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RHS Plants for PollinatorsWant to help the bees?  Give the gift of nature with our Bee Happy! seed packet!  This seed packet wedding favour is personalised with your wedding details – please enter them in the box above.  These packets can also be personalised for any other event, or, for business, have a logo added.

Each seed packet is completely recycled and measures 9 x 12 cm.  You can choose manilla packets or white packets (please select your choice). The reverse of the packet details the seeds inside and the sowing instructions.  The seeds inside are in a paper sachet (not foil and plastic) and  are perfect for bees (and other insects too!) – Selfheal, Red Campion, Ox-eye Daisy and Red Campion.  They are also grown in the UK and are native UK species.  If you are not using the seeds for a while, they are viable for a few years and are easy to store by keeping them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

By giving these seed packets as a gift, you are helping the environment and our declining bee and butterfly populations – grow the love and Nature will love you back!

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

Perennial

Sun or semi-shade

Red Campion – dark pink

Selfheal – purple

Ox-eye Daisy – white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Musk Mallow – lilac-pink

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