Somerset (South) Meadow Seed Mix
This is a gorgeous meadow seed mix harvested from brothers Richard and Henry Lang's farm on the Levels outside Langport. They have 42 acres of carefully managed wildflower meadows on their mixed farm, which support a healthy colony of the critically endangered Shrill carder bees
Like all of our "direct harvested" mixes, it has a high proportion of wildflowers to meadow grasses. It also has a large number of speices - some of them very interesting. This one includes a good dose of Eyebright which - like Yellow Rattle - reduces the vigour of its surrounding grasses. It's also unsual in that it contains a lot of one of our prettiest meadow grasses - Crested dogstail.
The mix is characterised as MG5a, which is a type of grassland relatively common across the UK. Wherever you are in the country, it will work well so for you if you have neutral, medium fertility soil.
Species making up over 4% of the mix are shown in bold.
Major Wildflower Species (41%):
Smooth Hawkbeard Crepis capillaris
Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra
Greater Knapweed Centaurea scabiosa
Eyebright Euphrasia sp.
Lady's Bedstraw Galium verum
Catsear Hypochaeris radicata
Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus
Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Spotted Medick Medicago arabica
Black Medick Medicago lupulina
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata
Hoary Plantain Plantago media
Selfheal Prunella vulgaris
Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris
Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor
Stitchwort Stellaria holostea
Wild Red Clover Trifolium pratense
Common vetch Vicia sativa
Sweet Vernal-grass Anthoxanthum odoratum
Common Bent Agrostis capillaris
Meadow Foxtail Alopecurus pratensis
Crested Dogstail Cynosurus cristatus
Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata
Fescues Festuca spp.
Meadow grass Poa pratensis
Other species are present in smaller quantities.
Supplier: Heritage Seeds
Sowing Rate: 4g per square metre, or 16kg per acre.
Seed mixtures may be ordered in 1 kg increments from 1 kg upwards. Quantities up to 10 kilos at the kilo rate, up to 100 kilos at the 10 kilo rate, and over 100 kilos at the 100 kilo rate.
Your purchase helps us support a range of charities, which are related to the products we sell.
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. We also run courses on meadow creation and management
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.