You may have received seeds at a Native Beeology event. The seeds are pollinator seed mixes that come from American Meadows that provide Neonicotinoid free seeds. Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides that are collected by bees in the pollen and causes neurological disorders causing bees to be unable to fulfill their pollination services and ability to reproduce. The Northeast Pollinator Wildflower mix contains annuals and perrenials that attract pollinators. The All-Native Northeast mix as its name implies are from plants native to the Northeast. Perennials will not bloom the first year but will do so each consecutive year.
Instructions for Planting
- Plant in the spring and/or late fall, choose a sunny spot and remove existing growth. Scatter seed evenly and compress into the bare soil. Do not cover.
- After sprouting, keeps seedling moist until they are about 6-8″tall. After that, wildflowers prefer minimal care.
- Mow after frost int he fall to disperse speed and keep down brush. Use high mower setting: leave cuttings on for winter mulch.
The Northeast Pollinator Wildflower Mixture contains the following species of wildflowers with a mixture of perennial and annuals: Siberian Wallflower, Four O’Clocks, Blue Flax, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Sulphur Cosmos, Sweet William Pinks, Purple Coneflower, Indian Blanket, Cornflower, Perennial Lupine, Cosmos, California Poppy, Corn Poppy, Catchfly, Butterfly Milkweed, Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, Pains Coreopsis, Evening Primrose.
The All-Native Northeast Wildflower Mixture: Eastern Red Columbine, Red Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Indian Blanket, Ox-Eye Sunflower, Blazing Star, Will Perennial Lupine, Wild bergamot, Evening Primrose, Beard Tongue, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Coneflower, Brown Eyed Susan and Rigid Goldenrod.