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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 loferox 'Stairway to Heaven' (century plant)
Agave polianthiflora (tuberose-flowered agave)
Agave x amourifolia (century plant)
Albuca 'Dwarf Hardy'
Aloe cryptopoda
Aloinopsis/nananthus hybrids (living stone)
Ballota hispanica
Begonia boliviensis (Bolivian begonia)
Conostomium natalense (wild pentas)
Dasylirion wheeleri (sotol; desert spoon)
Dierama erectum
Dierama pauciflorum (angel's fishing rod)
Draba hispanica (whitlow-grass)
Echeandia chandleri 'Sierra Chiquita' (shooting star lily, Chandler's craglily)
Kniphofia ensifolia (torch lily)
Lepechinia floribunda
Lithops karasmontana (living stone)
Massonia jasminiflora
Maurandella antirrhiniflora (snapdragon vine)
Moraea elegans
Moraea huttonii
Moraea vespertina
Oncosiphon suffruticosum (Calomba daisy)
Purshia mexicana (Mexican cliffrose)
Puya mirabilis
Thelocactus setispinus (miniature barrel cactus; hedgehog cactus)
Zephyranthes katheriniae (rain lily)
Zephyranthes morrisclintii (rain lily)
Zephyranthes sp. from Tamaulipas (rain lily)