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  1. Golden Foxtail Millet, Sudan Grass, Copper Wheat
  2. Starburst Millet, Flax, Black Bearded Wheat
  3. Canary Seed, Oat Grass, Safflower
  4. Millet Cabarnet, Mock Rush, Teal Wheat

Winter Gardening Seeds That Last All Year

Ornamental grass package number 3 contains three types of prairie grass seeds: Canary Seed, Oat Grass and Safflower. All three can withstand some frost, making them perfect for winter gardening. Down load our free seed catalogs for more information on our prairie grass.

Canary Seed

Appearance and Ornamental Qualities

  • Clumping prairie grass 50 to 90cm in height
  • Fine green foliage
  • Seed heads resemble cones
  • Very delicate appearance
  • Area covered per pack – 1.4 Sq. meters, or 15 Sq Feet
  • 10 – 15 cm between plants

Canary seed is the most delicate looking of the annual ornamental grasses offered by William Moore Farms. It has a looser, finer look to the overall appearance of the plant. Mix it with any colorful plant or grasses you like. When cut and dried, Canary Grass looks great in arrangements, wreathes, table sprays and crafts.

Planting

  • Seed in early spring, can take some frost
  • Plant 2 cm. deep, 8 to 10cm between plants
  • Plant into firm moist soil.
  • Do not fertilize
  • Plant in large groups, mass planting to replicate prairie fields
  • Plant from mid May to Mid June in full sun
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Oat Grass

Appearance and Ornamental Qualities

  • Clumping grass 50 to 90cm in height
  • Thick green foliage
  • Seed heads are loose panicle
  • Fluffy full look
  • Area covered per pack – 1.4 Sq. meters, or 15 Sq Feet

Oat grass is a clumping annual that will add a fluffy rich feel to your flowerbeds. Use it as a background as it may block some of the smaller plants. Oats add texture to gardens, fresh, cut and dried arrangements. Sprays and crafts that use dried oats look lively.

Planting

  • Oat grass can withstand early frost
  • Sow earlier than frost sensitive varieties
  • 10 – 15 cm between plants
  • Full sun
  • Plant 2 to 3 cm deep
  • Plant into firm moist soil.
  • Plant in large groups, mass planting to replicate prairie fields
  • Plant mid May to mid June
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Safflower

Appearance and Ornamental Qualities

  • Red, yellow or orange flowers
  • Multiple branches form from a single stalk, covered with broad leaves
  • Flower heads are on the tops of stiff branches
  • Display immature bulbs or flowers
  • Extremely strong stems make this an excellent winter gardening choice
  • Area covered per pack - 20 Sq Feet
  • Reaches 1meter in height

Though included in this package of prairie grass seeds, Safflower is not technically a grass. However, it is an annual with excellent ornamental qualities. By mid summer Safflower produces bulb type heads that are filled with down, from which the flower emerges. Use as a background for smaller flowers, or mix it up with the annual grasses. The stems are strong enough to stand in the snow and will add some interest for your "winterscapes".

Planting

  • Safflower can withstand early frost to -5 degrees
  • Sow earlier than frost sensitive varieties
  • Plant 0 to 1 cm deep and 10 to 15 cm apart
  • Plant into firm moist soil.
  • Full sun

Your winter gardening will never be the same with these William Moore Farms prairie grass seeds. Learn more about our prairie grass from our free seed catalogs found on our website.

Start planning now by purchasing your favorite seeds here.

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