Seeds for a Bible Garden

Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

At the request of many of our customers, we have created a list of seeds for plants that are listed in the Bible. We have only listed seeds for plants that will do well in a wide variety of climates and conditions, if there is a plant mentioned in the Bible that is not listed here, it is probably because the plants will only grow well in a certain region, or because seeds for these plants are not commercially available.

BG04 Christ Thorn ( Paliurus Spina-Christi )
Believed to be the plant from which Christ's crown of thorns was made from. Christ's thorn is a spreading, spiny shrub that can grow into a small tree up to 20 ft. tall. Needs well drained soil and full sun. Can be container grown in tubs in North.
  Package of 10 seeds, $2.50
HR440 Cumin ( Cuminum cyminum )
The cumin plant is a small, annual that only grows to be 1 foot in height. It has pink or white flowers. The blossoms give rise to oblong fruit that contains the seeds. The seeds are harvested in the late summer when they ripen.
Cumin has been in use since ancient times. Seeds excavated at one site have been dated to the second millennium BC. In the ancient Egyptian civilisation cumin was used as spice and as preservative in mummification.
Originally cultivated in Iran and the Mediterranean region, cumin is mentioned in the Bible in both the Old Testament (Isaiah 28:27) and the New Testament (Matthew 23:23). The ancient Greeks kept cumin at the dining table in its own container (much as pepper is frequently kept today), and this practice continues in Morocco. Cumin was also used heavily in ancient Roman cuisine.
It was introduced to the Americas by Spanish and Portuguese colonists. There are several different types of cumin but the most famous ones are black and green cumin which are both used in Persian cuisine.
In India, cumin has been used for millennia as a traditional ingredient of innumerable kormas, masalas, soups, and other spiced gravies.
 400mg Package ( about 80-100 seeds ) $1.95
NB11 Windowsill Chives ( Allium schoenoprasum )
Zone 3-9. This variety has especially thick, dark green leaves and stands up well to pot culture and being indoors over the winter. It regrows quickly from a cutting and actually needs regular shearing to stay stocky and compact. Start outside in pots in the spring and move indoors in the fall for winter harvesting. Produces small lavender flowers and hollow stems that are edible, smelling and tasting mildly of onion. Use in soups, scrambled eggs, soft cheeses, mashed potatoes and salads. Can be used fresh, dried or frozen. Germinate @60-70F in 2 weeks, keep in the dark. Hardy and easy to transplant.
Packed with phyto-nutrients and antioxidants! Chives provide the body a quick energy boost. The Hebrew slaves that built the Egyptian pyramids always wore a bundle of chives on their belts. As they tired, they ate some chives to renew their stamina.
  250mg package ( about 100 ) seeds $2.25
RHM988 Riverbank Grape ( Vitis Riparia )
The grapevine is mentioned often in the bible ( Isa. 5:7 ), ( Isa. 27:2,3, 6), ( Jer. 48:11 ), (Zeph. 1:12 ), ( Matt. 9:17 ) and in other verses. We are not sure of the botanical variety of grape that described in wine making and vineyards in the bible. But as almost all grapevines look alike, we settled on a wild form of grape that is found wild in many parts of the US and has a tart, delicious flavor. Also commonly known as Frost Grape, it is a Native American climbing or trailing vine, widely distributed from Quebec to Texas, and Montana to New England. It is long-lived and capable of reaching into the upper canopy of the tallest trees. This plant is highly valued by wildlife and perfect for naturalizing woodland areas or along fences. This vine is a strong climber reaching 12m (2m of annual growth).

This plant is recommended for covering tall fences and various supports as well as concealing unsightly buildings. It can suppress the growth of other plants. The growth form is that of a woody vine. There are well-developed tendrils that wrap around nearby plants or other objects to help the vine climb.

Mature vines have loose, fissured bark, and may attain several inches in diameter. Leaves are alternate, and lobed (there can be dramatic differences in the lobbing pattern from one leaf to the next). The lobes are generally sharp-pointed and there are also large sharp teeth along the margin. The leaves often have opposite tendrils or inflorescences; they are about 5-25 cm (2-10 in) long and 5-20 cm (2-8 in) broad, sometimes with sparse hairs on the underside of veins, and are glossy green on both surfaces.

The vine has large panicles of delightfully Mignonette scented flowers - a most unusual feature - in early summer. The inflorescence is 4-15 cm (1.5-6 in) long and is loose, and the flowers are small, fragrant, dioecious, and white or greenish in color. V. riparia blooms in May or June and produces a small 6-15 mm blue-black berry (grape) with a bloom, seeded, juicy, edible, vinous-herbaceous in flavor (not foxy), but usually sour.

Hardiness zones: 2-9 (-43°C/-45°F, -5°C/25°F) in winter. The vine is extremely cold hardy and easily survives temperatures as low as 40°F below zero. The riparia vine prefers a deep rich moist well-drained moderately fertile loam. This vine does best in calcium rich fertile loamy evenly moist soils for best production and flavorful fruit. It will grow best in a calcareous soil. It will succeed in sun or partial shade though a warm sunny position is required for the fruit to ripen. This is an undemanding, drought tolerant and fully hardy species.

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.

  Pack of 10 seeds $3.95
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D7866 Cedar of Lebanon ( Cedrus libani )
A mature cedar of Lebanon is a stately and picturesque evergreen conifer. It has a massive (sometimes forked) trunk, very wide-spreading horizontal branches (the lower ones often kissing the ground), and a crown of flat tiers, like table tops.
Although it can get more than 100' tall with an equal spread from its strong limbs, most specimens in cultivation can be expected to top out around 50-70'. In youth the tree is conical and symmetrical. The leaves, about an inch long, are stiff and 4-angled, and arranged in dense clusters on short shoots. The cones are barrel shaped, 3-5" long and held erect, a characteristic of the true cedars (genus Cedrus).
Cedar of Lebanon is very similar to (and very closely related to) Atlas cedar (C. atlantica), and some authorities consider them to be just subspecies in the same species. Michael Dirr, the famous authority on landscape trees from the University of Georgia, says Atlas cedar has a taller, less flattened crown, less densely arranged branchlets, and smaller cones (2-3" long) than cedar of Lebanon.

Location: Cedar of Lebanon is named for the famous forests that grow in Lebanon. The species also occurs in Turkey and Syria. Var. stenocoma is native to southern Turkey.
Culture: The cedars grow well in acidic sands and in thin soils over limestone; pH doesn't matter. Good drainage is essential, however. Cedar of Lebanon has a tendency to produce multiple leaders and the grower may wish to prune out the weaker shoots; do this in autumn. These are slow growing trees.
Light: Young trees can grow in partial shade but will eventually need full sun to realize their potential.
Moisture: Cedar of Lebanon occurs naturally where there is very little summer rainfall, and is quite tolerant of drought. It can thrive where annual precipitation is no more than 15", but it also does well where 80" of annual precipitation is the norm.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 9.
Usage: The cedars make majestic specimen trees for parks, estates and larger lawns. A mature cedar of Lebanon, especially one with multiple leaders, will be as wide as it is tall, and a truly picturesque specimen.
Features: The taxonomy of the genus Cedrus is debated by the botanists. Depending on who you believe, you can recognize one, two or four species. The splitters recognize Cyprus cedar (Cedrus brevifolia), cedar of Lebanon, deodar cedar (C. deodar), and Atlas cedar.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D2228 Common Olive ( Olea europaea )
The olive branch is mentioned several times in the Bible ( Ps. 52:8 }, ( Zech. 4:3 ), ( Deut. 33:24 ), ( Job 29:6 ) and ( Job15:33 } A most useful tree that can be grown in any temperate climate. It also can be grown in containers. The tree itself is attractive and usually becomes gnarled with age. It bears the olive of commerce that reach up to 1½" in dia. and are filled with oil. The flowers are tiny and yellow, the foliage a light grey-green.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
P35 Edible Date Palm ( phoenix dactylifera )
The edible date palm was a prominent plant in biblical times. It was the largest native tree in Egypt as no forest or timber trees grew in the rainless regions. It was a very valuable source of food and provided welcome shade for travelers. References to the palm can be found in ( Lev. 23:40 }, ( Exodus 15:27 ) and ( I Kings 6:29 ).
This palm is grown commercially throughout the Middle East for its delicious and abundant fruit. It can be easily grown indoors. Outside, it will grow to a height of 80 ft. with a 12" trunk that is coverer with attractive leaf scars. The leaves are feather shaped with a beautiful gray-green coloration. It is a fast grower. Everyone should have one of these plants.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
B1728 Russian Olive ( Elaeagnus Angustifolia )
This is considered to be the oil tree mentioned in the bible ( Isa. 41:19, 20 ) and was known as wild olive in ancient times. It's hard, fine grained wood was much used for wood carving. Although its fruits are used in drinks and to make preserves, it is more sought after for its white shoots and silver undersides of leaves. Trains well.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
HR310 Anise ( Pimpinella anisum )
Mentioned in Matt.23:23. Leaves and seeds used to flavor licorice. Delicious in salads. Seeds often used in applesauce, cakes, breads, soups and stews.
  Package of 50-100 seeds $1.75

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HR145 Hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis )
The Bible mentions hyssop several times, mostly in the Old Testament. In Leviticus, God commanded His people to use hyssop in the ceremonial cleansing of people and houses. In one example, God tells the priests to use hyssop together with cedar wood, scarlet yarn, and the blood of a clean bird to sprinkle a person recently healed from a skin disease (likely leprosy). This act would ceremonially cleanse the formerly diseased person and allow him to re-enter the camp (Leviticus 14:1-7). The same method was used to purify a house that had previously contained mold (Leviticus 14:33-53).

Hyssop is also used symbolically in the Bible. When the Israelites marked their door posts with lamb's blood in order for the angel of death to pass over them, God instructed them to use a bunch of hyssop as a "paintbrush"(Exodus 12:22). This was probably because hyssop was sturdy and could withstand the brushing, but it also likely signified that God was marking His people as "pure" and not targets of the judgement God was about to deal out to the Egyptians.

David also mentions hyssop in Psalm 51:7: "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow". David does not refer to physical cleansing-rather, he is asking God to cleanse him spiritually as he confesses his sin.

Hyssop also appears at Jesus' crucifixion, when the Roman soldiers offered Jesus a drink of wine vinegar on a sponge at the end of a stalk of hyssop (John 19:28-30). This was, in fact, Jesus' last act before He declared His work on earth finished and gave up His spirit. While the hyssop stalk may have been used for purely practical purposes (i.e., it was long enough to reach to Jesus' mouth as He hung on the cross), it is interesting that that particular plant was chosen. It is possible that God meant this as a picture of purification, as Jesus bought our forgiveness with His sacrifice. Just as in the Old Testament blood and hyssop purified a defiled person, so Jesus' shed blood purifies us from the defilement of our sin.

The Hyssop herb is an aromatic plant, and the young leaves are somewhat bitter and minty in flavor. A widely used culinary herb, both the flowers and leaves are used in salads although the leaves are much stronger in flavor. It is also used to flavor pork, chicken, soups, teas and stuffing.
Hyssop is also considered to be a medicinal herb, with the oil obtained from the leaves used to make herbal baths and facials.
Hyssop is an excellent bee plant. Legend has it that beekeepers rubbed their hives with hyssop and other herbs to encourage bees to stay. Hyssop also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies; claims that it keeps cabbage butterflies away from crops or repels flea beetles have not been substantiated.
A perennial hardy in zones 3 to 10.

  Package of 50 or more seeds $1.95
H470 Black Mustard ( Brassica nigra )
In the bible, the Kingdom of God is compared to a mustard seed, one of the smallest of seeds, which cast into the garden grows into a tree ( actually a large plant ) which shelters the birds seeking rest. Hot, spicy seeds are also used in Indian dishes or crushed to make mustard. Cannot ship to IA
  Package of 100+ seeds $1.75
HR187 Rue ( Ruta graveolens )
One of the plants mentioned by Jesus in his rebuke of the Pharisees. Much used in salads and as flavoring in cheese dishes.
  50mg pack ( about 35 seeds ) $1.95
3571 Dwarf Rush, Flying Hedgehogs ( Juncus ensifolius )
Swordlike leaf, black flower clusters, perennial growing 10" tall, good for wet areas, hardy to zone 3.
 1mg pack ( contains about 50 seeds ) $2.95
TRN266 Reed Grass ( Phragmites australis )
Stiff upright gray-green canes, large inflorescence tan to bronze to silver, wet soil, sun/shade, grows 48" tall, hardy for zones 4-9.
  32mg pack ( about 300 very tiny seeds ) $4.95
IM029 Slim Stem Reed ( Calamagrostis stricta )
Slim Stem Reed, fuzzy brown bloom turns bronze, erect spikes, grows about 36" tall.
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H225 Stinging Nettle ( Urtica unens )
Considered to be one of the nettles listed in the bible. A perennial plant found growing wild all over the world. Grows from 2-7 ft. tall. The bristly hairs of the plant act as a hypodermic, injecting an irritant substance under the skin when touched. A decoction of the root makes an external treatment that when applied to the scalp is said to treat baldness. A decoction of the plant is good for diarrhea. Dwarf Nettle is said to be helpful for rheumatic problems and colds.
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IP147 Bitter Gourd ( Green Queen Variety )
Hebrew: pakknoth-sadeh
The Hebrew word for this wild gourd means "to burst." This is in reference to its tendency to break open when ripe. In II Kings 4 Elisha explained to the sons of the prophets that meal placed in the pot would counteract the bitterness of this wild gourd. The plant resembles a cucumber and has a well-cut palmate and vinelike leaf that grows on a running stem along the ground. The fruit is firm and round and varies in colors that range from clear yellow to bright orange with green markings. When ripe, the fruit dries and its pulp becomes a powder that is used as a bitter medicine and drastic purgative. This powder was collected by Arabs and used as kindling.

In I Kings 7:24 there is recorded a description of a basin in Solomon's temple with the colocynth, carved in cedar wood, and used as ornamentation. "And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it..." The gourd is known as the "globe cucumber." Another name given this gourd is the "prophet's cucumber" from its biblical connotation.

2 Kings 4:38-40 (KJV) And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. "And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof." Long fruits are 8-10 inches long and have dark green skin with sharp and scattered tubercles. Plants are very vigorous when growing in warm and rainy climates. This variety starts to producie fruits in 45-50 days after sowing.

  5 seeds $2.95