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Seedlings new to our garden


Every year I start many of my favorite stand-bys from seed - some to replace those that inevitably bite the dust in our gardens, others for our plant sale. But the most exciting plants to start from seed are those that are new to me!

Through my seed trades and exchanges, I always wind up with lots of new things to try. The list below is a sampling of the species and varieties that will be new to our garden this year. The links lead to brief plant profiles (no pictures yet, obviously), with germination results for each variety.

If the list below looks empty, it's probably because all the current season's seedlings have already found places in the garden, and are therefore no longer 'new'.

Agave polianthiflora (tuberose-flowered agave)
Agave x parryantha
Albuca 'Dwarf Hardy'
Aloe cryptopoda
Aloinopsis/nananthus hybrids (living stone)
Aristea capitata (blue scepter)
Asphodelus aestivus (white asphodel; summer asphodel)
Ballota hispanica
Conostomium natalense (wild pentas)
Dierama erectum
Dierama pauciflorum (angel's fishing rod)
Draba hispanica (whitlow-grass)
Echeandia chandleri 'Sierra Chiquita' (shooting star lily, Chandler's craglily)
Freesia leichtlinii
Galvezia juncea (Baja bush snapdragon)
Gladiolus flanaganii (suicide lily)
Hesperoxiphion peruvianum
Hesperoyucca whipplei (chaparral yucca)
Lepechinia floribunda
Massonia jasminiflora
Maurandella antirrhiniflora (snapdragon vine)
Moraea elegans
Moraea huttonii
Moraea vespertina
Oncosiphon suffruticosum (Calomba daisy)
Purshia mexicana (Mexican cliffrose)
Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain laurel)
Thelocactus setispinus (miniature barrel cactus; hedgehog cactus)
Tigridia vanhouttei
Yucca elata (soap tree)
Zephyranthes katheriniae (rain lily)
Zephyranthes morrisclintii (rain lily)