Field scabious

Knautia arvensis

Field scabious - Knautia arvensis

Common Name: Field scabious
Genus: Knautia
Species: arvensis

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Bluish-lilac honeycomb-like flowerheads on slender stems from July to September and hairy dull green leaves. This beautiful native field scabious was once used to treat scabies and other skin ailments - hence its common name. Highly attractive to butterflies and bees it's perfect for naturalising in a sunny wildflower garden, mixed or herbaceous border.

  • Garden care: When sowing seeds do not use a fertiliser since wildflowers prefer poor soils. In autumn after flowering cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.

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