A wise friend once said, "When in doubt, plant flowers." We can't agree more! The flowers listed below are either medicinal, edible, or both. All flowers attract pollinators, and certain flowers attract the superb allies: Bees of all kinds, Tachnid and Syrphid flies, Lacewings & Ladybugs. The influence flowers have on the visual landscape of the garden or farm should not be underrated. 

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.
Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)
Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)Packet: 0.05 gram, ~85 seeds More info
This mint family perennial (Monarda fistulosa), also known as Wild Bergamot or Lavender Bergamot, grows delicate crown-shaped pale pastel purple flowers and foliage with a scent reminiscent of the bergamot citrus. The entire Monarda genus has been historically used as a cold tea, topically as a wound poultice, and as a food / seasoning. One popular contemporary use is making Bee Balm Flower-infused Honey. These plants need some care in the seeding and transplant stage, but are well worth the attention. Once established Bee Balm is quite hardy; the plant has a rhizomatic growth habit but doesn‰ۡó»t aggressively spread. If you plant seeds early enough in spring you will get flowers within its first year of growth. On a lark we inter-planted our Bee Balm plants with actual lavender (Lavendula sp. ) thinking it would be pretty to see have the two blooming together. It worked out quite well, actually. 120 days to bloom from seed. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
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.
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‰ۡ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.
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.
California Poppy
California PoppyPacket: 0.4 gram, ~250 seeds More info53 available
Native to western North America, California Poppy (Eschscholszia californica) is one of the easiest-to-grow wildflowers. Perennial in mild climates and readily re-seeding in all climates, CA Poppy stays put once established, is not picky about soil, and requires no attention. Here in southern CA, it will bloom damn near year-round. Its silky orange flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators. The entire plant was used medicinally by indigenous peoples of the west. A tea made from the leaves and flowers of CA Poppy is known to be mildly sedative, anti-anxiety, and aiding troubled sleep. ̴Ì_̴Ì_ Herbal Actions: anodyne,̴Ì_anti-anxiety, nervine, sedative 60 days to flower. Hardy annual/tender perennial.
Cerinthe / Honeywort Flower
Cerinthe / Honeywort FlowerPacket: 3 grams, ~60 seeds More info74 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 ‰ۡÌÝ?Honeywort,‰ۡó? 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.
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. ̴Ì_100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Czech Lavender
Czech LavenderPacket: 0.10 gram, ~100 seeds More info
Czech Lavender's (Lavandula angustifolia krajova) unique scent has a subtle power - not overly floral and soapy - but softly invigorating, friendly yet potent. This is our favorite lavender for oil infusions. Deep purple flowers with open blooms, its structure is irresistible to bees and humans alike. High in essential oil content. In short season areas, Czech lavender started from seed may not flower until the second year. In long season areas, first-year flowers are possible, but second year flowers will be much more abundant. Harvest fresh flowers often to encourage production. Harvest flowers after 120 days. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Dara Queen Anne's Lace Flower
Dara Queen Anne's Lace FlowerPacket: 0.75 gram, ~400 seeds More info2423 available
This variety of Queen Anne‰ۡó»s Lace (Daucus carota var. sativas) features prolific blooms of lacy̴Ì_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‰ۡó»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.
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.
Echinacea Angustifolia Flower
Echinacea Angustifolia FlowerPacket: 0.35 gram, ~50 seeds More info539 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 ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ the most common part used in teas ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ 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.
Gaillardia Flower
Gaillardia FlowerPacket: ~100 seeds, 0.35 gram More info1675 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.
German Chamomile
German ChamomilePacket: 0.1 gram, ~1,000 seeds More info2608 available
Chamomile (Matricaria recuita) is well-known herb, and this the classic variety so commonly found in tea blends. A very easy to grow that‰ۡó»s not picky about soil and nutrient requirements; it makes a beautiful addition to any garden. Harvest the blossoms by hand, or invest in a chamomile rake to make larger harvests more feasible. The foliage can also be used in tea. This plant also makes a lovely, pollinator-attracting plant in the garden. Chamomile readily reseeds once the plants have finished flowering; plant it once and will come up in the same spot year after year<. /p> 75 days. Re-seeding Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Giant Coral Zinnia Flower
Giant Coral Zinnia FlowerPacket: 130 seeds (1 gram) More info74 available
Giant Coral is another of the ‰ÛÏDahlia 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.
Giant Violet Zinnia Flower
Giant Violet Zinnia FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~130 seeds More info151 available
The most prolific zinnia flower (Zinnia elegans) variety we‰۪ve ever grown. Often called ‰ÛÏdahlia 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.
Hibiscus Flower Roselle Seed
Hibiscus Flower Roselle SeedPacket: 1 gram, ~25 seeds More info8315 available
Hibiscus sabdariffa var sabdariffa: "Vernacular names, in addition to roselle, in English-speaking regions are rozelle, sorrel, red sorrel, Jamaica sorrel, Indian sorrel, Guinea sorrel, sour-sour, Queensland jelly plant, jelly okra, lemon bush, and Florida cranberry" (this, from Julia Morton's plant monograph, available through the Purdue University New Crops web site). Seed companies in the United States have also taken to labeling this plant as "Thai Red Roselle. " In grocery stores Hibiscus sabdariffa is erroneously marketed as "Hibiscus flowers"; while the pink flowers are gorgeous in their own right, it's actually the fleshy red calyces that are dried for tea and used as food. When growing this plant, climate is definitely a consideration. Hibiscus sabdariffa is considered a subtropical/tropical plant, so it needs heat to bear usable herbage, but most especially to come to term for seed. Most gardeners in the continental United States will have some success growing the plant as an annual, although it can perennialize in warmer areas. Timing is especially vital for cooler climates. Richo Cech at Horizon Herbs grows the plant up in Southern Oregon (zone 6) and recommends starting seedlings early in a greenhouse and transplanting immediately after last frost. Here in Ojai (Zone 8B), we started seedlings in April, transplanted them by May, and got a seed and herb crop in mid-November. Seeds must be scarified (we gently brush them with a 150-grit sandpaper) prior to planting. We've found that amending the soil with copious amounts of potassium (most especially in soils where it is lacking) increases the vigor of the plants tremendously. The Julia Morton monograph referenced above has some anecdotal fertility guidance, suggesting applications of a 4-6-7 NPK. This plant has an otherworldly appearance and is a real joy to grow. It goes without saying that the homegrown calyces are far superior to anything that can be found in the marketplace, but these seem especially more floral and fruity. Makes a great addition to lemonade or a bioregional substitute for cranberries.
Iceland Poppy
Iceland PoppyPacket: 0.1 gram, ~500 seeds More info92 available
A subpolar cool-season ornamental flower (Papaver nudicaule) with papery blossoms in shades of orange, yellow, white and occasionally light pink. ‰ۡÌÝ?Icelandic‰ۡó? is actually a misnomer when describing this poppy species ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ they aren‰ۡó»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.
Jessica's Hollyhock Flower
Jessica's Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info2140 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. åÊ åÊ
Korean Licorice Mint
Korean Licorice MintPacket: ~50 seeds (0.025 gram) More info2936 available
Agastache rugosa. This mint family plant native to Asia has aromatic edible foliage with a minty licorice flavor and dense dark purple blooms that attract a host of beneficial insects and are quite pleasing to the eye. Korean Licorice Mint leaves are excellent minced in salads but they also make a delicious tea that mixes well with any number of other herbs in our seed catalog. Plants will perennialize in areas with warmer winters and has some degree of frost tolerance. This one's easy to fall in love with. 60 days from transplant for baby leaves. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Lemon Bee Balm Flower
Lemon Bee Balm FlowerPacket: 0.05 gram, ~85 seeds More info762 available
This plant is the most prolific flower we‰ۡó»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.
Lemon Queen Sunflower
Lemon Queen SunflowerPacket: 2.5 grams, ~50 seeds More info387 available
Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) feature lemon pastel blossoms, a central five to six-inch central head with minimal branching that produces additional smaller flowers. Plants grow approximately four to five feet tall. Consider pairing in a garden with our Lemon Sorbet Calendula. 70-80 days. Annual. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Lemon Sorbet Calendula
Lemon Sorbet CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info266 available
We are serious calendula growers, growing them nearly every season of the year on our farm since 2009. In recent years we‰ۡó»ve had the luxury of making selections from the bounty of landraces that now exist on our farmland. Lemon Sorbet is a selection from the remnants of an insectary blend that we sowed around the rabbit fence of our circle garden. I was struck by one barely irrigated plant that was nevertheless flowering with light pastel yellow blossoms. I stuck a couple of seed heads in my pocket and went about working up a larger population of plants and began selecting for the same variegated pastel shades. We‰ۡó»re now in the third generation of this plant-breeding project and are excited to offer this farm original variety to our customers! -Quin Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California
Max Chrysanthemum
Max ChrysanthemumPacket: ~30 seeds (0.05 gram) More info446 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.
McKana Giants Columbine Flower Mix
McKana Giants Columbine Flower MixPacket: 0.2 gram, ~150 seeds More info302 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.
Mexican Elderberry
Mexican ElderberryPacket: ~50 seeds (1 gram) More info557 available
Elder trees are prevalent across most of the Northern Hemisphere, but are suited for most climates in the world. Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus nigraåÊL. ssp. åÊCaerulea) 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. -Quin Richo Cech over at Horizon Herbs provides the following guidance for starting Elder from seed: "Soak berries overnight, smash them, and remove the seeds. åÊThis can be done manually (smash and wash in a tea strainer) or by flotation‰Û_ 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.
Mexican Marigold
Mexican MarigoldPacket: 0.1 gram, ~75 seeds More info1397 available
Mexican Marigold (Tagetes minuta) is a very hardy Marigold, growing to heights up to 8' in near-drought conditions. The dark-green foliage is beautiful and fragrant, from which a traditional medicinal tea can be made to treat the common cold. The tiny flowers are attractive to pollinators and beneficial insects of all kinds. If allowed to go to seed, it will re-seed readily, and be a garden companion every year. Mexican Marigold holds great promise as a companion plant, repelling pathogenic nematodes by secreting nematodicidal compounds from its roots. We believe it can also be used as a cover crop in situations where nematodes are a problem ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ a 100 day cover crop of Mexican Marigold, tilled into the soil before setting seed ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ prior to planting a vegetable crop that may be̴Ì_susceptible to nematodes. 105 days to flower. Re-seeding̴Ì_Annual̴Ì_̴Ì_̴Ì_ ̴Ì_̴Ì_
Midwest Evening Primrose Seeds
Midwest Evening Primrose SeedsPacket: 0.25 gram, ~175 seeds) More info36591 available
Midwest Evening Primrose (Oenothera lamarckiana) is a tall (up to 5'), bushy plant with gorgeous yellow flowers that open in the late afternoon, blooming through the evening. Oil from the pressed seeds is very rich in gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid valued for it's support of human nervous, reproductive, immune and cardiovascular systems. Supplements containing oil of Evening Primrose are commonly taken for PMS symptoms as well as skin disorders such as Eczema and Rosacea. The entire plant is edible: the young leaves are a tasty cooked green; the flowers as a salad or soup addition; the young seedpods are eaten as a 'fruit'; the roots, preferably in Autumn/Winter of the first year of growth can be dug and cooked and have a peppery/parsnip-e flavor; seeds can be ground and eaten. This is a rare provider of food, medicine and beauty. . . a much respected plant in our garden. Herbal Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, nervine, sedative 90 days to leaf. 150-200 days to root. 2nd year to flower. Biennial ̴Ì_ ̴Ì_ ̴Ì_
Neon Calendula
Neon CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info
Neon (Calendula officinalis) is a rather unique looking calendula entry. The deep red-orange blossoms have a denser, more complex pattern than most other varieties. When in bloom, this plant practically glows in the garden. Plants to 30" tall are easy to grow, providing abundant blooms from spring to autumn and beyond in mild winter climates. Attractive to beneficial insects and pollinators of all kinds. Edible and medicinal flowers. 70 days to bloom. Hardy re-seeding annual / tender perennial.
Peshawar Poppy
Peshawar PoppyPacket: ~350 seeds (0.2 gram) More info5893 available
Peshawar Poppy (Papaver somniferum var. album) is a wonderful cool season ornamental native to southeastern Europe and western Asia. Its showy white blossoms – approximately seven to 10 per plant – give way to giant seed pods with substantial white seeds typically used for baking. A standout in the garden, the large white flowers are very attractive to bees and other beneficial flying insects. We’ve had great success direct seeding rows in early spring after frost danger has passed; to get plants producing earlier, start seeds in a greenhouse or protected area and later transplant. 90 days from seed to flower. Annual.
Pink Flowered Hyssop
Pink Flowered HyssopPacket: ~100 seeds (0.15 gram) More info282 available
Pink flowered hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a low-lying shrub with tubular pink flowers on aromatic leaves and attracts plenty of bees, butterflies and other winged insects. This versatile medicinal herb will perennialize in areas with warm winters and can be trimmed to form a low hedge along walkways or in containers. The foliage can withstand mild frosts. 90 days from transplant. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Pink Hollyhock Flower
Pink Hollyhock FlowerPacket: ~30 seeds (0.4 gram) More info112 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.
Plains Coreopsis Flower
Plains Coreopsis FlowerPacket: 0.2 gram, ~150 seeds More info277 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.
Purple Gleam California Poppy
Purple Gleam California PoppyPacket: ~250 seeds, 0.4 gram More info
A purple flowered California Poppy! (Eschscholszia californica). We hardly knew! Same species, but the blossoms range from a pastel purple to a rich magenta. Like all other California Poppies, these will readily naturalize and reseed in any garden and have low fertility requirements. A perfect flower for establishing wild flower gardens or meadows. 60 days to flower. åÊHardy annual/tender perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Resina Calendula
Resina CalendulaPacket: ~75 seeds (1 gram) More info361 available
Resina (Calendula officinalis) is a variety that has been bred for its high resin content. The resin of the calendula flower (which mainly resides on the underside of the calyx) holds the potent medicinal constituents. These resins are soluble in hot water (tea), alcohol (tincture) and most especially, oil (oil infusion). Calendula oil ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ an infusion of the dried flowers in oil (typically olive or jojoba) can be used on its own as a healing ointment for skin ailments, or as a base for salves (oil & beeswax). If your intention in growing Calendula is for making medicine, Resina is the variety for you! 70 days to bloom. Hardy re-seeding annual/tender perennial.
Roman Chamomile
Roman ChamomilePacket (0.1 gram, ~1,000 seeds) More info
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial commonly grown as a ground cover in permaculture systems. The species has a similar use to the more common annual German chamomile ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ?Ì_the blossoms can be used fresh or dried as a calming tea ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ but the Roman variety yields blossoms that are denser and more pronounced than the German variety. The Roman flowers are also less saccharine smelling than the German variety, having an almost skunky-aroma. The blossoms can be harvested with a chamomile rake, but is a bit more difficult because of the density of the flowers. Expect lots of green, chamomile-scented matted foliage prior to flowering in early summer. We started ours in late summer and got blooms the following May. Spring-sown seeds will likely flower sooner. A gourmet chamomile that is a must-have for the perennial herb grower! 65 days. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Rosy Red Yarrow
Rosy Red YarrowPacket: 0.05 grams, ~150 seeds More info519 available
Rosy Red Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a beautiful variety of this classic flowering herb. Easy to start from seed and get established in the garden, and not at all picky about soil conditions. Plants eventually form clusters of flowers with variegated hues that range from pastel pink to deep red. As the plants are rhizomatous perennials, mature plants can be divided via root cuttings. We established a number of yarrows throughout our fruit orchard in this manner, as they attract benefit nutrients and confuse pests and provide valuable living mulch. Yarrow is also a noted medicinal herb ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ though Rosy Red is considered less potent than White Yarrow, which we also carry. Finally, these flowers make a long striking addition to flower bouquets ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ or just use them as cut flowers on their own. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 80 days from transplant. Perennial.
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 info569 available
Another rare dandelion that we‰ۡó»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 generally smaller than Taraxacum officinale and Taraxacum albidum (two other varieties we offer in our catalog), the leaves a thicker and a paler green, but their graceful yellow flowers are still recognizably dandelion. This dandelion species has a dark 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. We have grown plants here for the past three years in our Mediterranean climate, starting them in seedling cells and growing them out their first few true leaves prior to transplanting. We‰ۡó»ve found Taraxacum kok-saghyz grows well here if sown in the mid-winter for an early spring transplanting. We‰ۡó»ve planted them in the mid summer, and while they survived, it seemed like the plants generally weren‰ۡó»t as vital. 60 days to flower from transplant. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. Sources OARDC, Ford Partner to Test Russian Dandelion Rubber for Car Parts: May 25, 2011 Car tyres made from dandelions: December 12, 2012.
Russian Mammoth Sunflower
Russian Mammoth SunflowerPacket: 3 grams, ~25 seeds More info319 available
This heirloom sunflower (Helianthus annuus) was originally introduced to the states in the 1880s, and is still the most popular sunflower around. Russian Mammoth towers over the garden with thick stocks that grow up to heights of up to 12 feet, with flowering heads and yellow blossoms that can reach diameters of up 2 feet and attract a great deal of attention from bees and other pollinators. As flowering heads mature they become loaded with large, delicious seeds. This crop can also be used for crop biomass generation ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ desiccated stalks add a great deal of carbon to any compost pile. 80 days from seed to flower. Annual.
Sherbet Calendula Mix
Sherbet Calendula MixMore info2246 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.
South African Pearl Daisy
South African Pearl DaisyPacket: 0.2 gram, ~100 seeds More info73 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.
Spanish Lavender
Spanish LavenderPacket: 0.1 gram, ~100 seeds More info1194 available
Spanish Lavender (Lavendula stoechas) is a consistent producer of gorgeous, barrel-shaped purple flowers that we all know and love. This hearty shrub is a long-lived perennial, and will produce for many years once established. The flowers make an forage for bees, and are of aesthetic, culinary and medicinal value. This is our favorite lavender for smoking ‰ÛÒ the dried flowers are an essential addition to the herbal smoking blend, also consisting of tobacco and mullein leaf. When smoked, the flavor of Spanish Lavender is very mild, not overpowering the other herbs. Lavender has a soothing, calming effect on the body when smoked, not unlike the effects of drinking lavender tea. If established early enough, Spanish lavender may flower in the first year in climates with a long growing season. Otherwise, expect prolific blooms the following year. Harvest flowers after 120 days. Perennial.
Tashkent Marigold
Tashkent MarigoldPacket: 0.5 gram, ~150 seeds More info542 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. ̴Ì_Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Thumbelina Zinnia Flower
Thumbelina Zinnia FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~200 seeds More info963 available
These cheerful ornamental flowers (Zinnia elegans) are fast growing and long blooming, and the stout nature of this variety makes it ideal for growers with constrained space, such as urban or container gardeners. However, Thumbelina works great in the field too ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ?Ì_we grow it on our farm and add bunches to our Community Supported Agriculture shares. Plants flower with pink, red, and yellow blossoms ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ?Ì_often in pastel shades ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ?Ì_and thrive in hot summer temperatures. 60 days to flower from transplant. Annual.
Triangle Flashback Calendula
Triangle Flashback CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info
Triangle Flashback (Calendula officinalis) is a gorgeous Calendula! Pastel faces, ranging from a soft-yellow to pink and orange sherbet, contrasted by maroon backs. One of our favorite Calendulas, Triangle Flashback is sure to add beneficial insect-attracting beauty to the garden. Edible and medicinal flowers. ̴Ì_ 70 days. ̴Ì_Hardy re-seeding Annual / tender perennial.
True (Common/Wild) Dandelion
True (Common/Wild) DandelionPacket: ~50 seeds (0.03 gram) More info5397 available
True (or common) dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), woefully maligned by lawn care enthusiasts and widely understood as an invasive weed, is actually an outstanding human plant ally. Dandelion's leaves are edible and rich in vitamins (A, C, D, and B) and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon). They are a digestive bitter and a potent diuretic replacing the potassium lost during urination. Externally, the mashed fresh leaves or root can be used alone or with other herbs (such as plantain, comfrey, mallow, yarrow) can be used as a poultice, bringing gentle relief and healing action to minor abrasions and insect bites. Finally, the flowers can be used to make wine. 90 days to leaf. 150 days - 2nd year for root harvest. Perennial. >Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Vera English Lavender
Vera English LavenderPacket (0.1 gram, ~100 seeds) More info355 available
Also known as True or Common Lavender, this strain of Lavendula angustifolia is considered the reference for the species. While colloquially described as ‰ۡÌÝ?English‰ۡó? lavender, the species is actually native to Spain. It produces lush purple flowers with a slightly open profile. Lavenders bloom prolifically after one year of establishment, and if spring sown can often provide a small flush of blossoms in their first year. Lavendula angustifolia is the most cold hardy of all lavenders, so this one is good for climates that have harsher winters.
White Dandelion (Taraxacum albidum)
White Dandelion (Taraxacum albidum)Packet: ~50 seeds (0.05 gram) More info650 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. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. -Quin