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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.
A cylindrical, hairy, nut-like fruit, up to 6mm in length.
Elliptical, dark green basal rosette of leaves, occasionally blotched with purple spots. The stems leaves are narrower and sometimes with toothed margins.
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.
Blue Ball, Blue Buttons, Blue Caps, Blue Kiss, Blue Scabious, Curl Daddy, Devil's-bit, Fore-bit, Fore-bitten-more, Ofbit, Ofbitten, Premorse Scabious.
Farmland, fens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, marshes, meadows, mountains, woodland.