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.

Black Barlow Columbine Flower
Black Barlow Columbine FlowerPacket: ~50 seeds (0.01 gram) More info58 available
A purple nearly black columbine flower (Aquilegia vulgaris). Blossoms are approximately one to two inches and without the tail or spur associated with other varieties. Anecdotally, we’ve heard this is one holds up well in cut flower bunches. Plants are perennial; first year foliage reaches about two feet tall and flowers come the second year. Self-reseeding, so getting a little stand of these plants going is easy in the long run. First year foliage, second year flowers. Perennial.
Giant Coral Zinnia Flower
Giant Coral Zinnia FlowerPacket: ~130 seeds (1 gram) More info31 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Indigo Rose Tomato
Indigo Rose TomatoPacket: ~50 seeds (0.15 gram) More info14 available
Indigo Rose is a striking tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) 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 are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Queensland Blue Winter Squash
Queensland Blue Winter SquashPacket: ~20 seeds (3.75 grams) More info58 available
A gorgeous Australian heirloom squash (Cucurbita maxima) 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. Our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Jessica's Hollyhock Flower
Jessica's Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info707 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 are certified organic by Oregon Tilth
CatnipPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info170 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.
Pink Hollyhock Flower
Pink Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info99 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 are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
European Pennyroyal
European PennyroyalPacket: ~400 seeds (0.05 gram) More info1094 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.
Purple Sage
Purple SagePacket: ~50 seeds (0.1 gram) More info18 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Max Chrysanthemum
Max ChrysanthemumPacket: ~30 seeds (0.05 gram) More info4 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 ‰ÛÒ 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.
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. Our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Yellow Flowered Spanish Lavender
Yellow Flowered Spanish LavenderPacket: ~80 seeds (0.15 gram) More info126 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Victoria Rhubarb
Victoria RhubarbPacket: 0.5 gram, ~35 seeds More info84 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.
Gaillardia Flower
Gaillardia FlowerPacket: ~100 seeds, 0.35 gram More info1625 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. Seed are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Black Magic Bachelor Button
Black Magic Bachelor ButtonPacket: 0.4 gram, ~80 seeds More info
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.
Plains Coreopsis Flower
Plains Coreopsis FlowerPacket: ~150 seeds (0.2 gram) More info243 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Tashkent Marigold
Tashkent MarigoldPacket: ~150 seeds (0.5 gram) More info389 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. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Echinacea Angustifolia Flower
Echinacea Angustifolia FlowerPacket: ~50 seeds (0.35 gram) More info311 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 - the most common part used in teas - 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 the seed must be cold stratified prior to planting. 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Absinthe Mugwort / Wormwood
Absinthe Mugwort / WormwoodPacket: ~200 seeds (0.05 gram) More info339 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. 90-120 days from seed. Perennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Giant Violet Zinnia Flower
Giant Violet Zinnia FlowerPacket: ~130 seeds (1 gram) More info81 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 are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Soraya Sunflower
Soraya SunflowerPacket: ~60 seeds (1 gram) More info83 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Dara Queen Anne's Lace Flower
Dara Queen Anne's Lace FlowerPacket: ~200 seeds (0.25 gram) More info1776 available
This variety of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota var. sativas) features prolific blooms of lacy umbels 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
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 info60 available
I first encountered hyacinth beans (Dolichos lablab) in the Bronx Botanical Garden̴Ì_during 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‰ۡó»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 ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ?Ì_the mature pods and beans shouldn‰ۡó»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.
Festivity Sweet Corn
Festivity Sweet CornPacket: 7 grams, ~30 seeds More info3372 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. 90 days from seed to eating cobs. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
White Flowered Hyssop
White Flowered HyssopPacket: ~100 seeds (0.15 gram) More info791 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 can withstand mild frosts. 90 days from transplant. Perennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Lemon Bee Balm Flower
Lemon Bee Balm FlowerPacket: ~85 seeds (0.05 gram) More info448 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
White Linen California Poppy
White Linen California PoppyPacket: ~200 seeds (0.25 gram) More info321 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 - honeybees especially love the blooms. 60 days to flower from transplant. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Iceland Poppy
Iceland PoppyPacket: ~500 seeds (0.1 gram) More info55 available
A subpolar cool-season ornamental flower (Papaver nudicaule) with papery blossoms in shades of orange, yellow, white and occasionally light pink. "Icelandic" is actually a misnomer when describing this poppy species - 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 grow as a short lived biennial or annual). Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
McKana Giants Columbine Flower Mix
McKana Giants Columbine Flower MixPacket: ~150 seeds (0.2 grams) More info234 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 seriously120 days from transplant to flower.  Perennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Cerinthe / Honeywort Flower
Cerinthe / Honeywort FlowerPacket: ~60 seeds (3 grams) More info17 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 "Honeywort," it works excellently as an accent flower for bouquets. Incredibly easy to grow from seed. Plants reach two to three feet in height. 75 days to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
South African Pearl Daisy
South African Pearl DaisyPacket: 0.2 gram, ~100 seeds More info
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.
Holy Basil / Tulsi Seed Collection
Holy Basil / Tulsi Seed CollectionThree Packets (~200 seeds/packet): Krishna, Rama and Vana Tulsi More info336 available
Take one packet each of our three tulsi varieties: Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Vana (Ocimum gratissimum), and Krishna (Ocimum sanctum) at discounted pricing.
Bright Lights Cosmos Flower
Bright Lights Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info1200 available
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‰ۡó»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 info1192 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. Note: these peppers seem to exhibit a naturally low germination rate. Hopefully we can improve germination in subsequent generations of plant selection. 120 days from seed to fruit. Annual in most temperate climates Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Welsh Onion
Welsh OnionPacket: 0.8 gram, ~200 seeds More info4 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 - the bees love them. If some plants are left unharvested they will duplicate around the base of the plants as the season goes on. 70 days from seed for baby/green onions. Perennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
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 CornPacket: ~50 seeds (8 grams) More info1017 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.
Mexican Elderberry
Mexican ElderberryPacket: ~50 seeds (1 gram) More info335 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.
Sherbet Calendula Flower
Sherbet Calendula FlowerMore info2007 available
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. 70 days to bloom. Hardy re-seeding annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Mullein Seed Collection
Mullein Seed CollectionFive Packets (~250 seeds/packet): Common/Great, Silk, Purple-Throated, Dense-Flowered, Temptress Purple More info319 available
We've assembled our mullein seed collection for enthusiasts who love having these plants around for both their ornamental and tea qualities. Our collection is available at discounted pricing and includes one seed packet each of five species of mullein: Silk Mullein (Verbascum bombyciferum), Common or Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Dense-Flowered Mullein (Verbascum densiflorum), Purple Throated Mullein (Verbascum chaixii) and Temptress Purple Mullein (Verbascum phoeniceum).  Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Tulsi / Holy Basil: Rama
Tulsi / Holy Basil: RamaPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info3724 available
Rama Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is the most well known variety used in Indian Ayurvedic herbalism, where it's known as "tulsi," 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.
Tulsi / Holy Basil: Vana
Tulsi / Holy Basil: VanaMore info336 available
Vana Holy Basil (Ocimum gratissimum), also known as African or Clove Basil, is indigenous to Africa but has a strong tradition of use in Indian Ayurvedic herbalism, where's it's known as "tulsi" or "tulasi. " This is most striking of the three tulsi types we've grown. Plants make mildly fuzzy emerald green foliage that has an aroma reminiscent of cinnamon and licorice. Takes longer to get established than either Rama or Krishna Holy Basil, but also has a more prolonged leaf production period. Use fresh or dry as a stress relieving tea. 90 days from seed for leaf harvests. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Purple Passion Asparagus
Purple Passion AsparagusPacket: 1.25 grams, ~60 seeds More info
The sweetest tasting asparagus we‰ۡó»ve ever tried, and also strikingly beautiful. Asparagus, especially started from seed, is a crop that requires patience. Seeds take about three weeks to germinate, and seedlings must be nurtured up to the appropriate size prior to transplant, which can take a number of months. Second year plants can be mildly harvested. Purple spears are ready to harvest after their third year of growth. Our very first seed production effort with this crop, so it‰ۡó»s reasonable to expect some green off-types. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. Second year harvest from seed. Perennial.
White Dandelion (Taraxacum albidum)
White Dandelion (Taraxacum albidum)Packet: ~50 seeds (0.05 gram) More info423 available
This dandelion species (Taraxacum albidium) is native to Southern Japan, and resembles the "Common" dandelion feature-for-feature save for the creamy white blossom where in place of the yellow one. These flowers are incredibly gorgeous, and I admit part of that beauty is likely due to their relative obscurity in this part of the world. Many mornings on the farm I would pass by a blossoming stand and feel grateful for their presence. It has taken us a number of years to grow enough seed to offer in our catalog, but we've finally got enough to offer a limited quantity of packets for our customers. A must-have for the dandelion geek, but also imminently practical. We harvested the greens for Mano Farm's community agriculture shares and at the end of the season dried the remaining foliage to use for tea. The roots, of course, are where the real medicine is at. Flavor and taste (bitter! ) seems indistinguishable from Taraxacum officinale. -QuinSeeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Red-Veined Chicory
Red-Veined ChicoryPacket: ~80 seeds (0.04 gram) More info277 available
Commonly called Italian Dandelion, Red-Veined Chicory (Chicorium intybus) is an extremely hearty, easy-to-grow leafy green. Dense in vitamins and minerals, chicory leaves are excellent raw, steamed, braised, or stir-fried. The leaf stems become quite sweet in cooler temperatures. This leafy green is also quite bitter and is excellent for poor digestions. . . though most of the bitterness disappears when cooked. This chicory is also grown for its root, which is commonly baked and ground to be used as a coffee substitute. 60 days. Perennial.
White Sage
White SagePacket: ~50 seeds (0.25 gram) More info8288 available
White Sage (Salvia apiana) is definitely the most valued and admired sage in North America. It is considered sacred – bordering magical – to indigenous peoples throughout the continent. The traditional burning – or smudging – of the dried leaves is said to cleanse and purify the spirit and bring harmony and peace to those blanketed in the aromatic smoke. One is impelled to have clarity of thought and intention when lighting a bundle of White Sage for the purpose of purification. The aroma of the sticky, resinous leaves, as well as the smoke from the burning leaves, is unmistakable and powerful. White Sage is a proud plant in the garden as well, growing up to eight feet tall. The silvery-blue foliage seems to glow, particularly under a full moon. The flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinators. Hold off on harvesting any leaves until the plant is very well established; white Sage can be sensitive to over-harvesting. 120 days. Perennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.  
Russian Dandelion/Kazakh Dandelion/Rubber Root (Taraxacum kok-saghyz)
Russian Dandelion/Kazakh Dandelion/Rubber Root (Taraxacum kok-saghyz)Packet: ~50 seeds (0.025 gram) More info262 available
Another rare dandelion that we’ve taken under our wing. Rubber Root, alternately known as Russian or Kazakh Dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz) is a perennial dandelion with origins in the Kazakhstan / Uzbekistan regions. The plants are smaller than Taraxacum officinale and Taraxacum albidum (two other varieties we offer in our catalog), with thicker and a paler greens. Their graceful small yellow flowers are still recognizably dandelion. This dandelion species has a cultural history that dates back to Stalinist Soviet Russia, where scientists first discovered the latex content contained in the plant roots could be used to produce natural rubber. Contemporary plant breeders have rediscovered the plant with the ultimate aim of breeding improved plants that can provide a commercially viable alternative to both natural (most commonly produced from Hevea brasiliensis or rubber tree) and synthetic rubbers. Today, Ford Motor Company and Ohio State University are presently conducting joint research with the aim of commercializing it to replace synthetic car parts such as cupholders and interior trim. Researchers in Europe have already produced prototype dandelion car tires. We offer Taraxacum kok-saghyz seeds to our customers primarily as dandelion enthusiasts who understand that dandelions play an important ecological on diversified small scale farms like ours. In our Mediterranean climate we start seeds indoors/in a greenhouse in mid-winter, and grow the plants to the their first few true leaves prior to transplanting in early spring. We’ve planted them in the mid summer, and while they survived, it seemed like the plants generally weren’t as vital. 60 days to flower from transplant. Perennial.
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