Native plants can be used in a wide variety of ways. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds has provided native plant seeds for the following applications.
Native Plant Habitat Restoration
Whether our clients are looking for a small amount of seed for a small-scale native plant habitat restoration project, or many pounds of seed for a large-scale restoration project on their land or land they manage, Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds meets our clients’ needs. We have provided seed for many successful native seeding projects on private and public land.
Wildflower meadow restoration near a home in the Siskiyou Mountains.
Wildflower meadow restoration near a home in the Siskiyou Mountains.
Native Plant Grow-out and Nursery Production
We provide native plant seed to many native plant nurseries on the West Coast, as well as for our own small nursery in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Growing native plants for large-scale habitat restoration and smaller garden applications gives our clients and customers a jump start on plant growth for their planting projects.
Sulphur flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)
Western joepiweed (Ageratina occidentalis)
Broad leaved lupine (Lupinus latifolius)
Native Plant Landscaping
Creating pollinator and wildlife habitat through native plant landscaping near our homes is one of the easiest things we can do to provide high-value habitat that is also aesthetically pleasing. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds provides native plant seeds for drought-tolerant gardens, rock gardens, cultural use, pollinator gardens, medicinal gardens, for ornamental use and much more!
Because of the world-class biodiversity of the Klamath-Siskiyou region and the wide variety of native plant species in the area, the timing of seed collection is also quite varied. In order to collect seeds from low elevations on up to high elevations, and early to late blooming species, our seed collection season generally starts in mid-May and ends in late October. We are currently at the height of the seed collection season.
This time of year we are out in the field many days a week collecting seeds — bear with us if we don’t return your email right away — and working hard to keep up with seed processing and cleaning on the days we aren’t in the field. We also have numerous habitat restoration projects and planting and design projects we are working on, plus growing native plants in our small native plant nursery. It’s a busy time of year!
Western thistle (Cirsium occidentale)
Nectaring swallowtail butterfly on Western thistle (Cirsium occidentale)
Blue dicks seed (Dichelostemma capitatum)
Blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)
We collect seeds for our online seed packet sales and for seed collection contracts. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds offers seed collection contract services where we collect specific species for a specific project. The seeds are collected near the project area and from a similar elevation so the plants are not only native to that unique location, but are also perfectly adapted to the specific growing conditions at the site.
In order to offer seed germination instructions and native plant growing advice we also grow many of the species we collect seed from. Growing plants in our small native plant nursery gives us the experience and knowledge necessary to help our clients and customers know how to germinate the seeds, and grow and care for plant species that are either not commonly available or are not available at all through any other source. Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds offers seeds from species that are endemic to the Klamath-Siskiyou region as well as many species that grow throughout the West. We enjoy growing and working with the seeds we collect and helping our clients and customers with successful projects using our native plant seeds.
Summer is the perfect time to start daydreaming of the unique native plant species you will seed in the fall and winter for springtime seed germination. As plants dry out and go dormant, seeds ripen and seed collection is completed, our thoughts turn to fall seeding and planting, and another successful seed collection season that will bring forth many amazing wildflower displays in the future. Happy seed collection season to all of you who also collect native seeds for habitat restoration, gardens, and more!
Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum) is a known as a “workhorse species.” It germinates well from seed, establishes easy in soil with good drainage, is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and is an amazingly attractive pollinator plant. Oregon sunshine is an important part of many native planting or seeding projects. It performs well as a component of wildflower seed mixes for habitat restoration, as part of a backyard wildflower meadow, in rock gardens, or as a showpiece ornamental plant. Oregon sunshine’s easy-going versatility makes it a good choice for many applications. It attracts native bees, beetles, pollinating flies, moths, and butterflies. It is also a larval host plant for various butterfly species.
Bring a little sunshine into your life by planting Oregon sunshine!
Bumble bees love white rushlily (Hastingsia alba)!
Native to southern Oregon and northern California, white rushlily inhabits wet meadows, bogs, springs and rocky seeps. It easily adapts to the garden environment and will thrive in full sun to part-shade in an area that stays moist through early summer with good drainage. It can tolerate dry conditions in the later half of the summer. Bumble bees love white rushlily!
Join the Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon
Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show
July 4, 10 am-4 pm
This Wildflower Show in Ashland features over 300 species of native flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous, and the valleys in between. Free admission. Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (across from Lithia Park in Ashland). Coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter, NPSO. Come meet some of our beautiful mountain flowers! The wildflower show is a great way to learn more about our local native plants. We are seeking volunteers to help with: flower collecting, show set-up, and plant identification on July 3rd; staffing the show on July 4th; and breaking down the show from 4 to 6 pm.Free pizza and beverages for those who help the evening of July 3rd. For more info contact Barb: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.890.2091.
Bigelow’s sneezeweed (Helenium bigelovii) is an easy-to-grow native plant for moist garden conditions in full sun.
Bigelow’s sneezweed is a fun, bright-yellow native wildflower that flowers in mid- to late-summer and is attractive to a wide variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. A common site in meadows, marshes and bogs, and along springs and streams at mid to high elevations in the Klamath-Siskiyou, Bigelow’s sneezeweed typically grows 2′-3′ tall with many flowering stalks. It prefers full sun but is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types as long as sufficient moisture is available.
Native to California and southwestern Oregon, Bigelow’s sneezeweed is a perennial wildflower that will add color and interest to your garden for many years. Bigelow’s sneezeweed is a common plant in high elevation moist meadows in the Klamath-Siskiyou mountains. It is a member of the aster (Asteraceae) family.
Bigelow’s sneezeweed is named after J.M. Bigelow, a plant collector on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey in the 1850s. Don’t let the common name scare you! Despite the common name, sneezeweed, this wildflower is not allergenic. It was originally used by Native Americans as a snuff, hence the common name. Bigelow’s sneezeweed is very adaptable to the irrigated garden environment and flowers after dead-heading.
Monarch butterfly on Bigelow’s sneezeweed (Helenium bigelovii) Photo: Frank Lospolluto
Bigelow’s sneezeweed (Helenium bigelovii) in a meadow in the Siskiyou Mountains
Bigelow’s sneezeweed (Helenium bigelovii) and sleeping male black tailed bumble bee
Seed Germination Instructions
Bigelow’s sneezeweed is easy to grow from seed and is fast growing. With favorable conditions it will flower in the second year of growth.
To germinate the seed use 30 days cold-moist stratification. Best results will occur if seeded outside in fall to late winter. Seeds can be started in containers or direct seeded in the ground.
National Pollinator Week(June 18-24) is an important time to celebrate native pollinators and highlight the need for pollinator conservation for the benefit of intact native plant communities, ecological integrity and healthy ecosystems. Yes, pollinators are important for food and agriculture, but even more important, pollinators are the key to our natural world. Without pollinators, or even with diminished populations of pollinators, the makeup of plant life as we know it today would be drastically different. Pollinators sustain our ecosystems by helping plants reproduce. Pollinators are experiencing drastic declines throughout the world; many species have gone extinct and many more are in jeopardy. Everyone needs to do their part to help with pollinator conservation. Planting native plants is one of the best things you can do to help native pollinators. Make a commitment to GO NATIVE—GO WILD for National Pollinator Week!
From the Pollinator Partnership: “Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination – they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.”
Many early-blooming wildflowers have already begun to set seed. Here at Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds we are already collecting seeds of species like common lomatium/spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum), hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande), and blow wives (Achyrachaena mollis). Over the next few weeks many more early-blooming species, such as silver bush lupine, will have ripe seeds ready for early-season seed collection.
From our recent collection of blow wives seed we now have a new species to offer in our inventory. See the plant description for blow wives below and purchases seeds by clicking SHOP.
Blow wives (Achyrachaena mollis)
One of the earliest wildflowers to bloom and set seed in the spring, blow wives are an integral part of low-elevation grasslands, sunny slopes and oak woodland habitat in the Klamath-Siskiyou region. Blow wives is the only plant in the genus Achyrachaena. It is an annual wildflower that blooms in April to early May and grows from 6″-1.3′ tall. Blow wives grows in sunny locations that dry out in the summer. It is a very drought tolerant species. The actual flowers are small and yellow and not very noticeable underneath the white scales (disk achenes) that are attached to the fruit that aid wind dispersal of the seed. The seeds develop quickly, opening into an attractive display that is sometimes mistaken for the flower itself. Blow wives are unusual in this regard, as they can be easily overlooked when in flower, but hard to miss when in seed. Blow wives do well in various soil types, including serpentine and clay. The name blow wives is used both singular and plural.
Blow Wives Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment necessary. Best germination will be achieved if planted outside in fall through early winter.