Shortgrass Woods Edge or Savanna Seed Mix
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Shortgrass Woods Edge or Savanna Seed Mix


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for Medium to Medium-Dry Soils & Partial Shade
The species in this mix will do well in a mix of sun and shade that is a savanna. Wooded edges and opening in the woods will work for these shorter species. Soil moisture should be on the medium to medium-dry side. A few of the many species shown in this spring photo are Midland Shooting Star, Solomon's Seal and Golden Alexanders. 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.

Some seeds in this mix are kept under refrigeration (33-38 F) in our warehouse. The days in transit to you in colder or warmer conditions won’t harm the seed, but the bag of refrigerated seed should be removed from the seed mix bag and put back in refrigeration until you are ready to plant.

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.

Shortgrass Woods Edge

or Savanna Seed Mix

by Prairie Moon® Nursery

8.95 lbs per acre | 119 Seeds per sq/ft

(FILTER PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

WILDFLOWERS

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Allium canadense (Wild Garlic)

0.63

Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine)

2.79

Blephilia hirsuta (Hairy Wood Mint)

0.70

Camassia scilloides (Wild Hyacinth)

1.40

Campanula americana (Tall Bellflower)

2.09

Dodecatheon meadia (Midland Shooting Star)

1.40

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

3.04

Euthamia graminifolia (Grass-leaved Goldenrod)

0.70

Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle Gentian)

2.09

Gentiana flavida (Cream Gentian)

1.40

Maianthemum racemosum (Solomon's Plume)

5.59

Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)

1.40

Penstemon hirsutus (Hairy Beardtongue)

1.40

Phlox pilosa (Prairie Phlox)

1.05

Polemonium reptans (Jacob's Ladder)

1.05

Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon's Seal)

5.59

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

3.49

Rudbeckia triloba (Brown-eyed Susan)

2.09

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Calico Aster)

0.70

Symphyotrichum prenanthoides (Crooked-stemmed Aster)

0.70

Taenidia integerrima (Yellow Pimpernel)

0.70

Thalictrum dioicum (Early Meadow Rue)

0.70

Thaspium trifoliatum var. flavum (Meadow Parsnip)

2.09

Triosteum perfoliatum (Late Horse Gentian)

0.70

Zizia aurea (Golden Alexanders)

4.19

Total of WILDFLOWERS:

47.67 %

TREES, SHRUBS & VINES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)

0.70

Rosa blanda (Early Wild Rose)

2.09

Totals of TREES, SHRUBS & VINES:

2.79 %

GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES

Botanical Name (Common Name)

% by wt.

Carex blanda (Common Wood Sedge)

1.40

Carex molesta (Field Oval Sedge)

2.79

Carex sprengelii (Long-beaked Sedge)

1.40

Diarrhena obovata (Beak Grass)

5.59

Elymus hystrix (Bottlebrush Grass)

5.59

Elymus villosus (Silky Wild Rye)

11.17

Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye)

11.17

Festuca subverticillata (Nodding Fescue)

5.17

Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)

6.08

Totals of GRASSES, SEDGES & RUSHES:

49.54 %

(FILTER PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX)

Last updated 11/2/22

3 Questions asked on Shortgrass Woods Edge or Savanna Seed Mix






Q Megan • January 4 How tall will this mix grow?
A Prairie Moon • January 6 The majority of species will be under 4 feet tall, but there are just a few species that could get up to 9 feet tall. If you click on the 'COMPONENTS' tab and 'PHOTOS OF PLANTS IN THIS SEED MIX' you can see all the plants in the mix. You can use the filtering tool to see what plants fall into the height range. Shortgrass Woods Edge Mix Components
Q Hazel • October 27 Hi, getting ready for our first fall planting of pdq and shortgrass savanna mix. Converting our green grass to meadow/prairie! We have removed the sod and currently have bare ground on our site. We live in Wheaton IL. Plan to plan when temps are consistently colder. Was going to roto till before planting. Is this correct? Also, there is a maple tree with leaves in the area - should we plant before the leaves fall or after the leaves fall? Should we clear off the leaves on the site before planting? Concerned the leaves will impact growth of the native seeds? Thank you!
A Prairie Moon • October 27 I recommend you do not till before seeding. It is best to seed on a nice firm bed of soil, and tilling can often dredge up new weed seeds from the seed bank. It is probably best if you can clear off at least the majority of leaves before planting. The seeds must make good contact with the soil, and though scattered leaves won’t cause a problem, a thick layer of leaves over the seed could cause a problem for the germination of some species.
Q Alina • January 22 I am considering both the shortgrass woods edge and tallgrass woods edge mixes for a sloped site. Would you recommend one over the other?
A Prairie Moon • January 23 Hi Alina. The Tallgrass Woods Edge mix has a wider range of plant heights with some species reaching 6+ feet tall. These species also tend to spread more readily, which could be a good feature - especially if the slope is steep enough to have an erosion issue. The Shortgrass is a bit more uniform, with most species averaging 2-3 feet tall with a select few growing to about 5 feet. Both mixes have a nice balance of flowers and grasses - and nearly the same diversity of species. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your site conditions and compare these mixes in more detail!
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
*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
Retail SEED orders over $100.00 ship free! Custom seed mixes or wholesale seed sales over $100, add 5% of the total seed cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $9.00
over $50.00: 18% of the total plant cost. (For orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required.)

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 32/38/50 plugs 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.

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iDetails

Lbs/Acre
8.95
Seeds/Sq.Ft.
119
Sun Exposure
Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium, Medium-Dry
Advantages
Pollinator Favorite: butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, beetles
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
SWE