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OPN Seed has been your source for native wildflowers, native grasses and native seed mixes since 1998. Here you'll meet our dedicated team who will take the time to help you achieve your native seed goals and use their combined years of experience to help you create an ecosystem that benefits pollinators, support sustainability and beautifies landscapes.

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Everything I've Ever Learned About HOPE I Learned From Plants

By: Barb Holtz
I am going to make an assumption. If you're an OPN Seed patron or just a casual visitor to our website, you have an interest in plants. You may even have a deeper interest in the ecological significance of native flora to pollinators, water and soil conservation or the beauty in local leaf and flower.No matter which category you fall into, you likely see the natural world as important,...

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The End of the First Growing Season

By: Dave Riddell
The leaves are falling and it's time to put the cargo shorts in the closet. The growing season is coming to an end and I'm sure you have some questions on how to put your prairie to bed for the winter. The fact is your prairie is still active during the winter months. The seed that was sown or has fallen is going through a cold and moist stratification process. This occurs as we have...

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Why You Should Grow Native Grasses

By: Barb Holtz
I often feel some folks wince just a little when they read seed mix contents and grasses / sedges are in the line-up. It's like a new food item on the menu. "Hmmm...I'm not sure I'll like that." Generally, our experience with grass is lawn or large, plume-y clumps decoratively placed around office park entrances. Just like native wildflowers or forbs, native grasses or graminoids "work"...

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A wildflower, by definition, refers to a flower growing in the wild without being tended to by people. As a steward of the environment, it's important for you to be informed that not all wildflowers are created equal.

Increased public awareness has paved the way for many seed outlets to market and sell "wildflowers".  A substantial percentage of these "wildflower" species originate from Asia, Europe and places with much different ecosystems. These inexpensive mixes contain mostly annual species and some are considered troublesome weeds that actually displace our native vegetation.

OPN Seed's native wildflower seed is the "REAL DEAL". Our seed mixes include annual and perennial species, native to our region of the United States. They grew up here. They create habitat, support long-term sustainability and beautify landscapes. In short, they belong here! In the event that we include non-native species, it is done for a specific reason (low maintenance, early cover, etc.) and we indicate that they are introduced species.

Over the last 20 years, we have learned and taught a lot about native ecosystems. Our native seed mixes reflect this and we try our best to make ourselves available to answer questions about our products and how to use them. We encourage you to plant native species, to do the right thing and go with the "REAL DEAL", native seed from OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery).

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