At Adaptive Seeds we grow flowers for many reasons and every year we seem to grow more and more. They are a great addition to any food garden or vegetable farm. Flowers really do add a bit of joy as well as diversity to the landscape.
Below are some special flower attributes to help you decide which ones might be right on your farm or in your garden.
Shop By: Annual Flowers – Perennial Flowers – Great Cut Flowers – Good For Beneficial Insects – Edible Flowers
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Amaranth, Coral Fountain (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
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 & 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)$3.00–$36.00
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!
Amaranth, Green Tails (Organic)$3.00–$60.00
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.
Amaranth, Love Lies Bleeding (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
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.
Amaranth, Oeschberg (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
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.
Aster, Giants of California (Organic)$3.50
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 o the plant; long slender stems are good for cutting. Blooms to 4” across on plants that grow to 3′ tall. Annual.
Bachelor Button, Black Ball (Organic)$3.25
Super dark maroon flowers really catch your eye in the garden & in bouquets. Flowers bloom from June to August, covering plants with 2″ double flowers. Plants grow to 3′ tall & 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. Bachelor Buttons are also known as cornflowers, & are usually a light blue color.
Bachelor Button, Blue Jubilee Gem (Organic)$3.50
Bachelor Buttons deserve a place in every garden. They are easy-to-grow, make a nice little cut flower, & pollinators love them. Frilly blossoms reach 2” across & are a lovely periwinkle blue color, the most common bachelor button color. The semi-dwarf plants grow to about 2′ & 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 & it has been a favorite in the garden ever since. Drought tolerant & deer resistant. Annual that can handle light frost. Bachelor Buttons are also known as Cornflower
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Blanket Flower (Organic)$3.25
Gaillardia arisata. Perennial to zone 3.
Blanket Flower produces beautiful, cheery daisy-like flowers on long sturdy stems are a great, long-lasting cut flower that bloom over a long season. Flowers are red-orange in the center, petals have yellow tips. After each blossom is done flowering the seedheads make beautiful little balls that look like balloons and also look nice in arrangements. Blanket Flower is a great low-maintenance addition to any perennial flower garden. It is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and prefers full sun. Plants will grow 1-2′ wide and up to 3′ tall.
Calendula, Erfurter (Organic)$3.00–$6.00
Calendula officinalis. 65-70 days.
Fully double bright orange flowers on 18-24” plants. Erfurter Calendula is a preferred variety for commercial production in the US, with large flowers & 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 & turn inward. Then they are easily picked & easily dried. Variety originates in Germany. Aka, Erfurter Orangefarbigen.
Calendula, Resina (Organic)$3.00–$21.00
Calendula officinalis. 60-65 days.
A very fine strain of calendula for medicinal use and as a self-sowing, short-lived perennial flower. Resina Calendula’s 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 & 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.
Columbine, William Guiness (Organic)$3.25
Aquilegia vulgaris. Perennial in zones 3 – 8.
William Guiness is an old fashioned European columbine that has hypnotic bicolored purple-black and white blooms that reach 2” across. Flowers are held high above foliage and are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. The low growing ferny green foliage is also quite attractive. Originating from the gardens at the Guiness family estate in Ireland. Shade tolerant and deer resistant. Harvest for bouquets or deadhead to prolong bloom. Plants grow 24-30 in tall. Aka, Magpie.
Coreopsis, Lanceleaf, Sterntaler (Organic)$3.25
Coreopsis lanceolata. Perennial in zones 4 – 9.
Native to much of North America, this flower is a low maintenance addition to most gardens & natural areas. Daisy-like flowers have yellow petals with toothed edges & small red spots towards the center that bloom May through July. Attracts butterflies & is a good nectar source for beneficial insects. Prefers full sun, tolerates poor soil & drought conditions. Naturalizes easily. Coreopsis is also known as tickseed.
Coreopsis, Tall Plains (Organic)$3.25–$6.00
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.
Coreopsis, Tiger Mix (Organic)$3.25–$6.00
Most plants grow to 30″ & produce daisy-like flowers with red centers & vibrant yellow edges. There is some slight variation in bloom types, including all red & more pinnate petals. Very attractive to pollinators & other beneficial insects. Blossoms can be used to make a yellow or red dye for yarn, & 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 also known as Plains Coreopsis, Calliopsis, or Golden Tickseed.
Cosmos, Buddha’s Hand (Organic)$3.25–$6.25
Mostly semi-double fiery orange blooms on 3-4′ tall plants that flower early. Originating from a mysterious single plant with a hand written tag from an unknown source. Possibly pulled out of a dwarf bright lights mix. We love mystery & we love this flower.
Cosmos, Daydream (Organic)$3.25
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 (Organic)$3.25
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.
This seed lot produced by Sebastian Aguilar and Kelly Gelino at Chickadee Farm, a Certified Organic farm in Talent, Oregon.
Daisy, Giant Shasta (Organic)$3.25
Leucanthemum x superbum.
Perennial. Classic, 3-4” single white flowers atop 3′ tall plants. This variety was bred by plant genius Luther Burbank & released in 1890. Blooms throughout the summer if deadheaded regularly. Long stems on 3-4′ plants make Giant Shasta Daisy a great cut flower. If sown early in spring, this perennial will bloom in its first year. We would like to thank Restoration Seeds for introducing us to this beautiful variety.
The first form of wheat to be cultivated over 10,000 years ago. Einkorn has much higher protein than modern wheat, but is much lower yielding – the name Einkorn is German for “single grain,” with only one grain per hull. Einkorn is similar to Emmer in that it is spring sown and can be easier to digest for those with gluten sensitivities. Though this grain is easy to grow, nutritious, and delicious, it is very difficult to thresh the grain from the hull..
Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.
English Wallflower, Vulcan (Organic)$3.50
Erysimum cheiri. Perennial.
Unique, 1 1⁄2″ velvety crimson flowers start to bloom early in the spring from a mid summer sowing the year before. Blooms in clusters that make a nice sweet scented cut flower. The plants are somewhat dwarf, growing up to 2′ tall, and do well in partial or full sun. They prefer soils with good drainage. We have some growing under rhododendrons and the combination is delightful. This species has a long history as an ornamental in Europe and deserves to be more popular in North America. Thrives in our Pacific Northwest climate. In other areas English wallflowers are often grown as biennials and are hardy down to -5°F.
Evening Primrose, EP-10 (Organic)$3.00
Oenothera biennis. Biennial.
Evening Primrose EP1 produces 2″ yellow, sweetly fragrant flowers on 3-5′ tall central stalk from June to September in second year. Leaves & roots are edible, with a peppery taste. Flowers are edible & sweet, may be added to salads or used as a garnish, & are attractive to pollinators. Roots, bark, & seedpods are medicinal. This strain is purported to have a higher than average content of medicinal Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which can be extracted from its seeds. We have noticed that it holds ripe seed pods tighter than other varieties making seed collection easier. Native to central & eastern North America. Hardy to Zone 4. Grows well in poor soil. Self-seeds/naturalizes easily & may become a permanent part of the garden if you let it go to seed.
Four O’Clock, Don Pedro’s (Organic)$3.00
Striking hot pink & bright yellow variegated, trumpet shaped flowers open in the afternoon & are frequently visited by beautiful moths. Tender plants grow to 3′ & are perennial in Zones 9 & higher. Tubers may be dug & stored indoors for replanting, but as this flower self-sows readily it may not be worth the effort. Some sources claim Four O’Clocks are poisonous, others that it is medicinal. This variety was introduced in 1982 by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Their original seed came from Spain, though Four O’Clocks are originally from Peru, & are also known as Marvel of Peru.
Mexican Sunflower (Organic)$3.25–$10.00
A great summer bloomer with bright orange flowers that attract butterflies & thrives on neglect. Turns into shrubs by the end of summer. This strain lacks the dwarf nature & muted colors of the newer varieties, Torch & Aztec Sun. We prefer this variety as we, & our pollinators, are always impressed by its length of bloom. Summer plant that loves the heat & will flower until the first frost.
Millet, Auksés (Organic)$3.25–$6.00
Setaria italica. Foxtail millet.
Foxtail millet is the type sold for bird food. Small seeds have yellow hulls. Very easy to grow, but hulls must be removed before humans can eat it (not an easy task). Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by The Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture in Dotnuva, Lithuania. The breeder there has been working on millets since long before the collapse of the Soviet Union and he says the birds at the zoo prefer his varieties. Try using it as a cut flower, feeding it to chickens and ducks, or fermenting it into beer.
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Millet, Hells Canyon (Organic)$3.25–$12.00
Setaria italica. Foxtail millet.
This is an awesome millet. Beautiful, dense, fingery heads are a reddish brown. Purple-streaked green leaves and stalks. Tolerates cooler summers. Very productive and easy to hand harvest. Gorgeous in flower arrangements. From Don Kluever who gardens in Hells Canyon off the Snake River, via a Seed Saver’s Exchange member in Idaho.
Mint, Korean Licorice (Organic)$3.25
Agastache rugosa. Perennial.
Very delightful aromatic leaves for tea with a sweet minty licorice flavor. One of Andrew’s favorite herbs for tea, second only to wild yerba buena. The beautiful blue spikes of flowers can grow to 8” long & provide excellent forage for beneficial insects. Blooms over a long period & especially well late in the season. Leaves are best harvested before flowering & are a delicious addition to salad mixes. For tea we like them best fresh, but dried leaves are also good. It can be harvested like basil by coppicing the young stems for continuous regrowth & cutting. As a healing plant it can be helpful for cold symptoms & as an aromatic it can stimulate digestion, circulation, & general energy. As beneficial insect forage, Frank Morton recommends pairing Korean Licorice Mint with fennel for attracting & feeding beneficial insects, honey bees & birds bountifully in the autumn.
Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.
Mix, Amaranth Alliance (Organic)$3.00–$36.00
Amaranthus sp. 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$3.80–$6.80
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.
Painted Tongue, Kew Blue (Organic)$3.25
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 & 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.
Poppy, Elka White (Organic)$3.00
White breadseed type. Easy to grow, pale pink-white owers with purple smudges. Produces mass quantities of sweet, nutty avored 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)$3.00–$24.00
Large single blooms vary from light purple/white, to pink, red, magenta, & 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.