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Grow a Rainbow Wildflower Seed Packets

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RainbowRainbows are full of happiness and hope (ie, hope there may be a pot of money at the end??).  Our rainbow seed packets contain wildflower seeds to create a rainbow of colour for the butterflies and bees – Cornflower (blue), Corn Chamomile (white), Corn Marigold (yellow) and Poppy (red).  The seeds are inside the packet in a paper sachet (no plastic or foil in our seed packets!)

Each packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is made from recycled manilla paper or pale blue FSC certified paper.  Please choose colour during the ordering process. The sowing instructions and seed content are on the back of the packet.  The seeds are viable for a few years, so if you are not using for a while, simply store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

These are probably our most popular design because they are perfect for any event – such as weddings, kids parties, promotional events, giveaways, to put inside letters and cards, etc.  The seeds are UK species and are grown in the UK without the use of chemicals.

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

RHS Plants for Pollinators

“These are beautiful little gifts that we have given to 75 keyworkers so far, each recipient was overwhelmed and really loves them. We added a personal message and love giving them out. They are well made, good size envelopes and really spreads some happiness. It’s a gift that keeps on giving; from the recipients who have all been happy, to the bees and because Wildflower-favours are an incredible company who also plant trees! Love these seed packets and have ordered 150 more along with placing an order for work. I’m sure we will continue to purchase more. HIGHLY recommend!”   (To read more of our lovely customer reviews, click the Review tab below)

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

corn marigold2

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.

 

Up to around 60 cm.

Hardy annuals.

Sun.

Poppy – red

Cornflower – blue

Corn Chamomile – white with yellow centres

Corn Marigold – yellow

Cornfield annual wildflower seeds are very easy to sow, and they will germinate quickly too.  You need a bare patch of soil in a sunny spot.  Sprinkle on the seeds, press them gently into the soil and water.  No need to cover with more soil.  They can also be sown in large pots of compost, although they will do better in the ground.

Seed sowing instructions

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