This butterfly and bee seeds wedding favour contains wildflower seeds that butterflies and bees love – Field Scabious, Wild Marjoram, Lesser Knapweed, Cornflower and Corn Marigold. They are all British wildflower species and the seeds are grown in the UK too.
The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is completely recycled. The back of the packet is printed with the seed content and sowing instructions.
A fabulous, pretty and useful wedding favour to encourage your guests to grow wildflowers!
How to Sow Wildflower Seeds
Easy peasy! Either sprinkle the seeds directly on to bare soil in a sunny spot and press them into the soil (no need to rake over). Water them well. Or scatter the seeds over a pot of compost in a similar fashion.
Field Scabious is a pretty lilac colour and almost pin cushion-like in appearance. It is also known as Gipsy Rose and Ladies’ Hatpins. It is an attractive plant to bees and butterflies – it is the particular food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and Common Burnet, Lime Speck Pug, Shaded Pug 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. Field Scabious grows to about 2 ft in height. The whole plant, excluding the root, was made into skin ointment for treating scabs, sores, ulcers, gangrene and dandruff. Also used for fever, coughs, pleurisy, lung problems and stitch. Do not try any of these remedies, though, without first consulting a qualified herbal practitioner!
A perennial wild herb and great for adding flavour to cooking.
Cornflowers are fantastic bee plants and look amazing, with their gorgeous blue flowers! It used to be known as Hurt Sickle as it was once abundant in fields but used to ruin the sickles when harvesting. It was, therefore, eradicated from the wild and is now a rare sight if spotted in its natural habitat.
Fabulous yellow daisy-like flowers which bees and hoverflies love! 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. Medicinally, the plant can be used for night sweats, fever, sores, ulcers, burns. Do not try this at home without getting advice from a qualified herbalist! Corn Marigolds also used to be used for making protective wreaths and was believed to be able to strip a witch of her will.