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Lowland Tallgrass Prairie Seed Mix

$300.00 per acre

This tallgrass prairie seed mix is true to its name, with impressive wildflowers such as Grayhead Coneflower, Thickspike Gayfeather, Compass Plant, and Sawtooth Sunflower. All together, there are 40 wildflower species. This plant community typically occurs in floodplains or somewhat poorly-drained sites in eastern Nebraska.

While Little Bluestem typically dominates upland prairies, Big Bluestem is dominant in lowlands. Big Bluestem can out-compete Little Bluestem for light and moisture because it has a height advantage and deeper roots. Tallgrass prairie has a largely been replaced by corn and soybeans because the rich prairie soil, rainfall, and flatlands are ideal for crop production.

*Please note that the species composition and price are subject to change depending on availability. Species substitutions may be needed at time of order. Seed mix updated 5/29/2018.

SKU: CSM-Eastern-Lowland-Tallgrass-Prairie Category:

Description

GRASSES PLS/ft2 PLS/ft2
Big Bluestem 1.66 Little Bluestem 0.69
Fox Sedge 1.98 Prairie Cordgrass 0.88
Indiangrass 0.50 Slender Wheatgrass 0.77
Lance-Fruit Oval Sedge 0.93 Virginia Wild Rye 1.15
TOTAL: 8.56
WILDFLOWERS
American Germander 0.17 Ironweed 0.26
Blackeyed Susan 2.17 New England Aster 0.73
Blue Lobelia 1.40 Obedience Plant 0.12
Blue Vervain 1.04 Plains Coreopsis 1.11
Boneset 0.55 Purple Coneflower 0.33
Brown-eyed Susan 0.37 Purple Meadow Rue 0.06
Canada Milkvetch 0.37 Purple Prairieclover 1.82
Canada Tick-trefoil 0.12 Rattlesnake Master 0.12
Cardinal Flower 1.04 Sawtooth Sunflower 0.06
Common Evening Primrose 0.25 Slender Gerardia 1.49
Compass Plant 0.01 Sneezeweed 0.33
Culver’s Root 0.28 Spotted Joe Pye Weed 0.25
Cup Plant 0.09 Swamp Milkweed 0.21
Cutleaf Coneflower 0.14 Sweet Blackeyed Susan 0.25
Dense Blazing Star 0.29 Sweet Joe Pye Weed 0.23
False or Oxeye Sunflower 0.07 Tall Coreopsis 0.15
Foxglove Beardstongue 0.14 Thickspike Gayfeather 0.17
Golden Alexander 0.24 Virginia Mountain Mint 0.15
Grayhead Coneflower 0.29 Western Yarrow 0.98
Illinois Bundleflower 0.24 Wild Bergamot 0.44
TOTAL: 18.53

High Quality Habitat

Pheasants Forever has high standards for wildlife habitat. After all, we are the habitat organization. Whether you’re interested in wildlife or wildflowers, we encourage the use of seed mixtures that follow our High Quality Habitat Standard:
  • A minimum of 50% of the seed mixture will be comprised of wildflowers and forbs.
  • Each seeding mixture will contain 40 or more species to provide high diversity and broad benefits.
  • Each seeding mixture will contain at least one appropriate milkweed species to benefit monarch butterflies.
  • An appropriate number of flowering plants will be provided throughout the entire growing season.
  • Seeding mixtures are designed using the appropriate seeds per square foot for each species.

A note about wildflower and pollinator seed mixes

The establishment of a wildflower, prairie, or pollinator seed mix depends on two critical elements: time and management. Many of the wildflower species listed in these mixtures will take several years to show up…be patient. In addition, the natural process of plant succession means that you’ll need to manage the stand to keep it looking diverse and colorful in the future. Otherwise, grasses tend to dominate the community. Every two years, plan to manage your habitat by applying some form of management like prescribed burning, herbicide application, light disking, managed grazing or haying.

The Habitat Organization

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.

Additional information

Seeding Rate

27.09 PLS/sq. ft.

Soil Moisture

Wet-Mesic

Sunlight

Full sun