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British Wild Flower Seeds

Native British wildflower seeds - South Coast Meadow mix

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This collection of native British wildflower and grass seeds contains a selection of flowers and grasses that are found on the south coast of England. 

This mix was harvested at the National Trust estate at Spyway Farm, on the Dorset coast. The thin soils of Purbeck have produced fabulous grassland to produce this lovely mix, which is harvested by a local and only available in small quantities. It's an absolute beauty, with a very high % of wildflowers, and will thrive on a range of soils from slightly calcareous to neutral. Outstanding value, will thrive in coastal and inland locations.

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.

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 approximately 72:28 flowers to grass ratio native British wildflowers, sustainably harvested in the UK. 

Species included in this mix:

(Species making up over 4% of the mix are shown in bold)

Major Wildflower Species:

  • Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria
  • Common knapweed Centaurea nigra
  • Sea carrot Daucus carota maritime
  • Lady's bedstraw Galium verum 
  • Flax Linum perenne
  • Birdsfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus 
  • Black medick Medicago arabica
  • Ribwort plantain Plantago lanceolata 
  • Plantago media Hoary plantain 
  • Selfheal Prunella vulgaris
  • Meadow buttercup Ranunculus acris
  • Yellow rattle Rhinanthus minor
  • Stitchwort Stellaria holostea  
  • Wild red clover Trifolium pratense

Grasses:

  • Crested Dog’s Tail Cynosurus cristatus
  • Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata
  • Fescues Festuca spp.
  • Meadow barley Hordeum secalinum
  • Native ryegrass Lolium perenne
  • Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass Poa pratensis
  • Yellow oatgrass Tricetum  flavescens

Other species are present in smaller quantities

The illustration shows an orchid in the donor meadow. 

    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 and grass 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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