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Pollinator Conservation Seed Mixes

The Xerces Society partners with the native seed industry to produce wildflower seed mixes meeting Xerces specifications, to provide foraging and nesting resources for a diversity of pollinators. For details about species composition, recommended seeding rate, and how to contact the producer, please download the specification sheet for each seed mix.

About the Seed Mixes

Regional seed mixes are locally produced in their respective regions by independent farmers, using local eco-type seed wherever possible. Seeds are not treated with pesticides, and are designed to include widely adapted, non-weedy species. Most species require full sun and average soil drainage. For extremely wet, dry, or shady conditions, please contact the respective nursery in your region for recommendations. Note that mixes are designed to include multiple blooming species throughout the entire growing season. Only wildflowers with extensive documented value to pollinators are included. Where appropriate, host plants for regionally important butterflies are included, along with bunch grasses to provide bumble bee nest habitat.

If a recommended seed mix for your region is not featured on this page, we have not yet partnered with a regionally-based seed producer to design a mix. To search for a seed mix that is suitable for planting in your region, please visit the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center to browse the list of native pollinator plant nurseries by region, and then contact seed vendors to inquire about the availability of pollinator seed mixes that are composed of native wildflower species.

How Much Seed Do You Need?

Seed mixes are sold based on planting area size. Depending on the region, and the species included in each mix, 1/4 to 1/3 lb is required for each 1000 ft. For areas of 1/2 acre in size, 3 to 5 lbs of seed is required, and for areas of 1 acre in size, 3 to 10 lbs of seed is necessary. In general, this results in 20 to 40 seeds per square foot of planting area.

Planting Directions

Please see our Habitat Restoration page for details and resources to guide planning, site preparation, installation, and maintenance of native wildflower plantings.

Seed Mixes for NRCS Programs

These seed mixes may meet the requirements for NRCS-administered private landowner conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). For cost-share approval, please consult your local NRCS Service Center prior to purchase.

 

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Bee Happy Native Seed Mix for the South-Central U.S.

From Native American Seed in Junction, Texas, this mix includes a diversity of annual and perennial native wildflowers that provide quality sources of nectar and pollen for pollinators. This mix is appropriate for habitat restoration in southern Arizona and New Mexico, eastern Colorado, Kansas, southern Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, northern Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the Southeastern coastal plain.

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California Almond Orchard Understory Seed Mix

Produced by Hedgerow Farms, this seed mix has been formulated based on field trials and monitoring conducted by the Xerces Society, the NRCS, Hedgerow Farms and the William’s lab at UC–Davis. This seed mix is designed to provide pollen and nectar resources for pollinators and other beneficial insects in almond orchards, but can also be used in other orchard types, such as apples and stone fruits.

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California Central Coast / Southern California Pollinator & Beneficial Insect Seed Mix

Produced by S&S seeds, this seed mix has been formulated based on field trials and monitoring conducted by the Xerces Society and other conservation partners. This mix is designed to provide permanent, high quality foraging resources for a diversity of pollinators and other beneficial insects. None of the recommended species are known to serve as alternate hosts for any crop pests.

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California Central Valley Pollinator & Beneficial Insect Seed Mix

Produced by Hedgerow Farms, this seed mix has been formulated based on field trials and monitoring conducted by the Xerces Society, the NRCS, Hedgerow Farms and the William’s lab at UC–Davis. This mix is designed to provide permanent, high quality foraging resources for a diversity of pollinators and other beneficial insects. None of the recommended species are known to serve as alternate hosts for any crop pests.