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  • Coral Fountain Amaranth

    Amaranth, Coral Fountain (Organic)

    Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.

    Coral Fountain is similar to the beloved Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth, with its long flowing pendulum type flower heads, but the flowers are a lovely coral-peach color instead of magenta. Plants grow to 4 – 5′ with flowers reaching downward to the ground. Makes a great cut flower & also works well in dry arrangements. Combine with Love Lies Bleeding and Green Cascade for a rainbow of cascading tassels. Like most A. caudatus species, Coral Fountain yields a delicious edible golden seed that is high in protein.

  • Amaranth, Green Cascade (Organic)

    Amaranth, Green Cascade (Organic)

    Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.

    Very similar to Green Tails but is a lighter colored golden-green. It is also a few inches shorter and many days earlier to mature, with smaller plants overall. When the plants are about 5′ tall they start producing long cascades of flower heads, which bend the plant over so that it gets shorter as the plants mature – down to about 4 ft. The racemes reach to the ground and sometimes beyond – if these plants stood straight up they would be very tall. If you’re in an area with a shorter growing season, this is the green amaranth for you!

  • Green Tails Amaranth

    Amaranth, Green Tails (Organic)

    Amaranthus caudatus.  Flower. 75 days.

    I want to change the name of this amaranth to Envy Lies Bleeding because it looks so much like the deep red variety, Love Lies Bleeding. But, Green Tails it is. Long lime green cascades of flower heads form on plants that grow 4-5 feet. When planted in rows it makes a nice backdrop wall to other smaller flowers. Racemes may be cut and used in bouquets or as a dried flower, and combines well with Coral Fountain, Green Cascade, and Love Lies Bleeding. This species of amaranth is thought to originate in South America and was used by some indigenous cultures for grain and greens.

  • Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth

    Amaranth, Love Lies Bleeding (Organic)

    Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.

    Very unique, beautiful flower and grain. Grown in the US as a popular ornamental. Very nice as a long lasting cut flower. Long streaming magenta seed heads yield tiny tan seeds that have a slight pink hue. Great crop for summer heat, tolerates neglect very well. Occasionally self seeds and can come back as a volunteer, however it is not weedy like pigweed. This species of amaranth is thought to originate in South America and was used by some indigenous cultures as a grain staple food.

  • Oeschberg Amaranth

    Amaranth, Oeschberg (Organic)

    Amaranthus cruentus. Flower. 70 days.

    Oeschberg is an amazing deep purple-red amaranth that is darker than Love Lies Bleeding, but with an upright growth habit. Seed heads are very highly branched and hold their color longer than other varieties, making it great for flower arrangements. Plants are a bit short for an upright amaranth at 4′ tall, which is great in the garden as they won’t shade out everything else. Leaves and seeds are edible. Leaves are good for a heat resistant salad green when young, red color develops early. May self-seed. Flowering amaranths can be succession-sown until the end of July for late-season flower production.

  • California Giants Aster

    Aster, Giants of California (Organic)

    Callistephus chinensis. 90 days.

    Intense pom-poms of double, daisy-like flowers in bright and light pink, lavender, and white, providing a different palette than other flower mixes we offer. The color is so vivid on these it looks like someone turned the pastel saturation all the way up on grandma’s old TV. Flowers hold a long time both on and off the plant; long slender stems are good for cutting. Blooms to 4” across on plants that grow to 3′ tall. Annual.

  • Black Ball Bachelor Button

    Bachelor Button, Black Ball (Organic)

    Centaurea cyanus.

    Super dark maroon flowers really catch your eye in the garden and in bouquets. Flowers bloom from June to August, covering plants with 2″ double flowers. Plants grow to 3′ tall and may need staking in the garden. Young shoots are edible, flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, florets can be used in salads, as a vegetable, or as a garnish. Flowers may be dried for flower arrangements. Will self-sow. Bachelor Buttons are also known as cornflowers, and are usually a light blue color. Aka, Cornflower.

  • Blue Jubilee Gem Bachelor Button

    Bachelor Button, Blue Jubilee Gem (Organic)

    Centaurea cyanus.

    Bachelor Buttons deserve a place in every garden. They are easy-to-grow, make a nice little cut flower, and pollinators love them. Frilly blossoms reach 2” across and are a lovely periwinkle blue color, the most common bachelor button color. The semi-dwarf plants grow to about 2′ and bloom over a long period, especially if dead-headed. Naturalizes easily if you don’t deadhead all of them. Won the All-American Selections silver medal in 1937 and it has been a favorite in the garden ever since. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. Annual that can handle light frost. Aka, Cornflower.

  • Erferter Calendula

    Calendula, Erfurter (Organic)

    Calendula officinalis. 65-70 days.

    Fully double bright orange flowers on 18-24” plants. Erfurter is a preferred calendula variety for commercial production in the US, with large flowers and a somewhat higher resin content than Resina. Blooms profusely, but not as prolific as Resina. Petals can also be used to make a dye, or fed to chickens to keep egg yolks extra vibrant. (No joke! In Italy there is calendula produced for this specific purpose!) We like to pick the petals off the flowering heads once they just start to dry and turn inward. Then they are easily picked and easily dried. Variety originates in Germany, where its full name is Erfurter Orangefarbigen. Aka, Orange Zinger.

  • Resina Calendula

    Calendula, Resina (Organic)

    Calendula officinalis. 60-65 days.

    A very fine strain of calendula for medicinal use and as a self-sowing, short-lived perennial flower. Highly productive plants produce medium-sized flowers with two rows of resin-rich petals. Plants may have either soft orange or bright yellow flowers with small centers. Fairly hardy in our climate, they often overwinter to produce very early blooms in the spring and sometimes an occasional bloom in the dead of winter if given a good sheltered location. We love to sprinkle our salads with their aromatic, edible petals. The rich soothing properties soften the skin simply from picking the flowers. Often called Pot Marigold in England.

  • bodegold chamomile

    Chamomile, Bodegold (Organic)

    Matricaria recutita.

    Bodegold is an improved German variety of chamomile with higher essential oil content, higher yields, larger flowers, and more uniform habit. The truly special trait of this variety is its delicious sweet aroma that is significantly sweeter than other chamomile varieties. White petaled flowers have fragrant yellow centers. Chamomile is commonly used as a calming herbal tea and is said to stimulate the immune system. Flowers are ready to pick and dry anytime, even after the petals have fallen off. Very attractive to pollinators. This is one of our favorite tea herbs. It should be in every garden. The compact plants grow 1-2′ and seeds are best direct sown, scattered on the soil surface. Strangely, chamomile seems to grow better in poor quality soil.

  • Zloty Lan Chamomile

    Chamomile, Zloty Lan (Organic)

    Matricaria recutita.

    A unique Polish tetraploid variety. Tetraploid plants naturally have more chromosomes in the cell and this usually results in larger, more vigorous plants. Zloty Lan Chamomile is certainly bigger and higher yielding with a strong tall growth habit. We find it has a wonderful aroma that is somewhat less sweet than Bodegold. Tea made from the dried flowers steeped in hot water for less then a few minutes makes a soothing and calming tea perfect for bedtime, and for relaxing the mind and body. When steeped longer than a few minutes however it seems to be stimulating and enlivening. Chamomile is an easy tea herb to grow at home and is one of the key herbs used in Biodynamic compost preparations. Bred in Poland for commercial production and high essential oil content. The high essential oil levels are reported to be between 0.8-1.5% of which 4-12% is bisabolol and 15-20% chamazulene. The compounds in chamomile have been extensively studied for their health effects, many of which are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous.

  • Crimson Clover

    Clover, Crimson (Organic)

    Trifolium incarnatum.

    An excellent winter or spring cover crop known primarily for its nitrogen fixing properties and high biomass production. Large, strikingly beautiful crimson flowers appear in the late spring and are great food for bees and other pollinators. In regions where the winter stays above 0°F, Crimson Clover is sown in the late summer and overwintered as a biennial. Can grow up to 3′ tall. Cover crops are a key way to build organic matter in your soil and protect from erosion. Perfect for summer under-sowing in crops like corn or squash that tend to stay in the field too late to get a traditional winter cover crop going. Hardy to zone 6.

    Seed produced by Praying Mantis Farm in Canby, Oregon.

    Photos by Carri Heisler of Pitchfork & Crow.

  • Plains Coreopsis

    Coreopsis, Tall Plains (Organic)

    Coreopsis tinctoria.

    Plains coreopsis is the true original of the coreopsis clan. The plants are loaded with bright yellow flowers that have dark maroon centers. Blooms reach 2” across, petals have nice jagged edges. Plants grow to 3′ with ferny foliage. A great low maintenance addition to the flower garden, the sea of blooms creates a superb pollinator habitat over a long season and right up until frost. Thrives in disturbed areas and wet soils but is also drought tolerant, naturalizes easily and is deer resistant. What more could you want? Native to the plains of the US but has naturalized throughout most of the country. Self-seeding annual. Aka, Calliopsis, Tickseed.

  • Tiger Coreopsis mix

    Coreopsis, Tiger Mix (Organic)

    Coreopsis tinctoria.

    Most plants grow to 30″ and produce daisy-like flowers with red centers and vibrant yellow edges. There is some slight variation in bloom types, including all red and more pinnate petals. Very attractive to pollinators and other beneficial insects. Blossoms can be used to make a yellow or red dye for yarn, and a tea of the dried plant has been used to make a coffee substitute. Blooms earlier than many flowering annuals. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Tiger Coreopsis is a selection of a North American native plant. Aka, Calliopsis, Tickseed.

  • Cosmos, Buddha's Hand (Organic)

    Cosmos, Buddha’s Hand (Organic)

    Cosmos sulphureus.

    Mostly semi-double fiery orange blooms on 3-4′ tall plants that flower early. We have been growing this variety ever since our days as farm apprentices in 2004 and we hope to keep it around for the long haul. Originating from a mysterious single plant with a hand written tag from an unknown source. Possibly pulled out of a dwarf bright lights mix, but we will never know for sure. We love mystery and we love this flower.

  • Daydream cosmos

    Cosmos, Daydream (Organic)

    Cosmos bipinnatus.

    A tall productive and attractive cosmos covered with unique blooms. Plants grew 5-6′ tall for us. Daydream Cosmos flowers have a nice rosy center surrounded by pale pink. The bulls-eye pattern must make nice targets for insects with infrared vision because they are very attractive to pollinators. Stealing a few from the bees is worthwhile for pleasant cut flower displays. Blooms last indoors for more than a week if they are picked into water just as the petals are opening. Andrew says, “I think I now understand what a sunshine daydream is.”

  • Cosmos, Rubenza

    Cosmos, Rubenza (Organic)

    Cosmos bipinnatus.

    Rubenza Cosmos is a dynamic flower that changes color as it matures, from a deep wine maroon to a muted rose, with many shades in between. Single flowers with yellow centers appear atop ferny foliage. Upright plants grow to about 3 ½ feet, making Rubenza shorter than most cosmos so they do not need staking. Begins flowering early and continuously until frost, long stems make for a good cut flower. Winner of a Fleuroselect Novelty Award in Europe, but humans aren’t the only ones to appreciate these lovely flowers; many types of beneficial insects enjoy them while in bloom and birds happily munch on the seeds. This is one we would love to plant every year.

  • Mexican Sunflower (Organic)

    Mexican Sunflower (Organic)

    Tithonia rotundifolia.

    A great summer bloomer with bright orange flowers that attract butterflies and thrives on neglect. Turns into shrubs by the end of summer. This strain lacks the dwarf nature and muted colors of the newer varieties, Torch and Aztec Sun. We prefer this variety as we, and our pollinators, are always impressed by its length of bloom. Summer plant that loves the heat and will flower until the first frost.

  • Amaranth Alliance

    Mix, Amaranth Alliance (Organic)

    Amaranthus sp. Flower. 65-75 days.

    A fun and beautiful way to explore amaranth diversity. Mix contains flower and grain types in a rainbow of colors, with several reds, plus pink, green, bronze, and bi-colors in the mix. Very ornamental – a festive backdrop for the garden. Equal parts Coral Fountain, Green Cascade, Love Lies Bleeding, Oeschberg, Rio San Lorenzo, and Sunset Goldilocks. All leaves and most seeds in this mix are also edible. This is a physical mixture and not a genepool.

  • mix birdfood bonanza

    Mix, Birdfood Bonanza


    Grow a garden for your feathered friends! Mix contains millet, sunflowers, lettuce, cosmos, and mustard. We have at times joked that our efforts are for the birds. Quite literally in this case! Sow in spring for a progression of seeds your backyard birds will love. We have been known to plant catch crops of some of these as a way to keep the birds from eating our actual seed crops.

  • pollinator party

    Mix, Pollinator Party


    Plant this mix at the edges of your garden to feed pollinators and invite beneficial insects of all kinds. Blooms in the mix start early with cilantro and dill and continue through frost. Several of these crops provide good bird food, too. Mix includes sun flowers, zinnias, tithonia, coreopsis, cilantro, fennel, parsley, dill.

  • Painted Tongue, Kew Blue (Organic)

    Painted Tongue, Kew Blue (Organic)

    Salpiglosis sinuata. 75 days.

    Captivating, velvety dark purple trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom continuously up slender stemmed sprays that reach 3½’ tall. These delicate flowers are not suitable for bouquets, but are a show-stopper in the garden and are attractive to pollinators. Plants may need staking to prevent lodging, but we didn’t have this problem. Sow this annual in early spring for flowers from June through September.

  • Elka White Seeded Poppy

    Poppy, Elka White (Organic)

    Papaver somniferum.

    White breadseed type. Easy to grow, pale pink-white flowers with purple smudges. Produces mass quantities of sweet, nutty flavored white seeds that make an excellent paste/meal when ground into nut butter. Giant seed pods (1.5″ x 2″) are sealed and do not self seed. Originally from Chrenovec-Brusno, Slovakia.

    Young, fall sown plants will often overwinter in our Willamette Valley climate, but are most commonly planted in early spring. Best direct sown into good garden soil. Drought tolerant.

  • Poppy, Food Not Lawns Remix (Organic)

    Poppy, Food Not Lawns Remix (Organic)

    Papaver somniferum.

    Large single blooms vary from light purple/white, to pink, red, magenta, and dark purple. This beautiful, easy to grow poppy population is the species commonly used for medicinal purposes. Adapted to our growing region, it seems to be very hardy. Try sowing in the fall for early spring flowering. May be sown in the spring as well. Our original seed came from two accessions at different autumn Food Not Lawns seed swaps in Eugene, Oregon.

  • horton corn poppy

    Poppy, Horton Corn Poppy Mix (Organic)

    Papaver rhoeas.

    Mix of reds and pinks. Plants bloom tons of small flowers when compared to the few large blooms of Papaver somniferum. We found this mix in 2004 growing semi-wild in the herb garden at Horton Road Organics in Blachley, Oregon. Now I cannot imagine a farm without them. Known as a possibly intentional weed in grain fields in Europe.

  • hungarian blue breadseed poppy

    Poppy, Hungarian Blue Breadseed (Organic)

    Papaver somniferum.

    Blue breadseed type. The light blue seeds of this variety have a delicious nutty flavor. With stunning dark purple petals, Hungarian Blue Breadseed poppy also makes a beautiful ornamental, especially when a patch or field is flowering all together. This Hungarian heritage variety is a super easy to grow and highly nutritious staple food. We are not the only ones who find the flowers captivating – bees, especially bumble bees go nuts over them. The pods do not shatter like most poppies, making it very easy to hand harvest seeds. Dried pods are also very nice in floral arrangements.

  • defiant mix snapdragon

    Snapdragon, Defiant Mix (Organic)

    Antirrhinum majus.

    Snapdragons are one of the classic annual flowers that every gardener should experiment with. These 3′ tall plants make a bright accent in the garden and also make excellent cut flowers. Flower color ranges from dark-cherry red to a peach-orange red, defiantly throwing out the occasional bright yellow plant. This mix will not settle for the authority of uniformity. We think of it as a beautiful mix of reds with the possibility of surprises. One of the coolest things about snapdragons is that the seed pods look like little upside-down dragon heads when seed is ripe. Blooms from July through September and is deer resistant.

  • Pitchfork and Crow Strawflower

    Strawflower, Monstrosum Mix (Organic)

    Helichrysum bracteatum.

    Strawflowers are one of the best everlasting flowers. They are easy to grow, produce loads of blossoms right up until frost, have strong stems, and are tolerant of low fertility and dry conditions. Monstrosum Mix is a lovely rainbow of colors including white, orange, yellow, and several shades of pinks and reds, but our favorites are the orangey-yellow ones that almost seem like you’re looking into a flame. For best dried flower results harvest before the double, 2” blooms are fully opened. Carri Heisler of Pitchfork & Crow, who grew these seeds, says, “I love them … and smile every time I see them.” So do we, and we think you will too!

    Seed produced by Pitchfork & Crow in Lebanon, Oregon.

  • Sunflower, Hungarian Black Seeded (Organic)

    Sunflower, Hungarian Black Seeded (Organic)

    Helianthus annus.

    5-6′ tall plants produce mostly single, 8-12” flowers with yellow petals. Large black seeds are tasty as a snack and also good for sprouting because the sprouts are huge. Black seeded sunflower seeds are a popular protein-rich food in eastern Europe, and are very popular with the birds here at our farm. May also be pressed for oil if you can grow enough. This variety was collected on our first Seed Ambassadors trip from Martin Ringhoffer, who grows this Hungarian heirloom on his farm in Hungary.

  • Sunflower, Il Tore

    Sunflower, Il Tore

    Helianthus annus.

    Flowers reach 6″ wide on well-branched, 6′ tall plants. Flower color varies and includes pale yellow, bright yellow, and red flowers. Very good as a cut flower since each plant produces several flower heads and stem size works well in bouquets. We were given this seed by Wim Brus, a biodynamic seed grower high in the Apennine Mountains in Italy, who named this variety for The Tower, a 15th century stone structure that is his home and leads to his farm on the hillside.

  • Sunflower, Ring of Fire (Organic)

    Sunflower, Ring of Fire (Organic)

    Helianthus annus. 70 days.

    Bi-colored petals are yellow at the tips and switch to dark maroon at the centers. Plants grow to about 5′ tall with lots of branching, the primary flower is 6-8” and plants continue to set many smaller (3-5”) flowers on long stems through the end of the season, which makes this variety superb for arrangements. Ring of Fire is an All-America Selections winner.