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Organic Flower Seeds

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 FlowersGreat Cut Flowers –  Good For Beneficial Insects  – Edible Flowers

 

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  • Coral Fountain Amaranth

    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 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)

    $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!


  • Green Tails Amaranth

    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.


  • Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth

    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.


  • Oeschberg Amaranth

    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.


  • California Giants Aster
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    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 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)

    $3.25
    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)

    $3.50
    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.


  • Blanket Flower
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    Blanket Flower (Organic)

    $3.25
    Gaillardia arisata. Perennial to zone 3.

    Beautiful, cheery daisy-like flowers on long sturdy stems are a great, long-lasting cut flower that bloom over a long season – even into November or December if autumn is mild. 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.


  • Erferter Calendula

    Calendula, Erfurter (Organic)

    $3.00$6.00
    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)

    $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. 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.


  • Columbine William Guinness

    Columbine, William Guiness (Organic)

    $3.25
    Aquilegia vulgaris. Perennial in zones 3 – 8.

    This old fashioned European columbine has hypnotic bi-colored 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. Shade tolerant and deer resistant. Harvest for bouquets or deadhead to prolong bloom. Plants grow 24-30″ tall.  Originating from the gardens at the Guiness Family Estate in Ireland. Aka, Magpie.


  • Coreopsis lanceolata Sterntaler

    Coreopsis, Lanceleaf, Sterntaler (Organic)

    $3.25
    Coreopsis lanceolata. Perennial in zones 4 – 9.

    Native to much of North America, lanceleaf coreopsis is a low maintenance addition to most gardens and natural areas. Daisy-like flowers have yellow petals with toothed edges and small red spots towards the center that bloom May through July. Attracts butterflies and is a good nectar source for beneficial insects. Prefers full sun, tolerates poor soil and drought conditions. Naturalizes easily. Aka, Lanceleaf Coreopsis.


  • Plains Coreopsis
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    Coreopsis, Tall Plains (Organic)

    $3.25$6.00
    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)

    $3.25$6.00
    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)

    $3.25$6.25
    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
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    Cosmos, Daydream (Organic)

    $3.25
    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)

    $3.25
    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.


  • Daisy, Giant Shasta (Organic)

    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 and 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.


  • Einkorn

    Einkorn

    $3.00$48.50
    Triticum monococcum.

    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.


  • vulcan english wallflower
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    English Wallflower, Vulcan (Organic)

    $3.50
    Erysimum cheiri. Perennial.

    Unique, 1 ½” 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.


  • EP1 Evening Primrose

    Evening Primrose, EP-10 (Organic)

    $3.00
    Oenothera biennis. Biennial.

    Produces 2″ yellow, sweetly fragrant flowers on 3-5′ tall central stalk from June to September in second year. Leaves and roots are edible, with a peppery taste. Flowers are edible and sweet, may be added to salads or used as a garnish, and are attractive to pollinators. Roots, bark, and 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 and eastern North America. Hardy to Zone 4. Grows well in poor soil. Self-seeds/naturalizes easily and may become a permanent part of the garden if you let it go to seed.


  • Four O'Clock, Don Pedro's (Organic)

    Four O’Clock, Don Pedro’s (Organic)

    $3.00
    Mirabilis jalapa. Perennial in zones 9+.

    Striking hot pink and bright yellow variegated, trumpet shaped flowers open in the afternoon and are frequently visited by beautiful moths. Tender plants grow to 3′ and are perennial in Zones 9 and higher. Tubers may be dug and 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, and are also known as Marvel of Peru.


  • Mexican Sunflower (Organic)

    Mexican Sunflower (Organic)

    $3.25$10.00
    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.


  • Millet, Auksés

    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.


  • Hell's Canyon Millet
    Out of Stock

    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

    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 and provide excellent forage for beneficial insects. Blooms over a long period and 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 and cutting. As a healing plant it can be helpful for cold symptoms and as an aromatic it can stimulate digestion, circulation, and general energy. As beneficial insect forage, Frank Morton recommends pairing Korean Licorice Mint with fennel for attracting and feeding beneficial insects, honey bees and birds bountifully in the autumn.

    Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.

     


  • Amaranth Alliance
    NEW!

    Mix, Amaranth Alliance (Organic)

    $3.00$36.00
    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
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    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)

    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 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)

    $3.00
    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)

    $3.00$24.00
    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.