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Seeds for Dry Flower Arrangements
FA04 Cottonbush (
Gomphocarpus fruticosus )
Gorgeous ornamental pods, green with maroon, excellent cut
flower material. Grows about 32" tall, blooms in only 7 weeks.
FA05 Hairy Balls Plant (
Gomphocarpus physocarpus )
For those who crave lime green hairy balls in their
arrangements, truly unique. Grows about 40" tall, blooms in
only 7 weeks. Annual.
IP021 Teasel ( Dipsacus sativus )
A very dramatic plant to have in the back border as it can reach a height of 72 inches. Sometimes called Indian Teasel or Fuller's Teasel, it has comb-like flower heads that were used in the wool industry to bring up the nap in woolen cloth. It is also an excellent cut flower for drying. It is widely used in floral arrangements and crafts.
Teasel plants will perform well in sunny areas with well-drained soil. Once established they need very little care and are fairly drought tolerant. Deer do not bother the Fuller's Teasel plant. The Teasel flowers are very popular with bees, birds and hummingbirds who love the flowers and seeds.
Teasels are considered a biennial. The first year they will not produce a bloom, but the second year, tall spikes will form with flower heads that are 4 inches, cylindrical-shaped and made up of a mass of tiny flowers. The flowers are usually a lavender color and bloom in a band from the bottom of the flower head to the top, lasting about a month.
To keep a patch of Teasel plants in the garden, let a few of the flower heads go to seed. The Teasel flower seeds will drop and self-sow.
TRM967 Roman Shields ( Fibigia clypeata )
An easy to grow biennial reaching about 18" tall. Grown primarily for it's attractive seed pods for dried arrangements.
Seed pods are excellent for dried flower bouquets, at two different stages. The pods, if harvested as they first form, have a greenish-grey, very nice looking appearance. As pods mature, the outer covering is easily removed and then have the appearance of a shiny silver shield.
For zones 5-8.
IP020 Black Marbles ( Nigella Damascena Albion )
This plant produces tall white attractive blooms, but the seed pods are what this variety is known for. The unique and attractive seed pods have this a very popular flower. To dry Nigella flowers or seed pods: Cut stems and hang upside down in cool location.
Sow seeds outdoors in early spring. The flower seed can be lightly covered with soil. Each plant has a short bloom season, so it is best to have successive plantings every three weeks to have blooms all season. Thin the seedlings to 8 to 10 inches between plants, and the plants should start blooming in three months. Deadheading will promote continued blooming of Nigella flowers, but will eliminate the attractive seed pods that form later. A ready self-seeder if you leave the seed pods on. In mild climates, the flowers will bloom continuously.
FT21 Pumpkin Pepper ( Ornamental, not edible )
A Very Unique Ornamental from Harris Seeds. 105 Days. The
Pumpkin Pepper is a must have for the serious fall crafter. It
is a pepper, that when it’s dried, it takes the shape of
a mini pumpkin. These small peppers look so much like real,
miniature pumpkins that you’ll be fooled. They will get
hard, hold their shape and not mold when they are dried. The
plants will get 16-20 in. tall and if spaced 18 in. x 36 in.
each plant can produce at least 35 fruit/plant. The fruit will
ripen from a green to red color and if left in the field they
will bleach to a burnt orange. They will take several light
frosts in the fall without damaging the fruit. For easy drying,
cut the plants and hang them up with the fruit attached.
TRM130 Okrazilla Ornamental Okra
Looking for something a bit different to add to your
arrangements? This ornamental okra has plump, lime green fruit
that lends itself to designs with a tropical feel. The leaves
are trimmed away, leaving only the pods. The unusual stems can
be used to add color and architectural interest to floral
pieces. Stems can be harvested after pods have formed. Pods
range in size from 1-6" in length depending on how early they
are picked. Young pods are a delicious okra for the table.
JF69 Silver Drop ( Eucalyptus gunnii )
Best variety for bouquets.
Small, silver-green leaves work well in fresh or dried
bouquets. Easily preserved with glycerin. Perennial in zones
9-11. Ht. 24-36".
D2266CD Kobold Dwarf Goblin Blazing Star ( Liatris spicata )
Dwarf, dense violet spikes in early summer, grassy foliage, striking appearence.
A hardy perennial plant reaching only 16" tall ft.with rosy purple spikes
of flowers reaching 15" in length. Excellent for dried or
FB163 Sweet Annie ( Artemisa annua )
An excellent multi use herb for all gardens. A graceful and sweetly fragrant annual with tall stems 4'-7' tall, with fine bright green ferny foliage. Though most often grown for fresh and dried arrangements and wreath making (it holds color and fragrance very well) it also makes a graceful accent in the back of a flowerbed or a pretty quick screen, especially behind other container plantings. "Sweet Annie" has a wide variety of uses both medicinal and for handcrafting and makes a nice addition to potpourri and sachets.
This is a tall ferny green plant that grows to over seven feet high and four feet wide in one year! Excellent for back borders or any area that you want to give a tropical look and feel. Sweet Annie has thick strong woody stems and branches out like a shrub. The flowers are tiny and olive green and can't really be seen unless you look hard. However sweet Annie is grown for it's foliage and mostly for it's lovely aromatic scent which can fill the whole garden when the breeze rustles it branches. It has been used for centuries in it's dried form in wreaths and other aroma projects.
Sweet Annie is one of the best natural air fresheners around. Have a aroma you want to get rid of? Just wave a spring of Sweet Annie in the air and it freshens the whole area with a sweet appealing smell illuminating anything else. Don't use air fresheners with unknown chemical ingredients use a natural herb to do the work for you. The plant dries very well and the will last for years all you have to do is gently move a piece and the aroma bursts forth. It is excellent for use in wreaths and other aroma projects.
AT108 Broomcorn, Mixed Highlights
The best broomcorn selection we've seen that includes colors of
red, natural, tan, cordevan and yellow.
Harvest when straw is still streaked with green and kernals are
still soft to avoid heads shattering.
TRM075 Spanish Broom( Spartium junceum )
A vigorous deciduous shrub with green rush-like stems up to 8
or 9 ft. Leaves are inconspicuous. Flowers are large, pea
shaped and fragrant. The dried stems make a great background
for dried arrangement settings. Also makes a great garden
A tender perennial that will not withstand hard freezes.
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2573 Amaranthus Illumination
Amaranthus tricolor. Topmost foliage bright red and upright,
with olive/red variegated leaves below. Grows 42 inches tall.
Annual. Amaranthus make great material for cut or dry arrangements.
2574 Amaranthus Molten Fire
Amaranthus gangeticus, Large crimson leaves with maroon
picoteed edge. Annual growing 42 inches tall. Amaranthus make great material for cut or dry arrangements.
2575 Amaranthus Oeschberg
Amaranthus gangeticus, Large crimson leaves with maroon picoteed edge. Annual growing about 40 inches tall. Amaranthus make great material for cut or dry arrangements.
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IP059 Amaranthus Twin Tower Series Red and Green
A stunning and unique plant with a long-blooming season that creates a focal point in any flower garden. From early summer right through early fall, the plant bears masses of velvety-soft, bright red florets on thick, columnar spikes, the central stem much taller than the others.
Grows about 30-36" tall. Each bloom column measures 16 to 20 inches long and several inches thick, every iota of space jammed with rich color. The stems are fascinating in fresh arrangements, and may be dried for winter-long color as Everlastings.
Towers is a sun-loving annual that grows readily in moist, well-drained soil. The foliage is beautiful as well, adding color to the garden before the flowers appear, the green leaves are boldly splashed with purple right down to the ground.
3299 Amaranthus Pygmy Torch
Amaranthus hypochondriacus. Mid height, crimson upright spikes, grows 16 inches tall. Amaranthus make great material for cut or dry arrangements.