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Field scabious

(Knautia arvensis)

Field scabious © Andrew Gagg/Plantlife

Field scabious © Andrew Gagg/Plantlife


The dainty, lilac blooms that bob on the end of long stalks, can be a common sight on wayside banks at the tail-end of summer.

The pom-pom like nature of its flower has given rise to alternative names such as 'Lady's pincushion' and 'blue bonnets'.

Distribution

Widespread throughout the UK.

Habitat

Grasslands, meadows, roadside banks.

Best time to see

When it flowers, between July and September.

Did you know?

Field scabious has a rough and hairy stem, similar in texture to scabby skin. This association probably led to it being used as a herb to treat scabies, mange and itches - the 'scabiosa herba' (from whence its common name derives).

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