This collection of native British wildlife seeds is specifically designed to attract bees, butterflies and moths to your garden. It includes some of the wildflowers most useful for them, and attractive to you, and is grass free.
You get one kraft envelope measuring 9.3cm by 5.8cm containing 5g of wildflower seeds, and an information leaflet that details growing instructions, the species that are included and why native wildflowers are important.
Why native wildflowers?
It is important to grow indigenous UK plants because they are the basic building blocks for a diverse and fascinating ecosystem. There is increasing evidence that our pollinators prefer native flowers to ornamentals too.
Butterflies and moths need native plants not only as sources of nectar, but also as food plants for their caterpillars. Many have a single species of food plant. That relationship means butterflies and moths are particularly vulnerable to the disappearance of plant species from our countryside - some particularly so.
Why these seeds are different
“Wildflower seeds” are routinely mis-sold in the UK. It’s likely that the majority of “wildflower seeds” you’ll find online or at seed merchants are actually imported or agricultural cultivars, with limited value for wildlife (they look odd too, and live less long). Worse, many “wildflower” seed mixes sold at garden centres include – sometimes exclusively – flowers which are “wild” in foreign and exotic climes.
This seed mix comprises 100% native British wildflowers, sustainably harvested in the UK. The wildflowers in this collection have been recommended by The Butterfly Conservation Trust. This mix contains lots of different types of flowers to make sure they work in a wide range of conditions and provide a long flowering period. It may take up to two years to get the full effect from these seeds as the plants need time to mature.
Sow up to 2g per square metre.
If you're sowing onto existing grass you will only need up to 1g per square metre.
Clear weeds and grasses from the area you want to seed, and rake the ground to prepare it. Then sow the seeds - best done in spring and late summer/autumn. You'll be surprise how low the seeding rate is. A helpful tip is to mix the seed in with sand to bulk it out and make sure you don't overseed. Don't add topsoil or compost, just tread in or roll lightly once sown - don't cover the seeds with soil. Water as necessary and while they get established, making sure the seedlings don't dry out.
Species included in this mix:
- Anthyllis vulneraria Kidney vetch
- Centaurea cyanus Cornflower
- Lotus corniculatus Bird's-foot trefoil
- Echium vulgare Viper's Bugloss
- Cardamine pratensis Cuckooflower
- Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed
- Knautia arvensis Field Scabious
- Origanum vulgare Wild Marjoram
- Primula veris Cowslip
- Silene dioica Red Campion
- Trifolium pratense Wild Red Clover
- Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch
- Vicia sepium Bush Vetch
About British Wild Flower Seeds
British Wildflower Seeds sources and supplies seed mixes from specialist small scale harvesters and growers around the country. They have had a relationship with their suppliers for many years, and are confident about the quality and provenance of all their seeds. Many of the seed mixes are harvested directly from wildflower meadows, many of them ancient.
Seeds are the most recent available and cleaned, so they don’t include chaff or creepy crawlies! Each packet should be used within a year of receipt.
British Wildflower Seeds uses small, dedicated and knowledgeable suppliers who deserve our encouragement and support. Their suppliers are skilled specialists and include most of the best wildflower seed suppliers in the country. Some of them are trained botanists, and others have many years of experience in harvesting, storing and processing wildflower seed. This can be more difficult than you could imagine! Some produce as little as 100kg of seed a year.