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Wild Collected / Alberta Natives

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Aster conspicuus

Showy Aster (Eurybia conspicua)

This is my favourite wild aster.  They are sturdy tough long blooming plants.  

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:30 cm - 100 cm (12" - 40")

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Warm germinator but can be slow

Price:$3.00 (30 seeds per package)

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Aster laevis

Smooth Aster

Found in open dry grasslands, or my neck of the woods which is hilly and often wet.  

Product Overview:Alberta Native

Height:30-100 cm

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Warm germinator

Price:$3.50 (50 seeds per package)

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Aster modestus

Large Northern Aster

Product Overview:Alberta Native

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Price:$3.00 (50 seeds per package)

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Campanula rotundifolia

Found throughout most of Alberta on dry hillsides and meadows.  Easy to grow in the garden in full sun to light shade. 

Of interest - the Cree chopped the dried root and made it into a compress to stop bleeding, reduce swelling and promote healing.

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:20-45 cm

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Warm germinator, do not cover seed

Price:$3.00 (100 seeds per package)

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Castilleja miniata - Indian paintbrush

Paintbrushes are believed to be semi-parasitic as they have few root hairs with which to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. 

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:30 - 60 cm (12 - 24")

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Requires fluctuating temperatures to germinate

Price:$3.50 (50 seeds per package)

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Castilleja miniata - Pink

This is from an isolated group found by Lloydminster, AB.  It was definately a stop the car moment.    I went back to that particular spot a few times last year as this paintbrush was not the only find.  

This was the only paintbrush I saw on my travels up to Lloydminster as well.  It is beautiful country up that way and I plan on going back.

Product Overview:Perennial ?

Height:90 cm (3')

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Requires fluctuating temperatures to germinate

Price:$4.00 (50 seeds per package)

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Cirsium hookerianum

White Thistle / Hooker's Thistle

The species name commemorates Britsh botanist Sir William J. Hooker (1785-1865), director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.  Between 1829 and 1840, he made numerous plant collections across Canada and the US.

This is one of my favorite thistles.  It is beautiful. 

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:up to 120 cm (4')

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Sow at warm but may require cold period

Price:$3.50 (20 seeds per package)

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Clematis occidentalis

This is fairly common in my neck of the woods.  You only have to be observant at the right time to see it.  There is a particular plant close by that climbs 20 feet on a poplar tree and has formed a nest of blooms.  It is quite something to see.  

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:2+ metres

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Requires fluctuating temperatures to germinate

Price:$4.00 (40 seeds per package)

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Cornus canadensis

Bunchberry

A member of the dogwood family.  These are found throughout almost all of Alberta.  Moist woods, often under evergreens, and that's where I find the best crops of them.  Like other cornus seeds, they are difficult to clean.  

Product Overview:Alberta Native

Height:8-18 cm

Positioning:Shade, under evergreens preferable

Germination:Slow germinator, up to a year +

Price:$4.00 (15 seeds per package)

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Delphinium glaucum

Finding this seed up past Rocky Mountain House was one of those 'Stop the Truck' moments. Seeing a favorite plant growing in its natural habitat is so rewarding. Went back to that area on several occasions to ensure that I was able to collect the seed at its prime. The last trip up I was met with clear cut forest (see the blog for that trip). Managed to find enough seed to offer, plus spread some through the ditches where it had been growing. Let's hope it takes hold again up there for future generations.

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:90-150 cm (3-5')

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Germinates best at cool temperatures

Price:$3.50 (50 seeds per package)

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Dodecatheon conjugens

Best if started in a cold frame over the winter.  Not the easiest to get going in the garden, germination can be erratic.  Worth the effort though.

Starts to bloom end of May beginning of June here in central Alberta. 

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:30 cm (1')

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Requires cold period

Price:$3.50 (30 seeds per package)

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Dryas drummondii

Yellow Mountain Avens

This is more a trailing shrub that forms dense mats.  It is a sight ot see when there are fields of it growing.  Be patient when starting, germination is normally slow.

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:5-25 cm (2-10")

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Cool germinator, irregular

Price:$3.00 (50 seeds per package)

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