Alaska Native Plant Society
Alaska Native Plant Society Seed Exchange
The Alaska Native Plant Society sells seed of plants native to Alaska which have been collected by members during the year. Seeds can be purchased at the regular monthly meetings or by mail order.
NOTE to Donors: If you have gathered seeds that you'd like to donate, please do. We will offer them at meetings and upcoming mall shows.
The price is $0.50 per package for current year; $0.25 for previous year. Package sizes vary considerably due to the number or amount of seeds collected. Some rare or difficult to collect species may contain few seeds, while some easy to collect species may contain a large number of seeds. For mail orders, include an additional $0.50 for 1 - 5 packages, or $1.00 for 6 or more. Make checks payable to: Alaska Native Plant Society. Send order to Alaska Native Plant Society, PO Box 141613, Anchorage, AK, 99514. You can download a copy of the order form with these instructions here.
Reasons For Landscaping With Alaska Native Plants
At a conference for commercial greenhouse vendors (The Alaska Greenhouse and Nursery Conference, January 26 & 27, 2005, Wasilla, Alaska) Verna Pratt gave a presentation on Alaska native plants that could be commercially grown. Verna was quoted in the March-April 2005 issue of the Borealis : " Many people want to landscape or add to their landscape with native plants. They may think native plants are easier to grow and can take care of themselves, or they may believe that natives are wild and therefore free (this is only true if you are rescuing them from a construction site!). Better reasons for using native plants are to mimic nature in an attractive landscape, to restore a damaged area with plants that are somewhat resistant to local diseases and insects, and to grow cold-hardy plants."
Seed Germination Information
Use a sterile mix for best results. Fine seed should be sprinkled on the surface. Cover large seeds with soil. Keep mixture moist by covering with plastic. For best results water from the bottom of a tray or spray with a fine mister.
If your only seed starting experience has been with easily germinated vegetables or annual flowers, more patience is going to be required when it comes to growing perennials from seed successfully. Some types germinate within days, others take several weeks, and a large number of perennials require what is called stratification -- basically, simulating the conditions that exist outside over the winter. These types of seed are sometimes described as "cold germinators". The usual trick is to place the seed with some moist, sterilized commercial seeding mix inside a plastic bag, then storing it in a refrigerator for a period of time to break down the natural chemical germination inhibitors within the seed. A typical period of time is about three to four months. Then the seed is sowed as usual and started indoors under lights. Another approach is to sow the seed in late fall in pots, then leave it outside in a protected (but unheated) coldframe for the winter.
Please note that some seeds for sale in are already sold out. Also, please indicate alternate choices when ordering by mail.
|Pre-Germination Code||Germination Code||Other Information|
|St - Stratify 6 weeks or more (see below)||W - most seeds germinate best at 70 F (try a laundry room)||*indicates limited supply|
|S - Soak seeds from 4-12 hours||D - Dry|
2014 Alaska Native Plant Society Seed List
||Aquilega formosa||Western Columbine||24-30 in||Red / Yellow||Easy germination|
||Armeria maritima||Sea Thrift||Pink||Easy germination|
||Arnica alpina||Alpine Arnica||7-12 in||Yellow||Easy germination|
||Arnica frigida||Frigid Arnica||7-9 in||Yellow||Easy germination|
||Caltha leptosepala||Mt. Marigold||5-8 in||White||Wet stratification|
|Dodecatheon jeffreyi||Jeffrey's Sierra Shooting Star||12-24 in||Violet/White||Wet stratification, blooms early|
||Erigeron glabellus ssp. pubescens||Streamside Fleabane||4-20 in||Blue to pinkish rays, flat yellow disks||Easy germination, June July|
||Fritillaria camschaticum||Chocolate Lily||5-18 in||Brown||Wet stratification|
|Gentiana glauca||Glaucous Gentian||2-6 in||Blue/bluish green||Wet stratification|
||Iris setosa||Wild Iris||12-20 in||Lavender||Winter sow in vented containers or cold frame, stratify if indoors|
||Luzula parviflora||Small-flowered Rush||1-3 ft||Brown, tiny||Easy|
||Mitella pentandra||Bishop's Cap||12-20 in||Yellowish green||Damp stratification|
||Oxytropis nigrescens||Purple Oxtrope||4-6 in||Purple blue||Easy|
||Papaver radicum alaskanum||Alaska poppy/Arctic Polly||6-12 in||Pale Yellow||Easy|
||Polemonium acutiflorm||Tall Jacob's Ladder||1-3 ft||Blue||Easy|
||Saxifraga rivularis||Alpine Brook Saxifrage||2-4 in||White||Damp stratify|
||Scheuchzeria palustris||Pod Grass||4-15 in||Greenish yellow|
||Senecio triangularis||Triangular-leaf Fleabane||3-4 ft||Yellow||Easy|
||Swertia Perennis||Star Gentian||10-20 in||Purple||Damp stratification|
Alaska Native Plant Society PO Box 141613 Anchorage, Alaska 99514
Last updated May 15, 2012