New Seeds for 2017
As noted below, we are no longer packaging seeds in fancy packets and distributing them in local outlets.
However, we DID collect a lot of seeds in 2016! We have decided to make the extra seeds (listed below) available on a “gift economy” basis, meaning, I do not have prices for them. We do, however, accept donations (see the donate button at the very bottom of this page in the footer area) and I am also willing to trade – or you can promise to “pay it forward.” I do ask that you cover postage if I need to mail them to you.
If something you are looking for is not on the list below, but you do see it on the general plant list, send me an e-mail and I will see if we have some extra – or I could make a point of collecting some for you. (I do not include general vegetable seeds in this list, which are readily available from many seed outlets.) Thanks for your interest!
Calendula / Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis
Chrysanthemum (Shungiku) “Garland Chrysanthemum), Chrysanthemum coronarium
False Indigo, Blue, Baptisia australis
Fennel, wild green, Foeniculum vulgare (be careful – this one can get away from you!)
Hibiscus, “Kenaf”, “Indian Hemp”, Hibiscus cannabinus
Hollyhock, Alcea rosea (these are the dark maroon ones; we also have other colors)
Hollyhock mallow, Malva alcea
Lady’s Bedstraw, Galium verum
Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus – L.
Poppies, Papaver spp.
Siberian Pea Shrub, Caragana arborescens
Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus
2017 Update: The entry below was from 2014. We still have all the plants listed in the table. If you are interested in seeds for some of these, let me know. I might have some recent seeds I collected for personal use I could share – or – I will collect some for you when they become available. I might also have some older seed that you can have free of charge, just for the asking (you pay postage).
OH MY GOSH! The seed crops have been absolutely amazing! Many thanks to our bee friends!
Here is a list of what we collected from plants grown here at Barbolian Fields. NON-GMO, goes without saying. Grown organically. Open-Pollinated (with the help of our honeybees and their native pollinator friends).
|Common Name||Scientific Name|
|Bachelor Buttons*||Centaurea cyanus|
|Bergamot (crimson)||Monarda didyma|
|Bergamot / Beebalm (purple)||Monarda fistulosa|
|Celery Herb – “Amsterdam”||Apium graveolens|
|Cinquefoil, aka barren strawberries||Potentilla spp.|
|Clover – crimson||Trifolium incarnatum|
|Clover – purple||Trifolium pratense|
|Columbine – mostly yellows||Aquilegia spp.|
|Coriander / Cilantro||Coriandrum sativum|
|Cranesbill Geranium “Karmina”||Geranium|
|Dianthus / Pinks||Dianthus spp.|
|Garlic (bulbils – 16 varieties)||Allium sativum|
|Himalayan Honeysuckle||Leycesteria formosa|
|Joe Pye weed||Eutrochium|
|Lemon Balm||Melissa officinalis|
|Lunaria – Money plant||Lunaria annua,|
|Lupine – stream||Lupinus|
|Mallow, Hollyhock||Malva alcea|
|Maximilian / Mexican Sunflower||Helianthus maximiliani|
|Medlar: Royal (dwarf variety)||Mespilus germanica|
|Mustard, Brown/Black*||Brassica nigra|
|Phacelia / Scorpionweed*||Phacelia spp|
|Poppies (red – “corn poppy”)||Papaver rhoeas|
|Potentilla – 3-toothed cinquefoil||Sibbaldiopsis tridentata|
|Purple Goosefoot (“Tree Spinach”)*||Chenopodium giganteum|
|Purslane, Golden (Goldberg)||Portulaca oleracea var. sativa|
|Salad Burnet||Sanguisorba minor|
|Saltbush (Red Orach; Mountain Spinach)||Atriplex hortensis Aurora;
Also A. canescens & A. halimus
|Santolina – grey||Santolina chamaecyparissus|
|Sunflower – Arikara||Helianthus annus|
|Sunflower – Maximilian||Helianthus maximiliani|
|Sweet Cicely||Myrrhis odorata|
|Sweet Pea||Lathyrus odoratus|
|Thyme – common & etc.||Thymus vulgaris|
* Plants with an asterisk self-sow freely and can be invasive!
We also have Roots! Oca, Mashua, Horseradish, Dandelion, and Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes)
A word about Noxious Weeds:
Noxious weeds are invasive, non-native, and can threaten both wildlife habitat and regionally important agricultural crops. About half of the listed noxious weeds are escapees from gardens. It is important that if we grow these plants, which may indeed have useful properties, that we are mindful to control their growth and prevent unwanted spread. The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board website is an excellent source of information about noxious weeds. Check it out!
The following are common plants that are on the Washington State Noxious Weed list. Seed companies do have these for sale – and they don’t always state how invasive they can be. Buyer beware!
Bugloss, Common – Anchusa officinalis
Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea
Fennel (common and bronze) – Foeniculum vulgare
Iris, Yellow Flag – Iris pseudacornus
Mugwort – Artemesia vulgaris
Russian Olive – Elaeagnus angustifolia
Saint John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum
Woad, dyers – Isatis tinctoria
Wormwood – Artemisia absinthium
(Mugwort is not on the official list – but it should be. I think any of the Artemisias can be extremely invasive. Also of note, Bachelor Buttons are on the Watch List – and I so love this plant!)
How to Buy Seeds:
I am sorry to report, we are no longer selling our seeds in local stores. I would consider trading, however. Or by donation. If you see something you want, send me an email & if I can, I’ll send you a good bunch in the spirit of spreading plant life and to make it worth your while. No fancy packets. Just good seed.
I gave it a shot. In the end, trying to make a business out of it turned the whole process into a lot of work! I mean, you nurture the plant all year, harvest the seeds at just the right time, keep them all separate while they cure, clean them through assorted screens, winnowing in the wind, or whatever way you can come up with, properly store them to preserve freshness, gather photos and information and design seed packets – and try to get your printer to print them, weigh out the seeds (some so tiny, they are weighed by grams; others large enough to count), contact potential store outlets and distribute … and when it’s all said and done, you might get a couple bucks for a packet, because the store needs a mark-up, too…. The final straw was when someone complained that they couldn’t get theirs to sprout, and could I give them their money back, at which point, I threw up my hands and exclaimed, “Come on over! I will give you plants! As many as you want! They are all over my yard, threatening to take over my sanity!”
Suffice to say, I have utmost respect for small seed companies who try to make a go of it and work tirelessly to preserve the integrity and diversity of our seeds. I will never again complain about the high price of seeds! (Now shipping costs, that’s another matter — but it’s not in our control. I say avoid them by buying local!)
Ok. Rant over.