Top 10 Plants for Harvesting Seeds

Stick to your plant budget by harvesting seeds from these 10 flowers.

Maybe you want to share a favorite plant with friends and family. Or perhaps you just want more bang for your gardening buck. Whatever the reason, harvesting and planting your own flower seeds takes little effort—and as these beauties burst into bloom, you’ll appreciate them more than ever.

We asked our friends at Seed Savers Exchange to help us gather a list of the 10 best flowering plants for harvesting seeds. These are specific cultivars, but you can apply the seed-collecting techniques to similar plants. If you’re not familiar with the nonprofit exchange, check out its website,, which has a wealth of information on seed preservation, storage and planting. Use these tips to start saving—seeds and dollars!


(Cleome hassleriana, annual)

Known as spider flower because its wispy blooms look like an arachnid’s legs, this gorgeous tropical native is a real conversation piece. Just be careful of its thorny stems.

Seed saving: Cleome is one of the most reliable flowers for seed production. As soon as the spidery blooms begin to dry out, cut them off and hang upside down in bunches, or dry them on a screen. Once they’re completely dry, the seeds will be easy to extract.

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