Annual Herbs

HR301 Angelica Angelica archangelica
Angelica is a biennial plant often grown as an annual. Flowers have a sweet honey smell. Angelica is a large, rangy plant of northern Europe, that has fresh, pine and citrus notes. It is very attractive biennial that makes a good focal point in the garden. Angelica will grow to a height of 4-6 ft. and prefers partial shade and a moist, slightly acidic soil.
Angelica is a favorite flavoring herb in Western culinary art. Angelica jams and jellies are very popular. Leaf stalk are employed in confectionary.
All parts of the angelica plant are strongly aromatic and edible. The entire angelica herbs is useful. The seeds, and the oil from seeds and roots, contribute to the complex tastes of various cordials and digestive liqueurs.
Angelica candied stems were a popular delicacy from medieval times though the 19th century, but they're seldom seen
in the kitchen nowadays. The young leaves can be chopped to add taste to salads, fish dishes and cottage cheese. Fresh stalks can be added to milk puddings, custard and stewed fruits.
Young leaves and shoots are used commercially to flavor alcoholic beverages. Angelica root is the main flavoring ingredient of gin, vermouth Benedictine and Chartreuse.

Go to Seedman's Angelica Tip Page for growing tips, recipes, etc. and to offer your own gardening tip for other customers.

  250mg package ( about 30 seeds $1.95 )
HR310 Anise ( Pimpinella anisum )
Anise is an easy to grow annual plant growing about 1-3 feet tall depending on soil and growing conditions. Plant seeds after all danger of frost has passed.
Plant anise herb seeds in a nice sunny spot in soil that has adequate drainage.
Anise seeds produce a pungent flavored herb that resembles fennel and licorice, and it is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes.
In antiquity, anise was used to treat insomnia. Today, this sweet-smelling herb is commonly found in Indian, and other Asian, cuisine. Leaves and seeds used to flavor licorice. Delicious in salads. Seeds often used in applesauce, cakes, breads, soups and stews.
Go to Seedman's Anise Tip Page for growing tips, recipes, etc. and to offer your own gardening tip for other customers.

 250mg Package of about 50 or more seeds $1.95
2360 Ajowan ( Carum copticum )
An important commercial spice crop in India where the pungent, aromatic seeds are in great demand in curries, pickles, confectionery and beverages. Used medicinally for sore throat, bronchitis and cough. Potent antifungal against pathogenic fungi. Grows like cumin or dill, Start in peat or paper pots in April; do not disturb roots when transplanting. Ht. 30-100 cm/1-3 ft.
  200mg Package ( about 75-100 seeds ) $1.95
H802 Arugula/Roquette ( Eruca vesicaria sativa )
Also known as rocket, rucola, or roquette, this peppery green has been cultivated in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. With high levels of potassium and vitamins A and C, arugula is a nutritional powerhouse. It makes more of a punch, flavor-wise, than most other leafy greens, which lends itself nicely to a variety of dishes.
Long, dark, lobed leaves are suitable for salad mix or bunching. White flowers with dark pink veins make attractive spicy additions to salad mixes.
Another old time heirloom herb growing to 2' tall. The young leaves have a horseradish flavor and are deeply toothed resembling turnip greens. The scent and flavor are reminiscent of peanuts.
This is a cool weather crop that gets bitter in midsummer heat. Make several plantings in early spring and again in midsummer. Harvest by shearing off the entire plant at ground level.

Web resource: 100 Arugula Recipes

  25mg Package ( 100+ seeds ) $1.95
  3mg Package ( over 2,000 seeds ) $3.95
FB122 Amethyst Basil Ocimum basilicum
Darkest purple, almost black, turned down leaf like Genovese, 60 days.
  75mg pack ( about 40 seeds ) $2.50
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.
Germination is about 50 percent, normal for this variety.
 15mg pack ( over 100 tiny seeds ) $2.95
FB121 Aristotle Basil Ocimum basilicum
A wonderful herb that you can grow for it's beautiful appearance and for it's delightful basil flavor. Forms perfect basketball-size mound, small green leaf, for large patio pot or basket. Use in any recipe you would normally use green basil. Annual.
  25mg pack $2.50
HR320 Sweet Basil ( Ocimum basilicum )
Excellent for tomato sauces and salads. Adds zest to everything. Very fragrant flowers and leaves. Good potpourri addition.
  Package of 50-100 seeds $1.95
2917 Basil, Thai Siam Queen ( Ocimum basilicum )
AAS Winner, licorice scent, purple foliage, good looking plant, grows 24" tall.
  25mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $1.95
2918 Basil, Holy Green ( Ocimum sanctum )
A basil for gourmet cooks with a strong scent, green leaf, grows 12" tall.
  Package of 25 seeds, $1.95
2920 Basil, Red Rubin ( Ocimum basilicum )
Reliably dark red leaf, fine flavor and aroma, grows 12" tall.
 25mg Package ( about 20-25 seeds ) $1.95
2921 Basil, Dark Opal ( Ocimum basilicum )
Purple crinkled leaf, pink flowers, taste tempting variety, grows 12" tall.
  Package of 25 seeds, $1.95
2922 Basil, Dwarf Fine Bush Minette ( Ocimum basilicum }
New - Compact, small rounded leaf, grows 12" tall.
  Package of 25 seeds, $1.95
2923 Basil, Spicy Globe ( Ocimum basilicum )
Tiny rounded shiny green leaf, compact, strong scent, white flowers, grows 12" tall.
 25mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $1.95
2924 Basil, Sweet Dani ( Ocimum basilicum )
AAS, powerful lemon scent, large olive green leaf, great for culinary use, grows 24" tall.
 20mg Package ( about 15 seeds ) $1.95
TRN061 Basil, Oriental Breeze ( Ocimum basilicum )
Bred for container/cutflower use, very fragrant 6" long flower heads, white with purple bracts, grows 12" tall.
 18mg pack ( about 20-25 seeds ) $2.25
HR330 Basil, Cinnamon ( Ocimum basilicum crispum }
Spicy, cinnamon sweet fragrance. Makes a comforting tea and adds spice to recipes.
 125mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
HR360 Basil, Holy ( Ocimum sanctum )
Has a deep spicy clove scent.
  20mg package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
HR350 Basil, Lemon ( Ocimum citriodorum )
Has a strong lemon scent. Excellent for potpourris. Also makes attractive garden plant.
 125mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
H804 Basil, Licorice
An open pollinated variety growing 2' tall. Licorice scented foliage. The stems, flowers and leaf veins are deep purple. Try it in fruit salads. It is an essential addition to Southeast Asian cuisine.
  20mg Package ( about 20 or more seeds ) $1.95
HR370 Borage ( Borage officinalis )
Borage is one of the easier herbs to grow and it produces both edible flowers and leaves. The small star-shaped blue flowers are popular with bees. Sow borage seeds in their final location or in peat pots and/or peat pellets as borage does not transplant well. The leaves taste of cucumber and can be used in salads or drinks. For an extra decorative touch, freeze the borage flowers in ice cubes and serve with lemonade.
Borage is a hardy annual which means that the seeds can be sown outside in the early spring, or even in the fall and overwintered in the soil ready to come up at the first signs of spring.
Borage seeds need complete darkness to germinate. Plants grow 2-3 feet tall.
  1g Package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
HR380 Calendula ( Calendula officinalis )
Used in coloring and decorations.
  150mg Package ( about 30 seeds ) $1.95
HR390 Cardoon ( Cynara cardunculus )
If planted early enough, it will flower the first year. Excellent French and Italian spice. Cardoon is considered to be a tender perennial. In cold climates it is often grown as an annual. A close cousin of the artichoke, this native to the well-drained, sunny slopes of the southwest Mediterranean can overwinter in Zone 7.
A compound found in the leaves of Artichoke Thistle is called cynarin. Cynarin improves the function of both the liver and the gall bladder. It stimulates digestive juices and helps to lower cholesterol. The stems of Cardoon are blanched and used like celery, and the young, tender leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
Produces magnificent flowerheads that can be cut and dried for arrangements. Edible leaf stalks and midribs are tasty when blanched. Unopened flowerheads can be eaten like artichokes.
 750mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $2.25
HR400 Caraway Seeds ( Carum carvi )
Flavorful seeds used in breads, cheese sauces and sauerkraut.
 800mg Package ( over 100 seeds ) $2.25
Chervil, Curled ( Anthriscus cerefolium )
Finely cut, parsley like leaves used in soups, fish dishes, stews and cheese dishes.

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Z2827 Chia Seed ( Salvia hispanica )
Chia is an annual herb growing to 3 feet tall. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem. Very easy to grow, just be careful not to overwater.

The plant grows as an annual in all climates and as a perennial ornamental in Zones 9 through 11.
Makes a wonderful windowsill potting plant and an attractive addition to the garden.

Chia seed is the edible seed that comes from this desert plant, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. It's been written that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.

Chia is undergoing something of a renaissance after centuries of neglect. It was a major crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. and was still cultivated well into the 16th century, AD, but after the Spanish conquest, authorities banned it because of its close association with Aztec religion (Indians used the seeds as offerings in rituals). Until recently, chia was produced by only a few small growers, but commercial production has resumed and it has become one of the hottest health foods marketed.

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Another advantage: when added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.

Chia has a nutlike flavor. You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as "chia fresca." As with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods.

9g pack ( about 5,000 seeds ) $3.95
SF080 Cilantro Leaf ( Coriandrum sativum )
For great leaf flavor and seasoning, slow bolting for prolonged harvest season.
An herb with wide delicate lacy green leaves and a pungent flavor. The seed of the cilantro plant is known as coriander. Although cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, their flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other. (Some countries refer to the cilantro as coriander, so any references to "fresh coriander" or "coriander leaves" refer to cilantro.)
All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the most commonly used in cooking. Coriander is commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, South Asian, Mexican, Latin American, Chinese, African and Southeast Asian cuisine.
If you like the aromatic flavor of salsa served in Mexican restaurants, you'll like cilantro. The leaves have an instantly recognizable fragrance that fills a room when you cut them. Sometimes called Chinese parsley, its distinctive aroma and flavor is also part of Caribbean and Asian foods, lending flavor to recaito, salsas, curries, salads, chutneys, herbed butters, and meat marinades.
Type: Cool season annual, though can overwinter in milder climates Planting time: Early spring, fall.
Features: Aromatic leaves, flavorful seeds.
Light: Full sun to part shade.
Soil: Light, moist but well drained.
Spacing: 12 to 18 inches.
Plant size: 2 feet tall, 1 foot wide.
Garden use: In containers, herb and flower gardens.
  500mg pack ( about 60 seeds ) $2.25
SF081 Pokey Joe Cilantro ( Coriandrum sativum )
A mainstay of Mexican comfort food. This cilantro variety has great flavor and abundant large, fresh leaves, and bears over a long time. Category: Seeds Annual
Best tasting in trials, best roots, very slow to bolt, all round winner.
Type: Cool season annual, though can overwinter in milder climates Planting time: Early spring, fall.
Features: Aromatic leaves, flavorful seeds.
Light: Full sun to part shade.
Soil: Light, moist but well drained.
Spacing: 12 to 18 inches.
Plant size: 2 feet tall, 1 foot wide.
Garden use: In containers, herb and flower gardens.
  300mg pack ( about 30-35 seeds ) $2.25
G018 Coffee Chickory ( Chichorium intybus )
Chicory has been in cultivation since the days of ancient Egypt. The oldest publication about herbs in existence, authored by Greek physician Dioscorides, includes information about chicory.
Thomas Jefferson planted chicory in his gardens, recommending it in a letter to his friend George Washington as "one of the greatest acquisitions a farmer can have." Chicory's most well known culinary use is the use of the root as a coffee substitute or additive, since it has a soothing and relaxing effect that balances out the stimulation of coffee.
As a wildflower, this plant springs up everywhere with its bright blue dandelion-like flowers that open and close with the sun.
To use Chicory: Cut young, tender leaves for fresh greens; do not freeze or dry them, since this deprives them of all flavor. They can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. The root can be harvested any time after four months of growth, but before the ground freezes. How to make chicory coffee. Cannot ship to CO or SD.
  600mg Package ( over 100 seeds ) $2.00
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
1A050 Catalogna Special Italian Dandelion
( Cichorium intybus )
A new type of green from Johnny Seeds ( Catalogna ) that is taking green lovers by storm. The large leaves are more tasty and nutritious than any green you've ever tried.
  2.8g pack ( several hundred seeds ) $2.45
G040 Pickling Dill ( Anethum graveolens )
Dill is very easy to grow and is used to flavor pickles, salads, soups and more. To harvest Dill, cut flowering stems when in full bloom. Spread out to dry on trays. When dry, rub off flowers and stems and discard the stems. Store the flowers and stems in an airtight container until ready to use.
  350mg Package ( about 100 seeds ) $1.50
2265 Dill "SuperDukat" ( Anethum graveolens )
Maturity: 40-55 days to leaf harvest; 85-105 days to seed. High essential oil content for potent flavor. The flower heads are uniform in height and the plant is straight and clean for easier harvesting. A week later to flower than Bouquet. Edible flowers: break into florets and mix in cheese, omlets or soft cheese. Use whole heads in pickles.
  325mg Package ( about 100 seeds ) $1.95
Dill "Mammoth" ( Anethum graveolens )
An old heirloom dill growing to 4' tall. A large vigorous plant with an abundance of feathery foliage and lots of seeds.

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IP053 Seed-A-Plenty Dill Anethum graveolens
Wow! This dill plant is the best we have ever tried for harvesting lots of seeds for flavoring foods and pickling, early, high seed yield, nice aniseed flavor. Grows about 24" tall, can be started inside, or directly in the garden after frost.
  150mg package ( usually a little over 100 seeds ) $1.95
HR460 Florence Fennel ( Finocchio )
Fresh leaves have anise like flavor that is used in many dishes.
  Package of 100 seeds $1.95
W206 German Chamomile ( Matricaria recutita )
An easy to grow annual with pretty daisy like flowers, the flowers are scented, and only the flowers are used for making tea.
If you want to harvest flowers for making Chamomile tea, it is best to collect flowers on a sunny day (ensuring that the flowers are fully open), then dry them in the sun. Discard the stems and leaves and store the chamomile flowers in an air tight container.
German Chamomile is most often used for medicinal purposes, and is usually administered as a tea. It can also be administered as a compress for external healing and as a bath for babies. Here are a few uses:
Soothes and relaxes at bedtime.
Relieves restlessness, teething problems, and colic in children.
Relieves allergies, much as an antihistamine would.
Aids digestion when taken as a tea after meals.
Relieves morning sickness during pregnancy.
Speeds healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns.
Treats gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
Other Uses
Makes a relaxing bath or footbath.
Lightens fair hair and conditions complexion. Make a rinse by simmering 2 teaspoons dried flowers in 8 ounces of water for 15 minutes.
Potpourri (dry flowers face down.)
Parts of plant to use for tea: Flowers only. Taste: A rather pleasant taste, made very nice with a little bit of honey.
  50mg Package ( couple of hundred seeds or more ) $2.15
SF084 Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
A hardy perennial with aromatic, threadlike leaves that fill the air with a pleasing apple-pineapple scent. Walk on it for instant fragrance. White, daisylike blooms appear in summer. Spreads unevenly as a groundcover by self-sowing. Young leaves and flowers can be gathered to make a calming tea, both fresh and dried. The leaves can be used in potpourri. Thrives in moist, rich soil and grows to 12 inches tall. Cut back regularly to encourage dense, compact growth.
Grows well in zones 4-9.
 45mg pack ( about 500 seeds ) $2.75
2267 Omega Flax ( Linum usitatissium )
Good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Golden-yellow flax seeds are used whole, roasted and ground in cooking, and for medicinal use. Multibranching variety for high seed yield. Medicinal: Ground seeds are a great source of fiber. 95-100 days to harvest.
  1 Tablespoon packet ( 500+ seeds ) $2.45
H816 Marjoram, Sweet/Knotted ( Origanum majorana }
Heirloom, Annual 1' tall. A sweeter, less harsh flavor than oregano with a hint of balsam. Fresh or dried leaves are used to flavor eggs, vegetables, sausages, lamb, pork, bean soup, stuffing, etc. An important seasoning in German sauces.
  1/32 Teaspoon Package ( 100+ seeds ) $1.95
H470 Black Mustard ( Brassica nigra )
Hot, spicy seeds used in Indian dishes or crushed to make mustard. Cannot ship to IA
  Package of 100+ seeds $1.95
VH370 Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
An excellent garden parsnip. Sweet, tender, fine grained roots with a delicate flavor. Keeps well.
  Package of 40 seeds $1.95
VL374 Pepper Grass Cress (Lepidium sativum)
Its spicy leaves are used in soups and salads as they have a peppery taste. Cannot ship to IN
  $1.95 per 800mg pack ( about 250 seeds )
HR490 Green Leaved Shiso (Perilla frutescens)
Cinnamon scented leaves with a ginger taste. Used in salads and is a popular Japanese gourmet vegetable.
  Package of 100+ seeds $1.95
HR500 Red Leaved Shiso (Perilla frutescens)
Same as green leafed shiso, but with reddish foliage. Very much used as a garnish.
  75mg Package ( over 50 seeds ) $1.95
HR510 Safflower ( Carthamus tinctorius )
Different shades of orange, a new look for this widely used plant. A wonderful plant for the flowerbed, Safflower, is a thistle that is grown commercially for the production of oil and birdseed. It also makes a wonder cutflower plant. Dried flowers are used as a substitute for saffron. An annual plant that can handle a lot of heat in the garden, it grows about 32 inches tall and will bloom in 10 weeks from seed.
The orange-red flowers of safflower sometimes serve as a substitute for saffron, since they give a color to food. They are frequently sold as saffron to tourists in Hungary or Northern Africa (and probably many other parts of the world). Their value as spice is nearly nil, but their staining capability justifies usage in the kitchen.
Dried safflower flowers are used in a lot of recipes where they help to improve the color of broths, soups and stews, without being expected to contribute any flavor. However, many cooks are unaware between the difference between safflower and saffron, and consider the former a cheaper grade of the latter, with saffron being very expensive in some regions.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
HR520 Sesame ( Sesamum indicum )
Sesame is a fun and easy to grow herb with beautiful bell shaped flowers. This variety has tan seeds and can be used for baking, salads, sauces and noodles. The leaves are also edible. It succeds in a wide range of soils. Do not overfertilize.
The seeds are ready to harvest in early fall when 1/3 of the pods have started to open. Cut the plants and lay on a tarp to finish maturing, the pods will open as they dry out. Direct seed after the last frost in the spring. They don't transplant well.
Sow 1/2"" deep in rows 1' apart, thin plants to stand 8"" apart in the row. It can also be grown as a house plant.
  225mg Package ( 50+ seeds ) $1.95
HR530 Summer Savory ( Satureja hortensis )
Aromatic leaves used to flavor gravies, stews and vegetables. Also used as a medicinal tea.
  75mg pack ( 50-75 seeds ) $1.95
FB163 Sweet Annie Artemisa annua
An excellent multi use herb for all gardens. A graceful and sweetly fragrant annual Artemisia with tall stems 4'-6' 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.
HR540 Sweet Marjoram ( Majorana hortensis )
Sweeter flavor than oregano, its relative, very useful in many cooking recipes. The dried leaves keep well. The plant is probably originated in the eastern Mediterranean countries and is now cultivated in central and southern Europe as well as in North Africa. The plant grown in the United States is used as a culinary herb and not for the production of essential oil. Leaves adds zest to meats, poultry and sausages. Makes a nice background plant for flower gardens. Grow as an annual in the garden, reaches about 12" tall.
  15mg pack ( about 75-100 seeds ) $1.95

Perennial Herbs

TPF173 Lavender Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
Attractive honey plant; produces abundant nectar which yields a light fragrant honey.
Strongly anise-scented, it is delightful for tea or as culinary seasoning.
Deer cannot stand the aromatic foliage.Beautiful, fragrant purple flowers growing 12-36" tall. Perennial. Zone 4-7.
 35mg package ( about 100 seeds ) $2.50
HR101 Agrimony ( Agrimonia eupatoria )
Dried plant, ground, used in teas. Leaves, stems and flowers produce yellow dye. The plant is found abundantly throughout England, on hedge-banks and the sides of fields, in dry thickets and on all waste places. In Scotland it is much more local and does not penetrate very far northward. Agrimony has an old reputation as a popular, domestic medicinal herb, being a simple well known to all country-folk. It belongs to the Rose order of plants, and its slender spikes of yellow flowers, which are in bloom from June to early September, and the singularly beautiful form of its much-cut-into leaves, make it one of the most graceful of our smaller herbs.
A fast growing perennial to 3-5 feet tall with yellow flowers on long slender spikes. Grows in zones 3-8. Taken as a tea, it is useful for liver, kidney and bladder problems. It is also a healing herb for mucous membranes and it's astringent properties help stop bleeding.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
HR105 Balm, Lemon ( Melissa officinalis )
Lemon scented leaves and sprigs used to make teas and cool drinks. Good for potpourri and the flowers attract bees.
  35mg pack ( about 40-50 seeds ) $1.95
HR109 Burnet ( Sanguisorba minor )
Used to flavor cold drinks and herb vinegars. Tender, young leaves add a hint of cucumber to soups, casseroles and salads.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
RLP035 Black Cardamom, Nepal Cardamom Amomum subulatum
A small ginger, native to valleys from the eastern Himalayas to central China, produces an underground rhizome that gives rise to clusters of evergreen, leafy shoots to about 5 feet tall. The pretty, ivory flowers appear in compact inflorescences at ground level and are followed by seed pods that, in dried condition, are widely know as black cardamom or Nepal cardamom and as such very popular in Indian cuisine.

It is a culinary herb that is used in Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian cooking. Vikings are said to have taken the spice to Scandinavia where it is used in baking breads and pastries still to this day. In the Arabic culture, Cardamom is used to flavor coffees and teas. The flavor of Black Cardamom is said to be a dark, smoky flavor with a taste of camphor and mint.
The Cardamom spice is found in the dried seedpods and seeds. The small, brown-black sticky seeds are contained in pods which are collected just before maturity. Keep the Cardamom seed in its seedpods as husked seed and ground seed loses its flavor quickly. Always store it in an airtight container. Black Cardamom herb was used in Chinese medicine as a medicinal herb. It was said to treat stomach ailments and malaria. Cardamom is rich in vitamins and minerals. The essential oil is used as an antiseptic and local anesthetic.
Black cardamom pods can be used in soups, chowders, casseroles, and marinades for smoky flavor, much in the way bacon is used.
The green cardamom, with smoother, lighter colored pods, and more familiar to westerners, is produced by the plant Elettaria cardamomum. Amomum subulatum is also a great ornamental, suitable to all mild and warm temperate climates that do not experience excessive freezes.
For zones 9-10 outside, it can be container grown in large tubs inside.

 5 seeds $2.95
HR119 Lemon Catmint ( Nepeta mussini )
Bushy plant used for rock garden. Lovely blue flowers. Likes hot, dry weather. Used medicinally.
  Package of 25 seeds $1.95
HR123 Catnip ( Nepeta cataria )
A very easy to grow plant for pots, baskets and gardens.
Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family. It has a square, hairy stalk with typically gray green colored heart shaped leaves that have scalloped edges. Flowers grow in spikes, reaching 1/2 inch in length.
It is best known for its ability to get cats high.
Native to Europe and Asia, catnip became naturalised in North America and Canada after being introduced by the colonists in the 1600s. The name Nepeta is believed to have come from the town of Nepete in Italy, and Cataria is thought to have come from the Latin word for cat.
The active ingredient that causes a high in cats is an essential oil called nepetalactone, which can be found in the leaves and stems of the plant.

Because cats affected by catnip roll on the floor, which mimics a female in estrus, it has been suggested that the plant acts as an aphrodisiac, but this is unlikely, as males react the same way as females. What is probable is the cat is reacting to similar feel good pheromones released during sexual courtship/activity. However, non sexual behaviour including playing, chasing, and hunting can also be observed.
Around 50 to 66% of cats are affected by catnip, and to differing degrees. Kittens younger than eight weeks old aren't able to enjoy its effect; in fact, they show an aversion to it. The response to catnip is mediated through the olfactory system. When nepetalactone enters the cat's nasal passages, it binds to olfactory receptors located at the olfactory epithelium. This stimulates sensory neurons, which trigger neurons in the olfactory bulb to send signals to the brain. The response to catnip is inherited as an autosomal dominant gene, which means the gene only needs to be passed on from one parent.
It's not just domesticated cats who enjoy the effects of catnip; many other wild species of cats also enjoy it. Cats can smell 1 part per billion in the air. Males and females, fertile or desexed there appears to be no one group more readily affected by catnip than another.
A typical response includes sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, and chin, cheek, and body rubbing (in that order). Additional responses may include stretching, drooling, jumping, licking, aggression, and hyperactivity. Sniffing that produces the high; it is believed that cats eat catnip to bruise the catnip, thereby releasing more of the nepetalactone. The high produced will usually last between five and ten minutes, followed by a one hour refractory period.
Interestingly, researchers say that nepetalactone is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, which is the active ingredient in most insect repellents. It was also discovered that catnip repels cockroaches! Plants aren't alone in containing nepetalactone; some insects and ants also contain it. It's been speculated that this protects them from other insects.
Rats and mice are also believed to have a strong dislike of catnip and will avoid places where it grows.
Is catnip harmful to cats? Catnip is not harmful to your cat. They won't overdose on it. Most cats know when they've had enough and will refuse any further offers.
A perennial best suited for zones 4-9.
  105mg package ( over 100 seeds ) $1.95
3481 Lemon Catnip ( Nepeta cataria citriodora )
Lemon Catnip is a subspecies of the common catnip, the attraction to cats is the same. The difference lies, not only in the lemon scent but also the appearance. The plants are a bit smaller than common catnip and the foliage is a soft green rather than gray green. Tastes great in teas and has the same mild sedative effect. Blue blooms in summer attract honeybees.
Growing Lemon Catnip is a wonderful way to bring a lemony scent to your landscape or garden, and it's a reliable plant giving years of pleasure. Start these flower seeds indoors in late winter for transplanting out after frosts have passed.
A perennial best suited for zones 4-9.
  80mg pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.25
HR127 Chives ( Allium schoenoprasum )
Used as a salad for its small leaves which are produced very early in the spring and give a mild onion flavor to many dishes. The more cuttings you take, the more it produces.
  0.5g package of over 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.
  250mg package ( about 100 ) seeds $2.25
HR131 Chives, Garlic ( Allium tuberosum )
Use leaves to add mild garlic flavor to salads, soups and stir frys. Has soft white flowers.
  500mg Package ( about 75-100 seeds ) $1.95
RLP059 Epazote ( Chenopodium ambrosiodes )
Often recipes we enjoy in ethnic restaurants seem to elude us when we try to recreate them at home. Usually this is because we don't get the seasonings quite right. Sometimes the herbs and spices that are used in the recipe don't seem to appeal to our palate or our noses even though the dish we were served was divine. For instance, both Arugula and Cilantro have strong unusual odors that often put discerning noses out of joint.

Epazote is such an herb. Epazote is used medicinally to treat internal parasites. Epazote is an abundant weed in Mexico and parts of northern South America. There, its bitter, musky, lemon flavor is used to spice up everything from beans and squash to pork and crab cakes. Young leaves can be wilted and added to soups or stews or combined with other greens, just as chicory or sorrel would be used in early spring. It is often used with other herbs, like Mexican Oregano and Cilantro, and, of course, chilies.

A tender perennial herb, Epazote has proven itself hardy in our Zone 8 winters. It dies back to the ground each winter but returns in spring. A heat loving herb whose flavors are best when grown in full sun, Epazote can be grown in a medium size container and placed on sunny window or under lights for the winter, if your winters dip much below 20..

  20mg pack ( over 100 seeds ) $2.75
HR141 Horehound ( Marrubium vulgare )
Leaves are used for flavoring juices and teas. Juice used for medicinal candies.
  40mg pack ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
HR145 Hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis )
Similar to mint flavor, use small amount in salads and other dishes.
  Package of 50 or more seeds $1.95
HR154 Lavender Lady ( Lavandula angustifolia )
Plants flower in first season. Use for bedding plants, borders in containers or in rock gardens. Delightful lavender fragrance.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
HR167 Lemon Mint ( Monarda citriodora )
Lemon scented foliage and blooms attracts bees and butterflies. The oils of the plant have been used to dress wounds.
  20mg Package ( about 35 seeds ) $1.95
HR172 Lovage ( Levisticum officinale )
A very attractive plant for the garden. The seeds are used in cakes and as a seasoning.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
HR175 Oregano ( Origanum vulgare )
Flavorful herb used on fish and in tomato sauces and much more. Much used in Italian cooking and salads.
 10mg Package ( about 150 seeds ) $2.15
H811 Oregano, True Greek ( Origanum heracleoticum }
1-2' tall. Hardy to zone 5. This is the strongest flavored of all the oregano varieties with a strong, earthy aroma. A rapid spreader with white flowers. Used in Italian dishes, tomato sauce, pizza, fish and salad dressing. Sow in spring, summer or early fall. Hardy and easy to transplant.
  12mg package ( about 200 seeds ) $2.25
HR180 Pennyroyal ( Mentha pulegium )
A strong but pleasantly scented plant used to repel insects and protect linens. Makes a beautiful ground cover .
  2mg Package of about 25-30 seeds $2.25

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D7939 Peppermint ( Mentha x piperita )
A beautiful plant with purple flowers and purple tinged leaves. Its fragrance is used in many different ways. The plant likes moist areas.
Peppermint thrives best in full or partial sun, in a rich, drained loam that will retain water in summer. Not enough sun and the plant gets leggy. Not enough water or nutrients, and it can become susceptible to rust or mildew. Pests shouldn't be a problem.
During the growing season, keep cutting the mint to use it fresh or dry it (if you've got the space, freezing mint is one of the best ways we've seen to retain the herb's essential oils). Since peppermint is a natural hybrid between water mint and spearmint, it doesn't produce seeds, but is easily propagated by taking root or stem cuttings (which will produce roots quickly if placed in water), or by dividing the plants in the spring or autumn. Mint is a perennial that should come back easily year to year, although if your winters get really cold, a layer of mulch to protect the plant is advised.
Peppermint is used commercially to flavor a wide variety of products, from mouthwash to candies, ice creams to jellies. By itself or combined with other herbs to make a tea, it can't be beat, and adding peppermint oil to baths makes for a relaxing menthol soak.
Medicinally, peppermint has been used to alleviate a wide array of different conditions, including indigestion, sore throat, colds, headache, and cramps. By mildly anesthetizing the mucous membrane, it can prevent vomiting and help to quell nausea, and taken before eating it can increase bile flow, which helps to break down fats so your body can use them more effectively. It also may provide benefits for intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.
 2g package ( 25 or more seeds ) $1.95
TPF226 Simply Rosemary ( Multi-seed pellets )
New! The easiest way to grow rosemary from seed, each pellet contains several rosemary seeds in one pellet, perfect in 5" pot. Makes starting rosemary seedlings ( which can be difficult for some ) super easy.
Each multi-seed herb pellet produces healthy rosemary plants for the windowsill or garden. Just one pellet fills a 5" inch pot fast, with no seed broadcasting or scoops across the soil.
  10 multi-seed pellets $2.95
HR183 Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis )
Aromatic leaves and stems used to flavor meats and sauces. Excellent for potpourri.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
HR187 Rue ( Ruta graveolens )
Much used in salads and as flavoring in cheese dishes.
  50mg pack ( about 35 seeds ) $1.95
HR195 Sage ( Salvia officinalis )
Use fresh or dried leaves to flavor pork, poultry, dressings, sausages and just about anything!
The Sage herb has fragrant gray-green leaves and attractive mauve flower spikes in early summer. It's highly attractive to birds, bees and butterflies.
Containing naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, the herb sage is best known as a culinary spice that adds flavor to poultry dishes. However, sage has been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine to treat a variety of different ailments. Most commonly drunk as a tea, sage herb is good for the nerves, digestive system and for balancing estrogen levels in women.
 410mg pack ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
BM08 Extrakta Sage ( Salvia officinalis )
A new variety of sage for the herb lovers out there. Improved, high-yielding variety does well in containers.High essential oil content of 1.5-2.0%. Robust, uniform plant. Hardiness zones: 4-8. A perennial plant that you can start harvesting from 90 days after sowing seeds.
300mg Package ( about 30 seeds ) $2.95
HR199 Soapwort ( Saponaria ocymoides splendens )
A beautiful trailing plant with lovely rose-pink blooms in the Spring. Also a source of homemade soap for generations.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
HR209 Spearmint ( Mentha spicata )
A very sweet, minty flavor. Use to flavor candies, iced drinks and tea.
  1mg Package of ( about 25-30 seeds ) $1.95
HR215 Sweet Woodruff ( Galium Odoratum )
Zone 4-8. Also known as Our Lady's Lace, this low-growing perennial is versatile and grows well from seeds. Often used as a ground cover, plants have whorled leaves and small vanilla-scented white flowers in spring.
It does make an excellent ground cover plant due to its low-growing nature and spreading habit. Historically, the herb seeds were grown for an aromatic plant that was used as an air freshener and placed in linen closets.
Plants are also natural insect repellents and gardeners often grow them around ornamentals like roses to keep the pests away. As a medicinal herb, Sweet Woodruff was used to treat numerous ailments and was often used for the treatment of wounds.
Plants emit a strong odor of freshly mown hay when foliage is crushed or cut. Aromatic intensity of the foliage increases when dried, thus dried leaves are popularly used in sachets or potpourris.
Plants have also been used commercially in perfumes. Leaves are sometimes used to flavor teas and cold fruit drinks. Leaves are also used to make May wine, a punch made from white wine flavored with woodruff, orange and pineapple. Woodruff comes from Old English meaning wood that unravels, in probable reference to the creeping rootstock of the plant. Formerly known as Asperula odorata. Cannot ship to CN, MA, NY, PA, VT
Sweet Woodruff seeds germinate best after a period of cold temperatures. Some gardeners will dampen peat moss, mix the herb seeds into the peat moss and then place the peat moss/seed mixture in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 weeks before sowing. Others will sow the herb seeds in a starter tray, water, seal the tray, and place it in the refrigerator. Finally, the last method of sowing would be to directly sow the Sweet Woodruff seeds outdoors in a prepared seedbed in late winter or first of spring while frosts are still expected.
 135mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95
HR219 Tansy ( Tanacetum vulgare )
The leaves of this ornamental plant are widely used as an insect repellent. Also used to make dyes. Cannot ship to MN, WY
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
HR224 Tarragon, Russian ( Artemesia dracunculus )
A very mild flavored seasoning used in vinegars, sauces, soups and more.
 1mg Package ( about 25 seeds ) $1.95
HR229 Thyme, English ( Thymus vulgaris )
Seasoning for poultry chowders, stews, sauces and pickles. Good honey plant for bees.
  75mg package ( 75-100 seeds ) $1.95
HR234 Thyme, Creeping Thyme, Mother of Thyme ( Thymus serphyllum )
Used in teas, salads, rice and fish dishes. Trailing, thick flat spreading plants. Good for rockgardens, has small pink flowers.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95
TPF039 Creeping Thyme ( BULK ) Thymus serpyllum
For Zones 5-8. This thyme is a creeping, woody based perennial which is primarily used as a ground cover. Numerous, thin, somewhat woody stems form a flat mat (2-3" tall) with tiny, rounded, glossy blue-green leaves (to 1/4"). Although leaves are aromatic, strength of scent varies according to season and habitat and leaves are usually not considered to be of culinary quality. Clusters of tiny, tubular, deep pink flowers appear in summer. Flowers are attractive to bees. Best as a small area ground cover or filler between stepping stones. Will sprawl over small rocks or over ledges in the rock garden
 750mg pack ( about 2,000 seeds ) $2.50
SF169 Aromatic Thyme ( Thymus serpyllum )
(Fragrant Mother-of-Thyme) A versatile perennial that can be used in many ways including in herb gardens, rock gardens, borders and paths. Tea helps cold and coughs. Also used in cooking. Low creeper, well suited as ground cover. Perfumes the air when trodden upon. Helps to clear mucous congestion. Used in cooking. Aromatic low growing bush or creeping herbs, ideal for rockeries, borders, or along pathways. Pretty pink or purple blossoms are a favorite of honeybees. Culinary and medicinal value. Grow indoors or out in full sun.
 85mg pack ( about 500 seeds ) $2.95
3532 Magic Carpet Thyme ( Thymus serpyllum )
If you have a stepping stone path or a flagstone patio, Magic Carpet is a great way to add lovely, low-growing thyme to the walkway and patio crevices. Creeping thyme ground cover is only 2 - 4 inches high, and it spreads and flowers for most of the summer.
Perfect for edging the flower border, rock gardens, walkways, patios and in containers. The plants are full of tiny lilac pink clusters of blooms that are attractive to butterflies. The groundcover is lemen-scented, and it is a maintenance free, hardy plant that will give years of beauty and enjoyment.
For zones 4-8.
Sow the seeds in starter trays indoors 6 weeks before the last expected frost. Press the Thyme seeds into the soil but do not cover them. Transplant the young seedlings into the garden 12 inches apart. After frost danger has passed, creeping thyme seeds can be directly seeded in a prepared seed bed that is weed free and has had the top several inches loosened and raked fine.
Outside: scatter the seeds and press them firmly into the soil. The ground cover seeds must be consistently kept moist. If weeds grow along with the thyme, it's best to hand pull them.
 5mg ( about 40-50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TRN244 Orange Thyme ( Thymus fragrantissimus )
Citrus flavor, perfect with fish or vegetables, hardy "walk on" plant growing about 6" tall. Grow as an annual.
 16mg ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $3.95
SF122 Aromatic Lemon Thyme ( Thymus pulegioides )
The most fragrant type, thick mats of perfumed rose purple flowers. Lemony flavor used in cooking and cough remedies. Grows about 4" tall. Hardy to zone 6.
 18mg pack ( over 100 seeds ) $2.95
3461 Vietnamese Mint, Kinh Gioi
A very unique herb, called Kinh Gioi in Vetnam and also often called Vietnamese Balm or Vietnamese Mint in the West. Plants produce bright green saw-edged leaves with lemony scent flavor. Young leaves are used in fish and chicken dishes, salads, soups and tea drinks. It has been reported that Vientnamese also drink tea made by boiling water with fresh or dried leaves for medicinal uses. Plants grow very well in a sunny and warm area. Young leaves and tips can be harvested 30 days after transplanting. Plants grow to about 20 inches in avaerage. This variety produces many branches. Very productive. Good vaieity for open field planting and container growing.
  $2.95 per 20mg pack ( about 50 seeds per pack )
HR245 Wormwood ( Artemisia absinthium )
Widely used as an insect repellent, it is mostly noted for its ingredients used to make Absinthe. Cannot ship to ND, SD, MN
  1mg Package ( about 25 or more seeds ) $1.95
Cannot ship to CO, ND, or WA
HR250 Winter Savory ( Satureja montana )
An overlooked seasoning that is very versatile.
  Package of 50 seeds $1.95