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 Rosemarie Lacherez of Mt. Nebo, Queensland Australia, seed collector extraordinaire for her dedication to public domain, heirloom, unusual and invaluable food plant cultivars.
Appreciation and Recognition
To Dylana Kapuler and Mario DiBenedetto, dba Peace Seedlings.
For a 2015 list send a SASE to 2385 SE Thompson St., Corvallis OR 97333 USA.
To Peace Seedlings for great crops, breeding breakthroughs and Andean tubers.
To Serena Kapuler for computerizing PS-seed list 2015
To Alex Curnew aka GAlexC.
To James Lawson for PeaceSeeds.com.
To Hal Brown Sr., Hal Brown Jr., Tracy and Dan Lamblin for their ongoing fundamental support.
To Judy Weiner, Windy River Farm for the Peace Seeds logo and her continuing support and inspiration..
To GRIN, Alan Bishop, seedfolk locally and worldwide.
To Sarangamat Gurusiddian Ph.D. for collaboration in the amino acid analyses.
To Scott and Zizi Vlaun (MoosePondArts) for our decades long collaboration.
To Dominique Guillet (Kokopelli Seeds) for his courage, dedication and commitment to public domain seeds, a healthy world and a loving planetary society.
To Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and The Grateful Dead.
Thanks to all of you, the endeavor grows.
The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard 2004, Viking.
1493 by Charles Mann 2011, Knopf.
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 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 eco-adapativily on our 3 acre Peace Seeds and Peace Seedlings garden aka Brown's Garden. A few kinds come from our home garden. The remainder are collected in the PNW or in other places we visit.
After decades of writing seed lists and catalogs, this is the third time using the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 3 System, called APG3. For a good introduction see P. Spears 2006 A Tour of the Flowering Plants, Missouri Botanical Garden Press or look on-line under APG3. Peter Stevens discussion of current plant taxonomy in the APG3/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
50 seeds/3.00, 3 small (2-8g) tubers/$9, 1 large tuber(30-60g)/$10
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 25/4.00
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 Maturity 2-5 years 25/4.00
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.
Allium ampeloprasum Babington Top Setting Leek 20 bulbils/5.00
Perennializing hardy heirloom with bulbils made on the top of inflorescences as in some garlic and onions.
Allium ampeloprasum Winter Giant Leeks 100/3.50
Long white shanks, 1-3" thick, hardy, overwinters well, heirloom.
Allium cepa Newburg Yellow Storage Onion 100/4.00
An open pollinated selection from an F1 hybrid with excellent biological and agronomic traits; tight wrapped single spherical bulbs, longterm storage, crisp medium hot flavor, selected under organic conditions.
An amino acid analysis of the juice of one of the early generations of this new cultivar showed significant amounts of >>arginine, glutamine, serine and leucine.
Allium fistulosum Ishikura Bunching Onion 100/3.50
A hardy perennializing food plant that gives "green onions" most of the year. The leaves are blue-green, stout and growth is robust.
Allium sativum Italian Purple Garlic-top bulbils 30/4.00
8-10 large easy peeling cloves per rosette; hard stalk/rocambole cultivar. Bulbils will give rosettes in a single season under fertile conditions.
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, unamended garden soil.
Crinum x powellii Cape Crinum 1 medium sized flowering bulb $10
Hardy to zone 6-7, a pink flowering perennial bulb with clusters of flowers and sometimes huge bulbs. A hybrid of Crinum moorei and C. bulbispermum, both South African species. The flowers are fragrant. Plant with 1/3 of bulb above the ground. Please include $5 for shipping. 3 bulbs available.
Cyrtanthus falcatus Shepherd's Crook 1 flowering sized bulb $15
An unusual relative of Hippeastrums, Amaryllis, Crinums, this perennial bulb has a 180 degree twist in the inflorescence so that the tubular orange and greenish flowers face down. Grown in our greenhouse. Plant so that the top 1/4 of the bulb is above the soil level. Please include $3 for shipping. 5 bulbs available.
Scadoxus puniceus Paintbrush Amaryllid 1 flowering sized bulb $15
South African bulb with spike of orange clustered flowers in late spring before the leaves emerge. Attractive and interesting. We grow these in the ground in our greenhouse in mixed sand, clay and gravel with most of the bulbs above the soil. Please include $3 for shipping. 2 bulbs available.
Perennial with thick plumose foliage of distinctive character to 3' and rather cold tolerant, even frozen it is sometimes come up from the crown. 10/4.00
Asparagaceae subfamily Nolinoideae
Ruscus aculeatus Knee Holly/Butcher's Broom out of stock
Perennial shrub to 2 feet with sharp pointed leaf-like structures and red berries. Is known to increase circulation and 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 4/6.00
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. Female plants develop entirely different kind of seeds.
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 Vanutau, 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.
Eleocharis dulcis Water Chestnut 3 small corms/$9
A favorite and delicious food in Asia, we grow these in water tubs and fish tanks in our greenhouse in several inches of fertile sandy mud submerged in 1-2 feet of water.
Zea mays Double Red Sweet Corn 1 ounce/6.00
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.
Zea mays True Gold Sweet Corn 1 ounce/ 5.00
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 from bleaching. A great sweet corn.
Zea mays Rainbow Inca Sweet Corn 1 ounce/6.00
Our first sweet corn breeding project in the late 1970's with white seeded peruvian chokelo starch corn, southwest native Amerindian starch corns and several predominantly heirloom sweet (su) corns, Inadvertently, with the help of underground rodents and persistence, we got some multicolored starch corn with large flat seeds. The year after, we found a few multicolored crinkle seeds in the large mostly starch filled ears. Peace Seedlings has grown up some fresh seeds that we are please to offer. 8' green plants. 2 ears/plant.
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.
Bunium bulbocastaneum Earth Chestnut 25/4.00
Small shrubby aggressive temperate perennial from Europe with small round edible and tasty tubers. Propagates by seeds as well as stolons.
Coriandrum sativum Coriander/Cilantro 50/3.00
A spice seed and herb from antiquity and a characteristic of many cuisines. Reseeding annual.
Ferula communis Giant Anise Fennel 50/ 3.50
A hardy perennial that makes large clumps, 6-10' tall, of ferny foliage and fragrant seeds.
Heracleum susnowskii S.Siberian Giant Umbel 15/5.00
From South Siberia almost 20 years ago, now grown up into plants 3-4' across leaves and a giant inflorescence of 8-10' tall whose central umbel of tiny white flowers is more that 14" across. Monocarpic with perennial character.
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 front 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 25/5.00
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 Pungent Desert Parsley 15/5.00
Early flowering hardy perennial shrubs with high quality edible roots. Native to the PNW.
Lomatium nudicaule Pestle Parsley 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 sustenance. 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 20/4.00
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.
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 ounce/$9
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 20/4.00
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+asaparagine, arginine, proline, glutamine, isoleucine and phenylalanine.
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 the two best plants among fifty that survived the winter. 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 Supreme Mix 50/3.00 800/7.50
Our ongoing annual selection from volunteers and plantings after decades of public domain sunflowers breeding including polyheaded and large single heads, early and late flowering single, double, and tiger's eye petal morphs, color variety including bronze, amber, red, gloriosa, yellow, and lemon. Crosses with Helianthus argophullus, the Silverleaf Sunflower, a rare Texas endemic have given some late giants, stiff multi flowered spikes and a longer flowering season.
Helianthus annuus x H. argophyllus China Cat Sunflower Mix 50/5.00
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 and F3 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.
Smallanthus sonchiflius Yacon see peaceseedlingsseeds.blogspot.com
Tagetes erecta La Ribera Double Marigolds 50/4.00
From a single wild collected flower, we are selecting a beautiful polypetalous line with 3-4" thick flowers on 5-7' plants. Late planting tolerate light frosts.
Tagetes patula China Cat Mix Marigolds 50/3.00 800 seeds/7.50
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 50/5.00
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 and 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 50/3.00 800/7.50
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 25/5.00
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 50/5.00
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.
Tagetes patula Sparkler Double Marigolds 25/5.00
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.
Zinnia violacea Sunset Zinnia Mix 25/3.50
A new mix developed by Peace Seedlings with many colors and morphologies on 3-5' plants. Large attractive flowers with some new ones peeking through.
Zinnia violacea Crown Tiger's Eye Zinnia 25/5.00
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.
Amaranthaceae includes Chenopodiaceae
Amaranthus andeana Elephant Head Heirloom 50/4.00
A Peruvian woman walked into our greenhouse one day and remarked 'kiwicha' upon seeing the mature cut plants that reminded her of an heirloom grain that she grew up with. Our seed came from Frances Hoffman whose plants in Nampa, ID grew 5' tall and 6' across with tall columnar drooping flower spikes that reminded her of elephants in her garden. Her seed came from Germany in the 1880's. Curiously, Peru and Germany had political connections during that era. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, plants are considerably smaller, 3-4' and seed production is enhanced by letting plants fully age. Beautiful, striking plants.
Amaranthus cruentus Hartman's Giant 100/4.00
Once a year, in Jacksonville Oregon, in the 1970s, Mr. Hartman would fill a glass vase with two pounds of tiny, shiny black seeds and give $100 to the person whose guess of the number of seeds was the closest. I sent some seed to a friend who had an electrobalance to determine that a single seed weighed 0.6mg but it did no good, I never won but ended up with seeds of a vigorous cultivar that gets to 10' with large, dark purple paniculate inflorescences with excellent production of seeds.
Beta vulgaris Three Root Grex Beets 40/4.00
A interbreeding mix of three distinctive cultivars, Crosby Egyptian Purple Heirloom, Lutz Overwintering Heirloom and Yellow Intermediate Mangel Heirloom.
Chenopodium bonus-henricus Good King Henry, Poorman's Asparagus 30/4.00
Hardy perennial salad plant to 2' with leaves for steamed greens and flowering spikes for good nutritious food. We harvested
some good seeds for Hablitzia tamnoides, Caucasian Vine Spinach, but not enough to offer as yet. We confused this with C. bonus-henricus for several years and now have accurate identifications. Thank you for your patience.
Chenopodium quinoa Faro Quinoa 100/3.50
Sea level cultivar from Chile with white seeds, 3-4' plants and fair seed production. Bitter Saponins can be washed from the seeds with warm water.
Portulaca oleracea Verdolaga, Purslane 100/4.00 Summer annual with succulent edible leaves and stems used for salads, steamed greens and stir-fried dishes. Usually grows low to the ground and is a useful garden volunteer.
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 40/4.00
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.
Valeriana officinalis Valerian 50/4.00
From the roots of this hardy biennial/perennial comes a sedative and stress reducing extract. Has a characteristic and unique fragrance in both flowers and roots.
Arotostaphylos ura-ursi Kinnickinnnick, Bearberry 8/4.00
Hardy mat-forming perennial along the sandy coastal strand of the PNW, Uncommon and disappearing. Attractive leaves and red berries.
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.
Vaccinium ovatum Coastal Huckleberry 30/3.50
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.
Nepeta cataria Catnip 100/3.00
Traditional feline euphoric; seems to be cat specific. Hardy plants to 5'.
Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm 100/3.00
Hardy perennial tea and medicinal mint that thrives in part shade, to 3'.
Ocimum sanctum Tulsi Basil 50/4.00
Annual in the temperate zone with soft, velvety leaves whose fragrance and medicinal qualities have been revered in India for millennia. A venerable teaherb.
Lavandula angutifolius Munstead Lavender 35/3.50
Hardy perennial from 1-2 feet tall with the characteristic fragrance used in soaps, candles and herbal teas. The dried flower tops are used to protect clothing from moths.
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.
Scutellaria barbata Chinese Skullcap 25/4.00
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.
Teucrium hycanium 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.
Papaver rupifragum 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 for its flowers when few others do.
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 annuum Aci Sivri Cayenne 30/4.00
A Turkish heirloom adapted to cooler nights and clay soils that grows to 3" and routinely produces 30-50 fruits per plant, 6-8" long, of mixed hotness. We eat fresh at most meals from summer through fall.
Capsicum baccatum v. baccatum Criolla Sella Pepper 50/3.00
Small 1' bushes, highly branched with remarkable production of 2-3" fruits that mature orange; hot, good for soups.
Capsicum baccatum var. umbilicatum Monk's Hat Pepper 25/5.00
Small 1-2' bushes with unusual bell shaped, trilobed fruits. These are hot and dry to a bright red color, suggesting high levels of the tomato antioxidant lycopene.
Capsicum pubescens Red Apple Chili 25/4.00
This Chili Manzano is sweet except for the central membranes that hold the seeds which is quite hot. These are sprawling bushes with purple flowers and 2.5x1.5" fruits with thick flesh. The largest fruits are 15-20 grams. By planting 1 year old plants in the floor of our greenhouse, in part shade, next to a trellis that holds a Giant Groundcherry, the plants are now 8-10 feet tall and ramble like the ground cherry. Single plants yield hundreds of fruits beginning in June and have perennialized. Seeds are black and plants have light green velvety leaves. Ecologically distinct from the peppers we ordinarily grow in our gardens.
Capsicum pubescens Gold Chile Manzano 15/4.00
Another Apple Chile but with smaller orange-yellow fruits 1"x1" that are not as hot as the red ones. The flesh is sweet, seeds are black, a characteristic of the species.
Physalis alkekengi Chinese Lantern Plant 35/4.00
Hardy perennial with red orange 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.
Solanum cheesmaniae Galapagos Orange Tomato 30/5.00
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 25/5.00
Renamed from Solanum=Lycopersicon hirsutum, this vigorous, ground covering rambler has bright yellow flowers. Plants have small hypertresses of flowers.
Solanum habrochaites v typicum Fuzzy Leaf Tomato 25/5.00
Annual species from the Peruvian Andes. Has velvety leaves, bright yellow flowers and small edible but not particularly tasty fruits. Attractive plants.
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 modern edible tomato has seeds 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.
About Cherry Tomatoes:
Serendipity, something accidental, can be a wonderful ally. This year it happened with cherry tomatoes. First Graham Jenkins-Belohorska (UK) sent seeds of a cross called Black Centiflor that he made using Red Centiflor as one of the parents. Then Andrey Baranofsky (Belarus) sent seeds of several tomatoes including a cherry vine Koralik. Soon afterwards Jakob Wenz (Germany) sent two cherry vine cultivars which came from the Late Blight Breeding Program of the University of Goettingen 'Organic Outdoor Tomato Project'. And then Glenn Teves (Hawaii) from the Molokai Agricultural Station showed up in our field with seeds of several tomatoes including a cherry tomato called Komohana. Thanks to him for the information about the disease resistances in Anahu and Healani which he brought to us. .
For many years, we have been breeding and selecting tomatoes. Recently this has focused on crosses of South American species with better known established cultivars. In this way we have come to offer the Cherry Vine Hypertress cultivars called Centiflors i.e. Red, Yellow, Orange, Clusterpear and have been working with the Purplex series which includes paste, cherry, and larger salad selections.
Without anticipation or preconception, we ended up having the opportunity to look at cherry tomatoes from a larger, more inclusive, world view.
Having grown Peacevine Cherry for decades as an essential part of our food, I had not considered how different indeterminate, cherry vine tomatoes can be.
This year I found some insights and in particular learned a lot about how different countries and peoples have taken derivatives of wild species from the new world and developed unique and worthwhile varieties.
Koralik from Belarus and Komohana from Hawaii were the first to ripen. Komohana had the thickest skin and most unusual shape (like a large jelly bean). Komohana fruits stayed in prime condition for months. Primavera from Germany had a delicious flavor. Black Centiflor grew vigorously during the wet, cool fall weather, better than all the others and equal to the Currant Tomato (species) that has genes that confer late blight resistance.
The Grape Tress Tomato originally came to us as Lycopersicon humboldtii from Rosemarie Lacherez. Now it is reclasified as Solanum lycopersicum. The serendipitous cross of this yellow fruited cherry vine with Solanum habrochaites v. glabratum gave rise to the centiflors.
Grateful thanks to everyone who contributed seeds to the 2014 cherry vine grow out.
Solanum lycopersicum Anahu Bush Tomato 30/4.00
Determinate stocky Hawaiian cultivar originally developed by Dr. Jim Gilbert with multiple disease resistances including 3 fungal diseases, root knot nematode resistance and spider mite resistance developed for tropical soils and does well in temperate zone soils as well, from Glenn Teves. Red fruits to 1/2 pound. Excellent.
Solanum lycopersicum Black Centiflor Hypertress Cherry Vine Tomato 15/4.00
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.
Solanum lycopersicum Early Willamette Bush Tomato 50/3.50
Determinate bushes with 3 flowerings and fruit sets. Fruits in clusters of 4-10 red fruits 0.5-2 ounces each, similar in earliness to Stupice.
Solanum lycopersicum Grape Tress Tomato 30/5.00
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 Geranium Kiss Bush Tomato 25/4.00
Stocky 2' plants with hypertresses of 10-25 red fruits of 1 ounce size, excellent flavor, makes 2-4 sets of flowers and fruits. Plants last well into the fall and fruits maintain well on the dying bushes. Dylana considers it 'a one stake wonder'. When a long cool rain comes in the fall, most of the tomato plants get a late blight. This one is somewhat resistant, better than any we have seen except for
S. pimpinellifolium, the Currant tomato and Black Centiflor.
Solanum lycopersicum Healani Bush Tomato 30/4.00
From Glenn Teves, stocky determinate cultivar with quarter to half pound red fruits. In addition to the disease resistances listed
for Anahu Bush Tomato, this cultivar has tomato mosaic virus and quot resistance (browning of fruits when the weather is humid and the skies cloudy and the atmosphere calm, Hawaii) as well.
Solanum lycopersicum Joe Pesch Tomato 15/4.00
A pink tomato with a long acuminate tip, quite unusual and unique in the tomato fruits we have seen during the past decades, of excellent flavor and a gift from Peter Zukis of Talent Oregon. Mr. Zukis, an accomplished gardener, got the seeds from an east coast buddy whose girlfriend's grandfather was a market and produce gardener in New Haven Connecticut during the 1920s. Joe Pesch brought it from Italy some time previous.
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 50/3.50
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 40/4.00
From German seedsman Jacob Wenz, a medium sized indeterminate red fruited mid season cultivar.
Solanum lycopersicum Primavera Cherry Vine Tomato 50/5.00
Original seeds from Jacob Wenz of Germany give rise to very sweet and delicious early red cherry tomato fruits. Indeterminate.
Solanum lycopersicum Red Centiflor Hypertress Cherry Tomato 40/5.00
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.
Solanum lycopersicum Red Clusterpear Hypertress Cherry Tomato 50/4.00
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 Cherry Tomato 25/5.00
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 Cherry Tomato 50/5.00
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 40/5.00
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 40/4.00
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 vulgaris Early Winter Cress 100/4.00
Hardy biennial with nice aspect and tasty leaves for salad in cold weather.
Brassica campestris ssp. rapifera 6 Root Grex Turnips 100/3.00
An interbreeding mix of six cultivars chosen for edible leaves and quality roots that is adapting to our local gardens, an ongoing eco-adaptive development.
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 50/5.00
From a cross of Green Wave and Osaka Purple, this is an attractive combination.
Brassica oleracea Oregreen Curled Kale out of stock
Plants are 3-4' tall with deeply curled green leaves on stocky stems. Selected from a cross of Scotch Curled Kale and Pentland Brig Kale.
Brassica oleracea Walking Stick Giant Kale 25/4.00
Growing to 12', a European heirloom with thick stems that twist and turn as the plant grows seeking support and when dried making distinctive canes.
Brassica oleracea v. italica Nutribud Broccoli 100/5.00
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 100/3.00
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.
Eruca sativa Arugula/ Roquette 100/3.00
One of the choice temperate zone salad greens, particularly in fall, winter and spring where it's unique spicy and pungent flavor improves salads and tickles the palate. Free amino acids in leaf juices are >>proline, glutamine, glutamic acid, serine, GABA, alanine, valine and isoleucine.
Tropaeolum tuberosum v. pilifera Mashua see Peaceseedlingsseeds.blogspot.com
Cucumis sativus Mideast Peace Cucumber 15/5.00
Our favorite for decades. We stopped growing it for awhile and when we got some fresh seeds it was crossed to a pickling cuke. Took about 6 years to return it to a sweet fruited line. Selected from a mideast beit-alpha F1 hybrid. Fruits 4-5", thin skinned, excellent.
Cyclanthera brachystegia Achocha 15/4.00
One of the Andean vegetables considered a lost crop but for many of us this is a new garden plant. Vines are prolific, thriving in our cool wet fall weather where a myriad of 1-2" green cucurbitaceous edible, crunchy, nice fruits are produced.
Cyclanthera pedata Caigua, Slipper Gourd 10/4.00
Another rare food plant from the Andes with many virtues. Vines grow prodigiously, especially in the late summer and fall producing smooth skinned, hollow fruits that are 6-9" long and are stuffed and cooked like capsicum peppers with which they have taste similarities. The smaller, immature fruits are crunchy, tasty and carried on interesting flower spikes with one basal female flower that bears fruits and myriad male flowers higher up on the inflorescence. Fruits have unusual nutritional properties that include reducing cholesterol, countering diabetes, reducing inflammation (comparable to ibuprofen), stimulating weight loss and reducing cellulite. One of the few cucurbits whose leaves are eaten raw as a salad plant.
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.
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 Alice Sunshine Snap Bush Beans 25/4.00
20" large vigorous plants with flat green 7-8" pods with fine flavor and productivity. Original public domain breeding Robert Lobitz.
Phaseolus vulgaris Biko Snap Pole Beans 25/4.00
Productive snap bean cultivar with 6" pods and distinctive blue-grey seeds. Named in honor of Stephen Biko who was murdered in 1977 for opposing racial discrimination in South Africa.
Phaseolus vulgaris Domatsu Snap Pole Beans 25/4.00
Vigorous vines, 6-8" green round pods held in clusters, excellent flavor.
Phaseolus vulgaris Hutterite Soup Bush Beans 25/4.00
During our first decade of seed growing and saving, we grew many different cultivars of bush beans without much savvy as to why they were heirlooms. Then one unusually cold and frozen winter we had to eat some of our bean seeds. At about the third pot of bean and vegetable soup we tried the Hutterite bean. Rather than staying as beans in the soup, they quickly turned into a thick, creamy chowder. It gave us some insight as to why certain seeds and their plants have been cherished and passed on from generation to generation. Sometimes we can rediscover the essential aspects of value to humanity in what continues to be worthy, even in high tech, high stress, high demand times.
Phaseolus vulgaris New Mexico Cave Snap Pole Beans 25/4.00
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.
Phaseolus vulgaris Red Swan Snap Bush Beans 25/5.00
One of Robert Lobitz's original public domain cultivars. 16-20" plants have 5" red snap pods of good flavor and distinctive appearance. This cultivar produces edible pods early and in abundance.
Pisum sativum Green Beauty Snow Vine Pea 30/4.50
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 25/5.00
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 25/5.00
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 25/5.00
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 20/5.00
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 25/4.00
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 15/5.00
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 Longpod Major Fava Beans 15/4.00
5-6 large seeds per pod on 3' plants; plants can make nodules on their roots the size of a dime, Here they overwinter well when small and before flowering. Then they make food early in the season like peas. The plants flower a month earlier than Iant's Yellow.
Vicia faba Red Cheek Fava Beans 10/4.00
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. Recently Joe Simcox provided us with fresh seeds having this distinguishing characteristic and we have grown a fresh crop that we now offer.
Pterocarya fraxinifolia Caucasian Wingnut 10/4.00
An elegant hardy monoecious tree from the Caucasian mountains and related ecosystems. The long drooping inflorescences are quite beautiful. Trees appreciate a lot of water and good soil.
Myrica californica Wax Myrtle 40/4.00
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 Blue Meadow Cranesbill 20/4.00
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.
Oxalis tuberosa Oca see peaceseedlingsseeds.blogspot.com
Frangula purshiana Cascara Sagrada 5/3.00
Small tree whose fruits and bark have been used medicinally, especially for constipation.
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. The 80,000 acres of these plums in three counties in California provide the major part of the world supply of commercial dried plums.
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