Heimia (Heimia salicifolia), packet of 500 seeds, organic

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$3.95

Family:  Loosestrife (Lythraceae)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 12

(Sinkuiche, Sun Opener, Sinicuichi, Shrubby Yellowcrest, Elixir of the Sun) Woody or herbaceous perennial bee plant bearing large yellow flowers.  Traditional usage: anxiolytic, hypotensive, sedative.  Source of alkaloidal molecule crogenine.  The plant prefers a warm exposure–full sun, fast-draining soils. Very small seed–press into surface of potting soil and keep moist until germination.  Keep seedlings in a gallon pot for a year before transplanting outdoors, or maintain the plant in a large pot, as it does reasonalble well in potted culture.

500 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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    Allegra Chesnut

    A real contributor to my garden's health

    Allegra Chesnut

    I admit I originally grew this plant solely because of its status as a so-called entheogen — a plant with the ability to affect the mind/consciousness (though in my experience all plants possess that capability in one way or another). I grew five and planted them in a cluster. And while this plant does indeed affect the mind, that turns out to be the least of what it contributes to my garden overall.

    Pros: hardy, drought-tolerant, attractive green foliage, yellow flowers as fragile and ephemeral as they are beautiful. After blooming I cut them back and they happily flower again. In California’s zone 9 they will bloom heavily three times a year provided I remember to deadhead.

    More Pros: This is one of the easiest plants to grow from seed I’ve ever encountered. Though tiny, the seeds germinate quickly and profusely — you will get far more plants than you could possibly want out of the 500 seeds that come in this packet. I grew them in 2-gallon pots for a year before putting them in their final place and they handled the transplanting process without missing a beat. They are undemanding about soil and apart from giving them a bit of bat guano in the spring I do little but water them every now and then after our winter rains have stopped. Once established they grow quickly — even after I cut them back by six or eight inches.

    Still more Pros: The cluster of plants has formed a dense stand that has attracted all manner of creatures — a field mouse has taken up residence in a half-buried shard from an old clay pot that somehow ended up in the bed during planting. Insects of various sorts have moved in, which of course brought in the spiders. It’s like a tiny forest when viewed from the side. I’ve seen lizards hunting among the stems as well as spiders. The plants form a cozy little ecosystem, with flowers that are irresistible to mason bees and other smaller pollinators.

    So far I’ve yet to see any pest that wants to mess with it (even aphids won’t touch it). When in bloom the plants are eye-catching and when not in bloom they form a green presence that is comfortingly easy on the eyes.

    As for the cons, if I find any I’ll update this review.

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