Wildflower seed giveaway
Consider planting some wildflowers in your garden this year — not only will you enjoy the flowers, so will our local pollinators!
Wildflower seed giveaway update
Response to the wildflower seed giveaway was amazing. Thank you. While many have already received their seeds, others are still waiting. Replenishing our supply of wildflower seeds was unexpectedly delayed. All current unfulfilled requests will be processed once we receive our new supply. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience.
Why choose wildflowers?
- Many are local — familiar to our native pollinators and able to withstand the climate of Calgary.
- They bloom for long periods at varying times — this ensures pollinators have sources of nectar and pollen available from early spring through to the end of fall.
- They provide shelter — many native bees like to use flower stems for nesting.
How to plant wildflowers
- Place seeds into flower pot or bed with firmly packed soil. Ensure the area will not have competition from other plants.
- Cover seeds with 0.3 cm (1/8’’) of soil and press down firmly.
- Water on a regular basis to keep surface moist.
- After germination, thin out or transplant flowers so they are 25 - 30cm (10 - 12’’) apart.
These species will grow best in a dry to moist, sunny area. Flowers may not bloom until the second season.
These beautiful tall flowers blossom mid-summer and provide many blooms for foraging pollinators and seeds for birds.
A favorite for gardeners and pollinators alike, this plant has a long flowering period. Blanket flower blooms are especially attractive to butterflies and bees.
Despite its name, this is not a true clover. Purple Prairie Clover is a legume (member of the pea family). Producing beautiful upright flowers with yellow flecks, this plant is much loved by pollinators.
The flowers of this late season bloomer may look like one bloom. The ‘cone’ is actually is of a bunch of miniature flowers. This low maintenance plant is a favorite of our native bees.
Bees and butterflies love to sip the nectar from these fall blooming flowers. Purple coneflower is a member of the Echinacea family, which is often used to help stimulate immune systems.
Most sunflowers grown in Calgary are not native, but they are very beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife. Sunflower blooms are full of tasty seeds, which provide food for songbirds and small mammals through the winter months.