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Sphaeralcea coccinea (Malvaceae) (12x16,Z4,P,SL,3:6w) ......................................... 50 seeds / $3.50 12772.21 (W) Wayne Co., UT, 7000ft, 2134m. Dwarf plants with incised leaves spread rhizomatously. Very nice deep orange-flowering colony here. Photo

Sphaeralcea emoryi (Malvaceae) (65x22,Z6,P,SC,3:6w) ............................................. 70 seeds / $3.50 25683.17 (W) San Bernadino Co., CA, 3800ft, 1160m. Entire plant is noticeably gray (canescent) compared to its nearest cousin, S. ambigua. Individual leaves are coarsely triangular and the flowers are a deep orange, both of which cover these spring-blooming perennials.

Sphaeralcea gierischii (65x30,Z7,P,SL,2) …………………………………….........…….... 50 seeds / $3.00

 32443.15  (W) Mohave Co., AZ, 3500ft, 1067m.   A shrubby type with 3- to 5-fingered dark leaves and bright deep orange flowers.

Sphaeralcea laxa (80x45, Z7, P, SL, 2) ................................................................................. 70 seeds / $3.00

 54255.11  (W) Sierra Co., NM, 4500ft, 1372m.  Pink to lavender flowers on somewhat tall stems.

Sphaeralcea parvifolia (Malvaceae) (50x30,Z5,P,SL,3:6w) ............................................. 75 seeds / $3.00 70234.34 (W) Mesa Co., CO, 4700ft, 1433m. Large orange clusters are packed onto the upper half of each stem. A spectacular sight when fields of these plants are in bloom. Photo

Sphaeralcea rusbyi (20x16, Z6,P,SL,3:6w) ..................................................................... 90 seeds / $3.50 75036.14 (W) Maricopa Co., AZ, 5045ft, 1538m. A dwarf species with dark-green, deeply-cut leaves and orange flowers, the whole plant bristly-hairy.

Sphaeromeria capitata (Asteraceae) (12x20,Z4,P,L,2) ................................................ 100 seeds / $3.50 12230.17 (W) Fremont Co., WY, 6850ft, 2088m. Silver-gray mats of filigreed foliage with greenish poms. Cousin of the Artemisia group.

Stachys coccinea (Lamiaceae) (30x18,Z6,P,C,1) .......................................................... 30 seeds / $4.00 12773.97 (W) Graham Co., AZ, 7200ft, 2195m. Soft-hairy, emerald foliage bears spikes of red, tubular flowers with flaring lips from mid-summer to frost. Easily grown, blooming the first year from seed. This population was at the highest elevation I’ve seen, hopefully increasing its hardiness factor. I had a customer in Minnesota tell me his plants from my original collection back in 2006 lived through their winters.   Photo

Stanleya pinnata (Brassicaceae) (90x30,Z5,P,L,1) ............................................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 70619.12 (W) Fremont Co., CO, 5100ft, 1555m. Tall racemes of starry, golden blossoms, like the "Foxtail Lily." Often found on badland areas throughout Colorado and Utah.   Photo

Stomatium pyrodorum (Aizoaceae) (5x8, Z7, P, L, 1) ………....................................……... 90 seeds / $2.50

 70983.00  Clumps of blunt-lobed leaves bear brush-like flowers of very spicy fragrance.

Stomatium sp. (Sutherland) (3x16,Z6,P,L,1) ........................................................................ 40 seeds / $3.00

 77038.09  Ex Sutherland, N. Cape Province, RSA.  Outstanding tight mats of pewter-gray, toothed leaves with sheets of fragrant, nocturnal, lemon-yellow flowers.

Streptopus amplexifolius (Liliaceae) (90x55,Z6,P,L,3:8w) .......................................... 50 seeds / $3.50 21670.13 (W) Clatsop Co., OR, 1750ft, 535m. Broad, lanceolate leaves with grooves clasp numerous stems which arch gracefully over one another. Small cream flowers in the spring are followed by vibrant, oblong, red-orange berries hanging from kinked stalks. For the woodland garden. Photo

Synthyris pinnatifida v. laciniata (Scrophulariaceae) (10x16,Z3,P,L,3:8w) .......................... 100 seeds / $3.50

 70620.10  (W) Iron Co., UT, 11270ft, 3436m.  Spikes of purple-blue flowers appear before the roundish, laciniated leaves develop early in the alpine spring.  On E-facing summits of volcanic ash.

Synthyris pinnatifida v. pinnatifida (8x10,Z3,P,L,3:8w) ........................................... 100 seeds / $4.50 70618.16 (W) Cache Co., UT, 9800ft, 2988m. Laciniated, ferny green leaves turn purple with the first frosts. The deep blue flower spikes appear early in the spring. On E-facing slopes of limestone.

Synthyris platycarpa (34x20, Z4, P, L, 3:8w) ………………………………..….........…... 100 seeds / $4.00

 70557.39  (W) Idaho Co., ID, 2100ft, 640m.  Endemic to the Selway River area, this woodlander bears soft reniform leaves and dense racemes several inches long of lavender flowers with laciniated petals.

Tacitus bellus (Crassulaceae) (10x14, Z10, P, L, 1) ............................................................ 100 seeds / $3.00 

 10424.04   Echeveria-like rosettes of blue-gray tinged red bear enormous deep pink star-flowers.

Telesonix jamesii (Saxifragaceae) (12x16,Z3,P,L,2) ...................................................... 100 seeds / $4.00 50226.15 (W) Teller Co., CO, 12600ft, 3841m. Stunning hot magenta-pink flowers over scalloped, viscid foliage in late summer. In S-facing cracks on alpine granite tors.   Photo   The second photo shows the typical fall colors of this species.   Photo2

Tephrosia virginiana (Fabaceae) (30x25,Z5,P,SC,1) .......................................................... 35 seeds / $3.50 90644.02 Unusual bicolor pale yellow and fuchsia pea-flowers atop feathery, grayish-green foliage in late spring.

Teucrium laciniatum (Lamiaceae) (12x18,Z5,P,SC,2) ....................................................... 60 seeds / $3.50 54182.15 (W) Las Animas Co., CO, 5500ft, 1677m. Several stems per crown bear incised foliage densely packed with flaring, lobed flowers which may be pure white or streaked with violet.   Photo

Thalictrum alpinum (Ranunculaceae) (20x20,Z3,P,L,3:8w) ................................................ 90 seeds / $3.50 22470.15 (W) Lake Co., CO, 10675ft, 3255m. Forms carpets of scalloped green leaves similar to Aquilegia spp. Flowers not terribly showy, with tiny greenish to purplish sepals on sprays above the foliage.

Thelesperma filifolium (24x16, A, C, 1) ………………………………………….............. 100 seeds / $2.00

 30624.15  (W) Elbert Co., CO, 6650ft, 2027m.  A very showy and fragrant annual of the Plains with thready leaves and stems supporting yellow daisies with rounded petals and chocolate centers.

Thelocactus macdowellii (Cactaceae) (12x15,Z7b,P,GL,3:4w) ........................................ 40 seeds / $3.50 56183.03 Cult. ex Nuevo Leon, Coahuila., MX. TC065 Thick, white, needle-type spines cover the massive single or semi-clumping stems. Nice bright pink flowers in spring.

Thermopsis rhombifolia (Fabaceae) (15x6,Z4,P,SC,1) ..................................................... 50 seeds / $3.50 74373.23 (W) Pennington Co., SD, 6150ft, 1875m. Clumps of golden pea-flowers in early spring. Photo

Titanopsis calcarea (Aizoaceae) (2x12,Z6,P,L,1) ............................................................ 50 seeds / $3.50 12226.05 Ex Thompson cult. TC006 Leaves variously chalky, blue and sandy-warted. Flowers in dark to light yellow hues.

Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri (Aizoaceae) (6x12,Z7,P,L,1) .................................................. 50 seeds / $3.50 36001.02 Ex Thompson. Clumps of blue-green leaves with brown rims covered with creamy warts. Orange, yellow-throated flowers.

Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri v. alboviridis (Aizoaceae) (4x10,Z10,P,L,1) ..................... 75 seeds / $3.00 36002.00 Chalky-gray, encrusted leaves with small yellow flowers.

Townsendia glabella (Asteraceae) (4x15,Z4,P,C,1) ............................................................. 60 seeds / $4.00 32557.12 (W) Archuleta Co., CO, 7130ft, 2175m. Mats of linear, grayish leaves with white to pale lavender flowers from spring to mid-summer. On fine black shale soils.

Townsendia grandiflora (Asteraceae) (5x14,Z5,B,C,1) ............................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 32773.11 (W) Jefferson Co., CO, 6500ft, 1982m. Large white flowers on flat rosettes which keep branching sideways all summer. Photo

Townsendia incana (Asteraceae) (3x8,Z5,P,C,1) ............................................................ 40 seeds / $4.00 62812.37 (W) Uintah Co., UT, 6000ft, 1829m. Silver-gray buns with prolific white flowers.

Townsendia jonesii v. jonesii (2x4,Z5,P,C,1) ........................................................................ 20 seeds / $5.00

 50827.30  (W) Sevier Co., UT, 6300ft, 1920m.  Tufted, silver-gray cushions bear creamy flowers. Any pale yellow flowering variants that show up will be T. j. v. lutea.  On S-facing sandy shales.   Photo

Townsendia jonesii v. lutea (Asteraceae) (2x4,Z5,P,L,3:6w) .......................................... 15 seeds / $5.00 50828.25 (W) Sevier Co., UT, 5620ft, 1713m. Ethereal yellow, stemless daisies. The reverse of the petals is lavender, imparting a mysterious tangerine overtone to the flower color. Elusive dweller of Arapien Shale deposits. Occasional cream forms in this population. On shale ridges.   Photo

Townsendia leptotes (Asteraceae) (1x3,Z4,P,L,1) ............................................................. 30 seeds / $4.00 54440.14 (W) Saguache Co., CO, 9100ft, 2775m. Exceptionally tiny, gray tufts. Less-than-stemless white daisies in early spring. On N-facing volcanic loamy ash.

Townsendia leptotes (2x7,Z4,P,L,1) ...................................................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50

 54440.50  (W) Sanpete Co., UT, 10500ft, 3201m.  A different form than the Colorado pop. Tufts of linear, silvery leaves with several white to pale pink daisies embedded. Level ridge crest of limestone pavement.

Townsendia minima (Asteraceae) (1x3,Z5,P,L,1) ........................................................... 30 seeds / $4.00 56628.25 (W) Garfield Co., UT, 8200ft, 2500m. Tiny, dark green, linear-spatulate leaves in rosettes, most the size of a large thimble. White to pale pink flowers. On the hard, pink, limestone pavement of the Claron formation.

Townsendia montana (white) (3x8,Z3,P,C,1) ........................................................................ 40 seeds / $4.00

 56828.78  (W) Uintah Co., UT, 8700ft, 2652m.  Robust gray-green tufts of linear leaves.  White flowers.

Townsendia montana v. caelilinensis (2x8,Z3,P,C,1) ........................................................... 40 seeds / $5.00

 56830.10  (W) Sanpete Co., UT, 10800ft, 3290m.  Large flowers of pure white over dark-green, linear-spatulate foliage.  Growing on fractured shaly-limestone, alpine flats.

Townsendia parryi (8x10, Z3, B, C, 1) ……………………..…………………............…... 40 seeds / $4.00

 70244.24  (W) Custer Co., ID, 8300ft, 2530m.  Large violet to purple flowers sprout from rosettes of linear, hairy leaves.  Plants often are monocarpic so best be treated as a biennial.  On limestone grit.

Townsendia spathulata (Asteraceae) (2x7,Z4,P,C,1) ........................................................ 35 seeds / $4.00 76717.16 (W) Fremont Co., WY, 8900ft, 2713m. Miniature mounds of pure silver literally disappear in early spring, studded with several pale pink daisies.   Photo

Tradescantia occidentalis (Commelinaceae) (30x16,Z5,P,C,3:8w) ............................. 40 seeds / $3.50 78212.11 (W) Garfield Co., UT, 6000ft, 1829m. Surprising sight to see these pop out of the sand dunes displaying their dark blue to magenta flower clusters. Each flower lasts only a day but many more open the next day.

Tricyrtis puberula (Liliaceae) (30x50,Z5,P,L,2) ................................................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 70981.11 (W) Taidai Shan, China. Hairy, glaucous leaves with large black spots bear numerous sprays of yellow-brown, spotted flowers. An unusual Toad Lily from China. A woodland plant that prefers light shade starts blooming in mid-summer, earlier than other Tricyrtis.

Trifolium alpinum (Fabaceae) (10x26,Z4,P,SC,1) ........................................................ 20 seeds / $4.00 22471.26 (W) Dolomites, 6560ft, 2000m, Italy. Spreading cushions of trifoliate leaves with showy heads of pink to red flowers. From the acid region of the Dolomites.

Trifolium andersonii (Fabaceae) (7x18,Z5,P,SC,1) ……………………………..........….... 25 seeds / $4.00

 22815.15  (W) Mono Co., CA, 7700ft, 2348m.  Decumbent, plumose flower heads of pink/lavender to rosy magenta. Pinnate leaves of 3 to 7 leaflets. On granite screes.

Trifolium barnebyi (Fabaceae) (2x20,Z4,P,SC,1) .............................................................. 50 seeds / $4.00 10244.13 (W) Fremont Co., WY, 6500ft, 1982m. Very tight mats of tri-part leaves carpet red sandstone ledges. Essentially a lowland version of T. nanum but with ochroleucus flowers.

Trifolium brandegei (8x10,Z3,P,SC,1) .................................................................................. 30 seeds / $4.00

 10764.27  (W) Mineral Co., CO, 11400ft, 3475m.  Unusual pendulous, deep rose flower heads over loose mats of clover-leaves.   Photo

Trifolium dasyphyllum (8x25, Z3, P, SC, 1) ......................................................................... 55 seeds / $2.50

 15246.17  (W) Park Co., CO, 12000ft, 3660m.  Bicolored heads of creamy banners and purple keels.

Trifolium dasyphyllum v. anemophilum (2x15, Z3, P, SC, 1) …………………...........…... 20 seeds / $4.00

 15247.13  (W) Albany Co., WY, 7350ft, 2241m.  Prostrate mats of tri-fingered, pointed foliage.  Pure lilac flowers on decumbent scapes early in the spring.  Inhabits bare limestone outcrops and ledges.

Trifolium haydenii (7x35,Z3,P,SC,1) .................................................................................... 40 seeds / $4.00

 35113.38  (W) Carbon Co., MT, 8600ft, 2622m.  Forms hummocky mats of small, thick leaves, the edges erratically jagged. Pendant heads of intriguing peachy-pink to creamy-apricot flowers.   Photo1   Photo2

Trifolium macrocephalum (Fabaceae) (15x30,Z6,P,SC,1) ............................................. 60 seeds / $3.50 56182.23 (W) Kittitas Co., WA, 3875ft, 1181m. Large pale pink and rose flower clusters.

Trifolium monoense (4x16,Z4,P,SC,1) ……………………………………….......……….. 40 seeds / $3.50

 56829.25  (W) Inyo Co., CA, 11400ft, 3476m.  (= T. andersonii v. beatleyae.) Caespitose cushions surrounded by decumbent pink-lavender flower heads, covered with dense, silky white wool.

Trifolium nanum (Fabaceae) (1x30,Z3,P,SC,1) ............................................................. 18 seeds / $5.00 58228.27 (W) Park Co., WY, 10600ft, 3232m. Pulvinate, green mats on N-facing steep alpine slopes with tiny three-fingered leaves tightly interwoven. Rosy-purple flowers. The best form I have seen.Photo

Trifolium owyheense (6x20,Z5,P,SC,1) ................................................................................. 40 seeds / $5.00

 69313.38  (W) Malheur Co., OR, 4500ft, 1372m.  A decumbent plant with gray-green, leathery foliage and large flower heads of bright rosy-violet. Growing on E-facing screes of ash-tuff.   Photo

Trifolium parryi (Fabaceae) (10x26,Z3,P,SC,1) ............................................................... 45 seeds / $3.50 70245.13 (W) Park Co., CO, 12200ft, 3720m. Clover mats with large heads of light purple. Photo

Trillium grandiflorum (Liliaceae) (30x30,Z4,P,GC,4:12w) ............................................. 40 seeds / $3.50 32777.06 Large white flowers fading to pink on plants which thrive in shady, woodland conditions. Seed requires oscillating temperatures or "outdoor" treatment for best germination and GA3 is helpful. Seed refrigerated, sow immediately upon receipt.

Tripterocalyx carnea v. wootonii (Nyctaginaceae) (20x35, A, C, 4:6w) …………............... 45 seeds / $2.50

 12244.11 (W) Socorro Co., NM, 5400ft, 1646m. An unusual annual with starburst clusters of pink flowers.

Tripterospermum japonicum (Gentianaceae) (100x20,Z6,P,L,4:8w) ............................ 50 seeds / $3.50 50240.00 (= Gentiana trinervis.) An odd climbing or trailing Gentian relative with ovate, 3-nerved leaves and profuse pendant bell flowers in pale blue-purple shades.

Triteleia ixioides (Liliaceae) (25x10,Z6,P,C,3:8w) ........................................................ 100 seeds / $3.50 49463.16 (W) Ventura Co., CA, 6220ft, 1896m. Golden-yellow flowers with darker mid-vein stripes in congested starbursts.   Photo

Triteleia peduncularis (Liliaceae) (16x20,Z7,P,L,3:8w) ............................................. 70 seeds / $3.50 70385.11 (W) Lake Co., CA, 2300ft, 701m. Huge umbels of long-pediceled white flowers striped dark violet on the outside. Interesting novelty. Photo

Trollius albiflorus (Ranunculaceae) (8x12,Z3,P,L,4:12w) ............................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 22410.47 (W) Albany Co., WY, 10350ft, 3155m. Above clumps of cut foliage spread several beautiful pale primrose-yellow blossoms, each punctuated by a boss of yellow stamens. A lovely alpine found near moist areas. The flowering stems greatly elongate during the fruiting phase.Photo

Umbellularia californica (Lauraceae) (200x150,Z7,P,C,3:12w) .......................................... 30 seeds / $3.50 12225.12 (W) Josephine Co., OR, 2500ft, 762m. "Myrtlewood." An aromatic shrub with bright green leaves and yellow-green inflorescences which are followed by small avocado-like drupes. This seed from a population which experiences colder temperatures than in California and can also take brutally hot and dry conditions in the summer.   Photo

Ungnadia speciosa (Sapindaceae) (250x150,Z7,P,C,2) ................................................. 20 seeds / $4.00 76725.65 (W) Eddy Co., NM, 4450ft, 1357m. "Mexican Buckeye." Fragrant clusters of pink flowers appear in early spring, followed by deep green, pinnate leaves. Woody, tri-lobed seed pods.   Photo

Valeriana columbiana (Valerianaceae) (16x16,Z4,P,L,3:8w) ...................................... 25 seeds / $4.00 12834.20 (W) Chelan Co., WA, 5700ft, 1738m. From mounds of deeply-lobed leaves emerge several stems bearing terminal clusters of creamy-white flowers. On N-facing basaltic screes. Photo

Veratrum formosanum (Melanthiaceae) (70x30,Z5,P,C,3:8w) ............................................ 30 seeds / $4.00 30854.01 Ex Nantou, Taiwan, 3000m. Almost unknown to horticulture is this fantastic, late-flowering relative of the Lily family with drooping spikes of numerous deep purple-black flowers over quickly-clumping, grass-like foliage. Usually starts blooming by its third year from seed.

Verbascum atroviolaceum (Scrophulariaceae) (42x18, Z4, B, L, 3:4w) ………..................... 90 seeds / $3.00

 25874.04  Spikes of rich purple-brown flowers.  From the Caucasus, Russia.

Verbena gooddingii (Verbenaceae) (18x24,Z5,P,L,3:8w) .................................................... 100 seeds / $3.50

 32679.16  (W) Graham Co., AZ, 8800ft, 2683m.   Plants of hirsute, deeply-cut foliage bear terminal heads of bright deep lilac for most of the summer, especially if kept dead-headed.

Verbena rigida (25x40,Z6,P,L,3:8w) ................................................................................... 100 seeds / $3.00

 74612.07  (W) Gila Co., AZ, 5000ft, 1524m.  Over sandpaper-rough, toothed leaves develop long, lax, multiple spikes of closely-set purple flowers.

Vernonia fasciculata (Asteraceae) (60x80,Z5,P,C,1) ..................................................... 50 seeds / $3.00 30256.15 (W) Cimarron Co., OK, 4470ft, 1363m. Multitudes of tough stems clothed in lanceolate leaves bear terminal clusters of bright purple shaving-brush-like flowers. Excellent butterfly attractor.

Vitex agnus-castus (Verbenaceae) (300x200,Z6,P,C,2) ............................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 21258.06 (W) Yavapai Co., AZ, 5300ft, 1616m. Small trees resembling a vigorous butterfly bush (Buddleja) with palmate leaves and spikes up to a foot long of fragrant, lavender-blue flowers. Seed from landscape plantings in the Prescott area.   Photo

Wahlenbergia congesta (Campanulaceae) (4x30, Z9, P, L, 2) ............................................. 100 seeds / $3.00

 12848.03  Mats of oblong leaves on long petioles creeps rhizomatously.  The pale blue flowers are borne solitary on short stems.  A choice species for the alpine house.

Wulfenia carinthiaca (Scrophulariaceae) (20x18,Z5,P,L,2) ............................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 12264.04 Lustrous, crenate leaves in clumps bear dense racemes of deep violet-blue in late summer.

Wulfenia carinthiaca 'alba' (Lamiaceae) (20x18,Z5,P,L,2) ......................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 12265.06 The white-flowered form, cultivated in Czech Republic.

Wyethia scabra (80x60,Z4,P,C,1) ......................................................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50

 76139.18  (W) Fremont Co., WY, 4850ft, 1480m.  The northern-most population I've seen, definitely hardy. Long-lived, bushy plants of sand-paper leaves and large, yellow daisies.

Xylorhiza confertifolia (Asteraceae) (15x24,Z5,P,L,1) .................................................. 40 seeds / $3.50 12850.35 (W) Garfield Co., UT, 6390ft, 1948m. The dwarfest of the Xylorhiza spp. listed here. The large white daisies are held over loose mounds of linear leaves. Growing on alkaline clay slopes.   Photo

Xylorhiza glabriuscula (Asteraceae) (15x22,Z4,P,C,1) …..............………………................ 40 seeds / $3.00

 32559.15  (W) Albany Co., WY, 6900ft, 2104m.   Dozens of white flowers on low plants with branched caudices. These distinctive perennials put on a show when in bloom on the Laramie Plains.

Xylorhiza orcuttii (Asteraceae) (60x120,Z9,P,L,1) ...................................................... 40 seeds / $4.00 86412.31 (W) Imperial Co., CA, 0ft. Larger, bushier shrubs compared to Xylorhiza tortifolia with spiny leaves and large lavender flowers. Photo

Xylorhiza tortifolia (Asteraceae) (25x25,Z7,P,L,1) ................................................................ 40 seeds / $3.00

 78864.20  (W) Inyo Co., CA, 4500ft, 1372m.  "Mojave Aster."  Large pale blue daisies over lanceolate leaves with spine-tipped edges.   Photo

Xylorhiza venusta (Asteraceae) (30x20,Z5,P,C,3:4w) ..................................................... 40 seeds / $3.00 90448.21 (W) Duchesne Co., UT, 5350ft, 1631m. Clumps of gray-green, rough-hewn leaves produce numerous scapes bearing large creamy-white daisy flowers. An extremely drought-tolerant perennial endemic to the northwest section of the Colorado Plateau.   Photo

Yucca angustissima (Liliaceae) (90x45,Z5,P,C,1) .............................................................. 50 seeds / $3.50 24832.12 (W) Mesa Co., CO, 4750ft, 1450m. Very narrow, long leaves copiously lined with filament hairs. Small populations concentrated in western Colorado.   Photo

Yucca brevifolia (300x180,Z6,P,C,1) ..................................................................................... 30 seeds / $4.00

 10761.48  (W) Kern Co., CA, 5100ft, 1555m.  The famous "Joshua Tree," symbol of the Mojave Desert. Stiff and sharp leaves stack tightly to form multi-headed trunks in old specimens. Waxy cream and green flowers appear in favorable years.

Yucca elata (Liliaceae) (250x80,Z6,P,C,1) ....................................................................... 40 seeds / $4.00 25426.47 (W) Grant Co., NM, 6100ft, 1860m. Clumping stems of narrow, sharp-tipped leaves produce spectacular racemes of cream flowers in late spring. Ancient specimens develop several stems atop a definite trunk. Can be grown in sheltered areas at Denver's latitude, so is apparently hardier than its origins would indicate.

Yucca elata (400x300,Z5,P,C,1) ........................................................................................ 30 seeds / $3.50 25426.32 (W) Pueblo Co., CO. JRT044 Giant form with multi-clumping stems to fifteen feet high with up to 30 heads. Giant southern forms transplanted to Pueblo in the 1980s and thriving ever since.

Yucca faxoniana (Liliaceae) (500x120,Z7,P,C,1) ............................................................ 15 seeds / $5.00 30284.14 (W) Española, NM. Impressive plants generally with single trunk topped by a symmetrical head of rigid leaves with curling filaments. The inflorescence is a panicle over three feet tall of numerous greenish-white flowers. Found wild in western Texas, this seed from a small cultivated stand in Española, NM.

Yucca glauca (pink sepal) (Liliaceae) (100x80,Z5,P,C,1) ............................................. 40 seeds / $4.00 32565.35 (W) Cimarron Co., OK, 4350ft, 1326m. Just south of the Colorado border in Black Mesa territory. I first noticed this population back in 2007 after the blizzards of 2006 prompted mass bloomings. Many individual plants displayed deep pink-maroon sepals much darker than usual. Paradoxically, no seed set occurred that year or I would have introduced this form then. After eight years, the population bloomed again and set sufficient seed for me to finally offer this exciting form. It is not likely all plants will show this deep color so selection will probably be necessary.   Photo

Yucca harrimaniae (Var.#4) (Liliaceae) (60x30,Z5,P,C,1) .............................................. 40 seeds / $3.50 35264.57 (W) Duchesne Co., UT, 6000ft, 1829m. A robust population of larger rosettes and slightly wider, bluish leaves. Deep cream or pale yellow-cream flower spikes.     Photo

Yucca kanabensis (Liliaceae) (150x50,Z6,P,C,2) .......................................................... 40 seeds / $4.00 52248.25 (W) Kane Co., UT, 6200ft, 1890m. (= Y. angustissima v. kanabensis). Rosettes of thin leaves produce long racemes of striking, large cream flowers tinged purplish. Magnificent in full bloom.

Yucca rupicola (100x40,Z7,P,C,1) ......................................................................................... 50 seeds / $3.50

 75060.27  (W) Mills Co., TX, 1800ft, 549m.  "Twisted-Leaf Yucca." Another dominant Yucca on the Edwards Plateau with wide leaves which often twist. Multiply-branched inflorescences of creamy-white.

Yucca thompsoniana (150x55,Z7,P,C,2) ............................................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50

 78375.17  (W) Pecos Co., TX, 4500ft, 1372m.  Rosettes of tightly-packed, long, slender, blue-green leaves often margined yellowish. Trunk-forming with age, often with two heads. Showy, branched racemes of white flowers.   Photo

Yucca toftiae (140x75,Z5,P,C,1) ..................................................................................... 50 seeds / $3.50 78822.24 (W) San Juan Co., UT, 4600ft, 1402m. A local member of the Y. angustissima group confined to the Glen Canyon area. Clumps of stiff, leathery, white-margined, filiferous leaves, about 60 cm long, send up branching inflorescences of globose, creamy white bells. Can reach over 3 m. in height.

Zauschneria garrettii (Onagraceae) (35x60,Z4,P,L,3:4w) ............................................. 80 seeds / $4.00 32264.11 (W) Salt Lake Co., UT, 6300ft, 1920m. Masses of the scarlet-orange, laciniate blossoms in late summer. The hardiest in the genus and very long-lived.   Photo

Zinnia acerosa (Asteraceae) (12x20,Z6,P,C,2) .............................................................. 50 seeds / $4.00 01246.25 (W) Eddy Co., NM, 3050ft, 930m. Woody subshrubs of gray-green, linear leaves and copius white flowers, nearly everblooming. On calcareous sandy washes.

Zinnia grandiflora (Asteraceae) (8x20,Z5,P,C,2) .......................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 32765.25 (W) Fremont Co., CO, 5500ft, 1677m. Dwarf plants with linear, twisted foliage and large, orange-centered, sunshine-yellow daisies. Drought and heat tolerant, great for the xeric garden. Photo

Zoellnerallium andinum (Liliaceae) (30x12,Z7,P,C,3:8w) .................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 24815.11 (W) Portillo, Chile. Typical Allium habit with long, narrow leaves and heads of white flowers.

Zygadenus brevibracteatus (Melanthiaceae) (35x18,Z6,P,C,3:8w) ........................................ 70 seeds / $4.00 10769.16 (W) Ventura Co., CA, 4965ft, 1514m. Unusual desert species with wide panicles of creamy-greenish flowers over tufts of a few slender green leaves.   Photo

Zygadenus elegans (Melanthiaceae) (15x18,Z3,P,C,3:12w) ............................................. 80 seeds / $4.00 25442.13 (W) Teller Co., CO, 12000ft, 3660m. Superb alpine form of several compact racemes of cream flowers with pale yellow centers.Photo

Zygadenus elegans (Melanthiaceae) (30x20,Z4,P,C,3:12w) ......................................... 80 seeds / $3.50 25442.25 (W) Lincoln Co., NM, 11200ft, 3415m. Nearly twice as tall as the Colorado alpine form. Flowers not seen and at first I thought maybe these plants were Z. venenosus but there are no records of this species in New Mexico but there are Z. elegans records. So I must conclude this is a larger form despite the altitude.

Zygadenus paniculatus (30x14,Z5,P,C,3:8w) ................................................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 70248.16 (W) Cache Co., UT, 8500ft, 2591m. Rather tight panicles of starry white flowers. On limestone meadows near vernally-moist ravines.

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