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Wildflower Seeds for Butterflies and Bees Memorial Gift

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Description

RHS Plants for PollinatorsThis dflower seeds for butterflies and bees memorial gift contains wildflower seeds that butterflies and bees love – Selfheal, Red Campion, Ox-eye Daisy and Musk Mallow.  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 packets are also personalised with your loved one’s details – please provide those in the box above.

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.  A lovely way to help Nature too.

About the Seeds

Red Campion

Red campionThis pretty wildflower is found in semi shady areas in the wild, such as hedgerows and woodland margins. It produces a proliferation of dark pink flowers during late spring and sometimes longer – great value for money!  As it is a prolific self-seeder, when the flowers have gone over it would be wise to cut off the seedheads unless, of course, you want loads more in your garden every year!

Latin name – silene dioica

Height – 90 cm

Habitat – semi-shade or sun

Perennial

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that love Red Campion – short-tongued bumblebees such as the garden bumblebee (bombus hortorum), due to the flower tube being quite small.  Short-tongued bumblebees poke holes in the bottom of the flower tube to gain access to the nectar that is otherwise denied them! Savvy honeybees can also come along and try getting the nectar from the same hole!   Long-horned bees (Eucera longicornis) have also bee seen visiting Red Campion, although this bee is a long-tongued solitary bee.

Female flowers have no pollen, male flowers do, so the bees can only collect pollen from the male flowers.

Selfheal

Selfheal 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.

Musk Mallow

Pretty pale pink flowers, often found in hedgerows, roadside verges and rough grassland.

Latin name – malva moschata

Height – 80 – 120 cm

Habitat – sunny or partial shade

Flowering time – June to September

Perennial

Habitat -sunny, semi-shade

Particular bees that like Musk Mallow – many bumblebee species like this wildflower, particularly the Red-tailed bumblebee (bombus lapidarius) and the common carder bee (bombus pascorum).

Photo is actually Common Mallow, but Musk Mallow is very similar and a pale pink! Just to give you an idea!

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye Daisy

As 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

Up to around 60 cm

Perennials

Sun or semi-shade

Find a bare patch of soil and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them into the soil and water – no need to cover with more soil.  Water.  They can also be started off in trays of compost in the same way.  When you have small seedlings, carefully remove them and grow on in small pots until ready to plant out when big enough.  Best sown in April or autumn.

Seed sowing instructions

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