Seeking Jugs of Native Wildflower Seed

edlincoln(6A)April 10, 2013

I sometimes see big containers full of a mixture of wildflower seed and some sort of filler. The idea is you scatter or sprinkle the seeds.

Does anyone know of a fairly inexpensive version that uses only native plants? Ideally cold tolerant New England perennials, but I'd accept any North American plants. Ideally cheap. I want something I can scatter on an embankment.

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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Don't know of a source with the seed and filler mix, but two sources I've used for wildflower seeds are American Meadows (americanmeadows.com) and Everwilde Farms (everwilde.com). AM does sell wildflower mixes by region, so should have several tailored for the Northeast. I'm more familiar with EF as their varieties and quantity options are usually a better match for my urban lot projects. You'll have to pick seeds for your own mix if you want only perennials. Both firms should provide coverage estimates on their mixes to get to a cost for the area you're planning to seed.

Edit - Forgot to add that not all AM mixes are 100% native and the EF native mixes probably are, but from an Upper Midwest (USA) perspective. Both do list the varieties used in each mix. Just noticed AM does now have a mix of NE native perennials and have linked it below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Northeast native perennial mix (AM)

This post was edited by bostedo on Fri, Apr 12, 13 at 8:22

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 4:31PM
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Praties(7b)

Please do check the label! The WSU extension here in Washington checked 19 wildflower mixes and found from 3 to 13 (!) invasives mixed in. 8 of them contained seeds for plants considered by at least one US state or Canadian province to be noxious weeds.

Most companies that make the mixes forget that what might be a native plant in one place is totally invasive in another.

Here is a link that might be useful: WSU Wildflower Mix Test

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 8:07PM
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molanic(Zone 5 IL)

Prairie Moon has some good mixes.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.prairiemoon.com/seed-mixes/

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 1:09AM
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