Flower Rich Margin (AB8)
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br>This mixture of traditional, non competitive grasses and wild flowers creates a flower-rich field margin. The species included will provide an important habitat and foraging sites for invertebrates (including wild pollinators) and farmland birds.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified Dumas 1 sheeps fescue||34.0||0.34|
|certified BARPEARL slender creeping red fescue||28.3||0.28|
|certified EVORA smooth stalked meadow grass||16.0||0.16|
|commercial crested dogstail||10.0||0.10|
|certified HIGHLAND common bentgrass||4.0||0.04|
|certified TENO smaller catstail||3.0||0.03|
|Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) wildflower||0.2||0.00|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) wildflower||1.0||0.01|
Birdsfoot Trefoil Wildflower
This is a common plant from the legume family, often found on drier soils. Due to its red and yellow flowers its sometimes called the 'eggs & bacon' plant.
Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.
Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
Slender Creeping Red Fescue
This densely tufted or mat forming species has a creeping growth habit, sending out rhizomes. It can form a close turf with bristle like, dark green, glossy leaves. It has uses in agricultural and amenity situations.
Smaller Catstail / Small Timothy
A leafy perennial species found throughout the UK. It grows on low lands to foothills and can be found in old pasture and hedgerows. Normally thought of as a smaller, lower yielding relative of Timothy. Although valued as a forage plant for livestock, it can also form a useful compact turf.
Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.
This is a common perennial species that flowers late into the season, with tiny disticnt white or pink flowers. The latin 'milfoil' means a thousand leaves and refers to the tiny divide segments of the feathery leaves.