Beetle Mix

The ideal mix to attract ladybirds and pollinating beetles! Created in collaboration with the scientists at the Natural History Museum to help beetles – who are super important to our garden ecosystems. Did you know that many beetles are important pollinators who pollinated the first flowers 140 million years ago at the time of dinosaurs?

Flowers in the Carrot or Umbellifer family (Apiaceae), and those with multiple flower heads, seem to be particularly attractive – making our mix of flowers perfect for beetles 🙂 Each ball contains approximately 30 seeds per ball, and each tin will provide coverage for 1 square metre in a garden, or 3-5 medium sized pots. Best scattered in Spring or Autumn.

£6.00

Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)

Perennial
Height: 30-80cm
Flowers: July to September

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

Annual
Height: 90cm
Flowers: June to August
Geeklet: Cornflowers are edible. They have a cucumber-like taste. Flowers can be consumed in the form of salad and tea, or used as a garnish.

Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Perennial
Height: 50-150cm
Flowers: May to July

Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)

Perennial
Height: 30-60cm
Flowers: August to September

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with pink and purple flowers on spikes
Height: 60-150cm
Flowers: June to September
Toxicity: Poisonous if eaten
Geeklet: Foxgloves are a really good ‘bridging plant’ as they bloom late May-June, a period when the bulbs have finished and the summer perennials are yet to be at their best!

Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis)

Perennial
Height: 40-80cm
Flowers: July to August

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

A perennial aromatic herb with white flowers arranged in a many flowered flat umbel head.
Height: 8-60cm
Flowers: June to August
Geeklet: Yarrow is a common herb that has been highly regarded for its medicinal properties in Britain since Anglo-Saxon times, it is said that Achilles used this herb to treat the wounds of his soldiers.

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