Centaurea scabiosa

Greater knapweed

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Key information

Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Sarah Cuttle, copyright GAP Photos (26763)

Plant details

This perennial, purple-flowered relative of the cornflower is a British native and good for using in wildflower plantings. In the wild, it is usually found in dry, chalky, grassy fields and rough ground, but is tolerant of a wide range of soils. It is common throughout the British Isles and is very attractive to butterflies and bees.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Centaurea

Species: scabiosa

Plant type: Native perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 40cm

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