Wildflowers and Children: Its is best to ‘take the time’ to show children the many poisonous and injurious garden plants and not only the few poisonous and injurious wildflowers.
When choosing wildflowers for children, products we stock Foxglove, Wood Sanicle and Tree Lupin, if ingested are poisonous. Corncockle is unfit for consumption and will upset animals, Yellow Rattle is reported as toxic, but how could it have been in so many many hay meadows, probably not toxic when dry
Explaining botany to children. Throw and Grow acknowledges that parents know best, we recommend that guardians take the time to judge the consequences of explaining botany to each individual child. Think, before explanation, try to judge the child’s likely response, is your child likely to do the opposite of what they have just been explained or told? If so, showing or purchasing seed or live plant products with poisonous and injurious wildflowers may not be your best choice or the correct product for you.
Easy goes, When explaining botany to children, make it fun, keep the sentences short, use simple words and use helpful body language. Allow pause and time for reflection, always start with a positive affirmation of the benefits of plants, fruit and vegetables, and when the opportunity arises explain that they should never eat something from the garden unless encouraged to do so. Day by day, one plant type at a time show a child that such a plant has thorns, barbs, attracts wasps, is dangerous, poisonous or in a dangerous place.
Not for Human consumption:
Throw and Grow Ireland recommend that its wildflower Seed Bomb mixtures, are not for human or animal consumption as they contains plants such as Foxglove which is poisonous and Corncockle which is mildly toxic if ingested. Ragwort, Bluebell, Buttercup, Marsh Marigold, Marsh Cinquefoil, Wild Angelica, Greater Celandine, Wood Sanicle, Tree Lupin, Yellow Rattle, and Lords-and-Ladies are species which the author has seen as reported to be toxic or mildly toxic to humans and animal species. Fresh Red Clover may make livestock overly frisky and difficult to handle. St Johnswort, is a prescribed medical species. Wild Parsnip will cause skin irritation on contact with the juice of the plant, released at cutting times. Hogweed although rarely present in our mixtures is another irritant species. There are more and this list is not
Often Medicinal: When choosing a seed mixture or single species it is best to check with the appropriate herbal or medical authority or search the worldwide web.
Many other wildflowers are used for medical purposes. Our products are intended for amenity horticulture, to attract wildlife and conserve nature. They are not intended as medical cures or as edible plants. A few species are Edible: Burdock is a choice culinary vegetable. Marjoram is a culinary herb. Nettles, although not on our product range are an ideal wild food. There are more……………search the world wide web…..
Disposal of cut materials: Always remove the meadow cuttings, wildflower meadow hay should be removed as soon as possible and not be heaped on site as it will become mouldy (and pose a health risk).
Pollen and Hay Fever: Wildflowers release pollen. Hay fever sufferers should be aware that the main species that cause an increase in the ‘Pollen Count’ are flowering grasses. Wildflower meadows can be sown without added grass seed and can be maintained in growing season, with three to five cuts per year to discourage flowering grasses and thus greatly reduce Pollen.