Mediterranean Garden Society

The MGS seed exchange

The photograph at the top of this page shows part of the seed head of Tragopogon porrifolius (Photo Jorun Tharaldsen)

Chantal Guiraud runs the MGS seed exchange which is a service totally free to MGS members. She renews the list regularly and gives advice on what to sow in each season.

See Seed Workshop at the Home of Chantal Guiraud for advice on how to propagate from seeds.

Seed List - January 2021
You can see from the list below that Chantal has a good selection of seeds including some unusual ones. Many are provided by Chantal herself and others come from the MGS garden at Sparoza, but our members are also asked to contribute to make this a true exchange. Please read the instructions carefully before you order and remember that although you are not obliged to send seeds in exchange, only by receiving seeds from members can Chantal add to the list of seeds on offer.

The updated list now includes 62 new seeds, most of which have come from across Europe and the USA. New species are shown below, before the main list.

Chantal is delighted that Jan Willem Vos, owner of Château Pérouse botanical garden close to Nîmes, France has generously donated a selection of 500 species. Here is the list of these seeds that you may also order from Chantal.

How to order seeds 
All MGS members may order 10 packets per year. If you contribute seeds to the exchange then you may order 15 packets per year. There is no cost. Please remember that all members are responsible for complying with their local laws. You may order seed from Chantal at the address below or by emailing her. Do not forget to include your name and address when you request seeds.

Chantal requests “Please remember when you order seeds to give me alternatives to the ten species you are requesting in case stocks of them are exhausted.”

How to send seeds
The seeds should be removed from their pods or protective covering, then placed in paper envelopes (not plastic) and well sealed. On the envelope please write: the donor’s name, the scientific name of the plant, the year and location in which the seed was harvested. Chantal accepts all seeds, though with a preference for those of plants from mediterranean-climate areas.
Seed donations should be sent to: 
Chantal Guiraud 
75 rue de la Vieille Poste 
34 000 Montpellier 

Note - The seeds in this list are exchanged between garden lovers, entirely on their own responsibility. In particular the MGS bears no responsibility for accuracy of naming or for germination. This seed exchange is in no way a commercial transaction to which any specific regulations apply. Seed from hybrid plants (cultivars) may produce plants which do not have all the characteristics of the parent plant.

Newly added species

Achillea umbellata - Spain
Allium cristophii* - France
Allium tuberosum - France
Asphodeline lutea - Spain
Asphodelus ramosus - France
Beschorneria yuccoides* - France
Bulbine frutescens - Spain
Canna patens - Norway
Catananche caerulea - Great Britain
Catananche caerulea 'Tizi n'Test' - France
Cenolophium denudatum* - USA
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides* - France
Cerinthe sp. - France
Cheirolophus crassifolius -Malta
Cistus creticus - Greece
Clematis mandschurica - France
Cosmos sulphureus - France
Cyclanthera pedate - France
Dianthus anatolicus - Spain
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' - France
Dolichandra unguis-cati (syn. Macfadyena unguis-cati)* - France
Drimia pancration - Malta
Echinops spinosissimus - France
Eremurus robustus* - PBS
Euphorbia rigida* - France
Francoa sonchifolia - USA
Gaura lindheimeri* - France
Gladiolus communis* - France
Habranthus robustus* - Greece
Hesperaloe parviflora - Spain
Hibiscus coccineus - France
Kitaibelia vitifolia - USA
Lapeirousia arenicola - USA
Ledebouria socialis - France
Liriope muscari* - France
Lomelosia cretica - Spain
Lunaria annua - France
Mahonia japonica* - Spain
Manihot grahamii - France
Melianthus major* - Spain
Mirabilis jalapa - France
Narcissus bulbocodium* - Germany
Nicandra physalodes - Greece
Nigella damascena - France
Origanum dictamnus - France
Perilla frutescens var. crispa* - France
Periploca laevigata subsp. angustifolia - Malta
Physostegia virginiana - France
Retama monosperma - Spain
Rhodotypos scandens - France
Ricinus communis 'Carmencita'* - France
Salvia apiana - France
Salvia hierosolymitana - USA
Salvia interrupta - France
Salvia munzii - France
Salvia sclarea - France
Scilla peruviana - France
Sesbania punicea - France
Sisyrinchium angustifolium - France
Strelitzia nicolai - Spain
Tanacetum haradjanii - Spain

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 ( * = Award of Garden Merit, given by the Royal Horticultural Society)

Acacia adunca - France

Acacia boormanii - France

Acacia covenyi - France

Acacia cultriformis - France

Acacia dealbata* - Spain

Acacia farnesiana - France

Acacia fimbriata - France

Acacia imbricate - France

Acacia iteaphylla - France

Acacia podalyriifolia - France

Acacia saligna - Spain

Acacia semilunata - France

Acacia spectabilis - USA

Acacia uncinata - France

Acacia verticillata - France

Acacia vestita - France

Acacia vestita 'Sainte Hélène' - France

Acanthus mollis - Spain

Achillea coarctata - France

Achillea filipendulina - France

Achillea sp. - Greece

Achillea umbellata - Spain

Adiantum hispidulum - France

Aethionema sp. - France

Agapanthus africanus* - France

Agrostemma githago - Spain

Aichryson laxum - USA

Akebia trifoliata - Belgium

Albuca namaquensis - France

Albuca nelsonii - France

Alcea rosea - Turkey

Alcea rugosa - France

Allium cristophii* - France

Allium neapolitanum - Spain

Allium roseum - Greece

Allium triquetrum - France

Allium tuberosum - France

Aloe striata - France

Althaea cannabina - France

Alyogyne huegelii - Greece

Ampelaster carolinianus - USA

Ampelopsis glandulosa f. elegans - France

Ampelodesmos mauritanicus - Spain

Amphilophium buccinatorium - Spain

Amsonia tabernaemontana - France

Anisodontea malvastroides - France

Antigonon leptopus - India

Antirrhinum majus - Portugal

Aquilegia vulgaris - Turkey

Argemone ochroleuca - Belgium

Aristea ecklonii - USA

Aristida purpurea - USA

Armeria pungens - Spain

Asclepias curassavica - USA

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' - USA

Asclepias sp. - Greece

Asparagus aethiopicus (syn. Asparagus sprengeri) - Turkey

Asphodeline liburnica - France

Asphodeline lutea - Spain

Asphodeline lutea - USA

Asphodelus ramosus - France

Asplenium scolopendrium - France

Aster patens - Spain

Asteriscus sericeus - Spain

Athamanta turbith - USA

Aurinia saxatilis - France

Azara dentata - Belgium

Babiana stricta* - Greece

Ballota hirsuta - Spain

Ballota pseudodictamnus* - Greece

Baptisia australis - USA

Bartlettina sordida - India

Bauhinia variegata - Spain

Bauhinia yunnanensis - France

Begonia grandis* - France

Begonia dregei - France

Beschorneria yuccoides* - France

Beschorneria yuccoides* - Greece

Billardiera longiflora* - USA

Bocconia frutescens - Spain

Bocconia latisepala - USA

Borago officinalis 'Alba' - Spain

Brachyglottis rotundifolia - New Zealand

Brahea armata* - USA

Brodiaea californica - France

Bulbine frutescens - Spain

Bulbine frutescens - USA

Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark' - Portugal

Caesalpinia gilliesii* - Greece

Calamagrostis arundinacea - France

Calendula officinalis - France

Calicotome villosa - France

Callicarpa acuminata - France

Callicarpa bodinieri - Spain

Callistemon citrinus - Portugal

Callistemon macropunctatus

Callistemon viminalis - Portugal

Calotropis procera - Spain

Campanula pyramidalis - France

Campsis grandiflora - Italy

Camptosema rubicundum - France

Canna indica - Spain

Canna iridiflora - USA

Canna patens - Norway

Capsicum annuum 'Gorria' (piment d'Espelette) - Greece

Capsicum baccatum 'Bishop's Crown' - France

Cardiospermum halicacabum - France

Carex trifida - France

Carissa bispinosa - Spain

Cassine papillosa - Spain

Catananche caerulea - Great Britain

Catananche caerulea - France

Catananche caerulea 'Tizi n'Test' - France

Cedrus libani - Spain

Celosia spicata - Greece

Cenolophium denudatum* - USA

Centaurea cyanoides 'Blue Carpet' - Spain

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides* - France

Ceratostigma willmottianum* - France

Cerinthe sp. - France

Cerinthe major subsp. purpurascens - France

Chamaerops humilis* - Spain

Chasmanthium latifolium - France

Cheirolophus canariensis subsp. subexpinnata - Italy

Cheirolophus crassifolius -Malta

Chimonanthus praecox - France

Chlorogalum pomeridianum - USA

Cistus albidus - Portugal

Cistus creticus - Greece

Cistus crispus - Portugal

Cistus ladanifer - Portugal

Cistus salviifolius - Portugal

Cladrastis kentukea - Romania

Clematis armandii - France

Clematis integrifolia - France

Clematis mandschurica - France

Cneorum tricoccon - France

Coreopsis gigantea - Spain

Coriaria myrtifolia - France

Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca* - Portugal

Corynabutilon x suntense (syn. Abutilon x suntense) - Belgium

Cosmos bipinnatus - TurkeyCosmos sulphureus - FranceCotula lineariloba - France

Crataegus mexicana - USA

Crataegus nigra - Romania

Crithmum maritimum - France

Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora - Greece

Crocus goulimyi - Greece

Crupina crupinastrum - Greece

Cyclamen coum* - Great Britain

Cyclamen hederifolium* - Great Britain

Cyclamen persicum - Greece

Cyclanthera pedate - France

Cynara cardunculus* - South Africa

Cyperus 'Chira' - Turkey

Cyphomandra betacea - USA

Dais cotinifolia - USA

Delphinium sp. - France

Delphinium staphisagria - France

Dianthus anatolicus - Spain

Dianthus barbatus - France

Dianthus broteroi - Spain

Dianthus carthusianorum - France

Dianthus giganteus - Italy

Dianthus rupicola - Spain

Dichelostemma congestum - USA

Dichelostemma multiflorum - USA

Dierama pulcherrimum - USA

Dietes bicolor - Portugal

Dietes grandiflora - France

Digitalis laevigata - Italy

Digitalis lanata - Greece

Digitalis lutea* - Greece

Digitalis lutea subsp. Australis - Italy

Digitalis minor - Spain

Digitalis obscura - France

Dodonaea viscosa - Turkey

Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' - France

Dolichandra unguis-cati (syn. Macfadyena unguis-cati)* - France

Dolichandra unguis-cati (syn. Macfadyena unguis-cati)* - Italy

Dorycnium hirsutum - USA

Dracunculus vulgaris - Belgium

Dregea sinensis - Belgium

Drimia marítima - Jordan

Drimia pancration - Malta

Dryopteris filix-mas - France

Duranta erecta - France

Echinops spinosissimus - France

Echium fastuosum - Spain

Echium fastuosum - USA

Echium wildpretii* - Greece

Encelia farinosa - France Eremurus robustus* - PBS

Erigeron karvinskianus* - France

Eriocephalus africanus - ItalyEriogonum grande var. rubescens - USA

Eritrichium pectinatum - USA

Eryngium yuccifolium - USA

Erythrina crista-galli* - Spain

Eucalyptus leucoxylon - France

Eucalyptus leucoxylon subsp. Megalocarpa - France

Eucalyptus torquata - Morocco

Euphorbia bivonae - Spain

Euphorbia rigida* - France

Euryops pectinatus* - France

Felicia fruticosa - Italy

Festuca californica - USA

Francoa appendiculata - USA

Francoa sonchifolia - USA

Freesia alba - FranceFreesia laxa (white form)* - Greece

Freesia laxa (red form) - Italy

Freesia laxa (salmon with red spots) - USA

Freesia leichtlinii - Greece

Freylinia lanceolata - FranceFuchsia boliviana - USA

Gaillardia aristata - Turkey

Gasteria baylissiana - France

Gasteria obliqua - USA

Gaura lindheimeri* - France

Gaura lindheimeri* - Spain

Gilia capitata

Gladiolus communis* - France

Gladiolus tristis - Greece

Glaucium corniculatum - France

Grevillea lanigera - France

Habranthus robustus - France

Habranthus robustus* - Greece

Habranthus tubispathus - France

Hakonechloa macra - France

Halimium voldii - Greece

Haloragis erecta - France

Helichrysum orientale - France

Hesperaloe parviflora - France

Hesperaloe parviflora - Spain

Hesperis matronalis    

Heteropterys glabra - Australia

Hibiscus coccineus - France

Hibiscus coccineus (white) - France

Hibiscus mutabilis* - France

Hymenosporum flavum - France

Hypericum perforatum - Turkey

Iberis sempervirens - France

Ipomoea alba - Greece

Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott' - Greece

Ipomoea purpurea 'Knolia's Black' - Tanzania

Ipomoea 'Royal Ensign' - Italy

Ipomoea 'Star of Yalta' - Italy

Ipomoea 'Sunrise Serenade' - Tanzania

Iris domestica (syn. Belamcanda chinensis) - France

Iris foetidissima* - Italy

Iris graminea* - Belgium

Iris orientalis* - Greece

Kirengeshoma palmata - USA

Kitaibelia vitifolia - USA

Kitaibelia vitifolia - France

Kniphofia rooperi* - France

Kniphofia sarmentosa - France

Kniphofia uvaria - France

Lablab purpureus - Greece

Lachenalia mathewsii - Australia

Lachenalia pustulata* - South Africa

Lapeirousia arenicola - USA

Lathyrus latifolius - France

Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana'* - FranceLathyrus odoratus 'Nimbus' - USA

Lathyrus odoratus x belinensis 'Erewhon' - USA

Lathyrus vernus 'Alboroseus'* - Great BritainLavandula dentata - France

Lavandula stoechas - TurkeyLedebouria socialis - France

Leucaena leucocephala - Jordan

Libertia chilensis* - France

Lilium brownie - Spain

Lilium candidum - Greece

Lilium henryi* - France

Lilium martagon* - Belgium

Lilium pardalinum subsp. shastense - USA

Limonium insigne - Spain

Limonium perezii - USA

Liriope muscari* - France

Lomelosia cretica - France

Lomelosia cretica - Spain

Lomelosia hymettia - France

Lomelosia minoana - France

Lophospermum erubescens* - France

Lophospermum scandens 'Snowwhite' - France

Lunaria annua - France

Lunaria annua 'Alba Variegata'* - Greece

Lunaria annua 'Chedglow' - Belgium

Lunaria annua 'Rosemary Verey' - USA

Lupinus luteus - Portugal

Lupinus microcarpus - USALupinus pilosus - France

Mackaya bella - France

Mahonia japonica* - Spain

Malva assurgentiflora - USA

Malvastrum lateritium - France

Mandevilla laxa* - Greece

Manihot grahamii - France

Marcetella maderensis - France

Marrubium supinum - France

Massonia pustulata (Green Form)* - Greece

Matthiola fruticulosa - Greece

Matthiola incana - Italy

Matthiola sinuata - France

Maurandya barclayana (syn. Asarina barclaiana) - France

Melaleuca diosmifolia - Italy

Melaleuca elliptica - France

Melaleuca ericifolia - Spain

Melaleuca lanceolata - Australia

Melianthus major* - Spain

Melica ciliata - Belgium

Mirabilis jalapa - France

Mirabilis jalapa - Greece

Moraea huttonii - USA

Muscari armeniacum - France

Muscari botryoides - Belgium

Muscari latifolium - France

Myrica californica - USA

Narcissus bulbocodium* - Germany

Nicandra physalodes – France

Nicandra physalodes - Greece

Nicotiana sylvestris* - France

Nigella ciliaris - Cyprus

Nigella damascena - France

Nigella damascena (white) - Spain

Nolina beldingii - France

Ocimum basilicum - France

Ocimum basilicum 'Horapha' (Thai basil) - France

Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Genovese' - Greece

Oenothera odorata - France

Oenothera tetragona - Portugal

Onosma graeca - Greece

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'* - France

Opuntia phaeacantha - USA

Origanum dictamnus - France

Orlaya grandiflora* - France

Ornithogalum candicans - USA

Ornithogalum saundersiae - Italy

Oxypetalum coeruleum* - France

Paederia foetida - France

Paeonia officinalis - France

Paeonia ostii - Australia

Paeonia x lagodechiana - Belgium

Paliurus spina-christi - Australia

Pancratium maritimum - Portugal

Pandorea jasminoides* - Spain

Pandorea jasminoides (white)* - France

Papaver atlanticum - France

Papaver orientale - France

Papaver rhoeas - South Africa

Papaver rhoeas 'American Legion' - USA

Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group - France

Papaver somniferum (dark purple) - South Africa

Papaver somniferum (mixed colours) - Norway

Papaver somniferum Paeoniiflorum Group (pink) - France

Papaver somniferum Paeoniiflorum Group (red) - France

Paradisea liliastrum* - USA

Passiflora capsularis 'Vanilla Cream' - France

Paulownia tomentosa* - Portugal

Pavonia hastata - France

Pavonia missionum - France

Pavonia praemorsa - USA

Pelargonium acetosum - France

Pennisetum alopecuroides var. viridescens - Turkey

Pennisetum massaicum 'Red Buttons' - Spain

Pennisetum villosum* - France

Penstemon 'Red Rocks' - USAPenstemon digitalis 'Mystica' - France

Penstemon eatonii - GreecePenstemon hirsutus - France

Pericallis hybrida - Spain

Perilla frutescens var. crispa* - France

Periploca laevigata subsp. angustifolia - Malta

Petrea volubilis - Spain

Phacelia campanularia - USA

Phacelia tanacetifolia - USA

Phlomis bovei 'Maroccana' - France

Phlomis fruticosa - France

Phlomis leucophracta - Spain

Phlomis lychnitis - Spain

Phlomis purpurea - France

Phlomis russeliana* - France

Phlomis samia - France

Physalis ixocarpa - Turkey

Physostegia virginiana - France

Pittosporum tobira* - France

Platycodon grandifloras* - France

Podocarpus macrophyllus - Spain

Podocarpus neriifolius - Spain

Podranea ricasoliana - Spain

Polemonium pauciflorum - Belgium

Potentilla crantzii - USA

Psephellus bellus (syn. Centaurea bella) - France

Ptilostemon chamaepeuce - France

Purshia stansburiana - USA

Puya mirabilis - Spain

Radermachera sinica* - USA

Rehmannia elata* - France

Retama monosperma - Portugal

Retama monosperma - Spain

Retama sphaerocarpa - Spain

Rhaphiolepis indica - France

Rhaphiolepis umbellata - Spain

Rhodotypos scandens - France

Rhus integrifolia - USA

Ricinus communis - Turkey

Ricinus communis 'Carmencita'* - France

Robinia pseudoacacia - France

Roldana petasitis - Cyprus

Ruellia makoyana - USA

Ruellia nudiflora - France

Ruellia squarrosa - France

Rumex vesicarius - Greece

Ruta odorata - USA

Sabal minor - Turkey

Sabal palmetto - Turkey

Salvia aethiopis - Greece

Salvia africana-caerulea - Greece

Salvia apiana - France

Salvia bulleyana - USA

Salvia canariensis - Australia

Salvia candelabrum* - France

Salvia coccinea - Cyprus

Salvia desoleana - Greece

Salvia disermas - Australia

Salvia eigii - Greece

Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder' - Greece

Salvia forsskaolei - Belgium

Salvia glutinosa - Greece

Salvia hierosolymitana - Cyprus

Salvia hierosolymitana - Great Britain

Salvia hierosolymitana - USA

Salvia indica - Cyprus

Salvia interrupta - France

Salvia judaica - Belgium

Salvia lyrata - Italy

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout' - Italy

Salvia microphylla 'La Foux' - USA

Salvia munzii - France

Salvia namaensis - Italy

Salvia nemorosa - Portugal

Salvia nubicola - USA

Salvia officinalis subsp. Lavandulifolia - Spain

Salvia palaestina - Greece

Salvia patens - France

Salvia pinnata - Italy

Salvia pratensis subsp. Haematodes* - Greece

Salvia roemeriana 'Hot Trumpets' - Portugal

Salvia scabra - Greece

Salvia sclarea - France

Salvia sclarea - Greece

Salvia sclarea 'Alba' - France

Salvia sclarea 'Vatican White' - Portugal

Salvia splendens 'Jimi's Good Red' - Greece

Salvia splendens 'Yvonne's Giant' - France

Salvia tingitana - Australia

Salvia verbenaca - Portugal

Salvia viridis 'Pink Sundae' - Cyprus

Santolina impressa - Spain

Santolina x lindavica - France

Scabiosa cretica - Spain

Scabiosa japonica - Belgium

Scaligeria napiformis - Greece

Schisandra propinqua subsp. Sinensis - Belgium

Scilla peruviana - France

Senecio linifolius - France

Senecio sempervivus - France

Senna occidentalis - Turkey

Sesbania punicea - France

Sesbania punicea - Turkey

Sideritis cypria - Spain

Silene coronaria 'Alba' - France

Silene pusilla - Belgium

Silene samojedorum - USA

Sisyrinchium angustifolium - France

Sisyrinchium striatum - France

Sonchus acaulis - Italy

Sophora davidii - France

Spartium junceum* - Portugal

Stachys germanica - Portugal

Staehelina dubia - PortugalStipa gigantea* - France

Stipa ichu - France

Strelitzia nicolai - Spain

Styrax hemsleyanus - USA

Tagetes lemmonii - France

Talinum paniculatum - France

Tamarindus indica - Thailand

Tanacetum cinerariifolium - France

Tanacetum haradjanii - Spain

Taxodium distichum - France

Tecoma fulva subsp. garrocha - France

Tecoma stans - Spain

Tellima grandiflora - Italy

Teucrium asiaticum - Spain

Teucrium flavum - Spain

Teucrium hircanicum - France

Teucrium kotschyanum - Cyprus

Thymus mastichina - Spain

Tithonia rotundifolia 'Red Torch' - France

Trachelium caeruleum* - Portugal

Trachelospermum asiaticum* - France

Trachelospermum jasminoides - France

Trifolium repens - Turkey

Triteleia laxa - USA

Tritonia crocata* - Greece

Tulbaghia violacea* - France

Veltheimia bracteata - USA

Verbascum blattaria f. albiflora - Belgium

Verbascum phoeniceum - Norway

Verbena bonariensis* - Portugal

Verbena rigida - France

Viburnum lantana - Romania

Vitex agnus-castus - Greece

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora - Great Britain

Wisteria sinensis - Greece

Zanthoxylum armatum (Timut pepper) - France

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