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  • English Daisy Flower Seeds  - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    English Daisy Flower Seeds

    The English daisy is a perennial that is native, not to England, but to Europe. It has been cultivated since time immemorial. Double flowering daisies appeared sometime during the 16th century. In the 17th century, streaked and speckled cultivars began...

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  • Purple Coneflower Flower Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Purple Coneflower Flower Seeds

    Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower or Sampson root, is a true American native and one of the hardiest perennials available. The plant was used medicinally by the Native Americans of the Great Plains more than any other herb. It was the Native...

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  • Rocket Larkspur Flower Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Rocket Larkspur Flower Seeds

    This annual plant was introduced into Britain in the mid-1500s from its native habitat in the Mediterranean. The name, larkspur, probably originated in England and refers to the horn-shaped nectary of the flower which resembles the spur of a lark's claw...

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  • Sweet Basil Herbs Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Sweet Basil Herbs Seeds

    From homemade pesto to tomato mozzarella salad, it is hard to imagine summer without fresh basil. In the 18th century, herbs were used for cooking and cleaning, as well as medicines and dyes, and cosmetic or insecticidal purposes. Herbs found in early...

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  • Flax Flower Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Flax Flower Seeds

    Flax was one of the most important crops to early American farmers and to the economy of our emerging nation. The broad-leaf plant has very small, narrow leaves and multiple slender and flexible stems or branches that divide at their tips into...

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  • Foxglove Flower Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Foxglove Flower Seeds

    Foxglove, also known as digitalis, fairy's gloves, witches' fingers, and fairy thimbles is one of the most beloved of all garden flowers despite being poisonous, short lived, and a brief bloomer. The plant is a biennial native to Europe, North Africa,...

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  • Hollyhock (Singles) Flower Heirloom Seeds | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Hollyhock (Singles) Flower Seeds

    Hollyhocks, whose current Latin name is Alcea rosea, is a biennial native to Turkey and other parts of Asia, but the hollyhock that was introduced into Britain in 1573, and the plant with which we are familiar, probably came from China by way of...

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  • Speckled Lettuce Vegetable Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Speckled Lettuce Vegetable Seeds

    Lettuce was domesticated from a weedy species of wild lettuce that produced lettuce leaves on the top of a tall stem. The first written accounts describing lettuce are from Herodotus, who wrote that lettuce appeared on the royal tables in Persia in 550...

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  • Tennis Ball Lettuce Vegetable Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Tennis Ball Lettuce Vegetable Seeds

    A must-have for every children's garden. The tiny, seven-inch, light green lettuce heads are just the right size for little hands to harvest. In the 17th and 18th centuries, this lettuce was packed in salt brine to preserve it for eating throughout the...

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  •  Parsley Italian Herbs Seeds - heirloom seeds for your garden from the Colonial Williamsburg seed collection | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Parsley Italian Herbs Seeds

    Eighteenth-century Williamsburg was the home of many ardent gardeners and plant collectors who often exchanged seeds with fellow enthusiasts in Great Britain. Gardeners obtained their seeds from store merchants or from traveling seedsmen. Today, the...

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