Planting native seeds is one small, but important step in safeguarding the web of life. Many sensible people are now enjoying the adventure, discovery and benefits that come with taking an active role in ecological landscape restoration. Our staff invite you to Shop for Natives and explore the full pallet of native wildflowers, grasses, unique conservancy species and mixes. Native American Seed is committed to preventing the spread of invasive species.

What is a D-pak? You said, "Give me more than a packet but less than a pound". We said "d-pak". d=DIVERSITY

2016 Spring Catalog

Honorable Harvest

We maintain unwavering faith in what Mother Nature offers to give. We wish to always conduct our harvests honorably. We see no value in licensing or patenting native seeds that are given freely by native plants that remain. It is a long-standing mutual agreement among the ancient prairies to offer these seeds to you. We are but a vehicle to deliver legendary genetics that speak for themselves.

Braiding Sweetgrass book that inspired our 2016 opening catalog story

Blackland Prairie Mix original native plant communities with bunch forming prairie grasses

Coastal Prairie Mix once the most productive grassland, incredible native diversity for southeastern USA heavily influenced by gulf weather patterns

Midway Mix nature's short grasses useful in rebuilding Edwards Plateau and Rolling Plains

Native Trail Mix provides habitat, nectar and food for songbirds, butterflies and other native wildlife

Scorched Earth Recovery Mix jumpstart healing of your land west of I-35

Southeast Recovery Mix jumpstart healing of your land east of I-35

100% Pure Natives

Long before beginning Native American Seed in 1988, we had already dedicated our work to restoring integrity in relationships between people, wildlife, land, water and plants. The work has always been about connections of all kinds...among all the relative beings. The integrity of our seeds comes from the 'Natives Only" that we grow. It's how we manage weeds on our farm. It comes from closely evaluating the integrity of our conservancy prairie harvest sites. Working on lands that have never been plowed requires a high level of mutual respect, stewardship and a sharp eye on details of the smallest particles. Our equipment is kept sterile and clean to protect these rare lands from contamination. We never use our farm equipment, harvesters or seed cleaning equipment to process alien species. We know by heart the discipline required to make an honorable harvest.

These seeds are offered back to the land...through you.
We are thankful for your interest in our work.

Texas' Only Harvests of Little Bluestem:
Pineywoods Little Bluestem
Central Texas Little Bluestem
Gulf States Little Bluestem

Native Shortgrasses:
Thunder Turf Buffalograss, Blue Grama, Curly Mesquite
Native Sun Turf Buffalograss, Blue Grama

Create Pollinator Habitat

Pollinators in peril... Sometimes we tend to forget about the smaller things in life that really do make the world go 'round. Just as wildlife has suffered from increased fragmentation of land through urbanization, so have bees, beetles, and butterflies. Why the decline in pollinators? Could it be the increased use of pesticides... or light pollution to the night sky? Whatever the reasons, many organizations are offering helpful information and incentives for people to plant pollinator habitats. Pollinators like plants that produce pollen, nectar, shelter and safety from predators. Pollinators need nectar throughout most of the year, not just in spring. Planting diverse native wildflowers will benefit monarch butterflies, honey bees and native bees. Here's our top recommendations

Pollinator Essentials Mix
like all of our seeds... 100% native

Bee Happy Mix
super diverse, extra long bloom season special mix

American Basketflower
#1 A+ pollinator plant

Sustain the Migration Milkweed Kit
all you need to successfully start native milkweeds from seed

Green Milkweed
monarch butterfly host plant, perennial prefers deeper soils

Butterfly Retreat Mix
host butterflies in each phase of their life cycle

Hummers & Singers Mix
songbirds and hummingbirds appreciate this mix diversity

Riparian Recovery Resources

Texas is home to more than 3,700-streams & 15 major Rivers. Totaling 191,000-miles, riparian areas are essential in storing and protecting water quality, preventing erosion, and providing nutrients and habitat for fish, fireflies and wildlife. Our actions (or lack of) can sustain healthy, vibrant natural riparian areas for all to enjoy now and in the future.

Often, the best thing you can do for stream banks is leave them alone. Heavy equipment compacts soil, making recovery difficult. Cleared, manicured turf lawns are extremely low stabilizer plant communities offering little soil protection or water filtration. After flooding, leave downed trees and drift in place where practical. Native, deep-rooted, diverse plant communities work together with big dead wood, limbs and debris to help dissipate floodwater energy, filter and trap sediment, and stabilize soil and plant recovery. Regeneration can occur naturally in riparian areas especially where there are existing healthy uplands in place.

Free Download:
Managing Riparian Areas Booklet
Watch Video: Letting the River Heal

Aid for Rebuilding Stream Bank Buffer Zones:
Riparian Recovery Mix
Live Roots
Erosion Control Blanket
Cereal Rye Grain Cover Crop

Other Mixes Useful to Improve Uplands for Water Quality & Recharge of Aquifers and the Riparian Sponge:
Scorched Earth Recovery Mix west of I-35
Southeast Recovery Mix east of I-35

Quality Tools Made in USA

Start with heavy duty tools made in the USA - 100% organic control of alien species such as KR Bluestem (from Asia), Bastard Cabbage or Musk Thistle (from Europe, Asia). Aliens compete fiercely for available sunlight and water. Native American Seed encourages the removal and control on all non-native species for the benefit of our vanishing eco-systems. A good resource to learn more about alien species is Texas Invasives Database.

Longtime favorite tools:
Tomahawk - general all purpose hoe
Arrow - tool for early detection
Trail Builder - hoe and pick in one
Fire Rake - robust hoe and rake

Books & Resources

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Spring Planting Favorites

If we choose to re-connect to our outdoor living spaces with the diversity of native plants, many benefits will return to the land. Benefits to many species, but to the humans too.

Wondering what to plant this spring? Many of the natives can be seeded now. Erosion Control Blankets - are helpful at holding moisture & valuable topsoil.

Here's some of our top spring planting natives:

Plant in Spring or Fall Wildflowers
Blackland Prairie Mix
Midway Mix
Coastal Prairie Mix
Scorched Earth Mix
Caliche Mix
Thunder Turf
Sustainable Quail & Dove

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