Native Species Seed Paper
Let’s work together to encourage native plant growth across North America.
New for 2016, you can choose native species seed paper specific to your region when ordering promotional products! When your promotion is planted, you and your customers will be helping the local ecosystem by contributing to habitats for important species and pollinators such as butterflies and bees. With so much waste being produced everyday, it is more important than ever to make green choices that will have a positive impact on the environment.
Why spread native wildflowers?
As pollinator plants, wildflowers help support declining bee populations. They also help to create habitats for birds, butterflies and other insects in the community. This is exactly why we want to encourage native plant growth across North America. By choosing a native seed type specific to your region, you will be spreading the most suitable flowers to the region and helping local ecosystems.
Conservation biologist APPROVED!
All of the native seeds were selected in consultation with conservation biologist Dr. Vernon Peters to ensure that the wildflowers are appropriate for the regions we have selected.
“I endorse the use of these wildlife-friendly species in the recommended regions based on their native distribution and conservation merit.” - Dr. Vernon Peters, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Conservation Biologist
How does this work?
Based on optimal growth rates and in keeping with our quality seed paper standards, we have hand-selected seed types that are suitable for each North American region. Available by special order in white seed paper, we invite you to contact us for a quote when using native seeds in your promotions!
Find your region and the corresponding seed types
1. Pacific Northwest - Black-Eyed Susan
2. North Central - Smooth Blue Aster or Prairie Coneflower
3. Great Lakes - Smooth Blue Aster, Showy Goldenrod, Black-Eyed Susan or Yellow Coneflower
4. Quebec - Black-Eyed Susan
5. Mountain - Smooth Blue Aster or Prairie Coneflower
6. California - Black-Eyed Susan
7. Southwest - Black-Eyed Susan
8. South Central - Black-Eyed Susan or Lemon Mint
9. Southeast - Black-Eyed Susan or Lemon Mint
10. Mid-Atlantic - Black-Eyed Susan or Showy Goldenrod
11. Maritimes - White Yarrow
Read more about each of the native flowers
With its classic bright yellow petals and dark center, the Black Eyed Susan is a charming perennial that grows in dry to moist soils and in warm, sunny areas that receive some shade. This cheerful blossom is most at home in prairie lands, plains, meadows and pastures where it will attract birds, bees and butterflies. Members of the beautifully golden sunflower family, these North American blooms are one of the most recognized wildflowers!
Smooth Blue Aster
With its star-like lavender petals and bright green foliage, the Smooth Blue Aster is a perennial that grows in fields, open woods and roadsides. It blooms between August and October throughout much of North America. Late in the season, while the rest of the flowers fade, Blue Aster’s actually flourish with the cooler evening temperatures making them a beautiful addition to any garden. Beneficial for birds and butterflies, these fragrant flowers require dry soil and a medium amount of water.
Bright and lively, the Yellow Coneflower is a slender yellow perennial that typically grows on prairie land. Highly adaptable, it can grow in both moist and dry conditions and isn’t picky about the soil type. It will surely attract plenty of native bees and is also beneficial to birds and butterflies while it grows in prairies, thickets and woodland edges.
With a bright and sunny color, the flowers of the Showy Goldenrod grow tall and attract birds and butterflies in open woods and prairies. With a blooming time between August and September, this perennial species can be found throughout the United States and are most common in the east and require part shade and lots of moisture.
The unique Prairie Coneflower is a perennial with petals that range from dark red to yellow with an eye-catching sombrero-shaped flower head. It blossoms easily in a variety of soil types and is highly drought tolerant, growing in prairies, plains, savannahs and meadows. This charming flower has also been recognized for attracting tons of native bees and is also beneficial to seeds-granivorous birds, other insects and butterflies.
Beautiful and whimsical, Lemon Mint is an aromatic winter annual with a distinct citrus scent that grows easily on hillsides, slopes, pastures or wildflower meadows. It often grows in large colonies and continues to flower through the end of summer and even into early-mid autumn, all the while attracting native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! Fragrant and lemony, the leaves can also be used raw or cooked for flavoring in salads and tea.
With an earthy green stem, aromatic leaves and delicate pale to yellow florals, the White Yarrow is a perrenial herb that grows from May throughout autumn. Easy to care for, this plant has a lot of versatility as it's suited for borders, rock gardens, wildflower meadows and can even be used for cutting or drying. They thrive in hot, dry conditions and are not suited for wet soil. Filled with fragrant pollen, the White Yarrow attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the seeds NON-GMO?
Yes. All of the seeds used in our paper are NON-GMO.
Are they tested?
Yes. All the seeds selected underwent a series of germination and purity tests.
Will they grow weeds?
No. All of our seeds are tested for purity and are free from noxious weeds.
Will they actually grow?
All the seeds selected underwent a series of tests to ensure they grow well in seed paper with sufficient germination rates. When planted appropriately in reasonable growing conditions, we can confidently say that yes, they will grow.
How/why did you pick this assortment of flowers for these regions?
With the help of conservation biologist, Dr. Vernon Peters, each seed type was selected based on its native distribution and conservation merit.
Does each paper type have different printing suggestions for artwork?
The native seeds in our collection are all small enough to work on inkjet printers with any artwork.
What are your recommended planting instructions for each seed type?
Plant seed paper under 1/8" of soil. Water thoroughly. Place in a sunny corner and keep moist during germination.
I like a flower from a region that is not mine. Will it still grow in my region?
While we don’t encourage planting native species outside of their native range, if you’re willing to provide a little more T.L.C., very often plants will grow, and even flower, in regions other than where they are native. Here’s a few considerations for using them in other regions to improve the odds of successful establishment:
- If you plant North or East of the region we recommend, plant in a warm, and South-facing location in your yard. Plants will need the added heat units to grow well and reproduce.
- If you plant West or South of the region we recommend, plant in a more protected, moister, or north facing location in your yard, to reduce moisture stress.
- Regions just East of zones 1 and 6 are the one exception to these rules, and will mostly need more protected and moister sites, due to the drier climates just East of the Rockies and Sierra Nevada Mountains.
- Moving plants North mostly increases the risks of frost damage, due to less cold-hardiness, while moving them South, usually exposes them to moisture stress. When plants are moved North of their region, providing added mulch or leaves can protect the active growing point of the plant (meristematic regions), usually located at or just below ground level. Plants will also benefit from moisture before soils freeze. When plants are moved South of their region, added moisture during the dormant season of winter will benefit them.
What is the production time?
Similar to our wildflower blend, most orders can be turned around in about 1 week but it will depend on the size of the order.