Our seed list is grouped by plant type (e.g. wildflowers, grasses, etc.), and individual species are listed alphabetically within each group by their botanical (Latin) names. If you don't know the botanical name, you can scroll the common name index to try and find it. To search by botanical name, use the links at left to go to different sections of the catalog. In the photos & descriptions links, you can click on the camera images to link to photos and/or drawings of that species. Any abbreviations/terms used in this catalog are explained below.
Species: Taxonomy follows multiple sources, such as H.D. Harringtons Manual of the Plants of Colorado, Cronquist et.al. Intermountain Flora and the Great Plains Flora Associations Flora of the Great Plains. When there are differences between our sources, we use the most commonly used name within the seed industry.
Common Name: Some are more common than others and some we simply had to create.
A/P: refers to life span. A- annuals which must set seed every year in order to persist on a site. B - biennials, plants that live two years or longer, but only set one seed crop, so they too must set seed in order to persist for a number of years. P - perennials, which will grow back from their underground parts (roots, rhizomes, etc.) and do not need to set seed every year in order to survive.
Bloom: Months (numbered, e.g. 6 is June) in which they typically bloom in their normal range. The months given for some species means that the plant will bloom throughout the whole period, but for most species it will bloom anywhere from a few days to a few weeks within the time period given. Exactly when a species starts and finishes, within the months listed, will depend on the year and the local growing conditions.
Sow: Indicates what time of year to plant outside. For many of the wildflowers, a summer sowing will result in germination that year, whereas, most of the trees, shrubs and wetland plants sown during the summer will not germinate until the following year. Spr - Spring refers to the period before the last frost, Sum - Summer refers to the period after the last frost and Fall refers to the period when you have consistently freezing temperatures at night.
that the seed covering or pod is left on. The pod will
not affect germination, however, there will be fewer seeds per
pound than if the pod was removed.
Growth: Sod refers to a turf forming (although some form very sparse turf) or rhizomatous grass. Bunch refers to grasses without long rhizomes and tend to form round patches with bare ground between the individual plants, under favorable conditions, they will grow close enough together to resemble a sod grass.
Season: Cool refers grasses that do most of their growing in the spring and or fall, unless you live at a high elevation or a northern latitude where the summer is cool. Warm refers grasses that do most of their growing during the summer. Warm season grasses tend to turn green much later and will turn brown earlier whereas cool season grasses will green up first thing in the spring and remain green as long as there is sufficient rainfall. Cool season grasses tend to be less drought tolerant and require more nitrogen in the soil than warm season grasses.
Water: refers to the soil moisture conditions
of wetland plants - dry - soil is dry for a good portion of the
growing sesason, sub- soil is moist below the surface for most
of the growing season, sat - water is at the soil surface for
most of the growing season, sta - there is water above the soil
surface for most of the growing season and fl- refers to floating
plant that grow in ponds or permanent standing water.
Availability: If you are looking for a species that is not presently available, please let us know. We can place your name on a backorder list and contact you when the species becomes available, or we may be able to obtain some seed for you.
Plants: We do not sell plants, however, we keep a list of native plant nurseries and can recommend a nursery in your area. If you own a nursery and wish to be added to our list please contact us.
Custom Mixes: We can design a seed mix specifically for your needs. Give us a description of the site, including such information as aspect, slope, elevation, and soil type, and we will design the best mix possible. Please call for more details.
Guarantee: We guarantee species to be true to name and that seeds are in good condition when shipped. No other guarantee is expressed or implied. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the condition of the seed you receive, please return it within 7 days and we will refund you the amount of the order, shipping not included.
We ask the customer to recognize that native species vary widely in their germination potential and responses to different sites. Many natives are difficult to cultivate and success is largely a matter of proper species selection, site preparation and skill of the grower, therefore, we cannot guarantee success. If you have problems, please let us know as we may be able to advise you on culture methods. Any liability on our part is limited to the purchase price of the seed. If losses occur during transit, please notify the carrier and us immediately.
Pricing: We will try to honor the prices listed until December 31, 2014, but all prices are subject to change without notice and all seed is subject to prior sale. For discounts on large quantities or for PLS pricing, please call for a price quote.
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