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Bearís Foot Seeds

Polymnia uvedalia

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  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: To help soften the hard coating on these seeds and speed germination, pour hot water over the seeds and allow them to soak for 24 hours before planting. Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the soaked seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring.

Growing: Water seedlings until they become established. Mature plants tolerate drought, though they prefer moist soil and will benefit from watering in dry weather. This plant attracts bees and and butterflies, and tends to resist deer and disease.

Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

Seed Saving: As the flowers mature, they will drop their petals and develop seed heads. Since small birds love to eat the seed, harvest it promptly to avoid loss. As soon as the seed ripens in the seed heads, gather the heads and separate the seed from the husk. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Polymnia uvedalia

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 290

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Height: 100 Inches

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~5 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/16 Oz Mylar (1.77g) $5.40 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $8.00 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $19.20 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $76.80 Sold Out
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $288.00 Sold Out
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DESCRIPTION

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This native plant first gained recognition as a medicinal remedy, due to the research of Dr. J. W. Pruitt. In 1870, Dr. Pruitt introduced an ointment made from the root of this plant, used externally to treat a variety of complaints related to swelling and inflammation. Legend has it that Native Americans once used a similar preparation of the plant as a hair tonic. The common name comes from the resemblance of the leaves to the footprint of a bear.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: To help soften the hard coating on these seeds and speed germination, pour hot water over the seeds and allow them to soak for 24 hours before planting. Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the soaked seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring.

Growing: Water seedlings until they become established. Mature plants tolerate drought, though they prefer moist soil and will benefit from watering in dry weather. This plant attracts bees and and butterflies, and tends to resist deer and disease.

Harvesting: For cut flowers, choose stems with flowers that have just opened. Strip the foliage that will fall below the water level, and place in water immediately.

Seed Saving: As the flowers mature, they will drop their petals and develop seed heads. Since small birds love to eat the seed, harvest it promptly to avoid loss. As soon as the seed ripens in the seed heads, gather the heads and separate the seed from the husk. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Polymnia uvedalia

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 290

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Height: 100 Inches

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