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Lesser knapweed: Butterfly and moth mix

Butterfly and Moth Meadow Seed Mix

Origin: UK, and certified grasses

Soil type: Neutral, medium fertility

Seeding rate: 3g per square metre

Approximate wildflowers: grasses ratio: 35:65

Species mix: Please see below

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Please visit our sister site British Wildflower Meadow Seeds if you want less seed than advertised here or if your intended purchases come to under our £100 basket minimum.

Butterfly and Moth Seed Mix

This butterfly and moth meadow seed mix is made up of specially selected native grasses and a high proportion of UK wildflowers, some of which are food plants for butterfly and moth larvae. Like many of our pollinators, butterflies and moths have an intimate and complicated relationship with our native flora.

The flowers have a variety of flower shapes and sizes to provide nectar feeding stations for butterflies, bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects. This is a colourful seed mix of native wildflowers and grasses which will do well in all other than very acidic or water-logged soils, in full sun. The grasses selected here are particularly important food plants for a variety of butterflies and moths. We also offer similar collections of wildflower plug plants and wildflower seeds for butterflies and moths, but without the grasses. Like all our native wildflower and grass seed, this wildflower seed has guaranteed UK provenance. This mix has a relatively high proportion of wildflowers: grasses, so it's more expensive than most of our meadow mixes.

We recommend a slightly different management regime to other mixes, to create areas of short floral open sward, and tussocky and tall grasses to allow butterfly and moth larvae and pupae to overwinter. This can best be achieved through low density year round grazing. By machine, take a hay cut in late July - early August in most areas but cut every other year in around 1/3 of the site in rotation, to prevent scrub incursion. In smaller sites these areas are best along margins. 

35% British native wildflowers, 65% certified grasses.

%s By Weight and Species Names

35% Wildflowers
3.0 Yarrow Achillea millefolium
1.0 Hedge Garlic Alliaria petiolata
3.0 Cornflower Centaurea cyanus
2.0 Lesser Knapweed Centaurea nigra
2.0 Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
2.0 Wild Carrot Daucus carota
3.0 Teasel Dipsacus fullonum
3.0 Vipers Bugloss Echium vulgare
1.0 St John's-wort Hypericum perforatum
1.0 Field Scabious Knautia arvensis
3.0 Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
1.0 Wild Parsnip Pastinaca sativa
2.0 Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa
2.0 Red Clover Trifolium pratense
1.0 Dark Mullein Verbascum nigrum
1.0 Tall Mullein Verbascum thapsus

65% Grasses
5.0 Meadow Foxtail
20.0 Native Fescues
15.0 Cocksfoot
5.0 Yorkshire Fog
10.0 Common Bent

Sowing Rate: 3g per square metre, or 12kg per acre.

Supplier : All Things Rural

We strongly recommend reading up on wildflower meadows before buying seed - see our resources section and brief guide to preparation and aftercare, which includes links to our "how to" blogs and video.

Although we test our seed and it has high germination rates, you need to be careful about initial care and establishing an annual regime. Don't be put off though - once you get the hang of it it's pretty straightforward.