Species of scabious were used to treat scabies, and many other afflictions of the skin including sores caused by the bubonic plague. It is commonly found in its preferred habitats. Plant in a sunny site with a moist but well-drained soil that contains a little lime. The stem has long stiff hairs angled downwards. Commonly found on roadsides and field margins, and in meadows, it is particularly abundant where there is chalk bedrock. The leaves form a basal rosette, are paired on the stem, the lowest typically 300 mm long, spear shaped, whereas the upper are smaller. The head is flatter than in similar species, such as devil's bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) and small scabious (Scabiosa columbaria). It is in flower from July to September. It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. Corolla is 4-lobed (Small Scabious is 5-lobed) and … Stems usually with purple spots.  It is also the foodplant of the narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth (Hemaris tityus). Introduced from Eurasia as an ornamental ... green floral bracts. Most seeds fall close to parent plant but animals also facilitate seed dispersal in their manure. The genus Knautia is named after a 17th-century German botanist, Christian Knaut. We usually send them once a month. It is found throughout the UK growing on chalky and neutral grassland that is well-drained. The easy-keeping Knautia (pronounced NOT-ee-ah) isn’t a plant for the meticulous gardener, since it’s tall stems and wide spread mean it can creep into other areas of your garden. We promise not to pass on your details to anyone else. The 'pom-pom' like nature of its flower has also given rise to alternative names such as Lady's pincushion, bachelor's buttons and blue bonnets. Field scabious (Knautia arvense) Erect perennial up to 1.5 meters (4 feet) tall. There are no stipules. Similar Images . It prefers grassy places and dry soils, avoiding heavy soils, and flowers between July and September. Field scabious is a lovely blue meadow flower, which can flower from July through to September. Floral background. They come in a wide range of colours, from white through blue to darkest burgundy. Add to Likebox #127524020 - Butterfly on a daisy flower gerbera in the garden. Field scabious Botanical name: Knautia arvensis Common name: Field scabious Family: Caprifoliaceae Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous #122696724 - Flowering plant Korostavnik field or field scabious isolated.. Also known as bluebuttons. Each plant can produce up to 50 flowers and blooms are the largest of our native scabious species. Habitat Preference: Roadsides, pastures and fields. Field Scabious is closely related to Teasle and Devil’s-bit Scabious, all of which have distinctively coloured flowers in blue, bluish-lilac or bluish-violet. The fruit is nut like, cylindrical and hairy, 5–6 mm in size. ID guidance. It is occasionally used by the marsh fritillary as a foodplant instead of its usual foodplant of devils bit scabious (Succisa pratensis). Field Scabious is a familiar parent of one of our favourite cottage garden plants. The word scabies comes from the Latin word scabere 'scratch'. Sign up here to receive emails about plants and Plantlife’s work. Another name for this plant is gipsy rose. Add to Likebox #121269026 - Knautia arvensis flowers. Identification difficulty. Especially good in chalky soils, but will tolerate well-worked clay. Medium to tall, hairy plant, often stoloniferous, with a basal leaf rosette. Finches and linnets love the seeds of this plant. Although it will grow in most areas if well drained, it will do better in an alkaline soil. It does prefer full sun, and is a favourite with bees and butterflies, so ideal in a wildlife garden. According to the 'Doctrine of Signatures' - where herbalists treated illnesses with plants that resembled the body part associated with illness - this association probably led to it being used as a herb to treat scabies, mange and itches. Description. In Belgium a girl would pick Scabious "buttons", give each a lover's name, and then choose her husband by the one that flowered best. The juice of ' scabiosa herba ' (from whence its common name derives) was given to alleviate plague sores. Knautia arvensis, commonly known as field scabious, is a herbaceous perennial species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae. • Distinctive V shaped branching … There are 4 stamens in each floret, and 1 notched long stigma. An ideal choice for coastal, city and courtyard gardens. Introduced from Eurasia as an ornamental. Common names include blackamoor's beauty, pins-and-needles, snake flower, and curl-doddy (i.e. Field Scabious plugs (Knautia arvensis), buy online for delivery across the UK. Knautia arvensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).