Seed-harvesting Time

By Jeanette Jaskula

It’s seed-harvesting time and we could use your help!

Friends of the Sands is setting aside seed for growing out into plants that we will offer next May at our annual Native Plant Sale. If you have seeds of any of the plants listed below that you might like to donate, please bring them to our Seed Cleaning Workday at the Seed Barn on Thursday, November 10 (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). Can’t make the workday? Reach out to Jeanette Jaskula ( to chat about dropping them off at Kankakee Sands.

If you are from northwest Indiana or northeast Illinois, we welcome your seed donations from your home landscaping. We want to offer plants that are local and please never collect in the wild from our dedicated natural areas. We also want to avoid cultivars of native plants and stick to our straight native species.

You can use scissors to clip the seed heads into paper bags. There is no need to separate the seed from the seed head. That’s exactly what we’ll be doing on our Nov. 10 seed cleaning work day!

Please reach out if you have any questions. Happy harvesting!

Nodding Wild Onion, Allium cernuum

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa

New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae

Short’s Aster, Aster shortii

Pasture Thistle, Cirsium discolor

Tall Coreopsis, Coreopsis tripteris

White Prairie Clover, Dalea candida

Purple Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

Tall Boneset, Eupatorium altissimum

Queen of the Prairie, Filipendula rubra

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

Round-headed Bush Clover, Lespedeza capitata

Rough Blazing Star, Liatris aspera

Marsh Blazing Star, Liatris spicata

Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica

Monkey Flower, Mimulus ringens

Common Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis

Wild Quinine, Parthenium integrifolium

Large-flowered Beardgongue, Penstemon grandiflorus

Hairy Beardtongue, Penstemon hirsutus

Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana

Mountaint Mint, Pycnanthemum virginianum

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Wild Senna, Senna hebecarpa

Rosin Weed, Silphium integrifolium

Cup Plant, Sillphium perfoliatum

Priaire Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum

Stiff goldenrod, Solidago rigida

Showy Goldenrod, Solidago speciosa

Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Blue Vervain, Verbena hastata

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Common Ironweed, Vernonia fasciculata

Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium

Big Bluestem, Andropogon gerardii

Indian Grass, Sorghastrum nutans

Prairie Dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepis

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