Seeds & Propagation

The Kin Seeds

Truly Local

All our seeds originate in the Kootenays. Local ecotypes contribute to biodiversity conservation.

Wild Beauty

Native plants add something unexpected and delightful to the Kootenay garden.

Natural Connections

Bees, butterflies, birds all need native plants for food and shelter.  Native plants depend on pollinators.  Build habitat, foster relationships.

Prepackaged Seeds

We have a selection of pre-packaged annual and perennial wildflowers, as well as 2 wildflower seed mixes.

Single species seeds are $5/packet.  Seed mixes are $7/packet.

New this fall:  Custom seed blends for pollinators.

We also offer contract nursery services offering bulk seed (limited species), additional species not currently found on website including some shrubs, and propagated native plants, grown to order.

Seeds can be shipped directly to you or picked up in Nelson.  Payment by e-transfer or cash/cheque (in ziplock bag, if picked up).  Please contact us by email <> for more information.

Growing Instructions for our 2020 Seed Selection can be downloaded here.

Be sure to check out the Bloomin’ Calendar at the bottom of the page!


Easy to Grow Annual Native Plants

Forest Clarkia

Clarkia rhomboidea

  • delicate and beautiful
  • easy to grow, self-seeding
  • rare plant in need of conservation
Pink Fairies

Clarkia pulchella

  • amazing fushia-coloured flowers
  • easy to grow, self-seeding
  • bees love it!
Threadleaf Phacelia

Phacelia linearis

  • small purplish-blue flowers
  • easy to grow, self-seeding
  • bees love it!
Grand Collomia

Collomia grandiflora

  • orange trumpet-like flowers
  • reseeds prolifically
  • gorgeous addition to your garden

Stunning Perennial Native Plants

Western Canada Goldenrod

Solidago lepida

  • critical late fall food source for bumblebees and migrating monarchs!
  • clusters of floral sunshine
Pearly Everlasting

Anaphalis margaritacea

  • shimmery flowers persist into fall
  • host plant for painted lady butterflies
  • hoverflies love it!
Douglas Aster

Symphyotrichum subspicatum

  • summer and fall bloomer
  • critical food source for late season pollinators

Heterotheca villosa

  • attracts native metallic green sweat bees!
  • drought tolerant
  • easy to grow
Silverleaf Phacelia

Phacelia hastata

  • flowerheads unfurl like scorpion tail
  • best wildflower for promoting native bee diversity!
Showy Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

  • our only native milkweed in the region!
  • endangered monarch butterfly host plant
  • unique pink flower clusters
Wild Licorice

Glycyrrhiza lepidota

  • lush woodland legume
  • host plant for rare silver-spotted skipper
  • medicine and tea plant
Sitka Columbine

Aquilegia formosa

  • one of our stunning native columbines
  • attracts hummingbirds!
  • perfect for the woodland garden
Silky Lupine

Lupinus sericeus

  • native lupine with silky grey-green foliage and light blue flowers
  • soil building capacities
Brown-eyed Susan

Gaillardia aristata

  • bright yellow flowers with brown centres
  • supports native leaf-cutter bees
  • larval host plant for butterflies and moths
Common Camas

Camassia quamash

  • important early spring bloomer
  • slow growing but worth it!
  • edible bulbs
Roundleaf Alumroot

Heuchera cylindrica

  • spires of cream-coloured flowers
  • supports wide diversity of bees
  • long blooming season
Common Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

  • umbrellas of white flowers
  • attracts many insects
  • fern-like leaves
Yellow Glacier Lily

Erythronium grandiflorum

  • first wildflowers of spring
  • bright yellow flowers
  • takes a few years, but well worth it!
Curly-cup Gumweed

Grindelia squarrosa

  • bright yellow flowers
  • slightly sticky foliage
  • perfect for rock gardens
Nodding Onion

Allium cernuum

  • native onion, all parts edible
  • nodding clusters of pink flowers
  • can be divided
Shrubby Penstemon

Penstemon fruticosus

  • a small-statured shrub!
  • watch bumble bees ‘buzz pollinate’ the flowers
Autumn Sneezeweed

Helenium autumnale

  • don’t worry, it’s not an allergen!
  • sunflower-like yellow blossoms

NEW Wildflower Seed Mixes!

A mix of perennial wildflowers selected to attract and support butterflies – and bees and other pollinators too!

Includes Douglas’ Aster, Pearly Everlasting, Showy Milkweed, and Western Canada Goldenrod.

A mix of both annual and perennial wildflowers perfectly suited for quick meadow making!

Includes: Forest Clarkia, Golden-aster, Grand Collomia, Pink Fairies, Silverleaf Phacelia, and Threadleaf Phacelia.

Pollinator Seed Blends

We have designed several specialized seed mixes appropriate for enhancing yard habitat for pollinators.  We collect our seeds from healthy wild populations following ethical seed collection guidelines. 

Sowing your seed mix:

Fall is the best time to sow seeds directly onto bare, weed-free soil.  We recommend mixing your seed with a small amount of sand for more even distribution and better seed to soil contact.  Most species will germinate in the spring and bloom in the first or second year, though some species take a longer time – up to several years – to bloom from seed.  Native seeds are quirky and unpredictable, and it is completely normal that not all seeds will germinate.

Minimum order $25 on all mixes. Email us at for availability and to place orders.  Orders can be mailed or picked up in Nelson (curbside and COVID-safe!).

Please note that some seed substitutions may be made, depending on level of interest and because we have limited supplies of some species. 

West Kootenay Pollinator Mix for Dry Sites

A diverse group of flowers that are loved by native bees and other pollinators.  Good for a sunny, dry place.  Early to late season bloomers.

Moisture:  Dry to medium

Light:  Full sun

Sowing time:  Fall

Cost: $4.10/m2 ($25 minimum)

Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Pink Fairies (Clarkia pulchella), Grand Collomia (Collomia grandiflora), Showy Daisy (Erigeron speciosus), Brown-Eyed Susan (Gaillardia aristata), Roundleaf Alumroot (Heuchera cylindrica), Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha), Swale Desert-Parsley (Lomatium ambiguum), Silky Lupine (Lupinus sericeus), Silverleaf Phacelia (Phacelia hastata), Bluebunch Wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata), Smooth Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve

West Kootenay Pollinator Mix  – Moist Sites


A diverse mix of flowers to bring blooms and pollinators throughout the season.  Good for a site with higher moisture in the spring. 

 Moisture:  Medium to moist

Light:  Full sun to part shade

Sowing time:  Fall

Cost: $3.90/m2 ($25 minimum)

Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Scarlet Paintbrush (Castilleja miniate), Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), Subalpine Daisy (Erigeron peregrinus), Mountain Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), Roundleaf Alumroot (Heuchera cylindrica), Small-Flowered Fringecup (Lithophragma parviflorum), Large-Leaved Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus), Yellow Penstemon (Penstemon confertus), Few-Flowered Shootingstar (Primula pauciflora ), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale).

East Kootenay Pollinator Mix

(Sold Out)


Our drought-tolerant East Kootenay mix comes from seed collected in the East Kootenay region and selected to support a diversity of bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds.

Moisture:  Dry to medium

Light:  Full sun

Sowing time:  Fall

Cost: $6.00/m2 ($25 minimum)

 Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Spreading Needlegrass (Achnatherum richardsonii), Orange Arnica (Arnica fulgens), Dangling Suncress (Boechera retrofracta), Tufted Fleabane (Erigeron caespitosus), Rough Fescue (Festuca campestris), Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica), Brown-Eyed Susan (Gaillardia aristata), Old Man’s Whiskers (Geum triflorum), Curly-Cup Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa), Nine-Leaved Desert-Parsley (Lomatium triternatum), Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).

Custom Seed Mixes and Collection

We specialize in custom seed mixes and seed collecting services to suite your specific needs including larger restoration projects.

Are you looking for seeds that aren’t prepackaged as a mix?   We currently have seeds of many other species available and would be happy to customize a mix appropriate to your garden or restoration site.  Please contact us for a list of current species and for more information. 


Plant Selection – Fall 2020

Our micronursery grows a small selection of plants that are native to southeast British Columbia.  Our plants are grown from local, hand-collected seed and without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or inorganic fertilizers.  Please contact us for a list of sizes and availability.

Fall is the best time to get native plants in the ground!


Common Name Scientific Name In Stock – Sept 11, 2020
black cottonwood Populus trichocarpa Sold Out
mountain ash Sorbus sp. Sold Out
trembling aspen Populus tremuloides Sold Out
black hawthorn Crataegus douglasii Sold Out
black raspberry Rubus leucodermis Sold Out
choke cherry Prunus virginiana Sold Out
choke cherry (lg plug) Prunus virginiana 21
hardhack (sm plug) Spiraea douglasii 10
hazelnut Corylus sp. Sold Out
mock-orange (lg plug) Philadelphus lewisii 4
Nootka rose Rosa nutkana Sold Out
saskatoon (3.5″ pot, lg plug) Amelanchier alnifolia 49
shiny-leaved meadowsweet (multi. sizes) Spiraea lucida 48
shrubby penstemon (multi. sizes) Penstemon fruticosus 100
soopolallie Shepherdia canadensis Sold Out
Utah honeysuckle Lonicera utahensis Sold Out
Alberta penstemon Penstemon albertinus Sold Out
arctic aster Eurybia merita Sold Out
Columbia bower Clematis occidentalis 1
cut-leaved water horehound (sm plug) Lycopus americanus 46
cut-leaved water horehound (3.5″ pot) Lycopus americanus 3
Douglas’ aster (sm plug, 6-pack) Symphyotrichum subspicatum 68
field mint Mentha arvensis Sold Out
giant goldenrod (3.5″ pot) Solidago gigantea 6
goatsbeard (lg plug) Aruncus dioicus 7
lemonweed Lithospermum ruderale Sold Out
mountain blue-eyed-grass Sisyrinchium montanum Sold Out
Musselshell penstemon (3.5″ pot) Penstemon sp. 8
narrow-leaved skullcap Scutellaria angustifolia Sold Out
nine-leaved desert-parsley (sm plug) Lomatium triternatum 26
nodding onion Allium cernuum Sold Out
northern bog violet (sm plug) Viola nephrophylla 56
Oregon checker-mallow Sidalcea oregana Sold Out
parsnip-flowered buckwheat (3.5″ pot) Eriogonum heracleoides 59
Philadelphia fleabane (3.5″ pot, 6-pack) Erigeron philadelphicus 59
pink monkey-flower (sm plug) Mimulus lewisii 58
roundleaf alumroot (sm plug, 6-pack) Heuchera cylindrica 53
rush aster (sm plug, 6-pack) Symphyotrichum boreale 76
scarlet gilia (3.5″ pot, sm plug) Ipomopsis aggregata 32
showy aster (6-pack) Eurybia conspicua 1
showy daisy (3.5″ pot, sm plug) Erigeron speciosus 77
showy milkweed Asclepias speciosa Sold Out
silky lupine Lupinus sericeus Sold Out
silverleaf phacelia (3.5″ pot, sm plug) Phacelia hastata 18
smooth aster (3.5″ pot, sm plug) Symphyotrichum laeve 70
western Canada goldenrod (multi. sizes) Solidago lepida 172
western pasqueflower Anemone occidentalis Sold Out
wild bergamot Monarda fistulosa Sold Out
woolly sunflower Eriophyllum lanatum 37
worm-leaved stonecrop Sedum stenopetalum Sold Out
yarrow (3.5″ pot) Achillea millefolium 20
yellow monkey-flower (6-pack) Mimulus guttatus 5
yellow penstemon (3.5″ pot) Penstemon confertus 20
Idaho fescue (1 gal.) Festuca idahoensis 4
junegrass (3.5″ pot) Koeleria macrantha 6
poverty oatgrass (sm plug, 6-pack) Danthonia spicata 72
arrowleaf balsamroot (treepot) Balsamorhiza sagittata 1
common camas Camassia quamash many
hemp dogbane Apocynum cannabinum 9


Bloomin’ Calendar – Setting the Table for Native Pollinators!

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