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Rare shrub seeds for sale

Rare shrub seeds for sale

Alarka Institute in Cowee is now selling seeds and young plants of the Franklinia, one of the most rare shrubs in the world.

Franklinia seeds have only been collected once in the wild, by 18th-centurty naturalist William Bartram. However, Alarka owners Brent and Angela Martin have harvested countless seeds from the Franklinia plants on their property, and last year’s seed crop has yielded some young plants that are for sale. 

The seeds are available in packets of 36 for $10, plus shipping. The plants are $10 apiece, and depending on geographical proximity to the Martins’ home in Cowee, they will deliver and plant them for an additional $15. Order online at 

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