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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.

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
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
Small Scabious Plants (Scabiosa columbaria)
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Small Scabious Plants (Scabiosa columbaria)

In summer butterflies and bees flock to the small mauve button-like flowers of this perennial. It can be found on very poor, dry, chalky soils throughout Britain. It has finely divided leaves, which are said to resemble the foot of a bird.

  • Height: 15 – 70cm
  • Requires: Dry, free-draining poor soils
  • Flowers: July - August
Sneezewort Plants (Achillea ptarmica)
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Sneezewort Plants (Achillea ptarmica)

An attractive perennial with short to medium height wildflowers with ruffed white flowers of the yarrow family, a particularly hardy plant with a strong and distinctive aroma. 

  • Height: 25 - 50cm
  • Requires: Damp or waterlogged soils
  • Flowers: July - September
Soapwort Plants (Saponaria officinalis)
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Soapwort Plants (Saponaria officinalis)

Flowers weakly-scented and clustered in the upper leaves, can be pale pink or white, this perennial plant grows in cooler temperatures and is perfect for under hedges and along roadways. 

  • Height: 50 - 70cm
  • Requires: Damp-moist soils, found along footpaths, waste ground, hedges and river banks
  • Flowers: June - September
Spiked Speedwell Plants (Veronica spicata)
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Spiked Speedwell Plants (Veronica spicata)

A good perennial border plant with long spikes of intense, vibrant blue flowers. This adaptable wildflower takes no extra care and is a self-sufficient but striking addition to any area. 

  • Height: 30 - 60cm
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil
  • Flowers: July onwards

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Spiny Restharrow (Ononis spinosa)
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Spiny Restharrow Plants (Ononis spinosa)

Usually found in calcareous, chalky or infertile meadows Spiny Restharrow is a shrubby but showy plant. Great for wildlife due to being pollinated by bee's and having nectar-rich flowers. In herbal medicine, Spiny Restharrow has been used for joint and muscle pain.

  • Height: 45cm
  • Requires: Full sun, well-drained, neutral to acidic soils
  • Flowers: July - September
Spotted Hawkweed Plants (Hieracium maculatum)
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Spotted Hawkweed Plants (Hieracium maculatum)

An admirable perennial that grows well in full sun, the plant boasts yellow daisy-like flowers with attractive spotted leaves which are alluring to all pollinators. 

  • Height: 45cm
  • Requires: Sun
  • Flowers: June onwards
Sweet Cicley Plants (Myrrhis Odorota)
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Sweet Cicely Plants (Myrrhis odorota)

A tall, aromatic perennial non-native plant. Sweet Cicely has petite white umbel flowers in early summer, followed by distinct, dark brown, aniseed-scented fruits. The flowers, leaves, roots and stems are all edible, and the fruits when ground can be used as a spice.

  • Height: up to 200cm
  • Requires: Partial shade, moist but well drained soils
  • Flowers: May - June
Sweet Purple Violet Plants (Viola odorata)
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Sweet Purple Violet Plants (Viola odorata)

Perennial. Much loved fragrant purple flowers. This species has an unforgettable sweet scent on spreading plants. Needs the benefit of mid to dense shade.

  • Height: 5-10cm
  • Requires: Shade
  • Flowers: March-April
Sweet Vernal Grass Plants (Anthoxanthum odoratum)
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Sweet Vernal Grass Plants (Anthoxanthum odoratum)

Having tall stems leading to a fluffy fan type seed head, Sweet Vernal Grass gives the characteristic smell to new-mown hay. Found in a lot of native meadows this species prefers full sun.

  • Height: 30 - 60cm
  • Requires: Full sun
  • Flowers: April-July
Tansy Plants (Tanacetum vulgare)
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Tansy Plants (Tanacetum vulgare)

An aromatic perennial plant with golden yellow flowers and decorative leaves that can be used to keep away unwanted visitors to your wildflower area can also boost your soil by adding potassium

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

A native biennial is found on rough grassland, roadsides and wastelands. In the first season, it produces a rosette of sharp spikey leaves. In the second year, it puts up a tall stem crowned with a spiny flower head with a band of mauve flowers. It is particularly attractive to insects and seed-eating birds such as Goldfinches and Siskins. 

  • Height: 80 - 200cm
  • Requires: Full sun or partial...
Tufted Hair-Grass Plants (Deschampsia cespitosa)
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Tufted Hair-Grass Plants (Deschampsia cespitosa)

A tall, decorative grass species with a large feather-like seed head, excellent for enticing bees and other insects. This perennial plant is also known as Tussock grass. 

  • Height: 30 - 120cm
  • Requires: Damp
  • Flowers: June - August
Tufted Vetch Plants (Vicia cracca)
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Tufted Vetch Plants (Vicia cracca)

Sprawling perennial plant with masses of small pea-like purple flowers, the sweet pea of the meadow. This really is the centrepiece to any meadow with its showy blue-purple to pinkish-purple flowers.

  • Height: 60 - 120 cm
  • Requires: Sun, meadows, agricultural fields, woodland margins
  • Flowers: June - September
Viper's Bugloss Plants (Echium vulgare)
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Viper's Bugloss Plants (Echium vulgare)

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

  • Height: 15 - 30cm
  • Requires: Well-drained soil and full sun
  • Flowers: June - September

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Water Avens Plants (Geum rivale)
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Water Avens Plants (Geum rivale)

A native perennial found in damp woodlands and wet meadows. It produces pretty peach coloured nodding blooms, which attract bees. It will readily hybridise with the closely related Wood Avens (Geum urbanum).

  • Height: 40 – 60cm
  • Requires: Wet or damp soils in shade or sunny aspect
  • Flowerings: April - July

 

Water Mint Plants (Mentha aquatica)
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Water Mint Plants (Mentha aquatica)

An aromatic perennial with a minty smell. Purple stems with dense flower clusters at the end of each stem. This plant would naturally be found on riverbanks and wetlands and is also known as Fish Mint. 

  • Height: 60 - 80cm
  • Requires: Wet meadows, wet woodlands, marshes, riverbanks. Usually on calcareous soils.
  • Flowers: July - October
Wavy Hair-Grass Plants (Deschampsia flexuosa)
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Wavy Hair-Grass Plants (Deschampsia flexuosa)

A medium height grass with slender stalks and purplish spikelets that like Acid soils, flowers can be seen from June to July. Good for Bees and insects.

  • Height: 30 - 45cm
  • Requires: Acidic soils
  • Flowers: June - July
White Campion Plants (Silene alba)
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White Campion Plants (Silene alba)

This plant is often growing on the edge of cornfields, hedgerows and waste ground. In the summer months, it can produce a slight scent as dusk. This plant likes partial shade and well-drained soils and produces an immaculate crisp white flower.

  • Height: Up to 1m
  • Requires: Sun
  • Flowers: May - October
Wild Angelica Plants (Angelica sylvestris)
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Wild Angelica Plants (Angelica sylvestris)

A native perennial common in England and Wales, usually in wetter lands and fens. A tall hairless plant that can grow up to two metres. Stems hollow and purplish, flowers white or pink.

  • Height: Up to 2m
  • Requires: Damp meadows, wet woodlands and fenland
  • Flowers: July - September
Wild Basil Plants (Clinopodium vulgare)
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Wild Basil Plants (Clinopodium vulgare)

A native perennial common in England and Wales, usually in shaded areas. Downey and faintly aromatic with whirls of pinkish purple. A favourite to bees

  • Height: 30 - 60cm
  • Requires: Part/Full shade
  • Flowers: March-May
Wild Carrot Plants (Daucus carota)
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Wild Carrot Plants (Daucus carota)

The white umbelliferous flowers have a slight pinkness to them, good to grow with scabious. Good for drying.

  • Height: 50 - 150cm
  • Requires: Dry free-draining soil in full sun
  • Flowers: June - September
Clary Plants (Salvia verbenaca)
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Wild Clary Plants (Salvia verbenaca)

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

  • Height: 60 - 100cm
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soils
  • Flowers: June onwards

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Wild Marjoram Plants (Origanum vulgare)
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Wild Marjoram Plants (Origanum vulgare)

A tall, woody, aromatic perennial common in dry pastures and hedgebanks particularly on chalky soils. The leaves can be used for culinary purposes in the same way as cultivated Origanum. The pinky-white flowers produce large amounts of nectar and are therefore very popular with butterflies and bees.

  • Height: 30 – 60cm
  • Requires: Full sun preferably on dry calcareous soils
  • Flowers: July -...
Wild Primrose Plants (Primula vulgaris)
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Wild Primrose Plants (Primula vulgaris)

The beautifully scented buttery yellow flowers of this native perennial were once a common sight along hedgerows and woodlands across Britain. It is now less common but is still heralds the beginning of spring and provides an early source of nectar for Bumblebees emerging from hibernation.

  • Height: 10 – 30cm
  • Requires: Partial sun or shade on damper soils
  • Flowers: March-May

 

Wild Red Clover Plants (Trifolium pratense)
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Wild Red Clover Plants (Trifolium pratense)

With rounded flower heads and a pinkish-red clover with trefoil leaves. A crucial understated ingredient in a spring meadow, this perennial really adds some much-needed depth. 

  • Height: 10 - 45cm
  • Requires: Sun and well-drained soil
  • Flowers: May - September

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Wild Strawberry Plants (Fragaria vesca)
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Wild Strawberry Plants (Fragaria vesca)

A spreading native perennial, which produces long runners, which root at intervals to produce new plants. It produces a white flower and a sweet mini strawberry fruit. It is common in woodlands and grassland across Britain. It is the larval food plant of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly.

  • Height: 5 - 30cm
  • Requires: Most soils in sun or partial shade
  • Flowers: April - July. Fruits to October
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Wild Thyme Plants (Thymus polytrichus)
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Wild Thyme Plants (Thymus polytrichus)

The pale purple flowers can be found throughout Britain on dry grasslands such as heaths, dunes and downland. A perennial, can form large mats which attract numerous bumblebees. It has low sprawling stems, a distinctive aroma and can be used in cooking in the same way you would use cultivated Thyme.

  • Height: Up to 7cm
  • Requires: Dry free-draining soil in full sun
  • Flowers: May-August

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