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New Products for 2021  


NEW FOR 2021: FARM-ORIGINALS, HEIRLOOMS, AND COMMERCIAL STANDARDS

These are our New Additions for 2021, and as always they include our latest on-farm breeding refinements, and some good proven varieties that organic growers have found reliable and adaptive.

We have chosen not to seek PVP or other intellectual property protection for our original varieties. We have studied, argued, consulted, and meditated on the relative virtues and hazards of IP protection in the food sector of life. We've tried recently to contrive some variation on the use of Creative Commons 'Copyleft' or Open Source Software models to provide open forum use of crop genetics, without fear that corporate entities will Patent what others have freely offered. This turns out to be extremely complicated, completely untested in the courts, and fraught with real world differences between creative intellect, software code, and new seeds for food crops. To begin with, seeds are alive, and the rest is not.

On April 17th 2014, Wild Garden Seed joined with High Mowing Seed and public breeders at three Land Grant Universities (Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin) to release seeds of our own breeding under the auspices of the Open Source Seed Initiative, OSSI. The purpose of OSSI is to create an ethically bounded genetic commons. The OSSI Free Seed Pledge does by public intention what only endless contracts can do in law. See this OSSI essay more details.

Regardless, these new crop cultivars, their genetics, and the traits they express are freely offered to the Public Domain, and they are not intended for any kind of privatization or ownership by others, though others may use them in their breeding, farming, or garden-related enterprises. Wild Garden Seed appreciates recognition for its breeding work by those who use it.

New Vegetables for 2021

Aromatto Basil

Aromatto Basil

This is a tall vigorous basil intended for use in cut flower arrangements, useful as aromatic foliage before and during bloom. Purple stems and flowers, with purplish leaves and spicy scent. Leaves are sweet with a cinnamon hint.
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Salad Burnet Burnet

Salad Burnet Burnet

One of the more obscure salad herbs, but a beautiful one to grow. Easy as an annual, and perennial in zones 4-8, makes a nice dense low-growing border. The cool green compound leaves have a cooling cucumber flavor used sparingly in salads, and are used to make a creamy cucumber flavored dressing.
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Pan Lettuce

Pan Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety The deep vibrant green of this selection makes me think of the Greek ‘figure and force of nature,’ Pan himself. This comes from a cross of 2 deep red lettuces (‘Pandora’ X ‘Red To The Heart’), but shows not the slightest blush. A dense hearted midi size, about right for 9” spacing, with a texture between butter and romaine. Shows good downy mildew resistance and is slow to bolt. Farm Original Variety!
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Speckled Spearpoint Lettuce

Speckled Spearpoint Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A compact lettuce with broadly pointed leaves and a fine red speckling on a gold-green background. From a cross of ‘Manoa’ by a dark red pointed type. Good flavor, unique shape and color, slow to bolt. Farm Original Variety!
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Escapade Escarole Mix Escaroles

Escapade Escarole Mix Escaroles

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This is the broadleaf counterpart to ‘Endeavor’ Endive, smooth leaves with entire, uncluttered margins, forming nicely hearted heads. Like all escarole and endive, these are best planted for maturation in the cooling shortened days of autumn, or with season extension, holding into winter. Spring plantings are of ephemeral utility, but can fill a need for early salad diversity. Farm Original Variety!
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Endeavor Endive Mix Endive & Escarole

Endeavor Endive Mix Endive & Escarole

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A bit of a roundabout way to end up with an endive mix, but this comes out of the Chicendive project, originally a cross of chicory by endive. This mixed population of endivish forms varies in leaf shape from the finest frisée to robust endive. I expect to see a wide range of low temperature tolerances, leaf textures, and head sizes. For the intrepid salad grower or on-farm plant explorer. This species is self pollinating, and this population is advanced enough, so a grower who keeps seed from a favorite plant can expect similar offspring that will (with repeated selection) shortly lead to a stable variety. Farm Original Variety!
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Bloody Oakheart Lettuce

Bloody Oakheart Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Out of the genetic jewel box that is ‘Camo Oakheart Mix’ comes this high contrast presentation of the “flashy splashed” effect in a compact oak lettuce. In the mini-midi size range, suitable for 6-8” spacing to make heads. Farm Original Variety!
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Bronze Blush Oakheart Lettuce

Bronze Blush Oakheart Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Another selection from ‘Camo Oakheart’ in the mini-midi size range. Leaves are golden-green, blushing to bronze on the tips. Farm Original Variety!
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Strawberry Oakheart Lettuce

Strawberry Oakheart Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety From the outside, this is the darkest red from the ‘Camo Oakheart’ gene pool, small framed plants with long pointed leaves. From the inside, leaves are strawberry red in the heart, and very tender, mild and non-bitter. The bolting stem and leaves are delicious raw or used like celtuce. Space 6-8” apart for best production. Farm Original Variety!
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Funny Cut Mix 2020 Lettuce

Funny Cut Mix 2020 Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A cross of ‘Jester’ X ‘Fine Cut Oak’ in the 3rd generation, making for an extremely diverse collection of plant forms. One of the goals is a “frisée form” lettuce, and there is a lot of this to choose from in this generation. On the “whole leaf” end of the genetic spectrum are some miniature heads comprised of small leaves with moss-frilled margins. Between these extremes are endless variations on leaf dissection and head size, color and texture. Some of these grow and bolt quickly, others were resistant to making seed at all. Farm Original Variety!
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Headhunter Mix Lettuce

Headhunter Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety I’m looking for new talent in “being a crisphead.” The crisphead lettuce has endured a lot of abuse for about a half century now on account of “iceberg syndrome,” the notion that head lettuce has nothing but crunch and water to offer. In reality, that was just one kind of crisphead grown in one kind of environment. The realm of crisp-head possibilities is much wider than that, and local grown isn’t like what gets shipped in. ‘Headhunter Mix’ is a 4th generation selected population coming out of the cross ‘Reine d’ Glaces’ X ‘Jester.’ This F4 stage is a perfect time for making selections in a region of intended use, which is what I will be doing, but others can do it too. In 2-4 years, we can all have our favorite head lettuce that is suited to our location. One photo cannot take in all the diversity here. Many shades of green, some with red spots or streaks, with leaf margins that are wavy, toothed, crisped, or frilled, in head sizes from mini to midi to maxy, the heads shaped from spherical to oval to pointed. A Headhunter’s parade of possibilities. Farm Original Variety!
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2021 Lettuce

Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2021 Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety I reached back in time this year to grow out a cross of some olde and favorite varieties, ‘Blush Butter Cos’ X ‘Hyper Red Rumple Waved.’ These are truly of a different era, a project I set aside in the heat of other chases. Great taste and color in short romaine heads. There are also crosses of ‘Lotus’ and ‘Manoa’ X “Pointed Red To Heart,” and the next generation of ‘Red Ball Jets’ X ‘Wavy Dory.’ The diversity of shapes, colors, and textures in this mix is pretty overwhelming, and as original as it gets. I like to think his mix gives growers a broader view of what lettuce can be, and some appreciation of all the choices a plant breeder gets to make. Enjoy. Farm Original Variety!
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Compact Summer Savory

Compact Summer Savory

This is a definite improvement over the standard summer savory, which has always seemed too lanky and dispersed. I didn’t realize I had planted anything other than a standard type until it grew into sturdy little upright bushes. The strong flavor and compact form matches the description of a German variety from the 1980s, named ‘Aromata.’
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Nebula Tomato

Nebula Tomato

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A vigorous determinate type with red slightly flattened fruits a shade larger than ‘Estate,’ but smaller than ‘Home Stoop.’ The fruit has fasciated locules, which makes a softer, juicier slice than the spoke-like normal locules of ‘Estate’ than make a firm fruit. Heavy yielding. Adapted to moderately warm days and cool nights. Farm Original Variety!
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New Flowers for 2021

Be sure to check out our entire collection of flowers as well.

Timeless Mix Ageratum/Floss Flower

Timeless Mix Ageratum/Floss Flower

This is an ageless mix of all the ageratum colors; blue, lavender, burgundy, rose, and white. The best spacing is 9”x12” for longest/most stems per plant. Transplanting is recommended, with planting 6-8 weeks prior to the last frost date. Prefers full sun.
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Changling Calendula

Changling Calendula

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A fun little find from the greenhouse, a population of calendula that can’t decide what color it is. Individual flowers may be half orange/half peach, a mixture of different petal colors together, or have petals that change color from the base to the tip. Pastel to bright shades of yellow and orange, with only occasional red flashbacks. Farm Original Variety!
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Double Click Bicolor Violet Cosmos

Double Click Bicolor Violet Cosmos

Double and semi-double blooms in light to dark shades of reddish-violet. Upright plants get about 45” tall, with flowers 2-3” in diameter.
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Jeanne Dionis Dianthus

Jeanne Dionis Dianthus

A pure white carnation on the longest stems we’ve seen. The fragrance of these really outshines any other flower in the garden, its spicy clovish scent apparent from 50 feet away. This one needs an early start for flowers the first year, or be treated as a biennial. But I must say, as a biennial, it was abundant in bloom. Beautiful grey-green foliage in the first year is a nice feature in itself.
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Marie Chabaud Dianthus

Marie Chabaud Dianthus

All of the Chabaud types of carnation feature heavenly scent. This one has pale butter yellow blossoms about 2” across. A true annual type that flowers from July to frost from a mid-February sowing.
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Antique White Helichrysum/Straw Flower

Antique White Helichrysum/Straw Flower

Stout plants to 40” tall, needs no staking. Doubled flowers to 2½ “ across, are pure white. Surface sow seeds (they need light to germ) 4-6 weeks before last frost. Transplant at 10-12” in full sun.
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Silvery Rose Helichrysum/Straw Flower

Silvery Rose Helichrysum/Straw Flower

A sister line to ‘Antique White’ (treat them alike) with a range of rosy hues complimenting the silver-white bracts.
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Smokey Eyes Larkspur

Smokey Eyes Larkspur

Very productive doubled type, with silvery white petals tinged with the lightest lavender. The subtle coloration is unique in a tribe of bold “pigmentarians.” Did not require support when direct seeded, despite a windy location. Prefers to germinate (and vernalize) under cool conditions, and may be fall planted in zones 5b and warmer. Spring plant as early as possible, prefers direct seeding. Greenhouse sown plants should have 6 weeks of growth below 55°F prior to transplant.
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Northern Lights Linaria/Toadflax

Northern Lights Linaria/Toadflax

The brightest of all the Linaria color mixes, like pigments with all the pastel removed. The crystal colors really are reminiscent of the best aurorae. These make excellent vase flowers; they are long lasting and interesting to view closely, as on a table.
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Garden Mignonette Reseda/Mignonette

Garden Mignonette Reseda/Mignonette

Napoleon is credited with bringing the fragrant species of Mignonette from Egypt to France, perhaps to please his dearest Josephine, who named the plant in French, “my favorite little one.” Though the plant is small and lax with maturity, the 3” yellowish-white flowering racemes are lit up with bright orange dangling anthers and the frenetic activity of bees. Adds perfume to bouquets, and dried or green seed pods are interesting accents. Best sown in place, grows a bit like a weed, preferring semi-shade and moderately rich soil. Great for borders, and in companionship with other short plants, like schizanthus.
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Grandiflora Nicotiana

Grandiflora Nicotiana

Beautiful old cultivar of Jasmine-scented tobacco with 2” wide flowers, standing 3-5’ tall. Flowers open in late afternoon and fragrance the air until mid morning next day, attracting hawk moths and other impressive pollinators, including hummingbirds. Fine seed is pressed onto soil, requiring light to germinate. Transplant 12-18” apart in full sun to part shade (especially in hot climates).
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Double Whoopee Corn Poppy

Double Whoopee Corn Poppy

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This is such a fun mix of tidy doubled flowers with the look of tuffets, or maybe whoopee cushions. Petals hold themselves up together in a cupped circle of lovely picotee red or pink on white, or red backgrounds with stunning pink edges. The pure double whites look like clouds. Farm Original Variety!
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Mother of Pearl Corn Poppy

Mother of Pearl Corn Poppy

This is the perfect name to capture the color range of these poppy petals. Silvery grey, serpentine, mauve, orange, spalted blue...when taken together the color is iridescence, like mother of pearl applied to pleated crepe paper. Begins blooming at 18” tall, extends to about 36.”
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Prairie Sun Rudbeckia

Prairie Sun Rudbeckia

This begins as a “green eyed Susan” with a corona of stiff bicolor petals, gold at the base, sunshine yellow toward the tips. Very productive plants, reaching 32” tall.
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Queen Lime Blush Zinnia

Queen Lime Blush Zinnia

The ‘Queen’ series is impressive for the densely doubled heads and completely original color schemes it features. The Lime color in it’s purest form is both innovative and astounding, and in ‘Queen Lime Blush’ we get red anthocyanin thrown in to various degrees to create colors I really don’t have a vocabulary for. Crazy beautiful, long stemmed, upright and productive.
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