Perennial Wildflowers

Growing Perennials from Seed

Some customers ask about purchasing seeds of perennial plants to sow them where they are to grow, directly on the ground. While this technique works in some situations (after all, that's how nature does it), we feel that in most cases, perennial wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs should be sown in flats or in 4" pots first, where conditions of moisture, temperature, and weeds are more easily controlled. This is the best way to optimize your chances of success with your purchased seed. 

That said, there are always exceptions, such as, gumplant, (Grindelia stricta), or peppermint candy flower (Claytonia sibirica), which does reseed so vigorously that they can be safely broadcast sown. Each species' listing will tell you this and much more information.

Nature, unlike us, can afford to be profligate with seed distribution. Annuals, on the other hand, with their quick germination and fast early growth, are appropriately sown directly in the ground. 

One packet contains enough seed for 20 to 30 plants.

Achillea millefolium 'rosy red'
(out of stock)
Achillea millefolium
Aquilegia formosa
Armeria maritima
Asclepias fascicularis
Asclepias speciosa
Asclepias eriocarpa
Aster chilense
(out of stock)
Balsamorhiza sagitatta
(out of stock)
Calochortus amabilis
(out of stock)
Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
(out of stock)
Chenopodium Chenopodium californicum (also Blitum californicum)
Chlorogalum pomeridianum
(out of stock)
Cirsium occidentale
(out of stock)
Corethrogyne filaginifolia
(out of stock)
Erigeron glaucus
Eriogonum latifolium grande var. rubescens
(out of stock)
Eriogonum latifolium
(out of stock)
Eriophyllum confertiflorum
(out of stock)
Erysimum concinnum
Erythranthe guttata
(out of stock)
Eschscholzia californica var. maritima
Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla
Grindelia camporum
Grindelia stricta
(out of stock)
Heracleum maximum
Heuchera pilosissima
(out of stock)
Horkelia californica
Hosackia gracilis
(out of stock)
Iris douglasiana
(out of stock)
Linum perenne ssp. lewisii
Lupinus varicolor
(out of stock)
Mentzelia laevicaulis
(out of stock)
Penstemon heterophyllus
(out of stock)
Phacelia bolanderi
Phacelia californica
Plantago subnuda
Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica
Prunella Vulgaris
(out of stock)
Ranunculus californicus
Salvia apiana
Scrophularia californica
Sidalcea calycosa rhizomata
(out of stock)
Sidalcea malviflora
Sisyrinchium californicum
(out of stock)
Solidago californica
(out of stock)
Tanacetum camphoratum
(out of stock)
Tellima grandiflora
Thalictrum fendleri
Trifolium wormskioldii
(out of stock)
Triteleia hyacinthina
(out of stock)
Wyethia angustifolia
(out of stock)