Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix
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Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix


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for Medium-Wet to Medium-Dry Soils & Full to Partial Sun   Pollinator-Palooza [pol-uh-neyt-ohr-pah-looz-ah] noun. def: 1. an all-out crazy party for bees, butterflies and other pollinators; 2. A field you visit with a mob of fellow pollinators to pollinate like there's no tomorrow.

We are offering this seed mix in cooperation with the "Bring Back the Pollinators" campaign of the non-profit Xerces Society. Pollinators are critical to human food crops yet our practices result in habitat loss, environmental toxins and monocultural cropping that compound stressors on them, threatening their, and our, survival. To counter this trend and introduce more pollinator-friendly plant diversity, this uniquely diverse, 100% North American native mix includes species that produce not only nectar but the habitat that pollinators require for survival.

Designed for full-sun to partial-shade sites with medium soils, this shortgrass mix boasts grasses and most wildflowers at 3', with some flowers reaching 5' at full bloom.  Bloom times progress spring through fall.  Our Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix moves beyond more common pollinator mixes by offering plants that appeal to a broad array of pollinating insects. Included in the 45 species are some not commonly available like Late Figwort and Hairy Mountain Mint.  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.

Research shows that inclusion of native plantings near agricultural crops greatly enhances crop yield, attracts native pollinators, improves ecosystems and lessens reliance on already-stressed European-introduced honeybees that annually are transported around the country to flowering crops. Pollinator-Palooza's blend of flowers and grasses will be equally appealing to humans and insects. We believe this mix will help enlighten everyone to the importance of pollinator habitat. 

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.

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.

Pollinator-Palooza© Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon® Nursery

6.68 lbs per acre | 172 Seeds per sq/ft

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

FORBS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop)

0.94

Allium stellatum (Prairie Onion)

0.94

Asclepias incarnata (Rose Milkweed)

1.87

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)

1.40

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

0.94

Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed)

1.87

Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)

0.47

Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)

4.68

Cirsium discolor (Pasture Thistle)

0.47

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-leaf Coreopsis)

2.81

Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)

2.81

Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)

2.81

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

1.87

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)

1.87

Gaura longiflora (Large-flowered Gaura)

0.47

Helianthus pauciflorus (Showy Sunflower)

0.23

Lespedeza capitata (Round-headed Bush Clover)

0.47

Liatris ligulistylis (Meadow Blazing Star)

1.87

Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star)

1.87

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

0.94

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)

0.47

Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)

0.23

Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)

0.94

Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum (Hairy Mountain Mint)

1.87

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)

0.47

Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower)

0.47

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

5.61

Rudbeckia triloba (Brown-eyed Susan)

0.23

Scrophularia lanceolata (Early Figwort)

0.59

Solidago juncea (Early Goldenrod)

0.47

Solidago rigida (Stiff Goldenrod)

0.94

Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

0.47

Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth Blue Aster)

1.40

Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)

2.81

Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain)

0.94

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)

0.47

Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

2.81

Total of FORBS

52.75 %

TREES, SHRUBS & VINES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)

0.94

Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

0.94

Hypericum prolificum (Shrubby St. John's Wort)

0.94

Totals of TREES, SHRUBS & VINES:

2.82 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-oats Grama PLS)

14.97

Elymus canadensis (Canada Wild Rye PLS)

6.55

Juncus dudleyi (Dudley's Rush)

0.94

Koeleria macrantha (June Grass PLS)

2.34

Schyzachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem PLS)

14.97

Sporobolus heterolepis PLS (Prairie Dropseed PLS)

4.68

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES :

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

44.43 %

Last updated 2/1/2018

5 Questions asked on Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix






Q Andrea • 10/14/2017 Hi, what zone is ideal for planting Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix? And what soil type is ideal for planting Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix ie clay, sandy or loamy? Thanks Andrea
A Prairie Moon • 10/16/2017 Hi Andrea. Great question! Our pre-designed seed mixes are designed to perform well from the Midwest to the Northeast, primarily in zones 4-6. However, there is flexibility, and planted with the right sun exposure and soil moisture, our mixes can do well in zones 3-7.

The species diversity in the Pollinator-Palooza Mix makes it flexible for planting in a variety of soil types: clay, loam, or sandy loam. Matching the soil moisture holding capacity of your site to the seed mix is the most important. The Pollinator-Palooza will do well on medium-wet to medium-dry soils, so as long as your soil is not excessively wet or dry, you should have success.
Q Pablo • 10/29/2017 Do you have a zone map available in your website? Does this seed mix contain only native plants including ones recommended for the Northern NJ area? And lastly, is the seed mix pretreated with any type of chemicals that harm bees or insects? Thank you.
A Prairie Moon • 10/30/2017 Hi Pablo. Thank you for your questions. We are a Midwest native seed and plant nursery so our prairie, woodland and wetland plants thrive in this part of the country; our seed sources are also from this part of the US. Native to the Midwest often also means a plant is/was native to the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states and/or thrive there as well. Since we work ONLY WITH NATIVES, we have a RANGE MAP on each individual species page that shows the native and adventive range of that particular species, rather than the USDA hardiness zone map (although we do have USDA zones listed under ‘DETAILS’ on the web page of many of the more popular natives we sell.)

For our pre-designed Seed Mixes, like this Pollinator-Palooza Mix, you can be sure they are made up of native species that will thrive in the US areas I mentioned. No, we don't use insecticides on our plants and are proudly Neonicotinoid-free. You can read more here.
Q Karen • 01/14/2018 Does this need to be stratified before planting?
A Prairie Moon • 01/15/2018 The majority of species in our mixes require stratification in order to germinate. Because there are a variety of species with different stratification requirements, we recommend sowing the mix on the site in the winter. We do not recommend artificially stratifying our mixes.

If planted in the spring, a few species will germinate (mostly grasses) and the rest will lie dormant until the following spring.
Q Kelli - Broadfork Farm, Minneapolis • 02/01/2018 Not a Question, but customer praise for Pollinator-Palooza! Our farm is a Certified Bee-Friendly Farm and we received a grant from Partners for Sustainable Pollination to add even more bee-forage to our farm. We chose your company for the seed mix because we heard such great things about what you do and the added incentive that this particular seed mix is backed by Xerxes Society. Thank you!
A Prairie Moon • 02/01/2018 :)
Q Mary • 07/01/2018 What are the grasses in this mix and the % of grass? Also, is it deer resistant? Thank you!
A Prairie Moon • 07/03/2018 The grass species, and the % of grasses in the mix is listed under the "COMPONENTS" tab on this page. Our pre-designed seed mixes are always made up of a high concentration of wildflowers and grasses, and they are fairly distributed. It is important to look for the % of each species in a seed mix because if it is not advertised, you could be getting a large amount of an inexpensive species, like a grass, and just a small amount of wildflowers.

As for Deer-Resistance, no the entire mix is not deer resistant. However, many species in the mix deer tend to avoid, like Hyssops, Onions, Milkweed, Bergamot, Liatris, Mountain Mints, Goldenrods, the Prairie Grasses, and more...
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 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
6.68
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
172
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
PPM