En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - August 10, 2014

From: Elgin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Certified organic native grass seeds for Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Thanks for your previous answer to my pasture grass seed question. We know about Native American Seed but they don't sell certified organic seeds. We're not sure whether we'll be able to find certified organic seeds at all and that was more my question. Is there a source for certified organic seed in the variety of warm and cool season pasture forage? Thank you.

ANSWER:

Unfortunately, we have no special knowledge of companies selling certified organic native Texas grass seeds.  We, like you, have to depend on the internet to find such. Using the terms "certified organic native grass seeds" here are some companies that I found:

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass Valley, CA

Albert Lea Seed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and New York has native grass seeds and organic grass seeds, but, as far as I can tell, no organic native grass seeds.

DLForganic.org has organic grass seeds but they don't have any native grass seeds as far as I can tell.  The don't tell the botanical names and even the common names of their grasses.

EarthEasy has a list of "Where to Buy Organic Seeds" that you can check.  You will probably need to telephone the ones that are listed since even though they are on the list as having "organic" seeds, their webpage doesn't state that the seeds are "certified organic" (e.g., Plants of the Southwest). 

Although it is very important to find an organic source for your seeds, we at the Wildflower Center feel it is equally important to use native grasses for your pastures.

Best of luck in your search!

 

 

More Grasses or Grass-like Questions

Plants to stabilize a steep bank in South Carolina
January 09, 2010 - I would like to use native plantings to stabilize a steep bank. The bank is on the side of the gravel road I cut back into the woods and around a 36" pipe going under the road to allow the free flow ...
view the full question and answer

Plants to hold a slope in Western PA
April 04, 2010 - We have a hillside that keeps moving/sliding due to lack of vegetation. What kind of ground covering can we plant to help maintain and stabilize the hillside? If you need to know the climate here, we...
view the full question and answer

Identification of grasses for grazing from La Luz NM
November 05, 2012 - I live in southern New Mexico. I have pictures of a few types of grass that I can't find anyone to help me identify with a name for livestock food. Can you help me with it? If so I can send the pi...
view the full question and answer

Landscape color for Rialto, CA
May 11, 2009 - My sister-in-law lives in Rialto CA near the base of the San Bernardino Mt ranges and it gets very windy out there. She and I were trying to figure out the best native plants for her area. Her home fa...
view the full question and answer

Native grasses for horse and cattle forage in Hockley, Texas
April 03, 2011 - I would like to know the best type of native hay to seed on 10 acres in Hockley, Tx. The hay will be used for forage for horses and a milk cow. We would like to go completely organic and not use any ...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center