Friday Favorites – Plants that Self Seed

Self seeding plants

Here’s a list of plants that readily self seed for me in my garden. I either leave them where they are or dig them up to plant somewhere else in the garden. I also give them away to friends and co-workers which is very rewarding.

Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion)

Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion)

Rose Campion – Blooms all summer long with pretty woolly silver-grey foliage. Great for arrangements.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’

Indian Summer – A Black-eyed Susan that re-seeds every year, blooms all summer long with large 3 inch blooms.

Centaurea montana

Centaurea montana (Perennial Cornflower)

Perennial Cornflower or Perennial Bachelor’s Button – Some says it’s a pest but I love the blue flowers.

Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’

Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’

Hardy Geranium – Unusual foliage and delicate dark flowers that have a vintage quality. This is one of my all-time favorites.

Penstemon Husker Red

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’









The common name is Beardtongue but I most think of it by it’s Latin name, Penstemon ‘Husker Red.’ It’s a US native  and was named Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association in 1996. Shown here depicting the beautiful dark foliage and as well as in bloom.

I hope I’ve inspired you to add a couple of these beauties to your garden if you don’t already have them. I think it’s so fun to see them volunteer in different spots in the garden. I get a special thrill when I notice them and realize they are not a weed. How about you? Do you have any favorite plants that self-seed?

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  1. Money Plant self seeds. I have plenty of seeds for sale. E mail if interested.

  2. I love plants that seed themselves. It is always a surprise to see where they pop up. My favorites are poppies and the Black Eyed Susan but I also have Morning Glories, Lobelia and Alyssum and this year some of my Zinnias are coming up. Are they varieties of seeds that do not self-seed? I saved and planted seeds from a Moon Flower Vine but they did not come up.

    • Hi Traci,
      Sounds like you have a great place for seeds to land since you have several making their way back to you each year. To answer your question most hybrids are sterile and will not re-seed true to the original plant and for others they just don’t make it for one reason or another, usually mother nature. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Red Valerian (Jupiter’s beard), Shasta Daisy, and Cosmos are big reseeders in my northwest garden. This spring I was surprised and delighted that my hellebores had multiplied…7 transplantable offspring from one mature hellebore. This is the fun of gardening for me.

    • Hi Janice,

      I agree. It is fun. I’ve never grown Red Valerian but the others are known. I have a few hellebores and they are getting big but they are hybrids so I’m afraid they won’t multiply like yours. How nice!
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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