I’m not one of those people who say that seedheads are just as good as flowers. They’re not. But in the absence of flowers, seedheads can be pretty nice to have around.


River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), which used to be commonly called Northern Sea Oats, has particularly nice seedheads.


If only this plant weren’t such a beast when it comes to self-sowing. Part of my brain keeps thinking: cut off those seedheads before they scatter! And the other part keeps saying: not yet! They’re so pretty!


Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) also looks pretty good.


It looks good with the brown buttons of Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa).


Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum) also gets a fetching new look in October, at least when backlit by the sun.

One advantage of seedheads: they tend to last a lot longer than the bloom time of flowers. It only makes sense to appreciate them while they are around.

36 Comments on “October Seedheads”

  1. We really love seedheads here too, as they attract the birds into the garden. We loved the thistle seedheads late summer…. but regretted not mowing them down as I had so many thistle seedlings in the beds! But we got goldfinches coming, which outweighed the extra weeding 🙂 Your photos of the River Oats are lovely.

  2. I love those sea oats seed heads but that is one aggressive plant at least in my garden. I toy with the idea of ripping it all out. Then those seed heads entrance me and I don’t do the deed.

  3. Hello there Jason .. we have frost on the roofs this morning and -1 when I got up at 7:30.
    So a good start to moving things along with the cut back and clean up of the gardens .. which will become more frantic for me no doubt ! haha
    I absolutely love seed heads .. I leave as many for as long as possible not only because I love the look but the birds love the seeds from certain flowers , so that helps them out as well.
    You have lovely pictures here … the sea oats especially ! So Beautiful !

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