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Elephants Seed Packet Wedding Favour

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsCalling all elephant lovers!  This is the perfect wedding favour to give your guests if you love elephants – or perhaps are honeymooning in the Far East and might be intending to visit an elephant sanctuary.  The seed packet is recycled and measures 9 x 12 cm.  It is personalised with your wedding details – please advise those in the Personalisation box above. Sowing instructions are printed on the back and the seeds are in the packet in a paper sachet (not plastic and foil).  Available in rustic manilla or white – please choose from the drop-down menu above.

The wildflower seeds are easy to sow and grow and are perfect for attracting butterflies, bees and other insects.  Once your guests have grown wildflowers, hopefully they will want to grow more and create new habitats in their gardens for the local insect populations!

About the Seeds

Cornflower

Bee on cornflower

This pretty wildflower was once common in the wild in 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 provides nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

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Up to around 60 cm

Hardy annuals

Full sun

Corn Marigold – yellow

Poppy – red

Cornflower – blue

Corn Chamomile – white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Sow onto bare soil in a sunny spot by sprinkling on the seeds and pushing them gently into the soil.  Do not cover with more soil, just water them (and remember to water when required!).  The seeds can also be sown the same way in large pots or troughs.Seed sowing instructions

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