The leek is a vegetable--a cultivar of Allium ampeloprasum, the broadleaf wild leek. The edible part of the plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths called a stem or stalk. Our packs have around 200 seeds and around 9000 per ounce. This variety is very cold tolerant. I mean, we had over 5 below zero winter cold snaps, and they were still standing tall! You should start seeds in August for early summer harvest; this is one that you should start seeds every month. It's a great candidate for blanket seeding in raised beds, and they transplant well. Happy growing!!!