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Field Scabious

Knautia arvensis

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Dipsacaceae (Teasel)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Blue, 4 petals
 
Lilac blue and pink anthers. The 4 petal-lobes are unequal, in particular on the larger and outermost flowers. Two unequal rows of sepal-like bracts, oblong in shape. Petals become larger nearer to the outside of the flowerheads, unlike with Devil's-bit Scabious. The tops of the flowerheads are hardly domed at all, unlike Devil's-bit Scabious which has round flowerheads, and Small Scabious which is more domed than Field Scabious.
Fruit:
A hairy, cylindrical, nut-like fruit (an achene), up to 6mm in size.
Leaves:
The greyish-green leaves are opposite along the stems. They are softly haired and short-stalked or not stalked at all. Their margins can be either toothed or untoothed. The stem leaves are usually pinnately lobed. These lobes are narrow and a large terminal lobe is present on each leaf.
Maximum Size:
75 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Bachelor's Buttons, Blue Bonnets, Field Scabiosa, Gipsy Rose, Lady's Cushion, Lady's Pincushion, Meadow Widow Flower, Pincushion Flower, Pins and Needles.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, mountains, riverbanks, roadsides, scrub, wasteland.
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