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Blacklands, Cross Timbers & Edwards Plateau 
Blackland Prairie Mix

Item #: 2800
Category: Native Seed Mixes
Habit: Annual & Perennial
Height: very diverse! some species short, some mid and a few tall
Planting Rates: 

10 lbs per acre

Lawn & Garden
Dpak covers 250 sq ft
1 lb covers 1,000 sq. ft.

Dpak - $23
1-9 LBS - $34.95 per lb
10-49 LBS - $34.50 per lb
50+ LBS - $34 per lb



Soil Moisture

Sand Loam Clay Caliche  Full  Partial Dappled Shade
 X    X    X        X                Medium 

Pick Weight Range



43 species of wildflowers and grasses!

Trying to get a better picture of what a restored Blackland Prairie looks like??

Commons Ford Prairie Restoration
Flickr page
has a great archived history of Native American Seed blackland prairie planting, management, prairie plants, wildlife and more all organized by volunteer efforts.

Please note it's extremely hard to use 1-photo to represent a blackland prairie as it changes throughout the seasons. Once you get an eye for diversity, a paradigm shift can occur that supports all the positive connections and functions of a healthy prairie. Thanks for your understanding! We welcome feedback on the "perfect picture" to represent Blackland Prairie in our catalog and website.

photos by Ed Fair, Commons Ford PRO

By 1900, the Blackland Prairie was mostly under cultivation, being recognized as one of the foremost cotton producing regions of the world. Many grand old Victorian homes in the cities and towns still exist as reminders of the fortunes made in those times. Cultivation was a catastrophic disruption of the prairie ecosystem. It was a common farmers’ joke to tell the story of an old Indian who, having seen a plowed field for the first time, said to the farmer, “Wrong side up.” The story was taken to be an illustration of the Indian’s ignorance, but in fact when the native grasses are turned under and the soil aerated, the organic matter decomposes faster. This creates a flush of nutrients available to cultivated crops, but when the crops are harvested, the nutrients are removed with the harvest, and the soil continues to be depleted year after year. Today’s dependence on chemical fertilizers is evidence that perhaps there was more wisdom in that old Indian’s statement than was recognized at the time.

Native prairie grasses are structurally quite different than exotic pasture grasses. For example, Texas' pasturelands are primarily planted to bermudagrass introduced from Africa. This exotic pasture grass creates a dense, tangled, matted turf. Native prairie grasses, by contrast, are typically bunch forming. This characteristic allows for systems of wildlife micro-trails to occur under the grass canopy by traveling around the clumps of the root bases.

Prairie birds such as quail and many small mammals rely on this structural type of prairie habitat for their basic patterns of reproduction and mobility. The over-story grass canopy provides protection from soaring hawks and other predators by keeping big portions of the micro-trails out of view. Nesting also occurs under this canopy or directly in the clumped bunchgrasses.

If you know of native remnants suitable for large-scale harvest, please advise. We appreciate your interest in our work. You might also be interested in...
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Components within our mixtures may vary slightly due to availability and possibility of two or more harvests. Please call to confirm species of packaged inventory available. We are thankful for your understanding.

  American Basketflower
  Annual Winecup
  Big Bluestem
  Black-eyed Susan
  Broomsedge Bluestem
  Clasping Coneflower
  Cutleaf Daisy
  Eastern Gamagrass
  Florida Paspalum
  Green Sprangletop
  Hooded Windmill Grass
  Illinois Bundleflower
  Indian Blanket
  Inland Seaoats
  Lemon Mint
  Little Bluestem
  Maximilian Sunflower
  Partridge Pea
  Plains Bristlegrass
  Plains Coreopsis
  Purple Prairie Clover
  Prairie Wildrye
  Rattlesnake Master
  Rose Milkweed
  Sand Dropseed
  Sand Lovegrass
  Showy Milkweed
  Sideoats Grama
  Standing Cypress
  Texas Cupgrass
  Texas Yellow Star
  Virginia Wildrye
  White Tridens
  White Rosinweed
  Mealy Blue Sage
  Pink Evening Primrose

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