A hardy perennial wildflower with small dark violet/blue pincushion flowers which appear in late summer, between July and September. Each plant can send up a number of long slender flower stems up to 70cm tall. Devil’s-bit Scabious leaves are a quite distinctive dark green and have a leathery appearance.
The leaves are also evergreen, even during the winter months and when not in flower they not to difficult to identify.
In the garden Devil’s-bit Scabious, can be planted along side other perennial wild flowers such as, Common Fleabane or Meadow Sweet which flower and grow well in similar shady damp habitats.
A native wild flower in Britain, Devil’s-bit Scabious prefers damp soils, in the wild it may be found growing in Damp Meadows, Woodland Rides and Marshes
Devil’s-bit scabious is a food plant for the caterpillars of a one of Britian’s rarest and prettiest butterflies, the Marsh Fritillary
In my Garden there are now around 100 or more established plants, grown mostly from collected seed, moved on into 9cm pots and planted in semi-shade. Getting most of the summer sun from late afternoon avoiding the heat of the day.
- Name: Devil’s-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)
- Group: Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family
- Type: Hardy Perennial
- Position: Sun or Semi-shade
- Soil Type: Well drained, Moist soil (not water logged)
- Similar appearance to:
- Flowering: July to September
- Position: Sun with semi-shade,
- Height: around 70cm
- Larval food plant: Marsh Fritillary Butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia)
- Nectar plant: Common Blue, Bees, Hoverflies
- Photograph:Top 26th May 2015, Bottom: 21st Feb 2019
- Location: Growing in my Garden