This seed is freshly collected from plants we grew from seed we originally collected in Central Mexico. Thick stems sport large floppy leaves and spikes of small white flowers. In autumn masses of attractive, glossy, purple-black, stem-clasping berries are produced. We have been advised by french botanist that this plant can be invasive in some conditions so please take care where it is grown.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Wondering what to plant? Many of the natives can be seeded now. Erosion Control Blankets – are helpful at holding moisture & valuable topsoil.
Shade-Friendly Wildflower Mix – make effective use of dappled sunlight in and around woods and other areas of shade
Blue Curls – eye catching color, unique bloom pattern
Pigeonberry – hardy, low-growing native
Cowpen Daisy – dependable bloomer and essential butterfly nectar source
Frostweed – during freezing temps, see unique ice formations formed as sap leaks from split stems
Back here at the farm, we�re working �til dusk again. Planting more rows than we had last year. We must carry on. We plant for next year�s crop. because we are farmers. We have faith in life.
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NEW Conservancy Wildflowers:
Smooth White Penstemon – tubular white-pink large flowers that bloom in pairs and attrace native bees, especially the Long Tongue Bees & Bumble Bees. Hummingbirds and butterflies also benefit from its sweet nectar.
White Rosinweed – Blooms in the hottest time of year when few other resources are available.
Blue Wild Indigo – Beautiful deep indigo blue pea like blooms.
Bicycling with Butterflies – 10K+ mile jouney following monarch migration. Sara Dykman did it solo, on a bike cobbled together from used parts.
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“I just want to do something positive today”
�I would like to plant good seeds in the meadow.�
�I have hopes of a more beautiful tomorrow.�
�I want to feel like I belong, touch the earth, and restore the land.�
If we choose to re-connect to our outdoor living spaces with the diversity of native plants, many benefits will return to the land. Benefits to many species, but to the humans too.
“Why Native Plants”is an excerpt from Urban & Suburban Meadows published by Catherine Zimmerman. To learn more, visit The Meadow Project.