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Butterfly and Bee Seeds Memorial Gift

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Description

RHS Plants for PollinatorsThis butterfly and bee seeds memorial gift contains wildflower seeds that butterflies and bees love – corn marigold, corn chamomile, poppy, cornflower.  They are all British wildflower species and the seeds are grown in the UK too.  They are inside the packet in a paper sachet, not a foil and plastic one.

The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is completely recycled and recyclable.  The back of the packet is printed with the seed content and sowing instructions.

This is a lovely memorial gift for remembering your loved one, producing lovely flowers in the summer.

About the Seeds

Cornflower

Bee on cornflower

This pretty wildflower was once common in the wild  cornfields but is now very rare in the wild, having been eradicated by farmers.  The flowers are blue and “fluffy” and much loved by bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees..  All members of the centaurea family are rich in nectar.

Latin name – centaurea cyanus

Height – 60 cm

Habitat – sun

Annual

Flowering time – June to August

Corn Marigold

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Corn Marigold is popular with butterflies, bees and other bugs. Its vibrant yellow flowers are fabulous

Latin name – chrysanthemum segetum

Height – 60 cm

Flowering time – June to August

Annual

Habitat – sunny

 

Poppy

Poppy with hoverfliesFamiliar red flowers sometimes seen in field margins in the wild, or, rarely, abundant in fields.  Poppies are also wild grassland and meadow flowers.

Latin name – papaver rhoeas

Height – up to 60 cm

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – June to September

Hardy annual.

Poppies produce abundant pollen, which is generally very dark in colour. Bumblebees and honeybees in particular seem to like it.  Some reports suggest that poppies may have a bit of a narcotic effect on bees, someone in Germany noting that when his honeybees had been on poppies, they had trouble finding the entrance to their hive!  Hoverflies also really like poppies.

Corn Chamomile

Corn chamomileAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white chamomile-like flowers.  Common in fields, meadows and grassland.

Latin name – anthemis arvensis

Height – 40 cm

Hardy annual

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Corn Chamomile provide nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

Around 60 cm

Hardy annuals

Sun

Corn Marigold – yellow

Corn Chamomile – white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Poppy – red

Cornflower – blue

Very easy to sow and quick to germinate!  In May, find a bare patch of soil in full sun and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them into the soil and water.  No need to cover with more soil.  Keep an eye on them and water as required.

Seed sowing instructions

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