Native Wildflowers: They’re beautiful. They’re cost-effective. They’re pollinator magnets.Native Wildflowers: They’re beautiful. They’re cost-effective. They’re pollinator magnets.

How To Grow Native Wildflowers From Seed

By Marianne Willburn, gardening expert, landscape designer, and writer

They’re beautiful, they’re pollinator magnets, and they’re matched to your climate. Native wildflowers are versatile enough to bring the best of your region to garden beds, sunny meadows, difficult hell-strips or simple patio containers – and they’ll do so with exuberance and grace.

It's hard to believe there’s no magic involved when you grow native wildflowers from seed in your own garden, particularly when you use seeds specifically chosen for your region. Starting from seed is also a very cost-effective way to fill a garden or meadow with beautiful plants. All it takes is good seed, the right conditions and a willingness within the gardener to let nature take its course!

Why Grow Native Wildflowers From Seed?

All over the nation, gardeners are considering meadow garden projects, and it’s more than just turning off the mower and seeing what happens. Native wildflower seed can take that unmown lawn and turn it into a natural work of art. It can turn a window box outside a sunny city window into a little glimpse of the natural world.

You don’t have to start seeding a one-acre meadow to benefit from the beauty of native wildflowers, you can start just as small as you wish. The benefits of growing native wildflowers from seed are many, and sowing them in the autumn means you’ll be helped out by the conditions that make your climate and those seeds unique.

Let’s look at a few reasons to get sowing this fall:

Perfect Adaptation: Native wildflowers are suited to the soils of your region and its typical weather patterns.

Pollinator Paradise: Native plants and wildlife have developed special relationships over time. Plants provide food and habitat, while pollinators help wildflowers reproduce. It’s wonderful to see them working together in your garden.

Less Maintenance: When it comes to seeds, there’s no transplanting or hardening off required. Simply prepare the seed bed, water, and watch for signs of germination.

Regional Beauty: Create a sense of place in your garden or meadow. What better way to show off the plants that make your region unique than by showing off native wildflowers? 

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How Do I Grow Native Wildflowers From Seed?

Here is step-by-step information to help you to prepare for success, dig in, and grow wildflowers successfully. When you receive your seeds, read the enclosed instructions immediately so you don’t miss out on something – just as if you were cooking a new recipe. Here are some things to look for as you read:

Placement in your garden: What type of seed bed will your native wildflowers need? Fine? Rough? Rocky? Are they better in sun or shade, or fine in both? Find the best spot to plant in your landscape.

Will they need stratification? Stratification is a long word to describe the need of some seeds to go through a prescribed length of cold temperatures, often in a moist growing media or soil, in order to break internal dormancy and germinate. When you plant in fall, cold stratification will happen naturally. If planting in the spring, many native wildflowers will require this treatment which it can be approximated at home through refrigeration.

Will they need scarification? Scarification refers to the process of nicking or softening the seed coat to promote germination. Seeds cannot germinate unless moisture can get through that seed coat, and some seeds, such as lupine or morning glory, are designed to be able to last for years outside - it’s a progeny insurance policy for plants! Eventually naturally sown seed will be scarified by outside forces, but if you want your seeds to germinate next spring, you may need to help out a little by nicking them with a knife, soaking them for up to 48 hours in warm water, or rubbing them between two sheets of coarse sandpaper before you sow them.

How To Grow Native Wildflowers From Seed

  1. If required, scarify and soak your wildflower seeds.
  2. Prepare your seed bed according to the package instructions and your conditions.
  3. If seed is very small, mix with a light colored sand so seeds are evenly mixed and you can see where you have sown them.
  4. Most wildflowers need no more than a light raking in. To allow sunlight to reach them, do not cover the seeds. Follow specific planting instructions on your package.
  5. Tamp the soil down with your feet, tamper, or A roller to ensure the seeds make good soil-to-seed contact.
  6. Lightly water. Be careful not to not wash out your seeds!
  7. Keep your seed bed evenly moist. Most of the time, native wildflowers will get the moisture they need through spring or fall rains, but it is wise to keep an eye on the soil and water when soil is dry.
  8. Keep moist until seedlings are established and about 4-6 inches tall, which takes about 4-8 weeks.
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Native Wildflowers For Your Region

Whether your summers are dry and hot or wet and humid, American Meadows has native wildflower perennial and annual mixes that will enhance your garden and reflect the beauty of your region. For those who wish to plant individual species – we’ve got those too! Regional recommendations follow. Discover the perfect mix of native wildflowers for your region with our Native Regional Wildflower Seed Mixes.

A host plant for Monarch butterflies, Swamp Milkweed has fragrant, showy pink flowers that attract pollinators.A host plant for Monarch butterflies, Swamp Milkweed has fragrant, showy pink flowers that attract pollinators.
A host plant for Monarch butterflies, Swamp Milkweed has fragrant, showy pink flowers that attract pollinators.

Native Northeast Widflowers 

Warm to very hot summers lead into cold winters. Rainfall is fairly steady throughout the growing season and humidity in southern part of region is an added challenge. Snow levels are sporadic in the south but heavy in the north and soil is deeply frozen throughout the winter. Includes CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT and WV. Canada: QC, NL, PEI, NB, NS. Native wildflowers include Eastern Red Columbine, Swamp Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Joe Pye Weed, Indian Blanket, Ox-eye Sunflower, Blazing Star, Wild Lupine, Wild Bergamot, Evening Primrose, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Coneflower, Brown-Eyed Susan, Rigid Goldenrod.

  1. Native Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix - Black Eyed Susan & Bee Balm

    Restore native habitat to the landscape by planting the Native Northeast Wildflower Mix. Containing 18 native wildflowers found throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, including...

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    Native Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix Native Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix
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    Restore native habitat to the landscape by planting the Native Northeast Wildflower Mix. Containing 18 native wildflowers found throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, including Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, Red Columbine and Wild Lupine, this colorful mix is incredibly easy to care for. Best for planting in: CT, DE, MD, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV, QC and the Eastern Provinces. All of the seed we offer at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  2. Blue Flax Seeds, Linum perenne flowers

    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is pe...

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    Blue Flax Seeds Blue Flax Linum perenne
    As low as $17.95 Sale $17.06
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    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is perfect for the front of the meadow or a small space garden. Very toleraant of sandy, dry soils, Blue Flax will grow in almost any sunny spot (we love it planted with Perennial Lupine). All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Yellow Black Eyed Susan Seeds, Rudbeckia hirta

    Versatile, drought-tolerant and easy-to-grow, Black Eyed Susan adds a cheerful splash of color to the summer landscape. A native plant that attracts a variety of pollinators, Black E...

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    Black Eyed Susan Seeds Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
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    Versatile, drought-tolerant and easy-to-grow, Black Eyed Susan adds a cheerful splash of color to the summer landscape. A native plant that attracts a variety of pollinators, Black Eyed Susan pairs beautifully with other prairie favorites like Purple Coneflower and Butterfly Weed. Its adapatable nature makes it a great choice for poor soils and tough conditions. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Biennial.
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  4. Perennial Lupine Seeds

    A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy an...

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    Perennial Lupine Seeds Perennial Lupine Lupinus perennis
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    A field of Lupine is an amazing sight, with spiky blooms of saturated indigo-blue that last from late spring to summer. Combine them with later-blooming flowers (like Shasta Daisy and Rudbeckia) for an extended season of color. Growing to be about 12-36” tall, Lupine is a great choice for the front of the meadow or garden bed. Extremely easy to grow and deer resistant, this perennial flower blooms year after year. Seeds are 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in full bloom at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in full bloom at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in full bloom at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Native Midwest Wildflowers

Extremes dominate in the Midwest, with high and low temperatures and periods of low or very high rainfall contributing to drought or flooding. Soil is deeply frozen over winter and snow is usually heavy. Includes: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH and WI. Canada: ON. Native wildflowers include Red Columbine, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Prairie Aster, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Pale Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Ox-eye Sunflower, Standing Cypress, Blazing Star, Wild Lupine, Lemon Mint, Evening Primrose, Purple Prairie Clover, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Grey-Headed Coneflower, Clasping Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Brown-Eyed Susan.

  1. Native Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix - Echinacea & Ratibida

    Our Native Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix contains 21 wildflowers, including Prairie Aster, Blazing Star, Butterfly Weed and more, that are native to the Midwest. Planting native variet...

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    Native Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix Native Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix
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    Our Native Midwest Wildflower Seed Mix contains 21 wildflowers, including Prairie Aster, Blazing Star, Butterfly Weed and more, that are native to the Midwest. Planting native varieties helps provide local habitat for the pollinators in your area. With both annuals and perennials, this mixture will provide color in the first year and for years after. Plant in IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI and ON for best results. All of the seed we offer at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  2. Blue Flax Seeds, Linum perenne flowers

    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is pe...

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    Blue Flax Seeds Blue Flax Linum perenne
    As low as $17.95 Sale $17.06
    Per 1/4 Pound
    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is perfect for the front of the meadow or a small space garden. Very toleraant of sandy, dry soils, Blue Flax will grow in almost any sunny spot (we love it planted with Perennial Lupine). All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Yellow Black Eyed Susan Seeds, Rudbeckia hirta

    Versatile, drought-tolerant and easy-to-grow, Black Eyed Susan adds a cheerful splash of color to the summer landscape. A native plant that attracts a variety of pollinators, Black E...

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    Black Eyed Susan Seeds Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    As low as $12.95 Sale $12.31
    Per 1/4 Pound
    Versatile, drought-tolerant and easy-to-grow, Black Eyed Susan adds a cheerful splash of color to the summer landscape. A native plant that attracts a variety of pollinators, Black Eyed Susan pairs beautifully with other prairie favorites like Purple Coneflower and Butterfly Weed. Its adapatable nature makes it a great choice for poor soils and tough conditions. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Biennial.
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  4. Red and Yellow Mexican Hat Seeds, Ratibida columnaris, Mexican Hat

    A famous All-American perennial with drooping red petals. From dry open prairies, needs loose soils. Perennial....

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    Mexican Hat Seeds Mexican Hat Ratibida columnaris
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    A famous All-American perennial with drooping red petals. From dry open prairies, needs loose soils. Perennial.
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Ratibida have an exceptionally long taproot and are excellent choices for hot, dry planting sites.Ratibida have an exceptionally long taproot and are excellent choices for hot, dry planting sites.
Ratibida have an exceptionally long taproot and are excellent choices for hot, dry planting sites.

Native Western Wildflowers

Drier conditions and hot days predominate. Precipitation comes during the fall and winter months and summers are dry. Mild winters with snow at upper elevations, sometimes heavy. Includes: CO, ID, MT, NV, ND, Eastern OR, SD, UT, Eastern WA and WY. Canada: MB, SK and AB. Native wildflowers include Blue Columbine, Smooth Aster, Prairie Aster, Deerhorn Clarkia, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Plains Coreopsis, Fleabane Daisy, Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Globe Gilia, Blue Flax, White Evening Primrose, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Purple Prairie Clover, Mexican Hat, Black-Eyed Susan, Showy Goldeneye.

  1. Native West Wildflower Seed Mix - Black Eyed Susan & Aster

    Native wildflowers will not only thrive in your meadow, but also provide a tasty snack for local pollinators in your area. Our Native West Mixture contains eight wildflowers, includi...

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    Native West Wildflower Seed Mix Native West Wildflower Seed Mix
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    Native wildflowers will not only thrive in your meadow, but also provide a tasty snack for local pollinators in your area. Our Native West Mixture contains eight wildflowers, including Colorado Columbine, Showy Goldeneye, Bee Plant and more, that are native to the Western area of the country. This low-maintenance mixture requires little water, adds 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.
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  2. Showy Milkweed Seeds, Asclepias speciosa

    Similar to Common Milkweed in looks, Showy Milkweed has soft, pastel pink flower clusters with longer petals. This sun-loving asclepias grows well in dry, fast-draining soil and requ...

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    Showy Milkweed Seeds Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa
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    Similar to Common Milkweed in looks, Showy Milkweed has soft, pastel pink flower clusters with longer petals. This sun-loving asclepias grows well in dry, fast-draining soil and requires little supplemental water once established. A prolific and important nectar source for Monarch butterflies, bees, and other beneficial bugs. Re-seeds readily. (Asclepias speciosa)
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  3. Penstemon grandiflorus Seeds, Beardtongue

    Large-flowered Beardtongue is a drought tolerant wildflower perfect for hard-to-reach areas in the garden or low water landscapes. This native purple flower also attracts a variety o...

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    Penstemon grandiflorus Seeds Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon grandiflorus
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    Large-flowered Beardtongue is a drought tolerant wildflower perfect for hard-to-reach areas in the garden or low water landscapes. This native purple flower also attracts a variety of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the late spring/early summer garden. We think this is one of the most beautiful Penstemons in the entire Penstemon genus! (Perennial)
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  4. Meadow Blazing Star Seeds, Liatris ligulistylis

    Meadow Blazing Star is a true monarch magnet, attracting butterflies (and other pollinators) to the late summer garden with unique purple blossoms. Tall, upright plants reach 5’ in...

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    Meadow Blazing Star Seeds Meadow Blazing Star Liatris ligulistylis
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    Meadow Blazing Star is a true monarch magnet, attracting butterflies (and other pollinators) to the late summer garden with unique purple blossoms. Tall, upright plants reach 5’ in height and are perfect for a meadow or perennial garden border. This easy-to-grow native wildflower grows in full sun to partial shade and tolerates average soil. Deer resistant. (Perennial)
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Also called Thimble Flower, Globe Gilia tolerates almost any soil, and some shade.Also called Thimble Flower, Globe Gilia tolerates almost any soil, and some shade.
Also called Thimble Flower, Globe Gilia tolerates almost any soil, and some shade.

Native Pacific Northwest Wildflowers

The temperate maritime climate means plants face a moisture-rich environment all season and are easily germinated. Winters are fairly mild and snowfall is light. Includes: Northern CA, Western OR and Western WA. Canada: BC. Native wildflowers include Godetia, Farewell-to-Spring, Chinese Houses, Plains Coreopsis, California Poppy, Globe Gilia, Bird’s Eyes, Tidy Tips, Mountain Phlox, Blue Flax, Sickle-keeled Lupine, Russell Lupine, Blazing Star, Five Spot, Baby Blue Eyes, Evening Primrose, California Bluebell.

  1. Native Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix - California Poppy & Baby Blue Eyes

    Plant wildflower native to your area to help preserve your local eco-system and help out the pollinators in your area. Our Native Pacific Northwest Mixture contains 15 wildflowers, i...

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    Native Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix Native Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix
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    Plant wildflower native to your area to help preserve your local eco-system and help out the pollinators in your area. Our Native Pacific Northwest Mixture contains 15 wildflowers, including Clarkia, Chinese Houses, Tidy Tips and more, all native to the Pacific Northwest. This easy-to-grow mixture requires little water and will bloom in the first season and years to come. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  2. Blue Flax Seeds, Linum perenne flowers

    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is pe...

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    Blue Flax Seeds Blue Flax Linum perenne
    As low as $17.95 Sale $17.06
    Per 1/4 Pound
    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is perfect for the front of the meadow or a small space garden. Very toleraant of sandy, dry soils, Blue Flax will grow in almost any sunny spot (we love it planted with Perennial Lupine). All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Yellow Wild Sunflower Seeds, Helianthus annuus

    This native sunflower is the grandfather species of them all and is a true staple of any wildflower garden. Bright, cheerful flowers are only 3-4” across and this variety grows to ...

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    Wild Sunflower Seeds Sunflower Helianthus annuus
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    This native sunflower is the grandfather species of them all and is a true staple of any wildflower garden. Bright, cheerful flowers are only 3-4” across and this variety grows to be 24-72” tall. Wild Sunflowers are extremely easy to grow and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden all season long. This native beauty is also the state flower of Kansas! All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
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  4. Yellow Lance Leaf Coreopsis Seeds, Coreopsis lanceolata

    A North American native, Lance Leaf Coreopsis is famous for its golden blooms that last from summer all the way into fall. Deer resistant and tolerant of partial shade, this perennia...

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    Lance Leaf Coreopsis Seeds Lance Leaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
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    A North American native, Lance Leaf Coreopsis is famous for its golden blooms that last from summer all the way into fall. Deer resistant and tolerant of partial shade, this perennial wildflower is a low-maintenance way to bring major color to any meadow. A great choice for dry areas and poor soils. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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Arroyo Lupine, one of the most-beloved colormakers of California’s glorious spring superblooms.Arroyo Lupine, one of the most-beloved colormakers of California’s glorious spring superblooms.
Arroyo Lupine, one of the most-beloved colormakers of California’s glorious spring superblooms.

Native Southwest Wildflowers

Usually the driest and hottest region of the United States, with small amounts of rainfall coming during the fall and winter seasons. Generally mild winters with snow at upper elevations, sometimes heavy. Includes: AZ, Southern CA, NM, Southern NV, OK and Western TX. Native wildflowers include Prairie Aster, Desert Marigold, Farewell-To-Spring, Plains Coreopsis, California Poppy, Mexican Gold Poppy, Indian Blanket, Bird’s Eyes, Blue Flax, Tidy Tips, Arizona Lupine, Arroyo Lupine, Blazing Star, Five Spot, White Evening Primrose, Showy Pink Evening Primrose, California Bluebell, Mexican Hat.

  1. Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix - California Poppy & Lupine

    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-maintenan...

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    Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix Native Southwest Wildflower Seed Mix
    As low as $22.95 Sale $21.81
    Per 1/4 Pound
    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.
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  2. Blue Flax Seeds, Linum perenne flowers

    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is pe...

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    Blue Flax Seeds Blue Flax Linum perenne
    As low as $17.95 Sale $17.06
    Per 1/4 Pound
    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is perfect for the front of the meadow or a small space garden. Very toleraant of sandy, dry soils, Blue Flax will grow in almost any sunny spot (we love it planted with Perennial Lupine). All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Orange California Poppy Seeds, Eschscholzia californica

    Although California Poppies are famous for illuminating entire hillsides on the West coast, their bright orange blooms can be planted and enjoyed almost anywhere. These deer resistan...

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    California Poppy Seeds California Poppy Eschscholzia californica
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    Although California Poppies are famous for illuminating entire hillsides on the West coast, their bright orange blooms can be planted and enjoyed almost anywhere. These deer resistant annuals flower from spring all the way into summer and will often re-bloom again in the fall. Native, easy to grow and tolerant of most soils. We're proud to sell only 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds that are guaranteed to grow.
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  4. Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

    Hoary Vervain is a drought tolerant perennial that boasts a long bloom time, often adding gorgeous purple flower spikes for up to six weeks in the late summer. This native variety’...

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    Hoary Vervain Seeds Hoary Vervain Verbena stricta
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    Hoary Vervain is a drought tolerant perennial that boasts a long bloom time, often adding gorgeous purple flower spikes for up to six weeks in the late summer. This native variety’s seeds provide vital nourishment for a variety of small animals and birds, making it a perfect choice for any sustainable planting. Hoary Vervain’s leaves are also a common larval host for the Common Buckeye Butterfly. This variety grows in full sun to part shade and is extremely easy to grow. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Perennial.
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Florida's state flower, Coreopsis, illuminates the garden or meadow from summer into fall.Florida's state flower, Coreopsis, illuminates the garden or meadow from summer into fall.
Florida's state flower, Coreopsis, illuminates the garden or meadow from summer into fall.

Native Southeast Wildflowers

The wettest region of the United States, it is also the most humid. Temperatures are very mild during the winter, and seeds or plants needing any type of winter stratification or vernalization are not recommended unless grown as annuals. Includes: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, Eastern TX and VA. Native wildflowers include Butterfly Weed, Partridge Pea, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Indian Blanket, Standing Cypress, Blazing Star, Wild Lupine, Lemon Mint, Drummond Phlox, Mexican Hat, Clasping Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan, Scarlet Sage, Spiderwort.

  1. Native Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix

    Help your local pollinator population by planting native wildflowers. Our Native Southeast Mixture contains 17 wildflowers, including Scarlet Sage, Blazing Star, Spiderwort and more,...

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    Native Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix Native Southeast Wildflower Seed Mix
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    Help your local pollinator population by planting native wildflowers. Our Native Southeast Mixture contains 17 wildflowers, including Scarlet Sage, Blazing Star, Spiderwort and more, that are native to the Southeast region of the country. This easy-to-grow mixture provides a burst of blooms in the first season and for years after. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  2. Blue Flax Seeds, Linum perenne flowers

    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is pe...

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    Blue Flax Seeds Blue Flax Linum perenne
    As low as $17.95 Sale $17.06
    Per 1/4 Pound
    One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this perennial is perfect for the front of the meadow or a small space garden. Very toleraant of sandy, dry soils, Blue Flax will grow in almost any sunny spot (we love it planted with Perennial Lupine). All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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  3. Texas Bluebonnet, Lupine

    Limited Quantities Available!Texas Bluebonnet is a true-blue beauty and one of the worlds most well-known wildflowers. Famous for creating carpets of sweeping indigo color mid-season...

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    Texas Bluebonnet Seeds Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis
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    Limited Quantities Available!Texas Bluebonnet is a true-blue beauty and one of the worlds most well-known wildflowers. Famous for creating carpets of sweeping indigo color mid-season in meadows throughout the country, this variety prefers sandy, loamy and well-draining soils, as well as a minimum of six hours of sun per day. In warmer areas, Texas Bluebonnets act as perennials, coming back year after year, but in colder areas, they act as annuals. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
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  4. Red and Yellow Blanket Flower Seeds, Gaillardia aristata close up flower

    Native to the plains and Western U.S., Blanket Flower adds vibrant, bold color to any sunny garden where it will deliver blooms for months. Famous for its cheeful color and extended ...

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    Blanket Flower Seeds Blanket Flower or Firewheel Gaillardia aristata
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    Native to the plains and Western U.S., Blanket Flower adds vibrant, bold color to any sunny garden where it will deliver blooms for months. Famous for its cheeful color and extended bloom time, perennial Gaillardia is extremely easy to grow, attractive to pollinators and deer resistant. Growing less than two feet tall, Blanket Flower is great planted in the front of a meadow or wildflower garden. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
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Additional Considerations For Growing Native Wildflowers From Seed

  • Breaking Dormancy: Despite your best efforts, some seeds may not break dormancy and germinate the first year, but will the next year or in years thereafter. Don’t give up! Some seeds may not have been adequately stratified or scarified, or were accidentally buried too deeply or too shallowly. Mother Nature often sorts it out.
  • Pests: If you are seeing a very low germination rate, you may have experienced a loss of seed due to birds or pests. Consider a second sowing and make sure you create good soil seed contact with a tamper, roller or your feet.
  • Timing: Timing is critical, especially for spring-planted wildflower seeds that germinate very early and would otherwise have spent the winter outside. Some of these (such as larkspur or poppies) will germinate before traditional signs of spring appear and are best planted in fall or in the late winter.
  • Weed Competition: Make sure to keep weeding out the seedlings you recognize as weeds to give your wildflowers the best start. Don’t recognize your native wildflower seedlings? Grow a wildflower cheat sheet!

Grow A Wildflower Cheat Sheet

Afraid you might ‘weed-out’ your emerging wildflowers? Consider planting a few seeds of each of your wildflower choices in an egg carton on an inside windowsill so that you can recognize what is coming up in your garden. Take a picture for your reference when you forget.

Some gardeners do this with any unfamiliar seed they are currently planting. It allows them to quickly recognize seedlings coming up in odd places. Weeds are clever, so you have to be more clever!

4 week old Perennial Lupine seedlings4 week old Perennial Lupine seedlings
4 week old Perennial Lupine seedlings
4 week old Blanket Flower seedlings4 week old Blanket Flower seedlings
4 week old Blanket Flower seedlings
4 week old Blue Flax seedlings4 week old Blue Flax seedlings
4 week old Blue Flax seedlings

Planting A Wildflower Meadow

If you’re seeding a meadow, preparation is the key to succes. There’s more involved than just throwing seeds into established turf. Follow our recommendations for creating a meadow: Learn More: How To Plant Wildflowers

Watch: Videos on Individual Wildflower Seeds

Watch: Videos on Wildflower Mixtures

About the Author: Marianne Willburn is a columnist, blogger and author of the new book "Big Dreams, Small Garden: Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space." Originally from California, she now gardens in Virginia – read more at www.smalltowngardener.com.

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