Native Origin Irish Wildflower Seed Mixtures: Ecotype Range 

Product Code:  EC11 
Product Name: 
Wild Flora for Stone Walls and Green Roofs. This seed mixture is a specialty in the range. (EDEN Project Roof Garden Choice)
Sod Roof Gardens: DBN has supplied specialist mixtures for 'Green Roofs'' since our start up in 1990, indeed we have used the following species to cover roofs for The Office of Public Works on Heritage Centres at the New Grange Centre which is an example of one of our sod roof gardens
Growing flora on 'Green or Sod' roofs or on roof gardens is now becoming increasingly popular, we have supplied major protects world-wide and have a number of recent customer in Ireland who sow green roofs.
Stone Wall Flora
Establishing a flora on a wall requires certain conditions, the best is a flat capped wall with limestone soil or peat. In addition a paste can be made of dried seaweed and manual, some use porridge to splatter across dry stone wall faces, where there is crevices between the stonework.

Species List: This species list shows species from which a mixture may be designed. Limited stock available unless grown to order.

Common Bent Grass
Burnet Saxifrage*
Wild Chamomile*
Corn Pansy*
Lady's Bedstraw
Ox-eye Daisy
Red Bartsia*
Yellow Rattle*

Sheep's Bit Scabious
White Stonecrop
Fairy Foxglove
Sea Campion 
Ivy Leaved Toadflax
Quaking Grass 
Wall Pennywort
Thyme (Wild)

Sweet Violet
Dog Violet
Allium carinatum
Cat's Ear
Corn Spurry*
Fairy Flax
Lesser Yellow Clover or  'shamrock'*

*Denotes a species that is either of diminished national geno-type or specific to only a few sites, or who's habitat is increasingly threatened, or the species is uncommon, rare, becoming rare, is endangered, reintroduced or saved from extinction.
In all cases, your purchase contributes to DBN's work of creating crops of Conservation Grade - Native Origin Wildflora. You help us to inform and pay land-owners to manage native species and to assist DBN in handing on our heritage for another generation.
By growing (some will be difficult) these and all other species, you directly help to conserve national and global Biodiversity and protect wildlife. You should also consider yourself another Irish wildflower grower.

Product Warning: While this Ecotype mixture contains the seed of edible and herbal species, DBN recommend that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption. 


A old stone wall with wildflowers growing between the stone and on top of the wall.

This photograph is one day in the life of an ever changing ecology.

Seed Mixture Specifications: 
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed Mixture. EC11
Suitable for soil type: All types of soil, Clay, Loam, Sand, Light Soil, preferably not heavy soil 
Moisture Level: Dry, Normal, Moist, but not Wet
pH range: Best between 5.5 - 7.9
Aspect: Sunny or slightly shaded for part of the day.

Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial / Perennial. 
Height Range: <2cm to >60cm 
Flowering Period:  April to August.
Fertility Range: Avoid fertile soil.
Wintergreen: Yes, depends on situation and if sown with grass.
The main species which should persist in this mixture:
Common Bent Grass,  Cowslip, Lady's Bedstraw, Ox-eye Daisy, Ivy Leaved Toadflax, Selfheal, Sheep's Bit Scabious,  Lesser/Yellow Clover 'shamrock'. 
Annual Species: Blackstonia, Century, Sand Spurry, Corn Spurry, Fairy Flax, Eyebright, Corn Pansy, Red Bartsia, Yellow Rattle. 
Biennial Species: Storksbill, 

Sedum on wall top





Rare, unusual, and feature species:  White Stonecrop, Burnet Saxifrage, Century, Wild Chamomile,  Sea Campion, Ivy Leaved Toadflax, Quaking Grass, Wall Pennywort, Thyme (Wild), Sweet Violet, Dog Violet, Allium carinatum, Harebell, Cat's Ear, Fairy Foxglove, Wallflower.
Species which will grow if the conditions are ideal: Wallflower, White Stonecrop,  Harebell, Wall Pennywort, Thyme (Wild).
Species which will be affected by management: All. Every situation will encourage different species, however the simple rule is do not let anyone species dominate.
Additional species which could be added to this mixture as individual species of seeds or plants: Purple Toadflax and Wall Valerian, Seek advice it depends on where and on what it is sown.


Design Notes: Please ask for 'Bespoke mixtures' to best suit your specific project


.Fairy Foxglove in Kilkenny


Sowing Specification: As Normal, Splatter, hydra-sow or roll or rake into surface to keep out of reach from birds. 

Soil Preparation: Walls and roofs will require specialist advice.

Ensure a totally weed free fine tilt or press the seed into clean soil.
Optimum Sowing Time: Early spring, early autumn, when the soil is warm.

Sowing Conditions: Normal, do not let the site dry out once sown, wall tops dry out in hours, 'sod roofs' suffer wind desiccation and this will kill emerging seedlings.
Sowing Method: 'By hand' is recommended, if using seed spreaders be careful to insure the small varieties of seed do not drop to the bottom of the seed spreader and get sown all in the one place. Can be Hydrasown. 
Fertiliser: None, unless very poor fertility such as sand or limestone dry fill. Powdered or liquid seaweed will aid germination.


Seed Sowing Rates: 
Normal sowing rate = 1.5 to 2 to 4 grams per metre.
Sowing rate with additional species of specialist grass seed: Add 1 gram per metre.


Grass seed or nurse crop requirement:

Nurse Crop: No nurse crop is required. 
Grass Seed Requirement: n/a, use Bent and Creeping Fescue species
Sow with or without grasses: Either / With Grasses / without grasses
Sowing rate with grasses: Add 1 gram grass seed per metre.

If sown without grasses, this mixture: Will not require a nurse crop.

Seed Specification:  
Total number of seeds per gram: 7870
In normal conditions (mainly in early Autumn and Spring) this mix should germinate 6 weeks after sowing, from then on provided the sward is kept open and a 'Thatch' is not allowed develop, species will continue to germinate and emerge, through to the third year.
Up to 50% of all seed should germinate in the first year.
Up to 70% of all species should germinate in 12 months. 
Up to 80% of all species should have flowered by the fourth year after sowing.


This seed mixture will be slow and difficult to establish 

Persistence if unmanaged: Medium
Tolerance of Cutting: Medium 
General Cutting Time: August. Cutting may be hazardous on roofs, no cutting should be required on walls, instead tidy the dead foliage and hand weed.
Specific Cutting Time: n/a

Management: Control grasses and weeds until well established. 

Most species in this mixture are 'wind' resistant.


A General Description of Ecotype Range: 
Ecotype seed mixtures are designed to imitate natural ecologies found in specific situations. 
The EC range is not intended as an exact copies of an Irish ecosystem but to represent floras that would otherwise take hundreds of years to develop if 'nature' was left unaided. 

This range of seed mixture is ideal for thoseconcerned with encouraging wildlife and local biodiversity as the plants will attract species suited to the ecology. 
If these mixtures are suitable for your situation, they offer good value, contain some of the most exacting and unusual species and if given time, develop into a diverse flora that will persist if properly maintained.