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Kyle Chamberlain

Joined: Oct 17, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: Kettle Falls, WA
Need groundnut, chinese yam, skirret, walking/multiplier onion, and good daylily, starts for fall planting.

Also need chestnut, pine nut, yellowhorn, wild parsnip, seed.

Will trade or pay reasonable cash. I have a good collection of tree seed going to trade with, mostly species for my cold dry Eastern WA climate.

Email me? practicalnaturalist (At)


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Brenda Groth

Joined: Feb 01, 2009
Posts: 4433
Location: North Central Michigan
I too would love to have starts of these plants, or seeds, all but the chestnut which I already have babies growing of.


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Kyle Chamberlain

Joined: Oct 17, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: Kettle Falls, WA
Hi Brenda,

Oikos was sold out of their groundnuts . But I found some cultivated selections at Tripple Brook Nursery. The Groundnut Farm sells a wild type. Both have websites.

I recently picked a garbage bag full of domestic Harrismodel Parsnips, as well as some Takinagawa Gobo seeds. And I plan to gather some gingko seeds soon. I'm still looking to make trades.

Brenda Groth

Joined: Feb 01, 2009
Posts: 4433
Location: North Central Michigan
what zones are the above plants perennial in? I'm in zone 4 with zone 5 near the house and warmer in greenhouse, but it is very small..I can also use protection and cold frames..
tel jetson

Joined: May 17, 2007
Posts: 3264
Location: woodland, washington
I've got American/something else hybrid chestnuts that have naturalized in a small area of SW Washington near the Columbia. they're larger than pure American, but sweeter and easier to peel than Asian or European species. and I've got a couple varieties of groundnut that seem to be doing well here. Hudson and Densituberous, I think. both have set seed, though I've never collected any. you're welcome to some of any of those if you stop by, though I don't know how well they would make the transition to your side of the state. I'm also looking for skirret for myself.

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David Biland

Joined: Jan 04, 2011
Posts: 45
Location: Southeastern USA - Zone 8
I purchased chinese yam seeds here last year and I got about 50% germination. Very cheap.

Chinese Yam Seeds

I would like to find Groundnut (Apios Americana) as well.

Paulo Bessa

Joined: Jun 15, 2012
Posts: 336
Location: Portugal (zone 9) and Iceland (zone 5)
I have been looking for groundnut for quite some time. It seems there are a few online places that sell it, mostly in the US, but they only have limited supply and only sell them by December, during a short time. I think the best would be to wait and order from

Chinese yam; its available in ebay as mentioned. For me, the difficult to get is air potatoes.

Skirret: I got a plant 3 years ago, which I am growing. I only had it flowering once and saved seed. I am now trying for the first time to germinate that seed for about a month, and I think I got one seedling (but 1 out of 20 seeds) and it germinate in the fridge (during 1 month cold stratisfication). But you are lucky; they sell skirret seeds here:
Its probably cheaper for you to buy it from here, rather than having me sending you.

Walking onion: you can find them in several places; I ordered them in ebay and I am now growing them, but they are still seedlings, so I haven't seen the "walking" activity yet. They germinate easy, just like onions.

Other difficult plants I am havng trouble to find, are mauka, ulluco, mashua and vetiver.

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in Portugal, sheltered terraces facing eastwards, high water table, uphill original forest of pines, oaks and chestnuts. 2000m2
in Iceland: converted flat lawn, compacted poor soil, cold, windy, humid climate, cold, short summer. 50m2
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