Help the Bees Kids’ Seed Packet

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Description

RHS Plants for PollinatorsFantastic colourful seed packet emblazoned with “Help the Bees, Sow the Seeds”!  Perfect fun seed packet to get kids interested in growing seeds to help the bees.

The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is made from pale cream recycled paper. The seeds inside are perfect for attracting bees (and many other insects too!) – Selfheal, White Campion, Lesser Knapweed, and Ox-eye Daisy.  The seeds are also UK wildflower species, grown in the UK.  Sowing instructions are printed on the back.

The seeds are viable for a few years, so if you are not using them soon, just store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

About the Seeds

White Campion

White campion

This pretty wildflower is found open wasteground, hedgerows and meadows. It produces a proliferation of white flowers from May to September – great value for money!

Latin name – silene latifolia

Height – 90 cm

Habitat – semi-shade or sun

Perennial

Flowering time – May to October

White Campion is also a popular moth plant, attracting Marbled Coronet, Marbled Clover and Sandy Carpet moths.

 

Selfheal

SelfhealSelfheal is low-growing, often found in lawns and grassland, meadows and road verges in the wild, growing in patches of purple.  In folk medicine it was thought that Selfheal was good for treating sore throats because its flower head resembles a throat.  Also known as All-heal and Carpenter Herb, among many others.

Latin name – prunella vulgaris

Height – 20 – 30 cm

Flowering time – June to October

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Particular bees that love Selfheal – bumblebees and honeybees.

 

Lesser Knapweed

Bee on Lesser Knapweed

Hardy perennial and member of the Daisy family, found on cliffs and grassland. It has deep-pink, many-petalled flowers opening out from a hard bud. Grows to 65 cm (25.5 in).  It is tolerant of coastal conditions and fairly drought-resistant.  Flowers all summer.

Bees are very attracted to Lesser Knapweed! The plant attracts butterflies – particularly Tortoiseshell and Painted Ladies, Satyr Pug, Silver Y  and Lime Speck Pug moths, and birds like the seeds.  Other butterflies – Comma, Silver Washed fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Silver Spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis, Brimstone.So, all in all, a very useful plant for pollinators!

In folklore it is claimed that if a maiden picks a flower, removes the expanded florets and places the flowerhead inside her blouse for an hour, if the unexpanded florets have blossomed when the plant is removed then she will soon see the man she is to marry.

Was used in medieval times to treat vaginal bleeding and cancer.  Lesser Knapweed root can be made into an ointment to treat cuts and bruises.  Please note – this is for info only, always consult a qualified herbal practitioner before using!

Latin name – centaurea nigra

Height – 65 cm

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

 

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye DaisyAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white daisy flowers – but these are bigger than your common lawn daisy!  Very common on roadside verges, meadows and grassland.  Another prolific self-seeder, if you leave the flowerheads on after flowering is over, you will have Ox-eye Daisies everywhere the following year!  Hoverflies and beetles also particularly love Ox-eye Daisies!

Latin name – leucanthemum vulgare

Height – 60 cm

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that like Ox-eye Daisy – short-tongued bumblebees, solitary bees (such as mining bees – Andrena, Colletes and Halictus species) and some small black stem-nesting bees, such as Hylaeus species

Children planting seeds

April to late summer, possibly longer

Up to around 60 cm

Hardy perennial, may not flower the first year

Sun or semi-shade

Red Campion – dark pink

Ox-eye Daisy – big white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Selfheal – purple

Musk Mallow – pale lilac

Sprinkle the seeds on to bare soil in a sunny spot.  Press them into the soil and then water – no need to cover with more soil.  Can also be sown in trays of compost, to be removed gently when big enough and replanted into bigger pots until ready to plant out.

Seed paper sowing instructions

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