April is here – and that means Spring is! This month really brings us Joy as wildflowers begin to emerge in earnest. And, it’s the perfect time to plant wildflowers too! We’ve popped some info below on some of the most common wildflowers at this time of year.
Daisy (Bellis perennis)
This sweet lawn flower has spoon-shaped leaves that stay green all year round, the yellow-centered white-petalled daisy is called the Day’s Eye. It’s little face follows the sun’s trajectory throughout the day opening its petals at sunrise and closing them when the sun goes down or it rains.
Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvesis)
Also known as Field Forget-me-not, the familiar blue-flowered plant has downy greyish leaves that form a rosette appearing at the beginning of the year, the flowers will then start to open in early April lasting right through to Summer. Once it starts to bloom the tiny flowers attract hoverflies and small solitary bees.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Cowslip (Primula veris)
Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
two types of flower, pin-eyed and thrum-eyed to promote cross-pollination, famously much studied by Darwin.
Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
The fritillary (often named snakes-head fritillary) is an unmistakeable plant known for its chequered, purple, pink or even white, bell-like flowers. It has thin stems and narrow, grey-green leaves that appear at the base of the plant and occasionally up the stem. Once thousands filled flooded hay meadows across middle and southern England. However, modern agricultural practices, draining lands has led to them being classified as vulnerable.
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)
The feathered leaves of cow parsley appear by early spring and some sunnier spots may have already seen the white flower. A single plant has up to 5,000 flowers making it wonderful for pollinators. The beautiful lacy blooms can be found in hedgerows from late April through to July.
Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Shiny dark green sword shaped leaves appear from February and from early April to May depending on the weather, slim stems shoot up to hold a string of bright blue beautifully fragranced floral bells. Bluebell woods are synonymous with early Spring in the UK, which is home to about half of the world’s English bluebell population.
English Bluebell flowers fall to one side in an arch, the bells are slim with white anthers and a wonderful scent.
Non-native Spanish bluebells have wider leaves and fatter bells with little or no scent.
See the ‘Plantlife Guide‘ to bluebells for more info.
Which early wildflower blooms have you spotted, or are you growing this Spring? We’d love to see your sightings do tag us @seed_ball on socials. x