Native / Wildflowers
Restoring a Native Ecosystem is not only becoming more common, but is also becoming a crucial element in the effort to preserve the quality of our environment. Excess storm water causes millions of dollars in flood damage each year. Run off from development reduces water quality within many of our ponds, rivers and streams. Habitat is being lost at an alarming rate in and around the Great Lakes Region. By returning the land to its natural condition, we will essentially re-awake the ecological system for the benefit of today’s society and future generations.
Forb, Sedge and Rush Species
We inventory individual forb species. If you have the specifications for the job, we can give you a quote, blend it to your order, and even deliver if necessary. Below you will find a brief listing of just a few species from our inventory If we don’t have what you are looking for we will be happy to bring it in from our suppliers. Please contact us for pricing.
Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
Aster laevis (Smooth Blue Aster)
Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)
Astragalus canadensis (Canada Milkvetch)
Calamagrostis canadensis (Blue Joint Grass)
Carex brevior (Plains Oval Sedge)
Carex lacustris (Lake Sedge)
Carex stipata (Common Fox Sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (Fox Sedge)
Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)
Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)
Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
Desmanthus illinoensis (Illinois Bundleflower)
Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
Glyceria striata (Fowl Mannagrass)
Helinium autumnale (Sneezeweed)
Heliopsis helianthoides (Ox Eye Sunflower)
Iris virginica (Blue Flag Iris)
Juncus effusus (Common Rush)
Koeleria cristata (June Grass)
Leersia oryzoides (Rice Cut Grass)
Lespedza capitata (Roundhead Bush Clover)
Liatris aspera (Rough Blazingstar)
Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazingstar)
Liatris spicata (Marsh Blazingstar)
Mimulus ringens (Monkey Flower
Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)
Penstemon digitalis (Smooth Penstemon)
Ratibida pinnata (Greyheaded Coneflower)
Rudbeckia hirta (Black Eyed Susan)
Sagittaria latifolia (Arrowhead)
Scirpus acutus (Hardstem Bulrush
Scirpus atrovirens (Green Bulrush)
Scirpus validus (Softstem Bulrush)
Silphium intergifolium (Rosinweed)
Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)
Silphium perfoliatum (Cup Plant)
Sillphium terbinthinaceum (Prairie Dock)
Solidago riddellii (Riddell’s Goldenrod)
Solidago rigida (Stiff Goldenrod)
Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)
Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain)
Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)
IDOT / Tollway Native Mixtures
IDOT Class 3 Northern Illinois Slope
IDOT Class 3A Southern Illinois Slope
IDOT Class 4 Native Grass
IDOT Class 4A Low Profile Native Grass
IDOT Class 4B Wetland Grass
IDOT Class 5 Forb With Annuals
IDOT Class 5A Large Flower Native Forb
IDOT Class 5B Wetland Grass
IL Tollway Class A3 Native Slope
IL Tollway Class A4 Native Grass
IL Tollway Class A5 Forb / Annual
IL Tollway Class A6 Special Use Slope
IL Tollway Class B1 Native Overseeding
IL Tollway Class B2 Wildflower Overseeding
IL Tollway Class D1 Wetland
IL Tollway Class 3E Slope
IL Tollway Class 4B Wetland
IL Tollway Class 4E Native
IL Tollway Class 4F Low Profile Native
IL Tollway Class 5 Forb With Annuals
IL Tollway Class 5A Large Flower Native Forb
IL Tollway Class 5B Wetland
AM 120 Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum – Tech Sheet
Martenson’s Native Ecosystem Mixtures
Dry Prairie Mixture – A mixture of native grasses and wildflowers suitable for an open flat area with excessive drainage.
Emergent Shoreline Mixture – Planted along stream banks, ponds, and lakes to assist in establishing a natural erosion control system.
Emergent Wetland Mixture – Suitable species that grow near the water level and rooted in shallow water.
Mesic to Dry Prairie With Flowers Mixture – A good mixture of commonly known native grasses and wildflowers that will thrive in well drained, well balanced soils, providing food and shelter for animals and insects.
Wet Mesic Prairie Mixture – This mixture is suited for those areas that become seasonally saturated but tends to dry in the summer.
Woodland Prairie Grass With Forbs Mixture – This mixture is designed for medium to dry soil and can stand the occasional periods of saturation. Although these species can do well in the shade, they will require a few hours of direct sunlight.
Martenson’s Wildflower Mixtures
Midwest Wildflower Mixture – A collection of common annual and perennial wildflowers that can be planted alone or along with native grasses producing a very colorful venue. Remember, perennial wildflowers will not bloom the first year planted; therefore, we include some annuals so you see color the very first year.
Midwest Perennial Wildflower Mixture – Use this mixture to enhance an area that you would like to see a colorful assortment of American native wildflowers return every year. This area will also provide food and shelter for insects and wildlife. Help save the butterfly and the bees!
Midwest Perennial 3:1 Wildflower Mixture – Plant this mixture if you would like a premium longer lasting flower mixture but would also like some color the first year. This mixture includes 3 parts of our Midwest mixture to 1 part of our Midwest Perennial mixture, resulting in just a few more perennial species.
Midwest Shade Wildflower Mixture – Choose this mixture if you have an area which has partial shade. It must have at least 40% sunshine for it to thrive.
Big Bluestem – (Andropogon gerardii)
Blue Grama – (Bouteloua gracilis)
Buffalo (Bowie) – (Buchloe dactyloides)
Canada Wild Rye – (Elymus canadensis)
Indian Grass – (Sorghastrum nutans)
Little Bluestem – (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Red Top – (Agrostis alba)
Side Oats Grama – (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Slender Wheatgrass – (Elymus trachycaulus)
Switchgrass – (Panicum virgatum)
Virginia Wild Rye – (Elymus virginicus)
Native Seeding Guidelines
Please click on this link for the guidelines for native seeding.