Deer Resistant Seed Mix
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Deer Resistant Seed Mix


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NEW!  For Full to Partial Sun and Medium-Wet to Medium-Dry Soils.
White-tailed deer populations have increased in many areas and are now commonly observed near our homes.  This is mostly due to loss of their natural habitat and disappearance of their natural predators. As a result, our favorite plants in our home landscapes and adjacent wooded areas have become tempting food targets for deer.

Like all indigenous animals in North America, deer co-evolved with native plants, making them their preferred food source. The dwindling stands of native plants in nature are imperiled by swelling deer populations. Our hope is that this new seed mix will deter them.  Deer may browse on any plant if food is scarce, but there are many plants that they don't find palatable. They tend to shy away from plants with rough texture (i.e Silphium species), milky sap (Milkweeds), or minty, citrus, or onion aroma (Hyssop, Mountain Mint, Bee Balm and Allium species).  

*Our experiences with deer food preferences here in the Upper Midwest may vary from observed behavior in other regions.  Additionally, deer can respond differently to local conditions or seasonal variations.  This seed mix will be an ever-evolving design.  If you have insights to offer from your own experience, please let us know.

Although some of the native plants in this seed mix have ranges that extend beyond zones 3-7,  the majority will do best in this zone range.  For more detailed information please see the RANGE MAP for each species.  View the complete species list, including % by weight, under COMPONENTS. 

For seed mixes of 1/8 acre or less, we include a temporary cover crop at no additional charge.  ReGreen is a sterile, short-lived perennial wheat hybrid that can be planted spring or fall.
All mixes are subject to change without notice depending on availability of species. 

Add a Seed Mix Enhancement for that extra splash of color!

Establishing a native plant community from seed can take 3 years or more - click here to learn more.

Deer Resistant© Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon Nursery®

11.53 lbs per acre | 121 Seeds per sq/ft

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

FORBS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)

0.81

Agastache scrophulariaefolia (Purple Giant Hyssop)

0.54

Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)

1.36

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (Pale Indian Plantain)

0.54

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)

1.08

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

0.81

Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)

17.34

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-leaf Coreopsis)

4.20

Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)

1.08

Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)

2.44

Drymocallis arguta (Prairie Cinquefoil)

0.54

Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)

2.71

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

1.63

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)

3.25

Euphorbia corollata (Flowering Spurge)

0.54

Eutrochium purpureum (Sweet Joe Pye Weed)

0.54

Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)

2.17

Hypericum punctatum (Dotted St. John's Wort)

0.81

Liatris spicata (Marsh Blazing Star)

2.17

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)

0.54

Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm)

1.08

Oenothera biennis (Common Evening Primrose)

0.27

Oligoneuron album (Upland White Goldenrod)

0.54

Oligoneuron rigidum (Stiff Goldenrod)

0.54

Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)

1.36

Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)

0.81

Penstemon hirsutus (Hairy Beardtongue)

0.54

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)

0.54

Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower)

1.08

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

4.34

Silphium integrifolium (Rosin Weed)

0.27

Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)

0.54

Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

0.41

Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)

1.63

Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain)

1.36

Total of FORBS

60.43 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-oats Grama PLS)

5.42

Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama PLS)

8.67

Carex brevior (Plains Oval Sedge)

1.08

Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye PLS)

10.84

Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass PLS)

0.54

Schyzachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem PLS)

10.84

Sporobolus compositus (Rough Dropseed)

2.17

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES :

39.57 %

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

Last updated 11/8/18

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Native plant communities provide the inspiration for our seed-mix designs. All our mixes feature high seeding rates and a diverse balance of native species, which, when mature, will provide blossoms throughout the year. No matter what you want from a seed mix, you will need to make sure it fits the soil-moisture holding capacity and sun conditions of your site.

Establishment of the diverse native-plant communities represented in our seed mixes can take three to five years. The most critical process before planting is preparing the site by removing unwanted species and working to deplete the soil’s weed seed bank. Find detailed planting and care instructions for our seed mixes through the following links:

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAND SOWING NATIVE SEED

ESTABLISHING A NATIVE SEED MIX - 3 YEAR PLAN
*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges:
SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
over $100.00: 5% of the total seed cost

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $7.50
over $50.00: 15% of the total plant cost

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

**MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders shipping to Minnesota only. Shipping & Handling Charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season:

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 38 and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve).  We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May.  Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.

Delivery:

We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee. UPS and Spee Dee are often used for expediting plant orders; they will not deliver to Post Office Box numbers, so please also include your street address if ordering plants. We send tracking numbers to your email address so please include it when you order.

FOR MORE DETAILED SHIPPING INFORMATION, INCLUDING CANADA SHIPPING RATES (SEED ONLY), PLEASE SEE 'SHIPPING' AT THE FOOTER OF THIS WEBSITE.

iDetails

Lbs/Acre
11.53
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
121
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Advantages
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
DEER