Origin Irish Wildflower Seed Mixtures: Ecotype
Product Name: Wild Flora for Heathland
EC13 is designed for Heathlands
At first glance a few species may seem unsuitable, plants
such as Meadowsweet, Hemp Agrimony and Wild Angelica colonise the lowest
and wettest niche at the base of the bank, whilst others like Oxeye
daisy exploit sunny dry or cool shaded parts. Feverfew, Mullein and Red
Campion are added to provide extra colour.
List: Code EC12 Wild Flora for Earth
Banks , Bunds and Ditches
spp Linn, bell and others, Common Sorrel, Devil's Bit Scabious,
Eyebright, Foxglove, Hawksbit spp, Hoary Plantain, Lesser Knapweed,
Meadow Buttercup, Ox-eye Daisy,
Ribwort Plantain, Rough
Heal, Wild Carrot, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle,
Annuals as nurse only: Corn Marigold, Mayweed spp, (if you want a lot of
flora in the first year, request more annuals)
if in stock, can be added for very poor peat soils where other annuals
will not succeed. It is an annual weed detested by many, but its a great
nurse crop where all else fails.
on availability: Biting Stonecrop, Eyebright*, Lesser Spearwort
Marsh Loosewort, Tormentil, Marsh Marigold,
Species of Sedges and Sheep's Sorrell often occur in such meadows we can
add these species if required.
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
Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed Mixture. EC12
Suitable for soil type: All types of soil, Clay, Loam, Sand,
Light Soil and Heavy Soil
Moisture Level: Dry, Normal, Moist, but not
pH range: Best between 5.5 >7.9
Aspect: Sunny, Semi Shade and not deeply
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial / Perennial.
Height Range: <30cm to >180cm
Flowering Period: May to August.
Fertility Range: Will grow in very fertile soil to poor, if very
infertile apply fertiliser (see below).
Notes: For large areas this
mixture may be unsuitable, instead specify different mixtures for the
top and bottom, and if the bank is orientated east-west, choose a
mixture for sun and shade.
Specification: As Normal,
roll or rake into surface to keep out of reach from birds. Due to
the nature of earth banks this mixture may be difficult to sow and
maintain on steeply sided banks, if you have a problem deploying the
seed to the sides of the bank, a mixture of powdered kelp seaweed and
sand, compost or old manure can be 'wet-mixed' together to help stick
the seeds to the bank. Better still would be to shape the bank to allow
for easy sowing and maintenance.
Preparation: If normal, create fine tilt on seed bed, if
clay, ensure it is weed free, keep slopes gentle. If there is an
abundance of subsoil, try to get ridges or shelves along the
'horizontal' to allow seed to lodge.
Optimum Sowing Time: Late spring,
early autumn, when the soil is warm or as soon as the earth bank is
made, or when the earth bank is weed free.
Conditions: The top may dry out. Seedlings on the sides may be
smothered if grasses collapse down on top of them from above.
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.
Sowing Rates: 1.5
grams per metre.
Normal sowing rate 'without added grass seed': 1.5 grams per
High sowing rate 'without added grass seed': Add 3 grams per
Low sowing rate: none.
seed or nurse crop requirement:
Crop: No nurse crop is required.
Grass Seed Requirement: n/a, use Bent and
Sow with or without grasses: Without grasses, grasses can be
added once all species have germinated and are mature.
Sowing rate with grasses: n/a
sown without grasses: This mixture will not require a nurse crop.
However protection to the species on the top of the mound may be of
Total number of seeds per gram: 4500
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 40% of all seed should germinate in the first year.
Up to 60% of all species should germinate in 24 months.
Up to 95% of all species should have flowered by the fourth year after
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 as it contains species such as Corncockle and Foxglove which
are toxic if ingested. Wild Parsnip can irritate the skin.