Wild Flowers - Forbs (Seed)
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At Ohio Prairie Nursery, we're proud to offer over 70 varieties of native wildflowers. Choose from both annual and perennial species to create your own unique landscape or choose one of our Native Seed Mixes to cultivate blooms all season long.
All of our seed is stored in a temperature controlled environment and is tested for germination, purity, inert matter, other seed content and noxious weed content and labeled in compliance with the seed laws of the State of Ohio .
Whether it's Milkweed for Monarchs or Plants for Pollinators you'll be sure to find the seeds that work for you and if not the Prairie Guys can help!
Bees love this mid-season nectar plant!
A nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds, this plant lives up to its name and produces a mild onion scent.
As the name implies, this member of the Milkweed family is typically found in moist to wet areas in nature. It will do well in normal garden soil as well. A magnet for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Not as common as it once was due to changes in agricultural practices and increases in manicured turf. This Milkweed is adaptable to a wide variety of soil moistures and does great in "Wild" gardens. Spreads by underground stolons so you may want to plant it in a bottomless bucket if you plant it in a garden.
Butterfly Milkweed is a plant of dry, well drained soils. Does well in the home garden and adds diversity in prairie plantings. Attracts monarch butterflies who lay eggs on the leaves which are consumed by caterpillars.
A hardy native perennial that offers up beautiful blue flowers in the fall. It is an autumn nectar source for fall pollinators and honey bees.
As with most Asters, this one grows mainly in the summer and fall. Flowering later in the season, it provides nectar for fall pollinators. A shorter lived perennial that reproduces well from seed.
If you are lucky enough to have this species in your landscape, you know the beautiful purple haze of flowers it produces in the fall. Like other aster species, it is very important to fall pollinators
This late season bloomer stands tall making it easy for pollinators to see!
The perfect native plant to attract hummingbirds!
This almost shrub-like perennial bears beautiful white to cream colored flowers in long spike like racemes in late spring. These are slowly replaced by attractive black seed pods.
Call this an excellent pollinator bush! It's a plant that likes its space!
This annual is the perfect addition to any of our wet soil native seed mixes. Look for it to bloom late in the season.
Also known as Common Beggarticks, this annual likes to keep its feet wet. The seeds are often eaten by various small mammals and birds.
Awesome bee and pollinator plant. Easy to establish annual that reproduces well in most Midwestern prairie ecosystems.
With its familiar yellow flower, this beautiful member of the Coreopsis family is easy to establish and provides good first year color. Great in wedding or promotional seed packets.
With its tall, airy structure and red and yellow flowers, this coreopsis a great addition to any native planting.
Songbirds Love These Seeds!
The granddaddy of the coreopsis clan, this tall perennial reaches 7 feet. Yellow flowers waving in the breeze attract a wide variety of butterflies and other pollinators.
White Prairie Clover can grow in almost any habitat, making it the perfect addition to any prairie planting!
Native to western Ohio and points west, the Purple Prairie Clover is a native warm season perennial legume that is easy to spot and remember. It's deep purple hue adds a splash of color throughout the season.
A standout in any prairie planting, the leaves of this plant fold in strong sunlight and when touched. Stays true to its name, and produces a white flower that does look "bundled" together.
This native legume reaches 5 feet and attracts a wide variety of bees and butterflies. The magenta of its flowers adds delightful color to native areas. A deep taproot makes it drought tolerant.
Excellent Pollinator Plant!
Perhaps the most widely recognized wildflower, Purple Coneflower is the gateway flower of the prairies. Many cultivars have been created, but we still like the original the best!
A true individual in the prairie plant world, Rattlesnake Master stands alone in its unique beauty. Small white flowers join together to make up the round flower head which attracts summer Azure butterflies and other pollinators. Hummingbirds often stop by for a look too.
Need a tall, dramatic plant? Hollow Joe Pye adds height to any garden or prairie planting and is always swarming with pollinators.
Preferring moist ground, this taller perennial attracts butterflies and other pollinators during its late summer to fall blooming period. Looking like a smokey purple haze from a distance, its flat topped flower arrays are composed of inumerable smaller flowers
Even though the flowers are smaller, they are no less attractive to our pollinator friends.
Thin leaves that resemble blades of grass give this perennial its name.
Queen for a reason! Showy bright pink flowers demand attention in any prairie or landscape.
Pollinators won't be able to resist! It looks like a firework shooting up from the prairie!
Another great native for the shadier areas of your landscape. Biennial Guara differentiates itself by opening in the evening.
This perennial acts like a yellow bulls eye for pollinators. The perfect late season nectar plant.
Perfect late season bloomer for pollinators! Bees and Butterflies won't be able to resist this bright yellow flower!
Nature's Songbird Food!
This easy to establish perennial is common to lots of our seed mixes. It's sunny color and long blooming period make it a great addition to any prairie planting. Great for butterflies, bees and songbirds.
One of the smaller members of the Sunflower family, this charmer reaches heights of 12-18 inches! Though it may be short on stature, its still gets the job done when it comes to attracting pollinators!
Talk about a show stopper! This native Hibiscus demands attention in any landscape.
Blue Flag Iris is an easy to grow plant that performs well in wetter areas. Purple blooms add interest early in the growing season.
A good nitrogen fixing legume, Bushclover adds interest and diversity to prairie plantings. The interesting greenish flower head changes to brown as the winter approaches.
Beautiful and Serves a Purpose!
The familiar purple spikes of this Liatris are seldom seen without a butterfly hanging on. In the fall when seeds are ripe, the butterflies are replaced by birds, typically finches, that ravage the feast. An important habitat plant.
Hummingbirds Love This Plant!
If you want Hummingbirds, this is the plant for you. It is not uncommon to see numerous hummers at once vying for a turn at the tubular flowers on this brilliant red plant. A true spectacle.
Great Lobelia is a variable height, moist area species that can handle sun or shade. Its pretty blue flowers spice up the view wherever it is found. Frequently found with butterflies attached, it is visited by numerous pollinators and hummingbirds.
Perennial Lupine is the host to the Karner Blue Butterfly. This plant stands tall and is a must in any native landscape!
This early season bloomer is spectacular when grown in clumps! The more the merrier!
Someone saw the face of a monkey in the flower of this plant and the name stuck. Whatever you call it, it's pale purple flowers add an extra hue to moist area plantings.
Pick a leaf, crush it between your finger and inhale the scent only lemon mint can provide. It's aromatherapy!
Wild Bergamot is another of the flower that just screams "PRAIRIE". When in bloom, the masses of flowers are a feast for the eyes and the pollinators that are everywhere upon them. The crushed flower and leaves deliver a strong minty smell that is irresistible.
The bright yellow flowers of the native primrose open for only one day. A fairly common species in some places, it is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, making it a valuable component of newly introduced prairie areas.
Got drier soils? Plant Sampson's Snakeroot and just try and stop the pollinators from landing! Beauty with benefits!
Attracts Hummingbirds! This mid Spring beauty shows off its white tubular flower for any bee that happens to buzzing by looking for a place to collect pollen. Also adds interest in the fall. Birds off perch in its stiff upright branches well into the Winter.
A favorite among the staff at Ohio Prairie Nursery, this perennial is easy to establish and maintain.
Walk past this plant and just try and count the number of pollinators!
The perfect pollinator plant for the wetter areas of your landscape!
A Favorite Among Seed Eating Birds!
A prairie favorite with many names. Yellow coneflower, grey-headed coneflower and prairie coneflower to name a few. It's drooping yellow petals and brownish black center perched atop a 4 foot stalk, move in the slightest breeze.
Officially listed as a biennial, this plant obviously did not read the book. It frequently blooms the first year and also lives on after the second. Adds a sparkle of yellow to every prairie meadow.
A shorter lived perennial, Brown-eyed Susan does well in full sun to partial shade.
Habitat for Maryland Senna includes moist, well drained prairies but it would work well in a garden or landscaped environment.
Plant Royal Catchfly and wait....Did you see it? Keep watching, hummingbirds will keep coming back to these bright red blooms again and again.
Make room for Compass Plant! It can reach heights up to 12 feet tall!
Birds Will Stop By For A Drink!
Cup plant is the watering station for the bird and insect world. The petiole, the place where the leaf joins the stem, gives the plant it's name. This area fills with water after rains and holds it until it is drunken or evaporates. A large plant that seeds and reproduces freely.
Everyone knows that the prairie dock is where you tie up the prairie schooners right? This plant is most likely strong enough to hold one. It's massive leaves have the consistency of sandpaper and leather. Flowers tower in the air on stalks reaching 10 feet in height. A truly awe inspiring plant.
"Whorled" means ringed. Before it blooms, the plant can be identified by the whorled arrangement of the leaves.
A small goldenrod, it rarely gets taller than 2 feet. Don't worry...the butterflies will still find it!
Out of all the Goldenrod species, this is one of the largest. It's pretty blooms open up for late season pollinators.
As with most goldenrod species, this one blooms in fall and provides not only beautiful color, but great pollinator benefits. If you have moist areas to plant, this goldenrod is for you.
The wide leaves on this goldenrod species make it easy to distinguish from most other goldenrods. Partial to dryer,coarse soil prairies, it will do well in most mesic plantings.
What a showoff! And for good reason! Out of 125 species of Goldenrod, this is one of the showiest!
Early To Bloom!
Spiderwort is a rangy plant with beautiful purple to blue flowers blooming in spring, just in time to support pollinators. Its open flower with contrasting large yellow anthers are quite showy. The flowers last only one day but are replaced by others to give an almost month long continuous bloom period.
Tiny purple flowers adorn a long spike on this attractive and useful moist area plant. Blooming from the bottom to the top a few at a time give an extended bloom period of up to 2 months. Attracts cool tiny bees and other pollinators.
"Ironweed" refers to the toughness of the stems. It's very difficult to dig up with a shovel.
An excellent perennial for the woodland edges of your landscape. Also very adaptable in the garden.
Tiny light yellow flowers join to form the flat-topped flower head of this short lived perennial. Golden Alexanders begin blooming in May and continue on until mid summer. Great for early color.