Planting for Pollinators
When to Plant
September - October (Before First Frost)
If you plant in Spring, some wildflowers will grow, but grasses are favored.
Where to Plant
Pick a site with majority sun. Herbaceous plants should not penetrate underground pipes or threaten overhead power lines.
How to Plant
Preparation of site is very important for success.
Ground should be bare and weed free. Remove all existing vegetation, seeds, rhizomes, and especially aggressive weed species.
Smooth and lightly pack soil surface.
Broadcast 1 packet of Echo Seeds over 16 ft2 with equal volume sand, sawdust or similarly sized inert material to better distribute seeds, spreading half in one direction and the rest in another.
Do not bury or cover seeds with soil.
EASY MAINTENANCE No water needed, unless draught conditions. Diligently remove invasives as they appear.
Native to the maritime Northwest
Douglas Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii), Large Flower Collomia (Collomia grandiflora), Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata), Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena), Wine Cup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea), Diamond Clarkia (Clarkia rhomboidea), Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)
Springbank Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii), Douglas aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum), Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Western Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Large Camas (Camassia leichtinii), Puget Sound Gumweed (Grindelia integrifolia), Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), Riverbank Lupine (Lupinus rivularis), Rose Checkermallow (Sidalcea virgata), Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Bigleaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus), Meadow Checkermallow (Sidalcea campestris), Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha), Blue Wild Rye (Elymus glaucus), Roemer’s Fescue (Festuca romerii), California Oatgrass (Danthonia californica), California Brome (Bromus carinatus), Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia ceaspitosa), Meadow Barley (Horedum brachyantherum)
Flowers provide nectar and pollen. Grasses offer nesting, larval hosting, and reduced encroachment of aggressive weeds.