A tried and true mix for ecological restoration projects starting out. Of all our mixes, it's most suited for rapid establishment in open disturbed soils and can help prevent erosion once established. We've selected affordable and hardy native grasses and wildflower species. Plants are ideal for a variety of applications like: soil stabilization, roadside edges, slopes, and waste spaces.
- Sun: Full to part sun
- Culture: Tolerates poor, dry to medium-moist soils
*Please note that the species may differ slightly with each order. Seed availability changes year-to-year and season-to-season based on the species, harvest results, weather conditions, and more. We may update our mixes at any time in order to best support goals for ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation.
- Virginia Wild Rye - Elymus virginicus
- Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans
- Riverbank Wild Rye - Elymus riparius
- Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum
- Common Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca
- Common Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis
- Foxglove Beard-Tongue - Penstemon digitalis
- Hairy Beard-Tongue - Penstemon hirsutus
- Sweet Ox-Eye - Heliopsis helianthoides
- Virginia Mountain Mint - Pycnanthemum virginianum
- Slender Wheat Grass - Elymus trachycaulus
- Tall Cinquefoil;Prairie Cinquefoil - Potentilla arguta
- Brown-Eyed Susan;Black-Eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta
- Smooth Aster - Symphyotrichum laeve
- Flat-Topped Aster - Doellingeria umbellata
- Tall;Rough Dropseed - Sporobolus asper OR
- Sand Dropseed - Sporobolus cryptandrus
- and more...
The minimum order for bulk seed mixes is 5kg. Our recommended application rate is ~8-10 kg/Ha.
Mixes are prepared to order and based on any timelines you can provide. Note that the ideal time for seeding is in late fall, which is also ideal for more species diversity after fall seed harvesting.
For site-specific requests, please reach out or include them in your order notes. Our mixes offer some species flexibility based on availability.
For restorations needing over 50 kg, we suggest to pre-order well in advance. You can reach out our team at email@example.com to reserve your seed.
Download a guide to help establish your native seed mix.
Timing: The best time to sow your seed mix is in late fall (November is ideal) and early spring is next best. We typically recommend avoiding summer seeding.
For basic applications, you can follow the steps below.
- Prepare your area: Remove weeds and cultivate the soil as needed
- Lightly tramp the soil: Pack, but avoid smoothing out the soil completely
- If separated, sow larger grass seeds: Apply based on the mix application rate, then cover with 1/4″ topsoil, mulch, or harrow
- Scatter fine wildflower seeds: Apply these on surface, using an inert bulking agent - like sawdust, sand, or kitty litter - to help evenly disperse seed
- Watch the weather: Native plants are adapted to their environment, but in summer you may want to water seeded areas to maintain a moist soil
Storage: Large grass and fine wildflower seeds are packaged separately. You can store all your seed in a cool dry place until you're ready to sow.
Recommendations can vary by site. More detailed instructions are available here or contact us if you need to consult our team.