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Seeds I have to trade:

  • Updated 28 September 2014. Unless noted otherwise, seeds vary from just-dried to a few years old, which I have not found to impact germination. Some of these I have big jars full of, some just a few extra. Seeds are sent padded with bubble wrap to avoid crushing. Varieties marked with a ^ are seeds from commercial bulk packets.
  • *Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)
  • (The "bush" and "pole" categories are not absolute, often times bush beans will throw out some exploratory tendrils, or pole beans won't climb very much and stay pretty bushy and well-behaved.)
  • --^pole "Anasazi" (a.k.a. New Mexico Cave Bean) - dry, white and red splotches
  • --pole/twiner "Blooming Prairie" - dry; purple stems and pods; small bright purple and white seeds
  • --pole "Blue Coco" - snap or dry, productive, off-white seeds, wide purple pods; lovely purple stems, flowers, and veins
  • --pole "Blue Shackamaxon" - dry, extremely productive, delicious, shiny black seed, pods turn purple as they dry
  • --pole "Cannelini" - big white seeds
  • --pole "Cherokee Trail of Tears" - snap or dry, purple pods, shiny black seeds
  • --pole "Doyce Chambers Greasy Cut-shot" - Appalachian snap, white seeds (have lots)
  • --pole "Flagg" (a.k.a. Chester or Skunk) - dry, productive, slightly flattened black-and-white seed
  • --pole "Frank Barnett Cornfield" - Appalachian snap, pinkish brown with brown stripes
  • --pole "Frank Barnett Cut-short" - snap, tan seeds
  • --pole "Grandma Nellie's Yellow Mushroom" - snap, long fleshy yellow pods, solid brown seed, supposed to taste mushroomy
  • --pole "Greasy Back" - Appalachian snap; white seeds
  • --pole "Herrenbohnli" - wee round seeds, pink drying to shiny pink-brown
  • --pole "Isla" - dry/shelly; from Chile; round dark red seeds
  • --bush "Indian Woman Yellow" - dry, early, gold seed
  • --bush "Kishwaukee Yellow Wax" - yellow-podded snap, unstable genetic mix of various colors of seed (black, dark brown, black-speckled grey, whitish, white splotched on black-speckled grey)
  • --pole "Lohrey's Special" - dry, large flattish seed tan with black stripes, long green pods, supposed to taste naturally salty
  • --pole "Mariazeller" - half white and half red & orange streaked
  • --bush "Mitla Black" - sold as a tepary but isn't actually. dry, small solid black seeds
  • --pole "Mountain Pima Burro & Caballito" - dry, productive, early, brown seed with dark brown stripes and white splotches
  • --bush/twining "Mrociumere" - dry, beautiful bright lavender speckled seed (turns brown in storage)
  • --pole "Ojo de Cabra" - dry, good-sized fat seed, tan with brown stripes (have lots, older seed)
  • --bush/twining "Paint" - dry, seeds half gold & half white
  • --^bush "Painted Pony" - dry or snap, half brown and white like an appaloosa horse
  • --pole "Pink Tip Greasy" - Appalachian snap, white seeds (have lots)
  • --bush/twining "Red Peanut" (a.k.a. "Old Joe Clark" or "Pink Half-Runner") - snap, small red-brown seeds like a Spanish peanut, pods turn red as they ripen
  • --pole "Rose" - Appalachian-style stringed snap, very long and fleshy pods, delicious, dark purple frosted with buff
  • --bush/twining "Royalty Purple Podded" - stringless snap, purple pods & flowers, off-white seeds
  • --pole "Russian-East German Pea Bean" - dry, half-and-half dark red and white seeds
  • --^pole "Santa Maria Pinquitos" - dry, small pink seeds, haven't grown this one yet but it's one of my favorite for taste (have lots)
  • --^pole "Snow Cap" - dry, large seed, half white and half brown with red speckles
  • --pole "Succotash" - dry, late, really unusual dark purple corn kernel-shaped seeds
  • --^pole "Swahili Grey" (a.k.a. Kijivu) - dry, purple & brown speckles
  • --twiner/bush "Taos Red" - dry, bright red pods, early, red seeds with red speckles
  • --pole "Tarahumara Burro & Caballito" - dry, early but day length-sensitive (does not flower until September but sets pods quickly when it does), seeds look the same as Mountain Pima B&C
  • --pole "Tarahumara Dark Purple" - dry, very purple seed, good yields
  • --pole "Tarahumara Purple Ojos" - dry, early, productive, supposed to be red and orange striped but mine are all orange (varies with growing conditions)
  • --pole "Tennessee Greasy" - genetic mix with lots of variation in seed color and pod type/color (mostly pinto-like brown with black speckles)
  • --pole "Tiger's Eye" (aka "Ojo de Tigre" or "Pepa de Zapallo") - elongated seed, bright orange with red stripes (have lots)
  • --pole "Tobacco Worm" - stringed snap, fat pods, white seed
  • --bush "Tongue of Fire" - red-streaked pods, red-speckled light brown seed
  • --pole "Brown Tobacco Worm" - stringed snap, fat pods, brown seed
  • --pole "Trionfo Violetto" - snap, purple pods (have lots)
  • --pole "True Red Cranberry" - dry, large round dark red seed (older seed)
  • --bush "Woods Mountain Crazy Bean" - stringed snap, sturdy leafy plants, pods green or purple-streaked, seeds light with black streaks
  • --^bush "Zuni Shalako" (a.k.a. Raquel, Four Corners Gold, Zuni Gold) - dry, gold and white splotches
  • --and many others in limited quantities. If you're a fellow bean enthusiast or looking for something in particular, just ask!

  • *Tepary Beans (Phaseolus acutifolius)
  • --"Paiute Mixed" - twiner, productive, dry, seeds either dark brown, light golden brown, or speckled orangey brown

  • *Runner Beans (Phaseolus coccineus)
  • Runner beans can be used for snaps, dry beans, or to attract hummingbirds.
  • --"Scarlet Runner" - the usual pattern of pink with black eye/speckles (old seed)
  • --"Tarahuamra Tekomari" - mix of colors and patterns, mostly grey frosted on pink or black
  • --"Tucomares Mixed" - originally Tucomares Chocolate but it's been so crossed before it got to me that the all-brown "chocolate" ones are rare now! Mix of colors and patterns, mostly fine dense black speckles over pink or light brown

  • *Lima Beans/Butterbeans (Phaseolus lunatus)
  • --"Dixie Speckled Butterpea" - bush, small round seeds, light red speckled with dark red
  • --"Colored Willow Leaf" - pole, mix of seed colors in solid or speckled, narrow "willow" leaves supposed to be drought resistant
  • --"Hopi Pole" - seeds either solid dark red, or bright orange with dark red speckles

  • *Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans (Cicer arietinum)
  • --"Magic Carpet" - bush, kabuli type, mix of seed colors: black, dark brown, golden brown, streaked

  • *Cowpeas/Black-Eyed Peas (Vigna unguiculata)
  • --"Early Lady" - bush, small white seed
  • --"Tohono O'odham U'us Mu:n" - bush, black and white splotched seed, like a milk cow

  • *Fava Beans (Vicia faba)
  • --a mix of "Guatemalan Purple" (dark purple seed) and "MC's Best" (large green/brown seed). I planted them next to each other so they're probably quite interbred, not sure what the offspring are like yet. (have lots)
  • --"Tarma Spiral" - light brown seed with black fingerprint-like markings. these may have come to me crossed; some of them turned out kind of purple... (have lots)

  • *Peas (Pisum sativum)
  • --"Arbogast Sugar" - soup?, pole, orange/brown-streaked seed, big green pods, despite the name not sweet
  • --"Blauwschokkers" - soup, pole. purple flowers and pods, brownish seed
  • --"Blondie" - snap, pale green pods, extra tendril-y, pale wrinkled seeds
  • --"Champion of England" - garden, tall pole, 7 peas per pod, tasty and prolific (have lots)
  • --"Citadel" - garden, petit pois: small pods, seeds, and plants
  • --"Clarke's Beltony Blue" - soup (maybe snap?), purple pods with green seeds, short pole
  • --"Golden Sweet" - soup?, pole, yellow pods and pink flowers, not sweet despite the name
  • --"Lancashire Lad" - soup, pole, purple pods with green seeds
  • --"Purple Pod Parsley" - snap, fat purple pods with green seeds, tendril-less (has little leaflets where the tendrils would be); doesn't climb but needs staking
  • --"Tom Thumb" a.k.a. "Half Pint" or "Meteor" - delicious fresh, very dwarf bush garden peas (under 8"), smooth green or tan dry seed

  • *Miscellaneous Legumes
  • --adzuki bean "Murasaki" - the "red bean" in Asian food, these particular ones are dark purplish with black streaks. bush plants with green and purple pods
  • --Ethiopian Lentil (aka Grasspea) (Lathyrus sativus) - big flat green seed, traditional food in La Mancha, eaten fresh like peas or ground into flour. Should not be eaten as a staple food (e.g. as a major component of the diet for weeks on end) or permanent neurological damage can result (look up "lathyrism").
  • --Hyacinth Bean (Dolchis lablab) (old seed)
  • --Moth Bean (aka Mat Bean or Turkish Gram) (Phaseolus aconitifolius) - small shiny brown seed, drought tolerant, used for sprouts
  • --Urud Dal (Vigna mungo) - looks like a small black adzuki bean, used in Indian cooking and curries

  • *Hulless Barley
  • --"Tibetian Purple" - awned, dark purple seeds
  • --"Zwergerste" - dwarf, awned

  • *Corn
  • --"Strawberry" - popcorn, bright red little ears

  • *Cucumbers
  • --"Double Yield" - pickler
  • --"Muncher" - pickler, fairly thin-skinned
  • --"Parade" - pickler
  • --"Zimmerman" - pickler
  • --Mexican Sour Gherkin a.k.a Mouse Melon (Melothria scabra) - climbing vines with slightly sour fruit that look like tiny watermelons

  • *Herbs
  • --basil "Fino Verde" - dwarf with small leaves
  • --basil "Lettuce Leaf" - very large, wrinkled leaves
  • --basil "Lime" - citrus scent
  • --basil "Minimum" - dwarf with small leaves, supposed to form a mound
  • --basil "Sweet" - your basic basil
  • -- garlic chives (Allium tuberosum), a.k.a. Chinese chives
  • --rue
  • --Thai holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) - true ga-prao for making pad ga-prao & etc. Sweet spice-like scent unlike Italian basil, slightly hairy leaves, flowers and buds eaten along with the leaves

  • Leeks & Onions
  • --"Blue Solaize" - leek, blue-green leaves, hardy overwintering type
  • --"Sherwood" - leek, mild sweet flavor, summer/fall type
  • --"Ed's Red" - shallot

  • *Melons
  • --"Blacktail Mountain" - early dwarf watermelon, dark green skin, red flesh, brown seeds
  • --"Ha Ogen" - smallish, early, seems drought-tolerant
  • --"Minnesota Midget" - early dwarf muskmelon/cantaloupe, (both fruit and plants are dwarf), fragrant orange flesh, little to no netting on fruit. Grown in isolation.
  • --"Navajo Red-seeded" - red flesh with reddish seeds, rind light green with dark green stripes
  • --"Noir des Carmes" - dwarf, French, ribbed fruit with dark green rind
  • --"Sweet Freckles" - dwarf version of "Crane"
  • --a mix of "Ha Ogen," "Green Machine," and possibly other dwarf/early melons - spilled the seeds as they were drying so now they're all together. Likely also to be crossed, as I didn't hand-pollinate.

  • *Poppy
  • --California poppy - brilliant orange flowers (not for eating)
  • --cornfield/rememberance poppies (Papaver rhoeas) - most of them bright red with a black cross, some natural variations are all-red or have white crosses (not for eating)
  • --"Ziar Breadseed" - white flowers with a light purple cross, grey/black seed, pods ventless so seed doesn't escape

  • Radishes
  • --"Cherry Belle" - round and all-red
  • --"Early Yellow Turnip-rooted" - yellow-skinned roots that can grow large. yellow varieties are supposedly heat-resistant
  • --"Edible-Podded" - used for the spicy pods, not the roots; goes immediately to flower, flowers white or pink, very productive.
  • --"Pink Beauty" - round and all-pink

  • Squash
  • --"Triamble" (Cucurcita maxima) - three-lobed fruit with hard green skin. Not isolated so seed purity not guaranteed.
  • --"Milk" (Cucurbita moschata) - flat cheese-type for pie, light orange skin, orange flesh, white seeds

  • Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)
  • --"Hopi Black Dye" - all-black seeds, yellow flowers
  • --"Tarahumara White" - all-white seeds, yellow flowers

  • *Tomatoes
  • --"Gold Nugget" - bright yellow cherry tomatoes, regular leaf, productive
  • --"Kellogg's Breakfast" - juicy orange fruit, regular leaf, indeterminate. seeds are older but germinate okay.
  • --"Mrs. Houseworth's" - oxheart-type Pennsylvania heirloom, pinkish red with a pointed tip; inside solid flesh with very few seeds or gel, a favorite for flavor this year
  • --"Silvery Fir Tree" - light red medium-size fruit; unusual lacey leaves that look kind of like carrot leaves (or a fir tree I guess)
  • --"Speckled Roman" - elongated fruit like a Roma, red with orange stripes and swirls, regular leaf, indeterminate, productive, good for sauce. I didn't isolate the plants so there is a small chance they might be crossed with Big Rainbow.

  • Miscellaneous Edibles
  • --amaranth "Hopi Red Dye" - brilliant red stems and flowers, black seeds
  • --pepper "Chimayo" - from the New Mexican town of Chimayo; mildly hot 3-5" bright red peppers that look like the Chili's logo
  • --Poha berry, Physalis peruviana - golden berries in a papery husk, bushy pretty plants, eaten fresh or in jam
  • --roselle Hibiscus sabdariffa - bright red fleshy "fruits" used to make hibiscus tea, syrup, and jelly
  • --Salsify "Mammoth Sandwich Island" - white roots that supposedly taste like oysters; pretty purple flowers that turn into giant dandelion-like puffs
  • --saskatoon/Juneberry - seeds from the variety "Smokey"
  • --yuzu - lumpy yellow citrus prized in Japan. seeds must be fresh to germinate, so I only have these available in season.


  • Flowers and Ornamentals
  • --cerinthe/honeywort/Pride of Gibraltar Cerinthe major - lovely green-to-purple shaded flowering tips, attractive to bees, self-seeds, drought-tolerant
  • --four o' clocks - drought-resistant plants covered in brightly-colored, sort of hibiscus-looking flowers. I have available solid white, solid bright pink, and sometimes varieties with bicolor striped flowers
  • --Jerusalem cherry, Solanum pseudocapsicum - Not for eating! pretty houseplant with bright red, long-lasting, round berries that are mildly toxic. Can be grown outside over zone 8 and will form a nice bush.
  • --morning glory "Heavenly Blue" - beautiful true sky-blue flowers with white throats
  • --scarlet flax Linum grandiflorum - bright red with black centers, self-seeds
  • --Viola "Johnny Jump-up" or "Heartsease" - familiar little tricolor flowers in shades of purple, yellow, and white. edible flowers.


  • "Freebies"
  • These seeds are 6-7 years old so might have a reduced germination rate, but if you'd like to try some anyway I'll include them as a "bonus" in any trade, or for postage/SASE. I've had 90% germination with 7+ year-old bean seeds in the past so these might well do splendidly.
  • --eggplant "Thai Green Pea" - pea-sized and -colored eggplants on tall plants, needs warmth and a long season. used in curries.
  • --kohlrabi "Early Purple Vienna"


Seeds I am looking for:

  • -cool-looking/productive/tasty beans and peas of all sorts
  • -pea "Purple Passion," any others with unusually colored/patterned pods/seeds that I don't have already
  • -beans "Bessie," Ice/Crystal beans (whitish pods), "Jembo Polish," "Dry Weather"
  • -runner bean "Aeron Purple Star"
  • -unusually-colored adzuki beans
  • -fava beans with patterned seed (other than spiral or pink cheek, which I have)
  • -Bambara groundnut Vigna subterranea
  • -sword beans Canavalia gladiata
  • -"Triton" dwarf peppers
  • -"Little Greenseed" naked-seeded pumpkin
  • -sunflower "Mongolian Giant"
  • -double-flowered feverfew and chamomile
  • -morning glory "Blue Star," "Glacier Star, "Ismay," and "Scarlet O'Hara" (the latter the true Ipomea nil version without a white throat)
  • -native Australian flowering/edible plants
  • -"Oaxacan Green" corn, except I don't want seeds for planting--don't have the room or aptitude for corn--but would like part of somebody's harvest so I can try the green tortillas the seed catalogs always mention. Same thing for any parching corn.
  • -if you're local I would also happily trade for squash! (I also have various fresh herbs and tomatoes in season) Zucchini (dark green ones only) or any type of winter squash. I love squash but have limited space and have a brown thumb when it comes to them, anyway.


Plants I have to trade:

  • Edibles
  • --chives & garlic chives
  • --Jerusalem artichoke "Jack's Copperclad" - smooth copper-purple skins, plentiful yellow flowers every September, tubers crisp when raw
  • --onion "Tohono O'odham I'itoi's" - multiplier, small, each bulb about the size of a clove of garlic

  • Scionwood
  • --apple (limited quantities that must be sent in winter, as bud break in California is very very early): Empire, Hawaii, Hudson's Golden Gem, Stayman Winesap
  • --citrus (to California only due to various states' quarantines): citron "Buddha's Hand," mandarinquat "Indio," lemon "Pink Lemonade," lime "Bearss," limequat "Tagami," makrut/kaffir lime, Rangpur lime, yuzu. Also a grapefruit, tangerine, kumquat, and blood orange that I need to check the names of.
  • --nectarine: Speckled Egg (has peach leaf curl)

  • *Ornamentals
  • --spring starflower "Wisley Blue"

  • *Carnivorous Plants
  • *North American Pitcher Plants
  • --Sarracenia alata
  • --Sarracenia alata "Giant"
  • --Sarracenia catesbaei (natural hybrid flava x purpurea)
  • --Sarracenia flava
  • --Sarracenia leucophylla "Titan"
  • --many others, ask if interested
  • *Mexican Butterworts
  • --Pinguicula agnata "Scented"
  • --Pinguicula laueana
  • --Pinguicula x "Fraser's Beauty"
  • --Pinguicula x "Pirouette"
  • *Sundews
  • --Drosera capensis
  • *Bladderworts
  • Utricularia sandersonii "Blue"


Plants I am looking for:

  • -any information on red camellia "Saint Nick" introduced by Kramer Brothers Nursery in southern California (or current contact info for the former nurserypeople). My grandfather CW Clark sold all his stock and rights to Kramer in the 70s, and we're trying to figure out if the variety is still around (perhaps under another name).
  • -any triggerplants (Stylidium spp.)
  • -carnivorous plants I don't have -- email me for my full growlist. Particularly interested in Mexican pings, tuberous drosera, the large-flowered utrics, and any particularly dramatic sarracenia or flytraps
  • -Sarracenia purpurea "Sorrow"
  • -Sarracenia "Green Monster"
  • -Wollemi pine
  • -cassia cinnamon
  • -allspice
  • -nutmeg
  • -clove
  • -finger lime (in other colors than Four Winds Nursery's)
  • -native Australian flowering/edible plants
  • -colchicum bulbs
  • -tree dahlia
  • -dahlia "Porcelain"
  • -any red moss rose (not portulacas but the old-fashioned muscosa-type roses)
  • -Japanese maple "Aureum" (a.k.a. Full Moon)
  • -multiplier onions that make reasonably-sized bulbs. It's a pain to peel the shooter marble-sized ones.