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Painted Desert Seed Company

Heritage Quality. Heirloom Seeds. Paint The Desert!

Beauty, fragrance, color, texture. These are only some of the benefits of the flowers in our catalog. They are also edible and medicinal, adding flavor and utility to an already-impressive list of attributes.

  • Coneflowers

    Coneflowers (2)

    Asteraceae or Compositae (commonly referred to as the aster, daisy, composite, or sunflower family) is an exceedingly large and widespread family of flowering plants (Angiospermae) Many of these flowers exhibit a phenotype that features a protruding center, sometimes in an elongated dome or cone shape. Echinacea is one such genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. "The Echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are found mainly in eastern and central North America, ...in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas." They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. These flowering plants and their parts have different uses. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Echinacea purpurea is used in folk medicine. The Toothache Plant is traditionally mentioned for pain control. "...some Plains tribes did use echinacea for cold symptoms. The Kiowa used it for coughs and sore throats, the Cheyenne for sore throats, the Pawnee for headaches, and many tribes including the Lakotah used it as a pain medication." - Wikipedia
  • Sunflowers

    Sunflowers (2)

    Except for three species in South America, all Helianthus species are native to North America. The common name, "sunflower," typically refers to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower