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Joel’s Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Pack – WYG Special

Help individual species of butterflies! Butterflies rely heavily on certain plants for specific nectar and certainly as a vital larval food source for their young. One of the reasons for the decline in butterflies is a lack of host plants, so here's an easy way to provide what they need.

These special packs, chosen by Joel to be the most valuable plants for this species of butterfly, will contain a mix of the following plants available in 3, 5 or 7 quantity packs - each in 9cm pots.

Dandelion, Lesser Knapweed, Nettle-leaved Bellflower,  Red Valerian, Field Scabious, Garlic Mustard, Greater Knapweed, Marjoram

Our nursery team will choose the best available selection of species at the time of packing your order.  If you are keen to have a particular species included in your pack from the list, please let us know in the order comments and our nursery team will do their best to include this in your pack wherever possible.

For more information on these individual species, please see our overview tab further down.

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For a little more information on each of Joel’s recommended species, please read as follows…

Dandelion

A golden blaze in the May meadows and banks. Basal rosettes of leaves deeply lobed or toothed (dent de lion), flowers are composed of bright yellow ray – florets. This plant can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. T. officinale is considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but not by us!

Dandelion

 

Lesser Knapweed

Common, Black or Lesser Knapweed, Thistle-like purple flowers, looks good with ox-eye daisies.

Common/Lesser Knapweed

 

Nettle-leaved Bellflower

Known as the blue foxglove. A stately woodland plant or garden border specimen.

Nettle Leaved Bellflower

 

Red Valerian

An absolute magnet for many species of insects.  This is a perfect plant if you want to attract Hummingbird Hawkmoths to your garden.  Did you know that Hummingbird Hawkmoths visit the same flowers at the same time, like clock-work, every day?  Plant this and let us know if you see some and whether they’re good time-keepers!  Highly attractive to bees and butterflies this plant is perfect for a hot sunny spot and has the benefit of repeat flowering.

Red Valerian

 

Field Scabious

Blue-lilac pincushion flowers in summer. Looks good with Ox-eye Daisies. A nectar plant for butterflies and bees.

Field Scabious

 

Garlic Mustard

A hedgerow plant with white flowers, a food plant for the Orange Tip butterfly larvae. Also called Hedge Garlic, Garlic mustard is one of the oldest spices used in Europe. Today, the chopped leaves are used for flavouring in salads and sauces such as pesto, and sometimes the flowers and fruit are included as well. These are best when young, taste of both garlic and mustard.

Garlic Mustard

 

Greater Knapweed

A lovely plant with large, raggy, purple flowers, looks good with scabious, ox-eye daisy and musk mallow.  Flowering for weeks on end in high summer and on into autumn.  Not only attractive to butterflies, bees and insects but finches will make the most of the seed heads when the flowers have finally finished.

Greater Knapweed

 

Marjoram

Aromatic perennial with masses of dark purple buds turning to paler flowers, a good butterfly plant. This small white or purple-flowered perennial is commonly called oregano.

Wild Marjoram

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