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The Power of Lomatium

Fernleaf biscuitroot seed (Lomatium dissectum)
California lomatium root (Lomatium californicum)
Fernleaf biscuitroot seedling (Lomatium dissectum)

Surging Interest in Lomatium During the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has brought unprecedented changes to our lives as people practice social distancing to ‘flatten the curve.’ Many people are turning to the health benefits of native plant medicine to strengthen their immune systems during the pandemic. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds has experienced a large amount of interest in lomatium seed over the last few weeks, primarily fernleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum), as people research plant species they can grow on their own to have a more self-sufficient way to stay healthy.  The strong interest in lomatium is due in part to evidence that it was used by some Native American tribes “during the influenza pandemic of 1917, with reportedly good results.”

The coronavirus highlights a need to do more research about the medicinal uses of native plants. Lomatium dissectum has one of the largest ranges of any Lomatium in the United States. For this reason it is the most widely used Lomatium species in herbal medicine, however, many other lomatium species also have medicinal uses. “Of the 70 to 80 Lomatium species from western North America, only 20 occur in the ethnobotanical literature (Moerman, 2012).

In this blog post we will discuss different species of lomatium, the benefit of lomatium for pollinators, how to grow lomatium, and the medicinal benefits of lomatium.

Lomatium californicum
Lomatium nudicaule
Common lomatium (Lomatium utriculatum)
Lomatium utriculatum
Lomatium macrocarpum
Lomatium triternatum
Lomatium dissectum

Lomatium is not typically grown in gardens or on a large scale for medicine or seed production, but there are many native plant enthusiasts, herbalists, habitat restoration practitioners, pollinator advocates and businesses that are trying to change that. It is a slow growing plant that can take several years to mature and set seed, or grow large enough to harvest plant material for medicinal use. Once established, however, growing lomatium is very rewarding. Although not showy in the traditional garden esthetic point of view, lomatium does have tremendous garden value because it is a larval host plant for butterfly species such as the anise swallowtail butterfly, and it is highly attractive to many pollinating and beneficial insects.

Anise swallowtail caterpillar on California lomatiumAnise swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on Lomatium utriculatum (top left and center) Lomatium triternatum (top right) and Lomatium californicum (left).

Although we have commercial seed collection permits to collect seed on both BLM and Forest Service land, a large percentage of the lomatium seed we sell is grown on our own land. For 17 years we have been growing a wide variety of lomatium species on our 24 acres of land in the Siskiyou Mountains. Various species of lomatium already naturally grow on our land and we have used wild tending techniques (seeding, forest thinning, strategic fire use to invigorate lomatium stands, etc.), that have drastically increased the amount of lomatium on our land that we use for seed increase and seed sales, as well as for personal medicinal use. In order to keep as much of our land in its natural state as possible we prefer to grow native seeds using wild tending techniques rather than agricultural methods, however, we do grow lomatium in some previously tilled and gardened areas of our land, close to our home and structures, where we are restoring previous agricultural areas into meadow systems for native seed increase.

Ecological integrity is important to us and we do not recommend harvesting lomatium root in the wild for medicinal use. We encourage people to grow lomatium from seed for ethical harvest in your own garden or on your own land. Lomatium dissectum, for instance, is on the United Plant Savers “At-Risk” list of wild herbs that may be under exceptional harvesting pressure.

There are many good sources of information about lomatium species both in books and online. For brief, yet dense information we recommend the USDA-NRCS Plant Guides that are available for some lomatium species that cover the ecology and growing requirements.

USDA-NRCS Plant Guide for Lomatium dissectum

The USDA-NRCS Plant Guide for Lomatium dissectum is a great source of information. It covers plant identification, habitat requirements, ecology, wildlife and pollinator use, propagation, growing conditions, as well as ethnobotanical use.

A few quotes from the Lomatium dissectum Plant Guide:

“Fernleaf biscuitroot, known as Toza by the Numic speaking tribes of the Great Basin, was commonly used for food, medicine, and ceremonial purposes (Meilleur et al., 1990). It is one of the most widely used plant species in native North American culture (Moerman, 1998).”

“Fernleaf biscuitroot is still popular as a natural herbal medicine, and has been shown to possess antiviral and antibiotic properties (McCutcheon et al., 1992; 1995).”

“In Pullman, Washington, best results were obtained when seed was sown into containers in the fall that were left outside to overwinter. Germination begins in March and growth continues for 3 to 4 months until the plants go dormant in late July or August. Containerized plants should be left outside in a lath house for an additional winter before transplanting the following spring. Flowering and seed production typically begins 3 years after transplanting (Skinner, 2004).”

Growing Lomatium from Seed

Like many native plants, the seed of most lomatium species that grow in the Klamath-Siskiyou region require 60-90 days cold-moist stratification in order to trigger springtime seed germination.

For personal use, the seed can be sown outside in late fall in seed trays and other nursery containers and allowed to overwinter outside with full exposure to winter conditions. The seedlings will typically germinate in March. If started in shallow seed starting trays the seedlings will need to be upsized into deeper containers for growing out over the summer.

Lomatium seeds can also be direct seeded outside in late fall. Weed and prepare a well-drained, unirrigated garden bed to sow the seeds in the garden setting. For direct seeding on land outside the garden setting, either rake the area to clear it of duff and thatch, or follow our Site Preparation Techniques for Native Seeding.

For many years Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds has been growing lomatium from seed in our nursery and through direct seeding methods. Below are some photos from our nursery and our land.

Lomatium californicum seed tray
Lomatium californicum seed tray
Lomatium californicum_seed tray
Lomatium californicum seedlings
Lomatium dissectum seedling
Lomatium macrocarpum seedling pot
Fernleaf biscuitroot seedling (Lomatium dissectum)
Lomatium dissectum and Lomatium californicum grown from direct seeding

For further reading, this enjoyable blog post below is a good account of growing lomatium species in a medicinal herb garden in Seattle. The experience the author shares is valuable not only for growing lomatium, but for growing native plants from seed in general.

Lomatium etc.

Growing Lomatium on a Large Scale

Lomatium is beginning to be grown more on a larger scale for medicinal plant material and seed increase fields for habitat restoration and commercial seed production.

The American Society for Horticultural Science has published a paper with detailed research about growing Fernleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum) for commercial seed production.

Although most people don’t grow lomatium at this scale, it is helpful information even for backyard gardeners. The more lomatium can be grown from seed, the less pressure there is on wild populations from overharvesting for medicinal use.

Cultivation and Irrigation of Fernleaf Biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum) for Seed Production

https://journals.ashs.org/hortsci/view/journals/hortsci/47/10/article-p1525.xml

Medicinal Use of Lomatium

California lomatium root (Lomatium californicum)
Lomatium tincture

Below is a select list of resources that address the ethnobotanical and modern use of lomatium for medicinal use.

We recommend the book, Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, by the great herbalist, Michael Moore. There is a section on Lomatium dissectum in Moore’s book where he says that lomatium’s “main value is for respiratory virus infections,” but we also wanted to share the following quotes:

“Lomatium has been used for centuries as a medicine by Native Americans who live in the Great Basin; it was used by many Mormon settlers in Utah and Nevada, and it was known by Oregon pioneers. They all used it for lung problems, bad fevers and pneumonia, and there are many references to its value for persistent winter fevers.”

“Lomatium definitely helps simple head colds and shortens the duration of overt influenza viral infections.” (Moore, p. 170)

  • Coronavirus Scare: 5 Tips to Help Ward Off and Manage a Viral Illness With Herbs

Coronavirus Scare: 5 Tips to Help Ward Off and Manage a Viral Illness With Herbs

“Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum) root is a potent and effective antiviral that is warming and drying in part due to a resinous property. However, this is the kind of herb one might reserve for the instance of a novel or exceptional viral infection because it is not abundant. Its range is limited, and the root is the part used. It is on the United Plant Savers’ “At-Risk” list of wild herbs under exceptional harvesting pressure (United Plant Savers, 2018). If a household were affected by a novel virus and advised to do care at home under medical supervision, and this herb was in ones’ home apothecary, this would be the time to pull it out. Typically, it has been prepared as a tincture, and used in small amounts regularly, ½ ml several times throughout the day while affected (Buhner, 2013). Small amounts of herbal tea infusion would have a similar effect but the taste is quite strong!”

  • Naturopathic Approach to COVID-19

Naturopathic Approach to COVID-19

by naturaldoc12 | Mar 4, 2020 | Of the Earth Wellness Naturopathic clinic

“Lomatium dissectum: Anti-viral, helps break up mucous.”

  • Lomatium dissectum: Medicinal use

The Naturopathic Herbalist

Lomatium dissectum

https://thenaturopathicherbalist.com/herbs/i-l/lomatium-dissectum/

“Medicinal use: Lomatium is useful in acute and chronic viral, bacterial, fungal infections and other inflammatory disorders of the respiratory system. It is most effective in treating infections when it is given as early as possible and in small frequent doses.”

  • Lomatium dissectum Inhibits Secretion of CXCL10, a Chemokine Associated with Poor Prognosis in Highly Pathogenic Influenza A Infection

Lomatium dissectum Inhibits Secretion of CXCL10, a Chemokine Associated with Poor Prognosis in Highly Pathogenic Influenza A Infection

“Conclusion: The observation that L. dissectum extract inhibits CXCL10 secretion provides a plausible mechanism for the efficacy of L. dissectum in influenza treatment reported in ethnobotanical studies and case reports. L. dissectum may reduce morbidity and mortality associated with influenza and merits further research.”

  • Lomatium-Uses

Kaiser Permanente website, 2019 Healthnotes, Inc.

“Native Americans of many tribes reportedly used lomatium root to treat a wide variety of infections, particularly those affecting the lungs.1 Lomatium was used, particularly in the southwestern United States, during the influenza pandemic of 1917 with reportedly good results.” https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/kbase/topic.jhtml?docId=hn-2126009

  • Lomatium Root: Possibly the Best Anti-Viral
By: Adam Stark
“But the plant has had two strong advocates: the great naturopathic doctor, John Bastyr; and the great herbalist, Michael Moore. It’s because of these two men, I believe, that the knowledge of Lomatium is still alive today. Most everyone who uses Lomatium now can trace their knowledge back to either Moore or Bastyr, either directly, or indirectly, through one of their thousands of students.”
  • Cultivation and Irrigation of Fernleaf Biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum) for Seed Production

https://journals.ashs.org/hortsci/view/journals/hortsci/47/10/article-p1525.xml

“Lomatium dissectum was used by Native American populations as food, medicine, and a piscicide. Specific uses described in historic, ethnobotanical records cannot be verifiably linked to L. dissectum as a result of the morphological similarities, especially in leaf morphology, among some Lomatium spp. and revisions of taxonomic classifications after the ethnobotanical studies (Ebeling, 1986; Jones, 1941; Meilleur et al., 1990). More than half of the Lomatium spp. are relatively rare with geographically restricted ranges (Soltis et al., 1997) making proper identification by a generally trained ethnobotanist less likely and perpetuating possible cases of folk underdifferentiation, the use of one folk name for two closely associated Linnaean species (Hunn and Brown, 2011). Of the 70 to 80 Lomatium species from western North America, only 20 occur in the ethnobotanical literature (Moerman, 2012).”

Lomatium nudicaule seed
Pestle lomatium seed (Lomatium nudicaule)
Spring gold seed (Lomatium utriculatum)
Common lomatium seed (Lomatium utriculatum)
Fernleaf biscuitroot seed (Lomatium dissectum)

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds has six species of lomatium seed available for purchase. Our inventory is limited, please limit your purchase of Lomatium dissectum to five packets or less per order during the coronavirus pandemic in order to make the seed as widely available as possible.

Lomatium dissectum-Fernleaf biscuitroot

Lomatium californicum-California lomatium

Lomatium macrocarpum-Bigseed biscuitroot

Lomatium nudicaule-Pestle lomatium

Lomatium triternatum-Nineleaf biscuitroot

Lomatium utriculatum-Common lomatium

Growing Camas from Seed

 

Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii)

Growing Native Bulbs from Seed

Growing native bulbs from seed is a labor of love. Although it can take a little longer to reach flowering stage, growing native bulbs from seed is a very rewarding process that leaves a lasting legacy. With the long-term vision of native flowering bulbs in your garden, on your land, or in your restoration project in mind, and with some patience, you too can grow native bulbs like camas. Growing native bulbs from locally adapted seed helps continue the genetic diversity that is so important to native plant conservation.

Common camas (Camassia quamash)

Native Camas Species

The Klamath-Siskiyou region has two species of native camas: common camas (Camassia quamash) and large camas (Camassia leichtlinii). They are spring-flowering bulbous perennial wildflowers that are beautiful enough for the most high-end ornamental garden, yet are adaptable and ecologically important enough to be included in habitat restoration projects within their ranges. Camas prefers moist conditions winter through late spring, but it can dry out in the late summer months when the bulbs go dormant. In the wild, camas is typically found growing in vernally moist meadows, grasslands, or upland prairies, and on moist slopes or along seeps, springs, rivers, streams and gulches. Camas is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types, including serpentine and clay, as long as there is adequate moisture in the spring. Camas provides valuable, early-season nectar and pollen for a variety of native pollinators, especially overwintering bumble bee queens coming out of hibernation. Camas was a staple food for many Native American tribes. The bulbs were harvested in the fall and either pit roasted or boiled and eaten, or dried and pounded into a flour.

Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii) growing in a low elevation serpentine meadow.

Geophytes

The tips we will provide for growing camas can be used to grow any native bulb species, camas is just one of the most familiar and recognizable species of native bulbs in the region, making it a good species to highlight. Native bulb species are geophytes. A geophyte is any plant with some form of underground storage organ: bulb, tuber, corm, thick rhizome, etc. In the wild geophytes are dispersed by seed, vegetative propagation, and subterranean mammals. Geophytes are an important part of the food web, as they are eaten by small mammals, which in turn feed raptors and larger animals.

Seed Stratification Requirements

Whether you will be growing camas in a nursery or direct sowing on your land or in a restoration project, camas seed will germinate best when sown outside in fall through early winter, typically October through early January. The seeds need 60-90 days of cold-moist stratification or “winterization” in order to break down the seed coat and trigger springtime seed germination. The freeze-thaw cycle, rain, snow, and general winter conditions contribute to successful spring germination. If sown too late and the seeds don’t achieve the required cold-stratification in the first year of sowing, the seeds will remain dormant until the following spring after exposure to an additional winter season. These seed germination requirements work well in the Klamath-Siskiyou region, but may vary in other regions within the range where camas grows. You may also mimic natural cold-moist stratification artificially using the refrigeration method, by placing camas seed in moist seed sprouting paper or paper towels in a ziplock bag or small container as shown in the diagram. For more detailed information about seed germination, please see our SEED PROPAGATION page on our website.

Growing Camas from Seed in Containers

Large camas seed

Seed Flats, Gallon Pots, Seed Trays, etc.

Camas seed can be started in a wide variety of container size and shape. Seeds can be evenly spread and lightly covered with sifted soil, vermiculite or other grit in a seed flat or gallon pot, and once the seed germinates in the spring the seedlings can be plucked out and transplanted into larger containers or directly transplanted in the ground. The seed flat or gallon pot can also be grown out through the summer and the bulbs can be transplanted in the fall when they are dormant, or grown out even longer and transplanted the following spring when new growth emerges around the beginning of March.

Seeds can also be sown into seed trays with various sizes and depths of cells, tubes, Ellepots, or even common pony pack trays. Seedlings can then be transplanted into larger containers or directly transplanted into the ground.

bird netting on native seed pots
seed tray ready for seed
native seed tray

Camas seeds can be started in many different types of container or seed tray.

Camas grown in a gallon pot for one year are plucked out and transplanted the following spring.

Camas seedlings transplanted from seed pots directly into the garden (left), into band pots (center), and then later upsized into gallon pots (right).

Direct Sow Camas Seed

Camas can be grown from direct seeding in the garden or as part of a land management or habitat restoration project. In a prepared bed in the garden direct sow camas seed in the fall to early winter, just lightly covering the seed with soil, and allow the seeded area to remain unmulched through the winter. 

Site Prep Techniques for Native Seeding
Sowing native seeds

Site preparation, direct sowing, and springtime camas seedlings emerging in a small area prepared with propane torch burning the previous fall.

Site preparation is key to successful camas seed germination when direct sowing for a land management or habitat restoration project. Read more about Site Preparation Techniques for Native Seeding on our website. Burning or raking the area you want to seed so it is free of thick thatch or competition will prepare the area for seeding. This allows the seed to have direct contact with the soil, which helps seeds germinate and grow through moisture retention and mycorrhizal associations.

Whether you are direct seeding in your garden, on your land, or in a small restoration project, make sure you mark, label or document the area that you sowed the seed so you don’t forget the exact location, and watch for seed germination in the spring as temperatures start to warm up. Camas seedlings look like blades of grass for the first couple years as the leaves feed bulb growth underground. The seedlings and mature plants will go dormant in the early summer.

Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii)Living Legacy

Growing camas from seed may take some time, but the rewards down the road are many. Camas has such an important ecological and cultural role in the Klamath-Siskiyou region and beyond, however, much of the area camas once inhabited is now destroyed by human development, farming, or other historic impacts. Bringing camas back to its native habitat, or at least growing it in your garden for the benefit of pollinators, helps camas maintain its ecological and living legacy. Enjoy the blooms!

Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii)
Anise swallowtail butterfly

Enjoy camas for pollinator habitat and beauty in your urban landscaping or on your rural land!

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds has camas seed available. Check out our online shopping cart today!

Camassia quamash-Common camas

Camassia leichtlinii-Large camas

 

Native Seed Success in 2019

Native Seed Success in 2019

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds are used for many different seeding and planting projects each year. We love to see how our seeds are successfully incorporated into habitat restoration projects, native plant gardens, pollinator habitat enhancement, ornamental landscaping, community planting projects, educational gardens, and much more! Our seeds are used to grow containerized nursery stock for native planting projects, or they are direct seeded, depending on the needs of the project. Our native seed or nursery plants grown from our seed are used on private and public land, as well as educational sites, botanical gardens, or are grown for small and large-scale nursery production.

We have featured some of the successful uses and applications of Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds in 2019 below. We’re looking forward to 2020. Happy New Year!

 

Siskiyou Mountain Homestead Wildflower Meadow Project

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds collected native seeds under contract for this project located around 5,000′ in the Siskiyou Mountains. The seed mix included 60 species of wildflowers and native grasses. 2019 marked year three of this successful seeding project. Many of the perennials have matured and have started to bloom alongside the annuals, creating a spectacular display around the home and gardens. The seeded areas started out as bare soil after hardscaping work, and have been restored into a fully functioning, high quality mountain meadow habitat. As non-native species have tried to get established, careful and persistent weeding has maintained a mostly native composition. Occasional summer irrigation has helped with establishment but the site will be further weaned from irrigation going forward. A diversity of pollinators are now feasting on the pollen and nectar of a high diversity of native flowering plants at the site, and many species are using the plants as larval host plants. Many caterpillars of various species have been observed. This project is now producing enough seed itself that further seed collection from the project area is helping seed other areas of the property.

 

Butte Falls Natural Resource Center Monarch Waystation and Native Plant Education Garden

Suzie from Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds highlighting false turtlehead (Nothochelone nemorosa) plants grown from Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds in a native plant garden at the Butte Falls Charter School’s Natural Resource Center.

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds provided native seeds for growing out native nursery plants for the Butte Falls Charter School’s Natural Resource Center. In collaboration with other partners, such as Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates and Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District, the students and staff at the Butte Falls Charter school constructed monarch waystations and educational pollinator gardens at a closed-down fish hatchery that was slated for demolition. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds participated in a collaborative planting day with the students, planting 40 species of native plants grown from locally collected native seeds, in a designated monarch waystation area and in old fish tanks repurposed into native plant demonstration gardens. In 2019 the planting started to establish, and with the care and maintenance of the students and staff, the native plant gardens will thrive and provide excellent monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat, educational opportunities, and hands-on learning for the Butte Falls Charter School.

 

Klamath River Fishing Retreat Native Plant Gardens and Wildflower Seeding Project

This multidimensional project at a fishing retreat on the Klamath River used Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds to grow out native nursery plants for riparian restoration and native plant gardens, as well as direct seeding for dryland meadow restoration. Over three years of development the gardens have become established and are providing ornamental value for visitors, but more importantly, they are providing valuable habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. The gardens now contain over 85 species of native plants, including, trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, annual wildflowers, and native grasses. This native garden has a diligent maintenance schedule that includes regular weeding and the use of bark mulch for weed management and soil building. Irrigation is used on a limited basis for areas that were designed for dryland species, while other areas that have more moist-loving species receive regular irrigation. Once established, the dryland areas and seeded dryland meadows will be further weaned from irrigation. The native dryland meadow was seeded with 57 different species of wildflowers and native grasses, all collected from native plants along the Klamath River corridor as well as on the land itself.

Grindelia nana-Idaho gumweed

 

Backyard Native Plant Gardens

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds are used to grow ornamental and useful native plants for backyard gardens. Our native seed packets are used for direct seeding, or for growing out nursery plants for transplanting into gardens. No two native plant gardens or native plant gardeners are alike. We love to hear about how our customers use our seeds in their gardens and what species they are successfully growing. Our customers have different techniques and styles, but they all have the love of native plants in common. Share your photos and success stories with us at klamathsiskiyou@gmail.com. Nothing connects you to native plants more than growing them yourself. In your garden you can observe each species’ growth habit throughout the year, observe the pollinator-plant interactions, see what species use the plants as larval host plants, and enjoy the beauty while you sip your morning tea barefoot in the summer right out your back door. Grow Native — Grow Wild!

Landscaping with natives in the Klamath-Siskiyou

Native Plant Nursery Production

Agastache urticifiolia - Horsemint plants
Agastache urticifiolia – Horsemint plants

Thousands of native nursery plants are grown from Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds each year. We supply many nurseries throughout the West Coast with seed for growing containerized nursery stock. Gardening groups, botanical gardens, botany departments and researchers at universities, use our seeds, as well as habitat restoration non-profits, native plant societies, and everyday gardeners that choose to grow native seeds in the nursery environment prior to planting. Our individual seed packets can be used for nursery production, or we can provide larger amounts of seed when larger quantities are needed for large-volume nursery production. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds is the only source for many species of seed. We strive to provide a diverse selection that will perform well under nursery conditions.

Cirsium ciliolatum seedlings
bird netting on native seed pots
Jackson County Master Gardeners with the plants they grew from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener's hot rock penstemon plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Ipomopsis aggregata seedlings
Eriogonum compositum - Arrowleaf buckwheat plants
Lomatium californicum seed tray
Lomatium californicum seed tray
Lomatium californicum_seed tray
Lomatium californicum seedlings
Wyethia angustifolia seedlings in tubes
Clematis ligusticifolia seedlings
KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair
Monardella odoratissmia - Coyote mint plants
California spikenard-Aralia californica
Blue mountain penstemon-Penstemon laetus
Roemer's fescue-Festuca roemeri
Narrowleaf milkweed-Asclepias fascicularis
Showing off shooting star success

 

Native Seed Packets

Each year we add new species to our online inventory of native seed packets. In 2019 we added 22 new species and we expect to add more in 2020! Our seed packet inventory fluctuates throughout the year, so check back often to see our updated inventory. If you see that the species you are interested in is currently out of stock, contact us to let us know that you want to be put on a waiting list for that species. When it becomes available we will notify you that we have it in stock again. Looking for something we don’t carry? If it is a species that grows within the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion we may be able to collect seed for you if we can find a suitable seed collection site. Let us know what you are interested in. We strive to supply a wide range of species for various uses and applications.

Wyethia angustifolia seed
Cirsium occidentale seed
Cynoglossum grande seed
Collinsia grandiflora seed
Eriogonum compositum seed
Grindelia nana seed
Lupinus albifrons seed
Lomatium nudicaule seed
Pestle lomatium seed (Lomatium nudicaule)
Madia elegans seed

Happy New Year!

Grow Native for the Holidays

GROW NATIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Give the gift of native plant seeds!

 

Ipomopsis aggregata seedlings

Scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) Buy seed packets now!

Are you looking for a unique, eco-friendly holiday gift for a nature-loving friend or family member?

Shop for native seed packets on our website now!

Early winter is an ideal time to sow many species of native plant seeds in order to achieve cold-moist stratification over the winter to help break down seed coats and trigger springtime seed germination. Many species of native seeds given as holiday gifts can be sown outside right away.

Giving native seed packets as holiday gifts brings the promise of spring wildflowers!

 

 

We recently added Brown’s peony (Paeonia brownii) seed packets to our online inventory. Buy now!

 

 

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds (KSNS) now has over 140 species of native seed packets in stock through our online inventory. We collect seeds from around the Klamath-Siskiyou region to help others grow native plants for conservation, restoration, wildlife and pollinator habitat, beauty and so much more.

Grow your own native plants.

Grow Native—Grow Wild

Shop for native seed packets on our website now!

 

Cirsium occidentale seed
Western thistle (Cirsium occidentale)

Western thistle (Cirsium occidentale) Buy seed packets now!

KSNS also offers Gift Certificates that are available in any amount.

KSNS Gift Certificate
Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds Gift Certificate

To order a gift certificate just send us an email at: klamathsiskiyou@gmail.com

Happy Holidays!

Below are some of the new species we have recently added to our online inventory.

Anaphalis margaritacea-Pearly everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea-Pearly everlasting
Brodiaea elegans-Harvest brodiaea
Brodiaea elegans-Harvest brodiaea
Rhus aromatica-Fragrant sumac
Rhus aromatica-Fragrant sumac
Lonicera conjugialis-Purpleflower honeysuckle
Lonicera conjugialis-Purpleflower honeysuckle
Cercocarpus ledifolius-Curl leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius-Curl leaf mountain mahogany
Symphoricarpos albus-Snowberry
Symphoricarpos albus-Snowberry

 

KSNS Seeds and Plants at the Talent Harvest Festival September 21st

Come visit our booth at the Talent Harvest Festival on September 21st!

50th Annual Talent Harvest Festival
Saturday September 21, 2019
10am to 4pm

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds (KSNS) will have a booth at the Talent Harvest Festival on September 21st. We will have a variety of native seed packets for sale as well as many potted native plants grown from our locally wildcrafted native seeds. Since we don’t ship live plants this is a great opportunity to purchase plants for fall planting.

Coming to the Talent Harvest Festival? Check out the PDF link below of our current nursery inventory to see the wide selection of native potted plants we have available. Email us at klamathsiskiyou@gmail.com if you want to pre-order nursery plants for pickup at the festival.

Click here: KSNS Nursery Inventory Fall 2019

Fall is the perfect time to plant native seeds and native nursery plants.

Agastache urticifiolia - Horsemint plants
Agastache urticifiolia – Horsemint plants
Eriogonum compositum - Arrowleaf buckwheat plants
Blue elderberry-Sambucus nigra spp.caerulea
Blue elderberry-Sambucus nigra spp.caerulea
Douglas aster-Symphyotrichum subspicatum
Douglas aster-Symphyotrichum subspicatum
Bigelow's sneezeweed-Helenium bigelovii
Bigelow’s sneezeweed-Helenium bigelovii
Broadleaf lupine-Lupinus latifolius
Broadleaf lupine-Lupinus latifolius

For many years KSNS has been the go-to source for retail native seeds in southern Oregon and northern California. Our motto, Grow Native-Grow Wild, says it all. We want to provide a wide diversity of native plant seeds from the wild to enhance botanical diversity and native plant conservation.

Can’t make the Talent Harvest Festival? Purchase local native seeds from throughout the Klamath-Siskiyou region through mailorder on our website.  KSNS offers nearly 150 species of native seed! You won’t find this wide selection anywhere else in the region. Shop for native seeds now!

See you there!

Balsamorhiza deltoidea seed
Deltoid balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea)
Deltoid balsamroot (Balsamhoriza deltoidea)
Silver lupine (Lupinus albifrons)
Lupinus albifrons seed
Agastache urticifolia siskiyou mountains
Horsemint (Agastache urticifolia) in the Siskiyou Mountains
Agastache urticifolia seed
Horsemint (Agastache urticifolia) seed
Jackson County Master Gardeners with the plants they grew from KSNS seeds!

Happy Native Plant Growers

KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair
KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair

There were many happy native plant lovers and growers at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair last weekend!

Those of us at Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds (KSNS) had a great time talking to gardeners about the benefits of growing native plants in gardens and landscapes at the fair. The interest in native plants has grown so much that we sold out of some species of seeds and plants at the fair. It was great to see people going home with native plants to put in the ground right away and with native seeds to grow on their own.

Suzie from KSNS gave a presentation on how to “Grow Your Own Native Plants,” focusing on ten easy-to-grow native plants for the home gardener. Additional native plant presentations were given by other native plant enthusiasts, with a focus on how to use native plants in pollinator gardens and why native plants are good for pollinators, wildlife, and beauty! Although the fair is more known for garden veggie starts than natives, it’s great to see native plants receive the increased attention they are due.

KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair
KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair
KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair
KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair
KSNS booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair

The best part about tabling at a large event like this is the interaction with people from all over southern Oregon and northern California. People tell us about their successes with growing native plants, and what they want to try and experiment with in the future. Here at KSNS we keep experimenting with lesser known native plants that have great potential in native plant gardens, to help people grow an even greater diversity of native plants for the benefit of pollinators and wildlife.

One of our happy customers even brought a two-year old seed pot of Henderson’s shooting star (Dodecatheon hendersonii) plants that he germinated from our seeds for us to see. After the seedlings went dormant last summer he nearly gave up on them, thinking they might be dead, but they grew from the dormant bulbs again this spring and will be planted in the fall. Success stories like this warm our hearts and invigorate our own enthusiasm for growing native plants.

Jo with KSNS plants
Jo with KSNS plants
Showing off shooting star success
Shooting star seed germination success by a happy customer from Ruch, Oregon!

This year we were thrilled to see the Jackson County Master Gardeners themselves selling native plants grown from our seeds at the Spring Garden Fair! Their plants looked great and were a nice addition to their wide selection of plants at their booth. We appreciate their efforts to educate gardeners about the benefits of growing native plants, and providing native plants for gardeners to purchase that are sourced from local native seeds.

Below is a selection of plants the Jackson County Master Gardeners grew from KSNS seeds this year. We’ll see you at the fair next year, or you can stop by and see us at the Talent Harvest Festival in October where we will again have a wide selection of native seed packets and nursery plants.

Jackson County Master Gardener's grand collomia plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener’s grand collomia plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener's coyote mint plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener’s coyote mint plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener's horsemint plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener’s horsemint plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener's goldenrod plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener’s goldenrod plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener's hot rock penstemon plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener's leafybrack aster plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardener’s leafybrack aster plants grown from KSNS seeds!
Jackson County Master Gardeners with the plants they grew from KSNS seeds!
Monardella odoratissmia - Coyote mint plants

Spring Garden Fair

JCMAG 2019 Spring Garden Fair

It’s Spring Garden Fair Time!

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will have a booth at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair, May 4-5 at the Expo in Central Point in southern Oregon. We will have a wide variety of native seed packets available for purchase, as well as a large selection of native potted plants from our native plant nursery.

We have updated our spring 2019 native plant inventory and availability list that you can view at the link below.

KSNS_Nursery_Inventory_Spring_2019

With over 40 species of native potted plants available, you’re sure to find something you’ll love! Our native potted plants are grown in our small nursery in the Siskiyou Mountains, with seed we have sourced from the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and northern California.

We welcome pre-orders for pickup at the fair. Just email us at klamathsiskiyou@gmail.com with a list of the plants you would like (including plant name, size, price, and quantity) and we will email you an invoice preview. We’ll have your plants boxed and ready for pickup at the fair. This year we will have a credit card reader, and people will be welcome to pay with cash or credit.

Support native pollinators, wildlife, and our diverse native flora by planting native plants in your garden this spring!

Rudbeckia glaucescens - Waxy coneflower plants
Rudbeckia glaucescens – Waxy coneflower plants
Monardella odoratissmia - Coyote mint plants
Eriogonum compositum - Arrowleaf buckwheat plants
Agastache urticifiolia - Horsemint plants
Agastache urticifiolia – Horsemint plants
NPSO Oregon Native Plant Appreciation Week

April Native Plant Week Celebrations in California and Oregon

The Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion is located in both California and Oregon, so we get to celebrate two Native Plant Weeks, one for each state!NPSO Oregon Native Plant Appreciation Week

Celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week with the Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO) April 21-27

Celebrate California Native Plant Week with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) April 13-21.

 

California Native Plant Week
California Native Plant Society

 

Mountain arnica-Arnica latifolia
Eremogone-congesta_capitate-sandwort
Bumble bee on Oregon checkermallow
Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)
Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)
Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds-Presentation

Upcoming Events

 

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds Upcoming Events

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds-PresentationKlamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will be participating in numerous presentations and events this spring. Many aspects about native plants will be covered during our presentations to help you learn more about growing and using native plants on your land and in your garden!

You can also purchase native seeds and native potted plants from us directly in May by visiting our booth at the Jackson County Master Gardeners Spring Fair.

Come learn more at one of the following presentations and events.

 


Seeds of Spring SeminarSeeds of Spring

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Josephine County Master Gardeners host the annual Seeds of Spring Seminar each year in March at the Rogue Community College Redwood Campus in Grants Pass.

Suzie Savoie from Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will be presenting on the topic:

“Grow Native — Grow Wild, Preserving Biodiversity”

Native plants support more biodiversity than non-native plants. Bring a little bit of wild nature into your garden with tips about the best native plants to grow and how to propagate them.

To learn more or to register for the event go to:

http://www.jocomastergardeners.com/seeds-of-spring.html

 


LOYL Conference flyer 2019

Living on Your Land Conference

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The OSU Extension Land Steward Program and Tree School Rogue present this annual, one-day conference at the Rogue Community College Redwood Campus in Grants Pass

Suzie Savoie from Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will be presenting on the topic:

“Growing Native Plants from Seed: Seed Collection, Cleaning & Propagation”

Learn the tricks of the trade to propagate your favorite native plants from seed. This class will present basic skills for successful seed collection, cleaning and propagation to grow native plants for land stewardship, biodiversity, habitat restoration, native plant conservation and pollinators. Native plant seeds have a reputation as being difficult to grow, but with some basic skills and a willingness to experiment you can propagate beautiful native plants from seed. Topics will include ethical native seed collection techniques, seed cleaning with basic home supplies, seed germination requirements for specific species, growing native plants in containers, and direct seeding techniques. Information presented in this class will be tailored to landowners and land stewardship in the Klamath-Siskiyou region.

To learn more or to register for the event go to:

https://www.livingonyourland.com


2019 Jackson County Master Gardeners Spring Fair flyer

Spring Garden Fair

Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th, 2019

40th annual Jackson County Master Gardener Spring Garden Fair at the Jackson County EXPO.

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds will have a booth at the fair with a large selection of native plants and native seed packets for sale. Come see us at our booth!

Suzie will also give a presentation during the fair, “Grow Your Own Native Plants,” at 1pm on Saturday.

For more information about the Spring Garden Fair: https://jacksoncountymga.org/spring-garden-fair/

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds tablingWe will also be presenting on native plant propagation for the Applegate Garden Club on March 28th at the Ruch Library, and guiding a native plant walk on Mount Ashland for the OSU Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion Master Naturalist Course on June 16th. Stay tuned for more events this summer!

Spring Garden Fair-KSNS Booth
Spring Garden Fair-KSNS Booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Third Edition

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Third Edition

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest Edition 3
Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Third Edition

An updated, third edition of the classic book, Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, will be available soon!

Pre-orders can be made online through Barnes & Noble before the projected release date on March 24th.

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds provided many native plant photos for this new edition and we are excited for the book’s release!

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to bring the third edition of this classic book to life, and to Art Kruckeberg for the original inspiration!

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