Devil's bit scabious

Succisa pratensis

Devil's bit scabious - Succisa pratensis

Common Name: Devil's bit scabious
Genus: Succisa
Species: pratensis

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A native of moist meadows and edges of woodland, this is a wonderful plant for naturalised planting schemes. In midsummer slender upright stems are topped with rounded clusters of mauve or deep purple flowerheads. These are produced freely over a long period making it great value for money and bees and butterflies will flock to it. It will be happiest in a moist soil that does not dry out in summer. It will self-seed freely but pink or white flowered plants may result.

  • Garden Care: Resist cutting off the spent flowers if you want it to set seed.

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