Beekeepers and Gardeners, you can make a difference in your environment. How? Turn your property from a food desert into a food oasis for pollinators. You will also attract a wide variety of birds and butterflies into your garden. Ohio State Beekeepers Association is partnering with OPN Seed to help you make an easy choice. This native seed mix is appropriate for urban/suburban gardens and larger areas. The native seeds contained in this mix provide colorful native perennial blooms for pollinator nourishment spring through fall.
Some things to remember:
This is a mix of annual and perennial wildflowers that will take up to three growing seasons to fully establish. The annuals provide color and foraging the first growing season while the perennial species are putting down roots.
This mix will need to be planted in areas that receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. Finished heights will range from three to five feet.
Can be planted in areas outside Ohio that have similar growing season and climate.
Contains the following species:
Chamaecrista fasciculata - Partridge Pea
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower
Gaillardia pulchella - Indian Blanket
Heliopsis helianthoides - Ox Eye Sunflower
Desmanthus illnoensis - Illinois Bundleflower
Coreopsis lanceolata - Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Ratibida pinnata -Yellow/Grey-headed Coneflower
Dalea purpurea - Purple Prairie Clover
Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan
Gailliardia aristata - Blanket Flower
Monarda citriodora - Lemon Mint
Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed
Astragalus canadensis - Canadian Milk Vetch
Vernonia altissma - Tall Ironweed
Zizia aurea - Golden Alexanders
Eryngium yuccifolium - Rattlesnake Master
Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed
Dalea candida - White Prairie Clover
Solidago rigida - Stiff Goldenrod
Liatris pycnostachya - Prairie Blazingstar
Aster laevis - Smooth Aster
Solidago nemoralis - Dwarf Goldenrod
Aster azureus - Sky Blue Aster
Solidago speciosa - Showy Goldenrod
Coreopsis grandiflora - Large Flower Coreopsis
Aster novae-angliae - New England Aster
Seed Packet covers 250 square feet (a 10 x 25 area) and will take up to three growing seasons to fully establish.
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 sprinkled into the soil and can be lightly raked in to ensure germination.
This mix of native wildflowers typically grows to a height of 3 to 5 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: Yellow, Purple, Pink, Green, Orange, White
Height: 3 to 5 Feet
Light Requirements: At Least 6 Hours of Sunlight A Day
Soil Hydrology: Dry to Mesic Soils
Bloom Time: Spring through Fall
Plant Type: Annuals/Perennials
Attracts: Bees, Pollinators, Birds, Butterflies
Product Code: PFOSBA02
The native perennials in your mix do require some patience to establish, but for instant gratification consider adding any of these quick establishing annuals. They're perfect pollinator plants, too!