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Knautia arvensis

Field scabious

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.25m to 1m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBluish lilac, pinks
  • Leaf ColourDull green

Description

Knautia arvensis (Field scabious). Once used to treat scabies and other skin complaints connected with the bubonic plague. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Blue buttons

Origin

Europe, Iran and Russia

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, medicinal.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Requires staking.

Propagation

Basal cuttings in spring or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to aphids.

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