Detention basins are a key part of a successful stormwater management plan. They help capture runoff and filter out pollutants before that water discharges into our waterways. Utilizing native plants in detention basins not only creates wildlife habitat, but the deep roots help excess water percolate and reduce outflow. Water levels in basins can fluctuate considerably in a short period of time. These hydrology changes open the possibility for a diverse range of native plants to grow. This mix prefers species that prefer dry, mesic and wet soils.
The palette of plants can vary from season to season most certainly from site to site. That is why we loaded this mix up with 26 species. Some of the species include native grasses like Big Bluestem and Deer-tongue Grass. Native wildflowers include Purple Coneflower, Swamp Rose Mallow, Swamp Milkweed and Angelica.
This Detention Basin Seed Mix is also good for bioswales. Bioswales are often designed to be like mini detention basins. They are usually adjacent to parking lots and other hardscapes. The hydrology fluctuations in bioswales make this mix a good selection. They are plenty of grasses, rushes and sedges for stability, but also several native wildflowers to make the landscape pop and attract a wide array of insects and birds.
Some things to remember:
Native plant communities can take up to three growing seasons to fully establish. Regreen™ may be utilized as a cover crop while the native plant species are establishing.
Contains the following species:
Grass and Grasslike:
Elymus virginicus - Virginia Wild Rye
Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem
Elymus riparius - Riverbank Wild Rye
Panicum (Dichanthelium) clandestinum - Deer-tongue Grass
Carex lurida- Shallow / Lurid Sedge
Carex hystericina - Porcupine Sedge
Scirpus atrovirens - Dark Green Bulrush
Scirpus pendulus - Rufous Bulrush
Juncus effusus - Common Rush
Scirpus cyperinus - Woolgrass
Bidens aristosa - Tickseed Sunflower
Senna hebecarpa - Wild Senna
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower
Verbena hastata - Blue Vervain
Rudbeckia subtomentosa - Sweet Black-eyed Susan
Hibiscus moschuetos - Swamp Rose Mallow
Angelica atropurpurea - Angelica
Acorus americanus - Sweetflag
Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed
Lycopus americanus - Common Water Horehound
Eupatorium fistulosum - Hollow Joe Pye
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium - Narrow Leaved Mountain Mint
Aster novae-angliae - New England Aster
Ratibida pinnata - Yellow / Grey-headed Coneflower
Ammannia coccinea - Scarlet Toothcup
Mimulus ringens - Monkey Flower
PLS Lbs Per Acre Broadcast = 10
PLS = Pure Live Seed
Pure Live Seed is a measure of viable seed stated as a percentage. It is the product of total germination times purity.
Example: 96% Germination x 93% Purity = 89% PLS
All of our native warm season grasses and seed mixes are sold PLS.
Broadcast Seeding is the process of sowing seed by hand, The seeds are sprinked into the soil and can be lightly raked in to ensure germination.
This mix of native grasses and wildflowers typically grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet. Please note that each site is unique and that several factors can affect overall height. These factors include sunlight, hydrology and overall soil health.
Flower Color: Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink, White
Height: 3 to 6 Feet
Light Requirements: At Least 4 to 6 Hours of Sunlight A Day
Soil Hydrology: Mesic to Wet Soils
Bloom Time: June through October
Plant Type: Annual/Perennial
Attracts: Native Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Humans
Product Code: DBSM01