Detention Basin Seed Mix
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Detention Basin Seed Mix


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for Wet to Medium-Wet Soils and Full to Near-Full Sun
For rainwater runoff detention basins.  A selection of species designed to tolerate fluctuating water levels and poor water quality. High diversity allows changes in species composition from the wetter bottom area to the dryer slope. Also, species composition can successfully change with a series of wet or dry years.  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 - learn more.

Detention Basin Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon Nursery®

9.54 lbs per acre | 309 Seeds per sq/ft

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

WILDFLOWERS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Alisma subcordatum (Mud Plantain)

1.31

Allium stellatum (Prairie Onion)

0.98

Ammannia coccinea (Scarlet Toothcup)

0.98

Anemone canadensis (Canada Anemone)

0.66

Angelica atropurpurea (Angelica)

3.93

Asclepias incarnata (Rose Milkweed)

2.62

Astragalus canadensis (Canada Milk Vetch)

0.66

Bidens cernua (Nodding Bur Marigold)

0.66

Boltonia asteroides (False Aster)

0.66

Doellingeria umbellata (Flat-topped Aster)

1.00

Eupatorium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed)

0.66

Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset)

0.49

Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle Gentian)

0.36

Gentiana flavida (Cream Gentian)

0.36

Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed)

0.71

Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)

1.31

Hibiscus laevis (Rose Mallow)

3.93

Hypericum pyramidatum (Great St. John's Wort)

0.66

Iris versicolor (Northern Blue Flag)

2.62

Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star)

3.28

Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)

0.33

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

1.31

Mimulus ringens (Monkey Flower)

0.33

Pedicularis lanceolata (Marsh Betony)

0.66

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)

0.71

Polygonum punctatum (Smartweed)

0.98

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)

0.66

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

1.97

Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Black-eyed Susan)

0.36

Rudbeckia triloba (Brown-eyed Susan)

1.31

Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)

0.66

Silphium terebinthinaceum (Prairie Dock)

0.66

Solidago rigida (Stiff Goldenrod)

0.66

Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth Blue Aster)

1.31

Thalictrum dasycarpum (Purple Meadow Rue)

1.97

Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain)

1.31

Vernonia fasciculata (Common Ironweed)

1.31

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)

0.66

Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

1.31

Totals of WILDFLOWERS :

46.90 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Andropogon gerardii PLS (Big Bluestem) PLS

6.55

Bromus ciliatus (Fringed Brome) PLS

5.14

Calamagrostis canadensis (Blue Joint Grass) PLS

0.34

Carex bicknellii (Copper-shouldered Oval Sedge)

1.31

Carex hystericina (Porcupine Sedge)

1.31

Carex stipata (Common Fox Sedge)

1.31

Carex vulpinoidea (Brown Fox Sedge)

3.28

Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye) PLS

10.48

Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye) PLS

10.48

Glyceria grandis (Reed Manna Grass)

1.31

Juncus dudleyi (Dudley's Rush)

0.33

Juncus interior (Inland Rush)

0.29

Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass) PLS

1.31

Scirpus atrovirens (Dark-green Bulrush)

0.71

Scirpus cyperinus (Wool Grass)

0.37

Scirpus validus (Great Bulrush)

0.71

Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass) PLS

6.55

Spartina pectinata (Cord Grass) PLS

1.31

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES :

53.10 %

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

Last updated 2/5/18

1 Question asked on Detention Basin Seed Mix






Q Eleni • 07/04/2019 We have a drainage ditch in the front of our house. Would planting this there disrupt the function of the ditch? (pretty much all the water in our yard runs off there.)
A Prairie Moon • 07/08/2019 Hi Eleni! Sorry for the delay due to the 4th of July holiday. YES! A native seed mix designed for wetter soils like the Detention Basin Seed Mix would disrupt the function of the ditch - and that would be a good thing! There would be no standing water. Because of the deep root system of native plants, they act both as a sponge and a filter. They help water soak down into the soil, fast! They filter out excess nutrients and pollutants, improving water and soil quality.

Keep in mind, sowing seed to mature blooming natives is a 3 year process - minimum. Follow the site prep and follow-up maintenance abbreviated here: Establishing a Native Seed Mix
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).

**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state's eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. 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
9.54
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
309
Sun Exposure
Full
Soil Moisture
Wet, Medium-Wet
Advantages
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
DET