Our Midwest Wildflower Mix contains a comprehensive selection of perennial and annual wildflower varieties that are proven to grow well in the heartland of America. Many of these varieties will continue to bloom throughout the entire warm growing season.
Midwest Wildflower Mix Benefits:
- Great for native bees and honeybees
- Provides excellent habitat for birds and butterflies
- Relatively low maintenance once established
- Blooms may be harvested for cut flowers
- Continuous blooms throughout the warm growing season
- Easily reseeds and regrows year after year
Midwest Wildflower Mix Planting/Growing Instructions:
When to Plant
Wildflower seed mixes should be planted in spring after the risk of frost has passed. Seeds will germinate best once soil temps are above 60 degrees. In cooler climates, wildflower mixes may be planted late spring into early summer. In warmer climates, wildflower mixes should be planted in early spring to ensure plants become well-established before extreme heat arrives in the summer months.
How to Plant
Plant wildflowers in an area that receives at least 6 hours of full sun per day. Well-drained soils will perform best and wildflowers should not be planted in areas that tend to hold water after periods of heavy rainfall. Wildflowers should be planted in a tilled or cultivated area to reduce competition with weeds when plants are small.
We suggest preparing the plot several weeks in advance of the intended planting time. Cultivate or till the area every couple weeks to create a relatively weed-free planting zone. If a tiller or mechanical means of cultivation is not available, our Silage Tarps are a great way to kill grass and weeds in the intended planting area.
The average seeding rate for wildflower mixes is 1 lb per 1,000 sq. ft. This means that one would need 1/4 lb for 250 sq. ft. and 1/2 lb for a 500 sq. ft. area. Wildflower seeds should be scattered evenly along the planting area, but do not need to be covered with soil for adequate germination. We do recommend rolling or packing the area after seeding to improve seed to soil contact for germination. Once planted, the area should be watered frequently to maintain soil moisture until plants are 4-6″ tall.
Wildflower plots may be mowed in fall or spring to increase future reseeding in the area. Once mowed, use a rake to comb through the area. This will help remove excess plant debris and “scuff” the ground to increase the reseeding potential of the plot.
Midwest Wildflower Mix Includes:
- 16.56% Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – perennial
- 16.56% Scarlet Flax (Linum grandiflorum rubrum) – annual
- 11.04% Lance Leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) – perennial
- 11.04% Mixed Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) – annual
- 8.28% Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) – annual
- 5.52% Dwarf Blue Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) – annual
- 5.52% Polka Dot Mix Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) – annual
- 5.52% Alaska Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) – perennial
- 5.52% Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) – perennial
- 2.76% Clasping Coneflower (Rudbeckia amplexicaulis) – annual
- 2.76% Greyheaded Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) – perennial
- 1.38% Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) – annual
- 1.38% Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) – perennial
- 1.38% Prairie Aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) – annual
- 0.94% Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) – perennial
- 0.94% Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) – perennial
- 0.83% Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hart) – perennial
- 0.69% New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) – perennial