DEVIL'S BIT SCABIOUS

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Succisa pratensis
Overview: 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 Marsh Fritillary butterfly.

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. (Map E5)

Height:   up to 75cm

Flowers: July-October

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