Cotswold Wild Flora
A very colourful mixture of native perennial and annual wild flowers and grasses. This is our most popular wild flower mixture. We include annual species in the mixture to give an exceptional show of vivid colour during the first year. From the second year the perennial flower species begin to increase and just get better year by year. Sow between March and early May, or August and early October at 10 kg per acre or 25 kg per hectare. Species included vary occasionally. Pictured here, Gordon Crouch s farm in Devon showing the benefit of the first year annuals.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|commercial sweet vernal grass||5.0||0.050|
|certified crested dogstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified smaller catstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified chewings/red fescue||15.0||0.150|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||15.0||0.150|
|certified sheeps fescue||25.0||0.250|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||1.5||0.015|
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)||1.5||0.015|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||1.0||0.010|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||1.0||0.010|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||1.0||0.010|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||0.5||0.005|
|Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)||0.5||0.005|
|Red Campion (Silene dioica)||0.5||0.005|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||0.3||0.003|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||0.3||0.003|
|Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria)||0.2||0.002|
|Cowslip (Primula veris) wildflower||0.1||0.001|
|Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor)||1.0||0.010|
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.
This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.
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'.
Once establsihed musk mallow can be a robust plant, that is prolific on fertile soils, rich in nitrogen.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue
Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
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.
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'.
Sweet Vernal Grass
An early flowering grass, strongly scented with coumarin, when cut as part of a hay crop it is this plant that gives hay its sweet smell. It is an adaptable plant, found growing in a wide range of habitats, with a high stem to leaf ratio.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.
Erect, annual, hairless parasitic herb. Growing upton 50cm in height. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate, coarsely toothed and slightly wrinkled on the outed edge, stalkless and arranged in opposite pairs. Flowers are situated in short leafy spikes.