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Our full range of over 100 wildflower species available to buy online as plug plants. Boston Seeds supply seed online at wholesale prices.

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Agrimony, Common (Agrimonia eupatoria) Plant

Common Agrimony is an attractive, medium height meadow plant, consising of tall spires of star-shaped, sunny yellow flowers. An wildlife-friendly flower, it's attractive to pollinators as well as wild birds.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 40-80cm
  • Flowers: June to September
  • Soil requirement: Neutral, well-drained
  • Light requirement: Full sun or partial shade
  • Natural habitat: Southern UK, grassland, meadows, roadsides
  • Also known as: Church Steeples, Sticklewort, Aaron's Rod, Clot-Bur, Fairy's Wand, Money-In-Both-Pockets, Salt-And-Pepper, Sweethearts
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Agrimony, Hemp (Eupatorium cannabinum) Plant
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Agrimony, Hemp (Eupatorium cannabinum) Plant

A tall-growing upright marsh flower, which grows plentiful parachutes of pink-and-white florets on red stems, and they’re also known for their pleasant perfume when cut. This whimsically-coloured wildflower is also perfect for pollinators!

  • Type: Perennial 
  • Height: 60–120cm.
  • Flowers: July-September 
  • Soil Requirement: Damp
  • Light Requirement: Full sun or partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Marshlands, river banks
  • Also known as: Hemlock Parsley, Holy Rope, Raspberries-And-Cream, Water Agrimony
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Angelica, Wild (Angelica sylvestris) Plant

Wild Angelica is a marshy wildflower boasting boisterous, tall-growing branches that are hairless and often tinted purple. Likewise, her bubbly bursts of bright white florets are often tinted with tiny pink spikes. The Wild Angelica was also once treasured as a decoration for cakes and confectionaries.

  • Type: Perennial or biennial
  • Height: 150–250cm.
  • Flowers: July-September 
  • Soil Requirement: Moist but well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Full sun
  • Natural Habitat: Damp meadows, wet woodlands, fenland
  • Also known as: Garden Angelica, Wild Celery
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Avens, Water (Geum rivale) Plant

Though it prefers cool spots in the garden, the Water Avens are warmly-hued wildflowers, with gently nodding, burgundy stems and sepals- gorgeous enough on their own, but blooming into cups of peach-coloured petals that make the perfect addition to a pond-side palette!

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 30–45cm. 
  • Flowers: April-June
  • Soil Requirement: Damp
  • Light Requirement: Full sun to shade
  • Natural Habitat: Coasts, woodlands, damp meadows
  • Also known as: Chocolate Root, Indian Chocolate, Purple Avens
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Avens, Wood (Geum urbanum) Plant

 Once named a 'blessed herb' for its uses in herbalism, this hardy, leafy plant can still bless your garden with small, star-shaped, buttery yellow blooms which add some extra brightness to a shady spot- as well as sweetness, as they're nectar-rich and ideal for pollinators.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 30-60cm.
  • Flowers: May-August
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Partial Shade
  • Natural Habitat: Woods, hedgerows, roadsides
  • Also known as: Herb Bennett, Colewort, St. Benedict's Herb, Blessed Herb
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Basil, Wild (Clinopodium vulgare) Plant

Best known for their distinctly-shaped and aromatic leaves, the basil plant has a lot to provide inside the garden and out, as it produces whorls of royal purple and pink petals which are perfect for pollinators. 

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 30-60cm.
  • Flowers: July-September
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained, calcareous
  • Light Requirement: Full Sunlight
  • Natural Habitat: Dry meadows, forests, hedgerows
  • Also known as: Cushion Calamint

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Bedstraw, Hedge (Galium mollugo) Plant

A rambling, hairless hedge plant, which produces clusters of tiny, star-shaped flowers in fresh white. Noted for its sweet scent, this vigorous wildflower can grow quite tall when clambering alongside hedges and shrubs.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 30–75cm. 
  • Flowers: July-August
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained, calcarerous 
  • Light Requirement: Partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Woodlands, grasslands, hedgebanks 
  • Also known as: False Baby’s Breath, Whip Tongue, Wild Madder
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Bedstraw, Lady's (Galium verum) Plant

The Lady’s Bedstraw is a hardy, sprawing plant which bears vast whorls and clusters of tiny golden flowers. It also boasts a distinct and sweet scent, even when dried: its unusual name originates from its use to scent bedding in Victorian times.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 15-30cm.
  • Flowers: June-September
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Full sun or partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Grassy meadows, road verges, clifftops and hills
  • Also known as: Maiden’s Hair, Fenwort, Cheese Rennet
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Bellflower, Clustered (Campanula glomerata) Plant

As its name suggests, the Clustered Bellflower sprouts dense bursts of vivid violet-blue flowers. Each flower is its own brilliant bouquet, on top of being hardy and attractive to bees and butterflies!

  • Type: Perennial 
  • Height: 30–75cm.
  • Flowers: June-September 
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained, chalky
  • Light Requirement: Partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Grasslands, coastal cliffs 
  • Also known as: Dane’s Blood
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Bellflower, Giant (Campanula latifolia) Plant - Boston Seeds
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Bellflower, Giant (Campanula latifolia) Plant

This large species of bellflower produces petals in purple and periwinkle blue. Ideal for woodland gardens and lighting up shady spots, it’s hardy and easy to naturalise!

  • Type: Perennial 
  • Height: 90–150cm.
  • Flowers: June-September 
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Partial to full shade
  • Natural Habitat: Woodlands, hedge banks 
  • Also known as: Brantwood, Large Campanula

 

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Bellflower, Nettle-leaved (Campanula trachelium) Plant

Though named for its nettle-like leaves, one mustn’t overlook the beauty of this bloom’s bells of pale, bluish-purple petals. Best planted in a dry, shady spot.

  • Type: Perennial 
  • Height: 50–100cm.
  • Flowers: June-September 
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Full sun or partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Woodlands, hedge banks 
  • Also known as: Blue Devils, Gloves Of Mary, Throatwort
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Betony (Stachys officinalis) Plant

Betony flowers bloom in spikes of rich wine red and purple, alongside distinct and attractive foliage. Its flowers are also known to attract bees and butterflies and they used to be planted in churchyards for spiritual protection. They grow well in any light, with an affinity for damp soil.

  • Type: Perennial
  • Height: 30-60cm.
  • Flowers: June-August
  • Soil Requirement: Moist but well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Full sun or partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Grassy meadows, river banks
  • Also known as: Bishops’s Wort,  Wood Betony, Common Hedgenettle
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Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Plants

A favourite spring flower favouring shade and damp. Will take a number of years to flower from seed.

  • Fragrant blue-violet flowers from April to June.
  • Good in woodland in association with Red Campion and Greater Stitchwort.
  • Requires light shade.
  • Height: 30-60cm.
  • Bluebell plug plants are dormant most of the year

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Borage (Borago officinalis) Plant

A stout, roughly hairy annual, has bright blue flowers. Much loved by the bees!

  • Flowers: June on.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30 - 60 cm.

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Burnet, Great (Sanguisorba officinalis) Plant

Perennial. An unusual plant with distinctive reddish - purple oblong "knobs".

  • Looks good with Dark Mullein.
  • Flowers: June to Sept.
  • Requires: Damp sun
  • Height: 45 - 90cm
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Burnet, Salad (Sanguisorba minor) Plant

Perennial. An attractive rosette of leaves which smell of cucumber when crushed.

  • Unusual purple tinged flowers.
  • Flowers: May-August
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30cm

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Buttercup, Bulbous (Ranunculus bulbosus) Plant

Perennial. A bulbous rootstock with glossy yellow flowers, good for the sunny wild garden.

  • Flowers: March to June
  • Requires: Sunny, Free drained soil.
  • Height: 30-45cm

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Buttercup, Meadow (Ranunculus acris) Plant

Perennial. The tallest and most graceful of all the buttercups.

  • Glossy yellow flowers, superb growing in association with Ragged Robin.
  • Flowers: May - September
  • Requires: Damp sun.
  • Height: 30-90cm
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Campion, Bladder (Silene vulgaris) Plant

Perennial. An unusual plant with white, slightly drooping flowers above a purplish veined bladder.

  • A nectar plant for butterflies.
  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Requires: well drained soil and full sun
  • Height: 22-40cm.

 

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Campion, Red (Silene dioica) Plant

Perennial. A lovely specimen to brighten hedgerows, meadows and shady spots in the garden.

  • Bright rose-pink flowers
  • Flowers: April - September
  • Requires: Part shade
  • Height: 30-60cm
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Campion, Sea (Silene maritima) Plant

Perennial. Solitary white flowers with a net veined 'bladder' and thick waxy leaves Ideal for a rockery.

  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 15cm
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Campion, White (Silene alba) Plant

Perennial, pure white flowers. Often growing on the edge of cornfields, hedgerows and waste ground.

  • Flowers: May - October
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: To about 1m
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Carrot, Wild (Daucus carota) Plant

Biennial with white umbelliferous flowers with a pink tinge.

  • Good for drying.
  • Looks good growing with scabious.
  • Flowers: June - October
  • Requires: Sun/well-drained soil.
  • Height: 30-40cm
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Cat's-ear, Common (Hypochaeris radicata) Plant

Perennial. A good meadow component with rich yellow flowers and dandelion-like seed heads

  • Flowers: May to September
  • Requires: Sun/Part shade
  • Height: 30-45cm
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Catchfly, Nottingham (Silene nutans) Plant
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Catchfly, Nottingham (Silene nutans) Plant

Drooping white, dainty night scented flowers. Attractive to moths.

  • Flowers: May to July
  • Requires: Dry place in the sun  
  • Height: 25 - 60cm
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Chamomile, Corn (Anthemis arvensis) Plant

Annual. Produces white, 'daisy' fragrant flowers.

  • Flowers: May-July.
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 30 cm

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Chamomile, Lawn (Anthemis nobilis) Plant
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Chamomile, Lawn (Anthemis nobilis) Plant
  • A pleasantly aromatic plant with small, white, daisy-like flowers
  • Can be used as ground cover and does look a lot like a grass lawn 
  • Flowers: June-August
  • Requires: Sunny position with well-drained soil
  • Height: 10-20cm, plant 10cm apart (75 plugs/m2)

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Chicory (Cichorium intybus) Plant

Dainty clear blue, star-like flowers. Grow up against a wall or fence for best effect

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Grows in most soils
  • Height: 30 - 90cm
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Clary, Meadow (Salvia pratensis) Plant
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Clary, Meadow (Salvia pratensis) Plant

Perennial. Soft hairy plant to about 1m with violet-blue flowers.

  • Flowers: May - August
  • Requires: Dry Grassland, Hay meadows, grassy paths
  • Height: 80 - 100 cm 
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Clover, Wild Red (Trifolium pratense) Plant
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Clover, Wild Red (Trifolium pratense) Plant

Perennial. Trefoil leaves and pinkish-red clover rounded flower heads.

  • Essential component of the spring meadow.
  • Flowers: May - September.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 10-45cm
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Clover, Wild White (Trifolium repens) Plant
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Clover, Wild White (Trifolium repens) Plant

Perennial. Evergreen creeping plant, 3-lobed leaves. White flowers, 10mm, smelling faintly of honey. Found in garden lawns - will stay greener during drought conditions.

  • Attracts bees and other insects when in flower
  • Flowers: May - September.
  • Requires: Found in all types of grassland, lawns, waste ground, footpaths.
  • Height: 10-20cm, but will adapt to being cut short in a lawn.
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Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) Plant

Perennial. Long stalked with long-spurred blue-violet flowers.

  • Flowers: June - July.
  • Requires: Woodland edges and roadsides, damp woods, dry and damp grasslands.
  • Height: to about 60cm
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Corncockle (Agrostemma githago) Plant

A softly hairy annual, With beautifully intricate reddish - purple flowers.

  • Flowers: June-Aug.
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 60-120 cm

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Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) Plant

Annual, well known in gardens in various colour forms. Has bright blue flowers.

  • Flowers: June-Aug.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30-60cm

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Cowslip (Primula veris) Plant

Perennial. Flowers scented 10-15mm, clustered on a long, leafless stem.

  • Deep yellow with orange markings in centre.
  • Flowers: April - May.
  • Requires: Dry Grassland & scrubland, not acid soils.
  • Height: 15 - 30cm.
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Cranesbill, Hedge (Geranium pyrenaecium) Plant
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Cranesbill, Hedge (Geranium pyrenaecium) Plant

Mauvish/Pink flower form on evergreen leaves. A showy, versatile plant .

  • Flowers: May onwards
  • Requires: Sun or part shade. Likes well drained soils
  • Height: 22-45cm.
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Cranesbill, Meadow (Geranium pratense) Plant

Perennial. Large purplish veined flowers, 30mm. Flowers usually in pairs on longer stems.

  • Flowers: July - August.
  • Requires: Meadows, woods. Damp-dry, none acidic soils.
  • Height: 50-100cm.
  • During the winter these plugs die back and are classed as dormant, they will not have any leaves on them but will still have a good root structure.
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Daisy, Common (Bellis perennis) Plant

Perennial. One of our best-known lawn wild flowers.

  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 4-6 cms 
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Daisy, Ox-eye (Leucanthemum vulgare) Plant

A well known popular wild flower with lovely, large, white daisy flowers. Also known as the Dog Daisy.

  • Seen in meadows and along roadsides.
  • Flowers: May - September
  • Requires: Sun well-drained soil.
  • Height: 30 - 60 cm.
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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Plant

Perennial. A golden blaze of colour in the May meadows and banks. Flowers composed of bright yellow ray-florets.

  • Flowers: April - June
  • Requires: Rich meadows, pastures, fields or waste ground. 
  • Height: to 50 cm
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Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) Plant

Perennial. Fern-like leaves and foamy cream flowers opening from pink buds.

  • Flowers: May - August
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 60-90cm
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Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Plant
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Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Plant

Biennial. Leaves toothed or with entire margins. Yellow flowers 2-3 cms wide. Tolerant of infertile soils.

  • Flowers: June - October
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: Up to 1m
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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Plant
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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Plant

Characteristic bright yellow daisy like flowers.An excellent plant for problem deep shade areas.

  • Flowers: July onwards
  • Requires: Semi-shade to deep shade
  • Height: 15-45 cm
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Figwort, Common (Scrophularia nodosa) Plant
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Figwort, Common (Scrophularia nodosa) Plant

Perennial. Tall erect plant, leaves are paired and short-stalked, flowers are greenish-brown with a purple upper lip.

  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Damp woods, hedges, damp soil.
  • Height: 60-80 cm

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Figwort, Water (Scrophularia aquatica) Plant
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Figwort, Water (Scrophularia aquatica) Plant

Perennial. Flowers in a narrow spike with dark reddish brown colour. 

  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Damp woods, hedges, damp soil.
  • Height: 60-120 cm
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Fleabane, Common (Pulicaria dysenterica) Plant

Perennial. Soft hairy plant, arrow shaped leaves with underground runners. Lower leaves start dying near flowering time. Yellow flower 15-30mm.

  • Flowers: July-September
  • Requires: Damp meadows, riverbanks, marshes
  • Height: 30-60 cm.
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Forget-me-not, Wood (Myosotis sylvativa) Plant

Perennial. Hairy plant with leafy stem. Corolla blue, at 5-8 mm across, opening out flat.

  • Flowers: May - July
  • Requires: Meadows, open and damp deciduous woodland. Damp-moist soil, not acid.
  • Height: 30-40cm

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Foxglove, Wild (Digitalis purpurea) Plant

Found in open woods, clearings, footpaths; on acid soils. This specie is a typical biennial, the flowering stem grows up in the second year.

  • The plant normally dies after the seeds have been dispersed. 
  • Flowers: June/September 
  • Requires: Sun or light shade and well drained soil
  • Height: 60 - 150 cm
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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Plants

Biennial. Also known as Hedge Garlic and Jack-by-the-hedge. Hairless plant smelling of garlic when crushed. Leaves toothed and heart-shaped, long stalked. White flowers in a leafless cluster.

  • Flowers: April - July.
  • Requires: Damp deciduous woods and scrub, hedgerows. Moist-dry soils.
  • Height: 30-80cm.

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Goat's-Beard (Tragopogon pratensis) Plant

Perennial. Yellow dandelion flowers followed by impressive seed heads which are highly attractive to birds.

  • Flowers: May - July
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 30-90cm

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Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus) Plant

Perennial. Leaves are spear-shaped and sharply toothed. Unstalked flowers cluster around each pair of upper leaves on stem. White flowers with red-spotted lower lip.

  • Flowers: July - September.
  • Requires: Overgrown pond margins, reed beds, ditches, marshes, wet-damp soils.
  • Height: 50-100cm.
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Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) Plant

Perennial. A well-loved wild flower also known as Scottish Bluebell. Dainty blue 'bells' which attract bees

  • Recommended for the rockery.
  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Sun and dry sandy soil
  • Height: 15-45cm

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Hawkbit, Autumn (Leontodon autumnalis) Plant

Perennial. Dandelion-like flowers and seed heads, a good showy meadow subject. Seeds are magnets for Finches.

  • Flowers: August on.
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 15cm
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Hawkbit, Rough (Leontodon hispidus) Plant

Perennial. A meadow plant with yellow dandelion flowers. Also known as Greater Hawkbit.

  • Seed heads form a clock which attracts birds.
  • Flowers: June on.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 15-45cm
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Hawkweed, Spotted (Hieracium maculatum) Plant
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Hawkweed, Spotted (Hieracium maculatum) Plant

Yellow flowers with attractive spotted leaves.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 45cm
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Heartsease (Viola tricolor) Plants
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Heartsease, Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor) Plants
  • Annual. Bright purple/ yellow or a mix of both, these Wild Pansys look good in borders or rockeries.
  • Flowers: April-June
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 15 - 30 cm
  • Approx. 1700 seeds per gramme.
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Hyssop, Anise (Agastache foeniculum) Plant
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Hyssop, Anise (Agastache foeniculum) Plant

An excellent plant for Bees and Butterflies. It has Anise scented leaves with mauve-violet soft flower spikes.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 60cm
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Iris, Yellow-Flag (Iris pseudacorus) Plant
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Iris, Yellow-Flag (Iris pseudacorus) Plant

Perennial. Sword shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers, will stand in water.

  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Requires: Moist situations
  • Height: 90cm
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Knapweed, Common (Centaurea nigra) Plant

Perennial. Thistle-like purple flowers, looks good with ox-eye daisies, also known as Lesser Knapweed.

  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 30-60cm
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Knapweed, Greater (Centaurea scabiosa) Plant

Perennial. A plant with purple flowers, looks good with scabious, ox-eye daisy and musk mallow.

  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil
  • Height: 30-60cm
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Loosestrife, Purple (Lythrum salicaria) Plant

Perennial. A lovely plant with bright red/purple spikes. Good in a moist border or bog garden.

  • Flowers: June-Aug
  • Requires: Damp
  • Height: 60-120cm
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Mallow, Common (Malva sylvestris) Plant

Perennial. Very showy, tough plant with a profusion of pink/purple flowers.

  • Flowers: May - September
  • Requires: Well drained soils, footpaths, waste ground
  • Height: 30 - 90 cms 
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Mallow, Musk (Malva moschata) Plant

Perennial. Pale Pink form of Musk mallow. Much admired in our own garden.

  • Flowers: July-Aug.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30 - 90 cm
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Mallow, Musk White (Malva moschata) Plant
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Mallow, Musk White (Malva moschata) Plant
  • Perennial. White form of Musk mallow.
  • Flowers: July-Aug.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30 - 90 cm

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Marigold, Corn (Chrysanthemum segetum) Plant

Annual. Bright yellow daisy like flowers 5cm across.

  • Flowers: June - October.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 15 - 45 cm

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Marigold, Marsh (Caltha palustris) Plant

Perennial. Hairless plant, leaves broad, shiny and heart shaped with long stalks. Flowers bright shiny yellow, to 5cm across.

  • Flowers: March - August.
  • Requires: Wet meadows or wet woodlands, stream sides, wet/damp soils.
  • Height: 25 - 50 cm 
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Marjoram, Wild (Origanum vulgare) Plant

Perennial. Aromatic perennial with masses dark purple buds turning to paler flowers, a good butterfly plant.

  • Flowers: July-Sept.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 30-60cm
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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) Plant
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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) Plant

Perennial. A lovely plant for the bog or moist garden. Foamy clusters of small, sweetly fragrant, cream flowers.

  • Flowers: June-Sept.
  • Requires: Sun and damp soil.
  • Height: Up to 2m tall
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Mignonette, Wild (Reseda lutea) Plant

Mignonette - French for little darling. Hairless plant, wavy leaves and yellow/greenish flowers.

  • Flowers: May-October
  • Requires: Sun. Waste ground and field margins.
  • Height: 25 -60 cm 

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Mint, Water (Mentha aquatica) Plant
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Mint, Water (Mentha aquatica) Plant

Perennial. Aromatic plant with minty smell. Purple stems with dense flower clusters at the end of each stem.

  • Flowers: July to October
  • Requires: Wet meadows, wet woodlands, marshes, river banks. Usually on calcareous soils. 
  • Height: 60-80cm
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Mullein, Dark (Verbascum nigrum) Plant

Perennial. A lovely plant - much admired in our garden. A rosette of leaves throws up a spike of rich yellow flowers with orange anthers, grow in herbaceous border.

  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 15 - 45cm
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Mullein, Great (Verbascum thapsus) Plant

Biennial. Very tall, covered in white, woolly hairs. Long leaves, pale-yellow flowers on short stalks, grouped together on a dense spike.

  • Flowers: July - September
  • Requires: Woodland margins, clearings, disturbed weedy areas. Prefers dry soil.
  • Height: 1m - 1.8m

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Mullein, Moth (Verbascum blattaria) Plant
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Mullein, Moth (Verbascum blattaria) Plant

A biennial with pink or white flowers singly up the stalk. Fine in a border. Preferring a sunny position in poor soil.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 60-100cm
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Plantain, Hoary (Plantago media) Plant
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Plantain, Hoary (Plantago media) Plant

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
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Plantain, Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) Plant
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Plantain, Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) Plant

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.
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Poppy, Common (Papaver rhoeas) Plants

Annual. The red poppy that is seen in fields everywhere.One of our most popular wildflowers. Synonymous with the 1914-18 Great War.

  • Flowers: May - July
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 30-60cm

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Primrose, Wild (Primula vulgaris) Plant

A native perennial common throughout the British Isles. Grows in woods, hedgebanks and grassy places.

  • Flowers: February - May
  • Height: 20-30 cm. 
  • The name comes from prima rosa - first rose.
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Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) Plant

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
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Restharrow, Common (Ononis repens) Plant
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Restharrow, Common (Ononis repens) Plant
  • A good perennial meadow plant with pink pea flowers on tough stems.
  • Attractive to bees
  • Flowers: July-September
  • Requires: Dry soil and sun.
  • Height: 30cm

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Sage, Clary (Salvia sclarea) Plant
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Sage, Clary (Salvia sclarea) Plant

Large aromatic leaves and decorative lilac flower bracts, used in aromatherapy.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun and well drained soils
  • Height: 60cm
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Sage, Wood (Teucrium scorodonia) Plant

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

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Sainfoin (Onobrychis vicifolia) Plant
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Sainfoin (Onobrychis vicifolia) Plant

Perennial. A bushy meadow plant with cone-shaped spikes. Aromatic perennial with masses dark red flowers turning to  pink.

  • A good butterfly plant.
  • Flowers: July - September
  • Requires: Sun and well drained soil, found in meadows and along footpaths
  • Height: 40 - 50 cm
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Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria) Plant
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Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria) Plant

Perennial. Similar to Knapweed. Violet-red flowers size 1.5cms.

  • Flowers: July - September
  • Requires: Grasslands, open woods, damp-moist calcareous soils
  • Height: Up to 1 m tall
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Saxifrage, Burnet (Pimpinella saxifraga) Plant - Boston Seeds
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Saxifrage, Burnet (Pimpinella saxifraga) Plant

Perennial. Has a finely-ribbed stem and mostly rounded leaf lobes.

  • Flowers: May - September.
  • Requires: Dry grassland, heaths and open woodland, not acid soils.
  • Height: 50 - 100cm.
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Saxifrage, Meadow (Saxifraga granulata) Plant - Boston Seeds
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Saxifrage, Meadow (Saxifraga granulata) Plant

Perennial. A choice plant rarely found in the wild. Masses of fine white flowers

  • Flowers: April-June
  • Requires: Sunny and well drained soils
  • Height: 10 - 22cm.

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

Perennial. Soft hairy stem, flowering heads about 2cms across, compact and violet-blue.

  • Flowers: June - September.
  • Requires: Poor grassland, fenland or meadows, damp-moist acid-calcareous soils.
  • Height: 50-80cm.
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Scabious, Field (Knautia arvensis) Plant

Perennial. Blue-lilac 'pincushion' flowers in summer. Looks attractive with ox-eye daisies.

  • A nectar plant for butterflies & bees.
  • Flowers: July - September
  • Requires: Sun and well drained soil.
  • Height: 30-90 cm
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Scabious, Small (Scabiosa columbaria) Plant

Perennial. A compact small plant with pale blue flowers, plants are a magnet for butterflies.

  • Flowers: July - August
  • Requires: Lime-rich soil and sun.
  • Height: 30cm
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Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis Arvensis) Plant

Annual. A low growing plant with bright red (although sometimes pink) 5 petalled flowers. Often found in sand dunes, arable and open land and roadside verges.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: upto 30cm

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Sedge, Cyperus (Carex pseudocyperus) Plant
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Sedge, Cyperus (Carex pseudocyperus) Plant

Perennial. Attractive bright yellow/green tufted sedge, drooping sausage shaped flowers.

  • Flowers: May - June
  • Requires: Pond side.
  • Height: 60 - 90 cms 
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Sedge, False Fox (Carex otrubae) Plant
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Sedge, False Fox (Carex otrubae) Plant

Perennial. Flowers a spike of yellow - green - pale brown.

  • Flowers: June- July
  • Requires: Damp
  • Height: 60 - 90 cms 
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Sedge, Pendulous (Carex pendula) Plant
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Sedge, Pendulous (Carex pendula) Plant

Perennial. Tussock and rhizome forming, spreading plant, leaves to 22mm wide, drooping.

  • Flowers: May - June
  • Requires: Woods, damp-moist soil, not acid. Light-heavy shade.
  • Height: 100 - 140 cms 
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Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) Plant

A perennial with a purple-violet flower. Self-seeds readily.

  • Flowers: June on.
  • Requires: Sun or semi-shade
  • Height: Up to 20cm.
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Sheepsbit (Jasione montana) Plant
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Sheepsbit (Jasione montana) Plant

Biennial. Masses of soft blue scabious flowers, self-seeds readily in favourable conditions.

  • Flowers: May
  • Requires: Sun, well-drained and slightly acid soil
  • Height: 20cm

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Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica) Plant

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
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Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) Plant
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Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) Plant

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
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Sorrel, Common (Rumex acetosa) Plant
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Sorrel, Common (Rumex acetosa) Plant

Perennial. Reddish pink flower spikes, arrow shaped leaves turn crimson.

  • Component of meadows.
  • Flowers: May-Aug.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 15-60cm.
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Sorrel, Sheep's (Rumex acetosella) Plant
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Sorrel, Sheep's (Rumex acetosella) Plant

Perennial. Flower spikes are reddish pink - smaller than Common Sorrel - with daintier leaves.

  • Flowers: May-August.
  • Requires: Sun.
  • Height: 7-25cm
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Speedwell, Birdseye (Veronica chamaedrys) Plant - Boston Seeds
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Speedwell, Birdseye (Veronica chamaedrys) Plant

Perennial. Superb woodland edge or informal lawn subject with loose spikes of brilliant azure flowers, looks beautiful in the sun.

  • Flowers: April-July
  • Requires: Well-drained soil
  • Height: 10-20cm
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Speedwell, Spiked (Veronica spicata) Plant
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Speedwell, Spiked (Veronica spicata) Plant

Perenial. A good border plant with long spikes of intense blue flowers.

  • Flowers: July onwards
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil
  • Height: 30-60cm
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St John's-Wort, Common (Hypericum perforatum) Plant

Perennial. A shrub-like plant with clusters of golden yellow flowers.

  • Flowers: July on.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soils.
  • Height: 30-60cm
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St John's-Wort, Hairy (Hypericum hirsutum) Plant
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St John's-Wort, Hairy (Hypericum hirsutum) Plant

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 cm
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Stitchwort, Greater (Stellaria holostea) Plant

Perennial. One of our prettiest woodland and hedgerow spring flowers. White flowers up to 3cm on slender stalks. Petals notched and leaves narrow and stiff.

  • Flowers: April - June.
  • Requires: Hedges, banks and wood-margins. Damp-moist soils.
  • Height: 25-60cms
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Strawberry, Wild (Fragaria vesca) Plant

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

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Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) Plant
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Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) Plant

Aromatic perennial with golden yellow button like flowers.

  • Flowers: July onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 30-90cm
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Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) Plant

Tall biennial with conical, prickly flower heads banded with purple.

  • Can be dried.
  • Looks superb with the setting sun as a background.
  • Gold Finches adore the seed.
  • Flowers: July-Aug.
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 60-200cm
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Thyme, Wild (Thymus polytrichus) Plant

Perennial. Slightly aromatic, ground creeping specie.Has long creeping stems with flowers in a dense forming head.

  • Flowers: June to September.
  • Requires: grassy areas with heathy sand and rocky places, can be found growing in walls. Dry acid - calcareous soils.
  • Height: 10 - 20 cm

 

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Toadflax, Common (Linaria vulgaris) Plant

Perennial. A plant of hedgerows and meadows with yellow/orange snap-dragon flowers.

  • Flowers: July -October
  • Requires: Sun/light shade.
  • Height: 30-60cm

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Toadflax, Ivy Leaved (Linaria cymbalaria) Plant
  • Perennial. A trailing plant - ideal for dry stone walls or containers. Small solitary blue snap-dragon flowers, yellow honey guide on the lower lip
  • Flowers: April onwards
  • Requires: Sun or semi-shade and dryish soil
  • Height: 5-10cm

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Toadflax, Pink (Linaria purpurea) Plant

Perennial. Greyish leaves, flowers in spikes of pink, snapdragon-like.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 22-60cm

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Toadflax, Purple (Linaria purpurea) Plant
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Toadflax, Purple (Linaria purpurea) Plant

Perennial. Greyish leaves, flowers in spikes of pink, snapdragon-like.

  • Flowers: June onwards
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 22-60cm
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Trefoil, Bird's-foot (Lotus corniculatus) Plant

Perennial. Also known as 'Eggs and Bacon'. Clusters of yellow/orange pea-like flowers.

  • Flowers: May - October.
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil.
  • Height: 15-25cm

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Trefoil, Greater Bird's-foot (Lotus uliginosus) Plant

Yellow flowers in a larger head than birdsfoot trefoil.

  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Requires: Moist.
  • Height: 30 cm.
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Valerian, Red (Centranthus ruber) Plant
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Valerian, Red (Centranthus ruber) Plant

Perennial. Large rockery or dry stone wall plant. Also good in a dry border. Very attractive to bees.

  • Flowers: May onwards
  • Requires: Dry soil
  • Height: 60 - 90 cm

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Vetch, Common (Vicia sativa) Plant

Perennial. Only pink succulent to be found in woods, numerous small purplish - pink flowers.

  • Flowers: June-September
  • Requires: Sun
  • Height: 45 cm
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Vetch, Kidney (Anthyllis vulneraria) Plant

Perennial. Showy yellow flowers and a hairy calyx. long flowering period.

  • Flowers: May on.
  • Requires: Open sunny position chalk or limestone preferred.
  • Height: 7-15cm.
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Vetch, Tufted (Vicia cracca) Plant

Perennial. Showy blue-purple to pinkish-purple flowers.

  • Flowers: June-September
  • Requires: Sun, meadows, agricultural fields, woodland margins.
  • Height: 60 - 120 cm
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Vetchling, Meadow (Lathyrus pratensis) Plant

Perennial. Straggling plant, flowers weakly scented, yellow flowers 2cm long, branched tendrils. Fruit a blackish hairless pod to 4cm long. 

  • Also known as "Meadow Pea".
  • Flowers: May - August.
  • Requires: Meadows, woodland edges, shrubs. Wet-moist soils.
  • Height: 50 - 100 cm
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Violet, Dog (Viola riviniana) Plants
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Violet, Dog (Viola riviniana) Plants
  • Perennial. Flowers blue violet
  • Flowers: Apil-June
  • Requires: Shade tolerant
  • Height: 5 - 10 cm

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Violet, Sweet Purple (Viola odorata) Plant

Perennial. Much beloved, fragrant purple flowers. Unforgetable sweet scent on spreading plants. Needs the benefit of mid to dense shade. Grow in association with Wild Primrose or Oxlip.

  • Flowers: March- April
  • Requires: Shade tolerant
  • Height: 5 - 10 cm
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Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) Plant

Flowers on tall spikes with pink buds opening to a glorious display of vivid blue. A fantastic plant, highly attractive to bees.

  • Flowers: June to September.
  • Requires: Well-drained soil and full sun
  • Height: 15-30cm
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Wallflower, Wild (Cheiranthus cheiri) Plant
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Wallflower, Wild (Cheiranthus cheiri) Plant

Perennial. Fragrant flowers that are usally yellow, orange or brick red. Will colonise old walls.

  • Flowers: March-June
  • Height: 22-45cm
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Weld (Reseda luteola) Plant
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Weld (Reseda luteola) Plant

Biennial. Yellowish-green flowers on long narrow spikes. Dark green wavy edged leaves. Very similar to Wild Mignonette. 

  • Flowers: May-October
  • Requires: Sun, waste ground, footpaths.
  • Height: 1m - 1.5m

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Woundwort, Hedge (Stachys sylvatica) Plant
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Woundwort, Hedge (Stachys sylvatica) Plant

Perennial. Flowers dark beetroot purple with whitish blotches.

  • Loved by bees
  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Shade, woods, scrubland, clearings
  • Height: 30 - 90 cm
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Woundwort, Marsh (Stachys palustris) Plant

Perennial. 4-angled sparsely hairy stem, leaves heart shaped at the base. Corolla pale-purple/pink with dark spots on lower lip.

  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: Banks, wet meadows, ditches, wet fields, fenland. 
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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Plant

Perennial. White or pinkish, aromatic flowers.

  • Flowers: June - October
  • Requires: Sun, rich meadows, pastures
  • Height: 40 - 55 cm.
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Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) Plant

Annual. Also known as Hay-rattle, hemi-parasite that needs grass to grow. Pale Yellow, mature seed pods rattle.

  • Flowers: June - September
  • Requires: All types of grassland
  • Height: 20 - 50 cm

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