DEVIL'S BIT SCABIOUS
Devil's-bit scabious is an
attractive perennial of damp grassland, marshes and woodland rides. It has
rounded, pincushion-like and violet-blue flower heads that appear from July
to October. They provide an important nectar source for late flying
butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Long, oval upright leaves form in a clump
at the base of the plant.
Devil's bit scabious prefers moist soil but will tolerate drier conditions.
It can be grown in a summer meadow, beside a pond, along a woodland edge or
in a flower border in a sunny or lightly shaded position.
Devil's-bit scabious is a good general source of
nectar. In the wild it is the food plant of the larvae of at least two
uncommon moths and the
Where to see: Can grow on any
uncultivated land, large numbers grow in the marshland behind the kitchen
Shieling and also on the shore areas.
up to 75cm