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.

Our Selection

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

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

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 2019 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.

Custom Propagation

We can provide custom growing of our seeds, or seeds you provide.  We can also custom propagate native plants, including shrubs either from seed or from cuttings.


Custom Seed Mixes and Collection

Are you looking for seeds not in our current collection?  Would you like an appropriate mix for your garden or restoration site?

We can provide custom mixes and we can also collect seeds ethically and sustainably in the West Kootenay region for truly local genetic diversity.



Bloomin’ Calendar – Setting the Table for Native Pollinators!

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