William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

The Roughwood Seed Collection, which now comprises about 4000 varieties of heirloom food plants, was begun informally in 1932 by my grandfather H. Ralph Weaver (1896-1956).

I discovered his seed collection at the bottom of a freezer many years later and decided to take on the responsibility of growing out the rare and unusual plants he had accumulated. Since then, I have added thousands of new plants to the collection (and given it the name Roughwood, after my 1805 house in Devon, Pennsylvania) .


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Abyssinian Mustard - Ethiopian Kale

Abyssinian Mustard - Ethiopian Kale WW227

This extremely rare member of the cabbage family (Brassica carinata) is... Read More
Amerikanscher Brauner Lettuce

Amerikanscher Brauner Lettuce WW147

This scarce Pennsylvania Dutch variety with crimped and deeply ruffled... Read More
Ancash Market Cucumber

Ancash Market Cucumber WW127

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! Collected in Chacas, Peru by the late... Read More
Atlantic Prize Tomato

Atlantic Prize Tomato WW112

(Lycopersicon lycopersicon) Our original seed was acquired in 1993 from... Read More
Ba-Ye-Qi Sorghum

Ba-Ye-Qi Sorghum WW128

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare heirloom from Central Asia... Read More
Balloon Lettuce

Balloon Lettuce WW145

A delicate romaine type summer lettuce dating from the 1800s,... Read More
Big Red Ripper Cowpea

Big Red Ripper Cowpea WW167

Also known as Mandy and Tory, this large seeded cowpea... Read More
Biquinho Hot Pepper

Biquinho Hot Pepper HPP501

Pronounced bee-KEE-nyo, the name of this landrace from Brazil means “little... Read More
Botswana Black-eye Cowpea

Botswana Black-eye Cowpea WW244

This old African landrace was found among the seed stalls in the farmers’... Read More
Brown Lazy Wife

Brown Lazy Wife WW119

The lentil bean, otherwise known among the Pennsylvania Dutch as Brown... Read More
Buena Mulata Hot Pepper

Buena Mulata Hot Pepper HPP500

A very rare, extremely productive, and stunning hot pepper being offered... Read More
Cape Greko Mustard

Cape Greko Mustard WW226

It is not often that a wild species moves seamlessly from its rocky coastal... Read More
Coco Jaune de Chine Bean

Coco Jaune de Chine Bean WW241

This heirloom classic is used both as a snap bean when young and as a dry... Read More
Cypriot Watermelon

Cypriot Watermelon WW113

Citrullus lanatus We discovered this classic Cypriot watermelon in 1996... Read More
Debbie's Pink Tomato

Debbie's Pink Tomato WW188

Debbie’s Pink is the product of a selective breeding program begun by Dr.... Read More
Deitrich's Wild Broccoli Rabe

Deitrich's Wild Broccoli Rabe WWE210

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. Directors of the Experimental Farm Network selected... Read More
Dr. Lyle Tomato

Dr. Lyle Tomato WW187

This rare regular leaf strain of the original Mikado (there are 2 genetic... Read More
Dutch Knuckle Bean

Dutch Knuckle Bean WW243

This rare heirloom is a landrace originating near Limburg, Netherlands,... Read More
Egyptian Okra

Egyptian Okra WW129

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! We acquired this rare landrace from... Read More
Elephant Trunk Pepper

Elephant Trunk Pepper WW169

This spicy cherry red heirloom pepper tracing to Central America was saved... Read More
Eva Purple Ball Tomato

Eva Purple Ball Tomato WW197

This... Read More
Fejee Improved Tomato

Fejee Improved Tomato WW179

This tomato came in to my grandfather ’s collection from his... Read More
Fiaschetto di Manduria Tomato

Fiaschetto di Manduria Tomato WWE205

'Fiaschetto'... Read More
Fruher Heinrich Pea

Fruher Heinrich Pea WW160

This German heirloom dating from the 1800s was popular all over Europe... Read More
Gagon Cucumber

Gagon Cucumber WW194

This rare Bhutanese cucumber thrives in cool northern climates, but also... Read More
Galina Tomato

Galina Tomato WWE204

This... Read More
Golden Juniata Tomato

Golden Juniata Tomato WW111

(Lycopersicon lycopersicon) This is probably one of the best of the Victorian-era... Read More
Governor Pennypacker Tomato

Governor Pennypacker Tomato WW213

Developed about 1908 by a Bucks County, PA farmer, and named in honor of... Read More
Grandpa's White Wax Tomato

Grandpa's White Wax Tomato WW178

Found in my grandfathers frozen seed collection many years... Read More
Green Gage Yellow Tomato

Green Gage Yellow Tomato WW125

One of our favorite cottage garden tomatoes. This Victorian classic was... Read More
Haricot Rouge de Syrie Bean

Haricot Rouge de Syrie Bean WW222

This elegant pre-1834 bush bean originated in Brazil but was taken to France where... Read More
Haskorea Pepper

Haskorea Pepper WWE255

'Haskorea' pepper seeds were originally collected in 1999 at the Bab al-Faraj... Read More
Hithadhoo Maldives Melon

Hithadhoo Maldives Melon WWE251

Unless you've lived and farmed in the Indian Ocean region, it's safe to... Read More
Homs 11 Tomato

Homs 11 Tomato WWE207

Indian Hannah Bean

Indian Hannah Bean WW247

This Native American corn hill bean is probably one of the most culturally important... Read More
Kandahar Pendi Okra

Kandahar Pendi Okra WWE191

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. If you've struggled with growing okra in the past,... Read More
Kaulback's Tavern Bean

Kaulback's Tavern Bean WW225

This is one of the most historic Pennsylvania heirlooms in the Roughwood... Read More
KC 146 Tomato

KC 146 Tomato WW208

This... Read More
Khiva Cucumber

Khiva Cucumber WW142

This rare cucumber resembling kiwi fruit or small netted melons, was first... Read More
Landis Winter Lettuce

Landis Winter Lettuce WW106

(Lactuca sativa) We acquired this dark green classic Pennsylvania Dutch... Read More
Lie Ke Yieh Chieh Tzu Eggplant

Lie Ke Yieh Chieh Tzu Eggplant WW162

Collected in China in the 1930s, this old heirloom variety is both sweet... Read More
Livingston's Favorite Tomato

Livingston's Favorite Tomato WW124

Developed in 1883 by Ohio tomato breeder Alexander Livingston. This beautiful... Read More
Louvana Cyprus Grass Pea

Louvana Cyprus Grass Pea WW239

Makataan Watermelon

Makataan Watermelon WW134

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare and unusual preserving melon... Read More
Mallorcan Winter Tomato

Mallorcan Winter Tomato WW135

This unusual tomato from the Spanish island of Mallorca is used almost... Read More
Mary's Niagra Ground Cherry

Mary's Niagra Ground Cherry WWE250

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. We're very excited to be offering this variety... Read More
Minsk Early Tomato

Minsk Early Tomato WW203

New Hampshire Victor Tomato

New Hampshire Victor Tomato WWE206

New Hanover Ground Cherry

New Hanover Ground Cherry WWE195

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. Ground cherries are close relatives of tomatillos,... Read More
Nistru Tomato

Nistru Tomato WWE199

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