Shady Woodland Seed Mix
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Shady Woodland Seed Mix


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for Medium-Wet to Medium-Dry Soils & nearly Full Shade
This native woodland seed mix is best suited for a shady site with dappled sunlight, especially in the spring. There are bloom times throughout the growing season, as shown in the photos; shade-loving, spring, summer and fall bloomers representative of a healthy woodland. 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.

We suggest you also enhance this woodland seeding by transplanting species not available in seed such as Ferns, Trilliums, Hepatica, and Trout Lily.  View the complete species list, including % by weight, under COMPONENTS.  *For woodland restoration projects larger than the 1/8 acre listed here, contact us about custom seed mix design.

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.

All mixes are subject to change without notice depending on availability of species.

Shady Woodland Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon® Nursery

13.50 lbs per acre | 135 Seeds per sq/ft

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

WILDFLOWERS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Actaea pachypoda (Doll's Eyes)

0.23

Actaea rubra (Red Baneberry)

0.93

Agastache nepetoides (Yellow Giant Hyssop)

0.93

Ageratina altissima (White Snakeroot)

0.23

Allium canadense (Wild Garlic)

1.85

Allium tricoccum (Wild Leek)

3.70

Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine)

1.39

Aralia racemosa (Spikenard)

1.39

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-Pulpit)

4.63

Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)

1.39

Blephilia hirsuta (Hairy Wood Mint)

0.93

Campanula americana (Tall Bellflower)

1.85

Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh)

3.70

Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty)

0.46

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Honewort)

0.93

Dasistoma macrophylla (Mullein-foxglove)

0.46

Desmodium glutinosum (Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil)

1.85

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's Breeches)

0.46

Dodecatheon meadia (Midland Shooting Star)

0.46

Eurybia macrophylla (Big-leaved Aster)

0.46

Eutrochium purpureum (Sweet Joe Pye Weed)

0.46

Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

1.39

Hydrophyllum appendiculatum (Great Waterleaf)

0.93

Hydrophyllum virginianum (Virginia Waterleaf)

0.93

Isopyrum biternatum (False Rue Anemone)

0.46

Lobelia inflata (Indian Tobacco)

0.69

Maianthemum racemosum (Solomon's Plume)

3.70

Osmorhiza claytonii (Sweet Cicely)

1.39

Osmorhiza longistylis (Aniseroot)

1.39

Penstemon hirsutus (Hairy Beardtongue)

1.39

Phryma leptostachya (Lopseed)

0.93

Polemonium reptans (Jacob's Ladder)

2.31

Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon's Seal)

2.31

Prenanthes alba (Lion's Foot)

0.93

Rudbeckia laciniata (Wild Golden Glow)

0.46

Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)

0.93

Scrophularia marilandica (Late Figwort)

0.93

Smilax lasioneura (Common Carrion Flower)

1.39

Solidago ulmifolia (Elm-leaved Goldenrod)

0.93

Symphyotrichum prenanthoides (Crooked-stemmed Aster)

0.46

Symphyotrichum shortii (Short's Aster)

0.93

Taenidia integerrima (Yellow Pimpernel)

1.39

Thalictrum dioicum (Early Meadow Rue)

2.78

Triosteum perfoliatum (Late Horse Gentian)

2.31

Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort)

1.39

Total of WILDFLOWERS:

61.34 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Bromus latiglumis (Ear-leaved Brome)

1.85

Carex grayi (Common Bur Sedge)

0.69

Carex grisea (Wood Gray Sedge)

1.37

Carex sprengelii (Long-beaked Sedge)

0.93

Cinna arundinacea (Wood Reed Grass)

0.46

Diarrhena obovata (Beak Grass)

5.09

Elymus hystrix (Bottlebrush Grass)

5.56

Elymus riparius (Riverbank Wild Rye)

1.85

Elymus villosus (Silky Wild Rye)

3.70

Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye)

14.81

Festuca subverticillata (Nodding Fescue)

1.85

Glyceria striata (Fowl Manna Grass)

0.46

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES:

38.66 %

(PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

Last updated 1/8/21

9 Questions asked on Shady Woodland Seed Mix






Q Stavros • October 30 I'd really love to try this mix, but I only have about 90 sq ft. Pity you don't sell it in 100 sq ft quantities!
A Prairie Moon • October 30 Glad you're enthusiastic! With areas of that size, it typically doesn't make sense to plant a seed mix and wait 3 years for the planting to get going. We recommend trying bare roots or perhaps one of our garden kits for faster results. Our Semi-Shade kit could work for you. Garden Kits can be pre-ordered in the winter and they ship in May.
Q Matt • April 23 Is this mix deer resistant?
A Prairie Moon • April 25 Hi Matt. Since there over 50 native woodland flowers and grasses in there, no, not all of them will be deer resistant. Some popular woodland natives that ARE deer-resistant however: Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Leek, Jacob's Ladder, Ferns, White Trout Lily, Sweet Joe Pye Weed, Columbine, Wild Ginger, May Apple, Short's Aster.
Q Cassy • April 14 Would this mix do well under established pine trees in a windbreak? There are very few weeds growing there at the edges and none in the center of the rows, but our main issue is mulberry seedlings creeping up so we're trying to plant something to deter their return.
A Prairie Moon • April 15 Thanks for writing, Cassy. This mix can do fine in a shady area like the one you describe, but keep in mind that the typical establishment time for a diverse native mix is three to five years, so it will be a while before it provides competition for weeds or other unwanted plants. Shade-loving species are very conservative, so may take even longer to establish.
Q Jenelle • April 22 I have a large patch of woods (mostly oak and sassafrass) that I've been wondering about seeding with the Shady Woodland Seed Mix. I've been religiously pulling out garlic mustard weed for several years, and it's finally starting to pay off, so I'm thinking that the site could be ready in the next year or so. Your planting directions seem very prairie focused. I'm wondering what kind of prep should one do for a woodland site before sowing the seed? Would I rake away the leaf litter to expose the soil? Thank you!
A Prairie Moon • April 23 Thanks for writing, Jenelle. Woodland areas tend to have less weed pressure than prairie sites, but the prep protocol is the same regarding removal of unwanted, competing species. You’ve been working on that already. Some woodland species, like Dutchman’s Breeches, require leaf litter to establish, but if the mulching is heavy, you may want to rake some off before broadcasting seed in the fall to allow good soil contact for species that don’t require the litter. The primary caveat for wooded areas is that the resident species are very conservative and may take even longer than the typical 3-5 years to fully establish. Some transplants as encouragement can help keep hope alive in the meantime.
Q Rico • September 2 Are these perennials? If not 100% can you tell me the % makeup?
A Prairie Moon • September 4 Hi Rico, there are two annual species in this mix: Lobelia inflata (Indian Tobacco) and Impatiens pallida (Yellow Jewelweed). This equals 1.15% by weight. The other 98.85% are perennials. Thanks!
Q Philippe Guyony • October 16 Hi, what is the weight of the 500sqf packet of the shady woodland mix and what is the best period to seed?
A Prairie Moon • October 16 Thanks for your question, Philippe. The weight of the 500sqft mix will be around 6oz. There will be a few packets that make up the mix. We prefer seeding in late fall, but spring can also be a suitable option. See our blog post here: Pros and Cons to a Fall vs Spring Seeding

Keep in mind, this diverse mix may take three to five years to fully establish as many species exhibit double dormancy.
Q Will • July 7 Hi there, I planted this seed mix in my yard this spring (mid-April) and am attempting to identify the seedlings that are coming up during this first season. There are a large number of seedlings that could be columbine, early meadow rue, or possibly false rue anemone (or maybe even blue cohosh, though I think that's less likely). I'm wondering if there are any surefire ways to tell the seedlings for these species apart so early in their life cycle? I'm curious only for knowledge's sake, but any tips are appreciated. Thank you.
A Prairie Moon • July 8 Hi Will. If you just planted this mix mid-April it's not likely you have many of those natives mentioned yet. They need an overwintering period to germinate, and some in this Woodland mix need 2 years of cold-warm seasons to break dormancy.

We do currently carry 2 seedling ID books that we like. Click on the TOOL SHED category, then BOOKS sub-category, and finally the SEEDLING ID.

It is important to mow or weed whip the whole planting site this year. Next year you won't have to mow and can ID some seedlings.

Q Heather • February 25 Hi there! We're in the northeast Twin Cities Metro Area and have a section of our property that is somewhat shady and has medium-wet soils (it is bordered by a somewhat seasonal pond--doesn't ever fully dry out, always moist, even when the water recedes late summer). We spent most of last season working on buckthorn management in that area and are wondering if this would be a good mix to throw down before the snow melts (we got a little behind in our planning due to the pandemic). It was recommended to us to at least do a broadcast of Virginia wild rye. There are a lot of great natives already in this section (jack-in-the-pulpit, for example) and we are trying to avoid tarping and herbicides (due to the proximity to the pond). I'm wondering if we should wait on this mix until we've had another season or two to continue drowning out the buckthorn seedbank with something a bit more fast-growing? Many thanks!
A Prairie Moon • February 25 Hi Heather, This is a really good question. Honestly, I don't think our standard Shady Woodland Seed Mix is going to be the best choice to follow-up after buckthorn removal. This mix contains many conservative spring ephemerals that, while beautiful, might not be the most competitive choice. This is also the most expensive mix we sell at approximately $7,000/acre. Instead, you might consider a Buckthorn Replacement Mix (I'll email you this Custom Seed Mix template separately). This custom mix was designed with inspiration from the University of Minnesota's "Cover it up!" project. This mix contains grasses and wildflowers that are much easier to establish and that are likely to be more competitive against Buckthorn seedlings. It's also much more affordable per acre. Depending on your level of shade, or desired price point, we could adjust this mix design to suit your needs.
Q Paula • March 8 A year ago we'd removed oriental bittersweet, and remaining buckthorn and honeysuckle, and thinned out our hillside woodland (oaks, hawthorn, cherry). We have Trout lilies, Solomon seal varieties, may apple, and Jack in the pulpit. We also have a very aggressive amount of Virginia knotweed the we have to weed whack back around our new transplants (ferns, and spring ephemerals). Would this Shady Woodland Seed Mix be appropriate? It seems that fall seeding would be best. What preparation would we need so we don't loose the woodland natives we have?
A Prairie Moon • March 9 Hi Paula, How wonderful that you have some high-quality natives underneath all those invasive species! That’s very hopeful. Yes, I think the Shady Woodland Seed Mix would be a nice choice for you. If you have existing plants that you don’t want to disturb, you might consider an “inter-seeding” approach. You can read more about that in this excellent how-to guide by The Xerces Society. Although this was written with prairie habitats in mind, the concepts are the same in woodlands. Kind Regards, Kaitlyn
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.

E stablishment 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 site prep, 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 A NATIVE SEED MIX
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TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

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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.

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iDetails

Lbs/Acre
13.50
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
135
Sun Exposure
Shade
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Advantages
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, bees and birds
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
SWD