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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.
A hairy, cylindrical, nut-like fruit (an achene), up to 6mm in size.
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.
75 centimetres tall
Bachelor's Buttons, Blue Bonnets, Field Scabiosa, Gipsy Rose, Lady's Cushion, Lady's Pincushion, Meadow Widow Flower, Pincushion Flower, Pins and Needles.
Farmland, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, mountains, riverbanks, roadsides, scrub, wasteland.