on stiff, long stems with fuzzy leaves. This ongoing development combining these species, improves horticultural and aesthetic traits. Towers of flowers and flower-thick spikes are in the genome.
In 1997 we grew a kinship garden of the daises. With 14-16 tribes, more than 1200 genera and 25,00 species, there was a considerable opportunity to select the representatives (reps) for optimizing our view of daisy diversity. Among the genus Helianthus with 50 reps or so species endemic to the mainland USA, the GRIN network provided seeds for a dozen species and reps of H. annuus from a dozen countries. Several years later, we noticed that within our volunteer sunflowers were some new traits: longer flowering season, particularly at the end of the season, many branches and branches stiffer than usual with occasional whorled flower clusters. It seems that of the 4-5 species that can cross with Helianthus annuus, H. argophyllus is one of them and it was H. argophyllus that contributed the new traits. For more info about the species and the crossing of sunflowers see The Sunflower Species of the United States by C.E. Rogers, T.T. Thompson and GJ Seiler. 1982, pgs 63-66, National Sunflower Association.
In 2011 we repeated the growout of Helianthus argophyllus and it crossed avidly with our wild sunflowers. The seeds we offer are from the F2-F4 generations. Some of the hybrid plants were 14-16 feet tall and kept flowering for months after the H. annuus had finished flowering.
Helianthus argophyllus Silverleaf Sunflower 25/5.00
A beautiful and invaluable species for its ability to cross easily to the common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). The plants grow 3-12' tall with soft fuzzy leaves and clusters of 3" yellow petalled flowers with dark centers. The progeny of crosses with common sunflowers (China Cat Sunflowers) can grow 15' and flower for several months longer than regular sunflowers. Birds love them. This is a rare species endemic to the Gulf Coast of southern Texas.
Tagetes patula China Cat Mix Marigolds 50/3.00
A mix of single and double flowers. 2-4' shrubs with marvelous colors and patterns. It is our core mix that gives rise to new varieties.
Tagetes patula Frances's Choice Marigolds 20/5.00
Towards the end of Frances Hoffman's life, I would wander through the garden and pick her a bouquet. She was a lifetime seed saver, horticulturist and plant genius so my eyes were open to the unusual and unique. By the time I had picked several dozen kinds of flowers, I walked down a 40' row of China Cat MG and saw a heretofore unseen flower, single with 8 petals, dark red-purple with a gold rim around each petal. I cut the flower and put it in her bouquet and tagged the plant. A few days later, on the phone, she expressed her appreciation for the flowers. Her only specific comment was 'that's a right beautiful single marigold'. So having tagged the plant and collected several mature, fertile, seeding flowers. I planted them the following year and got a 40' row, all with the same flower I sent to Frances. Of particular relevance here is that the seeds from the one plant, now called Frances's Choice bred true in spite of the layout wherein the one plant was in a direct seeded row of about 300 plants of a marigold mix that upon close inspection can be seen to have virtually every plant different from one another. So we found that most of the T. patula's breed true rather quickly. This is not true of Tagetes erecta which outcrosses very easily. Frances's Choice is 3-5' tall and has 8-9" long stems, ideal for picking for small, distinctive and outstanding bouquets.
Tagetes species Garden Companion Mix Marigolds 50/3.00
We consider marigolds and sunflowers the most important companion flowers in the vegetable garden. This mix returns the tall and wide marigolds to our gardens. Plants are 2-8' tall with a yearly changing mix of colors, patterns and morphs.
Tagetes patula Golden Star Marigolds 20/5.00
2-3' stocky, well branched bushes with hundreds of yellow and orange flowers that change color as the season progresses into burnt chrome, paisley and stardust.
Tagetes patula Red Metamorph Marigolds 20/5.00
2-3' closely branched shrubs with flowers that change color and pattern during the season making floriforous and attractive hedges along pathways in the garden. In the cool weather of the spring -summer the flowers are all wine-burgundy purple. As the days and nights become warmer, the flowers develop golden orange sectors giving a pinwheel-like appearance. Then the cooler weather of fall comes on, the young flowers become all burgundy once again. The Metamorphs or Face Changers were a race of people created by Robert Silverberg. In our 2017 growout, the plants
flowered from june to november and had remarkable starry eye-catching patterns.
Tagetes patula Sparkler Double Marigolds 20/5.00
3-5' tall plants with double flowers, a selection of Frances's Choice. Like it's parental line, it has 8-9" flower stems making it another fine choice for marigold bouquets. In Mexico and Central America where Tagetes patula is a wild flower, it and Tagetes erecta are important health promoting herbs. Sacred to the Day of the Dead, these plants are brought into houses and provide sesquiterpene fragrances that inhibit the growth of common infectious bacteria like staph, strep and pneumonia and their viruses. The bright flowers maintain well in mild frosts and last well into fall in the Willamette Valley. They light up our home for months and remind us that fragrance and color from organically grown flowers help our moods, brighten up our spirits and sustain our bodies as winter comes on.
Tagetes patula Tiger's Eye Mix Marigolds 50/4.00
Robust plants to 3' with a profuse bloom of 2" flowers with large petaloid centers. This is the same phenomenon as seen with sunflowers where doubles cross with singles to give tiger's eyes. These are beautiful and interesting to grow in the annual garden.
Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew 100/4.00
Hardy perennial herb to 3' with clusters of white flowers having yellow centers and an aromatic fragrance useful in medicinal teas. In Duke's Green Pharmacy book he cites that feverfew helps to
reduce migrance headaches.
Zinnia violacea Crown Tiger's Eye Zinnia 20/5.00
When the cone of a zinnia fills up with petals, a polypetalous flower is formed. When the colors are iridescent, glowing, bright and subtle, intense and eye-widening and the plants 4' tall it makes more sense to be in the garden than anywhere else. Public domain plant breeding for beauty and true living color.
Myosotis scorpioides Water or True Forget-me-not 25/4.00
Herbaceous perennial from Europe with light blue petals and yellow eye. Lovely. Early.
Pulmonaria officinalis Common Lungwort 15/$3.00
Hardy perennial with attractive leaves and flowers.
Amaranthaceae includes Chenopodiaceae
Atriplex hortensis Magenta Orache 25/$4.00
Dark purple magenta leaves on 3-5' plants make good salads. A reseeding annual.
Chenopodium bonus-henricus Good King Henry, Poorman's Asparagus 25/4.00
Hardy perennial salad plant to 2' with leaves for steamed greens and flowering spikes for good nutritious food. We mis-identified this for several years with Hablitzia tamnoides. Thank you for your patience and to the gardener who pointed out our mistake.
Hablitzia tamnoides Caucasus Mountain Vine Spinach 20/5.00
Hardy perennial salad plant, unusual and making long running leads with edible leaves. Thanks to Stephen Barstow and Trixtrax for our initial seed supplies. See Barstow's book Around the World in 80 Plants if you like edibles and biodiverse adventure. Our seed supply was collected from three
different cultivars provided by Barstow and Trixtrax and grown in our home organic garden.
Abronia latifolia Yellow Sandverbena 15/6.00
One of the most beautiful of the coastal native wildflowers. Sprawling vines grow in PNW coastal beach sand and can make colonies 10-20' across.
Polygonum latifolia v. crassus Nye Beach Polygonum 30/4.00
While walking in the intertidal strand in Newport, OR, there are scattered relic populations of endemic species. Every once in a while there is a 3-5' diameter mat plant that tenaciously holds to the sand and the adjoining cliff faces. From the dense dried flower clusters it is relative of the bistort, Polygonum bistorta. Thanks to Dan Segal (Ithaca, NY) for helping with the taxonomic identification of this species.
Cornus kousa Kousa Dogwood 5/3.50
Hardy shrub to small tree with 1" spherical fruits with hard seeds and palatable sweet flesh. Another dogwood, Cornus mas, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood seems to be somewhat confused with the Kousa Dogwood. The latter has a fruit juice appropriate for a sorbet. The former has a single large seed in a small, rather juiceless fruit.
Gaultheria shallon Salal 25/4.00
Native species with edible fruit. Grows to 4' in large stands in the coastal strand inland to the beach sand. Some plants have choice edible berries. Others are insipid.
Vaccinium ovatum Coastal Huckleberry 30/4.00
Hardy erect perennial to 8' with attractive leaves and shiny black edible berries held in clusters. This was part of the native amerindian diet as were other Vaccinium species that grow in the Cascades.
Rubia tinctorum Dyer's Madder 10/4.00
Decumbent perennial herb whose roots contain anthraquinones that impart a red color to fabrics and paints. Plants have been hardy in our backyard to 20F below freezing.
Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm 100/3.00 14 grams/$20
Hardy perennial tea and medicinal mint that thrives in part shade, to 3'. Duke's Green Pharmacy
discusses how this temperate zone herb is useful for encouraging the female menstrual cycle, contains
selenium and antioxidant vitamins, tames herpes outbreaks, is good for shingles, insomnia, headaches and hypothyroidism.
Leonotus cardiaca Motherwort 50/3.50
Native to Europe and central Asia, this is a hardy perennial to 3' tall with classical use in herbal medicine.
Perilla frutescens Yamasake Shiso 50/4.00
Seeds collected from the garden of Jensai and Kazuko Yamasake in northern California
more than 20 years ago. They were major contributors to the introduction of macrobiotic cuisine
to the USA. The plants have ruffled purple leaves with a fine fragrance.
Scutellaria barbata Chinese Skullcap 50/4.00
Hardy plants to 1' with small pale blue flowers. Has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for stress, anxiety, headaches, and depression. Extracts have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties (breast and pancreatic cancers) in that it induces apoptosis (programmed cell death). We thank Aline of Green Journey Seeds (Eugene, OR) for providing us seeds of this medicinal herb.
Salvia glutinosa Jupiter's Distaff 10/4.00
A yellow flowered species appreciated by hummingbirds. Hardy perennial.
Teucrium hyrcanium Caucasian Germander 20/4.00
2' hardy perennial shrub with attractive purple flower spikes.
Plantago species Cape Blanco Plantain 25 seeds/5.00
Probably Plantago ovata but unusual in several aspects. The huge single plant we found had 29" flower spikes and was growing in beach sand near a fresh water rivulet. Edible leaves.
Verbascum blattaria Moth Mullein 25/4.00
Hardy attractive biennial with yellow flowers and tall inflorescences to several feet.
Asimina triloba Pawpaw 6/5.00
From seeds we collected and planted a decade ago, we had our first excellent harvest this
past year from 14' trees. This in a rather widely distributed tree in the eastern USA that likes shade in
its early years. It is distinguished by belonging to a unique temperate zone genus in a predominantly tropical family. The fruits are held in clusters and are truly delicious.
Papaver ruprifragum Atlas Poppy 100/4.00
From hardy basal rosettes of bluish-green leaves come 10-20" flower spikes with pale orange flowers. This perennial has become a well-appreciated garden plant since it flowers when few other
Aquilegia Grex Mix Columbine Grex Mix 25/$400
A hardy perennial with a mix of attractive springtime flowers. Reseeds with vigor.
Solanaceae (good sites for this family are SolanaceaeSource.org and solgenomics.net)
Capsicum Peppers- for an uplifting educational article about capsicum species peppers see
There is new interest in Capsicum with the discovery of more than a dozen new species in southeastern Brazil, all with 2n=26 chromosomes while the commonly known species have 2n=24. Further, as we grow more species and their cultivars, it seems that as for example in the following list of Capsicum baccatum distinguished by cultivar as well as with variety, the different varieties could well be species. In part it will depend on interspecies fertility which can be further developed. Some C. baccatums are more cold tolerant than many of our cultivated peppers which belong to Capsicum annuum, Capsicum chinense, Capsicum frutescens.
Capsicum rhomboideum Perennial Species Pepper 10/4.00
Native from southern Mexico to northern South America, the first of the 26 chromosome Capsicums (other familiar Capsicums have 24 chromosomes). Grown for years in a greenhouse, the leads reach up 12-14 feet. Plants have small yellow flowers and small round red fruits with no heat.
Hesperis matronalis Dame's Rocket 50/4.00
Hardy, attractive biennial to short lived perennial with lavender, purple and white flowers.
Physalis alkekengi Chinese Lantern Plant 35/4.00
Hardy perennial with red orange edible fruits enclosed in a papery husk. Beautiful in fall.
Physalis peruviana Giant Groundcherry 35/4.00
Rambling 3-5' understory plants treated as 7 month annuals in the temperate zone. 1" spherical berries are orange when ripe with an aromatic, fragrant and delicious flavor. Gabriel Howearth picked up some fruits in Guatemala in the late '60s, passed them on to us and we have been maintaining it ever since. Start seeds in Jan-Mar for good outdoor crops. One plant in our main greenhouse grows over and around an 8 foot trellis. It has been thriving for more than 15 years and has a large caudex. There are small amounts of free aminos in the fruit juice>>alanine, glutamic acid, proline, aspartic acid and serine. Dr. Jim Duke had us review a chapter about this species in The Lost Crops of the Incas published by the National Academy Press in 1987. Thus he introduced us to the tubers of
the Andes and the understanding that more root crops were developed in these mountains than
anywhere else on earth.
Solanum cheesmaniae Galapagos Orange Tomato 20/5.00
A species from the Galapagos Islands with some of largest fruits (half inch spherical fruits) of any species tomatoes we have grown. Since it is know to cross with S. pimpinellifolium, this is maybe one of the species that has given rise to our large salad cultivars.
Solanum habrochaites v glabratum Wild Andean Species Tomato 15/5.00
Renamed from Solanum=Lycopersicon hirsutum, this vigorous, ground covering rambler has bright yellow flowers. Plants have small hypertresses of flowers. This was the prime species
that gave rise to the centiflors ie hypertress tomatoes.
Solanum lycopersicum (esculentum) Tomato
In the recent revision of the taxonomy of the genus Solanum (see solgenomics and SolanumSource.org), the tomato clade of about 17 species has once again been reincorporated into the huge genius Solanum (ca 1600 species). In addition, the derived, cultivar level tomatoes with which we are all familiar are included in a new species called Solanum lycopersicum replacing the familiar species S. esculentum. This group of plants is an interesting place for gardeners to learn about species and how they were/are the foundation of modern cultivated varieties. The seeds of modern edible tomatoes are 2-10x larger than those of the species. Plant architecture is different among the species and flavor of the small wild fruits has distinction lost in many modern cultivars. The solids in the juices of tomato fruits are mostly amino acids used to build proteins. The ones in the highest amount are glutamic acid, glutamine, aspartic acid, asparagine, gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA), serine and alanine. We still do not know how the current tomato cultivars arose from the wild species.
A note about Centiflor Tomatoes that occasionally outbreed.
In the following list of tomatoes are several that flower with hypertresses. By this we mean that when they flower they have clusters of flowers and then clusters of fruits. Some like Golden Tressette have 20-40 flowers on a tress. Others like Red Centiflor, Yellow Centiflor and Orange Centiflor can have more that 100 flowers on a tress and hence we coined the term centiflor for this phenomenon. In addition, both Geranium Kiss and Full Moon Kiss have hypertresses with 20-50 or more fruits on an inflorescence.
During the decades that we have been growing tomatoes, saving their seeds and replanting them we have not found any crosses. That is until the centiflors. Occasionally the hypertress phenomenon arises in other cultivars that have bred true for a long time. Hence Dylana Kapuler has observed hypertresses in Peacevine Cherry and Palestinian heirloom.
The hypertress trait arose from a cross of a cherry tomato with an Andean species. It was completely unexpected. In order to adapt to changes in environmental conditions crosses between individuals and species (ie outbreeders) are a fundamental part of the process of evolution. As a society and gardening culture that favors tomatoes we have been growing and seeding inbreeders ie self fertile cultivars and they do not mix genetically with one another. Thus we have not been developing cultivars that are locally adapted. Only by outcrossing and especially outcrossing by local insect pollinators do we move back into the rapid and essential adaptation of tomatoes into our own gardens with their unique ecologies and that face the extreme environmental changes that are now happening.
Further discussion of Occasionally Outbreeding Tomatoes can be found on Mushroomsblog.blogspot.com.
Solanum lycopersicum Anahu Bush Tomato 20/4.00
Determinate stocky Hawaiian cultivar from Glenn Teves. Red fruits to 1/2 pound. Excellent.
Solanum lycopersicum Bianca 30.5.00
Heirloom from Arche Noah, Austria EU with pale yellow small cherry fruits of good flavor and long standing productivity. Late blight resistance.
Solanum lycopersicum Black Centiflor Cherry Vine Tomato 10/4.00
Original breeding by Graham Jenkins-Belohorska (UK) using Red Centiflor HT Cherry Vine Tomato as one of the parents. Vigorous indeterminate vines with purple blush on red fruits. Quite late blight resistant. Small hypertresses.
Solanum lycopersicum Golden Tressette Tomato 20/6.00
A beautiful indeterminate original cultivar with clusters of orange cherry sized fruits
of unique and excellent flavor. The flowering clusters generally have 20-40 fruits per tress. This
new cultivar has both Solanum pimpinellifolium and Solanum chilense in its ancestry.
Solanum lycopersicum Grape Tress Tomato 20/5.00
Tresses of 20-30 flowers yield clusters of 1/2 inch orange tasty fruits. Our original seed stock came from Rosemarie LaCherez. This was one of the parents of the centiflor hypertress tomatoes.
Solanum lycopersicum Full Moon Kiss Bush Tomato 20/5.00
A cultivar arising from Geranium Kiss Tomato with yellow fruits of excellent flavor.
Solanum lycopersicum Healani Bush Tomato 30/4.00
From Glenn Teves, stocky determinate cultivar with quarter to half pound red fruits.
Solanum lycopersicum Komohana Cherry Tomato 20/5.00
Unusual indeterminate vine with long-standing thick-skinned fruits shaped like large red jelly beans. Good flavor and worth growing. Original seeds from Glenn Teves, Hawaii. Does not make many seeds.
Solanum lycopersicum Koralik Cherry Vine Tomato 30/4.00
Indeterminate red, tart, productive 1/2" fruits from Andrey Baranovsky, Belarus.
Solanum lycopersicum Peacevine Cherry Vine Tomato see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Selected from a well known hybrid since the early '70s, this vigorous indeterminate vine with two ranked flower spikes of a dozen flowers makes many very tasty 3/4" red fruits. In a university study of 30+ varieties of cherry tomatoes for Vitamin C content, this was #1. The fruit juice also contains 17 of the 20 amino acids used to make proteins with significant amounts of the neuromodulator GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid).
Solanum lycopersicum Primabella Cherry Vine Tomato 20/4.00
From German seedsman Jacob Wenz, a medium sized indeterminate red fruited mid season cultivar.
Solanum lycopersicum Primavera Cherry Vine Tomato 20/5.00
Original seeds from Jacob Wenz of Germany give rise to very sweet and delicious early red cherry tomato fruits. Indeterminate.
Solanum lycopersicum Rote Johannesbere Cherry Vine Tomato 40/5.00
Arche Noah (Austria EU) heirloom with tasty small red fruits in clusters on indeterminate vines. Late blight resistance.
Solanum lycopersicum Red Centiflor Hypertress Cherry Tomato see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
From our cross of L. humboldtii, the Grape Tress Tomato with L. hirsutum arose this unanticipated cultivar with clusters of dozens to hundreds of flowers held above the foliage where the silky hairs of the flower buds resemble insects followed by clusters of large numbers of 1" red sweet fruits that resist cracking and rot. The introduction of centiflor hypertress tomatoes as a new
development for the public domain provides parents for continued new developments in the
breeding of nutritionally and architecturally unique new cultivars.
Solanum lycopersicum Red Clusterpear Hypertress Cherry Tomato 30/4.00
Red pear-shaped fruits on flowers carried above the foliage. These plants make hundreds of flowers and carry abundant fruits on vigorous plants.
Solanum lycopersicum Orange Centiflor Hypertress Tomato see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
One of the unusual characteristics of the Centiflor tomatoes is that, unlike most garden tomatoes, they outcross occasionally. This creates problems in seed saving but opportunity for crosses that the bees can do. This new variety arose from a cross of Sungold with Red Centiflor. These are vigorous hypertress vines with remarkably delicious fruits.
Solanum lycopersicum Yellow Centiflor Hypertress Tomato see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Derived from the same cross detailed in the previous listing, this line makes somewhat larger fruit, with a distinctive point on the end of the round bright fruits. While both parent species leading to this cultivar has 5-20 flowers in a spike, these centiflors (meaning 100 flowers) have hypertresses of flowers leading to a unique and distinguishing aspect.
Solanum lycopersicum Walhachin Tomato 50/5.00
Named for a Canadian town in British Columbia. Plants are stocky, to 3' with red, half pound rather hard fruits. Original seed for this heirloom from Chuck and Penny Hayes of Kamloops, BC.
Solanum lycopersicum v piriforme Pear Shaped Tomato 50/3.50
Shrubby plants to 2' with many tasty, red pear shaped fruits. One of the first cultivars derived from wild species.
Solanum peruvianum Wild Peruvian Species Tomato 20/5.00
Strong indeterminate vine with bright yellow flowers in clusters. This is a hypertress species. In one hypertress of 84 flowers, all set fruits. Considered to be difficult to cross to the common tomatoes, successes, if any, come from using it's pollen to make crosses. Fruits are green with purple shading. Fruits are edible not choice.
Solanum pimpinellifolium Currant Tomato 20/4.00
Small red fruits in bichalazal racemes reminiscent of Sweet 100 or Peacevine Cherry. But the fruits are much smaller. The plants ramble extensively. Tasty fruits with intense flavor.
Barbarea verna Early Winter Cress 100/4.00
Hardy biennial with nice aspect and tasty leaves similar to water cress for salad in cold weather.
Brassica napus True Siberian Kale 50/4.00
Hardy biennial salad plant with the largest rootstocks of any kale we have seen.
Brassica napus Frizee Kale 100/5.00
From a single plant among many Russian Red Kale was the progenitor of this new line. Leaves are ruffled, complexly shaggy, soft and of excellent edibility.
Brassica napus Russian Red Kale 100/3.00
A dependable heirloom for winter greens; to 4', vigorous plants with leaves salad and steamed greens in fall, winter, spring and summer. The top 5 free amino acids for protein synthesis in the leaf juice are in decreasing amounts: aspartic acid, glutamic acid, serine, alanine and threonine.
Brassica juncea Purple Wave Mustard 50/4.00
From a cross of Green Wave and Osaka Purple, this is an attractive combination.
Brassica juncea Red Giant Mustard 100/3.00
To 3' or more, large leaves purple on top side, hardy, somewhat hot flavor, very vigorous.
Brassica oleracea v. italica Nutribud Broccoli 50/3.00
Open pollinated, large primary heads and good side-growth after primary harvest, to 2'. Vigorous and nutritious with significant amounts of glutamine and other free protein synthesis and energy amino acids in the stems and buds. Top florets have the most free amino acids compared with the stalk and stem that holds them. >>alanine, glutamine, glutamic acid, proline, GABA, serine and valine.
Bunias orientalis Turkish Rocket 50/3.00
Hardy and weedy perennial to 3" with fragrant flowers loved by bees.
Cakile edentula American Searocket 10/5.00
Native to the PNW coastal beaches, hardy biennial to perennial with succulent edible leaves. Grows in beach sand at the edge above the intertidal zone and below the coastal tree zone of the shore pines and sitka spruce.
Tropaeolum tuberosum Mashua see Peaceseedlingsseeds.blogspot.com
Sustainer of the world's soil fertility as homes for rhizobial microbes and as green manure and cover crops. The legumes and roses have different species of bacteria that fix nitrogen in their roots yet the flowers are very different. Thus Linnaeus supported a misconception about plant relationships that took more than 200 years to correct.
Astragalus species Volunteer Astragalus 15/4.00
A 2-3' hardy perennial volunteer with white flowers appeared in our home garden giving rise
to the seeds that we offer. So far it is difficult to identify among the 3000 astragalus species.
Cajanus cajan Pigeon Pea 20/4.00
Perennial nitrogen-fixing living 3-10 years, growing 6-10' bushy plants that are a sustainable food plant of tropical ecosystems. Growing and overwintering in our greenhouse, they began making flowers, pods and seeds the second year. Now, some years later we prune them down to 3-4' and they regrow in the following season… A primary food plant in zone 10 and warmer places, used for dahl and tempeh.
Lupinus polyphyllus Big-leaved Lupin 15/4.00
A west coast native that was one of the parents in the Russell Lupin hybrids found in many gardens. Beautiful large wheel shaped leaves with up to 16 leaflets. Spikes are up 5' and flowers are pink to tan. Collected in the Willamette Valley where only relic populations remain.
Melilotus albus White Sweet Clover 15/4.00
We first identified this annual/biennial species growing on the banks of the Applegate River in southern Oregon. This year it volunteered in our backyard garden and we are glad to offer this plant that grows to 6' with a fine vanilla-like fragrance.
Phaseolus vulgaris New Mexico Cave Snap Pole Beans see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Distinctly patterned seeds on tall medium-late vines with excellent 6" snap pods combine with it's history to make this worth growing. A few years after we became members of the SSE (the Seed Saver's Exchange), we received a package in the mail from a Mr. Pritchard with a note saying that the enclosed seeds would be of interest to us. He said they were a third generation from seeds found buried in a cave in a clay pot, sealed with pine pitch and C-14 dated to 1500 years ago. Interestingly, some 15 years later, one of my customers related that her daughter in a UCLA anthropology course digging for pygmy elephants in New Mexico found a clay pot with the beans and had them carbon dated. No one has related about their initial germination and growth, both of which are considered unlikely in modern scientific terms. We have grown them for decades and seeds are unlike any other. Several people have selected lines of this bean whose markings are characteristic and distinguishable from one another.
The snap pods of peas and beans are some of the richest sources for free amino acids in our diets. The analysis of the juice from a fresh snap bean of this traditional and other heirloom cultivars shows large amounts of the following free pre-protein amino acids >>glutamine, alanine, glutamic acid, valine, threonine, methionine, leucine, cysteine and lysine.
Pisum sativum Green Beauty Snow Vine Pea see PeaceSeedlingSeeds
8' vines make 5-8" snow peas in abundance, bicolor purple flowers, green pods, a choice cultivar with large delicious oriental style pods. A Peace Seedlings favorite.
Pisum sativum Magnolia Blossom Snap Vine Pea see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Prolific hypertendril vines exceed 8-10' with green snap pods some having a purple stripe and bicolor purple flowers.
Pisum sativum Opal Creek Yellow Snap Vine Pea see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Unique and tasty 3" snap pods on 5-6' vines with white flowers and remarkably sweet leaves that surround the stems of the vines. The first yellow podded snap cultivar. Has been longstanding and productive in tropical ecologies. Named to commemorate the struggle to preserve our old growth forests.
Pisum sativum Spring Blush Snap Vine Pea see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Vigorous vines to 8-10' with bicolor purple flowers and green snap pods, most with a pink blush. This is a hypertendril cultivar.
Pisum sativum Sugar Magnolia Purple Snap Vine Pea see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
Vigorous vines with purple flowers and purple 3-4" snap pods of fine flavor. We have two seed batches for this purple snap vine cultivar. We will pack the hypertendril cultivar first and then when it runs out, we will use a seed stock that has a mixture of tendril types: regular, hypertendril and vetch (no tendrils) and parsley. Unexpectedly, the cross of a Parsley Bush Pea with a Purple Podded Snap Vine Pea generated the hypertendril trait. Hypertendrils are very distinctive, they hold a population of peas together, a useful self-supporting characteristic.
Pisum sativum Sugaree Snap Vine Pea see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
An excellent tall growing vine with 4" green snap pods, 2 flowers/node, white flowers. A public domain cultivar in a heavily PVPed group of plants.
Thermopsis montana Golden Banner 15/4.00
A hardy western species with trifoliate leaves and bright yellow flowers on 3-4' spikes. We have observed only scattered patches of this attractive species in west-central Oregon.
Vicia faba Iant's Yellow Fava see PeaceSeedlingsSeeds
One day some years ago, Ianto Evans returned from Guatemala with a bag of fava beans part of which he shared with us. While collecting the tan seeds from one of the plants, one of the pods had several bright yellow seeds. The next season they were planted and bred true. Some years later, there was an article about Israeli researchers who found elevated levels of dopamine in the seeds and suggested that they would be useful food for folks suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Vicia faba Red Cheek Fava Beans 6/4.00
Years ago in our early days of seed growing and collecting, we received some large tan fava beans from Peru with a distinctive red-purple blotch on the flat surfaces of the seeds.
Myrica californica Wax Myrtle 20/4.00
Western native coastal species of shrub to small tree with male and female plants. Grows in moist sand and has nitrogen fixing root nodules.
Geranium pratense Meadow Cranesbill 15/4.00
An attractive, hardy and perennial herb that is native to Europe. Seeds came to us from Frances Hoffman twenty years ago and plants have inhabited our home garden since then. Seeds from
plants with blue, white and magenta flowers.
Epilobium canum California Fuschia 10/4.00
Hardy and attractive red flowered shrub to 3'. Also called Zauschneria or Willowherb Firechalice
Oenothera biennis Common Evening Primrose 50/4.00
An attractive yellow flowered species that is biennial to short lived perennial. According
to the Green Pharmacy by Jim Duke the seed oil from this herb helps with alcoholism,
arteriosclersis, asthma, benign prostate hypertrophy, depression and eczema and many other
Frangula purshiana Cascara Sagrada 5/3.00
Small tree whose fruits and bark have been used medicinally, especially for constipation.
Cotoneaster franchetii Orange Cotoneaster 5/4.00
Walking around our south Corvallis neighborhood, we noticed a shrub with small attractive
orange fruits and then sometime later to our delight we noticed that a plant of this SW China species had volunteered in our backyard.
Prunus domestica Green Gage Plum 5 stones/$300
An heirloom cultivar with green fruits when mature. A unique and delicious flavor.
Prunus domestica Italian Prune Plum 7 stones/3.00
Prolific fruiting plum that matures in mid season. Fine flavor and vigorous producer of
Prunus domestica hybrida Sunshine Daydream Plum 5 stones/7.00
Seeds from a single volunteer plum tree in our yard that likely arose from a Burbank Satsuma crossed with a purple leaved Prunus pissardii. The medium sized fruits are delicious and mature in late october to mid november making it the latest plum cultivar of the half dozen that thrive under our conditions. Rooted cuttings from this tree are now available from One Green World.
Prunus domestica x insititia La Petite d'Agen Plum 5 stones/4.00
We bought a plum tree from a local nursery, supposedly a Brooks, one of the largest and well known varieties for making prunes. After a few years we got some plums. They were teardrop shaped, exceedingly delicious and quite small. We dried a few and they made superb dried plums. So we traced them down to a remarkable history. In the 12th century, returning from the Crusades and ancient city of Damascus (modern day Syria), monks collected seeds of the Damask (or Damson) plum which originated in the Caucasus Mountains between the Black an Caspian Seas. The monks planted the seeds in a monastery in the southwest of France about 35 miles from the town of Agen. These trees crossed to a wild, local plum and gave rise to a legendary heirloom that we inadvertently acquired.
Aesculus glabra Buckeye 5/4.00
A member of the genus of horse chestnuts, this is a native of the lower great plains states into Texas. Frances Hoffman gave us a flat with seeds more than 20 years ago. This is the third seed crop. The trees grow under a large black walnut. Not edible.
Paeonia ludlowii Yellow Tibetan Tree Peony 3/4.00
A beautiful hardy shrub to 6' or more with golden yellow many petaled flowers. We are glad
to thank Louise Parsons for giving us a start of this esteemed medicinal plant. Also called
Paeonia lutea v. ludlowii and native to parts of Tibet.
Free Amino Acids In Our Commonly Grown Organic Fruits and Vegetables, Particularly Ones That Make Proteins. By Alan M. Kapuler Ph.D. and S. Gurusiddiah Ph.D. 61 pages, collated Peace Seeds Journals 1988-1997 $20 + $2 postage
Six papers with HPLC Analysis of many leaf, root, fruit and flower juices, the Hoxsey tonic, garbanzo bean miso, broccoli-an inch at a time from stem to buds, onion-one bulb leaf at a time from the outside in.
This work is done to explore amino acid nutrition. It provides meaningful and specific data about the essential small molecule precursors of proteins. Done over a period of 10 years, the head of the Bioanalytical Laboratory of Washington State University at Pullman WA did the high pressure liquid chromatographic (HPLC) analyses of juices provided by us. The results show that pods making high protein seeds are the best source of free amino acids for protein synthesis. Thus peas, as snaps and snows, beans as snaps, okra as immature pods are the most productive free amino acid sources for the cuisine of the gardener.
We eat proteins to break them down to amino acids with which we build our own proteins. Nuts, seeds of many kinds, proteins in leaves and other living creatures continue to be important protein sources. Looking to make a balanced amino acid food system encourages non-violence (ahimsa) at the core of our humanimal food system. Similarly, using amino acids as criteria for selection of cultivars moves us towards a broad range of physiologically important criteria for improving our health, longevity and ability to withstand the stresses of our current society.
For a developmental article about Public Domain Plant Breeding see: mushroomsblog.blogspot.com
For discussion level videos see the following as well:
cooking up a story.com/alan-kapuler-open-pollinated-public-domain-…
For a lecture spanning a broader spectrum of issues see untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/1059/
For an article about our endeavors see 'Ecological Sanity in an Era of Corporate Monoculture' by Genevieve Weber in the corvallisadvocate.com August-September 2012 pgs.8-10.
A recent article about Peace Seedlings and Andean Roots by Genevieve Weber in corvallisadvocate.com December 20-27 2012, has some great photos and text pgs. and front cover.
For an inspiring new book see Planting A Future, Profiles from Oregon's New Farm Movement by John Vincent 2014