Fall Equinox Flowers and Native Plant Seeds

Mimulus (Erythranthe) cardinalis

Scarlet monkeyflower — Mimulus (Erythranthe) cardinalis — flowering in early September along a seasonal gulch in the Scott River Canyon in northern California.

With the fall equinox approaching on September 22nd there are some late-season beauties still in bloom, and many native plant seeds to pick! Fall is the busiest time of year for us at Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds, as we work hard to collect seed inventory for the coming year and finish up seed collecting contracts before the season ends.

We will have many new additions to our seed inventory this year, but with the busy seed collecting time upon us, we may not have time to fully update our inventory until October. If you know what you want now, let us know and we can reserve seed for you while you wait for all the seeds to be harvested, dried and cleaned.

Picking Ageratina occidentalis seed

Picking Ageratina occidentalis seed along a rocky, seasonal stream. This plant has many common names, including: Western boneset, Western eupatorium, and Western joepiweed.

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Western boneset (Ageratina occidentalis) blooming in late August in the Siskiyou Mountains

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will have a booth at the Talent Harvest Festival on October 1st. We will have native seed packets and potted native plants for sale, including late-blooming native asters.

Coming up in November we will be giving a talk about creating pollinator habitat with native plants at the Master Gardener’s Winter Dreams, Summer Gardens Symposium. We will post details for this event when they are finalized.

Until then, enjoy the last flowers of summer and the cool transition into fall.

-Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds

Red beardtongue (Keckiella corymbosa) flowering in early September along lower Canyon Creek near the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

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Tachinid fly on rubber rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) blooming in September. Because it blooms so late, rabbitbrush is considered the most important native nectar plant for western monarch butterflies on their southward migration. It provides important fuel for the monarch’s long journey to overwintering sites along the California coast.