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Wildflower Seeds

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsThis is a very versatile packet of seeds!  Its pretty, neutral design with no personalisation makes it perfect for any occasion – wedding, funeral, promotional giveaway, party and so on.  It is completely recycled and recyclable, being made of recycled paper and with the seeds inside in a paper sachet (not foil and plastic).  The seeds inside are easy to sow and germinate quickly, flowering the same year.  The wildflowers they produce are perfect for butterflies, bees, moths and all sorts of other bugs!

If you are not planning to use the seeds straightaway, they will keep for a few years – just store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.

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.

wildflowers

Up to around 60 cm

Hardy annuals

Full sun

Poppy – red

Cornflower – blue

Corn Marigold – yellow

Corn Chamomile – white

Easy to sow and quick to grow!  Find a bare patch of soil in a sunny spot and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them into the soil and water.  Can also be sown in big pots or troughs.  Water as required.

Seed sowing instructions

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