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Bee & Pollinator Insect Wildflower Mix

Bee & Pollinator Insect Wildflower Mix

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Bee & Pollinator Insect Wildflower Mix

With honey bees threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder[1], and wild pollinators disappearing due to the loss of habitat as well as pesticide use, promoting and attracting pollinator insects is something that we all can do. This mix is for anyone wishing to set aside a portion of their yard and gardens to do just that. It is also a great choice for sowing into vacant lots and as an under planting in orchards.

This mix is a good compromise of both native and non-native, annual and perennial plants. Designed to provide both foraging and nesting resources for short and long tongued bees, butterflies, solitary bees, honey bees and other important pollinators. These flower species are adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions and regions of the United States.

One ounce will cover approximately 333 square feet.

The mix includes the following annual and perennial varieties: Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Lacy Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia), Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum), Smooth Aster (Aster laevis), Siberian Wallflower (Cheiranthus allionii), Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Perennial Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus), Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Alyssum (Lobularia maritima), Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis), and Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).

You may also be interested in our other wildflower mixes as well as our Hummingbird & Butterfly Mix.
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Planting Instructions: As early in the spring as possible, prepare your flower bed site by removing weeds and loosening the soil. You can sow the seeds by broadcasting and then raking them into the soil. The goal is for the seeds to make good soil contact and to be covered with light soil no more than two-and-a-half times their thickness. Germination will start occurring when the soil reaches about 55ºF. The area will need to be kept moist until germination occurs.
Resources:
  1. Colony Collapse Disorder
  2. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
  3. North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is a nonprofit organization that works to promote public awareness of pollinator decline.  It was largely through their efforts that the National Pollinator Week declaration was made.
  4. The USDA's Pollinator Page.