Prestige Flowers supported the planting of 1.25 hectares of wildflowers in the UK in 2022
Prestige Flowers has chosen to help restore wildflower meadows in the UK. We all see wildflowers as beautiful and great for our well-being, but for the thousands of pollinating insects that share this land with us, wildflowers are vital. There’s a problem - pollinators are finding themselves in isolated oases, walled in by agricultural land, urban landscapes, roads, and gardens. What humans see as neat and tidy; insects see as desert! Since 1940 we’ve lost ninety seven percent of our flower rich meadows and hundreds of our pollinator species are in decline.
Prestige Flowers is part of a beautiful solution to the problem by helping to restore B-Lines – a network of insect pathways along which we are restoring and creating wildflower rich habitat. These insect super highway will extend across the whole of the UK, allowing wildlife to move freely through our countryside and towns.
This project was completed in partnership with Buglife and Calderdale Council in Manor Heath Park. A standard wildflower mix was sown within a wooded area and around the edges of the park.
Wildflowers & Grasses Planted
Lady’s Bedstraw: Galium VerumRead More
Lady’s Bedstraw: Galium Verum
You can recognise this plant by the stunning clusters of bright yellow flowers which burst forth in the summer months and smell faintly of honey. When dried, Lady’s Bedstraw has a scent reminiscent of hay, and it used to be used to stuff mattresses, especially for women who were about to go into labour, which is probably how it got its interesting name. It was also commonly used to curdle milk to make cheese!
Black Medick: Medicago LupulinaRead More
Black Medick: Medicago Lupulina
Also known as hop clover, this annual or short-lived perennial plant sprawls out along the ground and has small clusters of yellow flowers. The flowers are rich in nectar and attractive to bees; the blooms later turn into small black seed pods. Sheep like to graze on black medick, but cattle are not too fond of the taste.
Salad Burnet: Sanguisorba MinorRead More
Salad Burnet: Sanguisorba Minor
Salad burnet has a taste that is somewhat reminiscent of cucumber, making it a popular kitchen garden plant for use in drinks, salads, sauces and elsewhere. In the 1600s, English settlers took it with them to the New World where it quickly became a popular delicacy, and Thomas Jefferson was known to be a fan. He wasn’t the only one; Sir Francis Bacon suggested planting salad burnet along pathways to perfume the air.
Bladder Campion: Silene VulgarisRead More
Bladder Campion: Silene Vulgaris
This common wildflower gets its name from the balloon-like bulge that sits behind its petals. You can spot its white flowers growing in meadows, grassland and hedgerows between May and September. Bladder campion leaves are widely eaten in the Mediterranean; you’ll find bunches of them for sale in Cyprus, in Italy they are used to flavour risottos, while in Spain, they used to be added to the cold soup gazpacho.
Wild Carrot: Daucus CarotaRead More
Wild Carrot: Daucus Carota
This biennial herbaceous plant is closely related to the carrots we grow and eat today. If you dig up the roots early enough, they are edible, but by the time the flowers appear, they will be too old and woody to eat. Wild carrot flowers are small and white, which is how this plant got its other name: Queen Anne’s lace.
Common Cat’s-ear: Hypochaeris RadicataRead More
Common Cat’s-ear: Hypochaeris Radicata
These bright yellow flowers can be found growing in grassy areas all over the UK, from roadside verges to parks and meadows. This plant has an impressive rosette of leaves, which means it is often mistaken for the dandelion. The common cat’s-ear can be frustrating for gardeners, as it uses its strong root to anchor itself to the ground before springing up on lawns.
Cornflower: Centaurea CyanusRead More
Cornflower: Centaurea Cyanus
This annual plant is native to Europe and best-known for its striking blue flowers which bloom from late spring into early summer. The cornflower’s vibrant petals are a magnet for butterflies and bees. The flower is also called “the bachelor’s button”; possibly because they were commonly worn by single men and women hoping to find love, or maybe because they resemble buttons that require very little sewing!
Cowslip: Primula VerisRead More
Cowslip: Primula Veris
You can recognise the cowslip by its clusters of drooping bell-shaped yellow flowers which make a cheery addition to meadows and woodlands. Cowslips are very strongly associated with springtime and Easter, thriving on chalky soils where they flower between April and May. They were traditionally picked to make May Day garlands and wedding decorations.
Field Forget-me-not: Myosotis ArvensisRead More
Field Forget-me-not: Myosotis Arvensis
You might well spot these small, pale blue flowers growing by the side of the road, or else on dry, arable land. Field forget-me-not seeds should be sown in the autumn, so that they can flower in the spring and summer, attracting bees, butterflies and other insects. According to Greek myth, it is so-called because when Zeus was naming the plants, this little blue flower feared being left out and shouted, “Forget me not!”.
Autumn Hawkbit: Leontodon AutumnalisRead More
Autumn Hawkbit: Leontodon Autumnalis
The autumn hawkbit shares part of its name with the dandelion because the two flowers are really very similar. This grassland perennial’s yellow rosette flowers are in full bloom from June to October. Unlike its hairy cousin, the rough hawkbit, the autumn variety has slender, almost hairless leaves.
Rough Hawkbit: Leontodon HispidusRead More
Rough Hawkbit: Leontodon Hispidus
The rough hawkbit is a rather hairy plant which fares best in the full sunshine. It looks quite a lot like the dandelion and shares its famously diuretic properties. Hawkbits have a sweet smell, like honey.
Hoary Plantain: Plantago MediaRead More
Hoary Plantain: Plantago Media
You’re most likely to see this perennial in England between the months of May and August. The hoary plantain has a rosette of leaves at its base, a slim stem and delicate pinkish-white flowers growing out of a thick spike at the top. This plant grows best in dry grassland areas, especially where there is chalk or limestone soil.
Ragged-robin: Lychnis Flos-cuculiRead More
Ragged-robin: Lychnis Flos-cuculi
Ragged-robin gets its name from its pink flowers which look almost as though they have been shredded. The number of these star-shaped wildflowers is declining here in the UK. They grow particularly well in damp places, where they are a haven for butterflies, bees and other insects.
Self-heal: Prunella VulgarisRead More
Self-heal: Prunella Vulgaris
Self-heal’s bright purple flowers grow close to the ground in meadows and grasslands as well as by the side of the road and on lawns. It is in bloom between June and October. As you might expect from the name, this small plant has long been used in herbal medicine to treat a number of ailments.
Sheep’s Sorrel: Rumex AcetosellaRead More
Sheep’s Sorrel: Rumex Acetosella
Sheep’s sorrel leaves look a little like spinach, and they are widely used in salads or as a garnish. The plant has a citrus taste, so it features in both sweet and savoury dishes. Sheep’s sorrel grows quickly and has small, red flowers which are pollinated by the wind.
Common Toadflax: Linaria VulgarisRead More
Common Toadflax: Linaria Vulgaris
The common toadflax has creamy orange and yellow flowers and is often found growing on wasteland and by the side of the road. It is very popular with bumblebees and honeybees. Common toadflax is also known by the nickname “butter-and-eggs” because of the colour of its petals.
Bird’s-foot Trefoil: Lotus CorniculatusRead More
Bird’s-foot Trefoil: Lotus Corniculatus
Bird’s-foot trefoil is already a pretty great name, but this plant has many other exciting aliases, including “hen and chickens” and “eggs and bacon”. These colourful names refer to the plant’s red and yellow flowers. Its seed pods are reminiscent of a bird’s claws.
Kidney Vetch: Anthyllis VulnerariaRead More
Kidney Vetch: Anthyllis Vulneraria
Also known as lady’s fingers or devil’s claws, these slightly woolly-looking bright yellow flowers bloom from June to September. The kidney vetch thrives on sand dunes and cliffs and can be found dotted around the UK coastline. This plant used to be known as “woundwort” and was used as a herbal remedy for cuts and bruises
Yarrow: Achillea MillefoliumRead More
Yarrow: Achillea Millefolium
This hardy perennial has a slightly aniseed taste and can be made into tea; in the Middle Ages, it was used to flavour beer. Centuries ago, Yarrow was used to heal wounds and stop bleeding, but it was also thought to start nosebleeds, and still has the nickname “nosebleed plant”. Starlings and other birds use yarrow to line their nests.
Yellow-rattle: Rhinanthus MinorRead More
Yellow-rattle: Rhinanthus Minor
This plant’s yellow flowers are in bloom from May to September. It makes a popular addition to any wildflower meadow, as it feeds off the nutrients in other grasses, reducing competition between species. Its seeds grow in brown pods which make a slight rattling sound.
Common Bent: Agrostis CastellanaRead More
Common Bent: Agrostis Castellana
This slightly wispy, bristly perennial grass grows quickly. It is also known as highland bent, and is often found on roadsides or in wildflower meadows. Common bent is what is known as a hyperaccumulator of zinc and lead, which means it can grow in soils with a high concentration of those metals.
Creeping Bent: Agrostis StoloniferaRead More
Creeping Bent: Agrostis Stolonifera
As you might expect, this perennial grass creeps along the ground, then bends and grows upwards. It can be found growing in all sorts of locations, including ditches, meadows and wetlands. Specially managed varieties of creeping bent are often used on golf courses.
Crested Dog’s-tail: Cynosurus CristatusRead More
Crested Dog’s-tail: Cynosurus Cristatus
This common perennial grass grows in tufts in lowland areas where there isn’t too much water. Crested dog’s-tail is stiff and used to be used for making bonnets. It germinates quickly but takes quite a while to grow, so it doesn’t compete against and dominate other species in the wildflower meadow.
Sheep’s Fescue: Festuca OvinaRead More
Sheep’s Fescue: Festuca Ovina
This narrow-leaved grass grows in tufts and is slightly spiky in appearance. It fares well in loamy soil and is often found growing in pasturelands where, as you might expect from the name, sheep like to graze on it. Sheep’s fescue has very dense bunches of roots, which makes it tricky for weeds to take hold nearby.
Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass: Poa PratensisRead More
Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass: Poa Pratensis
This perennial grass species likes to grow in fertile, well-drained soil. It is a valuable pasture plant and is often used to make lawns in parks and gardens. Poa pratensis is also known as Kentucky bluegrass, and in the USA, it is used as a playing surface in both American Football and Major League Baseball.
Small-leaved Timothy: Phleum Pratense ssp BertoliniiRead More
Small-leaved Timothy: Phleum Pratense ssp Bertolinii
This grass is named after Timothy Hanson, an American farmer who introduced it to the United States in the early 1700s. Timothy grass is a common trigger for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, but its pollen has been used in the development of a hay fever vaccine. Timothy hay is a popular treat for many animals, from small pets to thoroughbred racehorses.
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