Beautiful Plants for Edible Landscaping: Double Duty & Pollinator Friendly

Blue Pod Capucijners Pea (pre 1800)(Pisum sativum cv.)
Blue Pod Capucijners Pea (pre 1800)(Pisum sativum cv.)
The Blue-podded Capucijner (cap-ou-SIGH-nah) is a hardy pea first grown by the Franciscan Capuchin monks. Its particularly beautiful, bi-colored flowers are lilac/pink and wine-red/purple, fading to blue as they wilt; pods are deep inky purple/blue. It is best used to make delicious, full-bodied soups; also an edible-podded sugar peaGreat long term storage food. Beautiful heirloom pea that is pretty enough to grow as an ornamental for the edible gardening fans, even if you don't like peas. The dark colored pods really stand out against the background of the bright green leaves making them very easy to pick. It is a good choice for children and the elderly. Approximately 15-20 seeds per packet. (read more below)
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Bueno Mulata Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum) – SEED
Bueno Mulata Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum) – SEED
A rare, extremely productive, stunning hot pepper! Buena Mulata is a long, pointed, violet-colored Cayenne that is startlingly beautiful and packs high voltage flavor along with its heat. The long, round pods measure as much as 6 to 7 " undergoing a flavor change as they ripen. Like a chameleon, ripening violet to pinkish-flesh color, then orange changing to brown, and eventually to a deep red. The reds being sweeter and meatier than the violets. A stunning plant, with its purple streaked leaves and fruits. Grows well in pots. Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost and transplant into garden well after the danger of frost. Days to maturity: 75-80
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Elephant Head Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus)
Elephant Head Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus)
(Amaranthus caudatus) Annual Huge dark burgundy red plumes look as if an elephant is raising its trunk into the air. Long bloomer that grows to 5', (152 cm) grabbing attention in the garden. It is also an excellent cut flower. An heirloom that was brought here from Germany in the 1880’s; seeds are edible and can be popped, cooked like a grain or ground into flour. Not only are the seeds edible, but the young leaves are nutritious greens.
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Indigo Rose Tomato – SEED
Indigo Rose Tomato – SEED
INDIGO ROSE tomato: Darkest tomato bred so far, exceptionally high in anthocyanins. If you want a really, really purple tomato that can be as black as an eggplant, give Indigo Rose a try! Gorgeous in a mixed border (see pic) 1-2 oz fruit Perfect for edible landscaping!
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Sadies Horse Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
Sadies Horse Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
A beautiful heirloom runner with huge beans have to be seen to be believed! - a gorgeous mix of colors including pink mottled black, lavender mottled brown and pure white. The vigorous vines are covered in a mix of white and almost fluorescent orange/red flowers all summer long and also attracts hummingbirds. Simply breathtaking! (110 days for dried beans) Pole. Sadie's Horse Runner Bean Seeds have 15-20 seeds per packet. Runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus)  
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Trionfo Violetto Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Trionfo Violetto Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Translated from Italian, this bean's name means "purple triumph", and this Italian heirloom will surely win you over! This treasure is a crisp, flavorful treat & highly ornamental. Abundant lavender flowers bloom against lush green foliage with a hint of burgundy that almost seems to be applied with a water-color brush. All of this accented against slender, dark stems, and long, thin, purple beans that are delicious fresh off the vine! It is so pretty you may want to grow it even if you don’t eat a single bean! Stunning, prolific, and delicious! Read about growing beans in my blog post here.
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Triple Purple Orach (Atriplex hortensis)
Triple Purple Orach (Atriplex hortensis)
Very darkest of all salad greens, a few years ago I would not have given you two cents for a packet of orach seeds. Now I wouldn't be without this nutrient dense powerhouse. This orach variety loves hot weather, and keeps its profound colour while many other greens have gone pale. The succulent savoyed leaves have a refreshing and faintly salty taste that combines beautifully in summer salads; great as a baby salad gree too.  Used to great effect in the "edible landscape". Experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to some of its unique mineral, vitamin, and organic compounds that are beneficial for human health.  Orach contains significant levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, carotenes, protein, anthocyanins, zinc, selenium, tryptophan, and dietary fiber.
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Velvet Red Cherry Tomato – SEED
Velvet Red Cherry Tomato – SEED
aka Angora Super Sweet Winner of the 2009 Tomato Tasting at SSE’s Heritage Farm. From SSE member Joe Bratka of Elmwood, New Jersey. Striking silvery gray dusty miller-type foliage. Heavy yields of 1" cherry tomatoes, excellent sweet flavor. The ‘Velvet Red Tomato’ is almost too bizarre to be real, the leaves of this extraordinary heirloom plant being a fuzzy silvery gray colour, and the skins of these scrumptious, supersweet little red cherry tomatoes are velvety! This is not only an ornamental plant, though, as the fruit is absolutely delicious. This spectacular novelty tomato, a great selection for a patio garden, grown from these rare seeds, might be the most beautiful ornamental vegetable you will ever grow and is guaranteed to turn heads! (SEMI-BUSH) Occasionally a non-silvery plant will appear. Indeterminate, 75-80 days from transplant
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