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)
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 shuld 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. Robin Rosenstiel

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    Robin Rosenstiel

    I currently have an organic hay field (mix of red clover and alfalfa). The field is on a steep south slope and is need of reseeding. I was wondering if there is a way to incorporate this seed blend into the field using a no-till zip seeder? I’m afraid of tilling the soil and leaving it bare as the heavy spring rains will cause the soil to erode and the seed to wash away before the seed has a chance to establish itself and grow. Do you have any suggestions on how I can incorporate this seed into an existing hay field. Also is this blend suitable for cattle and horses?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello, Thanks for staying in touch. Yes, I think you can drill the seed into the field without tilling. The blend is suitable for cattle and horses. Richo

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  2. Lisa

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    Lisa

    Can I plant this in my horse pasture?

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    • Richo Cech

      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

      Rebecca

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

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

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    • Nadine

      Nadine

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

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

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    • frieda

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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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