Say hello to our 2021 new flower seed additions! We are introducing 4 new wildflower varieties include American Basketflower, Sweet Joe Pyeweed, Wingstem, and False Aster plus entirely new mixes designed for flower plantings under and around solar panels on solar farms.
The American Basketflower is named after the basket weave-like pattern of the flower buds. As it blooms, the flower opens up to four inches wide and can grow up to four feet tall. It is found in the south-central U.S. and is the only native North American Centaurea. Songbirds and game birds enjoy feasting on the seeds so we recommend it for naturalizing as well as the home garden for bees and butterflies to visit the flowers for nectar.
Sweet Joe Pyeweed
A perennial from the Midwest and eastern U.S. is also a new addition for this year. The fluffy, pinkish-purple, vanilla scented flower clusters of Sweet Joe Pyeweed appear from late summer to early fall. This species tolerates more shade than other species of Joe Pyeweeds and prefers moister soils. Flowers are a favorite nectar source for monarchs, swallowtails and other butterflies. Bumblebees, long-horned bees and leaf-cutter bees are also frequent visitors.
Another Midwest and east-central U.S. perennial introduction for this year is Wingstem. The daisy-like, yellow flowers with drooping petals, the papery ridges along its stems, and the four to seven feet tall growth makes this plant very distinctive. This is also known as the “Golden Honey Plant” by beekeepers because it’s a good source of nectar for honey bees. Long-tongued bees, bumblebees, butterflies and skippers are also common visitors for the food source and birds love it for its seeds.
False Aster is commonly known as Eastern Doll’s Daisy and White Doll’s Daisy. These white perennial flowers produce beautiful displays in late summer and fall. They endure seasonal flooding and tolerate standing water for short periods, making it ideal for detention basins and rain gardens. This species supports biological control since it attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects and is a great food source for pollinators.
Solar arrays are a wonderful place to install pollinator habitats for bees, butterflies, other pollinators, and beneficial insects. The Eastern Solar Farm Pollinator Mix and Western Solar Farm Pollinator Mix are specially formulated for attracting the specific pollinator types in these regions and take into consideration the food sources, flower types, bloom times, and individual attractants to each of those pollinator types. Plant height is also a major factor in the mix selection such that all plant types are three feet tall or under so that it does not impede on the energy production of the panels. Mixes for array projects that require shorter plant types or for special considerations, please contact us for a customized selection.
In addition to new products, we are looking ahead into 2021, we are making significant investments in our warehouse space, mixing capacity, and process improvements to provide increased customer service and faster turnaround times for your orders. These improvements will roll out throughout the 2021 calendar year.
As a newly formed employee-owned company, our sales team members are happy to offer you assistance with horticultural, marketing, or sales advice as we enter this next decade and beyond. Because your success is our success, we are here to help you succeed with all our flower, herb, and native grass seeds.
Thank you for your continued support of Applewood Seed Company. We look forward to meeting your expectations in the coming year with attentive customer service, high-quality seed, and the broad knowledge of the seed industry that you can expect from Applewood Seed Company.
Wishing you the best for a prosperous new year!
Applewood Seed Co. Owners