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Mainly of interest to returning customers, this page shows only the new collections acquired during the 2016 season.

Nicotiana glauca (Solanaceae) (250x120,Z8,P,L,1) ..................................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 32552.25 (W) Riverside Co., CA, 2000ft, 610m. Small trees with ovate glaucous-blue leaves and clusters of primrose-yellow tubular flowers.

We are grateful to Donnie Barnett of Pueblo, CO for providing such a large selection of new Opuntia seeds, indicated with (DB).

Opuntia aurea X erinacea (Cactaceae) (18x60,Z6,P,C,2) .................................................. 12 seeds / $3.50 08754.16 (W) Washington Co., UT, 4200ft, 1280m. DB Yellow flowers on pads up to 7" across.

Opuntia aurea X polyacantha (15x26,Z4,P,C,3:6w) ..................................................... 30 seeds / $3.50 08755.16 (W) Piute Co., UT, 8500ft, 2591m. JRT610 Round pads about 3.5" diameter with growth habit like O. polyacantha and lack of spines somewhat like O. aurea. Thickened brown areoles with glochids throughout the pads which turn a beautiful dark purple color in winter. Light pink flowers.

Opuntia X coloradoensis (Cactaceae) (8x150,Z5,P,C,2) .................................................... 20 seeds / $4.00 12784.16 (W) Delta Co., CO, 5000ft, 1524m. DB A new species from western Colorado. Hybrid between O. fragilis and O. polyacantha ssp. hystricina. Small pads to 2" diameter, robust mats to 6 feet across. Flowers are about 80% magenta and 20% yellow in this population.   Photo

Opuntia cyclodes (40x120,Z6b,P,C,2) ............................................................................... 30 seeds / $3.50 12978.15 (W) San Miguel Co., NM. JRT5900 Giant, O. englemannii-type plants with beautiful, thick, light-green-blue-tinted pads covered with golden-yellow spines and glochids. Large, solid-yellow flowers with fruits that turn a dark purplish-red when mature.

Opuntia englemannii (40x35,Z5b,P,C,2) ............................................................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 38832.15 (W) Mt. Eldon, AZ, 7000ft, 2135m. TC099 Large, thick, light-green pads with straw-yellow spines. Yellow flowers with red fruits.

Opuntia humifusa X inermis (9x28,Z4b,P,C,2) ................................................................ 25 seeds / $3.50 35987.06 Ex cult. Thompson. TC101 Mother plant is a completely spineless form from West Virginia crossed with different tetraploid varieties with red, orange and bicolored flowers.

Opuntia macrorhiza "Ohio" (15x40,Z5,P,C,2) .................................................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 56143.06 Ex cult. Thompson. TC102 Unknown origin. Prolific grower of bright-green pads with a few white spines across the top edges. Large bicolored flowers of dark-red flaring to golden-yellow at the edges.

Opuntia phaeacantha X macrorhiza (Cactaceae) (45x60,Z5,P,C,2) .................................. 25 seeds / $3.50 70362.16 (W) Baca Co., CO, 4400ft, 1341m. DB Vigorous plants with pure yellow flowers, growing on sandstone.

Opuntia phaeacantha X macrorhiza (Cactaceae) (45x90,Z6,P,C,2) ................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 70362.26 (W) Kane Co., UT. DB Similar to the preceding but with red flowers on somewhat larger plants.

Opuntia phaeacantha X macrorhiza "woodsii" (Cactaceae) (60x120,Z7,P,C,2) ................ 30 seeds / $3.50 70363.16 (W) Washington Co., UT, 4200ft, 1280m. DB Very large plants with pink to red flowers.   Photo

Opuntia phaeacantha X macrorhiza "woodsii" (Cactaceae) (30x45,Z5,P,C,2) ................ 30 seeds / $3.50 70363.26 (W) Kane Co., UT, 6000ft, 1830m. DB Smaller plants than the preceding with similar range of pink to red flowers.

Opuntia phaeacantha X polyacantha (55x110,Z5,P,C,2) ............................................. 35 seeds / $3.50 70364.16 (W) Baca Co., CO, 4400ft, 1341m. DB Round, shiny pads with long, straight brown central spines bear banana yellow flowers with red filaments.

Opuntia phaeacantha X polyacantha ssp. hystricina (30x90,Z5,P,C,2) ................... 20 seeds / $3.50 70365.16 (W) Coconino Co., AZ, 4000ft, 1220m. DB Pink and yellow-flowered plants in this population. Large, sprawling plants with pads sporting dark brown centrals at the base of each spine, fading to white. Growing on Navajo sandstone.

Opuntia X phaeacantha "Winter Rainbow" (17x42,Z5,P,C,2) .................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 70361.16 (W) Cimarron Co., OK, 4000ft, 1220m. JRT2902 Thick, light-green pads with long, red-based spines with white ends. Large bundles of golden glochids. Medium-sized, yellow flowers with red patterns in the throat. Bright red fruits.

Opuntia X phaeacantha (30x90,Z5b,P,C,2) ................................................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 70361.25 (W) Socorro Co., NM. JRT5901 Giant bluish-green-tinted pads with nice black spines contrast with the red-centered, bright yellow flowers. Dark red fruits in late summer.

Opuntia pinkavae (Cactaceae) (15x30,Z4,P,C,2) .......................................................... 20 seeds / $4.00 70588.16 (W) Coconino Co, AZ, 5800ft, 1768m. DB Nice compact plants with sparse spines and brick red to magenta flowers.

Opuntia polyacantha (Cactaceae) (20x80,Z5,P,C,2) ...................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 70784.36 (W) Pueblo Co., CO 4800ft, 1463m. DB A diverse population with flowers red, magenta, orange, yellow, white and all shades in between. Shaggy to short spines, individual pads can reach 8"-10" across and plants can reach 3 feet wide.   Photo1   Photo2

Opuntia pottsii (& hybrids mixed) (9x36,Z5b,P,C,2) .............................................. 30 seeds / $3.50 70808.06 Ex cult. Thompson. TC100 Mixed varieties with green to bluish-gray pads with white to golden-yellow spines. Red to golden-yellow glochids. Flowers in pink, red, gold and orange shades in solids and bicolors.

Opuntia X tortispina (Cactaceae) (60x90,Z5,P,C,2) .................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 78804.16 (W) Fremont Co., CO, 6000ft, 1830m. DB Large plants with pads up to 10" across bearing twisted and angled spines and yellow flowers.

Opuntia X vaseyi (100x120,Z8,P,C,2) .......................................................................... 20 seeds / $3.50 90206.16 (W) Riverside Co., CA, 3200ft, 976m. DB Very dense diamond shaped pads with light brown spines and red flowers.

Oreoxis aff. bakeri (Apiaceae) (12x5,Z3,P,C,4:12w) ..................................................... 80 seeds / $4.00 10182.16 (W) Iron Co., UT, 11200ft, 3415m. Does not key out in the Utah Flora. Thought was Oreoxis bakeri but no records are from my locality. A somewhat more robust version of O. alpina with larger tufts and capitate flower clusters on the ends of long peduncles, up to 3"-4" long, arching back onto the ground. The O. bakeri records I consulted do not have such long peduncles, although they are longer than O. alpina. The flowers are bright yellow when fresh, aging to orangey-brown. On gently-sloping volcanic tundra.   Photo

Osteospermum ecklonis (Asteraceae) (12x30,Z9,P,C,1) ............................................. 35 seeds / $3.50 34252.06 (W) Calaveras Co., CA, 1550ft, 473m. Showy half-hardy perennial with evergreen foliage and bright purple flowers most of the summer. Collected from one of the gardens in Angel's Camp, California.   Photo

Oxytropis lagopus (Fabaceae) (3x9,Z4,P,SC,1) ............................................................. 50 seeds / $4.00 54162.26 (W) Custer Co., ID, 8250ft, 2515m. Silver, woolly cushions and short racemes of brilliant violet-red. The buds have a peppery look due to the presence of black hairs. Found on limestone slopes. One of the most beautiful in the genus.   Photo

Parnassia palustris (Saxifragaceae) (12x5,Z4,P,L,3:8w) ............................................. 100 seeds / $3.50 70197.16 (W) Dolomites, 6850ft, 2090m, Italy. Tufts of small, fleshy, heart-shaped leaves bear short spikes with white, veined flowers, delicately fringed with stamens.

Pedicularis crenulata (Scrophulariaceae) (18x9,Z4,P,C,3:12w) .................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 12763.16 (W) Chaffee Co., CO, 11250ft, 3430m. Mounds of finely-divided leaves sprout spikes of rosy-pink to rosy-purple flowers. Wet road embankment near timberline.

Penstemon acaulis (Scrophulariaceae) (1x8,Z3,P,C,4:12w) ............................................ 20 seeds / $6.00 01222.26 (W) Daggett Co., UT, 7450ft, 2271m. Densely-tufted mats and masses of stemless blue flowers. Choice species endemic to barren hills near the Wyoming-Utah border. Photo

Penstemon angustifolius v. caudatus (36x14,Z4,P,GL,4:8w) ............................................ 100 seeds / $3.00 19831.25 (W) Las Animas Co., CO, 6000ft, 1830m. Stout stems with narrow, glaucous leaves congested with bright blue flowers in numerous whorls. Growing in sandy clay. Photo

Penstemon caespitosus v. caespitosus (Scrophulariaceae) (5x14,Z4,P,L,4:12w) ................ 100 seeds / $4.00 12041.46 (W) Gunnison Co., CO, 8600ft, 2622m. Small mats of creeping stems clothed in bluish-green, linear-spatulate leaves which smother themselves with blue, white-throated flowers in early summer. Treeless plains of sagebrush and volcanic rock.

Penstemon cobaea (55x18,Z5,P,C,3:8w) ................................................................. 90 seeds / $3.50 12760.56 Stunning in full bloom, the white baggy flowers, often highlighted pale lavender, are the largest in the genus. Shiny green leaves with small teeth.

Penstemon compactus (12x10,Z3,P,RGL,4:8w) ..................................................... 100 seeds / $4.00 12797.16 (W) Cache Co., UT, 9700ft, 2957m. A dwarf form of P. cyananthus with dense racemes of brilliant blue/violet in tight whorls on short ascending stems. On S-facing limestone cliffs.

Penstemon harbourii (5x16,Z3,P,RL,3:8w) .............................................................. 100 seeds / $5.00 35215.16 (W) Summit Co., CO, 12100ft, 3688m. Loose mats of green, leathery foliage are covered with short racemes of attractive powder-blue flowers in summer. On S-facing alpine screes. Photo

Penstemon leonardii (9x25,Z3,P,GL,3:12w) ............................................................ 100 seeds / $4.00 54279.16 (W) Cache Co., UT, 9800ft, 2988m. From a central woody crown sprout a dozen or two lax but ascending stems bearing myriad deep blue flowers in narrow panicles. An uncommon, choice, dwarf shrubby type growing on broken limestone slopes.

Penstemon pseudospectabilis (Scrophulariaceae) (70x30,Z5,P,L,4:8w) ................ 100 seeds / $3.50 70776.26 (W) Yavapai Co., AZ, 3820ft, 1165m. Multi-stemmed plants with clasping, oblong, toothed saucer-leaves and bright rose-red to pink flowers. Superb for dry gardens.

Penstemon scariosus v. garrettii (Scrophulariaceae) (14x12,Z4,P,GL,4:8w) ................ 90 seeds / $3.50 76134.16 (W) Uintah Co., UT, 7600ft, 2317m. Beautiful sky-blue flowers shading to a violet throat project from several verticillasters above clumps of linear-spatulate foliage. In red sandy clay soil.

Penstemon yampaensis (2x10,Z4,P,L,4:12w) .................................................................... 18 seeds / $6.00 96196.16 (W) Moffat Co., CO, 6200ft, 1890m. Tufts of linear leaves produce large, sessile, heavenly blue flowers, so numerous as to totally obscure the foliage. Challenging. Photo

Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens (colored) (Polemoniaceae) (2x12,Z5,P,C,4:12w) ................ 10 seeds / $6.00 35677.36 (W) Harney Co., OR, 4590ft, 1400m. A colored form here with predominantly pale blue flowers although there are some lavender and pinkish forms also. Dense mats of prickly leaves.

Physaria rollinsii (Brassicaceae) (2x6,Z4,P,L,3:5w) ........................................................... 45 seeds / $4.00 74794.36 (W) Gunnison Co., CO, 8550ft, 2607m. One of the smallest in the genus, perfect for troughs. Decumbent yellow flowers are splayed around silver-gray rosettes.

Primula minima (Primulaceae) (3x25,Z4,P,L,3:8w) ......................................................... 90 seeds / $4.00 56598.26 (W) Dolomites, 8200ft, 2500m, Italy. Mats of short dentate green leaves and stemless bright pink, notched flowers. From the acid region of the Dolomites.

Proboscidea louisianica (Martyniaceae) (80x140,A,C,1) ................................................ 18 seeds / $3.00 54698.16 (W) Pueblo Co., CO, 4400ft, 1341m. "Unicorn plant" or "Devil's Claw." Large white and yellow flowers similar to the Catalpa tree, on sprawling, clammy-leaved plants. Probably best known for its oddly-shaped fruit, up to a foot long with wicked claws.

Pulsatilla alpina ssp. apiifolia (Ranunculaceae) (25x20,Z4,P,C,3:8w) ............................ 50 seeds / $4.00 19471.16 (W) Dolomites, 6400ft, 1951m, Italy. (= P. sulphurea.) Large yellow flowers on this beautiful "Pasque Flower." This colony grows on acid substrates in the Dolomites.

Pyrrocoma uniflora (Asteraceae) (3x9,Z3,P,L,3:6w) ......................................................... 60 seeds / $4.00 85858.16 (W) Gunnison Co., CO, 12200ft, 3658m. Tight tufts of lanceolate leaves bear relatively large (3cm), solitary yellow flowers on short stems. An alpine gem which grows only on exposed mountain crests.

Ranunculus seguieri (Ranunculaceae) (12x16,Z4,P,GL,4:12w) .......................................... 25 seeds / $4.00 76382.15 (W) Yugoslavia, 7875ft, 2400m. Tufted clumps of greatly-dissected, leathery leaves bear snow-white, roundish flowers, the petals shallowly notched. Grows on coarse limestone screes in the Apennines, Alps and the mountains of southwest Yugoslovia.

Salvia azurea (Lamiaceae) (70x90,Z5,P,C,1) ................................................................... 40 seeds / $3.50 09903.06 Plants can reach nearly 5 feet tall under ideal conditions but in Texas I have seen them peak out at 2 to 3 feet on the dry soils of the Edwards Plateau. Myriad spikes of azure blue flowers from mid-summer to fall, especially if spent spikes are cut. Tolerates drought and is a good butterfly attractor.

Salvia spathacea (Lamiaceae) (75x18,Z7,P,C,2) ............................................................. 30 seeds / $4.00 76729.26 (W) San Luis Obispo Co., CA, 500ft, 152m. One of the showiest Californian Sages. Large, vibrant, deep magenta trumpets from maroon calyxes are in dense whorls, several per stem. Triangular, tomentose leaves form a mat fragrant of pineapples.   Photo

Sanguinaria canadensis (Papaveraceae) (16x10,Z3,P,C,4:12w) ........................................ 40 seeds / $3.50 12222.06 "Bloodroot." Beautiful white flowers emerge early in the spring as its single, palmate gray-green leaf unfurls. Slowly spreads to form colonies on the forest floor. Difficult from seed, requires oscillating temperatures or "outdoor" treatment for best germination. Seed refrigerated, sow immediately upon receipt.

Simmondsia chinensis (Buxaceae) (90x100,Z9,SC,1) ...................................................... 15 seeds / $3.50 12377.16 (W) Yuma Co., AZ, 2375ft, 724m. "Jojoba." Dioecious shrubs with olive-green, evergreen, ovoid leaves. Yellow-green, petal-less flowers are followed by nuts from which Jojoba oil is expressed. Soaking the seeds in warm water overnight recommended prior to sowing.

Sophora arizonica (Fabaceae) (100x100,Z8,P,SC,1) ........................................................ 20 seeds / $5.00 07466.16 (W) Graham Co., AZ, 4450ft, 1357m. A handsome shrub with evergreen, leathery, pinnate leaves and bouquets of lilac flowers in terminal racemes early in the spring.

Synthyris pinnatifida v. pinnatifida (Scrophulariaceae) (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.

Townsendia hookeri (Asteraceae) (2x7,Z4,P,C,1) ............................................................ 20 seeds / $5.00 35684.76 (W) Jefferson Co., CO, 5970ft, 1820m. Tufts of very narrow, silver leaves and stemless white daisies early in spring.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Yucca nana (Liliaceae) (65x15,Z5,P,C,1) ......................................................................... 30 seeds / $4.00 58248.16 (W) San Juan Co., UT, 6600ft, 2012m. Many botanical differences lead me to believe this is the very recently described taxon Y. nana. The flowering stalks are taller than in the typical Y. harrimaniae population, the rosettes are, on average, tinier yet, the seed is twice the usual size and the locality seems to match one of the published sites. Limited quantities due to the drought.

Zygadenus brevibracteatus (Liliaceae) (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 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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