Cool season native grasses like Virginia and Nodding Wild Rye typically emerge in spring when soil temps begin to warm up. They provide structure and habitat and the foundation for the warm season native grasses that appear later in the growing season. These shorter growing species (2 to 5 feet) make up a native seed mix that is excellent for turf replacement where less mowing is desired or for creating a low maintenance habitat for wildlife including deer, turkey, rabbits, pheasants and grouse.
Little Bluestem is particularly valuable in this mix since it's the larval host plant for many butterflies and moths.
Some things to remember:
This mix of native grasses will take 2 to 3 growing seasons to fully establish.
These grasses will require at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight a day and perform best in well-drained soils.
There are no wildflowers in this mix. If you're looking for a mix of native grasses and wildflowers try our Native Short Grass and Wildflower Seed Mix.
Contains the following species:
Schizacyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem
Elymus virginicus - Virginia Wild Rye
Elymus canadensis - Nodding Wild Rye
Bouteloua curtipendula - Side-oats Grama
Tridens flavus - Purple Top
Sporobolus heterolepis - Prairie Dropseed
Agrostis perennans - Autumn Bentgrass
Seed Packet covers 250 square feet (a 10 x 25 area) and will take up to three growing seasons to fully establish.
Lbs Per Acre Broadcast = 20
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 sprinkled into the soil and can be lightly raked in to ensure germination.
Flower Color: Green, Gold, Bronze
Height: 2 to 5 Feet
Light Requirements: At least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight a day
Soil Hydrology: Dry to Mesic Soils
Bloom Time: Summer through Late Fall
Plant Type: Perennials
Attracts: Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Small Mammals