Narrowleaf Milkweed Butterfly Flower (Western Coast Only) $3.75 $4.00
The Living Seed Company - (Asclepias fascicularis) Narrowleaf Milkweed is a gorgeous California native flower that is the sole source of food for the Monarch butteries. The butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on Milkweed plants, creating an opportunity for us to plant Monarch habitat!  We do not ship outside of the West Coast as we want to make sure it’s distribution is for west coast gardens. We have a wide range of milkweeds to choose from. Grows as a shrub about 2' - 4' high with stunning fragrant flowers. These wildflowers are easy to grow and propagate through rhizomes. Known for their beautiful colors ranging in greenish white to deep purple, the Milkweed brings joy and life to every garden! Exuding a delicious vanilla scent, the milkweed also attracts other pollinators while bloom from June - August. Also known as Mexican Whorled milkweed, this milkweed grows well in dry climates and will blossom from June - September.   This beautiful low maintenance, drought tolerant wildflower may be slow to grow the first year, as it sets its taproot deep into the earth.  In following years, it will grow more vigorous. It is very important to plant locally native milkweed species.  Please learn which milkweeds are native to your region and consult this milkweed range maps from the Biota of North America Program’s (BONAP) North American Plant Atlas. Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 3-5 feet tall Preferred food source of Monarch butterflies 30 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds at a depth of 1/2" depth ans space seeds every 4-6", thin to 3-4'. Keep seeds evenly moist until they germinate.  Germination: 10-20 Days Plant Outdoors: 3-4' Apart Light: Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Butterflyweed, Native $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange -  From midsummer until early fall, beautiful bright-orange flowers cover butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa). This North American native attracts bees, hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies and is an essential host plant for Monarch butterflies. Blooms reliably from seed the first year, if sown early. Plants will reach 2-3' tall and grow well in dry, sandy soil and in well-drained loams. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4. Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 2-3 feet Bright orange flowers in summer and fall Pollinator-friendly; extremely attractive to bees, hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies 50 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil in pots. Germination will occur with no treatment but benefits from cold stratification. Place pots in plastic bags and refrigerate for three weeks. Remove plastic and provide light and 50-75°F thereafter. Do not overwater. Transplant outdoors when light frost is still possible. Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost Sow 1/4" deep Germination 10-40 days Plant 12-24" apart Light: Partial Sun to Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Purple Coneflower - Prairie Native $3.45 $3.95
Purple Coneflower - The purple mid summer blooms never seem to end. This is a priairie plant that is probably the most widely known since it is used in many types of garden applications. It attracts butterflies, birds and insects that are all part of a healthy ecosystem. Will tolerate clay soils. Plants reach 3-4' tall. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4. Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 One of the very best for attracting butterflies and birds Plants grow to 3-4 feet tall Heavy yields of purple-magenta flowers from July through September Tolerates clay soils 250 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors just before last frost. Can also be started indoors and set out as small plants. Seeds can be soaked in warm water for 24 hours before planting. Prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained rich soil. Purple Coneflower does not like to be transplanted as it develops a taproot that allows it to be very drought tolerant.  Alternatively Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow 1/2" deep Germination 10-20days Thin 18-24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Red Milkweed - Prairie Native $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - Also known as Swamp milkweed, this North American native bears bright pink-and-red, vanilla-scented flowers in June and July. Surprisingly adaptable, this 5-foot-tall perennial is the preferred forage source for the larvae of Monarch butterflies and can grow in wet to well-drained soil. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4. Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 5 feet tall Bright pink and red, vanilla-scented flowers Blooms in June and July Preferred food source of Monarch caterpillars 50 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors in flats 1/4" deep, moisten the soil, cover with plastic, and refrigerate for 10 days. Thereafter, provide light and 50-75°F. This moist stratification is not absolutely necessary but will help to increase germination. Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost Sow 1/4" deep Germination 10-15 days Plant 12-24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Lupine - Prairie Native $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - Lupine’s dense spires of bright blue flowers signal the coming of spring. Lupine is the only food plant for the larvae of the endangered Karner Blue butterfly. Plants grow 2' tall on sandy loams to very dry sandy soils. Will not grow well in clay soils. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4. Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 2 feet tall Spires of bright blue flowers Prefers sandy loam to dry sandy soil 25 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Germination is greatly increased by a 7-day cold treatment in a slightly damp paper towel in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Cold-treated seeds can be directly sown in spring or early summer. Untreated seeds can be sown outdoors in fall.   Sow 1/4" deep Germination 14-60 days Thin 12-15" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Blazingstar, Dense Blazingstar, Gayfeather Liatris Spicata from $3.00
A U.S. native that resides from the Mississippi eastwards to the Atlantic Liatris Spicata goes by Marsh Blazingstar as it prefers wet or rich garden soils. This is the most commonly seen native in gardens as its dense flowers and rich in nector and pollen. We offer it in seed year round or corms in the spring. Corms will allow you to see flowers the first year while seed will take 2-3 years to flower.  Blazing Star or Liatris Spicata will bloom all summer, provide food for butterflies, perform great in dry conditions, and naturalize well in sunny to partial sunny areas. The blooms are great in arrangements and the plant is ignored by rodents, rabbits, and deer. This plant will work hard for you without having to work hard for it. A must have in every garden. Blazing star is a family of natives that you will find in a large area of the U.S prairies, meadows, forest edges and grasslands. The species 'Spicata' is a great nectar and pollen source.  USDA Zones 4-9  Mid-Summer flowering  Bloom Duration: All Summer Cold Hardy Full Sun (some partial sun is ok) Bloom Color: Purple Additional Information Great for Naturalizing, Mass Planting, Borders, or Cut Gardens 29-36” tall Key Planting Tips Plant in full sun to partial shade, 2-3" inches deep with the roots pointing down (sometimes you have to look carefully to find them). Space each bulb 12" apart and plant in the drier parts of your garden.  Instructions: Germination is increased by a 30- day cold treatment in slightly damp paper towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Seed can also be directly sown into a prepared seedbed in fall, or in early- to mid-spring. Requires a rich loam, clay, or slightly moist sandy soil. Alternatively Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before planting out or direct sow after treating the seeds or in early spring or late fall Germination: 20-25 Days Plant Outdoors: 2-3' Apart Light: Full Sun
Common Milkweed Butterfly Flower $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - Native to the eastern half of the U.S. where it thrives in most any-well drained soil, this familiar milkweed species, also known as butterfly flower, produces clusters of stunning, sweetly scented, nectar-rich flowers in shades of pink on 3-4’ plants. Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed plants for forage and to lay their eggs, making this a natural choice for habitat gardens or any border where butterflies are enjoyed. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4.  Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 3-4 feet tall Preferred food source of Monarch butterflies 50 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors in flats 1/4" deep, moisten the soil, cover with plastic, and refrigerate for 10 days. Thereafter, provide light and 50-75°F. This moist stratification is not absolutely necessary but will help to increase germination.  Start Indoors: 8-10 weeks before planting out Germination: 10-15 Days Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart Light: Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Black-Eyed Susan - Prairie Native from $3.00 $3.95
We offer this fabulous U.S. Native in various ways.  Best known of all the prairie flowers and the easiest to grow. A single plant can produce hundreds of blooms over the summer and into the fall. Excellent cut flower with 6-10 days of vase life. Plants grow 2-3'. Self-seeding biennial or hardy annual. Hardy to zone 3. Rudebckia Hirta is its common name and you will find the Glorioso Daisy that also has the same name. We also offer this in bulk quantities or with packets that are a bit more modest in nature.  Characteristics:  Self-seeding biennial or hardy annual Hardy to zone 3 Plants grow to 2-3 feet An excellent cut flower that lasts 6-10 days in a vase Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors just before last frost. Can also be started indoors and set out as small plants.  Plant in poor soil as rich soil will weaken stems.   Alternatively Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost.   Sow 1/2" deep Germination 10-20days Thin 18-24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Ox Eye Sunflower - U.S. Native $3.00 $3.75
Ox-Eye Sunflower - Bright yellow-orange flowers bloom endlessly from June to September. It grows pretty much on its own.  Birds love the seeds. Great cut flower with long lasting blooms. Grows 2-5' tall. Self-sows; does not spread by rhizomes. It is hardy to zone 4.  Characteristics:  Hardy to zone 4, self seeds 2-5 feet tall Long-lasting yellow-orange flowers June through September blooms 1/2 gram, ~300 seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just under the surface of the soil in late winter or early spring. Also germinates readily when sewn into a weed-free seedbed in fall, spring, or early summer. Prefers a moderately rich loam, clay, or slightly damp sandy soil. Will tolerate very light shade.   Start Indoors: 8-10 weeks before planting out Germination: 10-15 Days Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart Light: Full Sun     Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Lavender Hyssop Flower, Native Flower from $3.00 $3.95
Lavender Hyssop - A native commonly found in the north central United States. It prefers dry woodlands and prairies and readily adapts to garden environments without standing water.  The leaves are scented like licorice and it is often referred to Anise Hyssop because of this. Butterlfies and other pollinators will stay busy gathering pollen and nectar. It is used by a variety of beneficial insects as well. It is often used in boquets Botanical Name: Agastche foeniculum Characteristics:  Biennial/perennial that self seeds easily Hardy to zone 4 Plants grow up to 3 feet Purple flowers and leaves that smell of licorice .75g or 250 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil. Seeds can also be directly sown outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Does best in well-drained soil. Sow seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination 30-90  days Plant 12" apart Full Sun to Partial Shade Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Purple Prairie Clover from $3.00 $3.75
Purple Prairie Clover - An important short prairie species as it helps feed the soil, provide food for polliantors and cover for wildlife. It is adapatable to many soil types and is commonly used in prairie restoration and wildlife plantings.  it blooms non stop from mid summer to fall.   Botanical Name: Dalea purpurea Characteristics:  Perennial Hardy to zone 4 Plant heigh is 1-3' tall Purple blossoms mid-summer through fall Nitrogen Fixing Plant to improve soil health 250 seeds per packet  Instructions - Easy to grow when direct-seeded into a weed-free seedbed in mid-spring to early summer. Very drought tolerant once established. Alternative is to grow indoors.  Start Indoors: In Early Spring Germination: 10-20 Days Plant Outdoors: 12” Apart Light: Full Sun     Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Prairie Blazingstar, Liatris pycnostachya $3.00 $3.75
Perhaps the most wondrous sight in any prairie is a mass planting of Prairie Blazingstar. They are resilient, pollinator magnets, provide cover for birds, insects of all types and grow deep roots.  They can reach 4’ tall and are hardy to USDA Zone 4. These perennials are a crowd please in a natural setting or a garden border. They are excellent cut flowers and excel in dried arrangements.  There are several different Liatris and all can play an important part in any ecosystem. Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 3-4 feet tall Spikes of purple-magenta flowers Excellent for dried and cut flower arrangements 150 seeds per packet  Instructions: Germination is increased by a 30- day cold treatment in slightly damp paper towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Seed can also be directly sown into a prepared seedbed in fall, or in early- to mid-spring. Requires a rich loam, clay, or slightly moist sandy soil.  Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before planting out or direct sow after treating the seeds or in early spring or late fall  Germination: 20-25 Days Plant Outdoors: 2-3' Apart Light: Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Plains Coreopsis Flower - Prairie Native $3.75 $4.00
The Living Seed Company - Coreopsis is a tremendously resilient annual wildflower, native to the United States.  An abundance of blooms, also known as the Golden Wave. Can grow in moist climates and soil types.  Drought tolerant.  A staple in any meadow garden.  Easy to grow and often reseeds.  Attracts bees, butterflies and birds to your garden, while being deer resistant and having an extended bloom time! Aside from being beautiful, they are nectar rich and offer forage for many of our pollinator allies!  Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Excellent for attracting butterflies and birds Plants grow to 2-3 feet tall Produces flowers from mid summer until frost. 100 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors just before last frost. Can also be started indoors and set out as small plants.  Prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained rich soil.  Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow 1/2" deep Germination 10-25 days Thin 18-24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
New England Aster - Prairie Native $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - One of the tallest and most magnificent of the fall asters. Serves as an important late-season (after frost) nectar source for a variety of butterflies. Plants grow 3-6' tall and require fertile soil with adequate moisture. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4. Characteristics:  Perennial and hardy to zone 4 Plants grow to 3-6 feet tall Topped with pink-purple flowers Blooms late in the summer and early in the fall Serves as an important late-season (after frost) nectar source for a variety of butterflies 250 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil in a flat. Enclose flat with plastic and refrigerate for 2 weeks. Remove plastic wrap and place in warm lighted area. May need staking in a garden border. Pinch back until late summer to prevent plant from falling over when heavily laden with blossoms. Start indoors 6 weeks before the last frost Germination 14-35 days Plant 24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Wild Bergamont or Bee Balm, Native to the United States, Organic $3.45 $3.75
Southern Expsosure Seed Exchange - Wild Bergmont or Bee Balm is found in meadows and prairies across much of the Midwest to the East Coast.  It is a staple for hummingbirds and pollinators.  The flowers are edible and can be used in dishes like salads while flowers and leaves are often dried for teas and potpourris.  Characteristics:  Organic Annual plants grow to 4-5 foot tall Light Purple Blossoms Can be used as a fresh-cut or dry flower .1 gram or ~200 Seeds Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors when light frost is still possible. Barely cover the soil Remove spent blossoms regularly to prolong blooming. Loves rich loam.  Germination 14-28 days Thin 18-24" apart Light - Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
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