Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California

As working farmers we intimately understand the relationship between quality crops and quality seed. Our seed company is based out of Mano Farm, a certified organic farm located in Ojai, California. Here we conduct on-farm trials of every variety we offer in our seed catalog, evaluating each for its suitability under organic growing conditions. Growing plants that are high yielding, disease resistant, and tolerant to climatic uncertainties are not abstract needs; our trials provide produce 11 months out of the year for Mano Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program, which we’ve operated since 2009.

In addition to variety trials, we also steward and improve heirlooms, maintain rare varieties, and develop new varieties at Mano Farm. We view these offerings as a snapshot of our region.

These varieties, like everything else in our catalog, are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Plant good seed. Know the source.

Giant Coral Zinnia Flower
Giant Coral Zinnia FlowerPacket: 130 seeds (1 gram) More info86 available
Giant Coral is another of the “Dahlia flowered” type zinnias (Zinnia elegans): large, coral-shaded double blossoms up to three inches thick and four inches wide. Also flowers with single blossoms; mostly emanating from the side shoots though. This zinnia is a premiere cut market flower, for bunches or mixing in bouquets. 70 days to flower from transplants. Annual. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Indigo Rose Tomato
Indigo Rose TomatoPacket: ~50 seeds (0.15 gram) More info89 available
Indigo Rose (Solanum lycopersicum) is a striking tomato that turns to a dark purple before its ripened stage. Mature fruits approximately 2-3 inches in diameter are a deep auburn red, and full of flavor. A fast-growing stout tomato designed for ripening in colder Northern Climates. It’s also quite prolific in the hot south. Moderate trellising will help increase yield. 75 days from transplant.  Annual. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Queensland Blue Winter Squash
Queensland Blue Winter SquashPacket: ~20 seeds (3.75 grams) More info96 available
A gorgeous Australian heirloom squash with a round ridged shape and, blue grey skin. The fruits typically range from two to six pounds each, but we’ve pulled a few that are even larger and heavier. The flesh is a bit creamier than other Cucurbita maxima varieties we carry; think a starchier flavored pumpkin. This variety will last around six to eight months under proper storing conditions. 100 days from seed. Annual. Packet: ~20 seeds, 3. 75 grams Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Jessica's Hollyhock Flower
Jessica's Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info2170 available
The seeds for this hollyhock (Alcea rosea) originated from a woman whose grandmother had saved and replanted them over many generations. We regrew them on our farm and were struck by the surprising array of blossom colors: pastel pink, light pink, dark red; we even found one blossom that was one quarter white and three quarters magenta! Hollyhocks can grow well over six feet tall. Our experience was that substantial watering can make the plants top heavy, so consider trellising the plants. Bees are absolutely rapt with the hollyhock blossoms; on any given evening the flower stand will resemble the sound of a beehive. Flowers are also heavy seeders, so expect follow up seedlings for years to come. Or, gather the seeds and spread them in fallow areas to start wildflower meadows. Cutting down spent flower stalks will also prompt regrowth from the base of the plants. Dried stalks can also be used for handmade rope/cordage. 75-90 days from seed to blossom. Annual. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.   
$3.75
Catnip
CatnipPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info451 available
Catnip (also referred to as catmint, catnip, catwort or field balm; in any case the species is Nepeta cataria) is so well-known and loved because of the energetic and at times unpredictable effects it has upon our feline companions. This mint family perennial is native to Europe, Africa and Asia. It's easy to start from seed and propagate through mature root divisions - of course, if you can keep it away from your kitties during the establishment phase. Folk history suggests that catnip grown from seed will be less disturbed by cats than root/foliage transplants. Most of the plant's volatile oils contain the chemical nepetalactone, which is the primary active ingredient that effect cats. Catnip is beneficial to humans as well; culinary use as a seasoning, and in folk medicine as remedy to treat colds and colic. Modern studies have also demonstrated its effectiveness as an insect repellent. 100 days from seed to harvestable foliage. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Pink Hollyhock Flower
Pink Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info116 available
Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) are easy to grow, tall annual flowers with low water and fertility requirements. We were frequently struck by their appearances on roadsides and fallow fields before we finally decided to grow some ourselves. The results were spectacular. Hollyhocks are survivors. This pink flowered strain was grown with very little water and no fertilizer. The blossoms of this variety are medium sized, three to four inches in diameter with weeks of sustained bloom. Plants can grow well over six feet tall. Our experience was that substantial watering can make the plants top heavy, thus moderate trellising may be necessary. Bees are absolutely rapt with hollyhocks; on any given evening we pass by the stands and they resemble the sound of a beehive. Hollyhocks are also heavy seeders, so expect follow up stands for years to come. Or, gather the seeds and spread them in fallow areas to start wildflower meadows. Dried stalks can also be used for handmade rope/cordage. 75-90 days from seed to blossom. Annual. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
European Pennyroyal
European PennyroyalPacket: ~400 seeds (0.05 gram) More info1238 available
European Pennroyal (Mentha pulegium) is an aromatic, mint family plant that has naturalized itself across the Western United States. Pennyroyal will readily establish in low fertility soils and thrives on moderate to regular watering. Be careful not to water too much though, as its rhizomes will readily colonize nearby garden beds. Easy to start from seed and extremely beautiful and fragrant during flowering. During its peak growth season in the spring, well-established root systems can also be easily divided. 90 days from seed to harvestable foliage. Perennial. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Purple Sage
Purple SagePacket: ~50 seeds (0.1 gram) More info152 available
Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla), also referred to as San Luis Purple Sage or Gray Sage, is another Southern California native we have begun domesticating on our farm. A proud shrub that’s useful for xeriscaping (low irrigating landscaping) – it can encompass a six to 10 square foot area by its third year. Silver grey leaves and prodigious flower plumes – showier than any sage we offer in our catalog – make a nice accent for flower bouquets and can even be used decoratively in their dried seed pod stage. The entire plant has a soft, pine-mint scent that is detectable anywhere it grows. First year foliage; second year flowers. Perennial. Packet: ~50 seeds (0. 1 gram)Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Max Chrysanthemum
Max ChrysanthemumPacket: ~30 seeds (0.05 gram) More info448 available
Often referred to as a Shasta Daisy, Max Chrysanthemum (Leucanthemum maximum) is an open pollinated variation that as used as part of the hybrid Shasta Daisy breeding effort. This is a two-year crop: during the first year, expect basal growth of spoon-like foliage, with tall flower blossoms in its second year. Max Chrysanthemum is a great cut flower for bouquets – either mixed or solo. Two years to flower. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Crimson Flowered Fava
Crimson Flowered FavaPacket: ~7 seeds (5.5 grams) More info
We'll get right to it: the real story of this fava bean (Vicia faba) variety are its crimson flowered blossoms, which sets it apart from all white flowered varieties we've grown. The blossoms attract a variety of beneficial insects including sphinx moths. The fast growing, stout plants require minimal support and the blooming period makes this an attractive nitrogen fixing cover crop. Beans mature to a deep rich green. We are proud to offer this unique and hard to find fava bean in our catalog! Beans in 90 days when spring sown, 160 days when fall sown.  Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Yellow Flowered Spanish Lavender
Yellow Flowered Spanish LavenderPacket: ~80 seeds (0.15 gram) More info291 available
A yellow-flowered Spanish lavender (Lavendula stoechas; often called "Lavandula viridis") with the classic rabbit ear bracts. The blossoms are resinous in texture, emitting an earthy, pungent pine fragrance mixed with an undertone of the classic lavender scent. Lavenders are Mediterranean shrubs that perform well in hot climates and alkaline soils. Expect prodigious blossoms from the second year onward. Established plants have some degree of frost tolerance. Second year flower production. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Victoria Rhubarb
Victoria RhubarbPacket: 0.5 gram, ~35 seeds More info119 available
Yes, you can start rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) from seed! Victoria rhubarb is a predominantly green stalked variety with blushes of the dark red we commonly associate with market varieties of the plant. A fast germinator with rapid growth after seeding. Stalks are sturdy and succulent with an unrivaled sweet sour flavor. Late winter/early spring seedlings will produce usable stalks by late summer/early fall. Vigorous production can be expected from second year plants. Root divisions to rapidly proliferate the crop are easily accomplished. 100 days from seed to first harvest. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Gaillardia Flower
Gaillardia FlowerPacket: ~100 seeds, 0.35 gram More info1681 available
Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata) is also named blanket flower due to the blossom color patterning that resembles the blankets of many indigenous American tribes. There are numerous species and varieties of this plant in circulation; our particular offering features brightly colored red and yellow discs. The fast growing, drought tolerant, and tolerance of poor and varying soil types makes this plant is exceptionally easy to grow and an ideal pioneer plant for establishing wildflower meadows. Plants are perennial and will bloom year over year in a moderate winter climate. 70-80 days from seed to flower. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Black Magic Bachelor Button
Black Magic Bachelor ButtonPacket: 0.4 gram, ~80 seeds More info9 available
Bachelor buttons (Centaurea cyanus) are easy to grow, drought tolerant flowers also known as cornflowers. This particular variety is a deep purple maroon and makes a striking addition to bouquets or can be eaten in salads or on desserts. When planted out in the spring, bachelor buttons will bloom through late spring until early summer, and sometimes even until September if the old flowers are removed. If old blooms are left in the garden, they will naturalize and grow for you again the following year. Plants reach two to three feet in height. Annual. 70-90 days to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Plains Coreopsis Flower
Plains Coreopsis FlowerPacket: 0.2 gram, ~150 seeds More info287 available
This prairie flower also known by the name "Calliopsis" (Coreopsis tinctoria) will grow in a variety of soil and light conditions, and is tolerant of hot weather and drought. The bright and cheery flowers yield a mahogany colored natural dye, or are a popular and easy to grow cut flower for market, blooming continuously as long as temperate weather persists. Keep deadheading spent flowers to prolong the blooming period. Depending on soil type, plant height will vary but may require support in very rich soils. 75 days to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Spearmint
SpearmintPacket: 0.04 gram, ~400 seeds. More info29 available
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is a perennial, rhizomatous plant that grows well in most temperate climates. It will tolerate anything from full sun to full shade but its vigor and tenderness will be determined by the amount of water it receives. Once established, spearmint is very low maintenance and is a must have for all culinary herb gardens. Fresh or dried leaves are delicious as tea. 60 days. Hardy perennial. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Tashkent Marigold
Tashkent MarigoldPacket: 0.5 gram, ~150 seeds More info574 available
Tashkent Marigold is a French Marigold (Tagetes patula) variety with orange-haloed red blossoms that make perfect bouquets for Dia De Los Muetros celebration. This quick and easy to grow flower also attracts a myriad of beneficial pollinators to the garden and repels harmful soil-dwelling nematodes. 60-80 days from seed to flower. åÊAnnual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Echinacea Angustifolia Flower
Echinacea Angustifolia FlowerPacket: 0.35 gram, ~50 seeds More info600 available
Echinacea angustifolia or Narrow Leaved Echinacea is a perennial wildflower with a deep history of use folk herbalism. The pale purple flower blossoms and study, spiked hedgehog-like central disks (the Greek word "ekhinos" means hedgehog) make them really captivating ornamentals. The roots ‰ÛÒ the most common part used in teas ‰ÛÒ have a rich, almost chocolate-like flavor. Native to dry prairies and open wooded areas throughout eastern and central North America, Echinacea's are becoming endangered plants due to both human habitat destruction and overharvesting of wild stands for commercial sale. In warmer winter climates, seed must be cold stratified before planted. In warmer winter climates, seed must be cold stratified before planted. Place seeds in a bowl with a small amount of loose soil and moisten to the point where a slight amount of water is released when squeezed by hand. Place soil/seed mixture in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for four to six weeks. Transplant seeds with additional soil into a soil flat and lightly cover; plant outdoors when seedlings are approximately one inch tall. ~200 days from seed to flower. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Absinthe Mugwort / Wormwood
Absinthe Mugwort / WormwoodPacket: 0.05 gram, ~200 seeds More info534 available
The infamous Absinthe Mugwort (Artemisia absinthium), also known as wormwood, is a pale emerald green plant constitutive ingredient of the spirit Absinthe. Mugwort is an easy to grow rhizome that will spread easily but not aggressively. The trick is to limit its water. The foliage is extremely bitter and has folkloric uses as a dream aid and medicinal uses as for digestion. 90 days to harvestable foliage. Perennial.
$3.75
Giant Violet Zinnia Flower
Giant Violet Zinnia FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~130 seeds More info169 available
The most prolific zinnia flower (Zinnia elegans) variety we’ve ever grown. Often called “dahlia flowered,” these plants form deep purple four to six inch single stacked and double blossoms, the latter which can reach the size of some smaller dahlia varieties. This zinnia is a market flower for sure, and it’s an absolute stunner in the field. Try pairing flowers in bouquets with Dara Queen Anne’s Lace and our market ready Soraya Sunflower. Zinnias have a long blooming period too; late spring plantings can last well into the fall. 70 days to flower from transplants. Annual. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Soraya Sunflower
Soraya SunflowerPacket: 1 gram, ~60 seeds More info212 available
This open-pollinated sunflower (Helianthus annuus) features abundant and uniform orange-yellow blooms on sturdy perfectly upright stems that make it a perfect cut flower for bouquets. Plants grow to about five to six feet tall and flowers typically measure five to six inches in diameter. Extremely productive with plenty of branching for up to 25 blooms per plant on 18 inch stems. 70-80 days. Annual.
$3.75
Dara Queen Anne's Lace Flower
Dara Queen Anne's Lace FlowerPacket: 0.75 gram, ~400 seeds More info2514 available
This variety of Queen Anne‰۪s Lace (Daucus carota var. sativas) features prolific blooms of lacyåÊumbels ranging in color from deep maroon to white. Highly productive and tolerant of varying soil conditions and extreme heat, this is a farm favorite for use in our popular farmer‰۪s market bouquets. Long lasting and unique in floral arrangements, these plants have a very long blooming period and reach heights of 3-4 feet. Also known as ornamental carrot, ammi or wild carrot. Sow directly in the garden or grow in seedling trays and transplant outside anytime following your last frost. 100 days from seed to flower. Biennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Daydream Cosmos Flower
Daydream Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info
This romantic cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) variety is a dreamy addition to any garden or farm, attracting plenty of butterflies and hummingbirds with its abundant pink accented blooms. This flower is heat and drought tolerant, prefers low fertility soil and is perfect in bouquets or for pressing. Extremely easy to grow, branching plants can reach heights of 4-5 feet and will bloom for multiple months especially if flowers are being harvested regularly. 65 days from seed to flower. Annual.
Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean
Ruby Moon Hyacinth BeanPacket: 3 grams, ~12 seeds More info3 available
I first encountered hyacinth beans (Dolichos lablab) in the Bronx Botanical GardenåÊduring one of my brief stints living in New York City. These vines produce pronounced, shiny magenta-purple pods that have almost serrated-like edges. I knew one day we would need to grow them on our farm, and this summer we finally invested in the trellises necessary to grow them. Other than that, they‰۪ve proven quite easy to grow, and will perennialize in warmer winter climates. Hyacinth Beans are not the same genus/species as typical pole and bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Their edibility is contentious ‰ÛÒåÊthe mature pods and beans shouldn‰۪t be eaten without many changes of water, but young pods, flowers and foliage can be eaten raw. -Quin 80 days for fresh beans. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Festivity Sweet Corn
Festivity Sweet CornPacket: 7 grams, ~30 seeds More info3579 available
An open-pollinated sweet corn (Zea mays) that originally hails from Lupine Knoll Farm in Southern Oregon. Multi-colored kernels with a crisp starchy flavor, fast producing, and from our experience, less predated upon by common corn pests. 100åÊdays from seed to eating cobs. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Painted Ukrainian Tomato
Painted Ukrainian TomatoPacket: 0.15 gram, ~50 seeds More info44 available
The most productive large type heirloom we‰۪ve grown on our farm, Painted Ukrainian Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) red and yellow streaked fruits that extend into the flesh of theåÊtomato itself. Fruits can reach one pound easily. A culmination of two year seed saving projects, all proceeds from this variety will be contributed toward humanitarian relief causes in Eastern Ukraine. 100 days from transplant. åÊAnnual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Chick Lupine Flower
Chick Lupine FlowerPacket: 3.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info
Chick (or Wide Bannered) Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus aureus) is a stout nitrogen fixing ornamental flower with low water requirements. Flowers with six to eight inch yellow plumed blossoms that are occasionally blushed with a tinge of orange. Really really pretty. Annual. åÊ100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
White Flowered Hyssop
White Flowered HyssopPacket: ~100 seeds (0.15 gram) More info850 available
White flowered hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a beautiful low-lying shrub native to the Mediterranean featuring brilliant white flowers on erect, dark green stalks. Known to attract beneficial insects, hyssop‰۪s pungent volatile oils are responsible for its medicinal qualities: a gentle, effective respiratory expectorant, tonic, anti-viral and anti-spasmodic. An excellent tea for cold and flu season. The foliage has a licorice scent and can withstand mild frosts. 90 days from transplant. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Lemon Bee Balm Flower
Lemon Bee Balm FlowerPacket: 0.05 gram, ~85 seeds More info835 available
This plant is the most prolific flower we‰۪ve grown on our farm, period. Lemon Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora) has a more rapid growth rate than its Bergamot Lavender relative; a few spring plants of this mint-family rhizome that a small stand of plants will fill out a wide swath of garden area by autumn. Plants form dense pink / light purple blossoms five to six inches tall, and like the name suggest, bees absolutely love this stuff. Has similar plant uses to Bergamot Lavender; plant foliage has an oregano scent when crushed. 100 days to bloom from seed. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
White Linen California Poppy
White Linen California PoppyPacket: 1 gram, ~625 seeds More info464 available
A cream colored variant of our native California Poppy (Eschscholszia californica), White Linen has a long blooming period and low water requirements. Poppies add an ineffable beauty to any garden, and if left to go to seed they will re-grow for seasons and years to come. A great plant for beneficial insect pollinators ‰ÛÒåÊhoneybees especially love the blooms. 60 days to flower from transplant. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Iceland Poppy
Iceland PoppyPacket: 0.1 gram, ~500 seeds More info102 available
A subpolar cool-season ornamental flower (Papaver nudicaule) with papery blossoms in shades of orange, yellow, white and occasionally light pink. ‰ÛÏIcelandic‰۝ is actually a misnomer when describing this poppy species ‰ÛÒ they aren‰۪t native to Iceland, but rather a broad range of boreal geographies throughout the world. With adequate spacing and temperature conditions their bloom period can span multiple months. 90 days from transplant to flower. Perennial (although in most warmer climates will be a grow as a short lived biennial or annual). Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
McKana Giants Columbine Flower Mix
McKana Giants Columbine Flower MixPacket: 0.2 gram, ~150 seeds More info316 available
Columbines (Aquilegia spp. ) are ornamental flowers utterly captivating in bloom. This variety is our open-pollinated selection of McKana Giants, known for its multiple shades of colors and large captivating blossoms that beneficial insects are attracted to. A lovely addition for any gardener who takes beautiful things seriously. Perennial. 120 days from transplant to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Arroyo Lupine Flower
Arroyo Lupine FlowerPacket: 3.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info
Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus; also known as hollowleaf annual lupine, arroyo lupine, or succulent lupine) is a nitrogen fixing annual flower native to our Mediterranean climate and prevalent throughout California, Mexico, and Arizona. The gorgeous lavender-violet purple plumes attract a variety of beneficial insects. This species is quite easy to grow and is frequently used as an ornamental or for cut flower bunches. Drought tolerant but performs even better with consistent watering. Annual. 100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Cerinthe / Honeywort Flower
Cerinthe / Honeywort FlowerPacket: 3 grams, ~60 seeds More info80 available
Cerinthe (Cerinthe major) is an annual flower that our illustrator Goda has likened to a fish family Pokemon. Plants have an arched dragon-like neck and magenta colored, bell-shaped blossoms that emanate subtly from the plant foliage. Also known as ‰ÛÏHoneywort,‰۝ it works excellently as an accent flower for bouquets. Incredibly easy to grow from seed. Plants reach two to three feet in height. Annual. 75 days to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
South African Pearl Daisy
South African Pearl DaisyPacket: 0.2 gram, ~100 seeds More info75 available
A daisy (Arctotis grandis) with light, silver-green spoon shaped foliage and pale purple blossoms. We grew a small stand between trees in our orchard and they filled out the empty space quite nicely. Plants reach up to two feet in height and reseed easily. 50 days from seed to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Holy Basil / Tulsi Seed Collection
Holy Basil / Tulsi Seed CollectionThree Packet Collection: Krishna, Rama and Vana Tulsi More info1783 available
Take one packet each of our three tulsi varieties: Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Vana (Ocimum gratissimum), and Krishna (Ocimum sanctum) at value pricing.
$10.00
Bright Lights Cosmos Flower
Bright Lights Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info
Cosmos flowers (Cosmos sulphureus) feature eye-popping papery yellow and orange blossoms approximately three to four inches in diameter. These bright flowers quite literally light up any garden or field. They grow well in hot climates, have a degree of drought tolerance and a sustained blooming period of many weeks. We add a few stems each to our farmer‰۪s market bunches and they always sell out by the end of the day. 65 days from seed to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Piri Piri / African Bird's Eye Chili Pepper
Piri Piri / African Bird's Eye Chili PepperPacket: ~40 seeds (0.2 gram) More info1942 available
This small, extremely spicy chili pepper (Capsicum frutescens) native to Africa resembles a bird‰۪s beak. Fruits are less than an inch long and ripen green to red. Perfect for making chili powders; imparts any dish with a rich flavor more complex than the typical cayenne. Slower growing than other chili species, so start seeds as early as possible in the spring. Plants fruit quite prolifically. We‰۪ve been able to overwinter our plants in our Mediterranean climate of Southern California. Important Note: these peppers seem to exhibit a naturally low germination rate. We‰۪ve germ tested various lots of these pepper seeds for nearly a year and typically get results of anywhere from 16% to 44% To make up for the lowered germination we are doubling seed amounts on the listed packet size. Hopefully we can improve germination in subsequent generations of plant selection. 120 days from seed to fruit. Annual/Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Welsh Onion
Welsh OnionPacket: 0.8 gram, ~200 seeds More info17 available
Welsh onions (Allium fistulosum) are a non-bulbing perennial variety that can be harvested whole when young and used as a green onion. Alternately, the baby foliage can be finely minced and used in a similar manner to chives. These are really gorgeous plants to have around the garden, especially in their flowering stage ‰ÛÒ the bees love them. If some plants are left unharvested they will duplicate around the base of the plants as the season goes on. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 70 days from seed for baby/green onions. Perennial.
$3.75
Tomato Seed Collection
Tomato Seed CollectionSix Tomato Seed Packets (Costoluto Genovese, Thessaloniki, Sasha's Altai, Black Prince, Black Cherry, Czech Bush) More info60 available
Take oneåÊpacket each of sixåÊof our tomato varieties at value pricing. Included are Black CherryåÊ(heirloom), Black PrinceåÊ(heirloom), Costoluto GenoveseåÊ(heirloom), Czech Bush, ThessalonikiåÊ(heirloom) and Sasha's Altai (heirloom).
$18.00
Lower Salmon River Winter Squash
Lower Salmon River Winter SquashPacket: 6 grams, ~20 seeds More info24 available
A Pacific Northwest heirloom squash (Cucurbita maxima) originally sourced from our friends up at Adaptive Seeds in Sweet Home Oregon. Winter squashes are grown over the summer for winter storage, and this squash is definitely storage oriented. Prolific fruits that range anywhere from 5-15 pounds, with a thick, mottled salmon-colored rind. Starchy, sweet flavor. Perfect for anyone serious about growing winter squash as a staple food to feast upon for months on end. 100 days from seed. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Licorice Root Seeds
Licorice Root SeedsPacket: 0.4 gram, ~35 seeds More info
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is perennial pea family plant best known for its sweet roots, which are often used in herbal teas, but can also be chewed raw or dry. Plants are extremely hardy and tolerant of low fertility soil conditions. The plants are slow growing, but once established require minimal water. Plants can be propagated relatively easily through root divisions. Harvest late season first year roots minimally, but second year roots can be really fun to follow in the soil and dig up for much larger harvest. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 200 days from seed. Perennial.
Glass Gem Corn
Glass Gem CornMore info2070 available
Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) produces highly variegated, three to eight inch cobs with translucent kernels that can be used for grinding or merely staring at and marveling at the immense diversity of the natural world. Originally sourced from Native Seed Search in Arizona, we are proud to be the most recent stewards of this variety on our farm in Southern California and offer it to our customers in a certified organic form. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 120 days from seed to dried cobs. Annual. Check out our friend (and former Mano Farm intern) Stephen Thomas‰۪s article that delves into the origins and history of this corn variety.
$3.75
Mexican Elderberry
Mexican ElderberryPacket: ~50 seeds (1 gram) More info602 available
Elder trees are prevalent across most of the Northern Hemisphere, but are suited for most climates in the world. Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. ssp.  Caerulea) is native to our region in Mediterranean Southern California. The trees are commonly found in wild areas and grow in outlying unirrigated parts of our land. They’ve displayed a tenacity to withstand California’s extreme drought conditions. For many years, my primary relationship with the elder tree was to its wonderfully fragrant flowers, which bloom as early as March in our region. They can be gathered used fresh or dry to make cordials or help heal from colds and coughs. However, this past year I’ve developed a relationship with the berries, which have a complex, tart sour flavor. It’s my suspicion that the irrigation and fertility we have given to our trees has made the cultivated berries more palatable than the wild ones. I’ve made lot of thick teas and added no honey and discovered a natural, subtle sweetness to the berries. Another pleasant combination I identified is a mixture of 75% yerba mate and 25% percent mixture of dried elderberries and caramel rooibos. -QuinRicho Cech over at Horizon Herbs provides the following guidance for starting Elder from seed:"Soak berries overnight, smash them, and remove the seeds.  This can be done manually (smash and wash in a tea strainer) or by flotation… Sow these (now moist) seeds in outdoor conditions, in pots or flats, and expect germination in the spring. "Fall sowings of the soaked seeds would seem to make the most sense. Six months from seed. Perennial. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Sherbet Calendula Mix
Sherbet Calendula MixMore info2307 available
An improved version of our Rainbow Calendula, Sherbet Mix (Calendula officinalis) is a farm-grown landrace that features a multitude of shades, textures and colors. A lot of the classic orange and yellow blossoms, but also lighter pastels with variegated petals. This is a great all purpose variety for both ornamental and culinary uses. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 70 days to bloom. Annual.
$3.75
Mullein Seed Collection
Mullein Seed CollectionFour Packet Collection (~250 seeds/packet): Common/Great, Silk, Purple-Throated, Dense-Flowered More info407 available
We've assembled our mullein seed collection for enthusiasts who love having these plants around for both their beauty and qualities as a tea. Our collection includes one seed packet each of four species of mullein: Silk Mullein (Verbascum bombyciferum), Common or Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Dense-Flowered Mullein (Verbascum densiflorum) and Purple Throated Mullein (Verbascum chaixii). Collection is available at a value pricing. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$12.00
Calendula Seed Collection
Calendula Seed CollectionFive Packet Collection: Lemon Sorbet, Neon, Wild, Sherbet Mix, Resina (~75 seeds/packet) More info
Five varieties of calendula that span two species, all grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. One packet each (~75 seeds/packet) of Resina, Lemon Sorbet, Neon, Sherbet Mix (Calendula officinalis), and Wild Calendula (Calendula arvensis) at value pricing. Each of these varieties have both culinary and ornamental uses, long blooming periods, are prolific re-seeders and are loved by beneficial insects. 70 days to bloom from seed. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Tulsi / Holy Basil: Rama
Tulsi / Holy Basil: RamaPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info4539 available
Rama Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is the most well known variety used in Indian Ayurvedic herbalism, where it‰۪s known as ‰ÛÏtulsi,‰۝ and has a myriad of health-promoting qualities on the body such as stress relief. Rama Holy Basil also has been traditionally used in Thai cuisine. Stout plants produce highly aromatic leaves with an earthy basil scent, with undertones of licorice and clove. The fastest of the three varieties we offer in our catalog. 80 days from seed for leaf harvests. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
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