While we call this mix Woodland Edge, the native grass and wildflower species it is comprised of can tolerate being planted in any area that is partially shaded and has well-drained soils. Partially shaded means that it will need at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. Finished heights on this mix will be 3 to 5 feet tall and we've included a wide range of wildflowers that bloom at different times of the growing season. This is a great mix for pollinator habitat and it contains Common Milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies.
Some things to remember:
This mix of native grasses and wildflowers will need at least three growing seasons to fully establish.
This mix does contain some annuals for color and foraging the first growing season. However, partial shade can mean cooler soil temperatures. This can lead to slower germination later on in the growing season.
After the end of the growing season, you can leave this mix standing tall all fall and winter long as habitat. Native bees will winter in the hollow stems. Cut it back in the spring when it starts to green up to allow new growth to receive enough light.
Contains the following species:
Elymus canadensis - Nodding Wild Rye
Elymus virginicus - Virginia Wild Rye
Bouteloua curtipendula - Side-oats Grama
Chasmanthium latifolium - River Oats
Panicum (Dichanthelium) clandestinum - Deer-tongue Grass
Chamaecrista fasciculata - Partridge Pea
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower
Heliopsis helianthoides - Ox Eye Sunflower
Rudbeckia triloba - Brown-eyed Susan
Liatris spicata - Dense Blazingstar
Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed
Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot
Bidens aristosa - Tickseed Sunflower
Vernonia altissima - Tall Ironweed
Thalictrum dasycarpum - Purple Meadow Rue
Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Red Columbine
Verbena hastata - Blue Vervain
Eupatorium maculatum - Spotted Joe Pye
Campanula americana - American Bellflower
Polygonatum biflorum canaliculatum - Smooth Solomon's Seal
Lobelia siphilitica - Great Lobelia
Agastache foeniculum - Anise Hyssop
Aster divaricatus - White Wood Aster
Aster novae-angliae - New England Aster
Aster cordifolius - Symphyotrichum cordifolius - Heart Leaved Aster
Mentensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells
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 = 15
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 grasses and 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: Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Red
Height: 3 to 5 Feet
Light Requirements: Partial Shade to Shade
Soil Hydrology: Dry to Mesic Soils
Bloom Time: Spring through Fall
Plant Type: Annuals/Perennials
Attracts: Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators
Product Code: MWE05
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!