We love this pretty butterflies, bees & bunting recycled seed packet wedding favour! It is made from recycled manilla paper and contains only British-grown British species of wildflower seeds that butterflies and bees love – Conflower, Lesser Knapweed, Field Scabious, Corn Marigold and Wild Marjoram. The packet measures 9 x 12 cm and will fit in with any wedding theme. The seeds are easy to germinate so even the most horticulturally-challenged of your guests will have no excuse not to sow them and help our bees and butterflies!
Please advise your personalisation details above. Sowing instructions are printed on the back.
How to sow wildflower butterfly and bee seeds
The seeds in our butterflies, bees & bunting recycled seed packet wedding favour are very easy to sow – best own in Spring. Simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of peat-free compost) and sprinkle on the seeds. No need to cover them with soil/compost – just gently press them into the soil. Water well and wait for them to germinate, watering if necessary.
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum) is an annual wildflower with many yellow daisy-like flowers from June to October. It grows to a height of 20 in (51 cm). It is closely related to the Ox-eye Daisy and is also known as Yellow Ox-eye, Bigold, Boodle and Raddles. By the end of the fourteenth-century, tenant farmers were ordered to get rid of it from barley fields because it was such a pest. However, insects like its nectar and it is the food plant of the Chalk Hill Blue butterfly caterpillar.
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus) is an annual wildflower also known as Bluebottle, Batchelor’s Button or Knapweed. The plant has pretty blue flowers on stems up to 2 ft (60 cm) high. Butterflies and bees love it! It is a rare wildflower in the wild, being previously a common corn field weed but as it blunted sickles when harvesting, it was gradually eradicated.
Its name centaurea comes from Chiron, the centaur, whom the plant cured when an arrow tipped with the blood of Hydra wounded him. Since then the plant has been assumed to drive away snakes. The cyanus part comes from Cyanus, who loved the plant so much he spent all his time in corn fields making garlands from them. When he died, the goddess Flora transformed him into the plant.
Lesser Knapweed (centaurea nigra) is a hardy perennial wildflower of wild grassland. Deep pinky-mauve, many-petalled flowers openout from a hard bud. It grows to 65 cm and flowers June to September.
Lesser Knapweed attracts butterflies, particularly Tortoiseshell and Painted Ladies, and the Satyr Pug, Silver Y and Lime Speck Pug moths. Birds like the seeds. Other butterflies that love Knapweed are Comma, Silver Washed fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Silver Spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis, Brimstone. Bees also adore the plant!
Field Scabious (knautia arvensis) is a hardy perennial meadow wildflower, also known as Gypsy Rose and Lady’s Hatpins. It grows to about 39 in (1 m) tall. The lightly hairy stems are topped by flowers with mauve petals and a centre of smaller mauve “hairs” – hence its other name of the Pincushion Flower. The flowers are present from July to September. Some species are said to cure scabies.
Field Scabious is very attractive to bees, moths and butterflies – it is the particular food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and Narrow Bordered Bee Hawk moth. It is the preferred nectar source for the Small Skipper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Essex Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Food plant of Common Burnet, Lime Speck Pug, and Shaded Pug moth caterpillars. Birds are quite partial to the large seeds!
The whole plant, excluding the root, was made into a skin ointment for treating scabs, sores, ulcers, gangrene and dandruff. It was also used in times past for fever, coughs, pleurisy, lung problems and stitch. Please do not use the plant as a herbal medicine without first consulting a qualified herbal practitioner.
About Wild Marjoram
Wild Marjoram (origanum vulgare) is a perennial wildflower with a basal rosette of leaves and pinky-mauve flowers in summer. It grows to a height of about 80 cm and has a coarser flavour that Sweet Marjoram (origanum majorana). Wild Marjoram is the same species as the Mediterranean herb Oregano but, because it grows in a cooler climate it has a less intense flavour and smell. Fantastic for butterflies and bees.