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British Wild Flower Seeds

Native British wildflower seeds - Bee mix

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This collection of native British wildlife seeds is specifically designed to attract bees to your garden. It includes some of the wildflowers most useful for them, and attractive to you, and is grass free. 

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.

This mix has a wide range of wildflowers and will give quick initial results while working on a variety of types of site. Bumblebees, honeybees, solitary bees and other pollinators like hoverflies, butterflies and moths all have differing needs, but with this mix we've targeted top flowers for a range of bees in particular. We're only now finding out what sort of diet bees prefer, but our solitary bees and bumblebees seem to have a preference for British species of wildflowers like this. Many bee species are struggling, and habitat loss is a key issue for them. Gardens can offer them fantastic havens. You can give them a pesticide free oasis with a range of suitable flowers - in fact, urban bees seems to be healthier than their country cousins. We have followed specialist research to put together this wildflower selection together to help them. It will give a colourful display in your garden too. Because it includes some annuals it will give you flowers in the first year of establishment. After that the perennials will take over, providing a colourful display for years to come.

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. 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.

Species included in this mix:

  • Centaurea cyanus Cornflower
  • Glebionis segetum Corn Marigold
  • Papaver rhoeas Corn Poppy
  • Lotus corniculatus Bird's-foot trefoil
  • Myosotis arvensisField-forget-me-not
  • Echium vulgare Viper's Bugloss
  • Reseda lutea Wild mignonette
  • Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed (main picture)
  • Galium verum Lady's Bedstraw
  • Knautia arvensis Field Scabious
  • Origanum vulgare Wild Marjoram
  • Prunella vulgaris Selfheal
  • Silene dioica Red Campion
  • Silene flos-cuculi Ragged Robin
  • Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
  • Trifolium pratense Wild Red Clover
  • Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch
  • Vicia sepium Bush Vetch

Sowing instructions

Sow up to 2g per square metre.

If you're sowing onto existing grass you will only need up to 1g per square metre.

Growing instructions

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.

Pack size

5g of wildflower seeds, and an information leaflet that details growing instructions, the species that are included and why native wildflowers are important

About British Wildflower 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.

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