By “wild” we mean “uncultivated” or “undomesticated”. Many wild plants are perfectly at home in a garden or in a farm field; indeed some are called “weeds”. However, wild plants are often beneficial in many ways, as food, medicine, and for attracting pollinators. Many are easier to grow than domesticated plants because they can tolerate poor soils and little-to-no-irrigation. People looking to create low-maintenance landscapes would be wise to investigate wild plants.

Wild plants can also benefit us in more subtle ways by helping to bring out our own untamed characteristics, to help us discover our deeper a-cultural selves. Considering the effects of domestication and civilization on ourselves and the world, re-wilding is essential to survival. Start with some seeds.

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Aster, California/Coast – seed packet

Aster, California/Coast – seed packet$2.99

(Symphyotrichum chilense) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to the Pacific Coast of the U.S.A. and Canada, where it grows on the rocky cliffs above the beach. Foliage somewhat waxy. Classically Composite blue flowers bloom in profusion on stalks up to 30” tall. Excellent choice for rock gardens. Attracts pollinators. No irrigation needed. Planting suggestions: […]

Australian Coast Nicotiana – seed packet

Australian Coast Nicotiana – seed packet$2.99

(Nicotiana maritima) Annual. Wild tobacco native to Australia. Small white flowers. To five feet high. Rare. Planting suggestions: Press tiny seeds onto surface of already-moistened soil. Keep pots in a water-filled tray in a sunny, warm location. Avoid surface watering until germination, except with a mister. After first set of true leaves have sized up, […]

Big Love Wild Tobacco  – seed packet

Big Love Wild Tobacco – seed packet$4.99 Sold Out

(Nicotiana bigelovii) Annual in the Nightshade Family native to California. Rare. Wide, arrow-shaped leaves, roundish white tubular flowers. 24-48” tall. Attracts pollinators. Historically smoked by indigenous people of California. Drought-tolerant. Planting suggestions: Average garden soil is sufficient, but like all plants in the Nicotiana genus, responds enthusiastically to nitrogen, such as manure. Full sun. Start […]

Black Nightshade – seed packet

Black Nightshade – seed packet$2.99

(Solanum nigrum) Annual in the Nightshade Family, native to Eurasia. Upright growth habit, to 12-24” tall. Reflexed petals of white blossoms shamelessly expose a grip of stamens clutching a coyly retracted style. Fruit green, maturing to inky black. “Has a long and well-established history as a food source for numerous cultures around the globe” (Forager’s […]

Chickweed – seed packet

Chickweed – seed packet$2.99

(Stellaria medea) Annual in the Pink Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Bright green ground-cover with small, white star-shaped flowers (hence the name “Stellaria”). Dies back entirely in hot, dry weather; is forgotten by July. An excellent Spring Tonic food: make a salad of Chickweed, Dandelion, Plantago and Wild Cress when nothing else is around. Fall-sprouted plants […]

Cimarrón Nicotiana – seed packet

Cimarrón Nicotiana – seed packet$6.99 Sold Out

(Nicotiana solanifolia) Perennial in the Nightshade Family, native to Chile. Very rare. Thick leaves are oval with wavy edges. Bright-yellow, trumpet-like flowers. Blooming starts second year. 24-60” tall. Hummingbird attractor. We are thrilled to be offering this striking, shapely Nicotiana, one of the most beautiful we have seen. We know of only one other online […]

Cleavers – seed packet

Cleavers – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Galium aparine) Annual in the Coffee Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Also known as “Bedstraw” (one of its historical uses) and “Ninja Weed” (describing how it latches on to clothing or fur and won’t let go). A climbing vine, to 6′ long. Medicinally, used internally for adrenal health, topically for burns and insect bites. Drought-tolerant. Planting […]

Compass Plant – seed packet

Compass Plant – seed packet$2.99

(Silphium laciniatum) – Perennial in the Aster Family. Native to the North American prairies. Named “Compass” because “they tend to align their foliage North – South to present the minimum surface area to the hot noon sunshine” (ref.). We have not noticed this tendency yet! Takes at least two years to bloom.  Bolting stalk can […]

Coyote Tobacco – seed packet

Coyote Tobacco – seed packet$4.99 Sold Out

(Nicotiana attenuata) Annual in the Nightshade Family native to California. Rare. Narrow, arrow-shaped leaves, slender white tubular flowers. 24-48” tall. Attracts pollinators. Historically smoked by indigenous people of California. Drought-tolerant. Planting suggestions: Average garden soil is sufficient, but like all plants in the Nicotiana genus, responds enthusiastically to nitrogen, such as manure. Full sun. Start […]

Daisy, Oxeye – seed packet

Daisy, Oxeye – seed packet$2.99

(Leucanthemum vulgare) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to Western North America. This is the classic daisy, yellow centered and white petaled. Flowers are edible. Young leaves are good in salads. Medicinally, the whole plant is used to treat allergies. Photo on bottom right shows seed harvest; a quick shake separated the seed, duff, and […]

Dandylion – seed packet

Dandylion – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Taraxacum officinales) Perennial in the Aster Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Rosette of long narrow leaves, 6-18” in radius, with flowering stalks 6-18” tall. One of the single most useful plants on Earth: Edible greens provide food during the late Winter/early Spring hunger-gap; roots are a detoxifier of the liver that make a fine coffee-additive/substitute when […]

Dock, Curly – seed packet

Dock, Curly – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex crispus) Perennial in the Buckwheat Family, native to Eurasia. Narrow, wavy-edged leaves, green in Spring, yellow and red in Fall. Stems reddish, roots yellow. Flower spikes 3-6′ high. A remarkably useful plant for food, medicine and dye. Every garden should have some Dock and some Plantago in the garden for treating bee-stings on the […]

Dock, Yellow – seed packet

Dock, Yellow – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex crispus) Perennial in the Buckwheat Family, native to Eurasia. Narrow, wavy-edged leaves, green in Spring, yellow and red in Fall. Stems reddish, roots yellow. Flower spikes 3-6′ high. A remarkably useful plant for food, medicine and dye. Every garden should have some Dock and some Plantago in the garden for treating bee-stings on the […]

Foxglove, Native – seed packet

Foxglove, Native – seed packet$2.99

(Digitalis purpurea) Biennial in the Figwort Family, native to the Pacific NW. A beautiful rosette of fuzzy, pointed leaves sends up a tall flowering stalk (3-6′) in the second year, covered with purple-magenta flowers. Many cultivars exists in various colors but this is the original native. Used for making the heart medicine, digoxin, but is […]

Grindelia / Gumweed – seed packet

Grindelia / Gumweed – seed packet$3.49

(Grindelia stricta) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to the North American Pacific Coast. 12-36” high. Flowers exude a sticky white liquid when prime for harvest. Used for lung ailments, sore throats. Strong medicine; best to try a small amount first as some individuals experience adverse reactions. This seed wild-crafted from plants growing in brackish […]

Lambsquarters – seed packet

Lambsquarters – seed packet$2.99

(Chenopodium album) Annual in the Goosefoot Family, native to Europe. Wild-form of quinoa. 3-6′ when flowering. What we call a “Summer Spinach” because the greens can be used in the place of Spinach in any recipe and it thrives in hot weather when Spinach bolts. We have not tried to eat the seeds, so cannot […]

Mullein, Common – seed packet

Mullein, Common – seed packet$2.99

(Verbascum thapsus) Biennial in the Figwort Family, native to Eurasia. First-year plant a rosette of fuzzy, grey-green leaves, like a bouquet of bunny ears. Second year produces a spike of yellow flowers, 4-6′ tall, in which weevils reside, to no apparent harm. Medicinally, leaf is used for lung health as tea, tincture or smoked. Flowers […]

Mullein, Greek – seed packet

Mullein, Greek – seed packet$2.99

(Verbascum olympicum) Triennial in the Figwort Family, native to the Mediterranean. Low-rising rosette of fuzzy, pointed, wavy-edged grey-green leaves spreads out to 24-36” in radius by second year; blooms in third with truly spectacular, many-branched candelabra, 5-8′ tall, covered with hundreds of yellow flowers. Pointy-snouted weevils use as high-rise apartment, to no apparent harm. Medicinally, […]

Pigweed Amaranth – seed packet

Pigweed Amaranth – seed packet$2.99

(Amaranthus palmeri) Annual in the Amaranth Family, native to Eurasia, now common in cultivated areas across North America. Red-stemmed, green-leafed, to 4′ tall when flowering. Closely related to cultivated Amaranth grain. What we call a “Summer Spinach” because the greens can be used in the place of Spinach in any recipe and it thrives in […]

Plantago, Broadleaf – seed packet

Plantago, Broadleaf – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Plantago major) Perennial in the Plantain Family native to Europe & Asia, now found every place that the Europeans have invaded. In fact, called “white man’s footprint” by Native Americans. A rosette of oval-shaped leaves sends up a flowering stalk, to 12” tall. Used as food & medicine since prehistoric times. Externally is excellent for insect […]

Plantago, Lanceleaf – seed packet

Plantago, Lanceleaf – seed packet$2.99

(Plantago lanceolata) Perennial in the Plantain Family native to the British Isles, now found every place the Empire went. A rosette of lance-shaped leaves sends up a flowering stalk, 12-18” tall. Used as food & medicine since prehistoric times. Externally is excellent for insect bites; just chew up a leaf and press it to the bite. […]

Queen Anne’s Lace – seed packet

Queen Anne’s Lace – seed packet$2.99

(Daucus carota) Annual or biennial in the Umbel Family, native to Eurasia. Ancestor of cultivated carrot. Feathery carrot foliage gives rise to umbels of white flowers, with a single red flower in the center of each umbel. Beloved by pollinating insects; not just bees but various wasps and flies. Medicinally used for birth control or […]

Self-Heal – seed packet

Self-Heal – seed packet$2.99

(Prunella vulgaris) Perennial in the Mint Family native to Europe and now distributed widely in disturbed areas (such as cities). Mostly prostrate growth habit, with flowering stems up to 12” tall. Purple blossoms well-loved by bees, especially bumble bees. Eaten in salads, boiled for tea. As medicine, has been used internally and externally for a multitude […]

Sheep sorrel – seed packet

Sheep sorrel – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex acetosella) Perennial in the Buckwheat Family, native to Eurasia. Small (1-3”) arrow-shaped leaves, sour in flavor. Ground-cover habit that forms a spreading mat. One of the Essiac Herbs, claimed to be anti-cancer. Very drought-tolerant once established. Planting suggestions: Thrives on poor, disturbed soils, including heavy clay. Full sun. Direct-sow seeds around time of Final […]

St. Johnswort – seed packet

St. Johnswort – seed packet$2.99

(Hypericum perforatum) Perennial in the Hypericaceae Family, native to Europe. Leaves appear to be filled with holes (the perforations in “perforatum”) when held up to the sunlight. 3-4′ tall when blooming in second year and thereafter. Five-petaled, bright yellow flowers like happy little suns. Medicinally, used externally to treat injuries, internally for depression. Planting suggestions: […]

Yellowrocket

Yellowrocket$2.99

(Barbarea orthoceras) Annual in the Brassica Family. A wild cress that appears as a lovely rosette in mid-winter in the Pacific NW, providing some of the first fresh greens of the season. The uncultivated flavor may not appeal to everyone, but we have found it quite palatable during the “hunger gap” of early Spring. A […]