Native seeds at Shonnard’s!
Native pollinators prefer native plants, and one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve pollinator habitat is to plant native wildflowers from seed. These re-seeding annuals and perennials provide pollen and nectar for solitary bees and butterflies, and because they are local natives they will bloom at the ideal time to feed the local populations.
Planting for butterflies? Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia amoena), Rose Checkermallow (Sidalcea virgata), Seablush (Plectritis congesta), and Lance leaf Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) provide nectar feeding stops for all sorts of butterflies, and are larval hosts for some.
Want to encourage native bees? Fern-leaf Biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum) and Seablush help early bees; then Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora) and Large-Flowered Phlox (Collomia grandiflora) provide for later spring bees; and Lance Leaf Self-heal and Varileaf Phacelia (Phacelia heterophylla) flower for longer periods into the summer for later bee species.
Many of our native wildflowers either begin their growth during the wet season, or require extensive cold, moist periods to germinate at all. The best time (and for some the only time) to plant these is while we have cold, wet weather – late fall to very early spring, so stop in and see our new selection of local native wildflower seeds.
We offer individual seed packets as well as seed mixes such as Oak Woodland mix, Urban Meadow Mix, Pollinator Hedgerow and Butterfly Short Grass mix sourced from Heritage Seedlings & Liners, Inc.