• Peter Berthoud

Wild Flower Sevens (1st & 2nd Editions)

Updated: Sep 4

Wild Flower Sevens Card Game, Pepys Series


First Published: 1960, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London

& circa 1977 T.J. & J. Smith, Alexandra House Road, London

Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited


Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet


Wild Flower Sevens 1st Edition With Title Card
Wild Flower Sevens 1st Edition With Title Card

There are 11 cards in each of 4 suits: Squares, Circles, Diamonds and Triangles. Cards are numbered 2 to 12.


Wild Flower Sevens cards: Squares - Dandelion, Common Daisy, Ragwort, Scarlet Pimpernel, Common Mallow, Foxglove, Corn Poppy, Ox-Eye Daisy, Cornflower

Wild Flower Sevens cards: Squares - Dandelion, Common Daisy, Ragwort, Scarlet Pimpernel, Common Mallow, Foxglove, Corn Poppy, Ox-Eye Daisy, Cornflower.


Wild Flower Sevens cards: Squares - Clover, Cowslip. Triangles - Bluebell, Wood Anemone, Primrose, Celandine (Lesser), Wood Dog-Violet, Bellflower (Campanula), Woody Nightshade (Bittersweet)

Wild Flower Sevens cards: Squares - Clover, Cowslip. Triangles - Bluebell, Wood Anemone, Primrose, Celandine (Lesser), Wood Dog-Violet, Bellflower (Campanula), Woody Nightshade (Bittersweet).


Wild Flower Sevens cards: Diamonds - Willow Herb, King Cup, Forget-Me-Not, Yellow Flag (Iris), Flowering Rush, Arrowhead. Circles -  Gorse (Furze), Scabious, Heartsease (Wild Pansy)

Wild Flower Sevens cards: Diamonds - Willow Herb, King Cup, Forget-Me-Not, Yellow Flag (Iris), Flowering Rush, Arrowhead. Circles - Gorse (Furze), Scabious, Heartsease (Wild Pansy)


Wild Flower Sevens cards: Triangles - Traveller’s Joy (Old Man’s Beard), Honeysuckle, Great Bindweed (Convolvulus), Bryony. Diamonds - Sea Pink (Thrift), Sea Lavender, Horned Poppy, Sea Spinach, Sea Holly.

Wild Flower Sevens cards: Triangles - Traveller’s Joy (Old Man’s Beard), Honeysuckle, Great Bindweed (Convolvulus), Bryony. Diamonds - Sea Pink (Thrift), Sea Lavender, Horned Poppy, Sea Spinach, Sea Holly.

Wild Flower Sevens cards: Circles -  Harebell, Bell Heather, Wild Rose, Ragged Robin, Hedge Parsley, Toadflax, Meadow Sweet, Lords and Ladies (Cuckoo Pint)

Wild Flower Sevens cards: Circles - Harebell, Bell Heather, Wild Rose, Ragged Robin, Hedge Parsley, Toadflax, Meadow Sweet, Lords and Ladies (Cuckoo Pint)


All the cards scanned above are from the 2nd Castell Bros. Ed.


Two "Editions" were published by Castell Brothers as Pepys Series games. A third version was produced when T.J. & J. Smith followed Castell Brothers as the publisher of Pepys games, T.J. and J Smith kept the "2nd Edition" description going.


The 1st and 2nd Edition Castell Brothers versions are virtually indistinguishable, apart from the words "2nd Edition" on the back of the box. My pack has differences on the back page of the rules, the games advertised are different and the address is 15/17 rather than 14/17 St. Cross Street (see also Trains). The card backs are a slightly different shade of blue but this could be due to storage or being part of different print runs. Everything else is identical.


The T.J. and J. Smith "2nd Edition" of circa 1977 has the same cards, now printed by Carta Mundi, so a slightly different feel and shade. There are several more obvious differences: The box front is printed and has a thumb cut, the box has a double vent to the top, the base is a tuck-style, the rules are a fold-out rather than a stapled booklet and the Pepys device or Logo is modified.


When Gibsons took over Pepys' games they too issued a version of the game using the same cards but their game was titled "British Wild Flowers". This 1984 game will have its own separate entry on Collecting Pepys soon.



Both the Castell Brothers and the T.J. & J. Smith 2nd Edition packs featured here were part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.


Game & Version Details




Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Card Back



Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Rules Front



Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Rules Back

Games Advertised:

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Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Box Back



Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Box Top



Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Box Side Left



Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Box Base


Envelope Style



Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Box Side Right


​Wild Flower Sevens 1st Ed - Box Back With Flap



Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed - Card Back


​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed - Rules Back


Games Advertised:

Wild Life

British Birds





​​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Box Front, Printed and with Thumb Cut



​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Card Back



​​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Rules Front


The rules in this version are printed as a fold-out leaflet



Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Rules Back



Games Advertised:

Wild Life

British Birds


​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Box Back with Double Vent



​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Box Top with Double Vent



​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Box Side Left



​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) -Box Base



​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) -Box Side Right



​​Wild Flower Sevens 2nd Ed (TJ&J Smith) - Box Front with Flap