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EYEBRIGHT seeds (euphrasia officinalis)

EYEBRIGHT seeds (euphrasia officinalis)
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EYEBRIGHT seeds (euphrasia officinalis)EYEBRIGHT seeds (euphrasia officinalis)

EYEBRIGHT seeds (euphrasia officinalis)

  Our ref: ST141_1
  • type - annual
  • colour - White or Purple
  • height - 10 to 25cms
  • Sowing rate 1 gm sq m.
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Eyebright -euphrasia officinalis is a semi-parasitic species, and draws its nutrients through the roots of grasses. In this respect it is similar to Yellow Rattle and so can help suppress grass growth. However Eyebright is less readily available and almost certainly less effective than the latter. In the wild, Eyebright grows in short unimproved grassland, often on heaths and near coasts. It prefers light soils such as those containing chalk or lime, and in gardens could be included in a short flowering lawn. Eyebright is low growing and has pretty violet like flowers that are pink and white with yellow centres. These appear from June through to August. Eyebright looks best amongst low growing wild grasses and meadow plants such as Birdsfoot trefoil, Harebells, Quaking grass, Wild Thyme, and Common Rockrose.

How to grow Eyebright from seed

Growing techniques for Eyebright are similar to Yellow rattle and germination can be significantly improved by sowing between August and December. The preferred method is to sow directly outside, either into short meadow grass or with meadow grass seeds. Prepare areas of existing grass by cutting as low as possible and then rake or lightly scarify the ground so that good soil contact can be achieved. Sow at 0.1gram per sq. meter and lightly roll or trample following sowing, to firm the seeds into the ground. Germination can be expected the following spring. Being an annual it is important not to cut or graze meadows containing Eyebright until the following September when it will have set seed. Prior to spring sowings the seed should instead be placed in refrigeration and chilled for a period of about 6 weeks.

RHS Perfect for Pollinators.
The RHS Perfect for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects in gardens. Bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many others visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen; while doing so they transfer pollen and increase seed set and fruit development. Find out more at: rhs.org.uk/plants

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To buy Eyebright seeds
To purchase Eyebright seeds, please select a quantity above and click add to cart. To ensure the best chance of success, we sell all of our wildflower seeds by weight, which ensures each wildflower seed packet contains a good quantity of seeds. The recommended sowing rate for Eyebright seeds is approx 0.1 grams per sq. metre. All of our Wildflower seed packets contain seeds of Native British provenance.

type - annual,
colour - White or Purple,
height - 10 to 25cms,
flowering months - June, July, August, September,
habitat - Dry Grassland (clay, loam),
Hemi-parasitic, suppresses grass growth,
Printed 18/01/2018 16:03:02
st141_1 type annual colour white or purple height 10 to 25cms flowers june july august september habitat dry grassland clay loam hemi parasitic supresses grass growth
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