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common name: Devil's-bit Scabious, Greim a diabhail
full sun, part shade
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.
Attractive to insects.
Traditional medicinal herb.
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.