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Instant Gratification (Native plant seeds that don't require stratification)

If you are looking for some native plant almost instant gratification, we've got you covered! All the species on the list are germination Code A and don't require cold, moist stratification.  They do not need to be fall or winter planted or be artificially cold, moist stratified.  They will germinate when the soils warm up! All are hardy in zones 4a and 4b and likely down to zone 3.

Happy Seeding!


Allium canadense- Wild Garlic (edible)

Andropogon gerardii- Big Bluestem

Andropogon (Schizachyrium) scoparius- Little Bluestem

Aster ericoides- Heath Aster

Aster laevis- Smooth Blue Aster

Aster lanceolatus- Panicled Aster

Aster lateriflorus- Calico Aster

Aster oblongifolius- Aromatic Aster

Aster oolentangiensis- Sky Blue Aster

Aster ptarmicoides- Upland White Aster

Bouteloua curtipendula- Side-oats Grama

Bouteloua gracilis- Blue Grama

Bouteloua hirsuta- Hairy Grama

Bromus ciliatus- Fringed Brome

Bromus kalmii- Prairie Brome

Calamagrostis canadensis- Blue Joint Grass

Cephalanthus occidentalis- Buttonbush

Dalea candidum- White Prairie Clover

Dalea purpureum- Purple Prairie Clover

Dalea villosum- Silky Prairie Clover

Danthonia spicata- Poverty Oats Grass

Echinacea purpurea- Purple Coneflower

Elymus canadensis- Canada Wild Rye

Elymus hystrix- Bottlebrush Grass

Elymus villosus- Silky Wild Rye

Elymus virginicus- Virginia Wild Rye

Elymus trachycaulus- Slender Wheat Grass

Galium boreale- Northern Bedstraw

Glyceria canadensis- Rattlesnake Grass

Glyceria grandis- Reed Manna Grass

Glyceria striata- Fowl Manna Grass

Helenium autumnale- Sneezeweed

Hypericum kalmianum- Kalm St. John’s Wort

Hypericum prolificum- Shrubby St. John’s Wort

Koeleria macrantha- June Grass

Monarda fistulosa- Wild Bergamot

Monarda punctata- Spotted Bee Balm

Oenothera biennis- Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera pilosella- Prairie Sundrops

Panicum virgatum- Switch Grass

Poa palustris- Fowl Bluegrass

Pycnanthemum virginianum- Mountain Mint

Sorghastrum nutans- Indian Grass

Spartina pectinata- Cord Grass

Sporobolus cryptandrus- Sand Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis- Prairie Dropseed

Veronicastrum virginicum- Culver’s Root

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