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Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

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435.283.1411 (Office)
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Showy Goldeneye (Heliomeris multiflora) is a sub-alpine member of the sunflower family, this bright yellow flower grows in pastures, on roadsides and hillsides across the west and does best at 6,500 to 9,500 feet (is found from 3,000 to 11,800 feet). It establishes well and is frequently used in stabilization and restoration mixes. It is a perennial forb arising from a woody taproot. It is found in most western states from Texas north to Montana and west to California, Nevada and Idaho. It occurs in sagebrush, juniper, cottonwood, aspen, and spruce fir communities from 4,430 to 9,840 ft. This species prefers areas with full sun in well drained loam to loamy sand soils. It is found in sites receiving approximately 18 to 25 in of annual precipitation. It is recommended for use in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4b to 10a.

Showy goldeneye is native to western North America. It can spread under favorable conditions but does not pose any environmental concern to native plant communities.

Showy goldeneye can be used for restoration of native plant communities. It is competitive against other species and does well when planted in a mixture It will spread by seed into open areas and areas occupied by annuals.

Showy goldeneye produces abundant flowers and is easy to manage in landscaped settings. It has been used in mixed borders and meadow gardens.

Showy goldeneye attracts a variety of native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It also provides food for larger animals. Cattle, sheep, deer and elk eat leaves and flower heads. Birds and small rodents eat the seed. Showy goldeneye should be used as a minor component of seed mixtures.



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Showy Goldeneye

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1,050,000 seeds/lb.

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12-36 Inches

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Full or Partial Sun, Shade Intolerant

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