Lovely seed paper butterflies which will grow into flowers if planted. Each plantable paper butterfly measures 4.75 inches at its widest point (wing tip to wing tip) x 3.5 inches high. Pack of 20. They are cut from thick recycled paper and scattered with Forget-me-not seeds. Available in blue or white, please choose from box above.
Brief planting instructions will be stamped on the back of each butterfly.
Some info about Forget-me-nots
Forget-me-nots are best sown in the Autumn so that they flower the following spring. They produce masses of tiny, delicate blue flowers with yellow centres. Once you have them they will self-seed all over the garden! The plant’s Latin name – myosotis – derives from the Latin for mouse ear, which the leaves tend to resemble.
Forget-me-nots have been around since the late 1300’s when Henry IV took the plant as his emblem. It was known as Scorpion Grass, according to the herbalist Gerard (1633), because its flowerhead was thought to resemble a scorpion’s tail. Therefore it was also believed to cure the sting of a scorpion, and snake and dog bites.
In German folklore, a knight picked Forget-me-not for his love as they walked by a river. He tripped and fell in but before he drowned he threw his love the flowers and cried “Forget me not!”
In days of old, blacksmiths kept a bunch of Forget-me-nots in their forge to protect horses from injury. In the language of flowers, Forget-me-nots are symbolic of true love.
Uses for Forget-me-not seed paper butterflies
Table place settings – write your guests’ names on them
Table plan – use our pretty pegs to attach them to string maybe
Craft projects – they look great in the front of greetings cards, thank you cards etc
Enclose a butterfly with each wedding/party invitation to remind your guests of the date!
Send them to guests to save the date!
How to plant seed paper butterflies
Forget-me-nots are usually sown in Autumn to flower in Spring. Simply place a butterfly shape on top of a pot of compost and water in. It is vital for germination success not to allow the paper to dry out! Place somewhere warm and light to germinate. Once seedlings have grown into strong plants, plant outside in a sunny spot for a splash of blue flowers! We do not recommend planting directly into the garden due to the risk of slugs and mice eating the seeds/seedlings! A planting instruction card will be sent with the butterflies.
We have added a photo of the paper starting to germinate. Unfortunately the paper is not printable.