The tallest of our native Scabious, growing up to 1 metre in height, it flowers all Summer long from July to October providing high quality nectar for bees and butterflies. The leaves are an important food source for the caterpillars of the rare Chalkhill Blue butterfly.
The flowers are like flat, pin-cushions surrounded by a delicate frill of soft mauve petals.
Field Scabious is part of the Teasel family, so leave some flowers to go to seed to feed the finches in winter.
An essential ingredient if planting a Wildflower meadow or for giving a light, airy cottage garden feel to the border.
Happy in any reasonably well-drained, sunny site but, dislikes very acid soils.