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Centaurea scabiosa

Greater knapweed

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Key information

Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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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