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Wildflower Seeds (O-S)

Wildflower Bulbs, Wildflower Seed Mixtures and Wildflower Plug Plants. Buy Online or Call 0800 883 0169 for Advice. Boston Seeds are wholesale online seed suppliers for Private Individuals, Businesses and Sports Clubs.

 

A Guide to Wildflower Species 

Parsnip, Wild (Pastinaca sativa) Seeds

  • Member of the Carrot family.
  • Leaves pinnate, with 2-7 pairs of irregularly toothed lobes. Petals yellow, 0.5mm long and 1mm broad.
  • Common on chalk soils
  • Flowers: July - Sept
  • Requires: Sun

Plantain, Hoary (Plantago media) Seeds

  • A grass-like perennial with a 5cm spike of small vanilla scented pinkish-purple flowers. Good reliable meadow subject.
  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 30 cm.
  • Approx. 2000 seeds per gramme.

    Plantain, Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) Seeds

  • Grass-like perennial with spikes of blackish-brown flowers with yellow anthers. Common meadow component.
  • Flowers: April - September.
  • Requires: Prefers a sunny position.
  • Height: 60-90cm.
  • Approx. 400 seeds per gramme.

    Poppy, Common (Papaver rhoeas) Seeds

  • Annual. The red poppy that is seen in fields everywhere.One of our most popular wildflowers. Synonymous with the 1914-18 Great War. Ideally requires a frost or chilling to help germination.
  • Flowers: May - July
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 30-60cm.
  • Approx. 11000 seeds per grammes.

    Quaking-grass, Common (Briza media) Seeds

  • Perennial. Known in the Midlands as 'Tommy tottles'.
  • A decorative grass with green/purplish spikelets which shake in the breeze.
  • Flowers: June to August.
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 22-45cm.
  • Approx. 2000 seeds per gramme.

    Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) Seeds

  • A lovely perennial with dainty pink flowers with 'ragged' petals.
  • Looks terrific in a wetland meadow with meadow buttercup.
  • Flowers: May-July
  • Requires: Damp soil and sun.
  • Height: 30-60cm
  • Approx. 5400 seeds per gramme.

    Sage, Wood (Teucrium scorodonia) Seeds

  • Perennial. A good woodland subject with lovely crinkly, light green leaves and greenish-yellow flowers with prominent maroon stamens.
  • Flowers: July-Sept.
  • Requires: Shade.
  • Height: 30cm
  • Approx. 1600 seeds per gramme.

    Sainfoin (Onobrychis vicifolia) Seeds

  • Perennial. A bushy meadow plant with cone-shaped spikes Aromatic perennial with masses dark purple buds turning to paler flowers. A good butterfly plant.
  • Flowers: July-September.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 40 cm.
  • Approx: 70 seeds per gramme

    Scabious, Devil's-bit (Succisa pratensis) Seeds

  • Perennial. Soft hairy stem, flowering heads about 2cms across, compact and violet-blue.
  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Poor grassland, fenland, meadows, damp, acid-calcareous soils.
  • Height: 50-80cm.
  • Approx 600 seeds per gramme. 

    Scabious, Field (Knautia arvensis) Seeds

  • Perennial. Blue-lilac 'pincushion' flowers in summer. Looks attractive with Ox-eye Daisies.
  • A nectar plant for butterflies and bees.
  • Flowers: July - September.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 30-90cm
  • Approx. 130 seeds per gramme.

    Scabious, Small (Scabiosa columbaria) Seeds

    • Perennial. A smaller version to Field Scabious, slightly hairy leaves.
    • Flowers: July - August.
    • Requires: Dry chalky grassland, banks.
    • Height: 60 - 70 cms
    • Approx 700 seeds per gramme. 

    Sedge, Pendulous (Carex pendula) Seeds

  • Perennial. Tussock & rhizome forming plant, leaves to 20mm wide, drooping.
  • Flowers: May and June.
  • Requires: Woods, damp-moist soil, not acid. Light - heavy shade.
  • Height: 100-140cms.
  • Approx. 1250 seeds per gramme.

    Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) Seeds

  • A perennial with purple-violet flower, self-seeds readily.
  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Sun or semi-shade
  • Height: Up to 20cm.
  • Approx. 1350 seeds per gramme.

    Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica) Seeds

    • Perennial. Leaves narrow, pointed and finely toothed.
    • Small flower heads in loose clusters.
    • Flowers: July - September
    • Requires: Grasslands, marshes, damp soil. Not calcareous soils.
    • Height: 25 - 50 cms
    • Approx. 4200 seeds per gramme.

    Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) Seeds

  • Perennial. Flowers weakly-scented and clustered in the upper leaves, can be pale pink or white. 
  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Damp-moist soils, Found along footpaths, waste ground, hedges and river banks.
  • Height: 50 -70 cms.
  • Approx 500 seeds per gramme.
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    Sorrel, Common (Rumex acetosa) Seeds

  • Perennial. Reddish pink flower spikes, arrow shaped leaves turn crimson.
  • Flowers: May-August.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.Found in many meadows.
  • Height: 15-60cm.
  • Approx. 2000 seeds per gramme.

    Sorrel, Sheep's (Rumex acetosella) Seeds

  • Perennial. Flower spikes are reddish pink - smaller than Common Sorrel - with daintier leaves.
  • Flowers: May-August.
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 7-25cm
  • Approx. 2500 seeds per gramme.

    St John's-wort, Common (Hyp. perforatum) Seeds

  • Perennial. A shrub-like plant with clusters of golden yellow flowers.
  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soils.
  • Height: 30-60cm
  • Approx. 9000 seeds per gramme.

    St John's-wort, Hairy (Hypericum hirsutum) Seeds

    • Perennial. Hairs on stems and on both sides of leaves distinguish this specie. 
    • Flowers pale-yellow and quite large (to 1.5cm across).
    • Flowers: July - August.
    • Requires: Damp woods, scrub, shaded areas, usually on calcareous soils.
    • height: 60-100 cms.
    • Approx 12000 seeds per gramme.

    St John's-wort, Square-stemmed (Hyp. tetra.) Seeds

  • Perennial. Flowers rather small and pale yellow.
  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Wet grassland and damp woodland, often near water, acid-calcareous soils. 
  • Height: 30 - 60 cms.
  • Approx 6000 seeds per gramme.

    Strawberry, Wild (Fragaria vesca) Seeds

  • Perennial. Long rooting runners, has silky-hairy leaves with white flowers that produce tiny red fleshy head.
  • Flowers: May - June.
  • Requires: Open woods, woodland edges, scrubland, dry soils, not acid.
  • Height: to 20cm tall.
  • Approx 3000 seeds per gramme.

    Sweet Vernal-grass (Anthox. odoratum) Seeds

  • Perennial. Anthoxanthum odoratum. Gives the characteristic smell of freshly mown hay.
  • Flowers: April - July
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30 - 60 cm.
  • Approx. 2500 seeds per gramme.

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