Our list of limited, in-stock seeds from around the world.

* We have a few of the following seeds available on a limited basis. These seeds are left over from seed trials and special orders. We are making them available to the general public on a first order, first served basis.

* Seeds will be shipped within 48 hours of receiving order.

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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 Musa, palms, tropical, wildflower and other types of seeds.
We recommend you use CAPE Primer for all types of palm seeds.

Tropical, Unusual, Plants, Shrubs, Trees and Vines

Z2001 Sago Palm ( Cycas revoluta )
One of the most primitive living seed plants, they are also very unusual and popular ornamentals. A rugged trunk, topped with whorled feathery leaves has lead to the common name "Sago Palm", however it is actually related to conifer and Ginko trees - all cone bearing plants which trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era. Often called "living fossils", Cycads have changed very little in the last 200 million years.
Regardless of age or size, Cycas revoluta is one of the easiest plants to grow, indoors or out, by beginner or expert. This subtropical adapts to a wide range of temperatures from 15 to 110 degrees F (-11 to 42 degrees C), accepts full sun or bright interior light, thrives with attention, and tolerates neglect. In addition, Cycads are extremely long-lived. A 220 year old specimen of Encephalartos, a relative of Cycas revoluta, is on display at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew England; the restoration of the famous Palm House required it to be temporarily transplanted to a holding area for more than a year; the move was successful and is an example of the durability of these ancient "living fossils".
This is an excellent opportunity to raise these expensive plants yourself for less than a buck a plant.
These are fresh seeds that will germinate in a few months. If kept in the refrigerator, these seeds will remain viable for over a year.
Excellent container plant or outside garden plant for warm climates.

Jim's Notes:
Give roots ample room to grow by picking a pot or container that is a minimum sixteen inches deep or more.
The Sago Palm can be grown inside the house near a bright window. Like other cycads, they do not want to be over-watered.
Let the soil dry out a bit before watering.
Try to avoid overhead watering; this may cause rot and possibly total decay of the plant. The soil mix should be quick draining.
The plants are quite cold hardy and can tolerate temperatures below 20° F. Overall, it is an outstanding species that is quite versatile and easy to grow. It is usually free from pests but can occasionally get into problems with scale or mealy bug, which should be treated.
Fertilizing with a balanced tropical fertilizer with microelements will usually suffice. Sagos typically throw a new set of leaves during the Spring or Summer.
It is quicker and easier to grow Cycas revoluta in the ground as opposed to a container. In general, Sago Palms need sun to grow well. In coastal areas, it is best to plant them in full sun.
In more interior locations or desert localities, they still prefer good sun or at least part day sun. Growing the Sago Palm in the shade typically gives one lanky, stretched-out leaves that are weak.
If in too much shade, this species can actually just stall and do nothing (such as refusing to throw any new leaves).

  10 large seeds per pack: $7.95
  50 large seeds per pack: $31.95
1A137 Physic Nut Tree Jatropha curcas
Physic nut is a drought resistant shrub that grows up to 15' tall with spreading branches.
The black thin shelled seeds are toxic; they contain the toxalbumin curcin and this make them fatally toxic. Caution is advised when using physic nut! However, they also contain a high percentage of oil used for candles, soap and bio-diesel production. The fruit contains 3 large black, oily seeds.
Physic nut has insecticidal - and fungicidal properties. It has yellow-green flowers and large (pale) green leaves. It is a drought resistant shrub with a smooth gray bark. Barbados nut has latex that contains an alkaloid (jatrophine) which shows anticancerous properties.
In Suriname's traditional medicine, the leaves of this plant are used against stomachache, diagnosed in children: boiled leaves for conditions of the gums and throat; tea of the leaves for stoppage of urine, constipation, backache and inflammation of ovaries. We do not recommend the use of this plant for medicinal purposes, it can be very toxic.
Hardiness: USDA zone 9 - 11. Culture: full sun, well drained soils but grows on almost any soil. Does not need much water; is resistant to drought and can withstand short, light frost.
  5 seeds per pack: $5.95
Z2600 Tea Plant Camellia sinensis
This is the tea produced commercially around the world. The tender, young leaves are used in the process of tea production. Can be grown in tubs inside, or in cool greenhouses, outdoors in warm climates. Prefers moist, well drained, humus rich, slightly acidic ( 5.5-6.5 )soil. We recommend maintaining a 2-3 inch deep mulch of shredded bark or leaves around base of plant.
Hardy to zone 7. To make green tea, pick only the top 3 leaves from new growing tips, spread and dry in the shade for 6-8 hours, then in an open pot, heat ( simmer ) the leaves, stirring frequently for about an hour.
For black tea, you must ferment the leaves.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM086 Gourd Tree Crescentia alata
Very appealing ornamental tree to 20' with spreading, arching branches that produces a gourd fruit similar to the Calabash tree. Flowering is nocturnal and occurs on the branches and trunk throughout mst of the year. Abundant 2" leaflets are winged.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
TRM417 Calabash Tree Crescentia cujete
Tropical, ( but will tolerate a little frost ), spreading tree to 25' with value as a landscape tree. It's hanging fruits are the gourds that are used to make the Maraca and can get very large. Purple flowers abound year long and bloom at night. Fruits take about six months to ripen.
  5 seeds per pack $2.95
3240 Chilean Cranberry Ugni molinae
Botanically its in the Myrtaceae ( Myrtle ) family and is not related to the cranberry ( which the small red berries resemble }. The delicious 3/4" fruits have a wild strawbery taste. Although this fruit is relatively unknown to most of the civilized world it is expected to make a commercial impact in the future. It had been introduced to England in 1844 and became a favorite fruit of Queen Victoria. The processed fruits are beginning to enter the world markets. It is a handsome shrubby tree to 7' laden with small oval leaves, glossy and spicy scented when crushed. It develops small profuse pink tinged blossoms which have the fragrance of strawberries. Hardy to zone 8, once established it is drought resistant and can tolerate some frost. Makes an excellant ornamental tree and may be pruned to desired height. Requires bright light and well draining acid soil.
  10 seeds per pack: $3.95
RHM088 Silk Floss Tree Chorisia speciosus
This South American tree has a brilliant display of pink, lily-like flowers. It blooms best during the month of October, adding a touch of color at a time when most blooms are fading.
Spectacular 5-6 inch purple flowers. Native to Brazil and Argentina. Hardy in Zone 9b
Mainly evergreen but will go deciduous briefly when they flower. Oval shaped medium sized tree growing to 30 to 60 ft tall and 20 to 40 ft wide. Fast rate of growth when young then slows down. Beautiful flowering tree in fall with showy pink to rosy colored blossoms. Trunk is stout, green in color and usually is armed with thick, heavy spines.
Leaves are palmately compound with long petiole. Five leaflets per leaf. Fruit is a large pod appearing in spring. Pod opens and emits cotton like material. Used as a background tree, for naturalizing, accent, and specimen. Prefers a well drained soil and likes summer water. Is considered to be half hardy. Trunk is usually enlarged at base. Cotton is used as stuffing material like pillows. Tree may go deciduous in autumn or when temp goes below 27 degrees F.
  5 seeds per pack. $2.95
Z2101 Black Pepper Vine (Piper Nigrum)
A vigorous tropical vine with glossy green leaves grown for commercial production of pepper. Can be grown on trellises or used as a basket plant. A low germinating seed, we ship 10 seeds to a pack.
  10 seeds per pack. $2.95
1A326 Colville Glory Tree ( Colvillea racemosa)
This is a rare, beautiful, flowering tree. Grown outside in zone 10 and higher, but a good tub specimen when young, provides flowers in fall and winter. It grows up right. It has fine leaves like a fern. It is related to the Royal Poinciana. Beautiful cluster of orange flowers!
  Price per pack of 5 seeds: $2.95
2743 New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax
Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes.

Jim's Notes:
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.

  Price per pack of 5 seeds: $2.95
2744 Purple New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax purpurea
The Purple New Zealand Flax has beautifully colored reddish-maroon leaves. Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes.

Jim's Notes:
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.

  Price per pack of 10 seeds: $2.95
2745 Variegated New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax variegatum
The Variegated New Zealand Flax has cream-colored and green striped leaves. Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes.

Jim's Notes:
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.

 Price per pack of 10 seeds: $2.95
1A314 Bronze New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax atropurpureum
This is the red foliage form of the species. Grows to 6-8 feet tall with large upright 3-4 inch wide reddish-purple foliage. Orange-red flowers form on tall stalks in late spring. Considered the toughest of the New Zealand Flax as it will tolerate inland heat and colder temperatures than most of the hybrids. Can tolerate fairly dry conditions (Coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Cold hardy to 10-15 F. Possibly root hardy below these temperatures but with severe foliage damage unless protected.
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Jim's Notes:
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.

  pack of over 20 seeds: $2.75
RHM073 Gmelina Asiatica
From Sri Lanka, this tropical, fast growing spiny shrub has an upright habit and is known for producing bright yellow bell shaped pendulous flowers that are in racemes 2" long. It can grow to 7' and may require seasonal pruning. Ideal for Zone 10. The roots and leaves have been used in India from remote times. Note: If you are not familiar with the seed you will be surprised by their appearance. They are pear shaped and look like they have been cut in half and then hollowed out. When viewing the hollow cavity the distinct impression is that this seed cannot possibly grow. There is a small fleshy embryo within the wall of the seed coat. Plant the seeds as you would any other seed, instructions are on seed packets.
  Price per pack of 5 seeds: $2.95
Z1508 Family Jewels Plant Asclepias physocarpa
A wonderful tender shrub from South Africa with small white flowers tinged with pink which are followed by large inflated seed pods. The soft spined seed pods lend the name "Family Jewels Plant", we'll just let it go at that.
Also known as Balloon Cotton Plant and Swan Plant. A delightful garden plant with beautiful foliage for zones 7-10, but can be grown as annual as far north as zone 5. Can reach 5-6 feet tall and spread 2 feet wide.
This is one of our best selling seeds, better hurry before supplies on these run out!
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $4.95
Z1530 Ritha Soap Nut Tree Sapindus detergens/Sapindus mukorossi
Ritha, or soap nut tree is a beautiful, tropical, large-leaved deciduous tree of the Asian continent. It can be grown in warm to tropical climates, small trees can be grown inside in large tubs. Better known as soap-nut tree in inter-continental trade, it is an important trees of tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Indian subcontinent. Scientific name of the species being Sapindus mukorossi, it belongs to the main plant order Sapindaceae and family Sapindeae. The species is indigenous to India and China and widely cultivated in upper reaches of the Indo-Gangetic plains, Shivaliks and sub-Himalayan tracts at altitudes varying from 200m to 1500m above mean sea level. The species flourishes well in deep clayey loam soil and does best in areas experiencing nearly 150 to 200 cm of annual rainfall.

The bole (main trunk) of ritha is straight and cylindrical, nearly 4 to 5 m in height. The canopy comprising side branches and foliage constitutes an umbrella-like hemispherical top measuring 4 to 6 m in diameter. The tree can reach an overall height of 20 to 25 m and a girth of about 3 to 5 m at breast height in nearly 60 to 80 years of its existence. Ritha is thus an excellent avenue tree and it is grown even in tea gardens at places.

The bark of ritha is shinning grey and fairly smooth when the plant is young. It is dark grey when the plant approaches maturity. Ritha leaves are alternate and peripenate compound. The rachis is nearly 30 to 50 cm long and bears 5 to 10 pairs of leaflefts. An individual leaflet is about 7 to 15 cm long and 2 to 5 cm wide. It is acuminate and lanciolate in shape. The size of leaflets towards the tip of the rachis is smaller.

Ritha flowers during May - June. The flowers are small and greenish white, polygamous and mostly bisexual in terminal thyrses or compound cymose panicles. These are sub-sessile; numerous in number and at times occur in lose panicles at the end of branches.

The fruit of ritha appear in July-August and ripen by November-December. These are solitary globose i.e. round nuts of 2 to 2.5 cm diameter, fleshy and saponaceous. The seed is enclosed in a black, smooth and hard globose endocarp. The fruit is collected during winter months for seed and or sale in the market as soapnut.

The dried ritha fruit is most valuable part of the plant. Its fleshy portion contains saponin, which is a good substitute for washing soap and is as such used in preparation of quality shampoos, detergents, etc. In fact the skin of the fruit is highly valued by the rural folks as a natural produced shampoo for washing their hair. They also use these for washing woollen clothes. That perhaps is the reason that some scientists have given the species the alternate as Sapindus detergens also.

Ritha foliage is useful as fodder for cattle, especially during grass famines. The fruit is of considerable importance for its medicinal value as well. As per ayurveda, Unani and Tibetan systems of medication, it is useful in treating a number of human maladies like bad cold, facial pimples, irregularity in salivation, chlorisis, epilepsy, constipitation, nausea, etc. It is also used as expectorant and enthelmintic in small doses. It is now gathered that the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, has recently developed a contraceptive cream out of ritha fruit. The same is being marketed under the trade name “Consap”.

The ritha wood is light yellow in colour. It is close-grained, quite compact, rather hard, weighing nearly 28 to 30 kg per cubic foot. Although there is little documentary evidence to suggest conversion of ritha tree into timber, this otherwise is very useful shady and fruit giving tree. The wood is utilised for modest rural building construction, oil and sugar presses, agricultural implements, etc. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.

  5 seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
2003 African Iris Dietes vegta
Very popular warm climate iris. White flowering with some blue tinge and yellow on outer petals. Dark green sword type leaves arranged fan-like from creeping root stalk. Grow indoors in sunny locationNote: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  10 seeds per pack: $3.95
RHM071 Ocotillo Plant Fouquieria splendans
Rare. From the Mexican desert. An upright xerophytic shrub with thin stems reaching 25'. The trunk is covered with needles and small oval leaflets. Brilliant red flowers occur in racemes at the tips of the branches.
  Price per pack of 5-10 seeds: $2.95
RLP004 Red Sandalwood Tree Adenanthera pavonia
A tropical tree with red heartwood that is often used in cabinetwork and for dyes. Lacy, mimosa like foliage.
Brilliant red, shiny seeds that make striking red necklaces and are apparently innocuous compared to other poisonous red-seeded species. An individual seed also has a remarkably constant weight of about four grains (0.26 gram). In early times they were known as Circassian seeds and were used by goldsmiths throughout Asia as a standard measure for weighing gold, silver and diamonds.
 Pack of 5 seeds. $3.95
2004 African Fern Pine Podocarpus gracilior
A graceful, sub-tropical tree from Kenya. Numerous thin, leathery leaflets on willowy branches. Can be grown indoors in sunny location and can be pruned to desirable size.
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Z1512 Rainforest Laurel Cordia alliodora
Also known as Bocote, the Rainforest Laurel is a tropical hardwood that grows from Mexico to Argentina. It is also known as capá prieto. The species frequently serves as shade for coffee trees and farm animals. The wood is easy to work and the dark colored heartwood is a favorite of woodworkers for fine carpentry.
Sought for its great beauty and ease of working, bocote is in great demand for boat decking, fine cabinetry, fine furniture, decorative and figured veneer, moldings, inlay work, joinery, and turnery. Bocote is sometimes used as a substitute for mahogany, teak, or walnut.
It also makes a fine tub plant and conversation piece when young and can be grown inside in cool climates.
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Z1509 Naranjilla Juice Plant Solanum quitoense
The Naranjilla is a tomato relative native to the northern part of South America and it's cultivated usually at high elevations, between three and seven thousand feet. The plant can grow to heights of six to ten feet with very large spiny leaves, often measuring 18 inches long, and five to eight inches wide or bigger. The dark green leaves have purple veins on the upper surface and whitish or purplish on the lower surface.
It can be grown in tubs on patios and in greenhouses, where the size of the plant is controled by the size of the container it is grown in.
All parts of the plant are very pubescent and contain many thorns. The globular shaped fruit usually measure an inch and a half to two and a half inches diameter at maturity. They are bright orange and covered with short brittle hairs, which can be easily removed by rubbing. When cut open, the fruit resembles a tomato with green, acid pulp and many small seeds. A delicious and refreshing green colored juice is prepared from the fruits and the fruits can be made into drinks, or used in preserves and pies.
Production of the naranjilla is pretty much year round, although more fruits are produced during the summer months because of better growing conditions. Most plants begin to bear at six to twelve months of age and continued production can be expected for three to four years, before the plants begin to decline.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
Z1615 Kolomikta Kiwi Actinidia kolomikta
This seed packet should produce a mix of male/female plants. A Deciduous, Ornamental Vine that takes full sun to partial shade. Hardy for zones 3-8, grows 15 to 25 feet on a fence or trellis. Grown mostly for its beautiful foliage, the male vine matures with leaves having green, creamy white and rosy red markings on them. Can be prune to size as desired. The female bears fruit that is small, very sweet, and has up to 16 times as much vitamin C per unit weight as oranges.
  15cc pack, 50 plus seeds. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2706 Firecracker Plant Crossandra infundibiliformis
These are tropical, evergreen, shrubby plants from India and Malaya. They have oval, deep green leaves, about 2 inches long and compact spikes of lilac, red or yellow, funnel-shaped flowers with prominent bracts said to resemble a firecracker going off. A small shrubby plant suitable for patios and large containers.
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z1960 Sausage Tree Kigelia pinnata
A wonderful houseplant specimen that can be grown in tubs. Excellent foliage plant with large, compound, pinnate, rough, dark green leaves. Evergreen and fast growing. Outside in zone 10 or higher, it will grow to 30 ft. or more and produce large gourd shaped fruits full of seeds, thus the name.
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Z1935 Mescal Bean Tree Sophora secundiflora
An evergreen tree growing to 35 ft. with fragrant violet flowers. A popular ornamental plant that produces bright red beans used in necklace making. The seeds are poisonous if ingested and were often used in making a hallucinogenic liquor used by Native Indians in a ritual called the Red Bean Dance.
  Pack of 10 seeds $5.95
Z2807 Flowering Camellia Camellia japonica
A beautiful flowering camellia with white, pink and sometimes red flowers. A beautiful evergreen plant. Can be grown in tubs inside, or in cool greenhouses, outdoors in warm climates. Prefers moist, well drained, humus rich, slightly acidic ( 5.5-6.5 )soil. We recommend maintaining a 2-3 inch deep mulch of shredded bark or leaves around base of plant.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z2455 Himalaya Screw Pine Pandanus furcatus
A nicely shaped, moderate to large sized Pandanus from the hills of Northeastern India. This species usually produces a fairly tall, solitary trunk with a crown of spiraling, large, robust, green leaves. It only branches sparingly and therefore keeps its neat, palmlike appearance. The trunk is supported by numerous large stilt roots. This species ascends high up into the foothills of the Himalayas, to an amazing 1500m (5000ft), making it probably the worlds most cold hardy Screw Pine, able to withstand cold winters and the occasional frost. We think this is a very exciting plant.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2416 Bottle Tree Brachychiton acerifolius
Attractive bottle tree plant with swollen base and leaves arranged in snowflake pattern. 10 seeds per pack.
  Price per pack: $4.50
RHM103 Kurrajong Bottle Tree Brachychiton populneus
Attractive bottle tree plant that makes a wonderful, care free patio plant or can be raised outside as a lawn plant for zones 9b and highter. 5 seeds per pack.
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2014Z Sao Paulo Philodendron Philodendron lundii
A close relative of the Philodendron Selloum plant, this one has slightly larger, lacier leaves than the P. Selloum and handles both the cold and heat better. An excellent houseplant specimen, and for gardens outdoors. Seeds are from Brazilian stock. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  10 Seeds Price per pack: $3.95
2016Z Golden Honey Mesquite Prosopis
A small tree growing about 15-20 feet tall, good for zones 7-10. Mesquite pods are among the earliest known foods of prehistoric man in the new world. Today flour products made from the pods are still popular, although only sporadically prepared, mostly by Amerindians. Pods are made into gruels, sometimes fermented to make a mesquite wine.
The leaves can be used for forage. Providing good bee pasturage also, nectar from mesquite yields a superior honey. The wood is used for parquet floors, furniture, and turnery items, fencepost, pilings, as a substrate for producing single-cell protein, but most of all for fuel. Toasted seeds are added to coffee.
Bark, rich in tannin, is used for roofing in Colombia. The gum forms an adhesive mucilage, used as an emulsifying agent. Gum is used in confectionary and mending pottery. Roots contain 6-7% tannin, which might discourage Rhizobia.. It is valued for wood and often used for cooking. It displays yellow blossoms and bean pods that are valuable to wildlife. Tool handles, plaque wood, fenceposts and aromatic charcoal for barbecuing are made from mesquite. Despite its sweetness, mesquite flour which is produced by grinding whole pods, has been found in medicinal research to be extremely effective in controlling blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This is an excellent desert species for low-maintenance desert windbreaks and re-vegetation. Growth rate is faster when supplemental water is used. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
 2g pack of about 20 seeds $3.95
1A081 Golden Dewdrop Duranta Repens
Duranta repens (also known as golden dewdrop for its small yellow berries) is one of the finest flowering shrubs for Gulf Coast gardens. Ideal for a sunny location, Duranta launches into vigorous growth as spring temperatures reach the 80s, producing arching clusters of small purple flowers in waves from June well into November. D. repens is evergreen in a mild winter, but even if killed to the ground can be expected to revive in spring well into zone 8. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  10 seeds Price per pack: $3.95
2143 Fragrant Black Sage Salvia Mellifera
Black Sage is a native California beach sage that has highly aromatic pebbled leaves and flowers in late winter. Use in culinary and as a fragrant ornamental.
Black Sage is a three foot evergreen shrub with white to light blue flowers in March to July. This sage is native to sunny dry slopes in the coast ranges from San Jose to Baja. It likes sun, tolerates some shade.. Salvia mellifera is native on gravel-sand to adobe clay in full sun to part-shade. Its limitation seems to be rainfall. It needs about 15" of rainfall. It gets between 12-40" in its range, with the lower number being compensated for with fog drip. Important butterfly and hummingbird plant. Quail love the seed.
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RHM080 Heliconia Griggsiana
Grows from 9' to 30' with banana-like leaves and pendulous Lobster-Claw type inflorescence. Bracts are red and pink with a purple keel. Takes full sun to 40% shade. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5 seeds Price per pack: $3.95
RHM079 Mayan Gold Heliconia champneiana
Its long upright bracts are orange to bright red. Develops large, upright banana-like leaves which have a maroon mid rib. Matures at 10'-12'. Grow in full sun or 40% shade. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  10 seeds Price per pack: $3.95
2158 Lobster Claw Heliconia Heliconia latispatha
Banana type leathery leaves to 6'. This short variety produces colorful upright "lobster - claw" bracts usually bright red with some yellow and green. Provide warmth and high humidity. Full sun up to 40% shade. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
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2159 Orange Peacock Heliconia Heliconia latispatha distans
A small growing 2-5 feet helionia. This heliconia has bright flowers that are yelow-gold blending to red on the tips of the bracts. Flowers usually have 3-7 bracts, with yellow-green flowers peeking out. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
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Price per pack: $2.95
RHM081 Iriartea Gigantea Palm
A tall stilt-root palm. It develops numerous strong stilt type roots reaching more than 5' in length supporting a trunk that may ascend to 90'. This is an extremely uncommon palm from the tropics. The seeds are fast germinating. 3 Large marble size seeds to a packet.
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RHM082 Nodding Pincushion Shrub Leucospermum cordifolium
Proteaceae family. One of the finest South African flowering shrubs. The flower heads are 4" across with individual tube shaped flowers curled like ribbons from which glossy "pins" emerge to cover this dome shaped "pin cushion". The flowering is variously pink/salmon/orange; leaves are 1/2" and 3" long. Mature hgt 5'. Requires full sun, deep, well- drained acid soil. Avoid high humidity and wet soil.
  5 seeds per pack: $3.95
Z1511 Cardamom Spice Plant Elettaria cardamomum
Cardamom is a rather typical looking ginger plant except that it is huge, standing as much as 12' tall. Thick, fleshy rhizomes give rise to erect shoots that bear two rows of linear-lance-shaped leaves each about 2' long. The leaves are smooth and dark green above, silky and paler beneath. They taper to an acute point. The fruits are thin-walled, smooth-skinned, oblong, greenish capsules about 3/4" long. Each contains 15-20 aromatic reddish brown seeds. It is a tropical plant and needs zone 10 or higher to grow outside, but can be sucessfully grown in hothouses.
It is called the Queen of Spices and considered one of the most exotic and highly prized spices. Indian cardamom has a history as old as human civilization. Cardamom oil is a precious ingredient in food preparations, perfumery, health foods medicines and beverages. India, a traditional exporter of cardamom to the Middle East countries where it goes mostly into the preparation of 'Gahwa' - a strong cardamom - coffee concoction without which no day is complete or no hospitality hearty for an Arab. Indian cardamom enjoys a premium preference in the Middle East, by Japanese and Russians who relish it for its distinct enriching properties. This Queen of Spices is from the High Ranges of Kerala. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM077 Perfume Tree Fagrea berteriana
Shrubby tropical tree known for its extremely fragrant tube flowers which change in color from white to orange. Flowers often strung in leis. Very small seeds.
  2 mg package ( about 5-8 seeds ) $3.95
RHM078 Elephant Ear Fig Ficus auriculata
A beautiful fig tree with very large oval leaves to 15". The leaves are bright red when they are developing and exceptionally attractive - the decorative 2 1/2" fruits develop in clusters ( not edible ). This fast growing tree grows to 25' and develop a spreading canopy of 25' but can be kept pruned to a much smaller height. Makes a sensational indoor specimen. The seeds are extremely small and are broadcast on the surface of the soil to germinate. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
  5-8 seeds Price per pack: $3.95
2166 Elephant Apple Tree, Chulta Dillenia indica
Originally from Indonesia, this evergreen tropical tree is also growing in Suriname, up to 60 feet tall. Chulta is a spreading tree and has beautiful white fragrant flowers, toothed leaves and globose fruits with small brown seeds. The greenish-yellow fruit, which has a thick protective covering, is edible; unripe fruits are cooked to make pickle and chutney.The juicy pulp is aromatic but very acid.
Hardiness: USDA zone 9 B - 11. Culture: full sun / light shade, moist soil, pH 5.5 - 7.0. Elephant apple tree can be used as a ornamental tree, flowers are ornamental and very fragrant. Protect from frost or plant in frost free areas.
Price per pack: $3.50
  10 seeds $3.50
2154 Ray Flowered Protea Protea exima
Flowerhead 5" across rose to red color with spoon shape bracts. Compact shrub to 7' with dense oval leaves. May be grown in alkaline soil. 5 seeds per pack.
  $3.95 per pack
2150 Sugarbush Protea Protea repens
Its nectar was used by S. African colonists as a sweetener. The flower bracts are cream with the upper portions pink with the width to 3" and 5" hgt. This laurel leaved favorite grows to 9'. 5 seeds per pack.
  $3.95 per pack
BM20 Glory Lily Gloriosa rothschildiana
Native toSouth Africa and India, the name means "full of glory", appropriate for such showy exotics. These tender perennials form sizeable clumps and will grow 4 to 6 feet in a season. Vines are light weight, so do not require stout supports. Easy to grow and excellent for summer decks, and inside in sunrooms and greenhouses where there is sufficient room for vining plants. Hardiness: 9-11, elsewhere lift in fall and store indoors or grow as houseplant, height: 4-6 feet, vining, color: flashy yellow and ruby flowers with wavy, swept-back petals.
  Price per pack of 5 seeds: $3.95
2156 King Protea Protea cynaroides
Outstanding flowers are up to 12" across with dark pink bracts. Only 5' tall - the leaves are 5" leathery.
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2152 Giant Woolly Beard Protea Protea magnifica
Exquisite flower - 8" across with colors range soft pink, deep rose, strong red - the apex tinged black with small downy white flowers. May take to 4 years to flower. 5 seeds per pack.
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2153 Black Bearded Protea Protea lepidocarpodendron
Heavy black fur on the bract tips with bracts pale green, tan, and cream. The bracts are 5" tall, 2 1/2 " across. Height 5'. 5 seeds per pack.
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