Why are growing numbers of people choosing to buy seeds from Irish seed savers?

The ethos here at Irish Seed Savers Association, is to conserve and distribute wonderful rare and heritage varieties, as well as to encourage the skills of saving your own seed and empowering people to do this in their own gardens, small holdings or farms.

All of our seeds are grown and saved in Ireland and are Open Pollinated which allows you to save your own seeds from them, keeping the variety true to type. By choosing Irish Seed Savers’ Open Pollinated Seeds you contribute to keeping food security in your own hands and Irish agricultural biodiversity alive and vibrant.

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  • ‘Ruby Regis’ Lavatera

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    Our seed for this variety came from ‘Bôite de Graines’ a seed company in France where our former staff member Flora Barteau now works. It is a stunning upright bushy annual with masses of deep-veined, funnel-shaped, bright pink blooms. Certified Organic
  • Aquilegia/Granny’s Bonnet

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    A graceful but hardy plant, with delicate, purple/mauve/pink flowers that sit on tall stems above a mound of scalloped foliage. Also known as ‘Granny’s Bonnet’. Flowers May to June. Good for cut flowers, or seed heads can be dried for winter displays. Slugs don’t like it! Certified Organic
  • Autumn Hawkbit

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This native perennial wildflower grows to about 25 cm high. It has bright golden-yellow, red-streaked flower-heads on branched stems that appear from July to October. The attractive green leaves are oblong-shaped with narrow, wavy lobes. Seeds are best started in pots, left to overwinter outside, and planted out in plugs in the spring. Certified Organic
  • Bluebells

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    These beautiful late-spring native flowers like to grow in shady conditions that mirror their classic woodland habitat, but will tolerate sunny and semi-sunny sites. Lovely, tubular, purple-blue flowers droop on top of the long racemes that emerge from April-June. Seeds are best started in pots, left to overwinter outside, and planted out in plugs in the spring.
  • Calendula Marigold

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    Calendula officinalis, also known as the pot marigold or common marigold, is a flowering plant in the daisy family. It is probably native to southern Europe, though its exact origin is unknown. It is a robust plant with bright green leaves and cheerful orange and yellow-gold flowers. The flower petals can be eaten, it is good for companion planting, and it has lots of medicinal uses. Certified Organic
  • Electric Daisy ‘Bulls Eye’

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    Traditionally used in Brazil as a herbal remedy for dental pain, this plant is also known as ‘toothache plant’ and ‘tingflower’, owing to the numbing-buzzing sensation delivered to the mouth if leaves or flowers are chewed. The cone-shaped flower head is golden-yellow, with a dark red ‘bullseye’ in the centre. Flowering from mid-summer to early autumn, this plant is a lovely and intriguing addition to the garden. Certified Organic
  • Elephant Amaranth

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This is an heirloom variety that went to the USA with German immigrants in 1880. A plant with character and striking beauty, this variety can grow up to 1.5 m tall, with a thick, maroon-red flowering stalk that looks like a raised elephant trunk. As well as its stunning flower display, the young leaves are edible. Certified Organic
  • Foxglove

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This striking native wildflower loves the edge of shady places - hedgerows banks, woodlands, mountains and moors. An elegant plant with dozens of purple, inner-speckled, tubular flowers that cluster around a tall stem, reaching 1.5m in height. As a biennial, the plants will produce foliage in their first year, with the magical flowering spikes developing in the second. Certified Organic
  • French Honeysuckle

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    A hardy perennial, once seen never forgotten! This 1m tall open bush has silver rimmed leaves and fantastic, fragrant, dense spikes of crimson red flowers, which are rich in nectar. Best grown in a sunny position but likes moist soil. A member of the legume family, this plant is also nitrogen fixing. Certified Organic
  • Honesty (White Flower)

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This very unique white variety was donated to us by Philip McSheffrey of Donegal. Philip’s uncle John had brought it over from Greenock in Scotland in the 1970s, and the family have grown it ever since. Although there was one year when the family’s seed harvest failed, luckily they had given some seed to a 94-year-old lady who saved this rare flower from extinction. It has the most stunning display of pure white, foaming flowers, from which you can harvest the shimmering cellophane-like seed pods for displays. Certified Organic
  • McAnallen Sunflower

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This is a remarkably large and robust sunflower. With food or oil crops in mind for the future this variety has serious potential. It is a striking and lovely plant, and also supports hordes of pollinator insects and birdlife. These flowers have been a gorgeous talking point in the Seed Savers gardens over the summers. Kindly donated by Brendan (RIP) & Bridget McAnallen of Co. Tyrone.
  • Oeillet Gem Tagetes-Marigold

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    The flowers of this variety are yellow and orange in colour, blooming abundantly from July until the first frost. This is an edible variety, with lovely tangerine-scented leaves and flowers making a tasty addition to salads, soups, desserts and teas. Certified Organic
  • Ox-Eye Daisy

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This large, cheerful wildflower grows to 80cm tall, with flowerheads 25-50mm in diameter. The flowers consist of soft yellow centres, surrounded by bright white rays. A dramatic and lovely native plant to add to the garden. Seeds are best started in pots, left to overwinter outside, and planted out in plugs in the spring. Certified Organic
  • Pinwheel Metamorph (Tagetes-Marigold)

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    Given to us by ‘Peace Seeds’ in Oregon, USA, these plants provide an absolutely stunning display of dark red, orange and yellow concentric-striped flowers, blooming in vivid profusion from May to October. Tall plants up to 1m high, with the pungent ‘tagetes’ smell that can help to put off pests. Certified Organic
  • Poppy Mix

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This is a mix of poppies in various shades of colour: pink, magenta, mauve and purple. Some have frilly petals or double blooms! Easy to grow, this flower is best direct sown. Self-seeds easily if the stunning mature seed heads have been left to develop. Certified Organic
  • Purple Poppy

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    A large, handsome and cheery poppy, with lilac petals that form dark patches at the base. The leaves are lobed and wrinkled, the stems a beautiful bluish green. They produce large seed capsules, and the attractive seed heads make great additions to dried flower arrangements. Super easy to save the seeds.
  • Red Campion

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)

    This lovely tall flower likes shadier conditions such as hedgerows, woods and grassy banks. The attractive, pink-red, 5-petalled flowers are 2-3cm across and bloom from May to September. The plants themselves can grow quite large – from 30cm to 1m in height. Seeds are best started in pots, left to overwinter outside, and planted out in plugs in the spring.  As this species is dioecious (with male and female flowers on separate plants) it is important to grow out both males and females if you want the plants to self-seed (which they do readily!), or otherwise select only males to limit the spread.

    Certified Organic

  • Shungiku

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    A spectacular display of yellow and orange flowers in early summer. Very attractive to bees, hoverflies, and other beneficial insects. Also used widely in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese dishes, lightly cooked in soups, stews, and hotpots giving a unique aromatic flavour. Certified Organic
  • Sweet Pea

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)
    This tall, climbing sweet pea has traditional old-fashioned mix of pink, white, mauve and purple colours, and that most lovely evocative fragrance. Best given support to get the most out of this lovely flower. Certified Organic
  • Tobacco

    3.75 (3.75 incl VAT)

    Tobacco plant, Nicotiana, has become a popular bedding plant in recent years. This lovely variety is especially tall-growing, with broad, luscious leaves and crowned with many pink-white trumpet-shaped flowers.

    Certified Organic

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