Ipomoea purpurea (70 days) This variety could be considered the seed that sprouted a thousand seed savers. When Diane Ott Whealy’s grandfather gave her seeds of this stunning Bavarian heirloom and died shortly thereafter, she felt responsible for keeping the variety going. With her then-husband Kent Whealy, she cofounded Seed Savers Exchange, which has since grown to a collection of more than 20,000 varieties. This foundational flower deserves to be saved: beautiful glowing rich deep purple bloom with a glowing magenta center and dark 5-pointed star pattern. Quite the showstopper. Very similar to Kniola’s Purple, though with a later initial bloom time. Climbs to at least 8–9' with trellising, and will self-sow but not aggressively. ②
5278 Grandpa Ott’s
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Annual. Easily grown climber with trumpet-shaped flowers provides color and shade, decorates fence or post.
Culture: Plant with eastern exposure for best results. Nick the seeds with a file and soak overnight to speed germination. Germinates in 2 weeks at 75–80°. Sow outdoors after danger of frost or indoors in peat pots as they resent transplanting. Overly rich soil will yield excess foliage and sparse blooms. ~25 seeds/g.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
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