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Perennial wildflower plants can be used to create long-lasting wildflower areas and meadows, providing vital food and habitat for pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies. Choose your favourite species to plant individually, or use as an addition to our wildflower plant collections or famous wildflower seed mixes.

Marsh Marigold Plants (Caltha palustris)
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Marsh Marigold Plants (Caltha palustris)

Also known as the Kingcup, these large brilliant golden flowers can be found in wet woodlands, marshes and ditches across Britain. They are bold perennials with succulent leaves. Numerous insects, including several species of Fly, visit the flowers for their nectar and pollen.

  • Height: 30 – 60cm
  • Requires: Full sun or partial shade in wet ground or a pond edge
  • Flowers: March - July

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Marsh Woundwort Plants (Stachys palustris)
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Marsh Woundwort Plants (Stachys palustris)

This attractive perennial plant most suited around the water's edge has 4-angled sparsely hairy stems with heart-shaped leaves at the base. The corolla is pale-purple/pink with dark spots on the lower lip.

  • Height: 30 - 80 cm
  • Requires: Banks, wet meadows, ditches, wet fields, fenland. 
  • Flower: July - September

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Meadow Buttercup Plants (Ranunculus acris)
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Meadow Buttercup Plants (Ranunculus acris)

The most majestic of the three common Buttercup species native to Britain. Its pale yellow flowers are a familiar sight in traditional meadows and grasslands on damp soils. There is a species of Solitary Bee, which uses the flowers to sleep in.

  • Height: 30 - 90cm
  • Requires: Full sun on damper soils but can tolerate some dryness.
  • Flower: May-August  

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Meadow Cranesbill Plants (Geranium pratense)
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Meadow Cranesbill Plants (Geranium pratense)

A locally common native perennial found on roadsides and in meadows. The large blue flowers are attractive to Bumblebees, Honey Bees and Solitary Wasps. It is particularly hardy and will compete with grasses. During the winter these plugs die back and are classed as dormant, they do not have any leaves on them.

  • Height: 60 - 100cm
  • Flowers: June - September
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained
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Meadow Vetchling Plants (Lathyrus pratensis)
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Meadow Vetchling Plants (Lathyrus pratensis)

Also known as the "Meadow pea" this is a straggling perennial plant, that flowers in bright yellow flowers that are weakly scented. Good for use in meadows, woodland edges and shrubs. 

  • Height: 50 - 100cm
  • Requires: Wet-moist soils
  • Flowers: May-August

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Meadowsweet Plants (Filipendula ulmaria)
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Meadowsweet Plants (Filipendula ulmaria)

A common tall perennial found in damp meadows, ditches and river banks. Its fluffy cream flowers have a strong, heady, sweet aroma. In medieval times the plant was crushed and used as a pain relief as the chemicals it contains are similar to aspirin.

  • Height: 60 – 150cm
  • Requires: Sun or partial shade on damp or wet soils
  • Flower: June - August
Moth Mullein Plants (Verbascum blattaria)
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Moth Mullein Plants (Verbascum blattaria)

A biennial with yellow flowers often tinged with pale pink singly up the stalk. It grows well in borders and rockeries which are in a sunny position in poor soil conditions. 

  • Height: 60 - 100cm
  • Requires: Sun
  • Flowers: June - October

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Mouse-Ear Hawkweed (Hieracium Pilosella)
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Mouse-Ear Hawkweed (Hieracium Pilosella)

A perennial with lemon yellow flowers that have a red tinge on the outer edge. Pale green and slightly hairy leaves. Often found in dry grasslands and chalky soils such as clifftops, heaths, chalk downlands and sand dunes. As a herbal medicine Mouse-ear Hawkweed has been known to be used to treat respiratory infections.

  • Height: 5 - 30cm
  • Requires: Sun
  • Flowers: May onwards
Musk Mallow Plants (Malva moschata)
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Musk Mallow Plants (Malva moschata)

This perennial wildflower has beautiful, pretty pale pink flowers which are adored in all gardens and have a strong musky aroma, these are most suited to areas with full sun and well-drained soils. 

  • Height: 30 - 90cm
  • Requires: Sun
  • Flowers: May-August
Nettle Leaved Bellflower Plants (Campanula trachelium)
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Nettle Leaved Bellflower Plants (Campanula trachelium)

A tall, unbranched native perennial common across England. It is a plant of hedgerows and woodlands, also known as Bats in the Belfry due to the stamens looking like bats hanging the bell of a church steeple. This beautiful plant flourishes with bell-shaped flowers that are lilac in colour. 

  • Height: 50 - 100cm
  • Requires: Partial shade on moist soils
  • Flowers: July - September
Nottingham Catchfly Plants (Silene nutans)
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Nottingham Catchfly Plants (Silene nutans)

This white, delicate, drooping night-scented perennial flower is very attractive to moths and many other pollinators. These will blossom in well-drained soils and thrive in full sun.  

  • Height: 25 - 60cm
  • Prefers: Dry and Sun 
  • Flowers: May - July 
Ox Eye Daisy Plants (Leucanthemum vulgare)
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Ox Eye Daisy Plants (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Often seen carpeting road verges and railway embankments with white and gold blooms. This common native perennial is also known as Moon Daisy or Dog Daisy and attracts butterflies, bees and other insects.

  • Height: 20 – 70cm
  • Requires: Full sun on most soil types
  • Flowers: June - August

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Oxlip Plants (Primula Elatior)
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Oxlip Plants (Primula Elatior)

Perennial. The county flower of Suffolk, this early flowering nectar-rich plant its flowers are a pale yellow colour with five petals. When in flower they generally tend to face in the same direction and open out widely. Traditionally Oxlips has been used in herbal medicine to treat coughs and rheumatism.

  • Height: 20-60cm 
  • Requires: Damp meadows and Woodlands
  • Flowers: April - May
Pendulous Sedge Plant (Carex pendula)
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Pendulous Sedge Plants (Carex pendula)

Forming dense clumps of dark green foliage the tall stems droop with yellow catkin-like flowers that will sway in the breeze. Also known as weeping, drooping or hanging sedge.

  • Height: 90 - 150cm
  • Requires: Damp
  • Flowers: May-June

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Pennyroyal Plants (Mentha Pulegium)
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Pennyroyal Plants (Mentha Pulegium)

Pennyroyal plants have prominent lilac flower whirls that when crushed the leaves emit a strong fragrance similar to spearmint commonly used in aromatherapy. The plants are creeping downy mint that requires a damp environment. In herbal medicine, Pennyroyal has been used as insect repellent and antiseptic.

  • Height: 10-25 cm
  • Requires: Damp soils
  • Flowers: August onwards

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Purple Loosestrife Plants (Lythrum salicaria)
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Purple Loosestrife Plants (Lythrum salicaria)

Found along the banks of rivers, streams and ponds or in marshes this tall perennial is striking with its bright magenta flowers. It is a favourite of foraging bees and is the larval food plant of the Small Elephant Hawkmoth.

  • Height: 60 – 150cm
  • Requires: Sun or some shade on wet soils or pond edges
  • Flowers: June - August

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Purple Toadflax Plants (Linaria purpurea)
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Purple Toadflax Plants (Linaria purpurea)

This perennial non-native plant flowers in spikes of vibrant pink, purple snap-dragon flowers and has greyish leaves. The Purple toadflax wildflower can be a great addition to beds and borders adding a satisfying splash of colour.

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

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Ragged Robin Plants (Lychnis flos-cuculi)
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Ragged Robin Plants (Lychnis flos-cuculi)

The deeply cut pink petals of this native perennial are highly attractive to butterflies and bees. It can be found in damp woodland, meadows and pond edges.

  • Height: 30 – 70cm
  • Requires: Sun or partial shade on damp soils
  • Flowers: May - July
Red Campion Plants (Silene dioica)
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Red Campion Plants (Silene dioica)

A classic hedgerow and woodland edge perennial found across the whole of Britain. The flowers are usually a deep pink colour but can also be white or pale pink. The Latin name ‘Silene’ is after the merry, drunken god of woodlands.

  • Height: 30 – 90cm
  • Requires: Semi shade or full sun on rich soils
  • Flowers: May - June
Red Valerian Plants (Centranthus ruber)
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Red Valerian Plants (Centranthus ruber)

Red valerian is a tall perennial wildflower with flowers that continues to bloom late into the season in deep luxurious red. A dry stone wall or large rockery plant, which is very good on a border and attractive to bees.

  • Height: 60-90cm
  • Requires: dry soil
  • Flowers: May onwards
Ribwort Plantain Plants (Plantago lanceolata)
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Ribwort Plantain Plants (Plantago lanceolata)

This grass-like plant has blackish-brown flowers with yellow anthers and is commonly used in meadows. Ribwort plantain is a strong and hardy meadow plant that is crucial in providing a food source for pollinators. 

  • Height: 60 - 90cm
  • Requires: Sun 
  • Flowers: April onwards
Rough Hawkbit Plants (Leontodon hispidus)
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Rough Hawkbit Plants (Leontodon hispidus)

A perennial with yellow dandelion flowers. Also known as Greater Hawkbit. Seeds heads form a clock that attracts birds and this delightful flower gives off a pleasant fragrance

  • Height: 15 - 50cm
  • Flowers: June - October
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained, sandy
  • Light Requirement: Full sun 
  • Seeds per gram: 900

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Sainfoin Plants (Onobrychis vicifolia)
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Sainfoin Plants (Onobrychis vicifolia)

A bushy meadow plant with cone-shaped spikes. Aromatic perennial with masses of dark red flowers turning pink. Sainfoin is also known as French Grass, Holy Clover and prefers to be in full sunlight. 

  • Height: 40 - 50cm
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil, found in meadows and along footpaths
  • Flowers: July - September

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Salad Burnet Plants (Sanguisorba minor)
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Salad Burnet Plants (Sanguisorba minor)

It is a perennial with a small, strange almost round flower head, which is pollinated by the wind. It can be found in a variety of dry, calcareous grasslands. If the flower heads are crushed an agreeable scent can be detected. 

  • Height: 20 – 30cm
  • Requires: Dry calcareous soil in full sun
  • Flowers: May-August
Saw-wort Plants (Serratula tinctoria)
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Saw-wort Plants (Serratula tinctoria)

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

  • Height: Up to 1m
  • Requires: Grasslands, open woods, damp-moist calcareous soils
  • Flowers: July - September
Sea Campion Plants (Silene maritima)
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Sea Campion Plants (Silene maritima)

A perennial that's ideal for rockeries and coastal areas. Solitary white flowers with a net veined 'bladder' and thick waxy leaves. Also known as Seaside Catchfly. 

  • Height: 15cm
  • Requires: Sun, well-drained soil
  • Flowers: June - August
Self Heal Plants (Prunella vulgaris)
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Self Heal Plants (Prunella vulgaris)

A very common short-lived perennial found in a variety of habits including grassland, woodland and garden lawns. Its creeping stems can spread over a wide area producing brilliant purple blooms.

  • Height: 5 – 40cm
  • Requires: Sun or semi-shade on most soil types
  • Flowers: June - September

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Sheep's Sorrel Plants (Rumex acetosella)
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Sheep's Sorrel Plants (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep's sorrel is a perennial plant that is suited to well-drained, acidic soils with reddish-pink flower spikes, though smaller than Common Sorrel, and with daintier leaves.

  • Height: 15 - 60cm
  • Flowers: May - August
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Full sun
  • Seeds per gram: 2,000
Sheepsbit Plants (Jasione montana)
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Sheepsbit Plants (Jasione montana)

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

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

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Skullcap Plants (Scutellaria Galericulata)
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Skullcap Plants (Scutellaria Galericulata)

A member of the mint family this attractive, small perennial with blue flowers is best found along shorelines and marshes. Skullcap is commonly used in herbal teas for its traditional use as a mild anxiolytic.

  • Height: 30cm
  • Requires: Sun and damp soil
  • Flowers: August

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