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Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix

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Our easy-to-grow Native Southwest Mixture contains 16 wildflowers, including Desert Marigold, Pink Primrose, Gold Poppy and more, that are native to the Southwest. This low-maintenance mixture provides gorgeous color in the first season and for years to come. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.

Zones 7 - 10
Ideal Region
Southwest
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
SKU SWNG

What's in this Mix?

The world-famous wildflowers of the Southwest are brought together to assure a wonderful native meadow from the Pacific coast inland through the deserts. Native annuals in the mix include two species of lupine, Indian Blanket, Desert Marigold, Blazing Star, Farewell to Spring, and more. Perennials include California poppy, of course, and Mexican Gold Poppy too, plus red Mexican Hat and two Evening Primroses, the yellow and the famous pink. Sow as rainy season begins in mild areas; in the mountains, after spring frosts.

This mixture contains 16 wildflowers, 10 annuals for first-year color, plus 6 perennials or biennials for second and successive years' bloom.

  Botanical Name Common Name Life Cycle Color Height Bloom Season
Aster tanacetifolius Prairie Aster Annual Yellow, Purple 18" Mid/Late Summer
Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold Annual Yellow 24" Spring, Summer
Clarkia unguiculata Farewell-to-Spring Annual Pink, Lavender 30" Spring, Summer
Coreopsis tinctoria Plains Coreopsis Annual Yellow, Red 30" Summer, Fall
Eschscholzia californica California Poppy Perennial Orange 18" Spring, Summer
  Eschscholzia mexicana Mexican Gold Poppy Annual Orange 18" Spring
Gaillardia pulchella Indian Blanket Annual Red, Yellow 24" Summer
Gilia tricolor Bird's Eyes Annual Purple, White 18" Spring, Summer
Linum perenne lewisii Blue Flax Perennial Blue 24" Summer, Fall
Layia platyglossa Tidy Tips Annual Yellow, White 12" Summer
  Lupinus arizonicus Arizona Lupine Annual Purple 20" Spring
Lupinus succulentus Arroyo Lupine Annual Blue 48" Spring, Summer
  Mertzelia lindleyi Blazing Star Annual Yellow 36" Spring, Summer
Nemophila maculata Five Spot Annual Purple, White 6" Spring, Summer
Oenothera pallida White Evening Primrose Perennial White 24" Spring, Summer
Oenothera speciosa Showy Pink Evening Primrose Perennial Pink 24" Spring, Summer
Phacelia campanularia California Bluebell Annual Blue 20" Summer
Ratibida columnaris Mexican Hat Perennial Red, Yellow 36" Summer, Fall

Plant Information

Associated SKUs
SWNG
SWNQP (1/4 Pound)
SWNHP (1/2 Pound)
SWNLB (1 Pound)
SWNLB5 (5 Pounds)
SWNLB10 (10 Pounds)
SWNLB25 (25 Pounds) - Out of stock.
SWNLB50 (50 Pounds) - Out of stock.
States Southwest Region includes: AZ, Southern CA, NM, Southern NV, OK and Western TX.
Common Name Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Seed Life Cycle Mixture of Annuals & Perennials
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 250-500 sq ft.
1/2 lb covers 500-1,000 sq ft.
1 lb covers 1,000-2,000 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 5,000-10,000 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 10,000-25,000 sq ft.
25 lbs covers 1/2-1 acre.
50 lbs covers 1.5-2 acres.
Native Yes
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Advantages Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Blooms
Ideal Region Southwest
Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsNative Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Vivid colors (5)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)
  • Reliable growth (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual hobbyist (4), Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GORGEOUS IN PHOENIX, AZ

Planted wildflower seeds in December. It is now, end of May and they are still blooming. I have received so many compliments from strangers and neighbors on how beautiful they are. They also...Read complete review

Planted wildflower seeds in December. It is now, end of May and they are still blooming. I have received so many compliments from strangers and neighbors on how beautiful they are. They also want to know where I order them. American Meadows. Awesome seeds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Learning Lesson For Me

I live in rural Arizona on a hill that has wild chia, lupine, ragwort, Phacelia and desert marigold. I figured this mix would add to our wildflower season.

A lot of...Read complete review

I live in rural Arizona on a hill that has wild chia, lupine, ragwort, Phacelia and desert marigold. I figured this mix would add to our wildflower season.

A lot of seedlings sprouted early spring and I was quite happy with that. But then came the rabbits and hares - eating any seedling they could excepting a few California poppies, a ton of bluebells, maybe 5 Five Spots and two Tidy Tips.

I LOVED the Bluebells and poppies. But it broke my heart the hundreds of different seedlings that germinated never had a chance against the wildlife.

The good news is they reseeded and I now have even more bluebells (and Poppies) than I did last year.

I will order more California Bluebells. But for MY rabbit filled area, that is all.

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5.0

Bold and beautiful

By 

from Kanab UT high desert

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Long Bloom Time
  • Lower water needs
  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Containers
    • Erosion Control
    • Hot parts of yard
    • Large Areas
    • Restore disturbed areas

    Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

    Love the beautiful and bold colors. This is a very good mix as far as flower succession (bloom schedule), too. There isn't a lot of down time at all during the growing season when "nothing is blooming and it all just looks like ugly/dead weeds"
    I planted a quarter pound of these seeds in the late fall/early winter at recommended density.
    They are on a slight (and very exposed to wind, sun, reflective heat and rain!) slope, so I roughed up the lean dirt and construction waste pretty well with a hard rake before planting, in order to create little pockets and ledges/tiers for the seed to lodge. The rake lines ran perpendicular to the slope incline, so that the seeds couldn't wash away as easily.
    They seedlings sprouted and started blooming very early in the spring!
    Dispersement was pretty even so I think the planting technique worked.
    I heavily interplanted these with perennial potted plants from American Meadows and their sister company, High Country Gardens. The idea being that the various plants would shade each other and provide some insulation from the harsh elements.
    I tried to go with a variety of heights, growth habits and bloom times to create a shielding phalanx against the elements.
    Companion plantings included everything from small desert trees, bushes/shrubs, tall thin plants such as sunflower, and then lavender, yarrow, desert grasses, wildflower tulips, on down to groundcovers such as ice plants and poppy mallow.
    It's going well and that horrible spot is slowly becoming an oasis!
    During the first growing season, after the spring moisture was all gone, it's been helpful to provide a layer of water up to twice a day depending on weather severity and size of seedlings. Basically if it's super hot, windy and sunny, and some of the seedlings look small or stressed, then I might bring the watering can out twice a day. Normal days, once a day while everything is getting established. And on cloudy, cool or wet days, there isn't a need to water.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great drought tolerant flowers!

    By 

    from Huntsville, AL

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

      Here in Alabama we have long hot summer. Sometimes we do not get rainfall on a regular basis. These wildflowers are designed to flourish in the drier climates or areas that do not get moisture on a regular basis. These wildflowers are great for the Southeast United States.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very pleased, used for restoration

      By 

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Erosion Control
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

        I used this product to add color, aid in stabilization of a large slope area, and provide a ground cover during restoration (with other native plants) of a large south facing area in southern Ca. It performed very well in all respects. this is my 2nd full year, and plants have returned well, including some I did not notice the first time.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Learning Lesson For Me

        By 

        from Kingman, Arizona

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Susceptible to Pests

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

        I live in rural Arizona on a hill that has wild chia, lupine, ragwort, Phacelia and desert marigold. I figured this mix would add to our wildflower season.

        A lot of seedlings sprouted early spring and I was quite happy with that. But then came the rabbits and hares - eating any seedling they could excepting a few California poppies, a ton of bluebells, maybe 5 Five Spots and two Tidy Tips.

        I LOVED the Bluebells and poppies. But it broke my heart the hundreds of different seedlings that germinated never had a chance against the wildlife.

        The good news is they reseeded and I now have even more bluebells (and Poppies) than I did last year.

        I will order more California Bluebells. But for MY rabbit filled area, that is all.

         
        1.0

        Nothing grew

        By 

        from Peoria AZ

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

        Spred over an open desert wash behind house and watered every day to get started, nothing grew.

         
        5.0

        Colorful Flowers

        By 

        from New Mexico, East Foothills of Manzano Mt

        Pros

        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Slow Growth

        Best Uses

        • Border Control
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

        Planted seeds in 2in top soil and manure mix just before rainy season. seeds germinated and produced lovely colorful wild flowers in the late summer.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Southwest Seed Mix Still Waiting

        By 

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Value for Quantity

        Cons

        • Slow Growth

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

          I'm still hopeful that the seed will grow. I see several very small greenery but a very slow process right now. It is very very dry here in NM and I was persistent in watering and go exactly by the directions provided. If not this year, then next year I expect to see growth. I'm being optimistic.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GORGEOUS IN PHOENIX, AZ

          By 

          from Phoenix, Arizona

          About Me Master Gardener

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

            Planted wildflower seeds in December. It is now, end of May and they are still blooming. I have received so many compliments from strangers and neighbors on how beautiful they are. They also want to know where I order them. American Meadows. Awesome seeds.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            3.0

            Wildflowers A No Show!

            By 

            from High Desert, SoCal

            About Me Professional Landscaper

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

              Planted the seed in November, but I think our winter was just to much. Followed the instructions, but a few weeks after planting we had terrible winds and about three very heavy rain storms and most of the seed was washed away. We have a few varities that made a show here and there, but what few poppies came up are still only a half inch tall. Will try again next year!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Grows beautiful and colorful flowers

              By 

              from Tucson, Az

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Pool Area

                Comments about American Meadows Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix:

                This is my second year with these flowers and they have come up beautiful each year.
                A great variety of colors in this mix. Easy to grow.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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