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 Yellow Oatgrass||0.5||0.005|
|commercial crested dogstail||13.5||0.135|
|certified smaller catstail||11.0||0.110|
|certified sheeps fescue||15.0||0.150|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||15.0||0.150|
|certifed CARACTER red/chewings fescue||20.0||0.200|
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)||2.0||0.020|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||1.5||0.015|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||1.2||0.012|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||1.0||0.010|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||1.0||0.010|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||1.0||0.010|
|Red Campion (Silene dioica)||1.0||0.010|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||1.0||0.010|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||1.0||0.010|
|Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)||0.8||0.008|
|Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)||0.5||0.005|
|Betony (Stachys officinalis)||0.5||0.005|
|White Campion (Silene latifolia)||0.5||0.005|
|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.
Field Scabious is a light blue/violet sometimes pink flower and has the special characteristic of being able to change colour, it grows from 30-90cm in height with beautiful single flowers.
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'.
This is a green coloured, bushy, upright perennial that once established can be a robust plant, that is prolific on fertile soils rich in nitrogen. This species can grow to 75 cm in height.
Ox-eye daisy is a robust wildflower species, the flower head is a typical daisy shape, with white petals and yellow central florets. They grow in solitary heads and are around three to five centimetres wide.
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 with oval leaves and bluish or violet flowers that appear in dence, oblong clusters on the tops of its stems. Self heal is 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'.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish, reaching up to 100 cm in height. 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.
Erect, annual, hairless parasitic herb. Growing up to 50 cm in height. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate, coarsely toothed and slightly wrinkled on the outer edge, stalkless and arranged in opposite pairs. Flowers are situated in short leafy spikes.