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Devilsbit Scabious

Succisa pratensis

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Dipsacaceae (Teasel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Dark blue, purple or sometimes pink round flowerheads, up to 2.5cm across. Pink or purple anthers, green bracts. 4 petal-lobes. Field Scabious is similar but has flat-topped flowerheads. Small Scabious also has similar-looking flowers but these more closely resemble Field Scabious, however Small Scabious flowers are slightly more domed on top.
Fruit:
A cylindrical, hairy, nut-like fruit, up to 6mm in length.
Leaves:
Elliptical, dark green basal rosette of leaves, occasionally blotched with purple spots. The stems leaves are narrower and sometimes with toothed margins.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible raw and can be added to salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Blue Ball, Blue Buttons, Blue Caps, Blue Kiss, Blue Scabious, Curl Daddy, Devil's-bit, Fore-bit, Fore-bitten-more, Ofbit, Ofbitten, Premorse Scabious.
Habitats:
Farmland, fens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, marshes, meadows, mountains, woodland.