Insectopia Seed Mix
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Insectopia Seed Mix

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for Medium to Medium-Dry Soils & Full to Partial Sun
A Utopia for predators, parasitoids and pollinators too! We’re proud to offer a seed mix specifically designed to attract native beneficial insects, for the delight of farmers, gardeners and the insect-intrigued. Our Insectopia seed mix was developed through a collaboration with The Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation and boasts a variety of wildflowers and grasses chosen specifically to attract predatory and parasitoid insects, as well as spiders that feed on insect pests. Wildflower species with shallow nectaries, such as Anise Hyssop, Lance-leaf Coreopsis and Golden Alexanders are attractive to hover flies, tachinid flies and gentle, parasitoid wasps, while white flowering species such as Prairie Onion, Rattlesnake Master and Mountain Mint attract parasitoid wasps, predatory beetles and a wide variety of bees. Our Insectopia mix also contains four species of Milkweed that support a range of pollinators, including monarch butterflies, and a trio of bunch-forming grasses that provide refuge for predatory beetles.
 
This mix is ideal for farmers and gardeners who are looking to utilize the benefits of biodiversity and conservation biocontrol in field perimeters, insectary strips and gardens. It is a perfect complement to a variety of ecological management approaches including organic farming, farmscaping, integrated pest management, or permaculture. Studies, such as those by UC-Berkeley and UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, have shown that parasitism of crop pests increases when native plantings are situated in close proximity to crop fields. In conjunction with a diversity of shallow-nectary flowering species, the presence of bunch grasses provides refuge while increasing reproduction and overwinter success in predatory insects such as beetles, true bugs, hover flies, lacewings and syrphid flies. If you’re a farmer, gardener or insect enthusiast we think you’re going to love this mix. View the complete species list, including % by weight, under COMPONENTS.
 
In relation to the Insectopia Seed Mix, we highly recommend the book The Xerces Society Guide - Farming with Native Beneficial Insects; Ecological Pest Control Solutions.

Insectopia © Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon® Nursery

8.68 lbs per acre | 99 Seeds per sq/ft

FORBS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)

0.63

Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)

1.08

Allium stellatum (Prairie Onion)

1.44

Apocynum cannabinum (Dogbane)

0.36

Asclepias incarnata (Rose Milkweed)

1.08

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)

0.90

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

1.08

Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed)

0.36

Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)

11.51

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-leaf Coreopsis)

5.58

Coreopsis palmata (Prairie Coreopsis)

0.36

Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)

2.52

Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)

3.24

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)

2.88

Helianthus pauciflorus (Showy Sunflower)

0.36

Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)

3.60

Liatris ligulistylis (Meadow Blazing Star)

1.44

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)

0.72

Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm)

1.44

Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)

1.80

Potentilla arguta (Prairie Cinquefoil)

0.72

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)

1.08

Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower)

0.72

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

2.16

Scrophularia marilandica (Late Figwort)

1.44

Solidago graminifolia (Grass-leaved Goldenrod)

0.18

Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

0.54

Symphyotrichum ericoides (Heath Aster)

0.18

Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth Blue Aster)

0.90

Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)

2.16

Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain)

1.80

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)

0.09

Zizia aptera (Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders)

1.08

Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

4.32

Total of FORBS

59.71 %

TREES, SHRUBS & VINES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

0.72

Totals of TREES, SHRUBS & VINES:

0.72 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-oats Grama PLS)

7.19

Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye PLS)

11.51

Koeleria macrantha (June Grass PLS)

3.60

Schyzachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem PLS)

15.83

Sporobolus heterolepis PLS (Prairie Dropseed PLS)

1.44

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES :

39.57 %

Last updated 12/8/17

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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:

ESTABLISHING A NATIVE SEED MIX - 3 YEAR PLAN

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAND SOWING NATIVE SEED
*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) typically begin shipping early-May, based on order date and when all the species in the tray are transit-ready. We are a Midwest greenhouse and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can’t ship before early-May.

*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.

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iDetails

Lbs/Acre
8.68
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
99
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium, Medium-Dry
Catalog Number
TOPIA