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botanical name:
Succisa pratensis
Succisa pratensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Devil's-bit Scabious, Greim a diabhail
family:  Dipsacaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.40m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: violet
main season: Summer
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Wildflower with compact rounded heads of 4-lobed flowers, usually violet blue or sometimes pink, held on wiry stems. Rounded spear-shaped leaves.

Moist soil in sun or part shade. Adaptable to most soils. Will grow by the coast.

From seed or by division.

Wildflower meadows.
Attractive to insects.
Traditional medicinal herb.

other notes:
Native to Europe, inclusing Britain. Found in meadows, hedgerows and heathland, particularly in damp conditions.

The common name comes from the bitten-off appearance of the roots.
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