Lupinus spp.

There are many steps involved in developing a reliable, stable crop from wild collected species. Native plant materials, like agronomic crops, take an average of 10-20 years to develop as consistent, reliable commercially available species. Starting with native seed collection, the time and length of each step in the development process varies for each grass, forb, and shrub. Our goal is to facilitate this process and to increase capacity within Federal agencies and the private sector for ecologically appropriate native seed.

native plant and seed material development seed process
The Native Plant Materials Development Process


Native Forb Manual

Western Forbs: Biology, Ecology, and Use in Restoration is a developing online book containing information about the important ecological functions of forbs and guidelines to support their inclusion in vegetation and restoration. Read the Project Overview and Acknowledgements and current chapters: