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New Products for 2022  


NEW FOR 2022: FARM-ORIGINALS, HEIRLOOMS, AND COMMERCIAL STANDARDS

These are our New Additions for 2022, 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 2022

Holy Ghost Angelica

Holy Ghost Angelica

The varietal name here is an interpretation of the species name, giving an accurate sense of this plant’s bold appearance emerging from a border. A big presence, in sight and smell, and the sound of insect pollinators. An Umbelliferous native from northern Europe also called Norwegian, Finnish, and Russian angelica, among other locality names (everyone is happy to claim this species). Used as flavoring, food, medicine, beneficial insectary, and landscaping statement. Uniquely fragrant, without anise overtones, an important ingredient in gin and many cordials. Plants are biennial (sometimes perennial) in zones 4-9, forming giant rosettes of 2-3’ leaves the first summer, then putting up 6-8’ flowering stems the following year. Likes moist soil and partial shade (will grow in full sun if watered), can be naturalized into hedgerows and alongside trees. Space 1-3’ apart by direct seeding or transplanting. Seed should be impressed into moist soil without complete coverage (light is necessary for germination), allowing for 3 weeks of daily temperature fluctuations (getting below 40) before bringing into the greenhouse for germination, or expected outdoor temps reaching the 60s.
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Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

One of the old workhorses of commercial beet production. Tops are erect and impressive, as the name suggests, and low in oxalic acid, as we like it. Fine textured, dark red roots retain their tenderness even at a large size. A good market bunching beet, and still a favorite after 40-odd years of growing them.
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2022 Lettuce

Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2022 Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety Another year’s collection of unfinished projects. This is a yearly favorite for many, and probably the most sweated over seeds of the year. The year’s mix includes crispleaf, crisphead, and crisp romaines in many shades of red, green, and splattering patterns. Out of the "wavy jets" F4 selections, family R rocked Karen’s salad world, and family Q had such twisty curled margins it looked like political commentary. Then there are the crisped fuzz butts, that look better than they sound. Forms galore. Farm Original Variety!
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New Flowers for 2022

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



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Apricot Lemonade Cosmos

Apricot Lemonade Cosmos

This is a new cosmos from the breeders at Thompson and Morgan (UK), selected Flower of the Year for 2020. Yellow is a novel pigment in Cosmos bipinnatus (first appearing in variety ‘Xanthos’), and this is the first blending of yellow and pink into one flower. Color patterns vary from plant to plant, and with age of the flowers; from light yellow to apricot, often with pink-mauve centers that fade into the lemon background. These are generally more compact than most cosmos, growing from 24-30” tall. Space 12” apart. Transplanting recommended as early as possible in spring if longer stems are desired for cutting. Seed is apparently in high demand.
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Lacy Pink Didiscus

Lacy Pink Didiscus


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Purple Coneflower Echinacea

Purple Coneflower Echinacea

These sturdy perennials make wonderful cut flowers with long erect stems prolific from a basal rosette. The purple ray flowers are long lasting, and set off by the fiery orange-red discs that are often covered in bees and butterflies. Native to the eastern US, found in full sun and partial shade, often used in “meadow” plantings to good effect. This is also the preferred medicinal Echinacea species, dug for its roots after 3-4 growing seasons. Seed doesn’t require cold stratification, but a week of chilling after sowing flats may enhance germination. Space 12-24” apart; closer spacing stretches stems for best cutting, wider spacing makes bigger roots. Seed heads may be used in dried arrangements; harvest when golden and petals are easily removed. If you leave the seedheads in place, they become goldfinch feeders during southern migration, and winter feeders and shelter for feathered winter residents.
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Anemones Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan

Anemones Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety This is a recent selection out of ‘Gloriosa Double Daisy’ with tubular ray flowers that taper toward the end, giving the effect of lifeforms from a tidepool. Still a work in progress, but too cool not to share. Forms vary from single to semi-double on 3’ stems. Some of these may have bicolor petals. Farm Original Variety!
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Moppets Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan

Moppets Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan

Farm Original Variety! OSSI Pledged Variety A selection out of ‘Gloriosa Double Daisy’ to maximize the “muppet effect” of these robust tetraploid beauties. ‘Moppets’ (in truth, we call them “muppets,” but can’t sell that) are covered in golden ray flowers, scarcely showing their dark disc heads. Long stems, reaching 3’ in their second year. Still a work in progress. Farm Original Variety!
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Sahara Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan

Sahara Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan

The most dramatic new Rudbeckia on the market, with colors from burgundy to bronze and copperish tones, with gold and sulfur highlights. Petals are broad and short, highly doubled, completely covering the disc in some cases, creating a mum-like effect. This population is actually a selection out of Sahara, enhancing the percentage of “mummy” types. We notice that plants are taller, with longer stems in the second year. These will live at least two years if given adequate winter protection, as in a tunnel or greenhouse.
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Clary Sage Salvia/Sage

Clary Sage Salvia/Sage

A true biennial growing large rosettes of furry grey-green leaves its first year, followed by an impressive flowering stem 3-4’ tall in the second year. The powerful aromatic oils are found entirely in the flowering parts, leaves lacking any smell at all. Grown in large quantities for perfumery and medical use, or along walls and borders for a strong sensory impact. The fragrance has been compared to ambergris, and the stature and large floral presence have a personality that feels like an animal being. This particular strain comes from Redwood Seeds, and it is an outstanding one with large white-lilac-pink bracts outlined in sharp pink edges, surrounding light blue flowers.
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Fata Morgana Scabiosa

Fata Morgana Scabiosa

Perhaps the most subtle color in the scabiosa palette, a creamy hue like Swallowtail butterflies that can vary toward apricot with the slightest pink blush, but never toward lemon. Looking at the other colors in this species, I’ve wondered where this pigment came from; it just doesn’t look related to the purple/blue/red spectrum of the species. I see other species in the genus with yellow or cream flowers, so the genus has the potential. Eventually, I found that this variety was introduced by the famous collector/breeders at SAHIN in 1995. It is not the “recent breakthrough” that a quick scan of recent seed catalogs would lead you to believe. Reminiscent of a joke between me and Karen: Overnight success takes about 15 years. ‘Fata Morgana’ (meaning a mirage) makes the point well. Some things are forever new.
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White Immortelle Xeranthemum

White Immortelle Xeranthemum

The pure white version of this easily dried flower. I haven’t grown this for 35 years, but found it captivating, not remembering what a star it could be on the landscape, or how popular it is with honeybees. Each plant erupts in a display of dozens of sparkling white 1½” flowers on the slimmest of stems. Plants reach about 2’ in height. Space 12” apart. Direct seed or transplant in early spring.
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Peruviana Red Zinnia

Peruviana Red Zinnia

A completely different Zinnia effect than the other species we offer. Plants are finely featured, 24” tall and stiffly self-supporting, slimmer and more graceful than elegans, not so skinny-petaled as tenuifolia, and colors more muted than either. The color ranges from a rich matte red through shades of ochre to bright rust as the flower head matures. Propagate like other zinnia, spacing 6-12” apart in the row. Stems are generously long for cut flowers (especially with closer spacing), but the nondominating presence of these flowers invites them for use with grasses and other elements of natural landscaping for a meadow effect. This variety comes to us from Southern Seed Exposure, who introduced this species to modern gardeners in 1992. We look forward to growing other colors of this species in the future.
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