Belongs to: flowers

Compare with: field scabious

Devilsbit scabious Succisa pratensis

Best time to see: mid Jul to mid Oct

Key facts

A late-flowering plant of grassland and woodland edge

The rounded flower-heads are usually blue-purple, sometimes pink, on long branched stems

Food plant of the caterpillars of the marsh fritillary butterfly, now extinct in Essex and rare elsewhere in Britain

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton