Hayflower Medicinal Pasture Mix, Organic

$6.10$49.00

Zones 2 to 9

Hayflower is a generous mix of the following organically certified grasses, clovers and medicinal herb seeds:

Timothy Grass (Phleum pratense)
Oat (Avena sativa)
Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Greek Hay (Fenugreek)  (Trigonella feonum-graecum)
Chicory, Wild Form (Cichorium intybus)
Sweet Vernal Grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum)
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita)
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)
Plantain (Plantago major)
Avens (Geum urbanum)
Poppy, Flanders (Papaver rhoeas)

Description:  At the bottom of the haystack, where the “fines” accumulate, is a substance made from the friable leaves and flowers that shatter from the hay itself.  Naturopathic doctors of the early 1900’s called this substance “hayflower.” and used it extensively, making teas, compresses, decoctions and poultices from it.  Coupled with hydrotherapy, the results achieved against the common ailments of the day–colds and flu, aches and pains, arthritis, fever, headache, digestive woes, skin complaints, injury, infections, etc. were legendary.  Modern-day hay doesn’t make very good hayflower, because it lacks the healthy diversity of medicinal herbs that used to grow in every hayfield.  Our Hayflower Medicinal Pasture Seed Mix is designed to bring back the original formula, making it possible for you to grow your own hayflower, perennially, in a colorfully florific and aromatic field that is good for browsers, pollinators, wildlife and . . . herb walks.

Cultivation:  Hayflower herbal pasture mix may be planted in the fall or spring.  Prepare a fine seed bed and strew the seed evenly on the surface, then rake and tamp.  Keep evenly moist until germination, or allow the fall or spring rains to work on the seeds until they germinate. This is a blend of perennials and self-seeding annuals that should be maintained by fertilizing, watering and mowing.  Different species will predominate seasonally.  Suitable for Zones 2 to 9.

Coverage:  The 10 g packet covers a bed 4 feet wide and 10 feet long.  The 100 g packet covers a bed 4 feet wide and 100 feet long.  The pound covers 2,000 square feet.  Sow 10 lbs per acre.

All seeds in Hayflower Mix are certified organically grown

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  1. Question

    Kathy Jackman

    I’m in northern NM high desert. I want to plant the Hayflower mix but already put light seeding of a dry land pasture mix, covered lightly with some wood chips. I want to cast the hay flower seeds, then rake in. Perhaps then lightly covered with mulch from where I have been throwing sunflowers and other non-seedy weeds. Does this sound like a good plan? Is there another way that might be better? I can water but ultimately want it to be drought resistant once established. The rains caused the ragweed to flourish. I’m hoping to choke them out.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kathy,
      That sounds fine. Hayflower has enough diversity to cause surprise species on an ongoing basis depending on local conditions and season. Red Clover alone is considered the best overall species for weed suppression and there is 20% red clover in that mix.
      Richo

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    • Maggie Wimberley

      My small organic farm is in zone 4a, and we have a half-acre patch next to the road that’s been left to quack grass because it’s lowland and usually too soggy too long in the spring for planting. Global warming is changing this and it would be great to plant something beautiful in this space that might suppress the quack grass if I get the timing right. Could your hayflower mix work? Should I till the soil before planting or could it be broadcast on top of the grasses? Would this work better as a fall planting or in spring? Thanks so much!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Maggie, thanks for the nice note. broadcasting seeds on top of grasses has never worked for me–some people do report success with clover, which might be a good option for you. Normally I find one gets out of it what one puts into it–seedbed preparation is critical–a fall mowing may help the area dry out faster in spring, and then it could be tilled and planted with Hayflower or with Clover and Poppies mix. richo

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  2. Question

    Selah

    I’m in 7 (right on the line of 7a and 7b). Is it too late to plant this mix for this spring?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Selah, Not really, that is one of the values of planting a diverse mix–some of the elements will do well now, others later in the season. I’m noticing the shippers are giving very vast turnaround right now. rihco

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    • Scot

      Can this be broadcast seeded into my existing pasture? It’s about 1/3-3/4 acre. Right now filled with broomsedge. Hoping this seeding will help restore the soil and, in time, choke out the sedge. Thoughts? I’ll brush hog the dormant sedge straw before seeding.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Scot, Although I generally recommend preparing a seedbed, raking in the seed and tamping, in a way Hayflower may be a reasonable choice for no-till. At least it has enough diversity, herbs that vary in emergence times and light requirement, that you would probably end up with something anyway. The clover in Hayflower is fairly good at forcing out weeds. You might broadcast first and THEN hit it with the brushhog, so the debris buries the seeds. Just a thought. richo

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    • Forrest

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      I am in zone 4\5 at 8K feet elevation, southern Colorado. Lots of Sandy soil, thin organic layer, rocky with glacial rubble mixed in. Native grasses like gramma, needle and thread, foxtail (a problem for animals) do well. Bare areas I want to seed and wonder what I would need to do for Hayflower medicinal pasture seed to do well.
      Also wonder if you can recommend something else that would do better with less amendment.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Forrest, I’ve lived (briefly) at elevation in Colorado before so know more or less what you’re talking about. The bare spots are bare because they are lacking nutrients and the sun just burns the humus right out of the soil. If you can rake in some worm castings or other compost just prior to planting, I think you’ll have better results. I would try the annual ryegrass to get you going on a succession that would stay put. Alfalfa is an option, as well as crimson clover. At leadst something in hayflower would take hold–that is one of the advantages of hayflower–it really does have something for every climate. Richo

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    • Summer Cantrall

      Hi there, we are hoping to plant pasture for our cows, pigs, goats and eventually horses, would this be okay and good for the pasture?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Summer,
      I think so, because a mixed pasture is always good for any domestic stock. However people are really picky about what they feed their horses and I can’t attest to the value of our mix for horse tending. Wild horses do well on anything they can find. Domesticated horses have limited pasture and may eat things like poppies that are not necessarily good for them. My best advice would be to till your ground and plant red clover. Richo

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  3. One person found this helpful
    Tyarn Miller

    Growing Strong on Bare Earth

    Tyarn Miller (verified owner)

    I had a bare plot of soil that desperately needed something. I seeded them in February, and everything came up beautifully. Absolutely lovely to see.

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Tyarn, It is very nice of you to offer this positive review, thank you for that! I grew hayflower last year and what I noticed was that when I planted it very densely it gave no room for the more interesting species to manifest, but when i spread it out, I had a much more diverse result. richo

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    • Joanne

      Would this survive competition in a hellacious field of Kochia?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Joanne,
      Hayflower would be a good choice as long as the field was mowed and tilled prior to planting the seeds.
      Richo

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  4. Question

    Stephanie Adkins

    Hello, is this mix safe for my horse pasture? Thank you, Stephanie

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Stephanie, I would put my horse on it but people are picky about this. Please review the herbs and determine if you want your horse eating these things. Richo

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  5. Question

    annlmattingly

    Is this harvested by mowing and if so, how often? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello there,
      This would be harvested with a sickle bar mower or by hand. The hayflower may be harvested any time it exceeds 2 feet in height.
      Richo

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  6. Question

    Liz Schlinsog

    Have you made a tea from the “fines”? Would this be something of import today or are there better teas now? Or is this now geared more towards animals?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Liz,
      This is not geared toward animals and you can make tea from the fines, it is a nontoxic blend. Mainly hayflower was used externally in soaks, compresses, poultices. r

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  7. Question

    Lyn

    Can I grow this indoors and is it good for my bunny? I thought poppy is dangerous to rabbits? She loves her plantain and dandelion but I’m wondering if this would be a healthy addition to her overall diet. Just need to know if it’s safe and if I can grow it indoors for the winter. In NW hills of CT, zone 5.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Lyn,
      Probably best to go with Winter Rye in that situation–very winter productive, good for bunnies and significantly less costly than our diverse organic pasture mix. Here’s the link https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/winter-rye-secale-cereal-seeds-organic/
      Richo

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    Sue Singler

    Would this be ok for goats to browse?

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    • Diana

      Diana

      yes, it is fine for goats. However if you really want to bulk up your goats plant the FORAGE CHICORY.

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    GERALDINE McNAMARA

    testing pasture in FL – double checking it’s good for cattle to munch on. thanks

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    • Diana

      Diana

      It should be fine, although that isn’t the reason we’re promoting this mix. If you want standard cattle pasture, use alfalfa and orchard grass. Milk cows do OK on alfalfa only. Richo

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  10. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    I’ll e-mail you when theyu come into stock, midmonth april 2019.

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  11. Question

    Lisa

    Can I plant this in my horse pasture?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      There is nothing there that will hurt horses, but you’ll have to keep the horses off the planting until it becomes established.

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    • Rebecca

      Is this safe for dogs and cats that spend time in the yard?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, it is designed as good pasturage for all animals. Richo

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    • Nadine

      Will this grow well in shade and semi-shade or does it need full sun?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Nadine,
      Hayflower needs sun to part shade. It won’t grow well in the shade.
      Richo

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    • frieda

      how about for sheep? I could keep them off the field until things germinate, but would need to rotate them in eventually. and there’s velvet grass, oh so much velvet grass to outsmart….

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Frieda,
      Hayflower is fine for sheep. They will appreciate especially the chicory. In fact, you might try planting a simple combination 50/50 of chicory and clover, which is a standard approach for lamb/sheep pasturage. Yes, rotation is key!
      Richo

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    • Marie Eliades

      I have a berm needing erosion control. I have larger plants/herbs that I’m hoping will take over but in the mean time there is lots of areas with only the sol. Would this be a good choice while my main plants are growing in size? Thank you. (2000 ft – California sequoia foothills – hot summers/cool winters 1 -2 light snows per year)

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Marie, I would council to use instead the clover/poppy mix that we carry, which will work better as an undersow to larger plants and herbs. Some of the species in hayflower may overpower your current plantings. richo

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    • Marie Eliades

      I have lots of gofers and deer and rabbits and so on.. if anything would take over anything it would be a real shocker.. I failed to mention my plants are all chosen to be “medicinal”/useful and invasive……mints, oregano’s, yarrow, rosemary, salvia’s etc.. trying to hold up the hill and benefit at the same time..crazy no? I love watching plants get sucked into the ground.. the “Important” ones are in cages but the critters can kill those too.. I’ve been planting 2 years on this plot and so far the deer just have a sample and wonder what kind of garbage is on our land..lol.. everything is smelly and unpopular….:)

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    • Su

      Would anything in this mix be harmful to meat rabbits or meat/egg chickens?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I don’t think so, rabbits and chickens did well with fodder such as this during the heyday of naturopathy.

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    • Cecilia Parker

      I have a patchy, low-growing front lawn (that is not watered or fertilized) that I plan to eventually re-plant in native and edible plants: could I sow the hayflower mix into the grass, or would the clover/poppy mix have a better chance of establishing itself (and crowding out the grass)? I’m in western WA, with beautifully rainy Spring weather.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Cecilia,
      Grasses are converted to a seedbed either by way of rototilling or by deep mulching with straw. You can’t just spread seeds on a lawn and expect much to happen–the grass is dominant. Richo

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    • Carol

      Hi; I’d like to grow my own “hay” to use as mulch for my vegetable gardens, as well as to plant potatoes in. Would this mix be good for that, or do you have a better suggestion? Also to use in my compost pile, if I were to get enough growth. I am in the suburbs, and have a “hidden” backyard that I have turned into a hybrid garden of eden / food forest type garden. I am converting all plants on the property into either medicinal or food plants, while making it look like simple landscaping.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I think you could just use winter rye in the fall and oats in the spring. That would give you something more like hay, that would not tend to have seeds in it, unless you left it too long.

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    • Carol C

      Thanks; I did go look at the winter rye and it says it is hardy to Zone 5. I am in Missouri, Zone 6. Does that change your answer at all, for using it as a cover crop/hay/mulch source? Thanks very much.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, if the rye is winter hardy down to zone 5 and you’re in a zone 6 then it is winter hardy to you. it would be a problem if you were in a zone 4…

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